EXT. ZOO — RHINO EXHIBIT — DAY

[MATURE]

White spots riddling the gray mass of a RHINO—some black-pitted dribbles, some dusty, dry impacts. A black speck flits from lump to lump.

RHINO
Man, jus’ ‘bout had it upta here,
see. Candy-ass polka-dots doin’
me no favors.

FLY
Red. Needs be still now.

WHITE-DUSTED GRAY HIDE
under a proboscis’s labor.

RED (RHINO)
‘Cause what I needs’ta know—see,
here, what I aks—is who’da goddamn
‘round here be dealin’? No reserve
drops ‘round here!

FLY
Red.

RED
No dry-season crews!

FLY
Red
.

RED
Jus’ sayin’…

FLY
Say still. Spots be like sermon.
All same.

RED
Who be getting’ Dippin’ Dots
middla spring? Twunny fuggin’
Fahrenheit, Zee. Twunny fuggin’
dee. Shit ain’t right.

ZEE (FLY)
Fooled Zee.

RED
Shit. Ain’t. Right.

ZEE
No argue.

RED
Tell ya, dawg, my day, cold cuts
be ‘Morial Day on. ‘N’ no spoon
shenannies! Li’l pop rocks want
‘-Robbin’s, dey got hands. No
slingshot shit.

ZEE
Finish ‘fection. Now droppings.

RED
See, weren’t for you, never’d even
known dey different at all. All jus’
white. How you stand it?

ZEE
It delicacy.

RED
Bullshit.

ZEE
Truth.

RED
F’real?

ZEE
(a grunt)

RED
…Tha’ jus’ sick, dawg. Jus’ fuggin’
sick. No bird shit betta den Dots.
Don’t care how’s rich dey’s is.

ZEE
Dot sweet; shit savor. Zee prefer savor.

RED
“Savory.” Right. Naw, dawg, you
keep right on rubbin’ yo hands.
Prayin’s ‘bouts all you’s eats gots.
Pff, “savory”…

ZEE
Almost finish.

RED
Where’sa white even be comin’
from’s all’s I’s wantsa know. I
mean, D. Dots I get, milk cream
‘n’ what all… But crow-jam? Naw.
What the fuck. No brothas but birds
be shittin’ white. No brothas.

ZEE
Is urine.

RED
Whassat?

ZEE
Uric acid. Not actual shits. Is urine.

RED
(a beat)
Y’all muthafuggin’ be tellin’ me
I’sa damn bird ‘ternity test?

ZEE
Exact. Targ practice for all. Bird,
child—what matter. All white,
all nutrient… Zee clean.

RED
(a beat)
…Jus’ clean the fuggin’ spots, man.

ZEE
Just say.

RED
Jus’ clean the fuggin’ spots.

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