EXT. — ZOO — FLAMINGO EXHIBIT — MORNING

LEONARD, a flamingo, hunts for food. FRANK the seagull sits on his back.

LEONARD
You know—you know—you
know—I tell ya—I really
appreciate this, man, Frank.
Really appreciate this. Like…
really. I appreciate it.

FRANK
(gesturing at water)
There’s some.

Leonard follows his point, pecks, eats, resumes.

LEONARD
‘Cause you know—you know—
I tell ya—I swear—they talk
about me… They talk about me…
As if I can’t hear… But I do—
oh, I do—I do. I know. I always
know… Think I can’t hear them?
They can think again. Or can
they—I mean, can they—can
they really? …Think again, that
is. Or at all!

FRANK
(gesturing)
There.

Pecks, eats.

LEONARD
I don’t think they can!

Resumes.

LEONARD
‘Cause you know what? They
never had to worry about
anything—never had a line they
couldn’t cross—but what’s new…
What’s new…

FRANK
Weeds.

LEONARD
I see it.

Eats.

FRANK
Listen, Len. You’re not a hawk.
Can’t beat yourself up. They’re
not worth it.

LEONARD
Yeah, but—yeah, but—yeah, but—

FRANK
You need help, and you’re my
friend. I like our mornings. I’m
just happy to lend a hand.

LEONARD
All the talk—all the talk—all the
talk… It gets to ya. It gets to ya…

FRANK
There.

LEONARD
‘Cause who are they to judge—I
mean it—who are they to judge?
(a beat)
Can they sleep on two legs?
(another beat)
Can they fly?

FRANK
They can fly.

Leonard halts.

LEONARD
…Really?

FRANK
Yeah.

Considers it a moment. Resumes.

LEONARD
Well now I know—now I know—
good to know that… Good to
know that…
(a beat)
That…is…good to know. Good.
To. Know…