Great Scene: “Rocky”

INT. ICE SKATING RINK - NIGHT

Adrian has on skates. Rocky follows her onto the ice. He
wears street shoes.
ADRIAN
... Aren't you skating?
ROCKY
Ain't skated since I was
fifteen -- That's when I
started fightin' -- gotta
watch the ankles. Yeah,
fightin' use to be tops with
me, but no more. All I wanted
to prove was I weren't no
bum -- That I had the stuff to
make a good pro.

ADRIAN
And you never got the chance?

The Cleaner yells from the sideline.

CLEANER
Nine minutes!

ROCKY
Hey, I ain't cryin'... I still
fight. Kinda do it like a
hobby. See I'm a natural
southpaw an' most pugs won't
fight a southpaw 'cause we
mess up their timin' an' look
awkward -- Southpaw means
lefthanded... But I guess in
the long run things probably
worked out for the best, right?

ADRIAN
But you never had a chance to
prove yourself.

ROCKY
Absolutely.

CLEANER
Eight minutes!

Adrian slips and Rocky breaks her fall.

ROCKY
I just dislocated my finger.

ADRIAN
Ohh!

CLEANER
Seven minutes!
ROCKY
It ain't your fault -- I
originally done it in the Baby
Crenshaw fight.
(opens his wallet)
That's me fightin' Big Baby
Crenshaw -- Big Baby was the
size of an airplane an' I
broke my hands on his head --
I lost, but it's a nice
picture, don't ya think?

CLEANER
Six!

ROCKY
How 'bout some Cokes?

CLEANER
Cost ya a buck.

ROCKY
This guy is beautiful -- get
the Cokes.

Adrian does a slight turn and Rocky has to speed up and
nearly falls.

ROCKY
(continuing)
See, I ain't graceful,
y'know -- I don't move good --
Stink as a dancer too -- But I
can really swat, I hit hard,
real hard, but I'm a southpaw
an' nobody wants to fight a
southpaw! -- Havin' a good time?

Adrian nods and is very nervous... The Cleaner moves
carefully across the ice.

ROCKY
(continuing)
Y'know how I got started in
the fight racket?

ADRIAN
By accident?

CLEANER
Here -- Three minutes.
ROCKY
Yeah -- My ol' man who was
never the sharpest told me --
I weren't born with much brain
so I better use my body.

For the first time, Adrian laughs.

ROCKY
(continuing)
What's funny?

ADRIAN
My mother told me just the
opposite. She said, 'You
weren't born with much of a
body so you'd better develop
your brain.'

CLEANER
Time!

The Cleaner walks over as Rocky and Adrian get off the ice.

CLEANER
(continuing)
That's ten bucks.

ROCKY
I must be goin' deaf 'cause I
thought ya said, 'ten cents.'

Rocky hands him a dime.

CLEANER
(weakly)
... How 'bout for the Cokes?

ROCKY
Charge it.

Rocky and Adrian start to leave. Rocky pauses at the door
and fishes into his pocket and hands over eleven dollars.

ROCKY
(continuing)
Had ya goin', didn't I, huh?

He grins and leaves.

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