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Channeled Scablands is a revenge thriller with contemporary Western themes set against the glacially decimated backdrop of DRY FALLS, WA.
Our hero JAKE, is a timber surveyor married to KAY.
DAVE is a cynical ex marine who poses as Jake’s friend. He spends his days snorting adderall, falling down youtube conspiracy rabbit holes and selling stolen weaponry out of his shed. He covets KAY.
SEAN is a giant ham of a man and the small town’s sole cop. He is constantly protesting that he’s not gay, although no one said he was. He is Dave’s renfield and the president of the Electric City and greater Dry Falls swingers club.
SCENE: Dave and Sean run into each other at the Tractor Supply store and discuss their masculinity and high school days, with a brief exchange about Sean's sexuality:
Dave: Hey, Sean! I haven't seen you in ages. How's it going?
Sean: Dave, my man! It's good to see you. I'm doing well, thanks. How about you?
Dave: Not too bad. Just trying to keep busy and stay out of trouble.
Sean: Same here. I've been working out a lot lately, trying to stay in shape.
Dave: I can see that. You look like you've been hitting the gym pretty hard.
Sean: Yeah, I've been working on my pecs and my biceps. I want to make sure I'm as strong and manly as possible.
Dave: I hear you, brother. I've been doing the same thing. It's important to stay fit and healthy.
Sean: Definitely. And it's also important to keep our testosterone levels high.
Dave: Yeah, you're right about that. I've been taking some supplements to boost my testosterone.
Sean: Same here. I've been taking some natural herbs and stuff like that. It's been working pretty well.
Dave: That's good to hear. I'm glad you're taking care of yourself, Sean. Hey, by the way, I heard a rumor that you're gay. Is that true?
Sean: What? No, of course not! Who told you that?
Dave: I don't remember. Someone mentioned it to me, but I didn't believe it. I know you're not gay, Sean. You're a real man, just like me.
Sean: Thanks, Dave. I appreciate that. I'm definitely not gay. I'm as straight as they come.
Dave: I know you are, Sean. Don't worry about it. Some people like to spread rumors, but we know the truth. We're the alpha males, remember?
Sean: Yeah, we are. Thanks, Dave. It's good to know that you have my back.
Dave: Of course, Sean. We're bros, right? We stick together.
Sean: Definitely. Thanks, Dave. It's good to see you.
Dave: You too, Sean. Take care.
Sean: You too, Dave. See you around.
SCENE: Sean, just getting off work, shows up to the local cowboy gay bar still in his police uniform, and Dave surprises him:
Sean: Hey, Dave! I didn't expect to see you here.
Dave: Hey, Sean! I didn't expect to see you here either. What brings you to this place?
Sean: I just got off work, and I was looking for a sports bar to watch the game. I didn't realize this was a... a cowboy gay bar.
Dave: Oh, right. Yeah, this is a cowboy gay bar. But it's a nice place. You should try it sometime.
Sean: Uh, no thanks. I'm not into that kind of thing. I'm straight.
Dave: Really? I didn't know that. I thought you were... you know, gay.
Sean: No, I'm not gay. I'm a straight cop.
Dave: Oh, I see. Sorry, I didn't mean to imply anything. It's just that you're always hanging out with me and the other guys...
Sean: Yeah, well, I'm just a friendly guy. I like to make friends with everyone, regardless of their sexuality.
Dave: Yeah, I guess that's true. But you do know that this is a gay bar, right? You might feel a little out of place here.
Sean: Yeah, I know. I didn't realize it until I walked in. I'm sorry, I'll just leave.
Dave: No, no, don't leave. Stay and have a drink with me. It's not a big deal.
Sean: Uh, I don't know. I'm not sure I'm comfortable with this.
Dave: Come on, Sean. It's just a bar. It doesn't matter if it's a gay bar or a straight bar. It's just a place to have a drink and relax. (Dave begins rubbing Sean’s shoulders.)
Sean: Well, I suppose that's true. Okay, I'll stay for a drink. But just one, okay?
Dave: Sure, just one. Come on, let's grab a table and order some beers.
(Jake enters the cowboy gay bar to pick up his wife Kay, who is meeting with a group of western drill musicians, and he encounters Dave and Sean)
Jake: Hey Queers. How's it going?
Dave: Hey, Jake. It's going well. How about you?
Jake: I'm doing good. I just came to pick up my wife, Kay. She's meeting with some other patrons. Those musicians there. They do LGTBQIA+ influenced Western Drill Rap. you heard it?
Sean: Oh, that's cool. We were just about to leave.
Dave: Yeah, we've had a few beers and we're feeling pretty good.
Jake: Well, it was nice seeing you guys. You look great, Sean. That police uniform really suits you.
Sean: Thanks, Jake. I've been working out a lot lately, trying to stay in shape.
Dave: Yeah, Sean's been looking really good lately. And I've been looking good too, thanks to my new boyfriend here.,
Jake: Oh, really? Congratulations, Dave. I'm glad you've found someone who makes you happy.
Dave: Thanks, Jake. Yeah, Sean and I have been together for a while now. We're very happy.
(Sean swallows beer down the wrong pipe and chokes up a frothy white mess. He can’t speak. He tries to speak but a gargling sound comes out.)
Jake: That's great, Dave. I'm happy for you. Hey, Sean, I didn't know you were gay.
Sean: What? No, I'm not gay. I'm straight.
Jake: Oh, I'm sorry. I must have misunderstood. I didn't mean to offend you.
Sean: It's okay, Jake. I know you didn't mean anything by it. It's just that people sometimes make assumptions about me because I'm hanging out with Dave.
Dave: Yeah, people can be stupid sometimes. They don't understand that just because two guys are friends, it doesn't mean they're gay.
Jake: Yeah, you're right. I'm sorry, Sean. I didn't mean to make that assumption.
Sean: It's okay, Jake. I forgive you.
Jake: Thanks, Sean. I really appreciate that. Well, I'm going to grab Kay and head out. It was nice seeing you guys. Dave: Yeah, it was nice seeing you too, Jake. Take care.
As Jake and Kay leave the bar, Dave stares menacingly at Jake and mutters insults under his breath. He leers at Kay, clearly jealous of Jake's relationship with her. Jake ignores Dave and focuses on Kay, happy to be with her and to have escaped Dave's bitterness and resentment.
Sean: Hey, Dave, why did you tell Jake I was your boyfriend?
Dave: I don't know, Sean. I just felt like messing with him. He's always so uptight and judgmental.
Sean: But that's not funny, Dave. You can't just go around telling people I'm your boyfriend without my permission.
Dave: Oh, come on, Sean. It's not a big deal. It's just a joke.
Sean: It's not just a joke, Dave. It's disrespectful and hurtful. You can't just use me to hurt other people.
Dave: Oh, relax, Sean. I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings. I didn't mean anything by it.
Sean: Well, you did hurt my feelings, Dave. And you embarrassed me in front of Jake.
Dave: I said I'm sorry, Sean. What more do you want from me?
Sean: I want you to stop being so rude and mean. I want you to treat me with respect and kindness.
Dave: Fine, whatever, Sean. I'll try to be nicer to you. But you can be so sensitive sometimes.
As Dave speaks, he gets frustrated and knocks over Sean's beer. Sean looks upset and hurt, while Dave shrugs it off as if it was an accident. Jake and Kay watch the scene from the door, feeling sorry for Sean and confused by Dave's behavior
SCENE: CAR RIDE
(Jake and Kay in the car, where Kay is confused by the previous scene in the cowboy gay bar and Jake warns her that Dave is a dangerous man)