One-Hit Wonder by Harker Jones | Script Revolution

One-Hit Wonder

A cab driver takes a former pop star on a one-way Twilight Zone–like ride.



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A cabbie picks up former pop star Ellery DeMarco who asks the driver to simply drive; he'll know where he needs to be when he gets there.

The cabbie recognizes DeMarco and chats him up. DeMarco opines that he'd rather be a one-hit wonder than a nothing, but he had aimed to have a full-on music career. But the public didn't like him, they just liked his song "Humma Humma Ding-Dong." He wasn't even able to retire off its success because he was just the singer, he didn't write it. And the money he DID make off the song, he lost by falling in with the wrong crowd

As they pass out of the city into the suburbs, DeMarco tells the cabbie how he went on tour with a bunch of other one-hit wonders, where he hooked up with another washed-up singer and together they got heavily into drugs. The other guy ended up dying and DeMarco is wondering where he'll end up.

The cabbie becomes aware DeMarco is in pain as they move into the country. DeMarco holds up a bullet and tells him that he found it on his doorstep. That it means he stole from the wrong people and that it's over. They're coming for him.

He instructs the cabbie to stop and he gets out, disappearing into the country mist.

The cabbie turns around and heads back to the city. Listening to the radio, he hears a news report that pop singer Ellery DeMarco's body was found in a Dumpster that morning, having been shot with one bullet, straight from the heart.

Unnerved, the cabbie glances into the back of the cab and sees a single bullet glinting on the seat.

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Submitted: June 29, 2018
Last Updated: January 6, 2020

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The Writer: Harker Jones

I’ve worked in publishing as a writer, editor, and critic for 15 years. I was managing editor of “Out” magazine for seven years where I also copyedited two novels. I have written two novels and six screenplays. I hold a degree in written communication and literature from Eastern Michigan University, am currently a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and am a card-carrying member of Mensa. Go to bio

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