SKIP TRACE Grace is a Jumper from justice.

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Stranded on Sunset Blvd. after midnight. 

It’s happened to tourists and locals.  

Unless you’re from LA. walking to anywhere takes hella time…in the heat. Then hustling past vast chaos to reach it is you’re going.
 
 
It is a rough game and there is no room for being naive.
 Learn to take what you need and feel no guilt about it.
 
The cheap motel on the blvd.  It’s all I can afford.
Unless the big pay out comes in and even then…all flash no cash, no flash, all cash…or in my case, no cash and no flash.
 
 Strolling towards Vine st. I head south, pop right. and here it begins…
The Telephone says it all…Ho3-5555
 
Not much left to take away
 
Sex Workers gotta eat too. although with the tide pool coming up… So, two damn hours in a BH cab to stay in the Hollywood Guest Inn…Now I’m back tracking working to get a run on the streets.

My name is LUCY OCTAVIO

 I’m a Skip Trace.

I trip in to a cafe on Fairfax. I can tell that it is going to be a long night.
 
I take another look at the Jumpers file. I’m here to meet Bo, Bo Bonds.
Jumper File

GRACE ELLEN NUNES (VASQUEZ)
 
 
 
WAITRESS
 
What are you fixing for?
 
LUCY OCTAVIO
 
Scrambled eggs, coffee…
 
Waitress eyeing manila folder.
 
WAITRESS
 
It’ll be right up.
 
 
 
 BO BONDS replaces the waitress.
 
 BO BONDS
 
Lucy! let’s get you started.
 
BO rambles on in his usual drivel about his mom, business and the newest jumper. Bo has the painted look of an old pair of shit kickers and the leather lined neck to prove it…even at the age of Sixty. Same bald head and his slug like mustache.  Bo owns and operates BO’s BAIL BONDS is a low rent bail bonds company that’s been in the same trailer park for 30 years.
 
BO BONDS
 
Look, look it’s all I can afford right now. You know me Lucy…I usually provide to worn welcome mats.
 
 
 
Bo likes repeat petty crime offenders, they can’t afford to jump bail — he knows where they hang out. Once in a blue moon Bo will take on a high value bond. Bo has his reasons but I see it like this:
 
  1. Money
  2. Money
  3. Money
 
The percentages and the stakes are high. Bail Bonds work a little like this:
 
  • Get arrested
  • Provide ten percent value of set bond.
  • Show up to court on selected date.
Simple, right? 
 
 
LUCY OCTAVIO
Meaning, I’m gonna have to get dirty?
 
BO BONDS
 
Yep, This Jumper is High brow enough to be Low Brow.
 
BOND JUMPER
 
Bail bonds company employee a variety of techniques to capture a jumper. The bonds company may bail out a low level detainee from jail for capture of a jumper.
 
The bail bonds co. may offer a spotters fee or slate for services rendered. Not having a Bond Jumper appear on their appointed court date is dirty in two ways. 
 
A. The Bonds Co. is on the hook for the full bail amount. 
 
B. You’re responsible for a fugitive from justice.
 
 

Then comes HUNT or HIRE. 


 
As a SKIP TRACE I have to devise methods where the bonds man hasn’t succeeded.
LUCY (CONT’D)
So, why am, I so lucky?
 
Dishes the grub.
 
LUCY
Get’em a Ice Tea.
 
WAITRESS
Coming up.
 
Pausing for a moment to make sense of the couple.
 
BO (CONT’D)
Lucy, you’re all I can count on at this point.
 
Lucy, squirts ketchup on her eggs.
 
BO
Uh, I find that so disgusting.
 
Bo taking a piece of toast, brushing off a speck of tomato.
 
LUCY
It’s sourdough, so you know…
 
Bo crunching into toast with crumbs a skew in his moustache.
Waitress delivers ice tea. Bo motioning for a straw. Waitress tosses it on the table.
 
Bo gulps down the dry toast.
 
BO
Well, if you can’t find her I’ll be in sour dough…like as in no dinero.
 
Dusting crumbs off himself…Bo drizzles sugar into his tea and stirs with the paper straw. In a fluster he’s given up.
 
LUCY
Ok, when do you need her?
 
BO
I need her in two weeks. I can provide one week up front. Then you’re on your own until she’s located. Then I can wash the rest to you.
 
LUCY
I looked over the file you mailed me. I can’t believe you still use the postal service.
 
BO
You can never be too sure — You, you…
 
LUCY
Sneakernet got it. That said, whatdoya know about her?
 
 

SKIP TRACER

   I’m a skip trace, not a bounty hunter. 
 

I search for those who aren’t lost but for those who found out.

 
It’s not a job you apply for, actually I don’t know anyone else who has this job. I’m very fortunate to have a flexible gig but consumes almost every second.
 
Skip tracing seems easy. Run common collections or public records.
 
Pay to play and batch dead ends or stale hits.
 
Now, most people these days have social media and they can’t stay off of it. Los Angeles is selfie city which makes it difficult to disappear.
 
BO
We, ran all the, the nails on this one.
 
 
I leave the money on the table with a twenty percent tip. She was a nosy Alice but service industry is tough these days.
 
Now, I don’t question what the crime at hand is…but the question came up.
 
LUCY
So, what’s up? You…
 
BO
…It’s complicated and I’ll fill you in as we go…But I’m into some real coin on this one.
 
Walking out to the parking lot that seems more than barren.
 
LUCY
What does she do for a living?
 
BO
Nothing
 
LUCY
Where does she socialize?
 
BO
Everywhere
 
Bo and I walk towards his car. Unlocking the car door he grabs a car key from under the seat.
 
Dangling it up at me.
 
BO
Blue, older Volvo…
 
LUCY
(Sigh)
Great…
 
BO (CONT’D)
Look it’s a repo, interior is shot but doll it up or something…
 
BO’s CELLPHONE
 
BO
…Gotta run.
(Into phone)
“Behind Bars and Miss the Stars?”
 
I walk down oakwood and spot the blue 2000’s Volvo. It’s exterior is nice and simple. Open the door and there’s no paneling and it seems as if the seats are velcro upholstered.
 
 

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