EXT. CELESTE’S MALIBU MANSION - NIGHT
The SOUND of crashing waves echoes off a nearby reef. Two plainclothes LAPD detectives are at the door: DELAND, 45, a grizzled veteran, focuses dead ahead, while GALLARDO, 30, an eager rookie, scans the lush surroundings, including the luxury car parked in front of their unmarked sedan in the driveway. Celeste opens the door in a bathrobe and braces herself for bad news.
INT. CELESTE’S LIVING ROOM – MINUTES LATER - NIGHT
Celeste, clutching a damp handkerchief, sits shell-shocked. Deland and a Gallardo sit with her. Gallardo, fidgety, is taking notes.
Deland shoots him a look. He’s ready to move on.
Deland stands. Gallardo gets up too.