Ugly Girls Get Cat-Called Too

CHARACTERS:

LUCE, mid to late 20s, mixed race, average

HANNAH, mid 20s, white, beautiful

LINA, late 20s, Latina, average

 

 

SETTING: A beauty parlor waiting area. Present Day.

 

 

 

HANNAH and LINA are sitting in the waiting area

                                                LINA only half-listens, looking through a magazine as

HANNAH talks.

 

HANNAH

It’s just much harder than people think.

 

LINA

Uh huh.

 

HANNAH

I mean, men only really want to sleep with you. Women hate you and blame you for, like, everything. Everyone you date is trying to get back at you for some crazy shit that happened to them in high school.

 

LINA

Right.

 

HANNAH

And it’s like the whole world just expects things from me. I walk out of a crowded bar and I’m just as drunk as everybody else but I get pulled over by the cops. Not everyone else. Me.

 

LINA

Oh.

 

HANNAH

And you know why?

 

Pause. LINA continue to look through her magazine.

                                                HANNAH waits for her to respond.

 

HANNAH

And you wanna know why?

 

LINA

(completely uninterested)

Sure.

 

HANNAH

It’s because I’m attractive. Obviously.

 

LINA

Obviously.

 

HANNAH

Like it’s unsafe for me to walk any where by myself.

 

LINA

Oh.

 

HANNAH

You’re not listening to me. You don’t get it.

 

LINA closes the magazine and turns to give

                                                            HANNAH her full attention.

 

LINA

I don’t get it. I’m sorry that you feel that way.

 

HANNAH

I mean, seriously. I get cat-called every day. Every. Day.

 

LINA

That must suck.

 

Silence.

 

HANNAH

Where is Luce? She should be here by now.

 

LINA

You know Luce. She’s always late.

 

HANNAH

Well it’s really fucked up for her to be late. To this.

 

LINA

She’ll be here.

 

 

HANNAH

Remind me about this when she gets married. Then I’ll be late to her bridal shower make-over.

 

LINA immediately starts laughing uncontrollably.

                                                            HANNAH is not amused.

 

HANNAH

You’re an asshole, Lina.

 

LINA continues laughing.

 

HANNAH

She’s going to get married eventually. To someone. It’s really wrong of you—

 

LINA stops laughing.

 

LINA

What? No. I—what? No, Hannah. She’s obviously going to get married. She’s been dating that same guy for like five years. I was laughing because as if Luce would have us all get make-overs before her wedding. She’s probably not even going to have a wedding. You know what? She’s probably already married.

 

HANNAH

She wouldn’t do that to us.

 

LINA

Yeah. She would.

 

Pause.

 

HANNAH

Where is she?

 

LINA

Do you want me to text her?

 

HANNAH shakes her head and pulls out her phone.

 

HANNAH

No. I’ll call her.

 

HANNAH dials the number and puts it on speaker.

 

LUCE

(v.o.)

Hey, I—

 

HANNAH

Where the hell are you? How could you do this to me? You realize I get married in two days right? Two days! We don’t have time for this, Luce. Where are you?

 

LUCE

Hannah, I—

 

HANNAH

I am beyond offended by your behavior. Like beyond the point of—How could you do this to me?

 

LUCE

Hannah—

 

HANNAH

Like, I always knew you were selfish but this is just…abhorable behavior, Luce. If I could, at this point, I’d get a new maid of honor. What? Are you stuck in traffic, Luce? Don’t you know the city well enough by now to know that—

 

A click sound.

 

 

HANNAH

Luce?!

 

LINA

It sounds like she hung up.

 

HANNAH

That ungrateful…do you what I have done for her? You remember college don’t you? Nobody would even talk to her. Even look at her. This is infuriating.

 

LINA

Hannah—

 

HANNAH

No. Do not defend her. I am always there for her. All I want, literally, all I want is to make sure that my wedding photos look nice. We’re going to look back on these days for the rest of our lives. Don’t you want to look nice?

 

LINA

We can just start without her.

HANNAH

No. We can’t. It’s supposed to be the three of us. Not the two of us. She’s ruining everything.

 

Pause.

 

LINA

So, what’s Tim doing today?

 

HANNAH shrugs angrily.

 

LINA

Maybe he could be our third.

 

HANNAH glares at LINA.

 

LINA

Or not.

 

LINA pulls out her phone and begins texting.

 

 

HANNAH

What are you doing?

 

LINA

Texting her.

 

HANNAH

Fuck her.

 

LINA

Hannah.

 

HANNAH

No seriously. She’s being a real cunt right now.

 

HANNAH angrily grabs one of the magazines. LINA

                                                            finishes her text message. They sit in silence.

                                                            HANNAH’s phone rings.

 

HANNAH

What the fuck do you want?—Oh. Hi. Tim—No. Just Luce being Luce.—Well, she was supposed to—you’re where?—I don’t—what happened?—Oh, I—Um, wait a minute.

 

HANNAH covers the phone with her hand and

                                                            turns to LINA.

 

HANNAH

Something’s gone wrong with the cake. I’ll be right back.

 

HANNAH gets up and starts to walk away.

 

HANNAH

(as she’s walking away)

Well tell the baker to go fuck himself with his problems because I…

 

HANNAH exits. LINA watches her go and then

                                                            reaches for a magazine. Pause.

                                                            LUCE enters. She is bloody, her clothes are torn,

                                                            and she is limping.

 

LUCE

Well, I’m here.

 

LINA

Holy shit, Luce. What happened?

 

LUCE

You wouldn’t believe me.

 

LINA

Try me.

 

LUCE

I was attacked.

 

LINA

Well obviously. What happened?

 

LUCE

Some guy. First he was saying—I don’t know…racist flavored compliments, I guess.

 

LINA

What?

 

LUCE

Like “Oh hey chocolate bunny, how’d you get so much ass?” Or “Damn girl one night with me and your hair will be kinked for life.”

 

LINA

What does that even mean?

 

LUCE

Who the fuck knows? So anyway, I’m like “Dude. Thanks but I’m taken” and he’s just not having it.

 

LINA

Oh no.

 

LUCE

Yeah.

 

LINA

Did the police show up?

 

LUCE

Yeah. I mean there’s not much they could do. He didn’t rape me or anything. And I definitely got a few good hits in there so…anyways, I’m here.

 

LUCE sits down.

 

LINA

Hannah will never forgive you if she sees you like this.

 

LUCE

Hannah will never believe me. Shitty things only happen to pretty girls, remember?

 

Pause.

 

LINA

Luce, you can barely walk. Go to the hospital. Call Ben. Oh my God. Ben. Does he know?

 

LUCE

He’s the one who dropped me off here.

 

LINA

Call him back. Tell him you need to go to the hospital.

 

LUCE

Lina, I’m fine.

 

LINA

Luce—

 

LUCE

Alright, alright. I’ll go.

 

LUCE gets up and starts to walk away.

 

 

LINA

Hey Luce?

 

LUCE

(as she’s walking away)

Yeah?

 

LINA

Are you and Ben already married?

 

LUCE smiles and then limps out. LINA reaches for

                                                            a magazine. Beat.

                                                            HANNAH re-enters. She notices the blood on the

                                                            seat and then looks at LINA confused.

 

HANNAH

What the hell is that?

 

LINA

Blood.

 

HANNAH

Well no shit. Who’s is it?

 

LINA

Oh. Um…this woman. She came in, was attacked in the streets by a cat-caller, and then I convinced her to go to the hospital.

 

HANNAH

Poor thing. He didn’t get her face too bad did he? I mean, that would suck for her if he like broke her nose and then her face was messed up.

 

LINA

Um…no. Her face is fine.

 

HANNAH

Oh good.

 

Pause.

 

HANNAH

Where the fuck is Luce?

 

LIGHTS. THE END.

 

 

ceremonials

CHARACTERS

ELISE, f, late 20s

 

HER EXES

GEORGIE, f, appears 21

RIVER, f, appears to be mid thirties

WILLA, f, appears to be mid-twenties

TED, m, appears to be early thirties

 

WAITER, to be played by either RIVER or TED

 

 

 

SETTING: The play takes place within Elise’s dream but should appear as real as possible. All of the characters sit at the diner table, waiting for food.

 

                                                              ELISE, RIVER, and WILLA all sit at the table

                                                            with a glass of wine in front of them. Both ELISE

                                                            and WILLA have red wine, RIVER has white wine.

                                                            ELISE stares at her left hand for a beat or two

                                                            before…

 

RIVER

So when did he propose?

 

ELISE

(still looking at her hand)

He hasn’t yet.

 

WILLA

You’re looking at your hand like it might be cancerous.

 

Pause. ELISE stops looking at her hand.

 

ELISE

How have you two been?

 

WILLA

 

RIVER

Best I can be, I suppose.

 

ELISE

What are you two doing these days?

 

RIVER

Service work.

 

ELISE

You’re not a doctor?

 

RIVER

I am. I work with a research facility in Ethiopia.

 

ELISE

Oh. Right. Service work. What about you Willa?

 

WILLA

I’m flying to Paris soon.

 

 

RIVER

What’s in Paris?

 

WILLA and ELISE

Fashion week.

 

RIVER

 

ELISE

That’s exciting.

 

RIVER

I thought you two went to Stanford together.

 

WILLA and ELISE

We did.

 

RIVER

I thought you majored in engineering?

 

WILLA

I did.

 

RIVER

 

Pause. Awkward Silence.

 

ELISE

Food should be out soon.

 

WILLA and RIVER

 

RIVER

What have you been up to, Elise?

 

ELISE

Working at the gallery on fifth.

 

WILLA

Curating?

 

ELISE nods. She begins to stare at her hand again.

 

RIVER

It’s a bit surprising.

 

WILLA

Why? All Elise has ever talked about was—

 

RIVER

The engagement, Willa.

 

ELISE

He hasn’t proposed yet.

 

RIVER

But he obviously is about to.

 

TED enters with a glass of scotch and sits down.

 

WILLA

How do you know?

 

TED

She found the ring.

 

WILLA

Is it gorgeous? I bet it’s gorgeous.

 

TED

It’s handcrafted. Good man.

 

WILLA

Hand-crafted? Is he a blacksmith?

 

ELISE

It’s made out of red oak. And yes, it’s gorgeous.

 

Pause.

 

WILLA

I always hated white wine. Too sweet.

 

RIVER

I wasn’t your biggest fan either, Willa. You were obviously the fun one.

 

WILLA

And what were you? The old one?

 

ELISE slides further down into her seat.

 

WILLA

Sorry. I shouldn’t have—

 

RIVER

I’m barely older than Elise.

 

TED

Five years older.

 

RIVER

And who were you?

 

TED

The authority figure. The assistant professor.

 

ELISE

You were a grad student.

 

TED

I was still your professor.

 

Pause.

 

ELISE

I need to—know something.

 

ELISE takes a large gulp from her glass.

 

RIVER

 

ELISE

What?

 

TED

You were absolutely unattainable.

 

ELISE

That’s not—

 

WILLA

And you always had all of your defenses up. All the time.

 

RIVER

But you made it seem like you were wide open. Like love was apart of your bucket list or something.

 

TED

And it could be anybody. They just had to have the right timing.

 

WILLA

It was all bullsh—

 

ELISE

Did any of you want to marry me? Ever? That’s my question.

 

Pause.

 

ELISE

Don’t all speak at once.

 

TED

It’s a complicated question, Ellie.

 

ELISE

Is it?

 

RIVER

Ellie? Was that your nickname for her?

 

TED

What was yours?

 

WILLA

 

RIVER

That’s disgusting.

 

ELISE

Guys! Please just answer the question.

 

Pause.

 

RIVER

I would’ve wanted whatever you wanted. You could’ve asked me to go live on Jupiter and I would’ve said yes.

 

 

WILLA

It was such a whirlwind, you know? Before I knew it, you were gone.

 

TED

You presented yourself as temporary. I had no way of knowing.

 

WILLA

No way of knowing.

 

RIVER

No way of knowing.

 

ELISE

Of knowing what?

 

Pause. GEORGIE slowly walks in. As she sits down,

                                                            everyone else exits. ELISE’s entire demeanor

                                                            changes when she sees GEORGIE.

 

GEORGIE

They had no way of knowing if you’d stay.

 

ELISE

I didn’t think you’d come.

 

GEORGIE

I wasn’t sure I was supposed to.

 

ELISE

Of course you’re supposed—how are you?

 

GEORGIE

I’m dead, Elise. So, you know, surviving.

 

ELISE smiles and takes another sip of wine.

 

ELISE

You’ve ruined me forever, you know that?

 

GEORGIE

Nobody’s ruined forever. Not really.

 

ELISE

He loves me, Georgie.

 

GEORGIE

You love him back.

 

ELISE

Only sometimes.
Pause.

 

ELISE

I don’t want to ruin him.

 

GEORGIE

Then don’t.

 

ELISE

So. Heaven or hell? Nirvana or reincarnation?

 

GEORGIE just smiles.

 

ELISE

Right. Secrets of the universe. (pause) When I wake up, I’m going to have to say—

 

GEORGIE

Make up your mind, Elise.

 

ELISE

I know he’s going to do it as soon as I wake up. He’ll roll over and pretend like he’s just thought of it and then—

 

GEORGIE

Giving you absolutely no time to panic and freak out.

 

ELISE

I need time to panic and freak out. It’s who I am. I’m a panicker.

 

GEORGIE

You’re definitely a disaster.

 

Pause.

 

ELISE

Was there anything I could’ve said to save you?

 

GEORGIE shakes her head.

 

ELISE

Right. A determined mind.

 

GEORGIE

I am sorry.

 

ELISE

For dying?

 

GEORGIE

For loving you.

 

ELISE

For ruining me, you mean.

 

GEORGIE

No. I convinced you of….permanency. I shouldn’t have.

 

ELISE

You were the last time I knew for sure.

 

GEORGIE

That should’ve been your first red flag.

 

Pause.

 

ELISE

I thought they’d help.

 

GEORGIE

The exes? One of them is still banking on you coming back.

 

ELISE

River never did let things go.

 

GEORGIE

Not River. She’s married now.

 

ELISE

Married? To who?

 

GEORGIE

Some scientist who’s working on the cure to cancer. Or is it AIDS? One of them.

 

ELISE

One of them? How informed of you.

 

GEORGIE

I was never that type. You know that.

 

ELISE

That’s not exactly something to brag about.

 

GEORGIE

Who’s bragging?

 

Pause.

 

ELISE

What do I say when he asks?

 

GEORGIE

Something kind.

 

ELISE

You think I should let him down gently?

 

GEORGIE

I think you should face what you’re actually afraid of.

 

Silence.

 

ELISE

I don’t want to be wrong. I don’t want to—

 

GEORGIE

Can you imagine how boring the world would be if everyone was always right?

 

ELISE

Mistakes keep us happy.

 

GEORGIE

You remembered.

 

ELISE

I could ruin his life.

 

GEORIGE

The others seem fine.

 

ELISE

Seem? Are they not okay?

 

GEORGIE

 

Pause.

 

GEORGIE

You deserve a wind storm.

 

ELISE

A unnatural force of emotion.

 

GEORGIE

A love that bends beyond time.

 

ELISE

Across the universe.

 

GEORGIE

Written deep down in your genetic code.

 

Pause.

 

ELISE

Your letter.

 

GEORGIE

Remember how it ends?

 

ELISE

A heart that can extend lifetimes, a expansion of self.

 

GEORGIE and ELISE

This is only the start. I’ll see you again.

 

Pause.

 

GEORGIE

I shouldn’t have.

 

ELISE

What?

 

GEORGIE

I can’t extend beyond lifetimes. I can’t love you beyond…beyond this. And maybe, maybe someone can. But I can’t.

 

ELISE

Georgie—

 

GEORGIE

Love isn’t about lasting lifetimes, Elise. Just this one. This is the only lifetime that matters.

 

GEORGIE pushes away from the table and walks

                                                            away. ELISE sits at the table by herself staring.

                                                            She touches her ring finger on her left hand and

                                                            lets out a small grin.
WAITER (off-stage, v.o.)

Your dinner is ready. Would you like it now or should I wait?

 

ELISE looks towards the kitchen, smiling.

 

ELISE

Now’s fine.

 

Blackout. THE END.

backwoods

(a one-act)

 

CHARACTERS

LIAM, 30s

ALEX, late 20s, Liam’s fiancé

FRAN, 60s, Liam’s mother

SETTING: A very small town outside the city limits of Helena, Arkansas. Present Day.

FRAN hustles around the kitchen trying to get

                                                            everything ready. After a few beats, ALEX and

                                                            LIAM enter.

 

FRAN

Oh. I—hi. I just—

 

LIAM

Hey ma.

 

LIAM goes to kiss his mother. She turns reluctantly.

 

FRAN

I was hoping I had more time. The house is a mess. I wasn’t ready.

 

ALEX

Everything looks great. It’s way cleaner than our house has ever been.

 

Awkward silence.

 

ALEX

My house. I’m sorry. You’re in a couple so long that you forget. Oh, I’m—my house. Cleaner than my house has ever looked.

 

LIAM

Ma, this is Alexis.

 

FRAN

Yes. I figured. Hello Alexis.

 

ALEX

It’s Alex actually.

 

FRAN clears her throat.

 

FRAN

Right. Alex. Well sit down. Make yourself comfortable then. You two hungry?

 

LIAM nods as ALEX shakes her head.

 

LIAM

We haven’t eaten since morning. We’d love something.

 

 

 

ALEX

But only if you don’t mind.

 

LIAM sets a comforting hand on ALEX. FRAN nods.

 

FRAN

I’ve got some steak and tomatoes in the fridge if you—

 

ALEX

Oh I—

 

LIAM

Alex is a vegetarian, ma. I told you—

 

FRAN

Right, right. I forgot. Let me see. I must have something.

 

FRAN goes to look in the fridge. ALEX squirms

                                                            uncomfortably.

 

FRAN

You know what? I’ll just head to the garden. I’ll make us a casserole.

 

ALEX

Oh, you don’t have to—

 

FRAN

It’s not a problem. I’ll be right back.

 

FRAN exits.

 

ALEX

She hates me.

 

LIAM

You’re fine.

 

ALEX

I just—does she not know we live together?

 

LIAM

You’ve still got your old place so….

 

 

ALEX

 

LIAM

It’s fine. She’s probably just excited you’re an actual woman. With a name like Alex…

 

ALEX

Great. She’s homophobic too.

 

LIAM

I’m only kidding. Calm down. It’s not like—

 

FRAN enters holding vegetables.

 

ALEX

Well at least I know not to bring up your father.

 

FRAN

What about Cletus?

 

ALEX tenses up. She didn’t notice FRAN enter.

 

ALEX

Oh. I—

 

LIAM

Ma, what you got there? Your garden get bigger?

 

Pause.

 

ALEX

I need to—may I go to your bathroom?

 

FRAN

It’s down the hall to the left.

 

ALEX gets up and leaves.

 

FRAN

She don’t know, do she?

 

LIAM

No ma. I didn’t tell her.

 

FRAN

You realize it’d be the end of all of us if anyone found out. Christ, Liam, how could you be so irresponsible? You know, Jimmy just got into Harvard and how proud I been of him. And now you went ahead and—

 

 

LIAM

Ma, I didn’t tell her. ‘Sides even if I did, she’s not a stranger, she’s going to be my wife.

 

FRAN

Hell, Liam. My mama don’t even know. Boy, you done messed—

 

LIAM

Ma! I didn’t tell her.

 

Silence. ALEX returns. She sits down and crosses

                                                            her arms. She is at a loss.

 

FRAN

So Liam tells me you’re from Portland?

 

ALEX nods.

 

FRAN

What brings you to Arkansas?

 

ALEX

Teach for America. I work at Kipp.

 

Tense silence.

 

FRAN

Liam didn’t tell me you worked for Teach for America.

 

LIAM

Ma—

 

FRAN

At Kipp.

 

LIAM

Ma, Alex is just really serious about service work and thought that—

 

FRAN

Oh I know what she thought. You know how Teach for America works, don’t you, Alex?

 

ALEX

I know that it works if that’s what you’re asking.

 

 

FRAN

Oh does it? Well somebody light me on fire and call me a pig because—

 

LIAM

This is her last year but she’s choosing to stay. And work at the school. She’s not just leaving, mama.

 

FRAN moves to the vegetables and starts cutting

                                                            them to prepare the casserole. Long, uncomfortable

                                                            silence.

 

FRAN

(to LIAM)

So you’re moving back then?

 

LIAM

I am.

 

FRAN

And what will you do while your—while Alex is working at Kipp? Teaching.

 

ALEX

I’m sorry. Do you have a problem with teachers? I mean I can understand having a problem with me being from the city. Or being friends with gay people or something but teaching? How could anyone—

 

FRAN

You think what you’re doing is teaching? What you’re doing is prepping. Prepping kids to take bullshit test so that they pass along without knowing a goddamn thing and then when they get to college, they don’t know left from right because all they know—

 

LIAM

Ma!

 

Silence.

 

LIAM

Listen. If the two of you can’t get along, then fine. Ma, we’ll head into town and go visit—

 

FRAN

No. Stay. I’m sorry.

 

ALEX

I’m sorry too.

 

FRAN

For the record, I don’t care about your gay friends or whatever.

 

LIAM

Ma used to be a principal. She’s just really passionate about learning.

 

FRAN

Got my phD at Brown and everything.

 

ALEX

Oh. I—I didn’t know that.

 

FRAN

I figured.

 

Silence.

 

FRAN

I suppose you’ll be wanting Sugar’s ring.

 

ALEX

Sugar?

 

FRAN

My grandmother.

 

LIAM

Actually, I was wondering if you still had Cammie’s.

 

Silence.

 

LIAM

I know it’s wrong to ask for it but—

 

FRAN

You’re goddamn right it’s wrong to ask for it.

 

LIAM

But it’s not like you need it anymore and it means a lot to me.

 

FRAN

To you? It means a lot to you? What the hell do you think it means to me?

 

LIAM

I was figuring nothin’ considerin’.

 

FRAN

Considerin what, Liam?

 

LIAM

Ma, come on. You don’t need it. You don’t even wear it.

 

FRAN

That don’t change the fact that it’s mine.

 

ALEX

Well technically isn’t it Carrie’s?

 

FRAN

It’s Cammie!

 

LIAM

Alex, don’t—

 

FRAN

And not that it’s any of your business, Alexis, but it was my wedding ring. You must think I bout lost my mind if I’m going to—

 

LIAM

You hated Cletus.

 

FRAN

Last I checked I wasn’t the only one.

 

LIAM

I’m just trying to make a bad thing right.

 

FRAN

This ain’t the way to do it.

 

LIAM

Well it’s a start, ain’t it?

 

FRAN slams down her cutting knife.

 

FRAN

You selfish bastard. You think this city bitch is worthy of that ring?

 

ALEX

Hey!

 

 

FRAN

Shut up and stay out of this. This don’t concern you.

 

LIAM

He left the ring to me.

 

FRAN

Burn in hell. You know he was so drunk that night. You asked him right before—You had damn good timing, I’ll say that.

 

LIAM

Ma, it’s just a ring.

 

Silence.

 

FRAN

Alex, what you don’t understand is that ring was passed down for centuries. The stone in it is—(pause)—The stone in it is from the Treasure of Lima. You know, the stolen one.

 

ALEX

I—

 

FRAN

Look it up when you’re bored. The point is the ring is literally priceless. I don’t know how the family came up with it but—

 

LIAM

That whole family line was crooks and thieves. I’m not surprised at all.

 

ALEX

Liam, don’t talk about—

 

FRAN

No. The Porra family was full of crooks. Liam’s right.

 

ALEX

The Porra family?

 

LIAM

My dad’s family way back was Spanish.

 

FRAN

But then somebody married a Gorecki and they haven’t been able to get rid of the last name since.

 

Silence.

 

LIAM

Ma, Alex is about to be a part of the family. Just give us the ring. Please.

 

FRAN

Your father may have been good for nothing but that ring—Liam. It’s too much to ask.

 

LIAM

Ma, don’t you remember what he was like?

 

FRAN

Liam—

 

LIAM

He’d beat you, ma. All of us. He was a drunk. And he was just—he’s where he belongs now, mama. No point of keeping bad memories.

 

ALEX

Then why do you want to give me those memories?

 

LIAM

I don’t. I want to change them. I want to turn something bad, something awful, into something amazing.

 

Pause. FRAN leaves the room. ALEX and LIAM

                                                            sit in silence. FRAn returns holding the ring.

 

FRAN

Taking this ring as your wedding ring means you’re part of the family now.

 

LIAM

Ma—

 

FRAN

Is that what you want, Alex?

 

ALEX nods hesitantly.

 

FRAN

 

FRAN grabs ALEX hands. She removes her

                                                            engagement ring and tries on the new ring.

 

FRAN

Good. It fits.

 

She takes the ring off.

 

FRAN

We shot him.

 

FRAN gets up, grabs a bottle of whisky, and three

                                                            glasses. She pours a little bit in each glass.

 

 

ALEX

Excuse me?

 

FRAN

Cletus. We shot him. Liam, Jimmy, and I. Planned it out and shot him in the woods.

 

LIAM

 

FRAN downs her whisky. Both LIAM and ALEX sip

                                                            theirs. FRAN pours more whisky into her glass.

 

FRAN

He was an absolute brute, you know. Fucking terrible. I don’t regret it for second. But if you’re going to wear his family ring, you best know what happened to him.

 

ALEX is frozen. She can’t speak.

 

FRAN

Thing is, now that you know, you can’t tell anybody. Or I’ll shoot you too.

 

FRAN finishes her drink.

 

FRAN

I’m not about to lose my freedom because some Teach for America cunt can’t keep her mouth shut.

 

ALEX

Excuse me?

 

FRAN

You heard me.

 

Silence.

 

 

LIAM

Alex, it’s way more complicated than—

 

ALEX

No. Don’t. You killed someone. You all killed someone. Over what? And you didn’t even…Why hasn’t anybody wondered where he is? Didn’t the police look into it? How could you be so calm about it?

 

LIAM

You didn’t know him.

 

ALEX

I didn’t know him? That’s all you have to say? Why hasn’t anyone looked into his death?

 

FRAN

Didn’t nobody care he was missing. Everyone just figured he’d moved.

 

Pause.

 

ALEX

Oh, I can’t—you people are despicable.

 

ALEX stands up.

 

ALEX

(to LIAM)

Find your own way home. I’ll have your stuff packed by the time you make back into town. Goodbye Mrs. Goreki. Hope to never see you again.

 

ALEX slams the door behind her.

 

LIAM

That was a shitty thing to do, mama.

 

FRAN

You know I gotta kill her now, don’t you?

 

LIAM nods.

 

 

LIAM

Yeah. I know.

 

They both finish their whisky. THE END.