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 Posted: Sat Mar 21st, 2009 02:12 am
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A lot of theatres who accept unsolicited scripts request only the first 10 pages....so I wanted to get a reaction from y'all to the first 10 pages of my first full length. Without further ado may I present...

LEARNING TO FLY

CHARACTERS

MEGAN 16, about to turn 17. From a small farming community in the upstate of South Carolina.

SAM 21, from the same small town as Megan, he left two years ago to move to Charleston and has been working as an auto mechanic ever since.

MAMA 39, died five years before the play opens. She comes from a wealthy family but married a farmer against her father’s will.

SETTING

SAM’s one bedroom apartment in Charleston. There is a workspace set up in a corner with pieces of metal and machinery. Also there are a few post-it notes on the wall.

SCENE ONE

SAM enters carrying a suitcase. MEGAN follows behind him.

SAM
Don’t look yet. Close your eyes. Just stand right here.

SAM closes the door and begins lighting candles all over the bedroom.

MEGAN (with eyes tightly closed)
Where’re you going? Sam?

SAM
I’m right here. Things’ll be ready in a minute.

MEGAN
Touch me Sam.

SAM
Be patient.

MEGAN
Do you think they know?

SAM
By now I think they might. Has he called yet?

MEGAN
I threw my phone in the river.

SAM
Now, why would you go and do something like that?

MEGAN
Touch me Sam.

SAM
Open your eyes Megan.(beat) Come here.

MEGAN
Oh so now you want to touch me.

SAM
I never didn’t want to touch you baby. I just wanted to make things perfect first.

MEGAN
Well from now on I want touching me to come first to everything else.

SAM
Yes ma’am. Where are you going?

MEGAN
What’s all this?

SAM
That?

MEGAN
Yeah, you workin on something?

SAM
Don’t touch that!

MEGAN
What?

SAM
It’s complicated. You could shock yourself or cause a short circuit problem later.

MEGAN
Oh. Ok, but what is it?

SAM
Just trying out some ideas I got.

MEGAN
What kind of ideas?

SAM
Really I’m just playing baby. Aint nothing serious about it.

MEGAN
Yeah but what is it?

SAM
I don’t know yet.

MEGAN
Are you building something?

SAM
I’m thinking about it. I don’t know yet. I had a dream, and I just started fiddling with some parts that’s all. This engine opened up and then it could fly, in the dream. So I picked this up at a junk shop and opened it up. I don’t think you would understand all of it darlin, don’t worry your pretty little head about it.

MEGAN
I’m going to take a shower, wash some of the road off’a me.

SAM
Do it later. In a minute.

MEGAN
You wait a minute. I get to be my own boss now. I don’t have to answer to nobody. It felt so good Sam hurling my phone out the window when we went over that bridge, that huge bridge and the water was shining in the moonlight. And the wind poured over my whole body like water, and I could smell the ocean. When can we go to the ocean Sam? I prayed for rain so I could be just as wet as the water on the wind.

Thunder crashes softly

MEGAN
I want to run into the water naked as a jay-bird in the moonlight and never ever come out.

SAM
Come here, I’ll make you wet.

MEGAN bats away SAM’s hands and starts to go into the bathroom, SAM holds her back.

SAM
When we get married your gonna take a vow that’ll make ya say your gonna answer to me.

MEGAN
Oh yea?

MEGAN exits into the bathroom.

SAM
I don’t see what difference it makes, I’ll love you anyway you know, road grime and all. After all that, a little dirt ain’t gonnna scare me off. I ain’t gonna run scared. I’m gonna take such good care of you baby. We’re a big city couple now, living in a proper apartment and everything. I’m gonna take such good care of you. Then everythin’ll be alright. Two married people, aint done nothing wrong but fall in love a little early.

MEGAN peeps her head through the bathroom door.

MEGAN
Are you coming?

SAM
I’m just doing what I was told ma’am. I was told to wait right here, for you to come out of that shower all pretty and perfect.

MEGAN drops her towel.

SAM
I’m coming I’m coming.

MEGAN
Well don’t let me rush you!

MEGAN and SAM wrestle playfully. Then he carries her to bed.

MEGAN
We’re gonna be together forever and ever.

SAM
That’s right.

MEGAN
Remember when I told Daddy I wanted to join the circus after the fair came into town?

SAM
Yeah.

MEGAN
This is just like that.

SAM
(beat) How?

MEGAN
I went with you and Robby, Mama made him take me, and you held my hand on the scariest ride. I felt brave with you. And we were gonna run away together and do our own circus act. I was gonna learn to fly like those women with the red sashs that float over everything. Weren’t they pretty Sam? Just gliding and spinning on the air like beautiful red snowflakes. And you were gonna juggle knives and breath fire. Well I’m doing anything I want now. Right now. Right now I’m doing anything I want with you. Just like we ran away together and joined a circus Sam.

SAM
Yep.

MEGAN
Cause we didn’t wait.

SAM
Nope.

MEGAN
Cause I can decide to be with you right now. No matter what Daddy or anybody has to say about it.

SAM
Shhh baby. You’re so beautiful.

MEGAN
Tell me again Sam.

SAM
What?

MEGAN
Tell me again.

SAM
Tell you what baby girl?

MEGAN
All of it. Tell me again how much you love me.

SAM
More every minute.

MEGAN
Say it the way you said it when you proposed. Come on Sam.

SAM
I love you exponentially more, every second of every day.

MEGAN looks at the ring on her right hand.

MEGAN
It’s so beautiful Sam.

SAM
I’ll buy you a better one just as soon as I can.

MEGAN
Even if you do I’ll still wear this one, always Sam.

MEGAN snuggles up against SAM. They kiss.

SAM
You deserve the biggest diamond God ever made.

MEGAN
Tell me about Charleston.

SAM
What about it?

MEGAN
What kind of people live here?

SAM
All kinds of people.

MEGAN gets up and starts getting dressed.

SAM
What are you doing?

MEGAN
I want to go outside, see the city you live in. You don’t really know a place until you can smell it.

SAM
Well open a window and take a big whiff. You aint goin out there.

MEGAN
Come on.

SAM
By now I bet your Daddy has the whole state of South Carolina looking for you. Someone might recognize you-

MEGAN
You really think someone would-

SAM
Someone as pretty as you? Yes ma’am. It aint worth the risk that’s all.

MEGAN
But Sam I was gonna-

SAM
Lets just be safe, wait till your eighteen and no one can touch you. You can stay right-

MEGAN
That’s more than a year away. Sam you didn’t say anything about-

SAM
Shhh baby, you’re here now, we’re here now.

MEGAN
Sam.

SAM
I’m gonna take great care of you. Anything you want, you just tell me and I’ll get it for you.

MEGAN
I want to go outside.

SAM
Anything out there you want I’ll go and get it. I’ve got a good job. I just got promoted on account of how good I am at fixin up things. Jackson says if I keep it up I’m gonna own the whole damn place someday.

MEGAN
Sam!

SAM
I’m sorry, the whole darn place. The shop, gas station, the whole lot. And then you can wiggle your pretty little self into the place anytime you want, and I can show those other suckers how lucky I am. We’ll be married. You understand? It’ll be our shop. We can be together this way. You can stay right here, and I’ll always know where you are.

MEGAN
Until when?

SAM
The second you turn eighteen.

MEGAN
I’m doing what I want now.

SAM
I know you are. But if your Daddy found out where you are, he could come get you, and there isn’t a thing I could do about it. He’ll bring the law with him. We wouldn’t be allowed to see each other ever.

MEGAN
Oh. Well I’ll tell em you didn’t kidnap me baby. I ran away.

SAM
That doesn’t matter. Jackson knows all about it. He told me about this statutory rape law that says if two people make love and one of em is eighteen and one of em aint than that’s rape.

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Mana: 
I liked the play. The characters seemed to listen to each other quite well; the dialogue structure seems well thought-out on your part. What's more, you've created interesting characters (I find Sam to be particularly intriguing), whose underlying motives and personalities make me want to read more.

In my opinion, however, I do not think that you should explain any exposition regarding the character during the title pages which occur before anything begins. The audience won't know this info, and it therefore serves no purpose. You must make it clear in the dialogue that Megan is from a small farming community in the upstate of South Carolina. That is where the info really matters.

All-in-all, it was a verycaptivating start. And that is what is most important in an opening. Can't wait to see what happens next.

 

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Mana: 
Thanks for the response. I'm going to go ahead and add another 10 pages.

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MEGAN
That doesn’t make any sense. I love you.

SAM
The law doesn’t care nothing about love.

MEGAN
Mama was young. Daddy brought her home just the same.

SAM
Times have changed Megan. Things ain’t that simple now. Don’t you watch the news?

MEGAN
Daddy took the T.V. away. He said he didn’t like putting things in my head he couldn’t explain.

SAM
You have to trust me then. Things ain’t like when your Daddy and your Mama got married.

MEGAN
Can Daddy come to the wedding, when I do turn eighteen?

SAM
It might be better if we go ahead and get married, and then tell him all about it.

MEGAN
But Sam, who’ll walk me down the aisle?

SAM
I don’t know. A judge or something. Or Jackson’ll do it. That doesn’t matter Megan. You and me being married, that’s all that matters.

MEGAN
Can we go to church on Sunday’s Sam?

SAM
We can’t baby. We can’t go anywhere just yet.

MEGAN
Remember how every Sunday you would wait outside for Daddy and I to go in, so you could sit right behind me. And I could feel you lookin at me, standing next to Daddy. I could feel myself getting all, I don’t know, all uncomfortable in church.

SAM
Yeah baby. I remember.

MEGAN
After you left I used to imagine, when I was singing in church, that you were somewhere singin too.

SAM
I stopped going when I couldn’t look at you anytime I want.

MEGAN
That isn’t right, you should go. We should go to church Sam. Everyone should go to church.

SAM
You know why we can’t go Megan.

MEGAN
There’s got to be a way Sam. We have to go. Why can’t we?

SAM
Well first of all, you know why. And second of all, I don’t want anybody looking at you the way I was looking at you.

SAM tickles MEGAN, and then pins her down.

SAM
So for right now we can’t go to church.

SAM kisses MEGAN

SAM
Hey I bought a present.

SAM pulls a night gown out of a Victoria Secret bag. He tears the tag off with his teeth and holds it up to MEGAN.

MEGAN
It’s beautiful! I’ll look just like the girls in Maggie’s magazines. Won’t I?

SAM
Let me put it on you.

MEGAN
Later, lets just talk some.

SAM
God made you so pretty. You don’t even need to go to church, you’ll only make everyone jealous.

MEGAN
I brought my Bible. We can read it together on Sundays.

SAM
We can do that.

MEGAN
Have you ever been to the Baptist church here? I bet it’s pretty. I can hear all the bells, and the steeples look so pretty. I read in a magazine that they call it the ‘Holy City.’ Is the church pretty Sam?

SAM
I haven’t been to the church yet Megan.

MEGAN
When you go next Sunday you can tell me all about it, and then we can read the Bible and imagine being in the pretty church. Remember Maggie James’ wedding? She looked so pretty in her Mama’s dress. And her Daddy walked her down the aisle, he looked so proud, so proud everybody bout forgot she was pregnant.

SAM
I remember.

MEGAN
I don’t think it matters anyway. Everybody knew Eddie and Maggie were gonna get married. It was just like they were already married. They were so much in love. Maggie’s Daddy didn’t force him into it at all. He wanted to marry her.

SAM
That’s right.

MEGAN
Just like us, right Sam?

SAM
Yep.

MEGAN
Because it’s not a sin if you love someone as much as we love each other, right Sam?

SAM
That’s right.

Lighting flashes outside.

MEGAN
Mama and Daddy got married in Horn’s Creek Baptist and her Daddy didn’t walk her down the aisle. Everybody says she made the prettiest bride, they still talk about it, don’t they? Didn’t matter at all that her Daddy wasn’t the one to give her away.

SAM
Everybody knows how pretty your Mama was.

MEGAN
I was gonna wear her dress. And Daddy was gonna be so proud of me.

SAM
He’s gonna be fine Megan. You’re your own boss now, isn’t that right?

MEGAN
That’s right.

SAM
And I’ll buy you a fancy big city wedding dress and people’ll come from all the newspapers to take your picture.

MEGAN
Like the movie stars?

SAM
That’s right.

MEGAN
She ran away too.

SAM
Who’s that?

MEGAN
Mama. Mama’s Daddy didn’t walk her down the aisle.

SAM
She must’ve loved your Daddy very much.

SAM holds up the nightgown. MEGAN hold up her arms as SAM undresses her, and puts the nightgown over her head.

MEGAN
More than anything.

SAM
See baby it’s raining anyway, you don’t want to go out there now. Now just lay down here next to me and try to sleep. Your gonna be so pretty in your wedding dress, prettier even than your Mama was. I bet everybody says that.

Thunder.

MEGAN
Shhh. I want to listen to the rain.

Long pause.

SAM
Someday soon. You and I are gonna parade ourselves out into that world. I can dress you up, dress you up and take you out to the best restaurants in town. We’ll live like royalty. They’ve got a restaurant here baby, you wouldn’t believe it- I’ll buy a boat and name it Megan, and we’ll go out in the water. I know how much you like the water baby. You just got to be patient with me, and be with me for just a little while, here- and then the whole world can be ours.

MEGAN has drifted asleep.

SAM
It’ll be easy baby.

SAM slips quietly out of bed, and looks at MEGAN until the lights fade. He begins to solder at his workstation, and fiddling. He brings more and more materials to his work station.

SAM
It was lonely here without you baby, but you’re here now. Things are gonna be perfect. You just wait.

SAM pulls a key out of his wallet and locks the door.

Four months goes by.

While SAM is working he tears pages off of a calendar on the wall.

MEGAN dances, becoming increasingly detached and restless.

SCENE TWO

An alarm beeps intrusively.

MEGAN leaps up out of bed screaming. It is still dark. SAM is still standing at his work station.

SAM
Whacha yellin fer? It’s my damned alarm clock not the bomb whistle! Hush.

MEGAN
Where’s Daddy? He fell over, he’s having a heart attack. I broke his heart Sam!

SAM takes MEGAN by the shoulders.

SAM
Look at me. You’re right here, your Daddy is fine.

MEGAN
I saw him.

SAM
It was a dream. It’s time for me to get up, that’s all darlin. Now get back in bed. You don’t have to get up yet.

MEGAN
Nonsense. I’m up, I’m up, couldn’t think of going back to bed. What time is it?

SAM
It’s about four. You know what time I go to work baby.

MEGAN
You didn’t come to bed?

SAM
I was up all night looking at you.

MEGAN
Fiddling again?

SAM
Just a little.

MEGAN
Not all night?

SAM
I just couldn’t sleep that’s all. Leave it alone.

MEGAN
You’re always fiddling with that damn-

SAM
Shhh baby.

MEGAN
Come to bed now. Just for a minute.

SAM
I’ve got to get ready baby.

MEGAN
Daddy’ll be feeding the cows round this time. Do you have to go to work?

SAM
Yes ma’am. Report for ten hours of honest labor, so I can save up and buy you that boat.

MEGAN
We’ll fly over the water together.

SAM
That’s right.

MEGAN
Yesterday I was listen’n to him creek down the stairs. Listening to him make the coffee. He always put the cream out for me. Mama wouldn’t let me drink coffee, but Daddy does now. I tried to drink it black once. I can hear him going out to the barn now.

SAM
Not yesterday baby.

MEGAN
After Mama- On Saturdays in the summer sometimes he would take me fishin. In the morning we heard the birds wake up. Yesterday he told me to-

SAM
Not yesterday.

MEGAN
He’s still got to get up.

SAM
I’m sure he will.

MEGAN
What if one day he can’t?

SAM
Robby’ll do it then. Don’t worry yourself over your Daddy. He’ll take care of himself. Go back to sleep.

MEGAN
Kiss me.

SAM kisses her. Not the kind of kiss MEGAN wanted.

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Mana: 
This is interesting.  There is quite a bit of exposition that isn't really needed...  The thing I like the best about this, is the quiet threat.  Sam is completely possessive and controlling, but in such a gentle motion does he edge deeper into her head.

I'm assuming her 'damn' in the second posting was intentional and indicated a shift in her character...

"I love you exponentially more, every second of every day."  From the rest of the dialogue, I found this line unlikely.  But I don't like characters that are predictable...so I thought if he did use this line, there might be some kind of reaction to it.  It just seemed to stick out in the midst of the other style.

You've created a very interesting reason why this girl is completely dependent on this boy...

Anyway....there it is...my two cents.

Paddy

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MEGAN
Once upon a time there was a pretty princess and her prince charming was named Sam-

SAM
What are you doing? Git off’a me. I have to go to work or-

MEGAN
Good. Don’t leave.

SAM
You mean it?

MEGAN
Course I mean it. What are you lookin at me like that for. Stop it.

SAM
I can’t. You’re just so beautiful.

MEGAN
Go brush your teeth.

SAM
See, you’re already telling me to get.

MEGAN
Don’t leave, just brush your stanky teeth before trying to get all-

SAM
All-right, all-right.

SAM exits into the bathroom.

MEGAN
I don’t think it makes any sense for me to be cooped up here all day. I thought we was just gonna run away together, start a new life. There’s got to be a place no one would know us, someplace far away? We could keep running. Like..like… like two sparrows in a hurricane.


SAM (from off stage)
Like what?

MEGAN
Like that night you drove all the way from Charleston, and didn’t tell me you were coming. But I knew anyway, so I snuck out and met you on the side of the road, and we drove around till dawn. Not even talking just holding each other. And it was wet and everything smelled like honeysuckle. And then we smelled like honeysuckle. After you left I used to lay in the back of Daddy’s pick-up truck when he was driving down that road and suck on a honeysuckle. The smell would get all over me and lay over me all mixed in with the thick air. And I would suck on that honeysuckle and imagine it was you.

SAM re-enters

SAM
You want me to bring you a honeysuckle bush baby?

MEGAN
No.

SAM
Then whatcha goin on about?

MEGAN
That night. That night I knew you were coming, because I just knew. I could here the thunder, and I could feel you coming. So I ran out into the road and you were just there.

SAM
Just like that huh?

MEGAN
Just like that.

SAM
Like magic or something.

MEGAN
Just like magic. Like when we made the whole sky light up, and I felt my skin go boom. And I thought I could just fly away right then and there.

Fireworks are seen and heard as if from a distance.

MEGAN
But you wrapped your warm arms around me and I watched your face turn red, and green all lit up with the fireworks. And we just watched each other light up in each other’s arms. Like that.

SAM
I’ll love you like that right now.

MEGAN
But there are no fireworks here, not like that.

SAM
I’ll make you fireworks, I’ll bring em in the house and we can light em up right in the living room. Is that what you want? Fireworks in the living room? I’ll bring em home tonight.

MEGAN
I don’t need you to bring me any fireworks. I just want- I’m feeling more and more everyday that it ain’t right.

SAM
You still want to marry me

MEGAN
Course I do.

SAM
Then everything’s all right.

MEGAN
Can we get a puppy?

SAM
I can’t bring you nothing if I don’t go to work.

MEGAN
Go, get on to work, since your itching to go.

SAM
You make this apartment look so pretty Megan. But I’m gonna buy you a house, you wait and see.

MEGAN
I don’t want a house, I want-

SAM lifts MEGAN up and puts her back into bed.

SAM
Don’t move baby, I want to find you just like that when I come home.

MEGAN
Lets go to Mexico.

SAM
You don’t want to go to Mexico baby, you don’t speak Mexican.

MEGAN
We can learn. Lets just run away.

SAM
We already ran away.

MEGAN
It doesn’t feel like I thought it might.

SAM
We’re together, we ran away to be together. What do you want to eat later?

MEGAN
I want to go to a Mexican Restaurant, and eat chips and salsa.

SAM
Baby, stop it.

MEGAN
Let’s just go to Mexico. I want to have an adventure, feel like I’m flying. Something different. I want- I want to go out like they do in the movies, and wear high heels and lipstick, and order drinks with funny names. I want to go to a real restaurant. Like you promised me we would.

SAM
When you’re eighteen baby. Here. I wanted to surprise you, on your birthday, but I bought you a present. Look it’s one of those bridal magazines.

MEGAN
Maggie got a bunch of magazines before she got married.

SAM
And so will you.

MEGAN
Daddy said it was a sin what women do in magazines. But Maggie let me look at hers when I slept over once. Nothin sinful that I could tell.

SAM
There’s nothing wrong with getting married.

MEGAN
We flew away Sam! Isn’t it great? Running away from Daddy’s rules, and Maggie James’ talk.

SAM
What kind of talk?

MEGAN
She said you weren’t the marrying kind. Said you wouldn’t do right by me. I didn’t tell her I was dreaming everyday about flying away with you.

SAM
Well you showed her. You can stop dreaming about flying and running, and start dreaming about what a beautiful bride you’re gonna be.

MEGAN
This isn’t-

SAM
Isn’t what?

MEGAN
Can we get a puppy Sam, or a bird or something. Maybe a lizard. It gets so lonely Sam, I could train a little puppy.

SAM
But you couldn’t take the puppy outside baby. I don’t want him peeing all over everything.

MEGAN
Or a bird?

SAM
They’re even worse. Megan, go back to bed.

MEGAN
Did you tell Jackson about me? Anyone. I could fix supper, like Mama used to. I could make you a list, and then I could make something, here. We could have a party.

SAM
Quit it.

MEGAN
But Sam-

SAM
I mean it, cut it out. I have to have the gas station open by five. Or Jackson- well, he likes us to be open.

MEGAN
Sam don’t. Please don’t leave me here alone. It’s hard, all day. All day I’m alone. Don’t give me the moon, take me there, get me out of this place. Anywhere, anywhere at all, I want to fly away. With you. I want to fly away with you. Like when we were all covered in honeysuckle- When-

SAM
I remember when- We’re here now.

MEGAN
I didn’t mean nothing but-

SAM
I know what you meant. I’m gonna get.

SAM begins putting his clothes on.

SAM
Fuck honey. I don’t have time to shave. Go back to bed for a while, I’ll be home before you know it. I’ll pick up a book or something. Read your magazine today. We’ll figure it all out together. I’ll bring you another magazine tonight, one that has pictures of Charleston in it, and you can pick where you want to get married. October 11th’ll be here for you know it, and then we’ll just have one more year. And then I’ll take you to Mexico, okay? I promise, we can have our honeymoon down there. Just give me one more kiss before I go? Alright then-

SAM kisses MEGAN

SAM
You’ll be here?

MEGAN
Course I will. I’ll be right here, waiting for my man to come home to me.

SAM
I’ll rush straight home, after I grab that magazine.

MEGAN
I know you will.

MEGAN lays back down and pulls the covers over her head as SAM exits out the front door, and then locks it. MEGAN does a series of tasks, as the light gets brighter. Some examples might be: reading her magazine, making the bed, getting back in bed, flicking the light on and off. She tries to open the door, but discovers that it is locked. Each task should feel tedious. Days are passing by. There is a knock on the door.

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I like the premise of a runaway girl with an older man

the girl locked in a cage away from the world.

The machinery that Sam is working on is a nice piece of the puzzle that I hope we understand eventually, but right now it seems a little sinister.

There are times where Megan looses her innocence and then slips back into it.

I see where you are developing the change of Megan in the second installment, somehow I'd like to see a heightened annoyance apparent in Sam as well.

I especially loved the honeysuckle section.  I could smell it.  After 15 years in the south it's one of those smells that you never loose, even here in the frigid north country.

I'm anxious to see what happens.

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I just turned in my full draft for a review (for a grade. yuck) a few days ago, and based on the feedback I recieved I think I need to dramatically restructure a large segment of this piece.

I'm going to continue to post sections of "Learning to Fly" as it is written now, but I would like some feedback from y'all about the specific concerns my professors pointed out.

The biggest critism I recieved (wrapped up in a pretty little bow) was that Megan's dramatic arch is undeveloped, and that what she wants is unclear. I understand that y'all probebly cannot comment on Megan's arch without seeing the whole play, but I would like you to keep that in mind as I continue to post.

P.S. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and comment. I really appriciate it!

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MEGAN
Sam?

MAMA
Diane! Open this door, it’s your mama.

MEGAN
I’m not opening this door.

MAMA
Open this damn door.

MEGAN
I’m not coming home.

MAMA
Stop your whining about what you are and what you are not gonna do, and open this door so I can stop yelling my head off on your door step like some kinda fool.

MEGAN tries to open the door, but cannot. Mama lets herself in.

MEGAN
I’m sorry Mama.

MAMA
No you are not. Don’t you dare apologize to me. Now let me look at you. Your father’s gone half mad, you know that? Pacing around your bedroom, he started to talk t’the cats, like you used to do, asking them where you run off to. I tried to tell him. God knows, that you would either come back of your own accord, or not at all. You’ve always been my daughter Megan. Whether you like it or not. Cotton picking hands and all. I haven’t come here to beg you to come back to the farm on my hands and knees, neither. Just so you know. I’ve come here to look at you. You’re my flesh and blood after all. And to tell you, that if you ever leave me standing on your doorstep again, I’ll burn this whole place to the ground.

MEGAN
Mama-

MAMA
I will! Where is he?

MEGAN
Where’s who?

MAMA
Where’s who? Don’t talk to me like I’m some kind’a fool. After four months of being out of my house do you think I don’t know you, that I can’t feel your thoughts in the pit of my stomach before you even think them. The boy. The boy that’s who.

MEGAN
He’s at work.

MAMA
Well good for him. (beat) Megan?

MEGAN
Yeah Mama?

MAMA
I would have let you go, you know that.

MEGAN
I know.

MAMA
You didn’t have to run off like you did.

MEGAN
You want some tea?

MAMA
That would be nice.

MEGAN
Tell Daddy-

MAMA
It’s already done sugar. Are you planning on marrying this boy?

MEGAN
When I’m eighteen.

MAMA
Now I know I’m just an old lady who doesn’t know nothing about nothing, but I do believe it would hurt your Daddy very much if he missed his only baby girl’s wedding. Stop running baby.

MEGAN
He loves me Mama.

MAMA
I know you think that means something and I know you want to be grown and free. But- this boy, this boy who’s got his smell all over you, marking you like a dog. Just don’t be trading one cage for another all right? Call your Daddy. He misses you terrible.

MEGAN
I’m doing what I want now.

MAMA surveys the room.

MAMA
I know. (beat) Is he gonna take care of you?

MEGAN
He’s takin real good care of me Mama, anything I want he brings it to me.

MAMA
Let me see it.

MEGAN holds out her hand while her mother scrutinizes the ring on her finger.

MAMA
Megan, what the hell is that?

MEGAN
Its from an astroid Mama, he made it.

MAMA
Outa what?

MEGAN
Scrap metal and this piece of an asteroid he bought at a museum in Columbia. (beat) Its from the heavens Mama, it fell right down from the heavens. He said it was just like me. This is a piece of God’s universe Mama.

MAMA
Even your Daddy managed to buy me a diamond Megan.

MEGAN
Eddie didn’t get Maggie a diamond.

MAMA
Now I ain’t gonna have my little girl comparing herself to the likes of that white trash and her simple minded beau. And anyway, he built her a house and bought her a piece of land to put it on.

MEGAN
He’s gonna Mama.

MAMA
He’s gonna what?

MEGAN
He’s just gonna.

MAMA
That’s what I thought. This what you’ve been dreaming about? Sneaking off to Maggie James and looking at those nasty pictures of women all laid out like they’re-

MEGAN
Sam’ll be home soon Mama, he’d be upset if he knew you were here.

MAMA
When does he come home?

MEGAN
He comes home as soon as he can after work. He got off bout twenty minutes ago.

MAMA
Alright. No need to show me out. I’ll find it somewhere in this palace he has you holed up in.

MAMA exits.

MEGAN straightens up the apartment, a difficult task because SAM has begun to clutter the place with pieces of plywood, tools, and scrap metal. MEGAN Finds her bible and begins to pray. The sun sets.

MEGAN opens the window. She pulls out a crumpled pack of cigarettes and lights one. She is not a smoker, but enjoys remembering the smell of a lit cigarette.

SAM opens the door. He’s carrying two bags, and a mechanical looking device.

He sees MEGAN leaning out the window to smoke and rushes over to close the window.

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