Saved By a Dog
CHAPTER
1
FIGHTING
1
(Scene opens on MOM and DAD in a living room. There is a large arm chair Up Stage Right. MOM is standing and yelling at DAD, who has the same angry expression and is holding a cigarette. They’ve obviously been fighting for a while.)
MOM: I WILL NOT LET YOU SMOKE IN MY HOUSE, GEORGE!
DAD: YOUR HOUSE?! WHO PAYS THE BILLS, RACHEL? YOU? OH, NO, BECAUSE YOU STAY HOME AND PAINT ALL DAY WHILE I DO THE HARD WORK!
MOM: SOMEDAY MY ART WILL BRING IN THOUSANDS, JUST YOU WAIT!
DAD: NO! I’M DONE WAITING! I’M DONE WITH YOU! I’M DONE WITH EMMA! YOU LEAVE, OR... OR I WILL!
MOM: (Growing quiet, she looks sad and surprised.) George... you don’t mean that. Do you?
DAD: (Quieting, he collapses onto armchair.) I... don’t know. I didn’t mean what I said about Emma. I love her, but... having an almost teenager is so much harder than I thought. And... Rachel... I just... I just don’t know if we’re right for each other. It seemed perfect in college, but now... I’ve met someone else. (He goes silent and bites his lip, worried about how MOM will react.)
MOM: (Looks surprised at first, but then slowly nods.) Is she pretty? (DAD nods with a half-grin. MOM smiles back.) I think we both knew this was coming. We’ve been fighting for a while now, and even Emma noticed something was up... Oh, no.
DAD: What?
MOM: Emma! How is she going to react?
(BLACKOUT for just a few seconds as EMMA enters SR. When lights turn on, EMMA is in armchair with DAD and MOM kneeling in front of her.)
DAD: We know you’ve seen us fighting. Your mom and I... we just don’t love each other anymore. We’re going to divorce.
(EMMA’S jaw drops. Her eyes fill with angry tears and MOM hurriedly starts talking.)
MOM: Me and you are going to move to Portland! Won’t that be fun?
EMMA: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? (Jumps up angrily.) NO, IT WON’T BE FUN! YOU TELL ME THAT MY WHOLE LIFE IS CHANGING BECAUSE DAD FELL IN LOVE AGAIN AND THEN YOU DECIDE TO UPROOT ME FROM MY SCHOOL? MY LIFE? WHAT ABOUT MY FRIENDS? WHAT ABOUT ME?
DAD: Young lady...
EMMA: I DON’T CARE! (Storms off SR.)
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