Play #12, 1/12/21 © 2021, Lucinda McDermott

4 Things: kingfisher, no trespassing sign, mud, pine cone

Event:  Sleepover birthday party

Location: Basement TV room

Characters: BESS 14, SARA 15.

At rise: Sleepover for BESS’s birthday. SARA is her only party guest. Pjs, popcorn, snacks, candy, and their cell phones.

BESS: Parker Smith asked Kory to go to prom.

SARA: Nuh uh!

BESS:    Yuh huh. Look. He posted a video asking her.   [They both look]

SARA: She’s an idiot. Look, she can’t stop laughing! God, that’s so/

BESS: /Right?

SARA:   I hate her.

BESS: Yeah. Kory Kingfisher is the dumbest of the dumb.

SARA: I sit behind her in band and like, she doesn’t even know how to put her clarinet together.

She has to ask for help every. Single. Day. She holds it like it’s a pinecone.

BESS: Whaddayamean.

SARA: Like [demonstrates]. She’s been playing since fourth grade! When is Mr. Farris going to get it?! She’s never going to learn!

BESS: I’m so bored. This is the most boring birthday E-VER.

SARA: Thanks.

BESS:    You know what I mean! Hey. Let’s sneak out and go over to the house next door. No one lives there but I know how we can get in. My brother told me.

SARA: The house with the “No Trespassing Sign”?

BESS:    Yah.

SARA:   It’s got mud all around it.

BESS:    You’re no fun.

SARA: Thanks, again. Why don’t I just leave. I can be insulted by my sister the comfort of my own home.

BESS: I’M JUST SO BORED. I’M 15 AND MY LIFE IS SHIT

SARA: We just can’t do anything at this age/

BESS:    /legally. Or permissionally. C’mon. Let’s get all Nancy Drew.

SARA: Your name is Bess. That makes me Nancy.

BESS: You’ll do it?!

SARA: Shut up. Let’s go.

[Quick fade to black]      

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