Fingerprints a mystery SCENE. A dark room.

PHOENIX and ARIADNE are sitting on the floor, staring at each other. A single light shines on them. PHOENIX. How long were we out? ARIADNE. I’m not sure. PHOENIX. Where are we? ARIADNE. I’m not sure. PHOENIX. Why are my clothes wet? ARIADNE. I’m not sure. PHOENIX. How did we get here? ARIADNE. I’m not sure. PHOENIX. What’s your name? ARIADNE. I’m not sure. PHOENIX. What’s my name? ARIADNE. Phoenix. PHOENIX. How do you know that? ARIADNE. I’m not sure. PHOENIX. I don’t think it’s very safe here. I’m scared. Are you scared? ARIADNE. I’m not sure. PHOENIX. How can you not be sure? ARIADNE. I’m not sure. PHOENIX. Wait… is that all you can say? ARIADNE. Phoenix… PHOENIX. Yes, you’ve said that already. My name. And “I’m not sure”. Why do you do that? Where are we? What’s your name? Why are we here? Why am I so scared? Why are you not scared? We could be… what if we were going to die? Would you care? Can you say anything? ARIADNE. I’m not sure.

PHOENIX. Of course you’re not. I guess it’s a mystery. ARIADNE. Phoenix… PHOENIX. What? ARIADNE. I’m not sure…. PHOENIX. Sure of what? ARIADNE. I’m not sure… of what my name is. What’s my name? PHOENIX. I’m not sure. ARIADNE. How do I know your name? PHOENIX. I’m not sure. ARIADNE. At least there’s some light. Where do you think it’s from? PHOENIX. I’m not sure. ARIADNE. Hello? Is anyone up there? (No answer.) I’m strangely calm. Are you calm? PHOENIX. I’m… not… ARIADNE. I think it’s going to be alright. Can you breathe? PHOENIX. I’m not sure. ARIADNE. I felt that way, at first. Just breathe. PHOENIX. Phoenix. ARIADNE. Right. From the ashes. PHOENIX. I’m… not… ARIADNE. Sure? PHOENIX. Sure. (The light goes out.) END OF PLAY

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