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by Joseph Frost
a play written for The 31 Plays in 31 Days Project
Draft August 09, 2012
© Attic Scripts 4550 Normandy Dr Jackson, MS 39206 firstname.lastname@example.org
GALAXY, a girl, is perched in a precarious position - on the edge of something high. Below her is JUNE, a slightly older girl. Downstage, laying on his side is MULE. He maybe writes something we can’t see in the dust on the floor. JUNE I want nothing but the best for you. I know you think that. I do. GALAXY
JUNE You can’t tell me I don’t. GALAXY JUNE GALAXY JUNE I gave you advice. GALAXY JUNE GALAXY JUNE GALAXY After all this time...
I can’t? No. Fine. I gave you everything. start. So? I even left for you. For me. Yes. You still believe that? Of course I do.
I got you a
JUNE That’s what happened. GALAXY He can’t touch you.
You can be honest now.
It wasn’t about him.
GALAXY That’s not how I remember it. MULE (from the ground, not facing them) It’s come to this... Just wait. GALAXY
MULE I’m stuck here with her, and you just run off and leave. He never said that. It’s how I remember it. JUNE GALAXY
JUNE I told him that I loved him. He didn’t believe you. That’s a lie. See? What does he know? I think he would know. GALAXY
MULE I don’t think you ever loved me. GALAXY JUNE GALAXY Mule starts to rise.
MULE I never felt your love. Sometimes I felt that you tried your godshonest best. But it felt short. JUNE The phrase is fell short. But he said it wrong. GALAXY Bless him.
3. MULE Not like I loved you, anyway. I worked double shifts. gave up holiday trips home so we had enough money. My parents still hate me for giving so much to you. GALAXY You know that’s true, right? Yes. So? JUNE GALAXY
JUNE He never said that to me. I was there after. where else to go. You had there. GALAXY I was there for a long time. I had no
JUNE I didn’t have there anymore.
MULE It’s a different place without you. It smells different. The floor creaks louder when I come home after work. I hear it echo through the apartment, and I remember that you’re gone, and I wonder what I could have said. To convince you to stay. June rises. Stop it. JUNE
GALAXY It’s the truth, I’m telling you. June grabs Mule and turns him. Try it. What? This isn’t fair. JUNE MULE GALAXY
JUNE (to Mule) Here’s your chance. Convince me to stay.
4. GALAXY MULE
No. Really? Yes.
JUNE I want you to convince me. June turns her back.
JUNE (CONT’D) (to Galaxy) He gets a chance. Not if I don’t let him. Are you afraid? No. GALAXY JUNE GALAXY A moment. Mule turns to June. There you are. Yes. MULE JUNE
MULE You bitch. You fucking abandoned me here. With that whore! What the fuck did I do to you? I gave you too much? Put up with your shit? Let you walk all over me and then you walk out the fucking door! (advances on her) I ought to beat the shit out of your fucking mouth! Just as he gets to June, who hasn’t moved, he freezes. JUNE (to Galaxy) Got that out of your system? You can’t make me believe that of him. Give him his chance. Not for me. For him.
And you know it.
Galaxy lowers her head.
5. June walks past Mule. June? Yes. Is that you? MULE JUNE
MULE (trying to hold back the joy) Oh. I’m... I’m glad to see you. What brings you back here? JUNE You always knew I’d come back. I hoped. MULE I didn’t always know. June approaches him and puts a hand on his cheek. No. You did. JUNE Mule puts his hand on hers. I’m glad you did. Oh? Yeah. You know that I-No. I can’t stay. Don’t say that. But I can’t. I don’t believe that. MULE JUNE MULE JUNE MULE JUNE MULE JUNE MULE
6. JUNE MULE JUNE A moment. MULE That’s not a reason, June. They drop their hands. away. JUNE You haven’t changed much around here. No. MULE I never wanted to change it. JUNE MULE June crosses
It’s true. Why not?
You know why.
Can’t stop change. I can try.
JUNE Leads to disappointment. Sure has. MULE
JUNE A fresh coat of paint would help. Oh yeah? MULE
JUNE Doesn’t have to be a new color or anything. color. Just... fresh.
Can be the old
MULE Don’t like it. That paint smell. Have to move the furniture around and cover it to not get drips. Get a roller. Leaves all those speckles of paint all over your arm. Shoulder. Your shoe. The floor. Cutting in at the ceiling and around doors. Cleaning all that crap up. Put the furniture back. And all for what? For the same color on your walls. And all over one side of you.
7. JUNE If I’d have stayed, would you have put a new coat of paint up? Yes. I know. MULE JUNE
(a long moment) (to Galaxy) You can’t even let him try. No. GALAXY Mule sits on the floor. June crosses around him. What did he say? When? That morning. Nothing. Nothing. He didn’t notice. Come on. JUNE GALAXY JUNE When he saw I was gone. GALAXY JUNE GALAXY JUNE
GALAXY He didn’t. I promise. Seriously, it’s the truth. He didn’t notice until after work. He saw that your shoes were gone from by the door. Mule stares at what would be the door. GALAXY (CONT’D) He took off his hat. And stared for a moment. He sat on the floor and just stared. I couldn’t look at him, so I don’t know how long he was there.
You didn’t talk to him.
GALAXY Of course not. Why would I talk to him? God. He was so depressing there. Ugh. I didn’t like him when he wasn’t a deflated balloon. Now... JUNE Did you just walk around him? Yep. I can’t believe you. That. Right there. GALAXY JUNE GALAXY Is what he looked like.
June kneels down and looks in his face. JUNE How could you not go to him? GALAXY He looked like a big sack of shit sitting in the middle of the damn hallway. Like a big dog had taken a dump of diarrhea right on the rug. You think I’m gonna touch that shit? Hell no. His face. You look at it. JUNE GALAXY I couldn’t. Ugh. She reaches toward his face. There it is. I told you. JUNE GALAXY Look at what you did when you left. June stands, looks at Galaxy. JUNE You know I had to leave. So you said. GALAXY
I’m not making that up.
GALAXY I know you think you had to. But I think you... Yes? Doesn’t matter. are. I’m here now. And now you’re here. This is also who I am. Ha. It is. JUNE GALAXY You left. You did that. JUNE GALAXY JUNE GALAXY JUNE
That’s who you
GALAXY Tell that to him. Tell it. Tell it to him then. Broken. On the floor. A puddle of poo planted in the hallway of our shitty little apartment. Staring at the floor where your shoes should be. But aren’t. Then go down the hall to my room. And out on the fire escape, there I am. I’m there. JUNE
GALAXY June. You are. But we’re gone now. Means nothing to us now. Your good intentions, if that’s even what they were... They were. Sure. JUNE GALAXY June looks at Mule. JUNE He... He never... hurt me.
10. GALAXY Nope. Not once. That I would have known. Never hurt me either, if that matters. JUNE But I still couldn’t trust him. You could. GALAXY You just didn’t.
JUNE Can he... can he forgive me? Oh, god, June... Can he? GALAXY JUNE
GALAXY That’s what he’s fucking doing. It is? Yeah. I can’t see it. JUNE GALAXY JUNE
GALAXY That’s the sick shit of it. You’re fucking stabbing him right now. Right now. And he’s on the floor with the knife in his chest, and he’s fucking blessing you. Before you can even pull out the knife and let him bleed to death on the floor. And you still. Can’t. See it. (beat) Me on the other hand, no forgiveness. Not for you for him for me. Fuck us all. Galaxy stands on the precarious height. JUNE (without turning, emotional) GALAXY
11. JUNE GALAXY JUNE GALAXY JUNE GALAXY JUNE GALAXY JUNE GALAXY JUNE
Don’t. Don’t? No. The fuck you care? I care. Really. I do. This how you care? It is. God. Yes.
GALAXY And you don’t believe me. JUNE You know... I had... to leave... So did I. GALAXY Galaxy jumps to the floor, lands on her feet with a loud thud. She stands and stares at June for a moment. Without another word, Galaxy exits.
I’m sorry I I had to I never meant I didn’t want I had to
June grabs a hold of Mule from behind, burying her face in his back. Mule does not move. MULE It was three hours before I moved. It took that long The energy to stand To take my eyes off of Where you had been I looked for her but she was gone and I grieved for her but there was closure there I knew what had happened what had been done and how to respond the apartment echoed then the floor and walls but I couldn’t leave for at least at least I had the echo and the echo was with me and the echo was it was you, to me I know there was more I could have done June moves her hand to his face. Mule sits still. Lights down.