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Girl enter scene, (teenage girl bed room) she puts her school bag do wn slams the door and shuffles around. She picks up a book a paper other objects but is immediately unsatisfied with them and tosses them about. She collapses o n her bed obviously grave. She looks around unsure what to do. She catches sight of her desk and has an idea she gets up sits at her desk and begins to write.) Lizzy- Dear Katie, Today was my first day back at school. Ever body kept staring at me like I was some freak with a contagious disease. They kept whispering as I walked by like I couldn’t hear them! Some brave enough kept asking me questions. They all w anted to know about you, about, what happened. I didn’t know what to say I didn’t wa nt to answer them but they wouldn’t stop. One after the other they just kept comin g. I wish you had been there you would have known exactly what to say you a lways did. It got too much for me to handle so I called my mom to come get me. S he told me to call my dad that she was too busy. So I did and he told me to call my mom because he was too busy! So I called my mom again. I never got picked up and when I got home my mom and dad were hashing it out in the kitchen, accusing the other of not being responsible enough to pick up their own daughter when sh e needed them most! I don’t understand why they stay together anymore! All they do is fight fight fight then put me in the middle! I could always talk to you, but you re not here anymore. I really miss y ou ya know? You were my best friend. I don’t know what to do without you. Love Liz zy (Girl folds up piece of paper and sticks it into her desk. Lights fades. Lights up still in room girl enters again, smiling. It is obvious that a few days have passed since the last letter. She throws her bag down then sits at her desk and begins to write.) Lizzy- Dear Katie, School was so so. But hey its high school, when is it ever spectacular? No one talks or looks the same at me anymore. It s like I have some contagious d eadly disease! It’s ridicules! Ms. Jankenz keeps dishing out home work load after home work load. Sometimes I just think she likes making us suffer. Oh my god! You should have seen the cloths Marissa was wearing today! Jeez if sh e wasn’t for sales then I don’t know what she was doing, but all the guys couldn’t tak e their eyes off her, like she is some Greek goddess. God can’t guys actually like nice girls for once, not the ones who let their boobs hand out for the world to see? I can’t wait to get out of here. I was thinking about going to collage over in Scotland, or Spain! Somewhere far far from this place. You were always trying to get me to be bolder and do crazy things. Well I think I will make you proud. Miss you. Talk again soon! Love Liz zy. (Lights fade. Lights up. Girl enters wearing a black dress looking drawn. She im mediately sits down this time and begins to write) Lizzy-Dear Katie, I just got home from your funeral. It was a beautiful ceremony. Your mom was a wreak though. She cried threw the whole thing. I tried to talk to her, I always loved her she was like a second mother, a better mother, but she wouldn’t e ven look at me. She couldn’t stand seeing me. I didn’t know what to do. I was bawlin g like crazy too. I know I know I am such a softy, you always were trying to get me to toughen up, but I guess it just finally sunk in that I am never going to see you again......not in this life time anyway. So many people were there, you would have loved all the attention. People crying
over you telling stories laughing eating. All of our friends were there even th e ones that didn’t like you that much. I guess once you re dead everyone decides t hey were your best friend. Even Derek showed up, but he didn’t stay long. Your mom and about 15 other people made sure of that. I wanted to hit him, but I didn’t ge t a chance. You should have seen your mother go at him, holy cow it was beautifu l. I just wanted to give her some boxing gloves and let her go for it. You would have been laughing your ass off. I got to go, school tomorrow and its late alre ady. Talk to you soon. Love Liz zy (Door slams as Lizzy enters she is mad. Huffing and kicking at things around her room. She calms a little picks up a pen and paper but keeps pacing.) Lizzy- Dear Katie THERE AT IT AGAIN! Screeching at each other for no reason. Something abo ut the oven this time. Who knows!? Why can’t my parents just get a divorce already !? There miserable together, always yelling, always fighting and dragging me int o the middle of it! I always escaped to your house when they started this up but your mom won t let me. She can’t stand me not since...... She can’t even look at me . It makes me sick she always adored me, now she hates me. God why did you have to leave like this!? Don’t you know that there were people who needed you! That... .that....I needed you.....why did you do it, why did you leave me here all alone ! I....... (Turns around like someone called her) What!? (Turns back.) There cal ling me I have to go. I wonder whose side there going to make me take this time. Love Liz zy I’M COMING! (Lights down. Lights up. She enters wearing a bikini and has sun glasses on her head. She looks sad and lost in thought. In a daze she sits and begins to write. ) Lizzy- Dear Katie I spent the day at the beach. The air was perfect, clear and light and c ool. The wind took the edge off of the beating sun and I laid out on that sand a ll day. It was perfect. Like those days you and I would go and watch the cute be ach boys play volleyball and hit on other girls and hope that maybe one would no tice us. We would drink diet coke and eat ice cream, making fun of people who re ally should not be wearing bikinis, the ones whose hair was way to blond and ski n that was way too tan. Kids would play in the water and sand, without a care in the world. Nothing mattered to them. Not walking the right way talking the righ t way dressing the right way. They had no regrets no worries. There was no yeste rday for them no tomorrow. Just then and there. I can’t remember feeling like that. It s been too long. I have grown too old, seen too much, made too many mistakes. I can’t go back no matter how much I want to, h ow much I need to. I see those kids now and know one day they will grow, one day they will lose their joy and freedom. One day they will live and see things tha t will change them, and they too will never be able to return. It is how it goes in this world. We cannot fight it we just must learn to accept it. I have to ac cept it, but how I will ever do such a thing is a mystery I have yet to discover . Have you figured it out? Where ever you are. Do you know the answers? I bet you do. You always had a knack about finding out everything about anything or anyone . Did you know I would do what I did? Did you know I would betray you they way I did? Did you try to stop me? I can’t remember. That night it’s just a blur. I can’t r emember, I won t remember.....I have to go. Homework to do, test to study for. E xciting I know right? But hey that s being a teenager. Love Liz zy (She gets up moves and sits on her bed. Lights down. Lights up, she enters looki
ng on the edge of a break down. She paces for a little while mad about something . Then she sits down and wrights.) Lizzy- Dear Katie Nothing new to report. Parents still fighting school still sucks everyon e is avoiding me like crazy. No one will talk to me. I pretend I don’t notice, pre tend I’m okay like nothing is wrong. I pretend I care about school pretend my pare nts fighting doesn’t affect me, pretend I don’t remember that night pretend. All I d o is pretend, and no one wants to talk about anything so they accept is. Go alon g with it. There all too stuck up in their own lives to even give a damn about a nyone other than themselves! They all have forgotten moved on shaken your death off likes it was nothing! They expect me to do the same. So I pretend, but you k now what? I’m sick of pretending! Sick of playing their stupid game! I just want t o walk up to each and every one of them and scream, Hey! Remember that girl who died! Ya she was my best friend and I still miss her so why don’t you stop pretend ing like she never existed, and acting like I should be over it by now because n o decent human being should be over it by now! I’m sorry if you too much of a spoi led brat to care but I still do and don’t treat me like I am some psycho crazy per son because of it! They just don’t understand. They don t understand what happened, they were n t there. They don’t know. I can’t get over it I can’t move on; I just can’t.......Is t hat crazy? Am I crazy? You would tell me if you were here. You always spoke the truth. Not afraid to tell me the truth, but what are best friends for anyway? Love Liz zy (She folds the paper carefully and tucks it away into her desk. Lights d own. Lights up. She walks in and sits on her bed. She is sad, and distracted. Sh e pules a piece of paper out and writes.) Lizzy- Dear Katie My parents are filing for divorce. Guess I finally got my wish hu? There both being insufferable. Fighting over dishes cars furniture food.....me. Its.. .I can’t do it anymore. I could always escape to your house, your mom was always m ore of a mother to me then my own mom but now she can’t even look at me. I make he r sick. I can t really blame her can I? Every time I see my reflection I want to smash it into a million bits. It s not fair! That night you didn’t want to go, th at night you didn’t want to go to the party. I did, but not alone I, I made you go . You said it was a bad idea but it was the party of the year our reputations we re at stake! That s all I was worried about then, image. How I looked, who was p opular. That all seems so distant now. Popularity, school, friends. That night h aunts me like a night mare that I can’t wake up from. You didn’t want to go, I made you, you didn’t want to drink but all the cool kids were doing it, I kept telling you to relax, be cool, and go with the flow. Those boys even started flirting wi th us. We were on top of the world. That guy, Derek he was all over you, he seem ed nice enough. He was totally into you! He wanted to take you for a drive, you thought that was a bad idea, but I told you to go for it, I told you to get in t he car......I did, it was me. When I didn’t hear from you for the rest of the night I just thought you and that guy had hit it off and you had got lucky. I didn’t worry. i told your mom you were still with me. I lied. My mom woke me up early in the morning she said....she said you had been in an a ccident. The boy had been drunk, and he hadn’t seen the deer till it was too late. He went off the road and wrapped around a tree, and I made you get in the car, me. You were my best friend, my sister my twin and.........I, I killed you. I ki lled you......... (Girl collapses onto her knees. Lights fade on her. Lights up. This time she is already at her desk sitting there staring at the paper and pen. It s a minute be fore she begins to write.)
Lizzy- Dear Katie My dad is moving to Chicago, and I m going with him. I’m finally leaving t his place. I can’t stay here anymore. It will be nice, new city new faces, a fresh start. Why not? What is left for me here? Friends that can’t even talk to me anym ore, or how about your mom who can’t even look at me? I don’t think she will ever fo rgive me. How can I blame her? I won t even forgive myself... I wonder where you are. I hope your happy or having fun. I bet there are some cute angel guys up i n heaven am I right... Do you forgive me? I hope you do...... Well I guess this is goodbye. I really miss you. I can t wait to get up to heaven to see you again , but for now...... Best friends for life? No Best friends forever. Love Lizzy (She leaves the room and lights fade)