[ Two tall stools downstage, each key lit. Two actors (MOLLY and DAN) walk in and sit on stools. Lights come up after actors are seated. ]
[ Pause ]
MOLLY: There, did you hear that?
MOLLY: A drip.
MOLLY: [pause] There I heard it again. Itís a drip.
DAN: [ Shrugs ] So, call a plumber.
MOLLY: You fix it it.
DAN: Iím not a plumber.
MOLLY: Youíre an engineer; you fix things.
DAN: I design things; I hire people to fix things.
MOLLY: [pause] There it is again.
MOLLY: The drip.
DAN: [ Shrugs. ]
MOLLY: Did you hear me? We have a drip.
DAN: You heard a drip yesterday; youíre imagining a drip.
MOLLY: I distinctly heard a drip. I canít believe you didnít hear it.
DAN: You have a drip. I didnít hear it.
MOLLY: You need hearing aids.
DAN: Because I didnít hear your imaginary drip?
MOLLY: I didnít imagine it. [pause] There, I heard it again. Did you hear it?
DAN: No drip.
MOLLY: Go to the Audiologist.
DAN: Too expensive; thousands of dollars.
MOLLY: You need to look into hearing aids.
DAN: So I can hear your drip?
MOLLY: So you can hear me.
DAN: I hear you now.
MOLLY: Most of the time you donít.
DAN: Right. I listen to what I need to hear.
MOLLY: So, you donít hear everything.
DAN: Thatís not what I said.
DAN: Well, what?
MOLLY: Are you going to explore getting hearing aids?
MOLLY: At least have your hearing tested?
MOLLY: Why not?
DAN: I told you; too expensive.
MOLLY: We can cut back on things.
MOLLY: Really. Think about it.
DAN: Like reducing our tithe to the church.
DAN: How about you take the bus to work. We sell the car. You can walk to the bus stop.
MOLLY: I would have to leave too early. We could save a lot of money if you gave up the health club.
DAN: You really want me to get fat and slovenly?
MOLLY: Donít be silly. You can run around the block.
DAN: Itís not the same. I would have to breathe carbon monoxide fumes, and then we would have hospital bills.
MOLLY: Okay, how about we cut out cable TV.
DAN: Fine with me. Call Betty; tell her Iíll be at their house watching the games with Jack.
MOLLY: Weíll listen to the radio.
DAN: Are your wedding dress and home finder shows on radio?
MOLLY: No, but I would give those up.
DAN: You would?
MOLLY: We could read more.
DAN: More Bible study wouldnít hurt.
MOLLY: You could write your novel.
DAN: And, you could compile a cookbook.
MOLLY: Just think of the things we could do together.
DAN: I think this is getting out of hand.
MOLLY: We could build a garden.
DAN: We donít have a lawn. We live in an apartment.
MOLLY: Oh yeah. I got carried away. So, maybe window box tomatoes.
[ DAN stands and begins to leave. ]
MOLLY: Where are you going?
DAN: To fix the drip.
[ Lights fade]
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