Plays in 256(ish) Characters.

As a warm-up to this year’s 31 plays in 31 days challenge, our fearless leaders ask we open an Alpha social media account and post (roughly) 256-character plays for five days. It’s already been lovely forcing myself to write a bit each day, and as such, here’s the fruit of my labors:

1: This feels remarkably like the way when we started.
2: How so?
1: We sit across from each other, you pretend to listen as I pretend to answer questions you don’t care about.
2: It’s been a pleasure working with you. Best of luck.
1: Likewise.

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E works a needle into her skin; lets loose the tourniquet; collapses into an older woman’s arms.
E: No, no, this is what I wanted to have happen, what it is is what. You, too, said it’s best.
E slowly slumps into silence.
E: I’ll never be a mom.

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A huge photo of the Eiffel Tower, black and white, projected upstage.
E: If in the wildest flights of fancy you can muster you dredged up a picture of what you love best, you’d not feel an atom of the love we share. Me. My lover. Skin on metal.

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M: Your breath became labored and you gasped for more, why didn’t you stop to check my eyes?
W: They, you, were across the room, watching what you allowed.
M: I would never have allowed it.
W: Then why did it happen?
M: I wish I was drunk again.

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Megan, 12, and her dog, Spot. Megan reads the paper and Spot leans against her.
They look to one another and Spot licks her nose. She puts the paper down and sighs.
M: Mom said the pills would begin working anytime now.
S: I can’t say I agree.

Soon begins the main event. Into the breach!

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