A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW
A Play in Two Minutes
Cast of Characters
Nicky Eff: A woman in her
mid-40s mid-30s late 20s
Jepeto Tee: A man in his early 40s
The living room of a house somewhere in the frozen tundra of Montreal, Quebec.
A year ago, mid-February, 2013
We are in the living room of the Eff/Tee home, a fixer-upper if ever there was one, in the snowy wasteland known as Montreal. The living room is cluttered with toys, books, dirty dishes and several laundry piles in various states of decomposition. Dust bunnies are gathered by the thousands in the corner of the room, picket signs in hand, protesting their inhumane living conditions.
NICKY EFF is curled up in the fetal position on the couch. The room is dark. A laptop is open on the ottoman in front of her, her face is illuminated by the glowing screen. She stares at it unblinkingly.
Oh, woe is me! What was I thinking? Won’t someone rescue me?
(She whimpers some more. JEPETO walks into the room, tripping over a toy on the floor and falling face first into a giant pile of decomposing laundry. )
(muffled swearing in French)
What the…? OMG, it’s 5 o’clock in the morning! Have you been up all night? And couldn’t you at least do a load of laundry if you’re not going to sleep?
I’m trying to come up with something for the challenge.
This is nuts! This thing has made you crazy. You’re not sleeping, you’re not eating. (Kicks a toy into the corner of the room, scattering the angry dust bunnies) You’re definitely not cleaning. You’ve stopped talking to us.
I know, I know! It’s almost over, though. Only 10 more days and we’re done. The we can go back to being a regular dysfunctional family who stops talking to each other because of the television.
That sounds nice. How long will it last, though? When do you start your next challenge?
(makes the sign of the cross with her fingers)
Bite your tongue! There will be no more challenges. I already discussed it with CheesyMike. We’ve agreed: we will NEVER do another challenge again. Not photographs and definitely not a writing challenge. NEVER. EVER. Again.
Welcome to Day 18 of the Second Third Annual 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing. Today’s prompt was Liars and it was brought to you by the Olympic Men’s Curling Up With A Good Book bronze medalist, Dufus. Please click on the links below to visit the other people participating in this challenge. Honestly, they are a talented bunch.