NATURE’S GIFT

 

 

Written By: Austin S.

Mentored By: Javier R.

Program: Each One Reach One

Dates: February 20th-March 1st, 2014

Description: The quest for a family.

 

 

By AUSTIN S.

 

 

CHARACTERS: Confident the White Rose, Male 20 years old.

              Gorgeous the Red Rose, Female 20 years old.

              (Confidents’ Girlfriend.)

 

    SETTING:  Indepence High School Garden next to a neighborhood park.  You see people reading in the park. You hear school bells and kids talking.  You smell flowers, water and cafeteria food. 

 

       TIME:  3:00 pm on a Spring afternoon

 

 

    AT RISE:  Confident is talking to Gorgeous in between a fence that separates the school garden from a neighborhood park


 

CONFIDENT

(Sweet) Gorgeous

 

GORGEOUS

(Irritated) What?

 

CONFIDENT

(Sweet) We need to talk

 

 

GORGEOUS

(Irritated) We don’t need to talk

 

 

CONFIDENT

(Sweet) But we do need to talk about our future

 

 

GORGEOUS

(Confused) Why do we have to talk about our future every

 

day?

 

 

CONFIDENT

(Calm) Because you know the school Gardner is coming today

 

to pick flowers.  There is a possibility that we will be

 

separated for a long time or even forever. That is why I

 

need to talk to you today

 

 

GORGEOUS

Ok, fine. But I have to go to nursery school

 

 

CONFIDENT

We’ve been off and on since we were sprouts at the Jr

 

flower shop.  And I loved you at first sight since I gazed

 

at your stem.  Those times were great.  Then you moved and

 

had a flower on me with a black rose.  But I forgave you. 

 

And then you moved back and we started up again.  We’ve

 

been going one year strong and I’m not trying to stop here

 

 

GORGEOUS

You didn’t have to bring up the past.  I told you not to

 

do that.  We are in the future right?

 

 

CONFIDENT

But I’m ready to take the next step in our relationship. 

 

Like moving in together and creating a bouquet of flowers

 

 

GORGEOUS

(Blowing him off) I am going to school to deliver flowers

 

 

CONFIDENT

What in the photosynthesis?  All you want to do is deliver

 

other people’s flowers and not make flowers with me

 

 

GORGEOUS

You know why…

 

CONFIDENT

I don’t know why

 

GORGEOUS

You already know why. We talked about it before

 

 

CONFIDENT

(Concerned) I don’t remember. So tell me and lets go to the

 

root of it

 

 

GORGEOUS

I still don’t, I still don’t know how to put this…every

 

time we talk about it, it reminds me of the petal I lost

CONFIDENT

I know we talked about it before and I’m sorry for what

 

happened.  And I feel for you. I didn’t know it was still

 

bothering you

 

 

GORGEOUS

You could never know how I feel because you never had a

 

petal inside of you

 

 

CONFIDENT

I know I’ll never have a petal inside of me…and it made you

 

stronger because I would be afraid to see what I would do

 

to myself if I lost a petal.

 

 

GORGEOUS

I cry sometimes thinking about the petal I lost. Thinking

 

about how it would be raising it, kissing it, taking it to

 

school and watching it grow up to say “momma I love you.” 

 

It makes me sad when I see when I see other flowers with

 

their bouquets cause I think that could be me.  But I get

 

mad sometimes when I see it. Sometimes I think it was my

 

fault 

 

 

Confident feels complete compassion and love for Gorgeous

 

 

CONFIDENT

It was never your fault.  Mother Nature had another purpose

 

for you to lose that petal

 

 

 

 

GORGEOUS

Mother Nature?  If Mother Nature had another purpose for

 

me, then what is it?  And why did she have to take my peal

 

 

CONFIDENT

(Sympathy) I don’t know what the reasons are for it, but I

 

trust it’s for a good one

 

GORGEOUS

But I’m scared.  What happens if I loose another petal? 

 

The doctor says if I loose another one, I’ll never be able

 

to make a family.  It makes me terrified.  What kind of

 

wife would I be if I can’t give you babies?

 

 

CONFIDENT

If you can’t have babies, then we can adopt.  But you’d

 

always be the wife that I want.  You’re beautiful, loving,

 

kind and forgiving.  We can talk about anything except when

 

you’re mad at me.  Feels like we were meant to be together. 

 

I never told you, but I had a dream that we lived in a

 

display vase at Trader Joes and someone dropped in a baby

 

rose and it was our son

 

 

GORGEOUS

I’ve always wanted a son

 

CONFIDENT

I believe Mother Nature is giving us a sign of the future

 

to come

 

GORGEOUS

(Stunned) Well…how are you going to support us?

 

CONFIDENT

I got that taken care of.  I got a job set up as a

 

landscaper as soon as I leave the garden.  I believe deep

 

down inside that if Mother Nature gives me a son, I will be

 

able to support him and you

 

 

Confident hears the Gardner coming to snip the roses. Time is ticking

 

 

CONFIDENT

I need you to make up your mind about us being together

 

before I get snipped

 

 

GORGEOUS

I can’t go through another broken heart again. Settling for

 

someone who isn’t good for me.  It’s hard for me to let my

 

guard down because every time I do, I get hurt.  So promise

 

me you won’t hurt me or my brother squirrel will push your

 

stems back

 

 

CONFIDENT

I’ll never hurt you.  I love you too much.  I’m here to

 

help you heal.  So are you down?

 

 

GORGEOUS

(Smile) So what’s the next step?

 

 

CONFIDENT

So at the count of three, you are going to grab my stems

 

and pull the roots out from under me

 

GORGEOUS

I’m not strong enough for that

 

CONFIDENT

You are stronger than you think.  The Gardner is coming.

 

Hurry. Just do it, please

 

GORGEOUS

ok

 

 

Gorgeous grabs Confident by the stems and stares in his eyes

 

 

GORGEOUS

I love you confident

 

CONFIDENT

I know. I love you too Gorgeous.  Now at the count of

 

three, I want you to pull your hardest. One, Two and

 

Three!!!

 

Gorgeous pulls Confident. The roots begin to crumble

 

 

CONFIDENT

You are doing good baby. Just pull a a little more

 

Gorgeous struggles, but eventually pulls Confident through the fence

 

 

GORGEOUS

I just feel like I gave birth

 

CONFIDENT

Come one now. I’m not that heavy

 

GORGEOUS

Speaking of birth, remember how I told you I want to

 

deliver other peoples flowers. I think we are going to need

 

help delivering ours. I am pollenated!

 

 

CONFIDENT

The whole time we have been arguing you were pollenated?

 

 

GORGEOUS

I just wanted to see what you would say.  And I heard what

 

I needed to feel “confident” in moving forward with

 

you

 

CONFIDENT

(Happy) I knew it (Say 4x)

 

Voice fades away. They moved in together and have an orange

 

rose son who they named “Chester.”  He was born healthy and

 

they lived happily ever after

 

 

THE END

 

 

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