NOTHING CAN BREAK US APART

By: Licett C.

 


Characters:   Luz the bulldog puppy: female, 2 years old.

                        Squeaky the ball: female, 2 years old.

 

Setting:          In a dark, cold, windy alley behind a Mexican restaurant. There are wrappers of food ingredients, old expired tortillas, tamales, & vegetables, along with the sound of people singing with the mariachi.

 

Time:              8:00am on a winter day.

 

At rise:           Animal control is passing by while Luz & Squeaky are hiding behind the garbage can.

 

Luz

Hey Squeaky! You see the animal control passing by down the street?

Squeaky

Who?

Luz

The animal control!

 

Squeaky

Who’s that?

Luz

The people that pick up animals that live on the street.

Squeaky

Ohh… Well, where do they take them?

Luz

To the pound.

Squeaky

What’s the pound?

Luz

OMG Squeaky! Are you serious? You don’t know what the pound is?

Squeaky

Well no… do I need to know what it is or what?

 

 

Luz

Yes, you do need to know.

Squeaky

So what is it? How is it like?

Luz

It’s like jail.

Squeaky

Jail?!

Luz

Yes, you are locked in a cage until a family decides to adopt you.

Squeaky

Stop over exaggerating Luz!

Luz

I’m being serious. It’s such a scary place. I wish I never end up in that place.

Squeaky

Why would you? You shouldn’t trip Luz. You ain’t no bad puppy.

 

Luz

                        That don’t matter. They don’t care if you a good dog or not.

Squeaky

                        So they would just take you & put you in the pound whenever they see a dog or animal walking down the street?

Luz

                        Basically, but they mostly take animals that don’t have a home and family. Yeah, and I don’t want to be that dog they take some day.
                        That’s why I want tofind a new home and family.

Squeaky

                        What you mean find a new family? You have me. We have been together showing love to each other for 2 years.

Luz

                        Yeah I know Squeaky, but what I’m tryna say is that I want to have a real family with a real home. I can’t be living in this alley behind this garbage can any longer.

 

Squeaky

                        What makes you say that?

 

Luz

                        Didn’t you hear Mr. Pancho say that he was gonna get rid of this ugly, grimy, smelly garbage can?

Squeaky

                        No, when was this?

Luz

                        Last night.

Squeaky

                        Oh no, I don’t remember hearing him say that.

Luz

                        Well yeah, he did say that. And you know what could happen if he actually gets rid of it?

Squeaky

                        No more smelly smell?

Luz

                        What the hell Squeaky? Why can’t you at least think for once?

 

Squeaky

                        What you mean?

Luz

                        If we don’t have the garbage can here in the alley, we won’t be able to hide anymore.

Squeaky

                        Hide from who Luz? I don’t understand.

Luz

                        This garbage can hides me form the animal control that passes by every morning. Without it, they’re gonna find me and take me to the pound.
                        You just don’t understand cuz you just a ball.

Squeaky

                        I know I’m just a ball. Well, why don’t we go to a new alley that has a garbage can in it?

Luz

                        No, No, No Squeaky. I don’t want to live in no alley behind a garbage can any longer. I’m tired of living this way.
                        I want to live in a house with a family that loves me and takes care of me. Can you help me attract a family?

 

Squeaky

                        Attract? How are we going to do that?

Luz

                        When a family passes by, you gonna roll up to them so they can get you and bring you to me. When I receive you, I’ma kick you and you
                         gonna bounce back to me and land on my nose. By the time you land, you spin on my nose and a family can actually pay attention to me.

Squeaky

                        So what you are telling me is that I’m helping you find a family so we can move in and leave this alley forever?

Luz

                        Yes, yes, yes Squeaky. You know what I’m heading to.

Squeaky

                        So you expecting me to leave Shiny the handsome coca-cola can behind?

Luz

                        Why not? You guys ain’t even dating.

Squeaky

                        (Upset) So, that don’t matter. Just shut up and leave me alone Luz. We’ll talk later.

Luz

                        If you don’t want to help me, it’s okay. I’ll just do it by myself, I guess.

Squeaky

                        (Mad) Since when do you care about having a family that loves you and takes care of you?

Luz

                        Since my mom passed away. Don’t you remember the day I told you? I miss the love and care my mom used to give to me all the time. The sweetness and kindness I received every day and night. This ugly, stanky, nasty alley don’t give me nothing. It only brings me coldness, loneliness, sadness, and tearness. I miss the old days. I can’t be living this way any longer.

Squeaky

Yes, I do remember. I’m sorry for you loss Luz, but you need to understand that I’m deeply in love with this coca cola can.

Luz

How you gonna do this Squeaky? How you gonna choose a can over your best friend? We have known each other for years. We have been through a lot. You barely even met this can. Just help me attract a family so I can leave and when I leave, you can stay with him as much time as  you want. I really don’t care.

Squeaky

What you mean you really wouldn’t care? I thought we were best friends forever. Stay by each other’s side no matter what.

Luz

We are and I would love to stay by your side forever Squeaky, but I really wanna find a family. If you don’t want to come with me, how are we gonna do it? Cuz I ain’t stating her any longer.

Squeaky

Luz, how are you put me in this situation!

Luz

I wanna feel free; not worrying about getting caught by the animal control. I don’t want to feel worries, scared, waking up all paranoid any more.

Squeaky

I feel you, but Luz, you need to understand you and Shiny are the only two things I care about in this world. I don’t want to lose none of you guys.

Luz

(Mean face) Well I don’t care what you think. We only have til today to decide what’s going to happen.

Squeaky

Til today?

Luz

Mr. Pancho is getting rid of the garbage can tomorrow morning.

Squeaky

I ain’t helping you. I’m sorry.

Luz

What! Why?!

Squeaky

Cause I don’t want you to leave me.

Luz

Stop being selfish Squeaky and help me.

Squeaky

Ain’t nobody being selfish. If anything, you being the selfish one here. You only thinking about yourself. You ain’t thinking about me.

Luz

What you talking about? I am. If you come with me, you gonna have a new home and family also.

Squeaky

They might not like me. They might only end up liking you. What if I get thrown away huh?

Luz

Why you always have to think so negative? Why can’t you think positive for once?

Squeaky

Idk how you gonna do it, but I’m staying here with Shiny the can.

Luz

Wow! Like that? Squeaky, you hella shady.

Squeaky

No I ain’t. How am I shady? By me helping you, I’ma feel like my feelings for you ain’t strong enough like I say they are. Cuz I’ma be okay with you leaving my side forever.

Luz

Don’t feel that way. I know you love me and you care for me a lot. If anything, by you helping me I’ma feel like you really care for me and that you actually care about how I feel. Don’t you want me to be happy?

 

Squeaky

Yes, I want you to be a happy dog; I want you to be the happiest puppy in this world Luz.

Luz

Then please Squeaky… Please help me.

Squeaky

(Stays quiet)

Luz

Look, help me attract a family and you can stay with Shiny. By me leaving, I’ma be happy and by you staying, you’ll be happy.

Squeaky

Are you sure you want it to be this way?

Luz

Yes, I’m 100% sure and I promise I’ll keep me word. I’ll come to visit you once in a while and hang out with you, I promise. I’ll never replace you or forget about you Squeaky.

Squeaky

Promise?

Luz

I promise.

Squeaky

Okay, how we gonna do this?!

 

Luz

So that’s a yes? You are helping me!?

Squeaky

Yeah, but hurry up before I change my mind Luz.

Luz

OMG Squeaky, I love you so much! Thanks!

(Luz struts off towards the main street to see if there may be a family walking by.)

Squeaky

I love you too Luz.

THE END

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