A Play by Alissa F.

 

CHARACTERS:

Smokey, the polluted air Jose, the bottle

SETTING: In a park, in San Bruno, that has a lot of trees and loud Chicano music from the cars that are parked on the street. Benches and tables that have teens sitting on them and a play area for the littler kids.
TIME: March 11, 2008, 6:30 p.m


Smokey

Dad, dad, I need to talk to you.

Jose

Son, can’t you see that I’m being passed around, and can’t talk to you right now?

Smokey

Well ya, but it is really important! Can you just listen?

Jose

Ok, what is it?

Smokey

Well, my mom is making my life miserable. I want to have fun, and with her polluting me, I can’t. I just keep waking up sick!

Jose

Smokey! I don’t want to hear this right now! I am busy!

Smokey

But, I need your help.

Jose

Why don’t you try to tell her how you feel.

 

Smokey

Because! She just won’t listen to me.

Jose

Well, I’m not gong to deal with this! I’m tired of hearing it!

Smokey

Dad, I just wanted you to help me, and you are my dad, you’re  suppose to be here for me?

Jose

I am here for you! I just don’t want to get in between you and your mom.

Smokey

But?

Jose

No! I have been having to choose between you guys because we can never have a good time without you two arguing.

Smokey

But see, if you talk to her you won’t have to do that anymore.

Jose

You know how your mom is? And she won’t change as hard as we try. It just won’t happen.

Smokey

Well, you know you guys not listening to me just makes me feel like I’m not wanted.

Jose

Son? We love you. It’s just sometimes we need a brake.

Smokey

But mom?

Jose

I’m not you mother! If you have a problem with her, you guys need to deal with it and stop getting me involved!

Smokey

 Fine! If you are going to treat me this way I will not talk to you!

(Smokey floats away.)
(Jose is talking to himself.)

Jose

Wow, I really hurt his feelings, but I’m stuck? And I don’t know what to do. There are just so many things that could happen if there is a difference.  If his mom changes she won’t know what to do. She will go crazy, because all she knows is to pollute, But if Smokey and his mom get along and Smokey get better he won’t be the same little annoying part of air.

(Smokey floats in.)

Jose

Hi son I’m…

Smokey

Oh? So now you want to talk to me? Well I’m just coming to tell you…

Jose

Son wait, I have thought about it. I will ask your mom if she can slow down on polluting you just a little.

Smokey

O, ok.

Jose

When I stop being passed around I will take your mom out to a dinner and I will talk to her. Ok?

Smokey

Well, thank you dad.

Jose

But this is the last time! No more! From now on if you and her have a problem you deal with it!

(Jose roles away)

Smokey

Well, I wonder what my mom is going to tell my dad. If she’s not going to stop I will just loose it, I’m just so tired of feeling this sickness. I refuse to be depressed anymore.

(Jose rolls back, talks to himself.)

Jose

Well that’s weird my wife didn’t even listen to me.  I can understand not listening to her son but her husband, what did I do? That felt like I wasn’t even talking to her. It was like it went in one ear and out the other. That hurt.
Smokey?

Smokey

Yes dad? What did she say?

Jose

Well, I don’t think you are going to have much luck feeling better. She didn’t listen to me! She won’t listen to you and she’s not going to change!

Smokey
Well, dad it’s hard for me to say this, but I have to go find a place where I don’t feel like I’m sick and mistreated anymore.  I will be back to visit when I get my self feeling better, but just remember it wasn’t your fault. I will always love you.

Jose

Son, wait! Please don’t go I tried my best, I’m sure we can do something else.  I don’t want to lose you. You’re my only son.  I don’t know what I would do if you weren’t here. You bug me but I still love you.

Smokey

No, dad nothing else will work. We all ready tried, I have to go but I will be back, I just need a break.

Jose

Well? Ok, I will see you when you come back.

(Smokey leaves.)
(Jose talks to himself.)

Wow! I just let my son float away. What is wrong with me! I mean I tried talking to his mom to stop. But she didn’t listen, I guess I am just going to have to wait until he comes back. Ya, I will be worried about him, but I’m sure he will be ok. What will his mother say when I tell her he’s gone. I hope she doesn’t just blow it off. We need to work on it so we can get him back when he comes to visit.

The End

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