A Play by Anna

CHARACTERS:

Bunny- Age 15, Cat- Age 15 too.

SETTING:

A secret Garden. It makes you feel touched but hollow. It makes you look behind your back to see if someone’s watching you. There are medusa type statues all over. We see a wishing well that doesn’t end and a brick wall with leaves. It’s Very quiet.  Noises of leaves on the floor. There’s wind. You can hear whispering.  A creepy weary feeling to others, but not to Bunny. In the background we hear church bells ringing. Smoke always comes from the church. The smoke always smells like sadness. It’s always foggy here. No sun comes out. There is no sun here. Anyone who tries to grab roses is pricked except Bunny.

TIME:  
AT RISE: Bunny is at her house on the porch and cat walks by.


Bunny (distraught)
Hey Cat come here quick!

Cat
Um…. Okay.

Bunny
Damn I just found a yellow rose with a black ribbon and it had my name on it.

Cat (Loving)
Oh for real….

Bunny
Yeah…. And I have no idea who sent me this. This is weird.

Cat
Calm down. Maybe it’s nothing bad.

Bunny (rude)
But it has a black ribbon on it.

Cat
Well…. um…. Maybe your step-mo_____

Bunny (interrupts)
We both know she’s not going to be doing that. Ever since my dad died.
                                                           
Cat (freeze)
Oh um…. Damn. Did she ever tell you anything?

Bunny
No. She never tells me anything. Wait…. (impatiently) What do you mean?

Cat
Oh. No. Um just asking because I mean it’s your dad and you should know. Right?

    Bunny (squints her eyes)
I guess. But anyways, who do you think might have sent this?

(Cat begins looking around fearfully)

Cat (unsure of herself)
I don’t know.

Bunny (calm)
Are you sure because you seem awkward.

Cat
No. I feel fine.
                                                           
Bunny
I’m not asking you how you’re feeling. I’m asking you if you know anything.

Cat
Why are you asking me? Do I look like I know?

Bunny (defeated)
Oh well. Um…. If you hear anything let me know.

                                                           
Cat (uptight)
Uh…. sure.
(Cat exits. Bunny is at her porch intently looking at the flower and it unexpectedly rains. She is thinking.)

Bunny
Nah. I just can’t freakin’ understand why I’m receiving this flower with a black ribbon tied on it. And I don’t even know but I need Cat to help me because I can’t just tell my step-mom. cause she’ll mess up everything and do something bad. But Cat has been there for me and out of everybody I thought she would understand all these sudden changes and this rose ribbon situation. I feel like something is trying to reach out to me. I sometimes feel like I do know this thing. This secret admirer of mines. I want to do all possible to figure out who’s doing this and I have a feeling that Cat knows something because she’s always seemed so nervous to be around me in the garden. I always ask her why but she insists that there’s nothing wrong. But c’mon something’s up and I need her to tell me if she knows who’s sending me this rose. Because why else is she not wanting to know what’s up? It’s not like her.
(Cat walks to her house and thinks)

Cat
I know that Bunny thinks I’m not supporting her. But I wish I could help her. But I don’t want to lose her friendship because I’ve been lying to her. And her step-mom has always hated me because I know what happened to her father. But how do I tell her when I’m the one who’s being threatened. I need to tell her but I’m not sure who’s even sending the flowers. And what’s up with the black ribbon? That’s weird huh?

The Next Day

Cat walks to the secret garden and sees Bunny with a card in hand.

Cat
Hey Bunny. Um…. what’s good?

Bunny
“Remember this day like there’s no tomorrow”.

Cat (thrown off and confused)
What?

Bunny
Have you ever heard that before?

Cat
Why do you think that?

Bunny (enraged)
What do you know and don’t lie anymore!!

Cat
I don’t know!! I’m not doing anything!!

Bunny
Why are you always nervous? Huh? Is my step-mom putting you up to this? Why are you doing this?

Cat
But but….

Bunny
Please…. Please just tell me. I know you know something.

Cat
I don’t know. (walks away)

(Later on Bunny is looking around and notices Cat in the garden crying. Bunny looks at her, smirks, and walks away.)

The Next dayBunny walks to Cat’s house.

Bunny
Hello!!

(Cat takes a few seconds to answer the door.)

Cat
What are you doing here so late?

Bunny
Why were you crying?

Cat
What? When?

Bunny (cold)
Yesterday.

Cat
I had allergies.

Bunny
What do you know?

Cat
I can’t.

Bunny
Can’t what. Help me because I need to know!!

Cat
What good will it do if you know?  

Bunny (smirks)
You know something don’t you?

Cat
Please listen to me. I can’t help you and I’m sorry.

Bunny
I need to know. I think it has to do with my Dad.

Cat (she looks surprised)
What?

Bunny
I know you were crying at the garden because you know that that black ribbon means death. And you had a yellow rose with a black ribbon on it.

Cat
You’re spying on me?

Bunny
We both lost our fathers and we’re both receiving the flowers. Tell me what you know!

  Cat (she cry’s)
Don’t…. Don’t tell you step-mom anything please.

Bunny (she cry’s too but she looks tense)
I promise.

Cat (smiles at her)
Cross your heart and hope to die.

Bunny (sympathetically)
Cross my heart and hope to die. (smiles back at Cat)

Cat
I was walking to the secret garden years ago when I saw your dad and my dad being confronted by a shadow. A strange shadow with a knife and threatening them! Uh…. I saw your step-mom looking at them and doing nothing. Next thing you know blood is everywhere and their down.

Bunny
Who’s down!?

Cat
Both of them.

Bunny
Why didn’t you tell me? Why didn’t you tell me before?

Cat
Because your step-mom saw me. She ran to me and threatened me and said If I told anyone what I saw she would hurt me.

Bunny
OMG!

   Cat
I think it’s our dads too. I know it is.

Bunny
Why yellow roses?

Cat
Because in the secret garden that’s where they’re buried

Bunny
Under the yell_ Oh God! We have to get out of here and go look for it!

Cat
Look for what?

Bunny
Under the yellow roses!

Cat
What’s under there?

Bunny
I don’t know maybe we should find out.

(They run to the Garden. They start looking around and start digging under the roses and they find nothing.)

 

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