TOUGH LOVE

 

by Sebastian

 

 

 

Characters:

 

Mark the frog, age 7

Silly the frog, age 2

 

Setting:

 

Inside a slimy shoe that is floating in a dirty sewer. Blue sky above. Smell of chinese food fills the shoe. There is a sound of party music coming from somewhere nearby.

 

Time:

 

2:00am, fall, on a cool, Monday, morning.

 

 

At rise:

 

Mark and silly just got back from a party. Eight of the bigger brothers are sleeping. Mark and silly are super dancy.


 (Mark gives Silly a hi-5).

MARK

 

That party was poppin, dude!

 

 

SILLY

 

Those girls were on you, bro, I wish, I could be like you.

 

MARK

 

Don’t trip. I’ll put you on with one of them froggies.

 

(A pause).

 

 

SILLY

 

Bro! Are you excited about American Idol tonight?

 

 

MARK

 

Hell yeah! I’m bout to turn it all the way up!

 

 

SILLY

 

You getting me some eyes if you win, right?

 

 

MARK

 

You already know, ma blind brotha!

SILLY

 

Right on, right on. But aye bro, I been meaning to tell you, I got a better idea. It’s poppin in Vegas tonight.I think we should just forget about the whole American Idol thing.

 

 

 

MARK

 

You tripping! Ain’t you want moms to find us? Moms watches American Idol every night!

 

 

SILLY

 

MOM never wanted us. She been neglecting us, and left us hanging in this stinky doodle shoes with our brothers that doesn’t give two shizznizle about us!

 

 

MARK

 

You don’t even know moms! Look! First of all, you can’t even see, second, she had her reasons, and third…

(Silly cuts Mark off).

 

SILLY

 

Yo! She could be dead yo! I’m just tryna touch money fast. We out to Vegas right now!

 

MARK

 

Slap yo self! You wanna know wassup? Moms needed to leave us because it was getting hectic here, but shhh, before we wake everybody up, let’s go outside and decide what’s the plan.

 

 

(Silly and Mark jump out of the shoe).

 

 

 

SILLY

 

Big brothers never cared about us anyways. (Pause) Whatever bro. So what you wanna do?

 

 

MARK

 

We’re going to American Idol and win this money and you gonna get your eyes and find mom.

 

 

SILLY

 

That sounds kinda cool, but if we go to Vegas we’re most likely gonna get some money because I’m a pro poker player. I thought –

 

 

(Mark cuts him off).

 

 

 

MARK

 

Shut up… shut up.. shut up… It is about that time! Pack up, get clean, and we out!

 

 

SILLY

 

Alright, let’s go, but you gotta do something for me…

 

 

MARK

 

What is it?

 

SILLY

 

You need to promise me that we’re never going back to that shoe.

I can’t stand living like a bum.

 

 

MARK

 

I promise. I’m tryna tell you bro! I’m bout to win some money and we’re never going back to that shoe again, and on top of that, you’re gonna finally see with your own eyes.

This money gonna get you the best doctors.

 

 

SILLY

 

What if you don’t win bro? Then what we’re gonna do?

 

 

 

MARK

 

Trust me. I will get this money.

 

 

SILLY

 

OK.

 

 

(On the stage of American Idol, Mark goes up and grabs the mic. Then silence for a few moments. Suddenly, Mark clears his throat. Getting all choked up, he calls out at the TV camera).

 

MARK

Mom, where you at?!

 

Mark is disqualified from American Idol. But he and Silly are reunited with their mom. Silly ends up getting new eyes with mom’s help.

 

And life goes on

 

The end. 

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