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.
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
(Sweet) We need to talk
(Irritated) We don’t need to talk
(Sweet) But we do need to talk about our future
(Confused) Why do we have to talk about our future every
(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
Ok, fine. But I have to go to nursery school
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
You didn’t have to bring up the past. I told you not to
do that. We are in the future right?
But I’m ready to take the next step in our relationship.
Like moving in together and creating a bouquet of flowers
(Blowing him off) I am going to school to deliver flowers
What in the photosynthesis? All you want to do is deliver
other people’s flowers and not make flowers with me
You know why…
I don’t know why
You already know why. We talked about it before
(Concerned) I don’t remember. So tell me and lets go to the
root of it
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
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
You could never know how I feel because you never had a
petal inside of you
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.
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
Confident feels complete compassion and love for Gorgeous
It was never your fault. Mother Nature had another purpose
for you to lose that petal
Mother Nature? If Mother Nature had another purpose for
me, then what is it? And why did she have to take my peal
(Sympathy) I don’t know what the reasons are for it, but I
trust it’s for a good one
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?
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
I’ve always wanted a son
I believe Mother Nature is giving us a sign of the future
(Stunned) Well…how are you going to support us?
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
I need you to make up your mind about us being together
before I get snipped
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
I’ll never hurt you. I love you too much. I’m here to
help you heal. So are you down?
(Smile) So what’s the next step?
So at the count of three, you are going to grab my stems
and pull the roots out from under me
I’m not strong enough for that
You are stronger than you think. The Gardner is coming.
Hurry. Just do it, please
Gorgeous grabs Confident by the stems and stares in his eyes
I love you confident
I know. I love you too Gorgeous. Now at the count of
three, I want you to pull your hardest. One, Two and
Gorgeous pulls Confident. The roots begin to crumble
You are doing good baby. Just pull a a little more
Gorgeous struggles, but eventually pulls Confident through the fence
I just feel like I gave birth
Come one now. I’m not that heavy
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!
The whole time we have been arguing you were pollenated?
I just wanted to see what you would say. And I heard what
I needed to feel “confident” in moving forward with
(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