Scene 10

SCENE 10

PARK – EXTERIOR – NEAR THE DUCK POND 

[lights are dim and stage has a ‘black and white’ look so you know it’s not actually real, it’s just ELLIE and KATE’s idea for the play] 

AUTHOR

Kate – I need your help! I’ve been attacked by this man and he’s stolen my bag. All my notebooks and stuff were in there! How am I ever going to finish Script Frenzy now?

KATE

[trying to keep a straight face] Oh dear … what a pity.

AUTHOR

I don’t suppose you could track him down? Now that I’m not writing, you’ve got nothing better to do –

KATE

Nothing better to do? You’d better hope that Ellie doesn’t hear you saying that.

[pause]

Which way did he go?

AUTHOR

Oh, thank you! He went that way (points to trees)

KATE

All right, I’m on the case. Try and keep out of trouble, why don’t you?

[KATE runs across the stage in the direction of the ‘trees’. Spotlight follows. She confronts a man there and realises it’s MATT. He’s holding the bag.] 

MATT

What do you want? It’s not your bag.

KATE

I said I’d help find it. [smug grin]. Why, is there a problem with that? The poor Author, all her life’s work taken from her in a few moments because of somebody’s selfish greed…

MATT

These are books in here? Like, notebooks etc?

KATE

What did you think it was? Yes, they’re notebooks. 

MATT

I thought it was going to be something worth nicking. Like money, or a phone, or a camera. Notebooks – are you telling me that I wasted all that effort to nick some notebooks?

KATE

Yeah, now give them back. Come on, now.

MATT

No.

[MATT walks over to the duck pond and drops the bag in.] 

KATE

Don’t do that! She needs those – it’s for a competition thing!

MATT

Big deal. If you love her so much, why don’t you get it out of the pond? 

[MATT exits, laughing derisively. KATE runs over to the AUTHOR] 

KATE

I’m sorry, I tried my best, but he threw it into the duck pond!

AUTHOR

Oh, my poor notebooks! Whatever will I do now? If there’s a God up there, why didn’t he stop this from happening? It’s proof that he thinks scripts are evil – I just knew it! Oh, whatever will I do?

 

[sudden BLACKOUT]

The End

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