Scene 21

AUTHOR

Here, sit. The two of you look horrible.

ELLIE

We are in horrible agony.

[KATE and AUTHOR ignore ELLIE completely] 

AUTHOR

So, what happened while you were there? You have to tell me all about it.

KATE

Well, so we got there as planned and then we…

[Light turns dim and blackout]  

AUTHOR

Ah, so…

KATE

So we should give them a copy right? We can always pop into W H Smith’s tomorrow. It’s not far from my house and the sales are on now anyway so we should buy one for them in return for sending us back.

AUTHOR

Yes! Definitely. If it wasn’t for them, who else would’ve sent you back? You’d probably be stuck there all night and you’d have me worrying about you all night.

ELLIE

We’re so sorry, our dear author! We didn’t mean to make you worry.

AUTHOR

[Laughs and mimics]

‘Our dear author’ now where did that come from?!

ELLIE

Well…you see, Kate and I-

[KATE quickly puts her hand over ELLIE’s mouth to make sure she couldn’t say any more, AUTHOR looks confused]

KATE

It’s nothing – honestly nothing. Ellie’s a little sleepy, that’s all. Aren’t you Ellie?

[KATE gives ELLIE a threatening look, then winks. ELLIE nods.]

AUTHOR

Ok.

[Long pause] 

AUTHOR

So, if you don’t mind I would like to get some sleep myself. I haven’t been getting any sleep tonight. [Points to her eye bags]

KATE

Oh, yes, we’ll get going. Come on Ellie!

[KATE tugs ELLIE by her sleeve and they exit from the house] 

[KATE wipes sweat from her forehead]

KATE

Phew, that was a close call.

ELLIE

What was a close call?

[KATE jumps and turns around to ELLIE]

KATE

Nothing – I didn’t say anything! Come on, let’s go.

[ELLIE stretches her tired arms and yawns overdramatically]

ELLIE

What? You mean the fact I didn’t get a chance to tell the author you were crying over her?

KATE

No! No…of course not [rubs her head]

ELLIE

Yes it was! Look! You’re going pink!

[KATE touches her face but then realizes ELLIE can’t actually see her face because of dark, ELLIE laughs and KATE whacks ELLIE on the head]

ELLIE

OW! That hurt!

KATE

You asked for it!

ELLIE

Thanks for giving me a sore head!

KATE

Anytime!

ELLIE

What should we do now then? 

KATE

[Yawns whilst tapping lightly on her mouth]

I thinks we should give today a rest, don’t you think?

ELLIE

[Nods to show agreement]

Definitely!

[Blackout]

The End

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