Scene 26

COFFEE SHOP - INTERIOR 

[KATE and ELLIE are sitting down on a table near the window. KATE fiddles with her drink and pokes at her food]

ELLIE

You know...we should just quit this.

[KATE carries on fiddling with her drink]

ELLIE

[Sighs and speaks louder]

You know, we should just quit this game. 

[KATE looks up, disorientated] 

KATE

What?...What game? 

[ELLIE looks away out of the window, exasperated.] 

ELLIE

This, what we’re doing now.

KATE

What are we doing now? You’re not making any sense to me. 

ELLIE

...It’s just, nothing ever seems right any more. We’re happy one minute...and then it just goes like that- you know? 

KATE

What do you mean?

ELLIE

Let’s stop this now Kate- eh? You and me- let’s stop with this whole ‘Let’s make up our lives with a piece of paper and pen’ game. I’ve had enough of this now...and you’ve too. I don’t understand why we should set up our whole lives, doing things like this, invading other character’s lives- let’s just stop.

KATE

What?! You mean, all this we’ve went through- going into stories, telling people that they’re just characters, appearing in other people’s lives- and now we stop? Just like that? Are you expecting me to agree?

ELLIE

I knew you would never agree- I just knew it.

KATE

Why should I? We’ve been all through this just for the sake for ourselves- our future and you’re trying to end it now- just like that? No thanks Ellie, if you want, I’ll just go on with this myself. I don’t need an author to write for me, I’ll write myself.

ELLIE

No you don’t understand-

KATE

[mimics]-‘It’s not like that’. Of course it’s not like that- it never is! I don’t want another complaint from you or anybody, telling me who I am, what I should do. I’ve had just about enough. I want to rule me own life- can’t you just let me do that for one second?

[silence] 

ELLIE

[Speaks a little quieter and softer]

...Kate ? 

KATE

Just...just go. 

[ELLIE picks up her coat and leaves from the table]

ELLIE

Kate, just please don’t do anything stupid. 

[KATE doesn’t take any notice of ELLIE and ELLIE exits] 

BLACKOUT

The End

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