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When Marcus, Harold, and Joseph Enderson lose their father; he leaves them oddly enough in the care of Marcus Enderson's teacher Mrs. Louanne Brightman. Louanne learns the importance of family, love, and learns how to survive in the worst of circumstances

Act 1, Scene 1 

We are in the law office of Steven Taylor. There is a desk, chair set, with a chair in front of it. Seated at the desk is Steven Taylor, seated in the chair in front is Louanne Brightman (A school teacher, aged 28). Steven Taylor has a file on his desk opened, a lamp, and a cup with pens. 

Steven 

(reading)

Lastly, i leave my children in the care of Mrs. Louanne Brightman who works at Norman High School. Mrs. Louanne Brightman is the love of my life, and the only person i can trust to care for my children completely. 

Louanne

Wow. 

Steven 

Yes. 

Louanne

Are you sure you are reading that correctly? 

Steven 

Yes i am 100% sure. 

Louanne

So the man left HIS KIDS to me? 

Steven 

Yes

Louanne

Strange. 

Steven 

Why is that strange? 

Louanne

Well, to tell you the truth; Steven, Hal and i were never erm (beat) involved. 

Steven 

And? 

Louanne

Well, its rather odd of him to think of me as "The love of his life" if we have never even dated, isint it? 

Steven

Well, that does seem to be a bit odd. 

Louanne

Thats what im saying. (beat) Have the children any close living family? 

Steven

We did check up on that. They have a grandmother, but we dont feel comfortable leaving them in her care. 

Louanne

Why? 

Steven 

Shes abusive

Louanne

How so? 

Steven 

We did some research. Apparently the three boys did live with the grandmother when the mother was ill a few years ago. We saw that she left some bruises, and gave one of the children Harry i believe a broken arm. 

Louanne

Well then. 

Steven 

So yes, this would not be the best environment for the children. 

Louanne

Im so sorry. 

Steven 

They also have an aunt. The aunt is not much better. The aunt has a history with alchol. It seems like the family is one gigantic nut job. 

Louanne

Thats so sad. 

Steven 

It could be very true the only love these boys ever received was from their father. 

Louanne

I see. 

Steven 

So if you will just sign here, i think i can hand the boys over to you. 

Louanne

Mr. Taylor i need some time to think about this. You have to realize taking on three boys with no financial help will be a bit of a struggle on a teachers salary. 

Steven 

Mrs. Brightman, you are a school teacher; yes? 

Louanne

Of course. I teach Marcus. 

Steven 

Then you understand what its like to love someone elses child? 

Louanne

Of course. 

Steven 

Then you would do anything for your students, correct? 

Louanne

Of course. 

Steven

Do you want my advice? (beat) Take the kids. Itll be good for you. (beat) Now, the father has left money for the children to be used for when they go to college. 

Louanne

But- 

Steven 

Now, if you will just sign HERE. 

[He hands  her the papers, and a pen] 

Louanne

I told you Mr. Taylor i need to think about this! I cant just sign bloody papers and allow children i really dont know into my home! 

Steven 

Then thats a shame. The children will have to suffer a lifetime of abuse with their grandmother. 

(beat)

Louanne

Give me that damn paper, and that pen. 

Steven

Im so glad you have decided to take the children. 

Louanne

Yes, i have. Because Marcus is already my child. Had i had children of my own, and i died, i would have wanted to leave them with a good friend as well. I didnt know Hal, I didnt know his kids very well, but im willing to make this sacrifice for these kids. They dont seem to have anywhere else to go. 

Steven

Thats the spirit. 

[He hands her the papers, she signs] 

The children will be dropped off no sooner then this evening. 

Louanne

Excellent. 

Steven 

Its going to be a struggle.

Louanne

Im prepared for it. 

Steven

Dont be afraid to call us if you need anything at all! 

Louanne

I wont. 

Steven 

Good day miss. 

[He leads her out] 

Blackout

End Scene 

The End

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