Two Actor Scene from MIDNIGHT OF THE SOUL
Time and Place
Late Spring, 1991. Eastern Washington town. The living
quarters of a church in a poorer neighborhood.
(The scene takes place in the living quarters of a church. There is a small kitchen area with a stove, cupboards, counter, and refrigerator UL. All of these things can be implied. The door to outside is L. LC is a set of table and three chairs. Starting R, there are stairs that lead up to a small landing and a door where the bedroom is. DL is a small living room with a sofa. There is a door behind it to the bathroom. Another door, ULC, leads to a chapel)
Gabi stands nervously alone a moment. She
goes to the window and gives someone a wave as the sound of a car leaves.
She goes to the sofa and looks at a Bible. She opens it and sees
the cash Thomas won at horse racing. There is a knock at the door and she
hides the money in the Bible again. Candy enters.
Thomas leave you all alone tonight?
Oh, hi. Yes, just me and the good book.
He's restless already I see.
Would you like a brownie?
(Takes one. Looks around)
Cooking for your man, huh?
Well, yes... but no. He's not my man.
(Candy bites into brownie. Gets an odd look)
It's a special recipe. I made it up myself. I like to experiment.
(Tries to swallow it)
How interesting. Just what Thomas needs.
So, do Johnny and Thomas watch football every Monday night?
Oh, sure, almost all the time.
I never thought Thomas would like to watch football. He doesn't seem the type.
He's a male. He's the type.
So, do you want to play cards or something?
Sure, that would be appropriate.
(Gets some cards)
What do you mean?
After all, that's what the boys are doing.
I thought they were watching football.
Yeah, that too.
They do both?
(They sit at table)
Sure, all the time. Between innings and touch outs or homedowns or whatever the stupid things are called.
I didn't think a pastor would play cards.
Sure, why not. He isn't God. You going to deal?
I'm sorry. Here.
(Gives her cards. Lost in thought)
What you want to play?
I don't care.
How about poker?
I don't know how to play.
It's simple really. That's why men play it so much. Anything else would confuse them.
I don't have any money.
We'll play for pennies. I have a bunch in my purse.
(She gets purse)
Who taught you to play poker?
Thomas... (Gabi gets a sick look on her face) I wish the boys would let me in on their games once in a while. I'd clean 'em out.
(Pushes plate over to her)
Would you like another brownie?
Maybe later. They're a little rich for me.
(Pushes plate back)
Why don't you have one?
No thanks. The sugar's no good for me. I mainly cooked them for Thomas. He's awfully skinny.
Yeah, Thomas needs a good woman to take care of him.
(Self absorbed. Smiles)
Yes, he does.
(Trying hold back her anger)
You like him a lot don't you?
Don't be silly. It's nothing like that. I'm just thankful for what he's done for me, that's all.
I think he likes you. I saw you two talking a walk the other night. The way he looked at you... You'd walk so closely to him... letting your arms brush against each other.
Do you really think...no, that's silly.
I don't think I've seen him that happy in a long time. At least not since Pastor Mike died.
Pastor Mike meant a lot to him didn't he?
They were like father and son. I guess Thomas' father was a real jerk and Pastor Mike never had any kids. They became real close before Mike died. Thomas was really shook up by it.
He seems okay now though.
But he sure wasn't for the longest time. Maybe you're doing him some good.
I doubt it.
He's changed a lot since you've been here... And I heard his sermon yesterday was pretty spectacular.
Haven't they always been good?
Ever since Pastor Mike died there hasn't been a lot of feeling behind them. And they kept getting shorter and shorter as the congregation got smaller. Accept for last Sunday. I heard he went almost until 12:30.
It sure was something. I don't think anyone minded it going over. And his communion speech was the most beautiful of all. He must have had half the old ladies crying.
Johnny says Thomas hasn't even been drinking.
I didn't know he drank at all.
You bet he did. Like a fish.
I thought pastor weren't supposed to.
CANDY smiles to herself and shuffles cards. GABI watches her
You're pretty good.
If those boys ever let me in on a game, I'll give 'em a show.
When do they play?
Every Monday night.
(She does a mock look of regret)
You didn't know?
(GABI gets up, crosses away)
(Upset. Gets up)
Is there anything else I don't know
Are you really his sister?
So many lies.
We got together after Pastor Mike died. I had always been
after him but he never was interested. But after Mike's death, Thomas needed
something to latch on to and I made my move. I don't know if he's ever really
liked me that much though. not like he likes you.
Do you love him?
I...I haven't really thought about it. Everything's happened so quickly. There's still so much I don't know about him. He's made me feel like no other man has been able to before, but...after all that you've said... I don't know if I could trust him anymore.
Join the club.
(Pause. She shuffles the cards)
Do you still want to play cards?
(Gets up. Turns away)
No, I think I'd like to be alone for awhile.
(Her work is done)
I'll go then.
Candy gets her purse
and coat. Candy smiles at Gabi who is near tears and exits out door L.
Gabi sits and is
unsure of what to do. She is almost in tears. Bows her head and begins a
desperate prayer. Lights fade to black.
END OF SCENE
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