,Title: High School Soap Opera
Word count: 815
Jessica Marley (friend of Saria)
Guy Hugh (friend of Darren)
Bill Myers (friend of Darren)
After school in front of the school. Saria is waiting outside, sitting on a lonely bench, waiting for Terry, who has been delayed. Darren’s class is let out early, like Saria’s. There is a few couples to the side talking among themselves. Darren is on the back- right of the stage (from the audience's POV) and Saria on the front-left. She appears to be fiddling with her books. Every so often she looks up and around, smiling shyly.
Darren: [has resolved to confess his love to Saria] [To himself] Oh dear me. How do I do this? [fiddles with the few flowers in his hands] I still have a few minutes left...
Saria: [sighs, smiles and glances her watch]
Darren: [sotto voce] Do I just tell her and run? In that case, I ought to wait until just before the bell. Or do I stay for a reaction? In that case I have to move now, before the rest of the school comes. I don't want an audience if I can help it....[clearly nervous] oh dear.....
The small crowd laughs loudly and a few step back, slapping their hands on their thighs.
Darren: [checks watch] Now?
Saria: [glances to the group, wondering what is with them]
Darren: [sotto voce] oh gosh. Why can’t I do this? I mean, I can do any calculus problem without a hesitant thought, but this! Just ridiculous!
The bell rings and after a moment, people come pouring out of the classrooms. Most pass and then quickly get rides or walk off to either side. A second group has formed on the front-right.
Darren: Oh shucks!
Enter Bill Myers and Jessica Marley from classroom on the top-left.
Bill: [in an accent] [Pretends to kiss Jessica’s hand] Until next time, Ms. Marley.
Jessica: [mimicking accent] Good day, Mr. Myers. I hope to see you next class.
Bill: [winks] count on it, m’dear. [walks across stage to where Darren is still staring at Saria.] Hey man, what’s up? Still pining after that Evans girl, eh? Did you see Guy?
Guy: [sneaks up behind them and hoods the two] HAHAHA. I got you good, didn’t I? Guy Hugh is back! Hope you didn’t miss me too much.
Jessica: [sees Saria and walks down next to her] Hey.
Saria: oh hi! How was class?
Jessica: Same awesomeness. I love the play. You know Bill Myers? In the play, he’s courting me, and he’s just sooooo funny. [continues to talk about Bill, and Saria listens quietly]
Darren: Oh. Hi.
Guy: Is that how you greet a star?
Bill: [laughs] Leave him be, Guy. Poor lad is lovesick. [sighs dramatically and fakes a sob] Isn’t it sweet? Our little Darrie…why, he’s in love! [swoon, more make sobs]
Guy: I still don’t get why you like her.
Darren: [is not listening] [Sigh]
Guy: [rolls eyes]
Bill: [laughs] Come on Guy. Let’s et to the library. I still need you to help me on math homework.
Guy: [scratches head] You mean addition? Bye Darren.
Bill: [rolls eyes and smacks Guy’s head] I meant Trig. See you later, Darren. Tell me how it goes.
Exit Bill and Guy, to right.
Jessica: And he’s…oh! That’s my ride. Call me, ok?
Saria: Sure. Bye! [sotto voce] Where is he?
Darren: Well, it’s now or never. [approaches Saria] um… hi…
Saria: oh hi! Waiting for your ride?
Saria: oh! that’s right. You walk home. Silly me. Anyways, I suppose you’re off? Who are the flowers for?
Darren: oh um, uh…yea…[extremely fast] Anyways, um, these are for you, I love you, and um. Bye! [shoves flowers at Saria and exits stage left, running]
Saria: um…bye? What did he just say? Who were they for again? Am I supposed to deliver them to someone for him?
Terry: [comes out of school. Almost everyone is gone.] Saria!
Saria: [leaps up and embraces him] Terry! Hello!
Terry: Are you ready to go?
Saria: Yes, just a moment. You know Darren Hart? He gave me these flowers, and I think I’m supposed to pass them on to someone. Do you have any clue who?
Terry: I have no clue who he fancies. I hardly know him. [sotto voce] Actually, I’ve heard he likes Saria, but I shan’t tell her that now. Just rumors, anyway. [clearly] In any case, why don’t you just put them in water and ask him tomorrow?
Saria: Good idea. I’m just afraid they’ll wilt in this heat. [Shades eyes] Are you sure you want to walk me home?
Terry: of course, dearheart. Now let’s go. I have to be back home in an hour because I’m tutoring someone for calc.
Saria: [picks her stuff up and strolls off laughing] Ever the gentleman, aren’t you?
Terry: [chuckles and exits with Saria]
Artist's Note: This was a random concept--not so random to some people--that I decided to write on for fun. Please critique/comment!