A new play in ten scenes. Our cast of characters: Annie Ellis, Garrett Molloy, Gibson Maguire; together in a Capra-corn for the millennial age.
The sound of a car parking. ANNIE ELLIS exits the car. Footsteps and the sound of keys dangling…
ANNIE stops and shrieks when she sees a figure hunched over, blocking the doorway to the office.
GARRETT MOLLOY shuffles to his feet.
ANNIE ELLIS: How long have you been sitting out here, sir?
GARRETT MOLLOY: Good morning. G’morning, Ms. Ellis.
ANNIE ELLIS: Right. You.
GARRETT MOLLOY: I’m Garrett. We met–
ANNIE ELLIS: Yesterday. Right.
GARRETT MOLLOY: How are you this morning, Ms. Ellis?
ANNIE ELLIS: I was fine, Garrett. Just fine.
GARRETT MOLLOY: I’m sorry if I startled you.
ANNIE ELLIS: How long have you been out here?
GARRETT MOLLOY: A couple hours.
ANNIE ELLIS: It’s not even eight yet, Garrett.
GARRETT MOLLOY: I wasn’t sure what time you opened.
ANNIE ELLIS: Well, you scared me awake, you did.
GARRETT MOLLOY: I’m sorry about that, Annie.
ANNIE ELLIS: I need you to wait out here while I open up.
GARRETT MOLLOY: I brought the names. I have them with me.
ANNIE shoves the key in the lock and opens the door.
ANNIE ELLIS: Just come inside. Bring them inside.
The sound of the door locking behind them.
ANNIE flicks the light switch.
ANNIE ELLIS: Just have a seat over there then. Sit down and we can chat about the names.
The sound of a computer booting up.
GARRETT MOLLOY: I think you’ll be pleased with how many I was able to bring with me.
ANNIE ELLIS: Just a bunch of words, Garrett. Why should I be pleased with words?
GARRETT MOLLOY: Okay. I’m with you. They don’t mean anything to me either.
ANNIE ELLIS: Just shut up for a moment then. Allow me my bearings.
GARRETT MOLLOY: Whatever you say, boss.
ANNIE ELLIS: Enough of that, Garrett. I’m Annie, just Annie.
GARRETT MOLLOY: Understood.
ANNIE ELLIS: Just tired…didn’t expect to have any visitors this morning.
GARRETT MOLLOY: I’m right there with you. I didn’t sleep last night.
ANNIE ELLIS: I don’t mean to take things out on you. Here you are: coming in bright and early, trying to do me a favor.
GARRETT MOLLOY: Well, not a favor. I’m just following direction. These names are worth something to someone. So, here they are.
ANNIE ELLIS: Right. How many pages did you write up there?
GARRETT MOLLOY: The whole thing.
ANNIE ELLIS: The whole thing?
GARRETT MOLLOY: Yes, I had…enough names to fill up the notebook.
ANNIE ELLIS: That’s funny.
GARRETT MOLLOY: It’s true. Have a look for yourself.
The sound of flipping pages.
ANNIE ELLIS: I’ve never seen anyone turn in this many so quickly. This is absurd.
GARRETT MOLLOY: They’ve been rolling around me head for a while now.
ANNIE ELLIS: This is impossible. You’re unreal.
GARRETT MOLLOY: No. I’ve just met a lot of people.
ANNIE ELLIS: You did this in one night?
GARRETT MOLLOY: It was good for me. It was like I’ve been waiting to pour them out. I was ready.
ANNIE ELLIS: You sure were…
GARRETT MOLLOY: So, do I get paid today?
ANNIE ELLIS: Sure.
GARRETT MOLLOY: Great.
ANNIE ELLIS: I mean; you would. You would if these were real.
GARRETT MOLLOY: They are all real.
ANNIE ELLIS: You would if these could be verified.
GARRETT MOLLOY: You’ll find them all to be real, Annie.
ANNIE ELLIS: You are very interesting, Garrett Molloy.
GARRETT MOLLOY: Far from it.
ANNIE ELLIS: How could you possibly come up with this many?
GARRETT MOLLOY: Each one is either here or from here.
ANNIE ELLIS: Here?
GARRETT MOLLOY: The base.
ANNIE ELLIS: All of these names are associated with the air force base?
GARRETT MOLLOY: Correct.
ANNIE ELLIS: So, these will be fairly easy to confirm then?
GARRETT MOLLOY: Yes.
ANNIE ELLIS: So, you served then?
GARRETT MOLLOY: That’s right. When will I get paid?
ANNIE ELLIS: When did you enlist?
ANNIE ELLIS: Right around the time I started doing this job, I bet.
ANNIE ELLIS: I say, you were fresh out of high school when it happened. I’m sure you jumped in with both feet, just like me.
GARRETT MOLLOY: We felt the urgency.
ANNIE ELLIS: Sure did. Didn’t we?
GARRETT MOLLOY: Everyone was laser focused and charged up with high hopes.
ANNIE ELLIS: Big dreams of doing good and making a difference.
GARRETT MOLLOY: We were all in this together.
ANNIE ELLIS: Unified and on a mission.
GARRETT MOLLOY: That’s right.
ANNIE ELLIS: All have fallen short.
GARRETT MOLLOY: I suppose so.
ANNIE ELLIS: People planting dreams, and somehow we transformed into dogs guarding our bones.
GARRETT MOLLOY: Tearing apart the soil.
ANNIE ELLIS: Tearing apart our souls.
GARRETT MOLLOY: That would be one way to put it.
ANNIE ELLIS: How would you put it?
GARRETT MOLLOY: I have bad paper.
ANNIE ELLIS: I figured that. Other than honorable?
GARRETT MOLLOY: Correct.
ANNIE ELLIS: Thank you for trusting me.
GARRETT MOLLOY: I, uh…it’s not worth worrying about.
ANNIE ELLIS: I like you, Garrett. I’m impressed by you
GARRETT MOLLOY: You really shouldn’t be.
ANNIE ELLIS: I like you. So, I’m going to tell you a little secret.
GARRETT MOLLOY: What’s that?
ANNIE ELLIS: I don’t see how you’re going to get paid for this. Today or any day, I’m afraid.
Read what happens in Scene Five “Retention”.
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