By Katherine Bolger (2017)
Character 1: Kirsty
Character 2: Susan
A small, quiet neighbourhood in Dublin. It’s a dark cold afternoon in mid-December. Kirsty and Susan (mid-forties) are chatting outside a small house (Chris’s house).
Kirsty Oh god, Christmas is just around the corner.
Susan I know! Time just flies. (laughs)
Kirsty The decorations are quite good this year.
Kirsty looks around at the other houses. Susan nods.
Susan Yeah I agree.
Kirsty Even Chris goes out of his way every year.
Kirsty and Susan both glance up towards Chris’s house.
Susan Yeah poor guy, he’s getting old. What age is he?
Kirsty I’m guessing around seventy five?
Susan Yeah about that I’d say.
Susan points towards the large Christmas wreath on the front door.
Susan That Christmas wreath is lovely!
Kirsty Hmm Yeah… The lights around the bush are a bit much though? (laughs)
Susan Ah leave him alone, he tries his best! (both laugh)
Kirsty looks up and sees a Tesco food truck driving down the road.
Kirsty Here comes his food truck! (both laugh)
Susan glances towards Chris’s house as a light turns on, then she glances at her watch.
Susan Right better be off so.
Kirsty Alright, see you soon!
Kirsty exits stage right and Susan exits stage left both waving to each other.
Scene 1 Part II
In the same neighbourhood in Dublin. It’s a bright afternoon in early February. Kirsty and Susan meet again outside Chris’s house. They begin to notice that the house has been less active than usual for the past few months.
Kirsty Aw Susan, How are you?
Susan Oh Kirsty! Long time no see.
Kirsty Yeah! Have a good Christmas?
Susan Ah yeah wasn’t bad (laughs) How about you?
Kirsty Yeah pretty good!
Susan Feels like ages ago!
Kirsty Yeah you would think that but… (laughs)
Kirsty points towards Chris’s house.
Susan It doesn’t look like any of the decorations have been touched.
Kirsty looks closely.
Kirsty The lights are barely flickering and the wreath is just about hanging on.
Susan He must be older than we thought!
Kirsty It’s already well into February, It’s not like Chris has better things to be doing.
Susan True… Ah sure maybe it cheers him up? I’m pretty sure his wife died around this time a few years ago.
Kirsty Yeah I think I heard that.
Susan Actually Dave from down the road said he hasn’t seen any food trucks for a good while…
Kirsty Hmmm that sounds a bit odd?
Kirsty and Susan both glance towards the house looked quite concerned.
Susan Well sure I’ll go and see if he’s alright…
Kirsty Good idea, I’ll wait here.
Susan walks slowly towards Chris’s front door. She glances back at Kirsty.
Kirsty nods. Susan knocks loudly on the door and waits. No answer. Susan turns the handle and the door opens immediately.
No answer. Susan steps inside the house and exits stage.
Kirsty watches closely. Moments later…
Kirsty Oh my god!
Kirsty runs into the house and exits stage.