Fancy Meeting You

BY TRENDY LAWSON

Cast of Characters:

Janice:                                  Karla’s best friend and best enemy from grade school through college.

Karla:                                     Janice’s best friend and best enemy from grade school through college.

Scene:                                  Furrow Graveyard in the east corner by the bitter-nut hickory tree

Time:                                   Two o’clock in the morning in the middle of fall.

Setting:                              Karla is stage left lying on the ground.

                                                 Janice is stage right lying on the ground.

                                                 Bitter-nut hickory tree is center and upstage.

Narrator:

Karla and Janice were best friends and best enemies, beginning from kindergarten continuing through their colleges years.  Karla was on vacation on the West Coast. She was in a car accident.  She died on impact.  Janice was on vacation on the East Coast.  She was in a car accident.  She died on impact.  Each body was flown to their hometown in Christian County, Illinois to be buried.  They were buried on the same day and at the same graveyard within a few plots from each other.

Three months later….

(Fade in)

(Janice and Karla sit up and stretch, arms up as if waking up from a good night’s sleep.  Janice stands and wanders around with confused facial expressions.  She is trying to determine where she is and what has happened.  Karla stands and wanders around with confused facial expressions.  She is trying to determine where she is and what has happened.  Eventually, they see each other.  Slowly, they approach each other.  They begin to realize they recognize each other.  They stop and stare.)

Janice: 

(With an eye-wide shocked expression)

Hello, Karla.

Karla:

(With a matching eye-wide shocked expression)

Hello, Janice.

Janice:

(Facial expression changes from shocked to confused and leaning forward pointing to Karla)

I didn’t expect to see you here.

Karla:

(Facial expression changes from shocked to confused and leaning forward pointing to Janice)

I didn’t expect to see you here, either.

Janice:

(Standing up straight with hands on hips)

This is certainly a surprise.

(Expression changes to look of concern)

You look a little pale.

Karla:

(Standing up straight)

Is that so?

(Hands on face)

I feel okay.

(Expression changes to look of concern)

You seem a little pale to me too.

Janice:

(Hands on face)

Really?

Karla:

(Head up/Chin out with eyes down)

Uh, I best be going.

Janice:

(Head up/Chin out with eyes down)

Yeah, me too.

Karla:

(Condescending head to toe look and fake smile)

Good bye.

Janice:

(Condescending head to toe look and fake smile)

Good bye.

(Janice and Karla turn away to return in the direction where they came.  They momentarily stop, turn around to look at each other.  They shake their heads.  They turn back around to continue to mysteriously and cautiously walk; Karla to her plot site and Janice to her plot site.  Each stares at the her own head stone to read their own name.)

(Fade Out)

(The End)