Scene 13

Scene 13

SETTING:                   The Johnson family home in the 1960s.

AT RISE:                   MARY and PATRICK (age 8-10) are sitting

on the couch. MARY is smoking a cigarette.

PATRICK

When is dad coming back?

MARY

In three days.

PATRICK

Three days. . . He’s always gone!

MARY

He has to travel for work. You know that, silly.

(she ruffles his hair)

He’ll be back soon and you can ask him all about it.

(pauses to take a drag from her cigarette.)

And I bet he has a present for you!

PATRICK

(excited)

Really. . . What?

MARY

You’ll just have to wait and see.

PATRICK

Awww!

(MARY takes a longer drag this time and blows the smoke to the side.)

PATRICK

(watching her)

Mrs. Blackburn said that smoking is bad for you.

MARY

Did she?

PATRICK

She said it can give you cancer.

MARY

(setting the cigarette down in the ashtray)

Well, your teacher doesn’t know everything.

PATRICK

(pauses)

Why do you smoke, mom?

MARY

Because it relaxes me, honey. And I like it.

PATRICK

(concerned)

Are you going to get cancer?

MARY

No! Of course not, dear.

(stubbing out the cigarette)

Don’t worry, Patrick. Nothing bad is going to happen to me.

(reaches over and tickles him)

Now, what do you think your dad is going to bring you back? Something good, I bet!

(BLACKOUT)

(END OF SCENE)

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On to Scene 14