Ride (Revised)

This is a one act scene written for a Zoom acting class I am taking on line. This is new for me. However, since I'm at home quarantined -- why not try something different. 
The characters are an elderly couple quarantined during the pandemic. I am revising as I go along and this is my 1st revision. I added more dialog. If anyone read the first attempt, please tell me what you think. Please feel free to give suggestions.

 Revised—Ride. May 4th, 2020)
Ride---by: Genie Nakano, (520 words, April 29, 2020) 

Husband:  I’m going to take Toru for a ride in the “41, Chevy. I’ll be back  in an hour.
Wife: What you’re going to sit in a car with him?
Husband: He likes vintage cars and I wanted to show him the ‘41.
Wife:  But you don’t know him very well.
Husband:  What, he’s a nice guy and he’s married to Mariko the secretary at the temple. He’s neat, tidy and safe.
Wife:  But he’s young. He may be a carrier.
Husband:  He’s 47!!
Wife: That’s young for us--our daughters age. You’re crazy!  Putting yourself at risk. You only have one lung.
Husband: You always exaggerate. I hate that about you. You should have been an actress. I have two lungs and one is compensated by the car accident.  And what about you-- you talk to Rosie every day.
Wife:  Yes, but we’re outside and walking at least 10 feet away from each other. We're not in a fucking car breathing in the same cramped-up air.  Derek, our doctor son, told you if you get on a ventilator you are dead. I’m going to call Derek.
Husband:  No, no you don’t. He’s on the front lines right now, no sleep, exhausted--he doesn’t need any more stress.
Wife: Can’t you just follow the rules for once. Why be so reckless and selfish.
Husband: You’re the one who’s being selfish. Do you have to tell the whole Japanese community our business?
Wife:  Everyone is trying to help you out. My brother is working overtime just to keep us safe. And for what? He doesn’t even get to sleep with his wife because he wants to protect her because HE cares about her.
Husband: Oh no, here we go again. I care about you—I care about you!  Christ what do you think I’m stupid. I always wear a mask, wash my hands and…
Wife: You might as well go back to work!! You just think this is a vacation.  WE ARE QUARANTINED!!
Husband:  I don’t want to hear this! I’m getting out of here.
Wife:  Well, then go, go. I hope you die. And I hope I live. And I hope I find a younger man who doesn’t think cooking and gardening is for sissies, a man who likes to go grocery shopping with his wife and likes to smell roses. A man who can meditate  and stay home for a day or two. What’s the matter are you afraid of yourself?
Husband: I’m leaving.   And I’m not going to die.
(He slams the door. Gets into his vintage car starts it up--it rattles profusely.)
Wife: (talking to herself in the house) I hate you. I hate you and when this pandemic is over, I’m leaving you.
Wife’s emotions range from anger, frustration, fear, sorrow, anger,*!??!!
Silence…10-15 minute passes…then…Husband returns.
Husband:  Come on let’s go for a ride.
Wife:( her back faces husband). No, I’m not going to ride with Toru and you.
Husband: (puts his hands on her shoulders)
No, just you and me.

Black out.



Published by genienakano

I love writing--It's my joy, my therapy--my confession. I'm a performer, dancer, yoga and meditation instructor, write a poetry column for Rafu Shimpo. Growth and love of life is a key to my happiness.

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