Chapter 5 (A Play) by Christopher Reel

Cast of Characters:

Wallace

Adam

(Both dressed similar in baseball caps, white T-shirt over gray thermal, jeans, and boots)

Setting/ The Place:

A park bench.

Wallace:

(He is sitting on the bench. Adam walks up smoking a cigarette.)

Adam:

(He sits on the bench) What’s wrong with you?

Wallace:

(Shakes his head)

Adam:

There is something wrong. It’s always something wrong when you’re quiet.

Wallace:

(To the audience) He’s right there is something wrong. But its not what he thinks. I stumbled onto some shit. Knowledge, very important knowledge that answered all the questions that many of your great thinkers through out time thought and wrote about. Shit like, what’s the meaning of life? Why are we born? Is there a God? , Along with a bunch of other questions that seek answers about our strange ass existence. But I got the answers. They’re in my head dancing and shit bumping and crashing into what I had known before. And what I had known is all worthless now.

Adam:

I know what’s bothering you. It’s Norm isn’t it? You didn’t really want to kill him.

Wallace:

(He looks over at Adam) Why won’t I want to kill Norm?

That’s our job right? We got paid for it. We kill for money, or have you forgot?

Adam:

No I haven’t forgot.

Wallace:

(He gave a weak smile before returning to his stare into the sky.)

Adam:

I’m just saying, I know you and Norm was cool. He was your celly, and, what; y’all were locked in a box for the majority of a day for what 3, 4 years. Plus you told me before he was your homie. I know if I was you I’d be a little fucked up about killing him. (He paused with a smile)  A little. (He laughed)

Wallace:

Why?

Adam:

Why not?

Wallace:

Why would that fuck you up? (He abandons his stare into the sky) It’s in our nature to do what we do. We have no control over this shit. We do what he wants’ us to do. Shit, the damn book is called ‘Hit men’

Adam:

(He shook his head) I should of known that was coming. Listen pimp we already know we’re just characters in a novel. The readers know that too. So stay in character and don’t think so deep because now the author will have to start the whole chapter over.

Wallace:

You already know?

Adam:

(He nodded)

Wallace:

(Looked up into the sky) Well I didn’t know.

Adam: What you mean you didn’t know. Everybody knows. Every single character in every book knows that they are only characters, created out of the imagination of a writer. So my advice to you is to suck it up and let the author finish the book. (He leaned back into the bench, interlocking his fingers, resting his hands on his lap) Besides, I would like to live out my life even though brief and pointless except for the entertainment of the readers. You never know maybe when the book is over you and Jessica might get married or something.

Wallace:

I already know what’s going to happen.

You can download the entire play for any e-reader at http://www.smashword.com or download it for the Kindle at http://www.Amazon.com just type Chapter 5 (A Play) into the search box. Also available is the novel Happy Face on both sites.

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