A brown-haired girl is standing on a street corner, looking around, checking a folded paper she is holding and is accompanied by a blue-haired boy. Also looking. Both are wearing casual clothing.
ATTICUS So, Alice sent you…?
ATTICUS To look for a part for her project.
JAYLENE Yes, but she said I could ask you for help since I was the only one who’d know where you were.
ATTICUS I don’t understand why she couldn’t have ordered it online.
JAYLENE She said that it was important and that she needed it today.
ATTICUS So, what’s the name of this place?
JAYLENE Um, it’s…
(JAYLENE unfolds and looks at the map. After a moment she slowly turns it around.)
ATTICUS Have you been reading it upside down this whole time? Aren’t there like, street names?
JAYLENE I hadn’t noticed…
ATTICUS So we’ve been walking in the wrong direction for 20 minutes.
JAYLENE (SOFTLY) …Yes. I’m sorry.
(ATTICUS sighs deeply.)
ATTICUS (SOFTLY) Let’s stop for the moment and grab something to eat, we can figure things out. I can’t do this on an empty stomach.
SCENE 1 END
ATTICUS and JAYLENE are sitting at a table facing each other. He is eating pizza at his normal
pace (fast but careful), and she is eating slowly. The map is next to her place with their drinks.
ATTICUS Alright, now let me see the map.
(JAYLENE slowly pushes the map over to him, using her fingers.)
Now, what’s this place called?
(ATTICUS begins poring over the map. JAYLENE slowly takes another bite of pizza.)
ATTICUS Is it this place, Janku Ya? (He drinks.)
JAYLENE Yes, that’s it!
ATTICUS Uh, JAYLENE…that place closed 15 minutes ago, and they won’t be open til Monday morning.
(JAYLENE glances at the time and looks at ATTICUS tearfully.)
JAYLENE B-But, but…
ATTICUS (To himself) Why would she have sent you out so late…
JAYLENE She-she’s relying on me to get that part for her!
ATTICUS Well, it’s too late now to do anything.
(JAYLENE is full-on crying now like the world is ending.)
JAYLENE She’s gonna be mad at me! She’ll never ask me for help again. I’ll have to find a new partner for the chem lab!
ATTICUS (Comfortingly) No, no, she isn’t. Look, I’ll go and make sure to grab her some food before we go.
(JAYLENE makes a sad noise but her crying is ebbing away as he’s speaking.)
There’s no way she’ll be mad when faced with pizza.
JAYLENE …Okay. I’ll wait for you.
SCENE 2 END
A blue-haired girl is sitting at a desk with miscellaneous things on it, behind her the door opens
And ATTICUS walks in holding a pizza box.
ATTICUS So what was the purpose of sending Jaylene to find that part for you?
ALICE You’re back.
(ALICE turns around in the chair and eyes ATTICUS.)
ATTICUS You know you could have saved her the trouble and just asked me, right?
ALICE Well, I asked her to ask you for help. So, I did ask you, indirectly.
ATTICUS Well, the shop closed a while ago, so we didn’t get the part.
ALICE Dude, I already went and got the part myself, like ten minutes before they closed. Besides how else was I going to get you two to do something together?
ALICE Let me start over.
(ALICE sits straighter and puts on a smile.)
How was your date with Jaylene?
ATTICUS …a date?
(ALICE takes the pizza box from ATTICUS)
This for me?
ATTICUS You know, if you’d actually paid attention, you’d know we’ve been dating for a month already.
ALICE Oh. Well…
ATTICUS You can apologize to her tomorrow about this.
ALICE Why don’t you apologize instead? Since we’re twins, it’ll be like I’m apologizing if you’re apologizing.
ATTICUS I’ll see you tomorrow Alice.
ALICE (SHOUTS after ATTICUS) Fine, but if I apologize you don’t get the leftover pizza!
SCENE 3 END