Wordy Wednesday (GUEST POST: “Car Karma”)

Hey there, dear blog reader! Julia here to let you know that I am currently out of town and, because of that, unable to write blog posts myself. In order to keep Julia the Writer Girl alive while I’m gone, some great writers are helping me out by penning guest posts. Totally sweet and awesome of them, right? So, let’s give a big round of applause for today’s guest poster, Rachel O’Keefe!

Rachel wrote this week’s Wordy Wednesday as a one-act play for her drama intensive class. It has been chosen to be performed by her school’s English classes and will be counted as her final grade.

Rachel: That’s so cool, and I really love how you use your play to teach morals. Thanks for reading the blog, and for letting me share your writing!

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Cast

WALLACE-  Eighteen year old male, new driver.

LUCY- WALLACE’s younger sister, teenage female.

BRIDGETTE- LUCY’s distant friend, teenage female

HANNAH-BRIDGETTE’s best friend, teenage female

Setting

In a jeep.

Time

The present.

(At rise, all four characters are in a crowded car,

WALLACE is driving, HANNAH in the front,

LUCY and BRIDGETTE in the back seat.)

WALLACE

Sorry about the mess guys, I’ve never driven with back seat passengers before.

BRIDGETTE

You won’t hear me complaining about a free ride.

HANNAH

Yeah thanks for this.

LUCY

It’s great now that WALLACE has his license he’ll be like a chauffeur for me and my friends. Girls you can get used to riding first class with me, ice cream today the mall tomorrow, you name it we can get there. This is going to be the best year ever don’t you think so BRIDGE! (Secrete hand shake with BRIDGETTE)

                                                                                                BRIDGETTE

Yeah totes.

                                                                                                WALLACE

(Clear throat) Please don’t advertise it, like once in a while I won’t mind but this is cannot become a daily occurrence.

                                                                                                LUCY

I thought you liked driving

                                                                                                WALLACE

I do but unless your merry little friends want to chip in for gas money it’s not going to happen, gas is really expensive these days.

                                                                                                HANNAH

Do you want us to give you a few bucks for this ride, like a taxi?

                                                                                                WALLACE

No, it’s okay HANNAH my sister invited you so this first one is on me but it just can’t be every day.

                                                                                                HANNAH

Thank you again, WALLACE. (look nervously in the back seat at BRIDGETTE and receive an encouraging nod from BRIDGETTE)

                                                                                                BRIDGETTE

How about HANNAH and I buy your ice cream?

(WALLACE slows to a stop for the stop sign)

WALLACE

(Slowly)S-T-O-P  (halfheartedly) yeah that sounds good girls.

                                                                                                LUCY

Oh my gosh WALLACE why do you have to be such a looser in front of my friends, like your nerdy ness could be hereditary and I don’t need them to think less of me.

                                                                                                WALLACE

(Flustered)Safety is not lame LUCY, and you wouldn’t know because you’re not even old enough to drive with mom and dad’s supervision.

LUCY

In a few months I get a permit and you should be …

WALLACE

Glad that we’ll share this car. That way I know you will not be on the road when I am.

LUCY

(Offended squeal) how dare you, you are so rude, I’m your sister and these are my friends.

                                                                                                WALLACE

Really, because this is the first time I’ve even heard of HANNAH and BRIDGETTE is not your real friend.

                                                                                                BRIDGETTE

What do you mean by that, we’re great friends?

                                                                                                WALLACE

Do you even know LUCY’s last name or what animal she has, because for some reason I don’t think you do?

                                                                                                BRIDGETTE

I don’t have to answer that right.

                                                                                                LUCY

Come on BRIDGE I know I’ve told you this stuff before like you can do it.

                                                                                                BRIDGETTE

Um, last name Collin, and um you have a err um a pet (WALLACE stops at traffic light looks back to BRIDGETTE who is clearly struggling.) (Excitedly shout) green parakeet?

(WALLACE at the word green steps on the gas and another car smashes into the driver’s side no air bags deploy but the glass shatters. LUCY scream, Hannah gasp BRIDGETTE and WALLACE go silent. WALLACE look left)

                                                                                                WALLACE

Is anyone hurt?

                                                                                                HANNAH

I’m fine.

                                                                                                BRIDGETTE

I think I’m alright just a bit shook up.

HANNAH

BRIDGETTE, your neck is bleeding

BRIDGETTE0

I might have gotten like a small piece of glass in my neck,(touch hand to neck look at it to see blood. but it does not hurt,(apply pressure to neck) LUCY looks much worse.

                                                                                                WALLACE

HANNAH call 911, LUCE, how are you holding up. (Unbuckles seat belt and reaches back to touch her leg LUCY groans as a response.) LUCY talk to me how bad is it?

                                                                                                HANNAH

I’d like to report a car accident, on the corner of Springfield Ave and Garfield Road, Maplewood New Jersey, we need an ambulance immediately. (Pause while listening to the dispatcher.) Okay we will, thank you.

                                                                                                WALLACE

What’s happening?

                                                                                                HANNAH

We are to stay put, police and medics are on their way it should only be a few minutes. It’s going to be alright.

                                                                                                WALLACE

Yeah that’s easy for you to say, you’re not the one who just crashed their car or the one who has to go home to tell the rents you made a heavily financially burdening mistake or the one that has an unconscious sister because of the mistake that I just made.

                                                                                                LUCY

(Shutters awake) what happened? I hurt everywhere?

                                                                                                Bridgette

We were just hit by another car; medical attention is on its way just relax.

                                                                                                LUCY

Bridgette, I have a dog named Max(Slipping out of consciousness)  and he’s a golden retriever not a green feathered parrot.

                                                                                                BRIDGETTE

Well, I guess that’s something that a real friend would have known. A real friend, unlike me.

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Watch out next Wednesday for another guest post by another awesome individual. Thanks again to Rachel!

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~Julia

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