Entry #9: ...and then the phone rang...


I was working on a scene from Insider versus Outsider... actually that's just what they call a "working title" for our English play. It's not really the name, it's something to identify it to the rest of the group. I've been playing around with other names for the play but I'm not sure how I feel about any of them. There's: Outside the Walls, Alone Together, Four Square, and Todos. (The last is a Spanish word that means Everyone).

Anyway, the scene I was working on is between the character I play... Grinda and the character Chaz plays Emorph (Don't ask me where these names came from, because I don't have a clue... It must be the Writer's Muse feeding inspiration into my head... or something.)

This is what I had so far:

GRINDA, a female dressed all in red and weary from walking through the forest, stops beside a stream to get a drink and soak her tired feet in the cool clear water. She hasn't been there for more than a moment or two when EMORPH, a male dressed all in blue stumbles into the clearing. Obviously, he is tired because his uncertain steps cause him to trip over a branch and send him sailing into a bush with a YELL and a CRASH. Grinda jumps up and turns to face the sound.

GRINDA: (picking up a small branch and waving it at him threateningly): Who are you and what do you want?

EMORPH: (getting to his feet) Relax! I'm not going to hurt you.

GRINDA: Why should I trust you? You're a Blue.

EMORPH: (holding his arms out to his sides) Because I'm not armed. Besides, I just stopped to rest. And this looks like a good place and get a drink. Even though a Red like you is here.

GRINDA: (tentatively lowering her stick): All right. Drink.

EMORPH: (with a mock bow) Thank you, Your Majesty.

Emorph lays down on his stomach at the water's edge, dips cupped hands into the stream and drinks greedily. Grinda sits a safe distance away and eyes him warily. The branch is still in her hand.

After a moment, Emorph straightens up and wipes his mouth with his sleeve.

EMORPH: You should try water some time. It's a lot better to drink than blood.

GRINDA: What are you talking about?

EMORPH: You don't have to pretend. I know Reds are afraid to touch water and that they drink blood.

GRINDA: That's crazy! We don't drink blood.

EMORPH: You don't?

GRINDA: No. I'm a vegetarian.

EMORPH: (momentarily stunned) Huh. (recovering) But you are afraid of water, right?

Grinda defiantly pushes past him and stands in the stream.

GRINDA: Wrong.

EMORPH: Wow! I always thought... I mean, I never actually talked to a Red, but I always heard that you... never mind.

GRINDA: (muttering to herself as she steps on to the shore) No wonder they call Blues "half brains."

EMORPH: Excuse me! What did you say?

GRINDA: I said that all Blues are half brains. That's why you are all so stupid, but it's not fair of me to be rude to a poor individual so backward he can't even read.

EMORPH: (pulling a small book out of his pocket) Sez who? (reading) "I do much wonder, that one man, seeing how much another man is a fool when he dedicates his behavior to love, will, after he hath laughed at such shallow follies in others becomes the argument of his own scorn, by falling in love..." Act I Scene 3, Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare.

Now it's Grinda's turn to be momentarily stunned.

EMORPH: (with a smile): I guess both of us have believed a bunch of lies.

GRINDA: (tossing the branch aside) I guess so.

I reread what I had written and pictured Chaz and I being in the scene, in costume, reciting those lines. I could picture the whole thing. At that moment the phone rang. I don't usually get calls after 9, so I let it ring. But when it rang the second time, I remembered that my parents weren't home so I picked it up. I said, "Hello?" and I heard a click. I wondered who it was, then I remembered JoAnn telling me that if you ever "just miss" a call you can dial "*69" and for .50 the phone company automatically redials the number of the person who called you. So I tried it. I heard the phone ring on the other end and a guy said, "Hello?' I immediately recognized the voice. It was Chaz! He was the one who called me! I didn't know what to say, so I didn't say anything. I just hung up.




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