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Here is the next installment of the play. If you missed the first installment CLICK HERE. Please be aware that this is a very rough first draft.

MUSIC

HUNTER
Good. Now you have music. Can you please get on with it? I don’t have all night. (pause) Hey, you still up there? Ms. White? Ms. White?

His cell phone goes off. He puts the communicator down as he fumbles to find it. He finds it, flips it open and reads the message. A darkness come over him. He looks at his watch.


HUNTER
Shit.

He looks around, pulls out a gun and checks the clip. Puts thye gun back and pulls out the phone again. He punches some numbers into the phone. Doesn’t get an answer.

HUNTER
Shit.

Enter MS. WHITE, an attractive 20 something, with a shopping cart.


MS.WHITE
Something wrong?

HUNTER
No.

MS. WHITE
No?

HUNTER
Nothing important. Are you done? Can we go now?

MS. WHITE
What makes you think I’m done?

HUNTER
You’re not done.

MS. WHITE
I didn’t say that.

HUNTER
Then, you’re done?

MS. WHITE
I didn’t say that either.

HUNTER
Are you done or not?

MS. WHITE
I’m curious.

HUNTER
About what?

MS. WHITE
Why it is so important for you to know if I’m done?

HUNTER
It’s not important.

MS. WHITE
It must be.

HUNTER
Not really…

MS. WHITE
So, why did you ask?

HUNTER
I… just wanted to know.

MS. WHITE
Hmm… is this a line of questioning you use with every woman?

HUNTER
What?

MS. WHITE
I’m curious because I’ve heard men ask this same question of women all my life. I’ve heard it while shopping in supermarkets, eating in restaurants; I’ve heard it at parties! Are you done? Even when couples are fighting this question will eventually crop up. Are you done? Why is it so important that men know if we are done? Seems like, “Are you done?” is the primary question that men ask women. Is there some special plan after we’re done? It would be easy to assume that something spectacular would occur after we’re done, but I’ve never seen it. In fact, in my experience, very little happens after we’re done. This question comes up all the time, doesn’t it? Tell me, when you’re in bed with someone… in the middle of the act, do you suddenly blurt out – ARE YOU DONE? Because us women, we sure as hell know when you guys are done. Is that where it comes from? Never really knowing if we are done or not.

PAUSE


She pulls out a gaudy Hawaiian shirt out of the shopping cart.


MS. WHITE
(continuing)
Oh, I got something for you.

HUNTER
You didn’t have to.

MS. WHITE
I wanted to.

HUNTER
Why?

MS. WHITE
It was in the clearance rack.

HUNTER
I see.

Now pulling out a silk shirt.

MS. WHITE
There is also this… and it’s full price.

HUNTER
Silk.

MS. WHITE
One hundred percent. Which one I get for you will depend entirely on…

HUNTER
Which one I choose?

MS. WHITE
Oh, if life were so simple… it was once. No. It would depend on you, Hunter, informing me… if you are done.

HUNTER
With?

MS. WHITE
You’ve had generous offers from other casinos. 3 to be exact. I’ve heard the rumors. Are you leaving the Kingdom? Are you done?

HUNTER
Who did you hear this from?

MS. WHITE
It doesn’t matter if you’re done.

HUNTER
But it does if I’m not done.

MS. WHITE
So, you’re not done?

HUNTER
Did I say that?

MS.WHITE
Who would take over… if you are done?

HUNTER
That’s not for me to decide.

MS. WHITE
She decides?

HUNTER
She does own 51 percent of the Kingdom.

MS. WHITE
And I own 49. Why does she get to decide?

HUNTER
You know how it works. She still has majority control. So, she’ll decide.

MS. WHITE
Until my birthday next month.

HUNTER
True. Then you’ll own 75 percent. Then you can make all the decisions. Until then… she does.

MS. WHITE
Did she decide that you would be here tonight… with me? Did she decide that too? This is not your usual detail. You are never on this detail. Why are you here now? There are usually 2 other “escorts” when I’m shopping. How come there’s only one of you? Where are the other 2?

HUNTER
We’re… a little short handed tonight… so, I’m it.

MS.WHITE
Don’t you have more important things to do being the chief of security at the Kingdom and all?

HUNTER
No.

MS.WHITE
No? We’re short handed… and you’re here? So, you’re saying every card counter in town is robbing us blind right now? Oh, just wait till my birthday, buddy. If you’re not done now… you will be. The moment I blow out those candles… you will be so done! I just can’t have this kind of lackadaisical attitude in a chief of security.

HUNTER
It’s my night off… and everything is covered at the Kingdom. Everything is under control.

MS. WHITE
Really?

HUNTER
Absolutely.

MS. WHITE
Cross your heart and swear to die?

HUNTER
Cross my heart.

MS. WHITE
You get days off? Oh, that will never do. That’s something else I’ll have to change when I’m in charge.

HUNTER
You do that. In the meantime can we get on with this?

MS. WHITE
Here. You get the full price silk shirt. That color looks good on you.

HUNTER
I thought what I got would be decided on…

MS. WHITE
And I decided. I have to practice if I’m going to be any good making decisions for the Kingdom. Might as well start now.

HUNTER
O.K. (pause) So?

MS. WHITE
Yes, that color definitely suits you.

HUNTER
Me getting the full price silk shirt means that…

MS. WHITE
It means that I made a decision.

HUNTER
Yes, of course. Have you decided that I’m done or…

MS. WHITE
What do you do on your days off? You have a girlfriend I bet. I know you’re not married. How many days do you have off?

HUNTER
I work a five day week.

MS. WHITE
You get 2 days off? Oh, that’s something else I’ll have to change when I take control.

HUNTER
But I’m on call for seven.

MS. WHITE
She’s a showgirl, isn’t she?


5 Responses to “more "Ms. White"”

  1. Blogger FunkyB 

    I can see this...but OH I wish I could SEE this. I love it!

  2. Blogger addict 

    I've never read a play before... I really like writing style!
    So when you are a rich and famous playwrite... you'll remember us right?!

  3. Blogger scarysquirrelman 

    HA! lecram gave up "rich and famous" when he started writing. and working with people like me...probably more so because he worked with people like me. shit, i'm probably going to have to buy him a present now.
    my word verification is iduati, which sounds italian for idiot.

  4. Blogger lecram sinun 

    robin - it's a funny business... it just could turn up in your neck of the woods.

    addict - playwriting is my form of choice... just cuz I'm lazy.

    ssm - I've always maintained "I can skip the fame... just give me the cash!"

  5. Blogger airplanejayne 

    --and now you're buying lecram presents just because !?!?!?!?!?!?


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