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I Got You This

**EVERYTHING SAID BY NARRATOR IS A STORY BEING TOLD FROM HER POV OVER THE ACTUAL STORY. ONLY WHEN SHE BECOMES AUDREY IS SHE SPEAKING WITH THE OTHER CHARACTERS.

INT: EVENING:  Overlooking a room over decorated for a 45th birthday party. The double doors open up and a handsome young man with a gift in his arms enters.

NARRATOR

Evan arrived with the largest box I had ever seen to my birthday party. I was turning 45 and everyone thought I should have a party. Much to my introverted self’s dismay, I arrived at a surprise party about 30 minutes before Evan did. Evan arrived late enough not to ruin the surprise. He wasn’t the kind of guy to ruin anything, he always seemed to make everything better.

KAREN (mother of the the birthday girl)

Evan! It’s about time you arrived! We waited for presents until you got here! (puts down a glass of wine and hooks her arm through his.)

NARRATOR

My mother grew up watching 50s movies with her mother and I think she always wanted to be Bette Davis.

Karen brings Evan to a table with other presents and he puts down his gift. He looks up at Audrey the Narrator and smiles.

NARRATOR

Look at that smile. I’m doooooooomed.

KAREN

(clapping hands and getting everyone’s attention) It’s present time! Gather around the birthday girl.

All the people at her party swarm Audrey.

NARRATOR

And like zombies they came. Eyes glazed the only thing that interested them was the wine in their glasses.

Time passing as gift after gift ends up in the Audrey’s lap. Each gift is something superficial. A trinket, a gift certificate. She puts on a good front. But her frequent glances to the clock tell the tale that she’d like to go home.

And Finally…

KAREN

Evan! You’re up!

NARRATOR

(thoughtfully)

It’s probably a teddy bear. Some kind of giant stuffed animal. I’ll be able to start a plushie petting zoo after this party.

A giant pile of stuffed animals in the corner, one falls from the top to the floor.

NARRATOR

You and me both buddy.

Evan stands before Audrey, the box in his arms. He puts it down before her, but prevents her from opening it.

EVAN

I am afraid I have to open this one, Audrey. There’s a bit of explaining that needs to go along with it.

AUDREY

(as if proclaiming a title over lands) Proceed.

EVAN (grins a heart stopping grin)

Thank you m’lady… (pause)

OK.

(lifts the lid off the box and lets out a slow breath  he reaches in and pulls out a box of pens)

I got you these after the 15th time you said you wished you had a pen in your bag.

AUDREY

(eyebrows lift and she laughs a little)

EVAN

(pulling out a flashlight) After the 9th time I heard you wish for a flashlight, I bought this.

AUDREY

(laughs and holds out her hands, Evan places the flashlight in it) I do need one of these.

Party goers laugh.

EVAN

(pulls out a towel, then another, then another) Remember that time we ran into each other when we were at the mall? You asked me to come with you to Beds and Stuffs because you heard they had towels on sale. You looked so bummed when they told you they were sold out so, I bought you these.

AUDREY

(looks a bit intrigued, possibly bewildered) That was two years ago…

EVAN

I know. (quickly moves to the next item, a set of calligraphy pens)

AUDREY

(laughing) More pens!

EVAN

One time you told me you thought you’d be a good calligraphy writer. I told you to try…

AUDREY

I remember. I never did try. (looks a little sheepish)

EVAN

Well, maybe now you will. (places pens beside him and pulls out another item a funny little wooden statue of a donkey)

AUDREY

(stares at it for a long time, her eyes welling with tears. Whispering) That’s impossible.

EVAN

When your father died, four years ago. I attended the funeral all your coworkers did. I had just started working with you, you were so full of life and laughter. And then three days later…

AUDREY

Dad died.

Karen’s face melts from a pleasant smile to sadness. She watches Evan and Audrey.

EVAN

The eulogy you gave was very powerful. As soon as I got home I called my father. (laughs sadly) But, something you said stuck out to me. You said you “regretted not keeping that stupid donkey.” Everyone laughed, everyone knew… except for me.

Even now there is a light chuckle of amusement among Audrey’s friends and family.

EVAN

At the wake I asked Karen what it meant. She said, “that was David’s good luck charm. Audrey would always roll her eyes… but David would say… I have you and your mum, it’s the best luck charm!”

AUDREY

(smiling and crying) Where would you find one so similar? I thought grampa carved it.

EVAN

(smiles flips the statue over and the initials D.F. are branded into the bottom)

AUDREY

(stunned and now crying harder, but trying not to) I threw it out. I couldn’t bring myself to look at it. (takes the wooden donkey tentatively in her hands)

EVAN

I also asked Karen at the wake when it was you had thrown it out and she said only yesterday. So, I thought if your building hadn’t picked up its garbage yet, there was still a chance. So I called your superintendent and asked him if I could look through his garbage bin and… voila.

AUDREY

(hugging the donkey to her chest) Thank you. I… I don’t know what to say.

EVAN

Say that you don’t think any of this is too deep or weird and maybe have coffee with me sometime?

AUDREY

(blinks, her tears forgotten) Now too soon?

KAREN

(bawling and laughing)

There’s coffee here! I’ll get you both a cup.

The party goers are in various states of emotion. Crying, wistful, smiling sadly. Audrey meets Evan out on the floor and looks at the box, now empty.

AUDREY

You could have asked me out anytime, I would have said yes.

EVAN

I know. But I wanted to make sure you knew what you were getting into when I did.

AUDREY

Do you know what you’re getting into?

EVAN

Why do you think I want to get into it?

THEY KISS AND IT’S ALL A HAPPY ENDING YAY!


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