Sleeep

By: Brijeanae Darrolyn

 

Intro:

*Emory jolts awake from her phone alarm on the nightstand. She struggles to snooze it and throw the phone back on the nightstand, waking up Jace.*

The Chorus of Beyonce’s ‘Sweet Dreams’ comes from the phone.

Emory

Nine more minutes!

*Emory grabs her pillow and covers her face.*

Jace

What time is it?

Emory

Already six twenty…ugh it’s like I just hit the damn pillow.

Jace

You’re going to be back in this bed with me before you know it.

Emory

That doesn’t make me feel like getting up from under these sheets right now.

*Emory sighs deeply and turns her back towards Jace.*

Jace

It’s perfectly fine to be apart from me for thirteen hours babe, don’t worry you’ll survive.

*Jace says smoothly while grabbing Emory by the waist pulling her closer to her.*

Emory

Will I? How could I ever go on without you?

*Emory gives Jace a sour look as she hops up from the bed, hair a mess. She walks across the room to a towel draped over a red Papasan chair.*

Jace

Go get in the shower, now you only have 15 minutes to be out the door!

Emory

Ugh, what does it look like I’m doing?!

Jace

Taking three hours to go wash your ass!

*Emory playfully sticks her tongue out while flipping two birds low near her belly.*

Emory

Jace, get a job first and then you can worry about my being late haha

Jace

Oh I have a job, but it’s mainly protecting you and your feelings!

*Jace quickly steps closer and snatches the comforter and throws it over Emory.*

Jace

So please worry about getting to work and not what the hell I do, all right.

*Jace smirks.*

Emory

You’re the thing keeping me from work at this point. I’m getting in the shower.

*Jace takes the comforter and hops back in bed. Meanwhile, Emory strips down in the doorway.*

Jace

I see what you’re up to and I’m all for it as long as you’re out of here in the next seven minutes!

Emory

Only took you five last night! Oop did I say that out loud?

*Emory tilts her head with a sly smile*

Jace

That’s it!

*Jace gathers and throws the comforter over her head back on Emory as they leave the room. Once Emory removes the comforter, Jace is across the room, sprinting towards her. Emory braces for the impact, closing her eyes tightly. Jace passes Emory, running into the hall, through the kitchen and out the front door.*

Emory

Wait! What just happened? Where are you going??

*As soon as Jace disappears through the door, a group of teal men with black wings file in the flat taking up every inch of the room.Emory, startled, and wraps the comforter around her naked body.*

*Jace reenters with half of her face split open. Dripping teal blood like liquid. The teal men form a circle around Jace blocking her from Emory. They grab Jace one limb at a time, preparing to leave.*

Jace

We haven’t been good for a long time now. I’m taking off and leaving you. Keep the stuff, I don’t want shit that reminds me of you!

Emory

You have to be kidding me. I left my whole family for you and now you’re leaving me!

Jace

We haven’t been good for a long time now. You know that. So yes I’m leaving.

Emory

I heard you the first time! Where are they taking you? And what the hell happened to your face?

Emory

Who are these guys anyway? What kind of people take you from your home like this?

Jace

Don’t trip! Like I said, I’m outta here and you can keep the stuff, I don’t want shit.

Emory

Just go.

*The teal men begin to grab Jace as they organized themselves around her to take her away. Emory cries relentlessly into her hands. Taking one last look up at Jace.*

Emory

Wait!!

*Tears flood down her cheeks.*

Jace

You’re just not for me anymore, Bye Emory! Plus you have Hazel now so I’m sure I won’t be missed!

*Wind begins to pick and gets louder as they lift Jace taking her off through the window. The wind is so strong against Emory, she’s nearly knocked down. Emory’s hair moves in the wind as glass falls to the ground.*

*Screams fade in the distance and a loud sound of flesh hitting cement traveled up the building. Emory stumbles over to the broken window and looks down the wall*

Chorus of Beyonce’s ‘Sweet Dreams’ comes from the phone.

*Emory awakens speechless with tears running down her face. Shaking, she reaches for her phone to call Hazel.*

Emory

Please pick up. I need to hear you. Please. Please Hazel!

*Hazel answers sleepily and rolls over in bed*

Hazel

Is everything okay honey?! It’s damn near 3AM! What’s going on?

Emory

I saw her again, Hazel. This time she died right outside my fucking window!

Hazel

Do you need me to come over? I’ll be there in fifteen minutes. Give me a second. Okay?

Emory

Please.

Hazel

I’ll text you when I’m in the elevator, so you can unlock the door. I’ll see you soon okay?!

Emory

I…I owe you the world Hazel, I don’t think I would  be the same without you around.

*Hazel hangs up and hops out of bed to quickly get dressed in her cozy Nike olive green sweatsuit. Grabbing the keys as she heads towards the door*

Hazel

I just got in the elevator, I’m coming up.

Emory

That was the longest fifteen minutes of my life!

*Hazel exits the elevator as she ends the call with Emory. Ending up at the front door while putting the phone in her pocket*

Hazel

Oh please! I busted my ass to get over here. I’m sure I cut some time off haha

Emory

I’m just glad you’re here!

*Emory breaks down in Hazel’s arms as they both make their way to the couch. Hazel wraps her arms around and comforts Emory.*

Hazel

So are you going to fill me in,or are we sitting here in silence for the rest of the night?

Emory

It was Jace!

*Emory looks up at Hazel teary eyed and buries her face in Hazel’s sweatshirt.*

Hazel

Again with this chick. She literally hasn’t been around in two years and still has you by the balls.

 

 

Emory

Say what you want. I can’t seem to shake what happened, Hazel. I woke up and Jace was just gone. All of her shit gone. She changed her phone number on me.

Hazel

I know, hon. But you have to let the past be the past.

Emory

Dreams are supposed to be an escape. I can’t even escape Jace in my sleep. I’m miserable.

Hazel

You’re using Jace as your Stella. You have to let her go. You’ll be happier and I’ll be in my bed at 3AM instead of in your living room.

Emory

I’m sorry.

Hazel

Don’t be sorry. I’ll be here every night if you need me to be, until your dreams are the knot of peace they should be. Until then, I’m your knot of peace.

*Both are still sitting on the couch. Hazel leans in to kiss Emory.*

Fades to black