CHARACTERS: Lolita Cutnam, girlfriend to Pierre
Pierre Tuppor, boyfriend to Lolita
Jake, neighborhood kid
SCENE: A beautiful fall afternoon outside in a suburban neighborhood. The couple is taking a stroll after school has let out, and are enjoying the happy children frolicking through leaves. The man and woman are having a chat about the present and future. Both are walking hand in hand.
Lolita Cutnam: I’m glad we are out for a walk. We never find time to do simple things anymore.
Pierre Tuppor: I agree and the weather will finally allow me to do some yard work without the worry of dying from a heat stroke.
Lolita: Yes, the weather is perfect. I was quite excited to rummage through the closet to find my purple sweater. [Rubs arms up and down to snuggle closer to her sweater.]
Pierre: Dear, it’s hardly sweater weather. There is still a warmth in the air. You must be so cold-blooded that you’ll buy yourself a new wool coat. Tomorrow is supposed to be 2 degrees cooler than today.
Lolita: Oh, Pierre you just love to joke on me. [A wide smile shows on her face.]
Pierre: [Smiling back.] I really do.
[The two continue on like this for a couple more minutes until they come to a large house with a lot of trees surrounding it.]
Pierre: Nothing but extra work trees cause in autumn. Leaves, leaves, everywhere there are leaves.
Lolita: What are you complaining about? When leaves change color it’s just so beautiful to witness. The crunching sound they make is actually comfortable. [Crinkles some leaves under her shoes.]
Pierre: I suppose but it’s a terrible job. The wind always picks up when I start to rake mine.
Lolita: Then I’ll help you this year. Can we leave some on the ground for a while before we become the Leaf Police?
Pierre: Sure why not, dear. [He hangs his arm around Lolita’s waste.]
[The stroll continues on and they see a few kids playing outside.]
Lolita: Hey Jake! I see you’re enjoying fall too.
Jake: [Waves to Lolita.] Hi Miss Cutnam. I’m playing in the leaves before mom makes dad bag them all up. [He flings his little body in a self-made leaf pile.]
Lolita: [To Pierre.] Isn’t he the cutest? He likes the leaves as well.
Pierre: Yeah, adorable he is making a mess of that yard. Our kids will be taught differently.
Lolita: Our children? Well, that’s nice [Smiles extremely wide.] and no, they’ll be taught just the same way--- to have fun with childhood.
[Lolita runs a few houses up, grabs a pile of leaves with both hands as Pierre is catching up.]
Pierre: Don’t you dare do it Lolita Cutnam. [He puts his hand out to stop her.]
Lolita: [In sing-song form.] I’ll only stop in the name of love.
Pierre: Fine, I love you.
Lolita: I love you too but I was kidding. [She bounds into him and gets leaves all over the both of them.]
[Pierre’s soft side comes out and they finish the walk back to their home brushing leaves off themselves and each other.]
Lolita: Now when you get inside, take your shoes off. I can’t be having you trek leaves all over the carpet.
Pierre: You don’t want them in the house; I don’t want them in the yard. That’s the same thing isn’t it?
Lolita: It’s really not. I have to vacuum alone whereas you’ll have me to help you. Take your shoes off sir or you’ll be eating greasy fast food instead of a lovely pasta dinner.
Pierre: [Excitedly.] My favorite meal! I do love my fast food though.
Lolita: Oh no, no, no we will not be that couple getting fast food every week. Don’t even think it.
Pierre: You said it, plus, it’s cheap and easy.
Lolita: Big deal, it’s bad for you. Besides, you’ll get so big we won’t get to go on a nice afternoon walk or go shopping for a few hours.
Pierre: My dreams are shattered; no shopping. This is why you have girlfriends.
Lolita: But I like you more. [Taps Pierre’s chest.]
Pierre: Sure, sure. Now let’s get on this dinner. That walk has me hungry. It’s only 4 o’clock though. People eat then right?
Lolita: Hmm, not usually. Anyways, I’m going to go shower. These leaves won’t stay in my hair all night.
Pierre: Okay, fine. I’ll go…do something.
Lolita: Okay dear have fun.