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Denny's at 11 pm

By: Ariel Julie

Page 1, College kids on Spring Break in the suburbs- Denny\'s is the only place open at 11 pm...

 

(Starts with 2 people sitting across from each other at a table in a restaurant. They are people watching, chatting, catching up, seated in a corner area of the stage)

 

Angela: And I simply couldn’t believe it. He sent me pictures of his penis. I don’t even know him!

 

Jared: Well, that’s what you get when you use the free dating websites…lots of creepers.

 

Angela: I mean, it was Plenty of Fish! It was advertised by celebrities! I thought it was legit!

 

Jared: Kesha. It was advertised by Kesha. Nothing about that is legit.

 

            (Their attention is turned towards a doorway unseen by the audience)

 

Jared: Oooo! Rate them, rate them!!

 

Angela: Aha! They just couldn’t resist the unlimited pancakes deal, I’ll bet… wait a minute….

 

Jared: What?

 

Angela: The fat guy, I don’t think he used to be fat…

 

Jared: What do you mean?

 

Angela: I mean, I think he went to high school with us! That’s Josh Zatavsky!

 

Jared: (looks around wildly, finds the person, and stares dramatically) Oh my G-d you’re right! It is him! He’s huge!!!

 

Angela: (laughing) I love this. I mean, I hate our hometown, but I love this. I’m so glad the creeps in high school got exactly what they deserve!

 

Jared: Right? Vernon Hills is like its own reality show called Peaked in High School the series. Every week could focus on a different jock turned fatty or cheerleader turned mom for 30 minutes. Now, that’s entertainment.

 

Angela: (Sighs) We’re kinda dicks, ya’ know. Like, this is super fun and all, but really, now we’re the assholes. Is that a good thing?

 

Jared: It’s not a bad thing, I don’t think. I mean the science nerd and the theatre kid still looking good, with job offers post graduation. Not bad, yeah?

Angela: (Laughing) yeah, we’re kind of a big deal.

 

Jared: So what were you gonna order? Pancake puppies?

 

Angela: (notices something behind Jared) Oh no.

 

Jared: Why not? When they’re dipped in syrup they’re… okay, stop judging me, please!

 

Angela: Oh No.

 

Jared: What? What is going on, I thought you liked the pancake puppies-

 

Angela: (cutting him off) It’s not about the stupid puppies!

 

Jared: Well what’s you’re issue, then?

 

Angela: Them.

 

Jared: Them who?

 

Angela: Them, them!

 

Jared: Them, them who? (turns and looks) (pause) Oh. No.

 

Angela: What are they doing here?!

 

Jared: I don’t care. Maybe we should leave…

 

Angela: And give them the satisfaction of kicking us out? I don’t think so!

 

Jared: But, who cares?

 

Angela: I do! This is our place! We shouldn’t have to leave, they should leave!

 

Jared: This isn’t our place…

 

Angela: We’re not leaving. We’re sticking it out until after they leave.

 

Jared: Alright fine.

 

Angela: Do you think they even saw us?

 

Jared: I don’t know…they certainly didn’t acknowledge us…

 

Angela: I mean, maybe they really didn’t see us and it doesn’t even matter.

Jared: Just drink your coffee.

 

            (during the action since the other people walked in, a table and chairs has been set up in an opposing corner of the stage, at which two other people sit at)

 

John: Well that was awkward.

 

Emily: What was?

 

John: Oh, come on. You saw them.

 

Emily: Saw who?

 

John: Don’t play dumb. Jared and Angela.

 

Emily: (beat of playing dumb) Of course I saw them. So what.

 

John: So…what are they even doing here…I didn’t think they were that good of friends, even.

 

Emily: So what if they are? I mean, what do you care?

 

John: Oh, come on, Emily. You hated her first.

 

Emily: I never hated her, I just was pissed at what she did.

 

John: Well exactly! I didn’t even think she was that bad until you told me about all that stuff!

 

Emily: (hesitant) Well…right. Yeah…it was pretty bad…what she did.

 

John: I just can’t believe the nerve of some people… so do you think they saw us come in?

 

Emily: Does it matter?

 

John: No, I just wonder if they saw us. I mean, if they did, they are totally ignoring us. Looks like they’re having a pretty fun time…

 

Emily: I thought you said you were starving.

 

John: I am!

 

Emily: I meant for food, not attention.

 

John: (sarcastically) Clever.

            (light over John & Angela)

 

Angela: It’s just so weird…it’s like…twilight zone.

 

Jared: What is? Just seeing John, you mean?

 

Angela: Well, yeah! It’s like none of it ever even happened! Like we never even knew each other, let alone were best friends for 6 years…

 

Jared: It’s just weird that he just went along with everything Emily said-

 

Angela: (cutting him off) And none of it was even true! I mean, at least…the picture she painted, using some facts. I mean, okay…some of it was true. But it’s not like those were my intentions!

 

Jared: Well, they seem to not have even noticed us.

 

Angela: Well, whatever. I don’t even care. What were we talking about before?

 

Jared: We were making fun of the fat people from our high school….

 

Angela: G-d, you know what? I hate this stupid town! I mean, there’s only one place to eat that’s open after freaking 9 pm, so everyone goes there and you just can’t avoid anyone! I mean, what are they even doing here this weekend? Don’t they have an apartment up north or something?

 

Jared: I mean, it is Easter weekend. Some people like to come home and spend time with family around this time of year.

 

Angela: Whatever, like they even want to see their families. I know Emily, and her family is twisted. No way she came home to see them. And even moreso John’s family! They’re crazy!

 

Jared: I think you’re overreacting.

 

Angela: I just think this is ridiculous. Here I am, just trying to enjoy a cup of coffee, and now I can’t even breathe.

 

            (back to John/Emily)

 

Emily: What’s wrong now?

 

John: They’re still here.

 

Emily: So…it’s a free country.

 

John: They’ve been sitting there for over an hour…

 

Emily: So have we…

 

John: Yes, but they were here before we even got here so who knows how long they’ve actually been sitting there, which means that they’re…and by that I mean Angela is just waiting for us to leave first.

 

Emily: That’s quite the conclusion you’ve jumped to…

 

John: I know that girl so well, I wouldn’t put it past her.

 

Emily: Maybe they’re not doing anything on purpose, I mean, maybe they really don’t know we’re here…or maybe they do but just don’t care.

 

John: Maybe… Whatever. What were we talking about?

 

Emily: Dating websites. What do you think of them?

 

John: Awful. I’m on there just trying to connect with someone, and all I see is penis. 

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