Danny- late teens/
early twenties; idealistic, yet somewhat naive
stepsister; can be Danny's age or maybe even a little older; has
sexual history with Danny
Setting: Balcony of a New York-style
(Chelsea is standing over the
railing of the "balcony". She is wearing a bridesmaid dress and
holding a plastic cup. Enter Danny, who is also in formalwear and
also holding a cup. He seems somewhat delighted when he catches
sight of his stepsister)
Danny: I thought I'd find you out here. Taking a
break or something?
feet hurt. Plus, I just can't take another minute of Dad doing
the Funky Chicken.
Danny: So you came out here? What do you got in that
cup there, Bacardi?
Chelsea: Seagram's. And it's mine. Touch it and you
(indicates his cup)
That's okay; I have my own. So,
how much longer you plan to stay out here?
Chelsea: Until my feet stop hurting. Why?
Danny: I was thinking we could share a dance
Danny: Yeah, our parents are probably gonna have a
couples dance later; maybe we could join them.
they told you to come out here and ask me?
Danny: No, this was all my idea.
Chelsea: We'll see, okay? I'm not feeling too well
right now, Dan. I don't know if I can move without throwing
Danny: Hey, I can wait.
Chelsea: (pause) So, what does this mean? For us, I
Danny: What do you…Oh, you mean…now that we're
brother and sister…
Danny: Well…what do you think?
you want my honest opinion…I think it sucks.
Danny: The end of our fun…
did some wild things…
Danny: Now it's over…
(The two look at each other and
suddenly feel embarrassed. Both let out an awkward
Danny: Wow. I feel dirty just thinking about
Chelsea: You said it.
(suddenly real serious;
shyly) Say, Chelsea…I'm
just curious…do you still…love me?
Chelsea: "Do I still love you?" What kind of question is
Danny: Nothing…I just thought…
Chelsea: You thought what? That we'd fuck
Danny: No…I mean…
Chelsea: (laughs) You pervert. What do you think this is, the
Deep South? And no, south of Canada does not count.
Danny: Okay, I admit that I am still…smitten with
you…maybe a little, from what we did in the past. I was just
curious, is all.
Chelsea: And you think somehow that if we danced, that
might set off some sort of spark that'd make us head-over-heels
for each other again?
Danny: Whatever! I don't care! I don't even know what
I was thinking, coming out here! I'll just ask one of the girls
inside to dance with me! (starts to exit)
Chelsea: Hey, Danny, relax, will ya? I was just messin'
Danny: Well, I don't think it's funny! Stop being
such a bitch!
Chelsea: (starting to feel guilty)
Take it easy, okay? I'm sorry, if
I'd have known you were so serious…the last thing I would want to
do is upset you.
Danny: Do you even care about me?
course I do. You're the sweetest guy I know. I'm just concerned
for you, is all. We're brother and sister now, after all. If we
stay attached to each other for too long, we're only hurting
ourselves. I don't want my brother to hurt himself.
Danny: We're not blood.
(The two move close to each
other nervously. Their faces move closer and closer together;
eventually, they kiss. When they pull away Danny notices the
necklace around Chelsea's neck)
(almost to himself)
Chelsea: What? Oh, the necklace.
Danny: Remember when we bought these for each
Chelsea: How could I forget? It was while our parents
were still dating, less than a year ago. The four of us went down
to San Diego.
Danny: You got me a dragon, and I got you that
dolphin. I'm wearing mine right now, see? (sees Chelsea on the
verge of tears) What's wrong?
Chelsea: These necklaces…
Danny: What about them?
do love you, Danny, but we can't hold onto these anymore. We need
to move on. (rips necklace off her neck and throws it
offstage, most likely over the railing ahead of her)
Danny: What are you doing?
you understand what I mean?
(pause) Yeah, you're right.
Chelsea: It's your choice, Dan. You don't have to get
rid of it if you don't want to. I just think you should.
(Danny hesitates for a moment,
then proceeds to take off his necklace. He flings it out over the
railing after Chelsea's)
Danny: No chance. We're brother and sister
Chelsea: That's my brother. You still want that
Danny: Yeah, sure.
Chelsea: Come on, let's go back inside.
(Both exit. Lights fade