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Okay, So I have been editing the crap put of this. I even changed the title. So here is the newly edited (draft 2 really) Act 1. My goal with this play is to eventually send it into competitions or try to get a stage reading at the Denver Center for Performing arts. So read, enjoy and comment please!!!!

 

ACT I

SCENE I

(Curtain opens to Brad’s living room. There is a couch Left of center with a coffee table in front of it. A dining table is up right and a stereo system up Left next to an end table covered in alcohol bottles. There is a TV down left and an armchair Right of the couch. PENNY is sitting on the couch reading a book, ADAM and KRIS sit at table, books strewn about the table.)

ADAM

Where the hell is Brad? I’m starving and I thought he was going for pizza.

KRIS

Probably just got sidetracked by some girl. Hell, that’s how he brought home Penny. She was astray until Brad coerced her home with treats and alcohol.

PENNY

Hey, I am not a puppy. Plus, he had cookies Kristopher, COOKIES!

ADAM

See, treats. And you love to use the puppy eyes to get your way. Admit it, you love having Brad around your little finger.

PENNY

If I have him oh so wrapped, why does Kris think he’s picking up other girls?

KRIS

Because you’re a tease P, and he wants to know he is wanted for something other than room and board.

PENNY

Hey! I like him just fine. It’s his ego that gets in the way.

(BRAD enters Right through the main door, followed by MICHAEL, who is carrying a duffel bag.)

BRAD

Hey guys!

ADAM

Hey, where’s the pizza?

KRIS

More importantly, who did you bring home instead? Is there something you need to tell us Brad?

BRAD

No Kris. Nothing I need to tell you that you don’t already know. This is Michael. He’s an old friend. He’s just moved back to town, getting ready to go back to school. He’ll be staying with us for a bit.

PENNY

What are you going to study?

MICHAEL

Art. I am an artist.

PENNY

Great, another starving artist.

BRAD

P, play nice.

PENNY

Fine suck all my fun out. So Michael, what kinds of art do you, as they say, create?

MICHAEL

I paint, mostly. I also draw and play around with photography.

BRAD

Penny, if you make one sarcastic remark about that I will punch you.

PENNY

Careful Brad, I may like that. Don’t tempt me with my kinks.

MICHAEL

(To BRAD) She’s kidding right?

BRAD

(To MICHAEL) I wish I could tell you. You can figure that out on your own. (To The group) Okay, so your new roommates are Kris, Adam, and of course Penny.

MICHAEL

Hey everyone. I promise to keep out of your hair as much as possible and find a new place as soon as I can.

BRAD

No need buddy. You stay as long as you need. There is a spare bedroom in the basement that is all yours. Just help pitch in for bills and a little bit for rent, we’ll be golden.

MICHAEL

Thanks man. I’m going to go set my stuff down. (MICHAEL Exits Stage Right.)

ADAM

See Penny, strays.

BRAD

What did I miss?

PENNY

Nothing, not a thing. So how did you say you know him? I mean, I won’t stop you from having another roommate, seeing as you bought the house, but a girl need to know she can trust all of her roommates, especially her all male roommates.

BRAD

He’s cool Penny. (Moves to couch to sit next to PENNY) I knew him from years ago. He left town about a year before you showed up. He has needs to travel and get away every few years. He is a good guy. Give him a few weeks. If you absolutely think that you can’t live with him or he does anything inappropriate, let me know and I’ll help him find somewhere else to go.

PENNY

Thanks Brad. It does mean a lot to me. (She takes his hand in hers.)

KRIS

Do we need to give you guys some space, cause honestly, if this is going down now, I want to see it, to know it’s true.

PENNY

Kris?

KRIS

Yeah

PENNY

Shut up. It ain’t happening. Sure, if you said anything like that to me, I would probably kiss you, but seeing as this is Brad, things get complicated.

BRAD

I am standing right here.

PENNY

Oh I know. (MICHAEL reenters from stage left)

MICHAEL

Did I miss the memo? (Gestures to BRAD and PENNY’s joined hands) Something I need to know dude?

BRAD

No. Is that my shirt?

PENNY

Dude? Seriously?

MICHAEL

Yes, you’re shirt, don’t change the subject. And you sweetie? Yes dude, best word ever and so 90’s it makes me nostalgic.

PENNY

Sweetie? Can kill him now, or maybe just gouge his eyes out?

BRAD

Play NICE Penny. C’mon, let’s go for a walk. Get some coffee.

PENNY

You already know me so well. You all want something?

ADAM

No thanks, it’s getting too late.

KRIS

No thanks dear. I’m going to bed soon since there’s not going to be any pizza.

PENNY

Cool. See you guys in a bit. Michael. (BRAD and PENNY exit. ADAM and KRIS move to the couch and watch as MICHAEL sinks into an armchair Left of the couch)

MICHAEL

So you two want to explain what I did wrong so quickly?

ADAM

You called her sweetie. Bad plan man.

MICHAEL

Why?

KRIS

She’s got this weird thing about people calling her sweetie. Says something about she is not sweet. She also hates being called honey and ma’am. So don’t even go there.

MICHAEL

Gotcha, no sweetie honey, or ma’am.

ADAM

(Awkward silence) So Brad says you travel. Where do you go?

MICAHEL

Where ever I feel like. Most recently, I went to Canada and to Ireland. Beautiful places. You two should go sometime.

ADAM

We just might.

MICHAEL

(Looks around, and fidgets nervously. He sees the turtle tank) Who’s turtle.

KRIS

Mine. His name is Melvin. You don’t mind reptiles do you?

MICAHEL

Not really. But Melvin?

KRIS

I wanted to name him Michelangelo, after my favorite ninja turtle, but was talked out of it. Melvin was what I drew out of a hat.   

ADAM

I like Melvin. I think I’d like to name one of my future kids Melvin.

KRIS

Remind me never to have kids with you.

MICHAEL

Uh… so, um, how long have you two known each other?

ADAM

Two years.

MICHAEL

And how long have you known Brad?

KRIS

About a year and a half or so. Been close for about seven months.

MICHAEL

So Brad and Penny aren’t dating?

KRIS

Yet. They aren’t dating yet. She’s been living here for about two months now, and we’ve known her for about four months. Those two have been tap dancing around each other from the beginning.

MICHAEL

How did you all meet Penny?

ADAM

We were hanging out at an outdoor mall, and Brad spied her. He wanted to prove you can pick up any girl with the right sequence of events.

MICHAEL

Wow, that just sounds lame.

KRIS

Which is what I said when he laid out the plan. I told him to prove it. He picked Penny.

MICHAEL

How did she react?

ADAM

Well, Brad “accidentally” ran into her, spilling her coffee. The plan was to apologize profusely and offer to buy her a new cup, tell her how beautiful she was and ask her out to an official date. That was the plan.

MICHAEL

And I’m guessing the plan didn’t go according to plan.

KRIS

Ooo, let me tell this part. (ADAM gestures KRIS to take over and sits back, watching MICHAEL’s reaction.) Sweet. Alright rule number one in deal with Penny. Do NOT mess with her coffee. So when Brad spilled her coffee, she was not happy. That girl has a mouth like a sailor sometimes.

MICHAEL

How did Brad survive his first encounter with her.

KRIS

Well, he apologized and offered to buy her a new cup. She got pissy and said something along the lines of damn right. He kept apologizing. He was smart enough to realize that she wasn’t pleased. We watched from a safe distance as he bought her another cup. She pretty much tried to flee once she had her liquid gold.

MICAHEL

So how did she get from hating him to living with him?

KRIS

Easy. He was persistent as fuck. He asked her out, she said no. He asked her to meet his friends. She agreed if it was right then. We all met. She actually hit it off right away with Adam.

MICHAEL

Really?

ADAM

What can I say? Women like the silent type.

KRIS
(Laughs) Sure, whatever you say man. Anyway. She liked the group well enough that we hung out. Adam and I got her number. Then as a group we hung out like a dozen times and Brad FINALLY got his shit together and started to pursue her staying with us, under the guise of cheap rent and no dormitories. Once she moved in they started hanging out more one on one and started dancing around each other.  

MICHAEL

Why haven’t they just dated already, if I might ask?

ADAM

Brad thinks she’s too innocent or something. She’s just started college and grew up slightly sheltered when it comes to things like guys. And Penny it waiting for Brad to make a move because honestly, she doesn’t know how these things really work.

MICHAEL

She doesn’t seem that innocent.

KRIS

She can act. She doesn’t like people seeing her vulnerable.

ADAM

And we know this because we know how to get her to talk.

MICHAEL

How?

ADAM

Cuddling, coffee, and letting her tell you. You’ve got to probe, not ask out right. She cringes at outright questions. You need to let her feel like she is volunteering the information, not answering questions.

KRIS

Good god, it’s almost eleven. Brad was out for hours and no pizza, just strays. I’m going to hit the hay. It was nice to meet you Michael. Give Penny some time, she’ll warm up to you soon enough.

MICHAEL

Thanks Kris. Are you going to bed too?

ADAM

Yeah, I think I will. See, we like sleep. And if you are starting classes tomorrow you may want some sleep too. Plus if you’re waiting for the couple to return, they may be a bit. Their walks take anywhere from five minutes to… two hours is the record. So far.

MICHAEL

Alright, alright, I get it, going to bed. See you both around. (ADAM and KRIS exit. MICHAEL looks around for a few moments, checking out the turtle and books strewn about, before picking up the book PENNY was reading.) Interesting reading. The Count of Monte Cristo and… The Zombie Survival Guide. Strange, strange girl. (BRAD and PENNY reenter holding coffee cups, stopping when they see MICHAEL, who quickly drops the books)

BRAD

Hey man! The others to go to bed? We were gone like 15 minutes.

MICHAEL

Yeah, they were grumbling about a lack of late night pizza. I should be following here shortly. More like now. See you both in the morning. Have a good night.

PENNY

You as well Michael.

MICHAEL

Call me Mike, please. (PENNY nods and MICHAEL exits stage left)

BRAD

So, what do you really think of Michael?

PENNY

I think he’ll be interesting to live with. He’s seems a little squirrelly, but that seems to be normal for this place. And I did promise to give him some time before I truly make up my mind.

BRAD

Thank you for that. C’mon let’s sit on the couch before bed. You need to be up for a bit anyway, girl who just had coffee.

PENNY

Alright weirdo. (They move to the couch and sit down at opposite ends. BRAD pauses and then moves to sit closer to PENNY).

BRAD

You know I like you, right?

PENNY

Y’know, I hadn’t noticed all of the unsubtle staring and leering and innuendos. I never even thought that you reduced my utilities and rent to try and win my favor.

BRAD

Alright, I admit, subtle is not my forte. (Pauses) But you understand why I am hesitant right?

PENNY

No. I honestly don’t. I thought for sure that as soon as I moved in, you’d make your move but here I am, still waiting. You know I’m not good at this stuff and I don’t know how it works. I was never given the manual on dating. (Pause) Is it my age?

BRAD

No, not really.

PENNY

My… inexperience?

BRAD

No, I actually really like that about you.

PENNY

Then what, B?

BRAD

I don’t want to lose you as my friend. I truly care for you and I would rather keep you as my friend than not have you at all. I’ve actually conceded to the fact. But, seeing Michael, seeing how he reacted to y-(Pause) to our home, reminded me that what I want may escape me if I wait too long. I… I’ve just want my friend rather nothing.

PENNY

Is that really the way to live your life? Keep me as your friend, never take a risk, and never get to experience a relationship? I mean, I know that I don’t have a lot to go on here, but if you were my friend seeking advice from me about this issue here is what I would say: Go for it. Risk what you have in order to get even more. If you lose in the end, then we can deal from there. Honestly what is the worst that can happen?

BRAD

I can lose you, possibly forever.

PENNY

And the best thing that could happen?

BRAD

I get to keep you, possibly forever.

PENNY

So is the risk worth it? (Instead of answering BRAD leans in and kisses PENNY softly and quickly) I see. Anything else you would like to add before I head off to bed? (BRAD smiles and kisses PENNY passionately as the lights fade.)

 

SCENE II

(Four weeks later. MICHAEL and KRIS are sitting on the couch. MICHAEL has a sketch pad out and is drawing. KRIS has a text book in his lap and is highlighting. ADAM is sitting in the armchair watching TV.)

KRIS

Who cares whether or not a wire is covered in red or blue? As long as the instructions say what it is supposed to be? I mean honestly, stereo instructions are all hard to read for a reason, with no logic behind wire coverings.

ADAM

It is what you get for being an engineering major.

KRIS

Says the engineering major in the armchair.

ADAM

Hey I passed that class last semester. Not my fault you didn’t want to take it at the same time as me. I would have helped you pass.

KRIS

So what’ll it cost me to have you help me now.

ADAM

Beer, lots and lots of beer. Maybe nachos too.

KRIS

Beer, okay, the nachos though, may be the deal breaker.

ADAM

We’ll Figure something out. I am GREAT at negotiations. We’ll figure it out.

KRIS

Sure you are. That’s why you are stuck cleaning the turtle tank for 2 weeks. Negotiated a great deal in exchange for not having to be the one to tell Penny Brad was cheating on her before they recently got back together.

ADAM

Supposedly cheated. She made the decision getting back together again, not believing that he would or could do that. And now it’s time to slightly change the topic; Where’s Penny?

MICHAEL

Yeah, haven’t seen the love birds for two days.

ADAM

Well, she’s been working like crazy at the bar. She said she needed to cash. And Brad is being Brad and feels he doesn’t need to always be around. If he didn’t own the place or Pen never lived here, we’d never see him.

KRIS

Too true. So Michael. How have things been with you?

MICHAEL

Same as usual. Why do you ask?

KRIS

First off, evasive answer, second, you haven’t seem as chipper lately. Since you found out about Penny and Brad really.

MICHAEL

Just adjusting. I’ve known Brad for years and he can get… intense. I just worry for Penny.

ADAM

Don’t worry too much about her. She can hold her own and her sharp tongue has been known to castrate men. (MICHAEL Stands and crosses to the drink table and pours himself a drink.)

MICHAEL

Yes, I know their pain. (PENNY enters, with BRAD behind her. PENNY stalks over to the table and takes MICHAEL’s drink from his hand and downing the cocktail, ignoring BRAD)

BRAD

Pen, c’mon, I didn’t mean it. I’m sorry baby it won’t happen again. I just lost my temper for a moment.

PENNY

Brad, go away. I don’t even want to look at you at the moment. You should feel thankful to still have your balls attached to your body. Trust me or leave me alone. I’m going to bed. G’night gentlemen. (PENNY Exits Stage left. BRAD moves to sit in the unoccupied seat on the couch. MICHAEL remains standing, watching with his arms crossed across his front.)

KRIS

Okay Brad, what did you do?

BRAD

Nothing

KRIS

Liar, what did you do?

BRAD

I didn’t-

ADAM

Brad. Speak or sleep on the streets

BRAD

I don’t want to say.

ADAM

And why not?

BRAD

Because you guys will kill me when you find out, and I like being alive.

MICHAEL

Well we know you lost your temper. Said so yourself. Did you say something offensive?

ADAM

That’s kinda of par for the course with Brad. I don’t think he really could say much to offend Penny like that, unless it involved babies or gays.

KRIS

Let’s cut to the chase. Did you say something Brad?

BRAD

No, I wish I had though.

KRIS

We’re waiting Brad. What did you do to her?

BRAD

God, you guys are like her brothers or something.

ADAM

We’re family. Deal with it and spill, damn it.

BRAD

I…I grabbed her wrist. Really hard. May have pushed her at one point too. (MICAHEL Lunges towards BRAD and ADAM moves to intervene. Catching his before he reaches BRAD)

MICHAEL

I should kill you and then tell your mother. Why the hell would you do that?

BRAD

We were FIGHTING-

KRIS

(Kris Punches BRAD’s arm) That is not an excuse Brad. There is no excuse to hurt a girl.

BRAD

Its not like I planned it. We were fighting about her working so much and she mentioned some guy and I just lost it. I couldn’t stand that her reason for working so much is another guy.

ADAM

Did she say she was leaving you for said other man? Or was she being her usual self and helping out a friend.

BRAD

I don’t want to talk about this right now. I’m going to bed. See you all in the morning.

KRIS

One last question Brad. How many times have you two fought in the past week? I know I’ve heard at least three times.

BRAD

Too many honestly. (BRAD exits Stage left. All three men watch him)

ADAM

Penny needs to break up with him before he hits her.

KRIS

In my mind, he already has. They have broken up and gotten back together like four times already. Each breakup is worse than the last.

MICHAEL

He’ll probably destroy whatever friendship they have before giving her up. Intense remember. And by intense I really mean possessive, and anger, issues.

ADAM

We’ll just all have to keep an eye on her. And him I guess. More game planning in the morning though. I’m going to go check on Pen and then hit the hay.  And Kris, Falling asleep reading that book again will kill your back.

KRIS

Fine, fine. Off to bed I go mother.

ADAM

Call me your mother again and I will never again help you out.

KRIS

Alright, alright. To bed I go. Goodnight Michael. Good luck with the sketching.

MICHAEL

Night guys. See you tomorrow. (ADAM and KRIS exit. MICHAEL continues sketching for a moment. PENNY Enters and pauses when she sees him) Hey. Come have a seat. I wanna talk with you for a sec.

PENNY

Sure, (PENNY sits on the couch next to MICHAEL) what would you like to talk about?

MICHAEL

Well, for one, I want to make sure you’re okay, and two,  I would just like to talk with you more. I mean we’re roommates and we hardly know each other.

PENNY

Brad says you’re good people, so I trust that.

MICHAEL

Yes, but we need to do the whole getting to know you thing without Brad’s involvement. He’s a nice guy and all but we should do this on our own. You need to start living outside your relationship. You know, have a life of your own, your own opinions.

PENNY

Whatever. Fine. (Awkward pause) So, Brad said you grew up around here?

MICHAEL

Yeah. Moved here when I was ten to live with my grandparents. It was me just me and my brother with them.

PENNY

What happened to your parents, if I may ask?

MICHAEL

My dad was killed in a car accident. My mom died about six months after that from pneumonia. I just had my brother left.

PENNY

Wow. Insight. I’m really sorry to hear that.

MICHAEL

I know, thank you. I’ve had a lot of time to adjust to the idea. My grandparents were great and raised me well. They let me get a tattoo for my parents even, when I was seventeen.

PENNY

What did you get?

MICHAEL

Angel wings. I’ve always liked to think that they have been my guardian angels since their deaths.

PENNY

That’s really sweet.

MICHAEL

Thanks. How about your family?

PENNY

Got my mom and dad, and my brother. Plus the guys here. This is also my family.

MICAHEL

The guys mentioned you were all family. I’m guessing it the bonds and not blood that makes your family.

PENNY

Yeah. And if you stick around long enough, we’ll adopt you too.

MICAHEL

Family takes care of each other, yeah?

PENNY

Yeah.

MICHAEL

Then talk to me about what went down. What happened with Brad tonight? He wasn’t terribly forthcoming with details.

PENNY

Hell if I know. He came by to pick me up and walk us home. I told him I only had to cover one more shift for Simon, my coworker, and he just lost it. Started yelling at me. I tried to walk away but, he grabbed my wrist. He grabbed it so hard. I’ll probably bruise. I got my wrist away from him. We yelled some more. I told him he couldn’t trust me. He called me a slut and pushed me. I slapped him and refused to speak to him on the way back.

MICHAEL

Are you okay? Emotionally? Do I need to kick his ass?

PENNY

Its fine. He apologized profusely. I think he may have been drinking. I really just want to forget this night. I know fights are normal for couples.

MICHAEL

Fights yes, abuse, bruises, no. If he… If he does this again, promise me you’ll break things off with him. He’s a good guy, but he’s also a big guy and I worry he will hurt you, badly.

PENNY

Thanks for your concern. I can hold my own. He won’t like the consequences if he does it again.

MICHAEL

If you ever need back up though, you know you’ve got me and the guys.

PENNY

I do, thank you.

MICHAEL

We are all worried about you two. Several break ups and reconciliations, one of these days your relationship will break the both of you.

PENNY

I don’t think so. We have problems but I know he loves me. He was a really great guy for the first couple of months. He’s just going through a rough time.

MICHAEL

I don’t think so Pen. I think you’re finally seeing him for who he is.

PENNY

I don’t want to talk about this with you. (Pause) I’m done feeling vulnerable, so, need a new topic now. What are you sketching?

MICHAEL

The people I live with. You, Adam, Kris, and Brad.

PENNY

You’re really talented. I like these a lot.

MICHAEL

Thanks. So no starving artist?

PENNY

Of course you remember that.

MICHAEL

I remember everything you say.

PENNY

Definitely not a starving artist. You are going to be rich one day.

MICHAEL

Not according to some professors who say I have no eye for art at all.

PENNY

Idiots. You hardly need college to know you can create beautiful artwork.

MIACHAEL

Thank you, really. You are sincere enough to con a nun.

PENNY

(Laughs) Oh my god you are ridiculous. And Evil. And I think I love it.

MICHAEL

Says the girl who gave evil teasing a new definition.

PENNY

You know you love me for it.

MICHAEL

That I do. (BRAD enters and watches the pair for a moment)

PENNY

So, uh, there’s a new coffee shop opening next week. Would you like to go grab a cup? With me? I like this whole getting to know you thing, one on one.

MICHAEL

I would really like that. You sure Brad would be okay with that?

PENNY

Why? You’re my roommate, hanging out with me, and Brad’s my boyfriend, not my keeper.

MICHAEL

He’s an idiot to think he could ever control you. Or that he can manipulate you into doing anything.

PENNY

See, you already know me oh so well.

MICHAEL

I know right, Baby Fox.

PENNY

Baby Fox?

MICHAEL

Well I know honey and sweetie are out of the question. And you remind me of a baby fox.

PENNY

Why?

MICHAEL

You look cute and adorable, but you’re cunning and quick witted. Plus you have this awesome reddish brown hair, though it is dyed.

PENNY

I’m not sure which part of that to analyze first. Should I focus on the awesomeness of ‘cunning and quick witted’ or should I focus on the ‘cute and adorable’, or should I be offended that you know my hair is dyed.

MICHAEL

I can see your roots. They’re tiny, but I do see them. But let’s focus on the good bits, yeah?

PENNY

Yeah. Thanks Mike, for everything.

MICHAEL

It’s good to see you smile and I haven’t said anything that has been untrue, Baby Fox.  I’ll always be here for you. No matter what you need. I’m you’re guy. (BRAD clears his throat, surprising the pair)

PENNY

What do you want Brad?

BRAD

I would like to talk to you for a bit. I don’t want to let you sleep tonight angry at me.

MICHAEL

You don’t have to.

PENNY

He looks like someone kicked his puppy.

MICHAEL

Don’t let him always have his way, okay? Come get me if you need me. I mean it.

PENNY

Thanks Mike. (MICHAEL exits and BRAD moves to stand next to the couch)

BRAD

I see you and Mike are getting along.

PENNY

Your sarcasm needs work. It’s only sarcastic if it’s meant to poke fun at. Like, that comment would have been great if I didn’t actually like him. (Pause) Wait, are you mad that I am getting along with him? Are you fucking kidding me?

BRAD

I don’t want to fight anymore tonight.

PENNY

Then don’t try to fight with me.

BRAD

I do trust you P. I just don’t trust every other guy. I see you for how wonderful you are and I can’t understand how every guy doesn’t want to take you home to mom. I know that you are a good person, willing to do almost anything to help a friend. I just worry that they are taking advantage of that.

PENNY

If you trust me, then trust that I can say no to some guy. I am with you. So trust that I am with you and you alone. Don’t be going around thinking that I am with you and having some fun on the side to do a friend a favor. I am not a cheater. I don’t have a line of guys breaking down the door to get to me.

BRAD

I wish you could see what I see when I look at you. When I see them talk to you.

PENNY

I just wish you could trust me.

BRAD

I do trust you.

PENNY

No, you don’t or else this wouldn’t be up for discussion. I love you Brad, yet I kind of hate you right now. Trust me or break up with me. Those are your only options. Choose wisely.

BRAD

I trust you. I’ll do better, I promise. I just don’t want to lose you. I love you.

PENNY

Then show me, or you will lose me.

BRAD

That is the LAST thing I want, losing you. I love you so much.

PENNY

I love you too, you asshole.

(BRAD holds out his arms and PENNY reluctantly hugs him as the Lights Fade to black)

SCENE III

(One month later, early in the afternoon. KRIS, ADAM and MICHAEL sit at the table eating lunch. PENNY and BRAD’s voice come from off stage left.)

PENNY

How dare you! No Stay away from me.

BRAD

This conversation is NOT over.

ADAM

This is the third time this week, and its only Tuesday.

KRIS

H-Have you guys seen the bruises?

ADAM

I have. She won’t say anything about that. And I have asked outright.

MICHAEL

She told me she keeps giving him another chance. Hoping he’ll actually follow through on the promise that he’s going to change. She says she loves him and wants everything to be good between them. (Notices ADAM and KRIS Staring at him.) What? You don’t ask her outright questions, remember? You gotta probe, ask around it.

ADAM

He won’t let her go.

PENNY

Don’t touch me again.

BRAD

Well if you would listen to me I would have to resort to such things.

MICHAEL

Alright! That’s it! I can’t take this anymore!

KRIS

Where are you going?

MICHAEL

To break up this fight!

(PENNY Storms out on stage followed closely by BRAD)

PENNY

Leave me alone Brad. I am done talking to you right now.

BRAD

I am NOT done talking to you. We are going to go back into my room and we are going to talk about this. (BRAD grabs PENNY by the wrist to pull her in. The men at the table stand and move to intercept them)

PENNY

Let go of me asshole. I am too mad to even look at you. Let me go. (PENNY slaps BRAD with her free hand. BRAD pauses then slaps PENNY across the face. ADAM and MICHAEL pull BRAD away, as KRIS moves to pull PENNY away. )

ADAM

Take a walk Brad.

BRAD

 Stay out of this. This is between me and Penny.

ADAM

Not anymore. Take a walk or I call the cops.

BRAD

Fine. Have fun with the guys. Hopefully they can flirt you into becoming even more of a slut. (BRAD exits)

MICHAEL

Are you okay?

PENNY

I need to sit. (Moves to the couch)

KRIS

I’ll get some ice for your cheek. (Exits Stage Left)

MICHAEL

Are you okay? You never answered before.

PENNY

I..I don’t know.

ADAM

What were you two fighting about? (KRIS reenters holding a towel with ice in it. He hands it over to PENNY)

PENNY

(To KRIS) Thanks. (To ADAM) Does it matter?

ADAM

I guess not.

MICHAEL

Baby fox, talk to us. What do you need?

PENNY

I think I need a new place to live. And sleep. Shit, I don’t know if I want to stay here tonight.

KRIS

Sleep in our rooms for now. You know you can trust us. Brad won’t try anything if you’re with someone.

PENNY

I know I can trust you and Adam. (Pause as ADAM and KRIS share a look) Well you two are a couple. A cute one too.

KRIS

How did you know?

PENNY

I’m a girl I know things.

MICHAEL

Do you want to press charges? We were all witnesses.

PENNY

No. I really don’t.

ADAM

(Pulls a cell phone out and checks it) I have a new text from Brad. He wants to talk to me.

KRIS

I’ll go with you. Make sure he keeps his hands, and his anger, to himself. Are you sure baby fox? About calling the cops?

PENNY

God, you too with the baby fox?

KRIS

It’s cute. Cops?

PENNY

No, no cops. I’m too embarrassed.

KRIS

Okay. We’ll be here for you if you change your mind. Come on Adam. Let’s go talk to Brad. Decide if he deserves to set foot back in here.

ADAM

Let us know if you need anything.

PENNY

I will.

ADAM

ANYTHING. (KRIS and ADAM kiss PENNY on the cheek and Exit)

MICHAEL

Baby, are you sure you don’t want me to call the cops?

PENNY

Yeah. I wouldn’t be able to live through the embarrassment.

MICHAEL

There is nothing to be embarrassed about. He hurt you. You didn’t ask him to.

PENNY

I practically did. I stayed with him. I was the one to always give him a second chance. I should have broken things off a long time ago.

MICHAEL

You DID NOT ask him to HURT you. Can I ask why you didn’t end things?

PENNY

Well, for one, when things are good with us, they are very good. I’m very happy. And two, I love him. How can I just walk away from a man I love?

MICHAEL

Alright, one thing at a time.  You stayed with him because you saw the best in him, you never asked to be hurt. You say that when things are good they’re really good. What about when things are bad? I think I can safely say when things get bad, they get really bad. (She nods) I know you love him baby fox. I do. I can see it. That is why you want this to work so badly. But you need to think about you, and how to take care of you. Your relationship with Brad is too extreme. Always to one end or the other, never a gray area.

PENNY

So how do I walk away from that? From him? How do I walk away from the first man I have loved?

MICHAEL

It’ll be a struggle, but you need to take care of you first and foremost. I can help with that. The guys can help with that. You and I can start apartment shopping tomorrow, or even tonight. We can see if they guys want to come with as well. I don’t think any of us want to stay with Brad anymore.

PENNY

Okay. I… I’d like that, a lot. To continue living with all of you.

MICHAEL

It can be arranged. Come here. (PENNY shifts and snuggles into MICHAEL) Everything will turn out aright in the end.

PENNY

Why couldn’t I have met you first? Brad would never have stood a chance.

MICHAEL

Fate. We were meant to meet when we did, so that I could help you through this. Be here for you when you needed it most.

PENNY

Seriously, I wish it was you and not him. You get me. You joke with me and get my humor. I have never even heard you raise you voice.

MICHAEL

I have my moments, but they are few and far between. We probably should hold off on this conversation for later. When Brad is out of the picture. When you’ve stopped hurting.

PENNY

I don’t need a boyfriend right now.

MICHAEL

I agree. And I don’t really want a relationship right now.

PENNY

Maybe we could be each other’s meantime love. Until we’re ready for something bigger and better.

MICHAEL

I think I could handle that. But the meantime stuff needs to wait. I need to know you’re okay before I do anything with you. But in the meantime before the meantime love, we can do this. Okay?

PENNY

Okay.

MICHAEL

Go grab some stuff and move into my room for the night. We’re not going to find a new apartment until at least tomorrow.  You can also stay with the other guys if you’re more comfortable.

PENNY

Thank you Mike.

MICHAEL

Anytime baby fox.

 

SCENE IV

(One week later, late afternoon. PENNY is sitting on the couch between ADAM and KRIS. ALL of them have books out. KRIS and ADAM have textbooks and PENNY is reading a novel.)

ADAM

What are you reading Penny?

PENNY

Extremely loud and Incredibly close. Mike recommended it.

KRIS

When do you have time for class work?

PENNY

In class. Most of my professors rarely teach in class. All the tests are based off of book work and few lecture notes, which they post online.

KRIS

Must be nice to be a history major.

PENNY

Not many career choices outside of academic settings though, my little engineers.

ADAM

You’ll be fine love. We’re moving forward so fast, society will need someone to document it all and preserve the past. Look at the preservation projects for the civil war sites.

PENNY

True but everyone looks to the future. But the smart ones look to the past, to learn from their mistakes. I’ll probably end up working at a museum.

ADAM

No, you will be working for history channel or something. (PENNY yawns) Did you sleep okay last night?

PENNY

Smooshed between you two? Hell yes. Best thermal blanket ever,

KRIS

What would your mother say if she knew?

PENNY

She knows you two are a couple. Maybe be okay with it since you’re gay. Seriously though, she’ll just be happy when we move out. Apparently she never really liked Brad all that much.

ADAM

Wait, you told your mom everything that happened?

PENNY

No. She just never liked that I was living with him. Gut feeling or something.

ADAM

Well we just have to last a couple more days. Then we’ll get our new place. And everything will get better.

PENNY

I know. Thanks guys. (MICHAEL enters and sets down a messenger bag before sitting in the armchair)

MICHAEL

Comfy Baby Fox?

PENNY

You know I am. I’ve got two very hot men on either side of me. To the untrained eye, I am the luckiest girl in the world. But to the knowing observer. I’m out of luck as the hotties next to me bat for the other team.

MICHAEL

(Laughs) You’re crazy. Cute, but crazy. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

PENNY

Damn right. So, when does your friend’s truck arriving tomorrow?

MICHAEL

Noon. He says we can use it as much as we’d like, as long as we gas it up before we return it.

KRIS

I think we can deal with that.

ADAM

This time tomorrow, we’ll be unpacking in our brand new, three bedrooms, two baths apartment. I can NOT wait.

PENNY

How’s Brad been taking it?

ADAM

Do you really want to talk about him right now?

PENNY

No… yes… I don’t know. I still care about him y’know.

ADAM

I do, I understand. He’s been sad, depressed, but he understands he fucked up bad. I know that he’s wanted to talk to you but he wants to do it with you alone.

KRIS

Which will not happen. I’m sorry Baby Fox, I know that you may want to, but he has shown he cannot be trusted. If you want to talk to him or he wants to talk to you, one of us will need to be in the room as well.

PENNY

Okay, okay. I agree.  (PENNY stands and moves between the couch and armchair. MICHAEL grabs her around the waist and pulls her into his lap.) Hey!

MICHAEL

(Softly) Hi.

PENNY

Hi.

ADAM

And with that we’ll leave you two alone. C’mon Kris.

KRIS

Awe, ruin all my fun. Fine, you’ll just have to keep me distracted.

ADAM

Ooo, a challenge. One I love to meet.

(ADAM and KRIS stand and exit Stage Left)

MICHAEL

How are you feeling today?

PENNY

Better, thanks.

MICHAEL

Excited to get out of here?

PENNY

Oh, you have no idea. They day we leave this place will be a happy day.

MICHAEL

Really that bad?

PENNY

Not really, not the way you think. It’s had its good times, good people. But I want a fresh start with my family.

MICHAEL

You’re my family too. Y-you know I care about you, right?

PENNY

Of course I do. And you know I care about you too.

MICHAEL

Want to move this cuddle-fest to the couch?

PENNY

You sayin’ I’m too heavy?

MICHAEL

I would never. I’m just suggesting that you may want to stretch out and the couch is free.

PENNY

Silly rabbit. (PENNY moves to kiss MICHAEL when BRAD enters Stage Right and PENNY halts her movement)

BRAD

Don’t you two look comfy.

MICHAEL

Good to see you too Brad.

PENNY

Brad.

BRAD

Don’t let me interrupt. Pen, I didn’t know you could move on so fast.

PENNY

Shut up

BRAD

Though I should have known. The instant Michael walked in, he wanted you and I’m pretty sure you wanted him. Were you cheating on me, Penny? Have you already been a slut for him?

PENNY

Shut the help up, Brad. You have no idea what you are talking about.

BRAD
Did you know I only asked you out cause I thought he would swoop in and take you from me. I could see it in his eyes, he wanted you. I couldn’t let him have you, he doesn’t deserve you. The filthy mutt.

MICHAEL

You don’t deserve her. You laid your hands on her. You lost your temper with her in the worst way.

PENNY

Get out Brad. You’ll never get me back, insulting me, telling you dated me because you got jealous of another guy, like a spoiled child watching another kid eye your rag toy. You may not want the toy, you just don’t want them to have it. That’s what you’re saying?

BRAD

Penny, never-

PENNY

Go. Away. Brad.

BRAD

Fine. Since you two are here, you can tell the other two. I’m leaving. Moving out of state.

PENNY

Why?

BRAD

Job offer. Since you all seem determined to get out of here as well, I’ll be renting it out to others.

PENNY

Good to know. Anything else?

BRAD

I need to talk to you, in private. Let me fix this.

MICHAEL

That won’t happen. If you want to talk to her, then someone else will be in the room.

BRAD

Is that what you really want?

PENNY

Seriously, with how you just talked to me? You should talk now or leave. You took away my options in this situation when you turned into an ass.

BRAD

So, if things were different, you’d talk to me?

PENNY

If things were different, we would not even be in this situation. Hihhdaskhfldskladskjf Go away Brad, you’re ruining the moment.

BRAD

Fine. I need to start packing anyway. (BRAD exits Stage Left)

MICHAEL

You okay?

PENNY

Yeah, just wondering if things hadn’t gone pear shape if he would have taken the job still?

MICHAEL

Baby Fox, he’s trying to get to you. Just keep your chin up and get through the rest of today. Tomorrow we’ll start in a new place. Tomorrow will begin a new day.

PENNY

Right. Thank you Mike, for everything. (PENNY leans in and kisses MICHAEL softly.)

MICHAEL

That was nice. Are you sure you want this? Now of all times?

PENNY

Fresh start, new life, new man. Seems appropriate. (Kisses him softly again)

MICHAEL

Sure you don’t want to move this party to the couch?

PENNY

Here in a minute. I just want to stay right here for a bit. I like it here. Right here, right now, with you and no one else.

MICHAEL

I think we can stay for a minute or two. (Lights fade out on them snuggled on the chair)

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