Daley Family: Dad, Manda, Amber, and Lilly
Best Friend of Amber: Emily Conrad
Pets: Chaos (German Sheppard)
Scene 1 Setting: The Scene opens with Emily relaxing in her backyard under a tree. Her neighbor Lilly Daley looks over the fence and begins to speak to her.
Lilly: (cheerful voice) Hello Emily.
Emily: Hi Lily. Where’s your sister?
Lilly: Amber? She’s inside; she can’t come out because she’s grounded. But I will get her for you anyway. (Lilly raced through the yard before Emily could reply)
Emily and Amber were best friends since Emily moved next door when she was four. Amber is a freckled blonde who received the nickname Bubbles from Emily. She always had a bubbly smile and bright happy green eyes no matter what she went through in life.
Amber: Hey Emily.
Emily: How are you today?
Amber: Fine, and you?
Emily: You don’t look to happy today. Are you okay?
Amber: I am fine really, just a little tired that’s all.
Emily: (She didn’t believe her but Amber’s expressions told her she didn’t want to talk about it right now. So she chose to ignore it) I heard you got grounded?
Emily: For what? (Pulling her curly brunette bangs out of her blue eyes)
Amber: I got into a fight with my older sister.
Emily: Manda? (She was surprised to hear that considering they got along exceptionally well)
Amber: (Furious) Yeah but she didn’t even get grounded and she started it. Can you believe that?
Amber: She always gets her way, it’s not fair. I hate being the middle child.
Emily got off the grassy area from under the tree and grabbed her dads step ladder and climbed up.
Emily: At least you have siblings but I have no one.
Amber: I wish you were my sister Emily (smiling at her with sad eyes)
Emily: I wish you were my sister too (She reached over and hugged Amber who was in tears)
Amber: (sighs) I guess I shouldn’t have thrown a glass candle at Amanda. Even though she stole $30 from me, lied about it, and then told my dad I snuck out last night.
Emily: (wide eyed) Why would she do that? That’s not like her.
Amber: I know. She’s been acting strange ever since she started dating that weird older kid. She hangs out with him every night. I think he’s like 22 or something.
Emily: Did you tell your dad about it? She’s only 15; she shouldn’t be hanging around him at all.
Amber: I would never snitch on her, she’s my sister. My dad would ground her for a year. (Sounding worried) Or even smack her like he did last time she mentioned dating anybody.
Emily: Calm down Amber, nothing is going to happen to her. Have you tried talking to her?
Amber: Yes, plenty of times. I even threatened to tell dad on her and she smacked me. She also threatened to lie and tell him I stole $100 from his wallet even though she was the one who did it.
Emily: I’m sorry Am…
Emily’s voice was cut short by a loud dominating voice. It pierced through the air like a bullet and hurt her ears. Amber turned around too fast and fell off the chair she was standing on and fell into the bushes. Before Emily could do anything, Amber’s father was right beside her yanking her by the arm.
Dad: (Yelling) GO TO YOUR ROOM!
Emily stood on the ladder for a moment making sure her friend was okay before dismounting and heading inside her house.
Scene 2 Setting: Kitchen of Emily’s house. Her German shepherd’s leash was on the counter. She picked it up and called for her dog.
Emily: (Yelling) CHAOS!
The dog was lying on the sofa and ran to the kitchen when she called it. Emily walked out of the house through the backyard. She locked the gate behind her.
Scene 3 Setting: Walking down the sidewalk toward a nearby park. Her jeans are worn low on her hips. It made it baggy on the bottom and hard to walk fast. She passed by many stores and restaurants on the way to the local dog park. When she finally arrived, she checked the time on her phone and realized it was already 5pm. She took her dog off the leash and let him run around for about an hour. During this time, she contemplated the day’s events and tried to think of possible solutions.
Emily: (Speaking out loud to herself) I can’t believe Manda would do that to Amber. I can’t believe she is with that guy. What does she even see in him anyway? What is she doing with the money that she stole from her dad? (Her head started to throb)
Emily: Chaos, time to go.
The dog ran to her. She put his leash on and headed home.
Scene 4 Setting: Emily was almost home. She was getting ready to turn the corner to the road she lived on when she heard a familiar voice. She knew it was rude to eavesdrop but she listened anyway.
Joey: I’ll see you tomorrow Manda.
Manda: Bye Joey.
Emily peeks her head around the corner to hear them better. Joey was already in his Mustang and half way down the road. She could see Manda walking toward her house. She shoved a cigar in the pocket of her purse and she smelled a funny scent blending in with the air. She ran to her house. Didn’t waste time unleashing Chaos.
Scene 5 Setting: Inside Emily’s kitchen. She picked up the phone and dialed a number. Each ring was irritating Emily and by the fifth ring she started to hang up. Before she did, she heard a girl’s voice on the other end of the line.
Manda: (Girly voice) Yeah.
Emily: (Stuttering) Hi Manda. Is Amber there?
Manda: She’s grounded.
Emily: Can I talk to her? It’s really important. Please?
Manda: (Set the phone down and then yells) AMBER!
Emily: (Waiting for Amber while petting her dog)
Emily: Oh my gosh Amber, guess what I just saw (almost at a yell).
Amber: (Pulled the phone away from her ear) Calm down. What did you see?
Emily: Your sister, she was with that weird dude again. And I saw her with...Umm…
Amber: (Becoming impatient) What?
Emily: I saw her smoking.
Amber: Why would she be smoking a cigarette? She doesn’t even like it when my dad smokes.
Emily: It wasn’t a cigarette.
Amber: (Stutters) Cigars?
Emily: Yeah, but there was something different in the cigar.
Amber: (Long pause) Manda is into drugs (sounding horrified)?
Amber: But why?
Emily: (could tell Amber was about to cry) Please don’t cry Bubbles. I don’t understand either.
Amber: What do I do about her? How can I get her to stop?
Emily: You can’t force someone to do anything, but you can try to help her.
Emily: Try talking to her. I have a book in my closet about the importance of being drug free. You can give it to her if you like.
Amber: (Trying not to cry) Thanks.
Emily: Meet me by the back gate in two minutes. And don’t worry, she’ll be fine, she has you to look out for her.
Amber: Okay, I’ll see you then.
They both hung up the phone and headed outside.
Scene 6 Setting: Emily’s backyard. Emily grabbed her dad’s ladder and Amber grabbed an old torn chair. They didn’t have much time to talk so Emily handed Amber the book. Then she hugged her sobbing friend. They both headed back inside their houses. Amber held the book to her side. She opened the sliding glass door to enter her house.
Scene 7 Setting: Amber was wiping away her tears while walking up stairs to Manda’s room. She knocked on her door three times before entering in with caution. Amber poked her head in just enough to catch a glimpse of her sister. She was lying on her stomach reading a magazine.
Manda: (Smiling) What’s up little sis?
Amber: Can we talk?
Manda: Of course. Is something wrong? You look upset.
Amber: Yeah, something is wrong.
Manda: Talk with me, I’ll make it better. (She sat up and patted her bed for her sister to sit down)
Amber: It’s not exactly about me. (She was trying to find the words to use)
Manda: Is this about Emily? Did you two have a fight or something?
Amber: No, this isn’t about her either. (Forces words out of her mouth) It’s about you.
Manda: (Confused) I’m sorry about the other day that was a silly argument.
Amber: (Struggling with her speech) It’s about that guy you like and the things he has got you into.
Manda hoped that her sister didn’t realize what she was doing last month.
Manda: What do you mean?
Amber: Someone saw you smoking earlier with that guy.
Manda: Is that all you’re worried about? (Trying not to sound worried)
Amber: What do you mean is that all? (Sounds more serious and angry) This is a serious thing Manda!
Manda: It’s just pot, it won’t hurt me. Joey wouldn’t give me anything that would harm me in any way.
Amber: Then read this. (She dropped the book on the bed and began to stare at her sister until she picked it up and read it)
Manda: This means nothing, they just tell you that so they can be in control of your life.
Amber: Fine, keep smoking. I’ll butt out of your business. Just do me one favor.
Manda: What is that?
Amber: Tell dad, and see what he thinks.
Manda: (Raises her voice to almost a yell) No way, you know what will happen if he finds out!
Amber: Think what it’s doing to your body, it’s killing brain cells. (Becoming very frustrated)
Manda: (Not caring) I have plenty more.
Amber couldn’t believe she just said that. She wanted to raise her fist and strike at her sister.
Amber: So you’re telling me it’s perfectly fine? That it won’t hurt you at all?
Manda: It makes you better.
Amber: (Looks serious) Fine then let me try.
Manda: Ha, ha hilarious girly.
Amber: (Stares at her) I’m serious.
Manda: (Looks serious) I’m not going to let you smoke. Are you crazy?
Amber: Why not? I thought you said it’s harmless.
Manda: (Unsure) It is.
Amber: Then why won’t you let me try it?
Manda: Because… (Pauses) I’m not going to let you destroy your body. (Begins to look strange)
Manda: Oh my gosh, Amber, you’re right. Why should I do this to my body if I won’t even let you? (Eyes beginning to water) I really like him and he said it wouldn’t do anything bad to me. He also said that it would be good for me.
Manda: I’m so sorry Amber.
Amber moved closer to Manda in order to give her comfort.
Amber: If he’s trying to hurt you like that then obviously he doesn’t care that much about you.
Manda: You’re right Amber. I promise not to do anything like that again. I am going to break up with him tomorrow. Actually, I think I will call him now. Thank you Amber. (Smiles at her sister and then runs downstairs to the phone)
Scene 8 Setting: Emily’s backyard. Amber and Emily are talking to each other.
Amber: Thank you for the advice. I’m so glad nothing happened to her.
Emily: I’m glad nothing happened to you.
Amber: I’m glad nothing happened to you either.
They both give each other a hug.