Month: October 2019

“Hero”

(The scene opens with Jillian sitting alone at a round cafeteria table at the hospital. She is thumbing through a magazine and eating a salad.)

(A man the audience has never seen before approaches Jillian and sits down at the table.)

“Jillian, right?” Says the man.

“Yea, and you’re James,” Jillian says with a smile. “How are you feeling?” 

(James runs his hand through his hair.) “I mean, as good as can be expected. You just can’t prepare for something like this,” James says with a shrug.

(Jillian puts down her magazine and reaches across the table to squeeze James’ hand.) “I know…” 

(She trails off. Their eyes meet and it’s clear that there is a spark between them. Jillian releases James’ hand to ease the tension.) 

“You know her family has been here all night waiting to talk to you.”

(James sits back in his chair and sighs.) 

“I don’t even know what I would say to them. I want to be able to help. . . I want to be able to give them answers, but I don’t even know what to say” says James

(Jillian leans forward to speak to him more privately.) “James, you did everything you could. The auto injuries were just too severe.” (She again reaches out to touch his arm.) 

“You know, not many people would have done, or could have done, what you did. I know you don’t want to hear it, but you really are a hero.” Jillian says.

(Their eyes meet again and Jillian rises to stand.) 

“Do you want me to tell them you aren’t ready to see anyone yet?” Says Jillian

James says “No. I’ll go find them after I grab something to eat. I should just get it over with.”

“If you want to take some time no one would fault you. You’re probably more traumatized from the accident than you think you are, ya know,” says Jillian.

(She starts to back away as if to leave. James rides to follow her and they begin to walk out of the cafeteria and down the hall of the hospital.) 

“And what about you?” James asks.

(Jillian looks tired and sighs.) 

“What about me? I’m fine,” Jillian says.

(They walk down another empty hallway. James stops Jillian so they can talk. They are standing close.)

“No, you’re not fine. I’m not fine. None of this is fine.”

(Jillian looks at him closely.)

“I don’t know what you mean,” She says.

(James touches her shoulder softly.) 

“You and I both know this has been hard on you too. I was there when you found out.”

(Jillian looks stunned and can’t stop a tear from rolling down her cheek.)

“I don’t know what to do anymore,” She cries.

(James pulls her in for a hug. She looks up at him after a moment. Their eyes lock and just as they move in to kiss, the scene ends.)

End Scene