Month: June 2020

Deadly Affairs

The scene opens with Jillian working on an elderly male patient in a hospital room. She is taking their blood pressure, administers IV fluids, takes notes in the clients chart, and walks out of the patient’s room, rubbing her eyes. She is approached by another nurse, wearing the same colored scrubs as her.

“Hey, how’s he doing in there?”, she asks.

“Not so well, I don’t think he is going to make it through the night. Has anyone been able to get in touch with his family?” asks Jillian. 

“Not that I know of. His son lives in Indianapolis and struggles with PTSD, so we’re having a hard time getting a hold of him. The only number we have is for the office of his PTSD lawyer, and he’s been in court all day. Giving him this news certainly isn’t going to improve matters for him.” says the nurse. 

(Jillian looks back at the patient’s room.)

“It’s just so sad. He reminds me a lot of my dad . . . or what my dad used to be like anyways.” Jillian says. 

“Well you’re working overnight tonight, right? If nothing else, at least he will have you here with him. Hang in there, I’ll check in with you later.” says the nurse. She walks away.

(Jillian walks over to the nurses station and picks up a tablet. She appears to be typing notes. The nurses station phone rings and Jillian answers it.)

“Fourth floor, can I help you?” she says into the phone. 

(The audience hears a male voice on the other side of the phone.)

“Hi, yeah I was calling because I was just informed that my father’s condition has worsened. I’d like to speak with his doctor, please.” says the male voice.

“What’s your father’s name and date of birth?” asks Jillian.

“His name is George Williams and his birthday is June 23rd, 1941.” says the man on the phone.

(Jillian knows that this is her patient’s son, but she dutifully pulls up her patient’s chart to confirm that this is his son.)

“Yes, hi. This is his nurse, Jillian. Your father stopped communicating with us this morning. He isn’t eating anymore. Unfortunately, his condition is rapidly deteriorating and we were hoping you would be able to come in as soon as possible. I’m so sorry to have to tell you this, but we don’t think he is going to make it through the night. It’s called transitioning.” says Jillian.

(The man is quiet on the phone.)

“Sir?” asks Jillian.

“Yeah, I’m still here. I’ll book a flight and get there as soon as I can.” he says.

“Okay. I’ll be with him all night, so don’t worry. He won’t be alone. Just get here when you can.” says Jillian. “We’ll see you soon, okay?”

“Thank you for looking out for him.” the man says. “I’m on my way.”

(Jillian hangs up the phone and heads back into her patient’s room.)

 

End Scene

 

“Normal Again”

When we last saw Jillian, she got a surprising phone call while at her new assignment in Washington. Her new boyfriend, James, was investigating her ex-boyfriend, Paul. Jillian is just trying to get on with her life again after a string of losses at her last nursing assignment.

(The scene opens with Jillian laying on her bed. James is laying beside her and they are both staring up at the ceiling.)

“Do you ever wonder if alternate realities are a thing?” asks Jillian.

James laughs, “I honestly haven’t given it much thought. I guess you have, though.” 

“Well, not obsessively, but sure. I mean, what if this isn’t even real life. Maybe I had a mental breakdown back in Georgia after everything that happened and I’m still there, insane. Everything that’s happening is just a figment of my imagination. It has to be. There is no way you’re real.” 

(She looks over at him and touches the side of his cheek. He leans over and gives her a kiss.)

“That would be so much easier for you, wouldn’t it?” he says as he strokes her hair. “Must be a big change for you, having someone actually give a shit about you.”

She pulls out of the embrace and looks up at him. Her eyes well up with tears, “I mean, yeah, actually.” 

Jillian sits up and pulls her knees to her chest. James sits up and puts his arm around her.

“After my dad called that workers comp lawyer, nothing was ever the same. He let the money go to his head. Nothing else mattered except his next fix…” she trailed off. “This is just all so new to me.” 

“Well, get used to it babe, cuz I’m not going anywhere,” James says with a smile. He gets up and walks over to the kitchen. He pulls out two wine glasses, walks over to the fridge and pulls out a bottle of white wine. He pours them both a glass. 

As he is doing this, Jillian picks up her phone and the audience sees a flashback of the call she received at the hospital on her first day in Washington. She puts her phone down and looks over at James as he walks back to the bed with their wine.

“Speaking of my dad,” Jillian says, “I feel like there is something I need to tell you about him…”

 

End Scene