“Normal Again”

“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

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