"TEEN ANGEL" by D. M. Larson
PART 11 - "Guilt is a Form of Memory"
(SONG: “Earth Angel” by the Crew Cuts)
(Lights come up on DAVID alone and lost in thought. PEGGY enters)
I think I’ve made a big mistake.
What do you mean?
I’m afraid memories are as much my enemy as they are yours.
Are you remembering something about your life?
I think so.
What are you remembering?
I was in a car accident…
I was drag racing. Right out there.
(Pause. PEGGY is silent)
We came up on a curve. I cut the other guy off. There was this truck. Both of us swerved into each other and then the truck hit us…
(Upset. He stops. PEGGY doesn’t know what to say. DAVID turns angry)
I shouldn’t remember… I can’t. I must stop remembering.
You were the guy that crashed into Rick. I remember now.
No, don’t remember, please. We can’t or we’ll be trapped here.
That must be why you decided to help me. You feel guilty.
Guilt is a form of memory. Why do I have to feel this way? Make it stop.
I think it’s too late for me. I remember too much.
(Turns back to diner)
But that’s not going to stop me from doing what I’m meant to do.
(Lights come up on diner with KATE getting ready. KATE’s in a nice dress and sets up a booth with food and candles during the following)
I wish I could help… I don’t seem to be able to do anything. My memories are like a weight on my whole body.
(Crouches down as if in pain)
You have helped me, David. More than you know. You were sent on a mission to stop me, but you ended up helping me instead. Thank you for your kindness.
(Pats DAVID on shoulder)
Wait here. I’ll be back. I won’t leave you alone.
(Lights fade on DAVID. PEGGY enters diner)
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