"TEEN ANGEL" by D. M. Larson
PART 5 - "Welcome to Adulthood"
(Lights come up on diner. HEATHER calls over KATE)
SONG: “The Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley
Kate, you didn’t take the burger off my bill. I’m not paying for any of this now.
Heather, you have to pay your bill. You can’t keep coming in here and getting free meals.
What’s this? Have a little backbone now do we? Sorry, Kate, but I’m not paying!
What’s going on out here?
(PEGGY enters too as KATE and HEATHER get into a shouting match)
Heather won’t pay her bill.
She got my order wrong.
She keeps saying that so she doesn’t have to pay.
If this retard would ever get it right, then I would pay.
I always get it right. You’re trying to cheat me.
(Shouts and waves arms)
Everyone stop yelling!
(Everyone freezes except PEGGY)
Oh, my gosh. What happened?
(Looks at everyone who still aren’t moving)
I can freeze people? But how do I get them back?
(Thinks) How about… start!
(Everyone is yelling again)
want this girl fired.
I want her arrested.
(Everyone freezes again and PEGGY smiles)
I’m going to like this.
(Looks at everyone)
Now, how do I stop this?
(Grabs a cracker off table and puts it in HEATHER’s mouth)
(Tries to speak but can’t because of the cracker. Spits out cracker)
What the… how did that happen?
Heather. Why don’t you and your friends go ahead and go. Lunch is on me.
There, now, someone’s being reasonable.
(Motions to friends who get up)
Let’s go, girls.
(HEATHER and girls exit)
I’ve never seen you like that before. Yelling at Heather like that.
I’m sorry. I sort of lost it.
You don’t know how many times I’ve wanted to yell at that girl myself.
Someone needs to take that girl out in the alley and slap her around.
So you’re not mad? You’re not going to fire me?
You’re the best worker I’ve got, Kate. And I know you weren’t wrong. But unfortunately, we have a business to run and we can’t go around telling off customers… especially ones with powerful parents.
It’s so unfair.
Welcome to adulthood.
(ALICE exits. KATE sighs and sits)
(Goes up to KATE)
That was brave of you, Kate.
That was great how you stood up to Heather.
If it was so great, then how come I feel like someone punched me in the stomach.
(DAVID enters. He sits at a table behind them and watches)
It’s not easy standing up to people. But sometimes we need to draw a line in the sand and refuse to budge anymore.
Thanks. Pamela right? Or was it Paula?
Or call me Peggy. Whatever you want?
Peggy? Hey, that was Rick’s girlfriend’s name.
Yeah, she was killed in a car accident. Rick was driving. He feels so horrible about it. I wish I could do something for him.
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