Three Heel Clicks: Act Three, a play in three acts

Act One     Act Two

ACT III. SCENE 1. INT. LUCY’S FAMILY HOME. LIVING ROOM – EARLY MORNING.
BETH is set up on the sofa with an IV and is reclined with her head propped up with a few pillows. DAN is sitting in the chair next to the sofa and is reading a book to BETH. BETH’S eyes are closed but she is awake and listening.

DAN DEVILLE
“Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts! unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty; make thick my blood, Stop up the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between The effect and it! Come to my woman’s breasts, And take my milk for gall…”
(during DAN’S speech, the front door opens and closes and footsteps and the dropping of duffle bag are heard as LUCY enters from backstage right. LUCY tentatively enters the room waiting for a good place to interrupt. DAN hears LUCY and looks over his shoulder.)
Hey Lucy! I’m so glad you are here.
(BETH does not open her eyes. Her expression turns sad)
And so is mom.
(LUCY approaches her mom)

LUCY DEVILLE
Hey mom! What’s going on here? I thought you would be making me breakfast or something.

BETH DEVILLE
(chuckles)
Oh, no. I’m far too tired. You will have to make the breakfasts from now on.
(DAN’S head falls in sadness and BETH smiles sardonically with closed eyes)

LUCY DEVILLE
Oh, mom.
(LUCY sits beside her mother and takes her hand and rubs it.)
You can still beat this if you try. Don’t give up.

BETH DEVILLE
(opens her eyes and lifts her head so that she is eye to eye with LUCY)
I know when I’m beaten.

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom.

BETH DEVILLE
Dan, can you please give us some time alone.

DAN DEVILLE
Okay.
(to LUCY)
Call me if you need me.
(LUCY nods in agreement)

LUCY DEVILLE
So mom…

BETH DEVILLE
(interrupting)
This is very important. Have you done anything with that Debbie girl?
(pause)
Answer me!

LUCY DEVILLE
No, everything is on hold.

BETH DEVILLE
I have a deathbed request.

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom, you’re not going to…

BETH DEVILLE
(interrupting)
Of course I am Lucy. Look at me. It’s literally a matter of hours.

LUCY DEVILLE
(visibly shaken cries)
Mommy!

BETH DEVILLE
(interrupting)
We don’t have time for mommy right now. You promise me you will stop this plan of getting back with Michael. It’s all over. This is not what God wants for you. It’s not what I want for you.

LUCY DEVILLE
(crying)
Mom, don’t die.

BETH DEVILLE
I’m all tumors, darling – for quite some time now.
(LUCY hugs her mother and cries)
You promise mommy now darling.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yes, mommy. I promise.

BETH DEVILLE
You mustn’t lie to me. I’m dying.

LUCY DEVILLE
(screams)
I promise!
(crying)

BETH DEVILLE
That’s my good girl. Do you remember all that happened last autumn?

LUCY DEVILLE
(gets up and looks at her mother)
How could I ever forget?

ACT III. SCENE 2. INT. LUCY’S PARENTS HOME – LIVING ROOM – EARLY AFTERNOON. FLASHBACK – FIVE MONTHS EARLIER
Stage goes black just before scene. LUCY’S home five months earlier. LUCY is laying on the sofa. DAN is at the table working on his laptop. LUCY’S younger cousin, CECELIA, is visiting for Thanksgiving week. CECELIA is doing a puzzle on the coffee table while she is seated on the floor.

BETH DEVILLE
Perhaps we should go for a walk before dinner. It’s a beautiful day.

LUCY DEVILLE
Nah, don’t feel like it.

BETH DEVILLE
C’mon, it’ll be fun.

LUCY DEVILLE
Nope. I really don’t feel like it.

BETH DEVILLE
I seriously don’t understand that. Look, your cousin Cecelia is only here for another day. Let’s do something on this gorgeous day. Please.

LUCY DEVILLE
I’m not feeling up to it.

BETH DEVILLE
(to CECELIA)
Well, I really don’t understand. Why wouldn’t she want to go for a walk on a day like today.
(pause)
Why do you think she wouldn’t want to go for a walk?

CECELIA DEVILLE
(looks directly at BETH)
Because she’s pregnant.

BETH DEVILLE
What?

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom.

BETH DEVILLE
What are you talking about?
(DAN stops typing and looks up from his laptop)

CECELIA DEVILLE
I thought you knew. I could tell when I saw her.

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom.
(BETH is shaking with rage but still silent)

CECELIA DEVILLE
(realizing, to LUCY)
I’m so sorry.
(CECELIA exits stage right)

LUCY DEVILLE
(nods to CECELIA)
Mom, I was going to tell you when Cecelia went home.

BETH DEVILLE
Oh, dear God, help me. Oh God, help me. Oh, I beg of you , help me.

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom, listen. I love Michael. We are going to have the baby. It’s okay.

BETH DEVILLE
What! After all your hard work, you just get pregnant. This will not do. Do you understand me!

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom, it will be okay.

BETH DEVILLE
No, Lucy. Nothing will ever be okay if you have this child.

LUCY DEVILLE
What are you talking about, mom?

BETH DEVILLE
You are my shining star. Don’t you realize what has happened? My life, my reputation, everything I’ve worked for is ruined. How could you do this to me?

LUCY DEVILLE
I didn’t do this to you. I’m still a good girl, mommy. Please don’t hate me. I can’t stand it when you hate me.

BETH DEVILLE
(cold)
Fix it then. Make me proud again.

LUCY DEVILLE
What d’ya mean?

BETH DEVILLE
You listen to me, you whore. Fix this or you will go to hell ‘cus I’ll put you there myself.
(DAN looks as if he wants to talk but doesn’t)

LUCY DEVILLE
(crying)
I can’t fix this.

BETH DEVILLE
So, you are moving out then. Getting married at such a young age, are we? You have no idea what life is all about. All that promise just fucked it all away.

LUCY DEVILLE
(composing herself)
Mom, I’m not moving out. I’m still going to go to school. I don’t know anything beyond that. I will make you proud. I’ll be a great mother and I will still accomplish all my goals and…

BETH DEVILLE
(interrupting)
Are you fucking kidding me? Get out of my house!

DAN DEVILLE
(to BETH)
Stop it.

BETH DEVILLE
(to DAN)
Dan, get the fuck out of here right now. You have no idea how determined I am.
(DAN exits stage right. To LUCY)
My life is over if you don’t fix this. I will be forced to kill myself, ya know? The humiliation will be too much to bear. You don’t mind having that on your head for the rest of your life, do you? Of course not.

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom, please. Please mommy. I love you.

BETH DEVILLE
I’m going to have to make my own plans as you make yours. It’s up to you, my dear.

LUCY DEVILLE
(sobbing uncontrollably)
Mommy, I’ll fix everything. It will be okay. Please, mommy, please.
(moves toward BETH to put her arms around her)

BETH DEVILLE
(pulls away from Lucy’s embrace)
Good darlin’, you do the right thing now.

ACT III. SCENE 3. LUCY’S PARENT’S HOME –LIVING ROOM – LATE AFTERNOON. FLASHBACK – 4 MONTHS AND 2 WEEKS EARLIER
BETH is watching television. She turns off the television when she hears the front door open. LUCY enters the Living Room.

BETH DEVILLE
Lucy, darling, my angel, how have you been?

LUCY DEVILLE
(pained look on her face)
Okay.
(pause)
Mommy I…

BETH DEVILLE
(interrupting and looking intently at LUCY’S stomach)
Lucy, what did you do?

LUCY DEVILLE
I, I took care of everything, momma.

BETH DEVILLE
(horrified)
You had an abortion?

LUCY DEVILLE
Y-yes. I thought you…

BETH DEVILLE
(interrupting again)
You thought I what? You thought I wanted you to have an abortion.
(BETH smacks LUCY with all her might right across LUCY’S face)

LUCY DEVILLE
(shrieks)
Uhhh, momma please.

BETH DEVILLE
Don’t you dare call me momma, you baby killer.

LUCY DEVILLE
Momma, I did it for you so you didn’t have to kill yourself.

BETH DEVILLE
Kill myself, are you insane? I never said I’d kill myself.

LUCY DEVILLE
(faltering)
Yes you did.

BETH DEVILLE
Shut your mouth, little girl.

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom, I didn’t want to but I had no choice.

BETH DEVILLE
(shrills)
No choice! No choice! How about closing your fucking legs, ya dirty whore. How about that choice?
(LUCY starts sobbing uncontrollably)
What the hell is it about people today? Are our expectations so exceptionally low? I mean really we make bad decision after bad decision. Don’t you ever consider the consequences of your actions? God is watching you and you disappointed Him as well as me.

LUCY DEVILLE
(sobbing)
Mommy, what can I do? I don’t know what to do.

BETH DEVILLE
Again dear one you need to fix your mistakes.

LUCY DEVILLE
I beg you. Please forgive me.

BETH DEVILLE
(exasperated)
You don’t think I wanted to kill you when I got pregnant with you! I was only eighteen for crying out loud.

LUCY DEVILLE
What?

BETH DEVILLE
I thought about aborting you when I first found out I was pregnant. It would have been so easy. No one would have known, not even your father. I could have taken the easy way out too. But, I didn’t. I had a conscience and I knew that God was watching. You disappoint me so much.

LUCY DEVILLE
Mommy, please help me.

BETH DEVILLE
Well, if you do what God requires you to do, I will forgive you. I believe it is never too late for redemption.

LUCY DEVILLE
What do you think He wants me to do?

BETH DEVILLE
Have you been praying?

LUCY DEVILLE
Of course, momma, everyday.
(impatient)
What should I do?

BETH DEVILLE
Good. You must commit yourself to the only path that makes sense to appease God.

LUCY DEVILLE
Please tell me.

BETH DEVILLE
Well, you were clearly on God’s path when you were pregnant with Michael’s child. You must marry Michael and start a family with him.

LUCY DEVILLE
I don’t want to get married, mom.

BETH DEVILLE
If you want damnation, then do what you will.

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom, please stop that. I just don’t want to hurt anymore. Everything hurts.

BETH DEVILLE
You want to be all well?

LUCY DEVILLE
Yes, oh, yes.

BETH DEVILLE
Marry Michael and have a family with him and all the pain goes away.

LUCY DEVILLE
Will you love me then?

BETH DEVILLE
I love you now.

LUCY DEVILLE
You do?

BETH DEVILLE
Lucy, don’t be childish. Make this happen no matter what.

LUCY DEVILLE
No matter what?

BETH DEVILLE
The ends justify the means.

LUCY DEVILLE
(focused)
No matter what to stop the pain and save my soul.
(BETH grabs LUCY in her arms and holds her tight)
I love you, mom.

BETH DEVILLE
Mmmmmm, good girl.

ACT III. SCENE 4. INT. LUCY’S FAMILY’S HOME – LIVING ROOM – LATE EVENING. PRESENT DAY.
BETH is set up on the sofa with an IV and is reclined with her head propped up with a few pillows. LUCY is sitting next to her with her head hung low.

BETH DEVILLE
(dying)
You were right and I was wrong.

LUCY DEVILLE
(confused)
‘Bout what?

BETH DEVILLE
The abortion.
(pause)
I was wrong to have had you.
(long pause, LUCY is devastated)
I never deserved you.
(LUCY is confused)
Do good, Lucy. I’m sorry more than you’ll ever know that I couldn’t do good. You are better and stronger than me. You always were. Tell your father I love him.
(BETH dying)

LUCY DEVILLE
(crying)
I love you, mom. It’s okay now. The pain is almost gone and I will do good. I promise.
(BETH dies)

ACT III. SCENE 5. INT. LUCY’S PARENTS HOME – LIVING ROOM – EARLY EVENING.
LUCY and DAN are sitting on the sofa watching a show on the atom and it’s inner workings. They are both in black outfits. The show can be heard by the audience at the stage where it explains the unpredictability principle of the atom. LUCY speaks after the principle is explained on the television.

LUCY DEVILLE
Hey, dad.

DAN DEVILLE
(uses the remote to lower the television’s volume)
Yeah, what’s up?

LUCY DEVILLE
I love you, dad.

DAN DEVILLE
I love you too, Luce.

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom told me to tell you that she loved you just before she died.

DAN DEVILLE
(starts sobbing)
Oh, I miss her.

LUCY DEVILLE
(trying to comfort him, she puts her arm around him)
Me too, dad. Me too.

DAN DEVILLE
Oh, Lucy I wish you had known your mom when she was your age. You remind me of her so much.

LUCY DEVILLE
(smiles)
Yeah.

DAN DEVILLE
Beth was something else, vivacious, full of life. The happiest time in her life was when she was pregnant with you.

LUCY DEVILLE
Really.

DAN DEVILLE
Yeah, really.

LUCY DEVILLE
I just can’t believe that.

DAN DEVILLE
Oh, she would talk to her belly all day long. I never saw a woman so in love with her unborn child.

LUCY DEVILLE
(starts sobbing)
I never once felt like she loved me.

DAN DEVILLE
Oh, Lucy she changed after she had you. Well, you know that she had to get a hysterectomy after you were born. She was never the same after that but she still loved you very much.

LUCY DEVILLE
I’ve, I always felt like I was her biggest disappointment in life.

DAN DEVILLE
Oh, Lucy, she loved you with all her heart. She would talk about you incessantly and she always was so proud of her little Lucy. She would go on and on about all your accomplishments. So much so she would actually make people sick. Well, not actually but you know what I mean.

LUCY DEVILLE
Thanks, dad. That does help a bit. Dad, I’ve done some horrible things. I don’t even know how to tell you this.

DAN DEVILLE
Just out with it.

LUCY DEVILLE
You’re all I have left and I don’t want you to hate me.

DAN DEVILLE
I’ll never hate you. Never!

LUCY DEVILLE
Well, you know after Michael and I broke up I was pretty much a mess, right?

DAN DEVILLE
Yeah, I remember. Mom said you two were most likely getting back together. Is that not true?

LUCY DEVILLE
I was trying to make that happen but it’s not going to?

DAN DEVILLE
Oh, I’m sorry, but there are plenty of guys out there. It’s not the end of the world.

LUCY DEVILLE
Michael and I broke up because I had an abortion to make mom happy. Needless to say he left me when I couldn’t get over my guilt.

DAN DEVILLE
Wait a minute mom wanted you to get an abortion. She told me that you miscarried.

LUCY DEVILLE
Look dad, I don’t want you to feel badly about mom. I had the abortion. It was my decision and I will regret it forever. I’ve been trying to clean away that sin but in the process have only been committing new ones.

DAN DEVILLE
I really don’t understand.

LUCY DEVILLE
Dad, I know. Everything is really confusing. Do you want me to fill you in on everything that’s gone on in the last year?

DAN DEVILLE
Yes, I would really like to know the truth.

LUCY DEVILLE
It’s not pretty.

DAN DEVILLE
I know. The truth can be very ugly sometimes.
(stage goes black)

ACT III. SCENE 6. INT. LUCY’S PARENT’S HOME – LIVING ROOM – EARLY AFTERNOON.
PROFESSOR BLENK has stopped by LUCY’S home for a visit. LUCY and PROFESSOR BLENK are sitting on the sofa.

PROFESSOR BLENK
I’ve been worried about you especially your state of mind.

LUCY DEVILLE
Mmmmm. My state of mind is not so hot right now.

PROFESSOR BLENK
I’m wondering, what have you been thinking?

LUCY DEVILLE
I’ve been thinking about death. I…

PROFESSOR BLENK
(interrupting)
Who’s death?

LUCY DEVILLE
(laughs)
Well, my mom’s in particular and death in general. Oh! I get it. I suppose that’s why the visit. I’m suicidal, right?

PROFESSOR BLENK
Well, your mother is, I mean was, a big presence in your life.

LUCY DEVILLE
Enormous – the biggest, bigger than Jesus and all those other folks we talk about in class.

PROFESSOR BLENK
So, you understand my concern.

LUCY DEVILLE
No, I actually don’t understand your concern at all.

PROFESSOR BLENK
What?

LUCY DEVILLE
I am truly vile. I am a person without merit, reason, morality
(pause)
hope. I mean why should anyone be concerned for me? Especially you, I’ve treated you like a malignancy.
(pause)
I cannot tell you how truly sorry I am that I caused you such harm by spreading those lies about you and getting you in trouble with the administration.

PROFESSOR BLENK
I know. I know you’re sorry. Thank you for straightening the record on that score.

LUCY DEVILLE
Coming clean to the administration doesn’t seem like enough to make amends. The games I was playing were so dangerous to people.

PROFESSOR BLENK
You did things like this to other people?
(LUCY nods in agreement. Pause)
Lucy, no matter what you’ve done, you deserve compassion at a time like this.

LUCY DEVILLE
It’s funny. Actually, I don’t need compassion since I feel so relieved in a lot of ways.

PROFESSOR BLENK
What do you mean relieved?

LUCY DEVILLE
The wicked old witch is dead at last.
(notices PROFESSOR BLENK’S expression of horror)
You don’t know the burden of living with a sick twisted person.
(pause)
I’m not the person I thought I was. I’m not as my mother made me to be. I don’t have the burden of fixing imaginary violations against God. I can actually live in reality for a change.

PROFESSOR BLENK
You’re shocking me.

LUCY DEVILLE
I do that a lot. Don’t I?

PROFESSOR BLENK
(laughs)
Yes, you do.

LUCY DEVILLE
Anyway, I ‘m really sad about my mom. Sad, that we never had a good relationship,
(starts crying)
sad that my mother was insane, sad that I let my mother hijack my life and make me a pawn. I didn’t have to distort things to make sense of the world like my mom did.
(pauses, crying)
I knew I was doin’ wrong. I’ll be plagued by what I did to you and others forever; I can never forget the horrible things I’m capable of doing. I don’t ever want to do them again. Ever!

PROFESSOR BLENK
It’s not too late Lucy you can make things better for yourself by taking responsibility for your actions. If anyone has the strength of will to change things, it’s you. Don’t give up.

LUCY DEVILLE
(controlling herself)
Yes, I have much to atone for. It’s all too overwhelming sometimes yet even still… (pauses) Remember the “Candide” assignment?

PROFESSOR BLENK
(nods in agreement)
Yes, of course.

LUCY DEVILLE
Well, I’ll be honest. I didn’t read the whole book. I just couldn’t take it after awhile what with all of his misfortunes. I mean come on already.

PROFESSOR BLENK
(laughs)
Yes, he did have a bad lot. Didn’t he?

LUCY DEVILLE
Incredibly bad. Well, anyway there’s a part of the book when an old woman is relaying her story to Candide and his girlfriend. The old woman talks about how at a young age she was kidnapped, tortured, raped and enslaved. Her whole life was a misery. Remember that part?

PROFESSOR BLENK
Yes, I know precisely the passage that you’re referencing.

LUCY DEVILLE
Anyway, they wondered at how she was able to endure it all. She replied, and I remember the line verbatim since it really penetrated my psyche, “I thought of killing myself a thousand times over but could not bring myself to do it for I loved life far too much.” At the time, I didn’t know why that had an impact on me but now it sort of makes sense.

PROFESSOR BLENK
How do you mean?

LUCY DEVILLE
(pausing, looking around)
I am set adrift from everything that I used to ardently believe in. My purpose in life, my relationships with my mom, Michael and everyone, my religion, all of it, it’s just a big pile of crap now, nothing makes sense yet I feel about life the same way that old woman feels about it. Whad’a ya gonna do? I guess I’ll be stickin’ around for a while longer so you don’t have to worry about me offing myself.

PROFESSOR BLENK
(laughs then realizing)
Do you mean since your mother’s death you’ve given up on your faith as well?

LUCY DEVILLE
(shrugs and winces)
No, not absolutely. I just don’t believe in it the same way that I did. I have to get re-acquainted with my faith on unbiased terms. I want to know the truth of it. It’s gonna take a while. As disillusioned as I am, I still don’t fathom YOUR beliefs. Perhaps, I never will.

PROFESSOR BLENK
You’ve changed so much.

LUCY DEVILLE
It’s been coming on even before my mom died.
(pausing)
Ya know, I watched a show on the atom the other night with my dad and it occurred to me that none of us really knows anything. These scientists that are experts on sub-atomic particles only know so much. It makes the world a very scary place to not know anything. But I think I’d rather live in a world where I know nothing then in the world I just left where I knew everything. People who know everything do a lot of evil stuff.

PROFESSOR BLENK
Like Hitler.

LUCY DEVILLE
(laughs)
Yeah,
(winces)
Me, my mom, Hitler..

PROFESSOR BLENK
Hmmm. I think you’re an interesting person, Lucy. Anytime you need to talk, I’m available.(pause) It’s been an experience having you as a student.

LUCY DEVILLE
It’s been an experience having you for a professor.

PROFESSOR BLENK
(rising to leave)
Can I ask you something?

LUCY DEVILLE
(wiping at her eyes)
Yes, anything?

PROFESSOR BLENK
Do you really still believe in God?

LUCY DEVILLE
Unequivocally, yes.

PROFESSOR BLENK
I don’t mean to disturb you by this question, but why?

LUCY DEVILLE
I just do.

PROFESSOR BLENK
(he puts his hand on LUCY’S shoulder and is thoughtful)
Well, perhaps you’ve had way too much reality for the time being. I’m sure we’ll debate it more in class.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yes, I’m sure we will. Ya know, there are some things you like to believe are true that you can’t seem to explain.

PROFESSOR BLENK
(incredulous)
Oh, really, what for instance.

LUCY DEVILLE
At times in class, it can be uncomfortable to listen to the lack of response to your jokes yet you keep telling them because you believe you are funny without any proof.
(Lucy and Professor Blenk walk toward the door.)

PROFESSOR BLENK
(laughs heartily)
You got me there.
(pauses)
I’ve always thought I was hysterical.

LUCY DEVILLE
(opening the door)
Now that’s funny.

PROFESSOR BLENK
(walking out and turns around in the doorway)
You’re going to be alright.

LUCY DEVILLE
I think so.

PROFESSOR BLENK
No, you will be. Bye.

LUCY DEVILLE
Thanks, bye.
(PROFESSOR BLENK turns around and walks away. LUCY closes the door.)

ACT III. SCENE 7. INT. LUCY’S FAMILY HOME – LIVING ROOM – AFTERNOON.
LUCY, PAUL, DAN are sitting on a sofa listening to the POLICE OFFICER while the DETECTIVE is a the other end of the room talking on his cell phone

LUCY DEVILLE
(to PAUL and DAN)
Well, I’ll throwing myself on the mercy of the state.

POLICE OFFICER
(interrupting)
Well, I’m not sure what they are gonna charge you with. The detective is speaking with the District Attorney right now about an arrest warrant.

PAUL FLETCHER
Arrest warrant? What the..She doesn’t deserve to get arrested. She’s confessing…she’s

LUCY DEVILLE
(interrupting. She puts his hand on his.)
Paul, really.

DETECTIVE
(hangs up his cell phone and approaches the group. To POLICE OFFICER)
Well, that’s it. D.A. says no go.
(to DAN)
Mr. Deville, we are not going to arrest your daughter. The D.A. will not be pressing charges. Basically, she’s off the hook.

DAN
Oh, thank goodness.

LUCY DEVILLE
What do you mean? You aren’t going to arrest me?

DETECTIVE
Well, what you did was sick in my book but attempted stuff like this never holds. Michael and Sydney don’t want to press charges against you and your really crazy friend,
(looks at his notepad)
Debbie and that girl Racine are all lawyered up. The DA says it’s loser. Don’t want to waste taxpayers money on a trial when the outcome will most likely be not guilty. Bottom line, nobody on a jury is gonna think you girls would do evil shit like this.

LUCY DEVILLE
That’s astonishing. I feel like I should be in jail for what I did and considered planning to do.

POLICE OFFICER
I agree with you. You’re a pig.

PAUL FLETCHER
Takes one to no one.

POLICE OFFICER
(shakes his head)
You should go find yourself a nice girl. She’s bad news my friend.

DAN
(gets up off the couch. Interrupting before PAUL says anything)
Well, thank you so much officers.
(escorting them to the door)
Let me show you out.

PAUL FLETCHER
I can’t believe that guy.

LUCY
Paul, he’s right.

PAUL FLETCHER
No he isn’t.

LUCY DEVILLE
Paul, did you hear what I said I’ve done? How can you even look at me?

PAUL FLETCHER
It’s so easy to look at you.

LUCY DEVILLE
I’m so sorry about using you. I am so ashamed of myself.

PAUL FLETCHER
(grabs her face and kisses her)
But, you do love me don’t you?

LUCY DEVILLE
(pulls away)
Paul, you are so good. I can’t believe you still want to be with me.

PAUL FLETCHER
Lucy, I love you.

LUCY DEVILLE
I know. You were the best thing in this whole mess. But, I need to be on my own for a while. I’m so confused about so many things. I’m not really able to be in a relationship with anyone.

PAUL FLETCHER
No. No. What are you saying? You want to break up.

LUCY DEVILLE
Listen, it’s really the only course. You don’t see me for what I truly am. I don’t want to fool myself anymore. I want to realize exactly the person that I am. With you around blowing sunshine up my ass all the time, I would totally lose myself in your feelings for me. I just can’t go that course right now.

PAUL FLETCHER
But down the road..

LUCY DEVILLE
You deserve someone better than me.

PAUL FLETCHER
But I want you.

LUCY DEVILLE
I’m moving away.

PAUL FLETCHER
What? No!

LUCY DEVILLE
It’s really the only way.

PAUL FLETCHER
I guess you don’t love me.

LUCY DEVILLE
I think I do love you that is why I’m giving you up. So, you don’t have to live a life like my father has had to live.

PAUL FLETCHER
You are not your mother.

LUCY DEVILLE
Oh, but I could be, so easily.

PAUL FLETCHER
I know that look on your face. Okay, I’m gone.
(LUCY walks him to the door)

LUCY DEVILLE
I’m so sorry.
(PAUL leaves stage right)

ACT III SCENE 8. EXT. UNIVERSITY, OUTSIDE GROUNDS – MORNING
LUCY and MICHAEL are by a group of tables talking. MICHAEL is listening intently.

LUCY DEVILLE
(continuing)
Anyway, thanks for not pressing charges against me.

MICHAEL RILEY
Well, you stepped up and did the right thing. Thanks for that at least.

LUCY DEVILLE
As lame as it is, it was the very least I could do. I’m so done with all of this. I understand if you want revenge. Debbie and Racine are comin’ after me for real now and I completely deserve it.

MICHAEL RILEY
Yeah, that Debbie is way scarier then you.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yes, you must never let your guard down with her. She wants to destroy Sydney.

MICHAEL RILEY
Oh, I’m on top of it. Did you know that Sydney and Debbie had been best friends since the sixth grade?

LUCY DEVILLE
She has hated her for so long and pretended to love her that whole time. Frightening.

MICHAEL RILEY
You’re not much better.

LUCY DEVILLE
You’re right. I want you to know that I don’t ever expect you to forgive me. I don’t know if you should forgive someone that tried to hurt you so much. I can, however, assure you that I will never forget how horribly I’ve behaved and that the memory of torturing you and Sydney will be the driving force in my path to
(reflecting)
redemption. I’ve no idea how to make amends for it, but I will. That’s the plan anyway. You know me I’m long on plans and strong on will.

MICHAEL RILEY
Understand this, I will never trust you again as long as I live.

LUCY DEVILLE
I know. You shouldn’t.
(pauses)
I’m gonna make it easier on all of us.
(shows MICHAEL a piece of paper)
See, I’m transferring to the University of Toronto in the Fall. I figure I need to mellow out. Canadians seem really relaxed. I don’t know.
(upon viewing MICHAELS’ suspicious face)
I’m going to be in another country for cryin’ out loud. So, don’t worry about me anymore. You’re gonna have a lot more to worry about in few more months anyway.
(thoughtful)
I really do hope everything goes well there.

MICHAEL RILEY
(nods)
Thanks. What about Paul, you two broke up?

LUCY DEVILLE
He is so much better off.

MICHAEL RILEY
I don’t think he sees it that way.

LUCY DEVILLE
I can’t be in a relationship with anyone right now. I’m a freakin’ mess.

MICHAEL RILEY
(laughs)
I can understand that.
(pauses)
Well, good luck to you with whatever you‘re doing.
(thoughtful)
Despite everything, I was sorry to hear about your mom.

LUCY DEVILLE
(picking up her backpack to leave)
Yeah, thanks.
(pausing)
Bye.

MICHAEL RILEY
(confused)
Bye.

LUCY DEVILLE
Oh, can you please let Sydney know all this too? I don’t want to upset her anymore in her condition.

MICHAEL RILEY
Yeah, sure.

LUCY DEVILLE
(hesitant)
I just want you to know that I will always regret that things didn’t work out differently between us. I really wanted to have our baby
(visibly upset)
and be with you, married or not for however long it lasted. That will stay with me forever too.

MICHAEL RILEY
(softening)
Lucy, that abortion changed you.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yep. My mother’s death changed me too.
(laughs)
I’m nowhere near the person I used to be when we were together.

MICHAEL RILEY
Well, maybe that can still be a good thing.

LUCY DEVILLE
(laughs)
Yeah.
(wipes her eyes)
See ya. Well, maybe not.

MICHAEL RILEY
Yeah. Good luck.

LUCY DEVILLE
You too.
(MICHAEL exits stage right and LUCY heads toward the center front of the stage facing the audience. RACINE and CAROLE are walking past her from stage left toward stage right. RACINE and LUCY see each other at the same time)

LUCY DEVILLE
Hey, I know you two don’t want to talk to me but do me a favor and stay away from Debbie. She is really dangerous.

RACINE WINTERS
You want to know something funny?

LUCY DEVILLE
What?

RACINE WINTERS
So are you.

LUCY DEVILLE
Huh?

RAC INE WINTERS
Do you know what you’ve done? I’m a total pariah. The other girls can recover from this. They were only flunkies, no offense Carole, but I’m seen as ruthless, cunning, completely untrustworthy. The police at my doorstep, can you imagine, a real loser? My mother is so pissed at me for trusting you.

LUCY DEVILLE
I’m sorry that I betrayed your confidence but we were doing really bad things and it needed to stop.

RACINE WINTERS
I think you’ve confused me for someone that gives a damn.

LUCY DEVILLE
Listen, what we were doing was hurtful and mean. We didn’t kill anyone and I guess with good lawyers we don’t have to go to jail, but we were causing much damage. Once you allow yourself to cause that much damage to other human beings you open up the possibility of committing almost anything to get what you want. You may think you have your limits but they can diminish in an instant if you desire something bad enough.

RACINE WINTERS
Are you finished with your preaching?

LUCY DEVILLE
I just…

RACINE WINTERS
What? Are you worried about revenge?

LUCY DEVILLE
No. Do what you will. I just wanted to help you.

RACINE WINTERS
Don’t worry yourself about me. I don’t need your help.
(pause)
Oh, and, I’m not interested in revenge on you. You pretty much destroyed yourself. You’ve got big problems with Debbie, too. She is on the warpath.

LUCY DEVILLE:
Whatever she gives me I deserve. I’m taking responsibility for my actions. The semester’s almost over anyway and then I’ll be long gone.

CAROLE KRACO
(to Lucy)
Well, I for one don’t harbor any ill will against you. I just think you need medication.

LUCY DEVILLE
(to Carole, laughs)
I probably should consider that.

CAROLE KRACO
(to Lucy)
I’m sorry about your mom.

LUCY DEVILLE
(to Carole)
Thank you.

RACINE WINTERS
Yeah, well, since your okay with the wrath of Debbie, she has told everyone about you and Michael and the abortion and your mother.

LUCY DEVILLE
Hmmm.

RACINE WINTERS
(disappointed)
You’re not upset?

LUCY DEVILLE
The funny part is that it doesn’t hurt anymore.

RACINE WINTERS
What?

LUCY DEVILLE
My head, my body – I feel well for the first time in a long time.

RACINE WINTERS
(frustrated)
I really don’t care and I really don’t want to be seen with you either.

LUCY DEVILLE
I know. Well good luck, to both of you.
(Carole nods)

RACINE WINTERS
Yep, good luck in Siberia or wherever you’re going.
(CAROLE and RACINE exit stage left.)

LUCY DEVILLE
(Phone rings. LUCY answers the phone. LUCY begins to walk stage right)
Hey dad!
(pause)
What are you up to?
(pause)
This Sunday, church and brunch? Completely unadulterated
(considers)
I’m sorry.
(excited)
Yes, yes, yes, I would really enjoy that. Thanks, dad. I love you.
(conversing unintelligibly and exits stage left)

THE END

Act One     Act Two

Three Heel Clicks: Act Two, a play in three acts

ACT I     ACT III

ACT II. SCENE 1. INT. UNIVERSITY, CLASSROOM, THEOLOGY – AFTERNOON.

PROFESSOR BLENK
Okay, let’s move on. So, what are your thoughts of the passages on the Immaculate Conception. Ah let’s start with Will.

WILL COURTLAND
Well I’ve always thought this was a crock.

PROFESSOR BLENK
How so?

WILL COURTLAND
Well come on. I think the implication is that sex is evil. Jesus couldn’t have come from sex but rather he had to have been implanted from the heavens. I have a problem with that implication.

PROFESSOR BLENK
You want to get right into the sex part of it then, huh Will?
(one student laughs, LUCY looks pensive)
Lucy, what are you thinking?

LUCY DEVILLE
Well I didn’t think that the Immaculate Conception would ever spawn a discussion on the virtues of sex.

PROFESSOR BLENK
Well, since were on the subject do you have anything to contribute?

LUCY DEVILLE
(thoughtful)
Well I actually agree with Will. I’ve recently taken up fornication again. I really enjoy it, ya know, coming.
(All the students looked shocked)
So, I wonder to myself if I derive so much pleasure from sex how come it is seen as immoral. I mean it’s viewed as immoral if you are not trying to have a kid but just trying to have an orgasm.

PROFESSOR BLENK
(pauses)
Ummm. Well, I’ve felt that secular types of people, which is these days quite a large number of people, don’t view sex as immoral.

LUCY DEVILLE
So is it your opinion that stringent views on sexual morality is a shortcoming of people of faith.

PROFESSOR BLENK
I didn’t mean to suggest that. I think sexual mores is definitely subjective, religious beliefs aside, but there are a few cases where stringent mores exist beyond faith, such as pedophilia or incest. Those cases are almost universally agreed upon.

PAUL FLETCHER
(looking at LUCY)
Wow!
(pause)
I feel that sex between two people who love each other can’t be immoral because it is an expression of love.
(he smiles at LUCY and she smiles awkwardly at him)

PROFESSOR BLENK
How the heck did we get so far off topic?

LUCY DEVILLE
It has been made clear to me from persons of faith that having sex for pleasure is a bad decision since it could result in pregnancy or disease. So having sex outside of marriage becomes a morality issue. Basically, you are the product of your decisions. If you make bad or flawed ones then you become bad or on the flip side good if you make good decisions. Although, you can always redeem yourself from your bad decisions by making good decisions.

PROFESSOR BLENK
Now we are definitely off the rails.

LUCY DEVILLE
(sighs)
Jesus is the son of God therefore he would have had to be implanted from the heavens, since that is where God resides. I don’t think the story of the Immaculate Conception has anything to do with sex, obviously since none took place but it is rather just the story of the divine nature of Jesus.

WILL COURTLAND
But the implication is that sex cannot be divine.

LUCY DEVILLE
Oh yes it can.
(laughs from the students and PROFESSOR BLENK)

PROFESSOR BLENK
I think we should end the discussion here?
(students start putting away their book and notepads. PAUL and LUCY are standing by their desks)
Don’t forget the assignment due next week. Don’t ask me. Refer to the syllabus.
(PAUL approaches LUCY)
The syllabus is this classes bible and shall be followed. So let it be written so let it be done. For Monday’s class we will be discussing Voltaire’s Candide. Please make sure you have read it.

PAUL FLETCHER
(to LUCY)
Hey, umm. We need to go to your place right now.

LUCY DEVILLE
What?
(PAUL grabs her waist and looks her directly in the eyes)

PAUL FLETCHER
That was so hot. You are so hot.

LUCY DEVILLE
(embarrassed turns away and PAUL lets go of her)
Well I feel I rarely participate in the class discussions, so I …

PAUL FLETCHER
(laughs interrupting)
Oh, is that what that was all about.
(pauses)
I want you so much.

LUCY DEVILLE
Well let’s do something about that, then.
(PROFESSOR BLENK approaches PAUL and LUCY)

PROFESSOR BLENK
Lucy, I’d like to talk to you in private after my next class if that is okay with you?

LUCY DEVILLE
Sure, I can come back here in an hour
(looks at PAUL and both smile)

PROFESSOR BLENK
Great, see ya then.
(PAUL and LUCY exit stage right, stage fades to black)

ACT II. SCENE 2. INT. UNIVERSITY, CLASSROOM – LATE AFTERNOON.
PROFESSOR BLENK is sitting at the back of the classroom looking at a book. LUCY appears in the hall just outside the doorway to the classroom. She peaks in and sees PROFESSOR BLENK and he sees her.

PROFESSOR BLENK
Hey there, Lucy.

LUCY DEVILLE
Hey, what’s up, professor?

PROFESSOR BLENK
(agitated)
Um, I don’t know how to really approach the subject, but I just felt I needed to talk to you.

LUCY DEVILLE
Oh, was it about today’s class discussion

PROFESSOR BLENK
Oh, no that was fine. I was really glad to see you participate for once.

LUCY DEVILLE
Oh, cool, so what is it?

PROFESSOR BLENK
I have been told some disturbing news, actually by the administration. Well, I was told there was an allegation of harassment against me.

LUCY DEVILLE
(looks uncomfortable)
Oh really.

PROFESSOR BLENK
Yes the student wishes to remain anonymous but I can’t help thinking that you lodged the complaint.

LUCY DEVILLE
Why would you think that?

PROFESSOR BLENK
I know how ardently you feel about your faith and I know this class is a disappointment to you since we are following some unconventional methods to understand the bible and the ideology behind the Christian religion.

LUCY DEVILLE
I don’t really know what to say to any of this.

PROFESSOR BLENK
Well, I have no proof that you made the allegation but if you did, please think about what you are doing to me.

LUCY DEVILLE
Do you ever think about what you are doing to me and other students of faith?

PROFESSOR BLENK
The only thing I do is scrutinize the origins and philosophy of Christianity. If what you believe cannot be held up to the slightest scrutiny without falling apart, why are you bothering to believe in it.

LUCY DEVILLE
(angrily)
You are really off the mark, professor. You couldn’t be more wrong about me and what I believe.

PROFESSOR BLENK
Regardless, I feel I’m on the right track. Just remember it is a sin to bear false witness against another.

LUCY DEVILLE
There are so many sins, professor.

PROFESSOR BLENK
Well, that’s true. I really said all I need or want to say on the subject. So, let’s just try to put this behind us, shall we?

LUCY DEVILLE
That’s fine with me regardless of what you think I’ve done to you.

PROFESSOR BLENK
Yes, well, I do hope you join in more in the class discussion in the future. You have a lot to contribute.

LUCY DEVILLE
We’ll see, won’t we?

PROFESSOR BLENK
Yes we will.
(stage goes black)

ACT II. SCENE 3. UNIVERSITY, MAIN BLDG – LATE AFTERNOON.
RACINE, SOPHIA and CAROLE are sitting at a table stage left. MICHAEL, SYDNEY and DEBBIE are seated at a table stage right. LUCY walks in from stage left. She looks angry. She walks briskly over to RACINE’S table.

LUCY DEVILLE
(loudly to RACINE)
I can’t believe you did that, you bitch!
(SYDNEY, MICHAEL, and DEBBIE are listening and watching)

RACINE WINTERS
What’s your problem?

LUCY DEVILLE
You don’t want me for an enemy I can assure you.

RACINE WINTERS
Well you better come back into the fold dear heart because you sure as hell won’t last for very much longer without me on your side.

LUCY DEVILLE
Well, you can fuck yourself. I think you’re the only one who would be willing to get that close to you anyway, evil bitch.

RACINE WINTERS
(laughs)
You are delusional.

LUCY DEVILLE
Call off the dogs.

RACINE WINTERS
(angrily)
Fuck off!

LUCY DEVILLE
Look at me.
(RACINE looks into LUCY’S eyes)
I WILL make you sorry.

RACINE WINTERS
Oooooo, I’m shakin’. Run along little girl.
(LUCY turns around, facing the audience and walks to the front of the stage, breathing heavily trying to calm down. MICHAEL looks at SYDNEY and SYDNEY nods her head to indicate yes, DEBBIE is shaking her head to indicate no and MICHAEL gets up and approaches LUCY.)

LUCY DEVILLE
(looking up in the air)
Son of a…

MICHAEL RILEY
Lucy!

LUCY DEVILLE
(turns to face MICHAEL)
Hey, Michael.
(wipes a pretend tear from her eye)

MICHAEL RILEY
Are you okay?

LUCY DEVILLE
Of course, you know me. I’m not easily rattled.

MICHAEL RILEY
I heard the rumors though. I mean damn, what they are saying about you and your dad. It’s terrible.

LUCY DEVILLE
I know. It’s disgusting.

MICHAEL RILEY
I’m sorry.

LUCY DEVILLE
It’s my own fault for getting mixed up with that vicious bitch, Racine. I didn’t know what she was capable of.

MICHAEL RILEY
Do you want to join us?
(points in the direction of DEBBIE and SYDNEY)

LUCY DEVILLE
Thanks, I don’t think it is a good idea, though. How is everything going with you guys?

MICHAEL RILEY
(smiling)
Everything is going really well. I guess now that you are the new target of Racine she has forgotten about us.

LUCY DEVILLE
Well, anything I can do to help.

MICHAEL RILEY
How are things with you and Paul?

LUCY DEVILLE
(smiles)
They are going well. I miss you, ya know. You were my best friend. I really miss you.

MICHAEL RILEY
I know I miss you too.

LUCY DEVILLE
Are you sure about Sydney? She’s the one for you, huh?

MICHAEL RILEY
Yes, I’m sure. I love her. Come and hang out with us. You would probably like her too.

LUCY DEVILLE
Well, maybe next time I’ll join you guys. Just not today, I’m not feeling well.

MICHAEL RILEY
Migraine?

LUCY DEVILLE
Yeah, really bad.
(coughs)

MICHAEL RILEY
How’s your mom doin’?

LUCY DEVILLE
Alright, not that great, probably better than me right now.

MICHAEL RILEY
(laughs)
Well, I hope she beats it.

LUCY DEVILLE
I don’t doubt that she will. She is very determined.

MICHAEL RILEY
Just like you.

LUCY DEVILLE
(winces)
Like me. I’ll see ya.

MICHAEL RILEY
Yeah see ya.

LUCY DEVILLE
(LUCY watches MICHAEL as he walks back to his table. She starts coughing. Her phone rings. She answers it.)
Hello.
(pause)
Yes it’s just a matter of time. I’m not concerned about that.
(pause)
That’s a brutal rumor. I think it was a good call, more effective.
(LUCY starts slowly walking toward stage right)
Yeah, I’ll be there. I gotta go home. I feel like crap.
(coughing)
Bye.
(LUCY exits stage right)

ACT II. SCENE 4. INT. RACINE WINTER’S PARENT’S HOME. EVENING.
LUCY is standing and conversing with RACINE, SOPHIA, CAROLE, DOREEN, and LORI who are sitting on the sofa. The doorbell rings. RACINE rises and exits stage right in a few moments RACINE and DEBBIE enter stage right. They sit on the sofa and join the others.

LUCY DEVILLE
Glad you could all make it, tonight. I really miss you guys.

LORI KENDALL
You aren’t mad at us, are you?

LUCY DEVILLE
No, of course not. You are doing what is necessary. I know that. Thanks for spreading horrible rumors about my love relationship with my dad.
(laughs)
It really does seem to be working. Incredible!

DEBBIE KLATCH
Well don’t get too overjoyed about being publicly humiliated.

LUCY DEVILLE
What do you mean?

DEBBIE KLATCH
Brace yourself. This is going to upset you.

LUCY DEVILLE
What? Just tell me. I can….

DEBBIE KLATCH
(interrupting)
Sydney’s pregnant. They are going to move up the wedding.
(pause)
Does this guy know about condoms or what?

LUCY DEVILLE
(absentmindedly)
He hated wearing them.
(pause)
What?

DEBBIE KLATCH
Yeah. That’s why they were eager to have you join them the other day. They want to get all buddy buddy with you before they break the news to you. Michael’s worried the news will start a new war with you.

LUCY DEVILLE
Everything was going so well too. I can’t believe this.
(working up the rage)
That son of a bitch, no good, four flushing sack a shit
(Screams in frustration)
I don’t care about this glitch, do you understand me. It changes nothing. I need to get Sydney out of the picture so Michael and I can start our life together.

RACINE WINTERS
I think it may be game over time, Lucy. I’m sorry.

LUCY DEVILLE
You bitch. I thought you were more determined about this then I was. So, now it gets a little complicated and you are ready to throw in the towel.

RACINE WINTERS
I just don’t think you are going to get him away from Sydney. She’s carrying his kid for fuck’s sake. That’s not something you are just going to be able to polish over. It’s too big a deal.

LUCY DEVILLE
I don’t care. Everything I am is on the line. I can’t fail.

RACINE WINTERS
Look, I’ll help you but I think it is a loser and I don’t like to lose.

LUCY DEVILLE
(screaming)
My future is not a loser.

RACINE WINTERS
Okay chill.

LUCY DEVILLE
(frantic)
Ah, my head is killing me.
(Retrieves her purse from the coffee table and pulls out a prescription bottle. LUCY takes a few pills and swallows with her glass of water also on the coffee table. Her head is lowered as she experiences migraine pain)

CAROLE KRACO
Lucy are you alright?

LUCY DEVILLE
Shut the fuck up!

RACINE WINTERS
Okay that’s enough. I think everyone should go home for tonight. We need to digest this new bit of news and figure out our next plan of attack
(aside)
if there is any.
(LUCY lifts her head and stares angrily at RACINE. Racine looks away from LUCY’S uncomfortable gaze)
I’ll be in touch with you all tomorrow.

SOPHIA KRONE
(SOPHIA approaches LUCY and places her hand on LUCY’S shoulder. LUCY shrugs it off in pain)
We stand firmly with you Lucy, we’re here to help. I hope you feel better.
(SOPHIA, LORI, CAROLE, and DOREEN exit stage right)

DEBBIE KLATCH
You know Racine this doesn’t have to be a loser.
(LUCY sits on the sofa in pain)

RACINE WINTERS
What are you gettin’ at?

DEBBIE KLATCH
I thought you were hard core. At least that’s the impression you give.

RACINE WINTERS
Don’t mess with me Debbie what are you proposing we do?

DEBBIE KLATCH
You know accidents can be staged that may or may not result in well you know.

RACINE WINTERS
I want to win but not by cheating.

DEBBIE KLATCH
Oh, so you draw the line at accidents.

RACINE WINTERS
I don’t believe in accidents. Don’t do anything stupid.

DEBBIE KLATCH
Fine. Good night.
(LUCY nods. DEBBIE exits stage right)

RACINE WINTERS
That chick is whacked. You want me to drive you home?

LUCY DEVILLE
Yeah.
(considering)
So, you have your limits?

RACINE WINTERS
Don’t you?

LUCY DEVILLE
Sometimes the ends justify the means.

RACINE WINTERS
Well not when it comes to murder.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yeah?

RACINE WINTERS
I don’t consider THAT murder, like you do?

LUCY DEVILLE
I wish I could see things that way.

RACINE WINTERS
Try or you’ll go nuts. Ready to go.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yeah, I’m ready.

ACT II. SCENE 5. INT. UNIVERSITY, CLASSROOM, THEOLOGY – AFTERNOON.

PROFESSOR BLENK
What is the new testament’s stance on treating your enemies? Paul, what do you get from it.

PAUL FLETCHER
Well, we are to love our enemy. If our enemy slaps our cheek we are to hand them the other cheek to slap. I believe that’s how one can get as close to God as possible.
(LUCY sighs)

PROFESSOR BLENK
What do you think of that, Lucy?

LUCY DEVILLE
What’s the point of being close to God if you will never feel loved by Him.

PROFESSOR BLENK
What do you mean?

LUCY DEVILLE
Well, serve yourself on a plate to your enemies, right and you will move closer to God but what does that mean? Will you ever feel God’s love? I’ve never felt my creator’s love, not once. No matter how much I love Him.

PAUL FLETCHER
Lucy, how can you say that?

LUCY DEVILLE
Easy, it’s the truth. So, we destroy ourselves to get closer to love that we never can feel. That makes no sense to me.

PROFESSOR BLENK
Surprising to hear this from you.

LUCY DEVILLE
Well, I will always love God but why doesn’t He love me. Why would He want to see me suffer in order to be close to Him? I seem to be stuck on that.

PROFESSOR BLENK
Well, the belief is that through suffering hardships and trials with enemies and surviving them by being God like you will then be transcended to the next level of spirituality, closer to God.

LUCY DEVILLE
That belief doesn’t explain the logic behind it. And I seem to need that.

PROFESSOR BLENK
Well, I can understand that completely. I need logic to make sense of it all too.

WILL COURTLAND
Well, I agree with Lucy for once. I don’t understand the need to suffer to make one closer to God.

PAUL FLETCHER
Well, I disagree. I believe that we need challenges to understand our emotions and transcend the physical. It’s how you deal with anguish – do you cry and get depressed and lose your mind or do you go on living a good life and keeping God in your heart. Deal with heartache the way God would deal with it, wisely, and you will find happiness, with God.

LUCY DEVILLE
It still makes no sense in the practical sense.

PAUL FLETCHER
You need to think in the spiritual sense.

LUCY DEVILLE
But pain and suffering makes me think practically.

WILL COURTLAND
Paul, do you consider what you said from a non-religious perspective? From my perspective, what you said is way out there and seems lala land to me.

PAUL FLETCHER
From the non-secular perspective, I’m scared for your soul. You will have to do this all over again. I for one don’t want to. I want to move forward.

WILL COURTLAND
Still you are talking nonsense to me.

PAUL FLETCHER
And you are talking nonsense to me.

PROFESSOR BLENK
There is no wrong or right in this case. You both see life through different lenses that is all. I don’t know. I know it’s a little early but I think this might be a good place to stop class today. There is a lot to consider when dealing with one’s enemies.
(looks pointedly at LUCY)
See you all next week.
(As the class disperses and PROFESSOR BLENK leaves the classroom, PAUL approaches LUCY who is still at her desk putting her things into her backpack)

PAUL FLETCHER
Lucy, are you alright?

LUCY DEVILLE
No, I’m not alright.

PAUL FLETCHER
Let me help you. I want to help, please.

LUCY DEVILLE
This is something that I have to do on my own.

PAUL FLETCHER
Does this have to do with Racine and those girls. Everyone is telling me to not date you because you had sex with your dad. Lucy, that’s not true is it?

LUCY DEVILLE
No, it’s a vicious rumor.

PAUL FLETCHER
Why, would they say that about you?

LUCY DEVILLE
Because I pissed Racine and the little witches off. I wouldn’t give them dirt on Michael and Sydney so they hate me now too.

PAUL FLETCHER
Why do they hate Michael and Sydney?

LUCY DEVILLE:
I really don’t know why. Racine works in mysterious ways.
(pause)
Are you gonna dump me now? You probably should, ya know?

PAUL FLETCHER
No, I could never leave you. Lucy, I love you.
(LUCY starts crying and PAUL hugs her)

LUCY DEVILLE
I really don’t deserve it.

PAUL FLETCHER
You do. You really do.

LUCY DEVILLE
No, I don’t. You really don’t know me at all.

PAUL FLETCHER
I know you are the most fascinating woman I’ve ever known.
(LUCY laughs)

LUCY DEVILLE
You are so good.

PAUL FLETCHER
You are too.
(LUCY starts to protest but PAUL kisses her and PROFESSOR BLENK walks in for the next class that is to start shortly).

PROFESSOR BLENK
Oh, I’m sorry to interrupt.

PAUL FLETCHER
Nah, that’s okay we were just leaving.

PROFESSOR BLENK
(getting his papers in order for next class, absentmindedly)
Good discussion today. Have a great weekend.

ACT II. SCENE 6. LUCY’S APT. – LATE AFTERNOON.
Knocking at the door LUCY moves to open the door.

LUCY DEVILLE
Hi mom.

BETH DEVILLE
Dearest how are you?

LUCY DEVILLE
I’m okay. How are you?

BETH DEVILLE
Things are not going well actually.

LUCY DEVILLE
(concerned)
What’s wrong?

BETH DEVILLE
Well they have to run a few more tests to determine where the cancer is hiding.

LUCY DEVILLE
Oh, I’m sorry.

BETH DEVILLE
It was expected on some level. You’re father is not doing so well but he puts on a good front. I was worried about you, Lucy.

LUCY DEVILLE
Why are you worried about me?

BETH DEVILLE
Because I think I may be forcing you to do things you don’t want to do.

LUCY DEVILLE
How do you mean?

BETH DEVILLE
Well, I don’t know how to tell you how much I love you but I do love you deeply. Actually, I’m so distracted because I really need to use the ladies room and freshen up a bit.
(knock at the door)
Well, I might be a while…
(BETH exits stage left. LUCY opens the front door. DEBBIE enters from stage right)

LUCY DEVILLE
Hey.

DEBBIE KLATCH
How is it goin’?

LUCY DEVILLE
What are you doing here? You’re gonna blow it.

DEBBIE KLATCH
Nah, I was really careful.

LUCY DEVILLE
I hope so.

DEBBIE KLATCH
Look, I can’t stay long though.

LUCY DEVILLE
What’s up?

DEBBIE KLATCH
Well. I know you are devastated by the Sydney and Michael news.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yes, well, devastated is a good word for it. Desperate over it too.

DEBBIE KLATCH
Well, Sydney is so fucking happy I could literally vomit all day long.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yeah.

DEBBIE KLATCH
I think we need to cause her some misery.

LUCY DEVILLE
I’m not really into causing misery. I have a very specific goal in mind.

DEBBIE KLATCH
Yes, I know. Misery for me, Michael for you.

LUCY DEVILLE
What do you have in mind?

DEBBIE KLATCH
We cause Sydney to miscarriage.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yeah, how do you propose we do that?

DEBBIE KLATCH
Like I told Racine, plan an accident. And, if there is a God, Sydney might also die during the miscarriage.
(BETH emerges from the bathroom stage left and can be seen to hide in the hallway so as to eavesdrop on DEBBIE and LUCY.)

LUCY DEVILLE
What?

DEBBIE KLATCH
Don’t tell me you haven’t thought how nice life would be without Sydney.

LUCY DEVILLE
Well, actually no I haven’t thought about it like that.

DEBBIE KLATCH
I fantasize about it daily.

LUCY DEVILLE
What did she do to you?

DEBBIE KLATCH
She’s happy. I absolutely hate that.

LUCY DEVILLE
Ummm, that’s weird.

DEBBIE KLATCH
Keep your opinions to yourself. You had everything you wanted last year and you pissed it all away. Now you are doing really nasty things all in God’s name to get it back. How dare you judge me? I make more sense then you do. I straight up hate. I don’t care if you like me, love me, or hate me cuz I’m sure as hell gonna hate you no matter what.

LUCY DEVILLE
I don’t know. It would make everything easier, wouldn’t it? And it would all work out the way God wants and…
(BETH clears her throat and enters the room)

BETH DEVILLE
Oh, I’m sorry. I hope I’m not interrupting anything.

DEBBIE KLATCH
Actually I was just leaving.

BETH DEVILLE
Hello
(coughs)
I’m Beth, Lucy’s mom. I don’t believe I know you.

DEBBIE KLATCH
Yeah, I’m new. It’s nice to meet you. I’m Debbie.

BETH DEVILLE
(eyeing her suspiciously)
Nice to meet you too.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yes, well we will talk soon.
(LUCY and DEBBIE walk toward the door)

DEBBIE KLATCH
Yes,
(lowers voice)
we need to discuss operation extinguish in greater detail for sure.

LUCY DEVILLE
I’ll call you on the matter very soon.
(DEBBIE exits the apartment stage right. LUCY turns to face BETH)
Alright mom, what do you want to discuss?

BETH DEVILLE
Lucy, my dearest, please do not even consider what Debbie is offering. She is monstrous. The devil works through that one.

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom, please zip it.

BETH DEVILLE
I heard most of your conversation. How did you meet that girl?

LUCY DEVILLE
Through Racine.

BETH DEVILLE
Figures.

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom, I know I don’t measure up but I’m going to change everything. I’m going to make everything perfect. I promise. You will be so proud of me.

BETH DEVILLE
Not if you murder Sydney OR her baby.

LUCY DEVILLE
And you are so scrupulous is that right mommie dearest? Okay, so, torture, lies, deceit, abuse that’s all okay but murder isn’t? Unbelievable. What about the ends justify the means, huh? You remember that.

BETH DEVILLE
I don’t understand why you are so cruel toward your own mother. Everything I’ve done has been for you. Everything!

LUCY DEVILLE
You do way too much for me, mom. I only wanted one thing not everything.

BETH DEVILLE
(coughing)
Oh yes my precious and what was that?

LUCY DEVILLE:
Your love, unconditional.

BETH DEVILLE
But you’ve had that and everything else I can give.

LUCY DEVILLE
Never had it, never will.

BETH DEVILLE
I think you take delight in being oblivious to my affection for you. It is beyond all measure.

LUCY DEVILLE
I wish you affected me less with all your affection for me, then.

BETH DEVILLE
(coughing and confused)
Lucy, listen you cannot kill a… that is not the right path. I realize I’ve failed you but you cannot murder this girl and her baby. It is beyond wrong.

LUCY DEVILLE
(angry)
Why should Sydney get what I…

BETH DEVILLE
(interrupting)
Lucy, this needs to end here
(coughs)
or your life as God’s child will end. There is no redemption for what you are planning with that girl, Debbie. For your salvation, please stop the course you are on. It leads nowhere good.

LUCY DEVILLE
(venomous)
Maybe I don’t want to be good anymore, mom. Not that I ever was.

BETH DEVILLE
(coughing fit, angry)
Stop this. You stop it right now, Lucy. Do you hear me?

LUCY DEVILLE
Or what you’ll send me to hell. The way you are hocking ‘em up, you’ll be in hell pretty soon. Save me a spot, won’t you mother. I’m going to church by myself. See ya.
(BETH is crying and coughing as LUCY walks to exit stage right)
When you are done spewing please kindly let yourself out.
(LUCY exits stage right)

ACT II. SCENE 7. INT. LUCY’S BEDROOM – 3:00 AM.
LUCY and PAUL are in bed together sleeping. There is a storm outside. The rain can be heard through the windows. There are intermittent bangs of thunder that seem to be coming from a distance. The stage is very dark and LUCY is trying to turn on the light next to her bed.

LUCY DEVILLE
(gasping)
Ahhh! God damn it.
(LUCY cannot turn on the light. The power has gone out due to the storm.)
Fuck it all to hell!
(She fumbles for a lighter and candle in the table next to her side of the bed. When she gets the lighter ignited and lights the candle, her face can be seen to be distorted with pain and horror. She slams her head against the wall in desperation and starts wailing in agony.)
My head, my head. Oh my God, my head. It hurts so much.
(LUCY’S wailing and moaning disturbs PAUL from his sleep.)

PAUL FLETCHER
(frustrated)
What the hell is going on?
(he looks at LUCY and gets concern)
Oh my God, what’s wrong?

LUCY DEVILLE
It’s my fucking head, ya fuck. Oh, please God make it stop hurting.
(crying)

PAUL FLETCHER
(tries to comfort LUCY)
Look, what can I do? Can I get you anything?

LUCY DEVILLE
For God’s sake just shut up.
(pauses)
Wait, get my migraine pills. They are in the bathroom in the medicine thingy.
(LUCY groans. PAUL leaves offstage left)

PAUL FLETCHER
(yelling from offstage)
Are these the ones in the pink prescription bottle.

LUCY DEVILLE
(shrieking)
Yessss!
(PAUL hurriedly returns from off stage left and hands a pill to LUCY.)

PAUL FLETCHER
Do you want some water?
(LUCY shakes her head in the negative, takes the pill, and swallows)

LUCY DEVILLE
Now, please leave. I need to be alone when I feel like this. Everything gets all wild in my head and it’s hard to be pleasant.

PAUL FLETCHER
Are you sure you don’t want me to stay…

LUCY DEVILLE
(interrupting)
NO! You won’t help me you will only hurt me so please go. Thank you.

PAUL FLETCHER
Okay, if it will help. I’ll talk to ya later.
(LUCY nods in agreement. PAUL dresses and leaves stage right. LUCY moans and cries and the phone rings. LUCY picks up the phone.)

LUCY DEVILLE
(softly)
Yes.
(listening)
Dad, what the hell are you doing calling me this early in the morning?
(listening)
What?
(pause)
Do you think it’s that bad?
(listening)
How much longer do you think she has to live?
(listening)
Of course, I’ll be home first thing in the morning. She’s my mother. Everything else can go to hell.
(LUCY presses the button to hang up and then presses it again and dials a number, pause)
Hey Debbie.
(pause)
I know what time it is. I’m sorry but we are going to have to put a hold on operation extinguish.
(pause)
My mother is gonna be dead in a day or two. I need to take care of that first.
(pause)
It might be a few weeks.
(pause)
Look, you are not to do anything until you hear from me. Do you got it or I will go to the police.
(pause)
Alright.
(pause)
Thanks, it’s all God’s will.

End of ACT TWO

ACT I     ACT III

Three Heel Clicks: Act One, a play in three acts

This is a rough draft of a play I’ve been writing. It’s pretty whacked but what else is new.

Act Two      Act Three

ACT I. SCENE 1. INT. LUCY DEVILLE’S STUDIO APT – EARLY MORNING.
LUCY is lying on the bed in her studio apartment. CAROLE is crouching like a gargoyle on the corner of the bed watching vigilantly as LUCY sleeps. While outside of LUCY DEVILLE’S STUDIO APT -SOPHIA is walking near the apartment entrance on the porch cement slab. She is wearing high heels and pacing. Her pacing can be heard from within the apartment. From inside LUCY’S apt., the alarm on the digital clock starts buzzing. CAROLE gets up off the bed in a methodical manner and turns off the alarm.

CAROLE KRACO
Another day.

LUCY DEVILLE
(yawns and stretches)
Another sin.

CAROLE KRACO
Racine wants to meet with us tomorrow.

LUCY DEVILLE
What does that bitch want?

CAROLE KRACO
She wants to help with Michael.

LUCY DEVILLE
Hmm. I might need her.
(Lucy rises from the bed and walks toward the bathroom stage right. LUCY screams)
I’m so mad. Are you prepared for what I need you to do?
(pause, then loudly)
Are you?

CAROLE KRACO
Yes.

LUCY DEVILLE
I will have Michael back. First, he will cower before me. How could he think he can just leave me? After, everything… Listen to me, we will get Sydney to dump him. That fuckin’ cow, how could he fuck her after me?
(The noise from outside, SOPHIA’s pacing, becomes louder as LUCY becomes angrier and rubs her temples as she is experiencing a migraine.)
We will destroy her. I’m not gonna be forgotten after all I did for that pile. I will be known again.
(LUCY exits stage right to the bathroom. The squeal from a faucet and then running water can be heard from off stage. LUCY is coughing up and spitting out phlegm. Water splashing can be heard as she splashes some water onto her face. LUCY enters the stage from the RIGHT to the main area where CAROLE is waiting. SOPHIA’s pacing can still be heard within the apt. LUCY winces in agony. LUCY holds her hands against her ears in an effort to drown out SOPHIA’s pacing. Then, LUCY breaks out into a rage pounding her fists into the air. LUCY lets out a blood curdling cry and runs for the front door. LUCY opens the door in quick motion and jumps directly onto SOPHIA, tackling her. They quickly stand up. LUCY regards SOPHIA in agony and disgust.)

LUCY DEVILLE cont’d
Do you realize how sick you are making me?

SOPHIA KRONE
Sorry. I didn’t want to knock and disturb you. I had to tell you something. I saw Michael last night.

LUCY DEVILLE
Was he with Sydney?

SOPHIA KRONE
Yes. I overheard him speaking to a few people. (pause) Lucy, Michael and Sydney are getting married.

LUCY DEVILLE
Piece of trash. (pauses) I’ll destroy him.
(CAROLE exits the apt and stops near LUCY and SOPHIA)

CAROLE KRACO
Do we start today?

LUCY DEVILLE
Now. Call Racine and tell her to meet me at eleven o’clock in the Union Hall to discuss our plans.

ACT I, SCENE 2. INT. UNIVERSITY, MAIN BLDG – AFTERNOON.
Across the large room, stage right, we can see a gathering of women. A discussion is being lead by LUCY and RACINE. Stage left, we see MICHAEL and SYDNEY enter the building with packages from the school store in their hands. RACINE, LUCY, SOPHIA, CAROLE, DOREEN, LORI and the others at the table erupts with laughter. LUCY glances across the room and notices MICHAEL and SYDNEY.

LUCY DEVILLE
What we need is organization. Racine has an outline which she will give to each of you tonight. It’s important that you read it thoroughly. It will go over your roll in the overall scheme and also point out your weaknesses in certain areas.
(LUCY points to three women in the group)
For instance, Doreen and Lori, you need to be more aggressive in your gossiping. I’m telling you, you need to spread it on thick and often. However, I am happy with our efforts to date. We seem to be successful at causing a strain on their relationship. Always keep in mind the objective, to break up Sydney and Michael by the end of next month.
(pauses to consider)
We’re meeting at Racine’s tomorrow night at eight o’clock. Then, we can finalize our plan of attack. Thank you everybody.
(LUCY gathers her belongings off the table. The crowd of women disperses. SYDNEY has walked over to LUCY while the women were discussing their plans.)

SYDNEY ROLLINS
(to LUCY)
You sorry bitch. You need help in the worst way. Do you think having your little witches spread lies about me is going to get Michael back? He doesn’t want you. He wants me. You need to move on.

LUCY DEVILLE
Ah, Sydney it’s always a pleasure to smell your stench. Why don’t you bend down and suck on my ass for all I care about your opinion.
(RACINE laughs. MICHAEL approaches SYDNEY and LUCY.)

SYDNEY ROLLINS
That’s mighty Christian of ya, offerin’ me your ass an’ all but I think I’ll pass. You know, you’re real funny. Almost as funny as a pathetic loser who couldn’t stand to be dumped by a man so she stalks him and threatens his new girlfriend, excuse me, fiancée.
(MICHAEL tugs SYDNEY’s arm in an effort to get her to move closer toward him and look at him.)

MICHAEL RILEY
What the hell do you mean threaten you?
(We see SYDNEY get angry at MICHAEL’s involvement.)
I never heard this.
(SYDNEY wrestles free of MICHAEL’s grip and runs away.)
Sydney, wait. Sydney!
(to LUCY)
What are you pullin’ now, Lucy?

LUCY DEVILLE
I think Sydney must be hittin’ the sauce again. I don’t know what she’s talkin’ about.

MICHAEL RILEY
Get this ’cause its the last time I’m gonna tell ya. I don’t want you. You make me sick. Leave me and Sydney alone.

LUCY DEVILLE
Hey, I have absolutely no problem with that. I think you are forgetting who came up to who. I was just standing here having a lovely conversation with Racine when your lunatic girlfriend lost her senses and starts ranting and raving at me.
(MICHAEL walks away in disgust.)
Have a nice day now,
(aside)
Piece of shit.
(We watch LUCY’s face as she seems a bit shaken for a few moments but then her expression becomes resolute. To RACINE)
Did you see that? Sydney was keeping the threats a secret from Michael. They’re fallin’ apart.

RACINE WINTERS
Where ya goin’ now?

LUCY DEVILLE
Theology.

RACINE WINTERS
Professor Blenk, huh?

LUCY DEVILLE
Yeah, I completely hate his style. He never gives you any answers. He only asks questions and never tells us a thing.

RACINE WINTERS
I don’t know why you are majoring in that shit. It’s a complete waste of time.

LUCY DEVILLE
How can God be a waste of time?

ACT I. SCENE 3. INT. UNIVERSITY, CLASSROOM.
Stage left is blacked out but is to be the hall outside the classroom the stage is divided by the classroom wall and door. Stage right contains the classroom setting. It is the afternoon Professor Blenk stands at the back of the classroom. His desk is imagined to be in the front of the all the desks facing them but cannot be seen in the stage setup. All desks are facing the audience. Most students appear interested in the lively discussion on the existence of God.

PROFESSOR BLENK
(repeating the statement WILL just made and looking forward to the backs of the students)
So, you think that it has to do with a need that people have to believe that God exists. In your opinion, is that why there is religion? Did God create religion or did people?

WILL COURTLAND
(turns around in his seat to see PROFESSOR BLENK)
God didn’t invent religion. Man did, out of necessity.
(LUCY fidgeting in her seat)
I’m not disputing whether or not God exists. I have no evidence either way.
(PROFESSOR BLENK walks toward the front of the class and WILL moves accordingly while speaking)
I can’t reconcile the version of a benevolent, forgiving God that is in my imagining to the same God represented by Christian religion. What I mean by “God represented by Christian religion” – is a God that would subscribe to original sin, that would damn us for seeking knowledge, that would require our guilt for having sex
(LUCY is visibly upset)
and eating meat on Fridays. Basically, it doesn’t make sense.

PROFESSOR BLENK
Lucy, you look like you have something to contribute to this discussion.

LUCY DEVILLE
I’m not at all interested in this discussion.

PROFESSOR BLENK
(smiles)
My mistake.

PAUL FLETCHER
I really believe that although we don’t always understand exactly what God is alluding to in the bible, it is his word and it must be respected and followed without fail.
(LUCY’s face reveals satisfaction)

PROFESSOR BLENK
You read the assignment right, Paul?

PAUL FLETCHER
Yes I did.

PROFESSOR BLENK
The assignment revealed the inconsistencies in the bible’s narratives for the Passion, correct?

PAUL FLETCHER
That’s correct.

PROFESSOR BLENK
So even in the face of these inconsistencies you still believe that these narratives contain the actual word of God?

LUCY DEVILLE
(anxious)
Professor Blenk, just face facts. It seems to be your assertion that anyone who believes in the truth of scriptures is an idiot.

PROFESSOR BLENK
That is absolutely not true, Lucy.

LUCY DEVILLE
(Stage left lights up we see students milling about and a group of three students approaching the classroom door.)
I don’t see how any other conclusion can be drawn. You…
(The classroom door opens, the group of students start walking through the door but stop when they see the previous class in session.)

STUDENT AT THE DOORWAY
It’s time for class, right, Professor?

PROFESSOR BLENK
Yes, of course, we’ll continue this discussion next time.
(All the seated students start clearing their desks and grab their belongings and start to leave.)
Class dismissed.
(The entering students go to find their seats. LUCY walks out of the classroom door and PAUL follows her out. Stage right goes black and quiet. LUCY is looking up and taking a deep breath. PAUL approaches her.)

ACT I. SCENE 4. INT. UNIVERSITY, CLASSROOM HALLWAY.
Stage right fades to black.

PAUL FLETCHER
Hey, Lucy. Thanks for backing me up in there.

LUCY DEVILLE
Well, I didn’t do it for you. I believe that Professor Blenk is not a very good teacher. I think he wants us all to stop believing in God because he is a reformed minister. I can’t believe that they let agnostics teach theology.

PAUL FLETCHER
I know.
(pauses)
Did you read the assignment?

LUCY DEVILLE
Yeah, some of it. I stopped when I got really pissed off.
(pauses)
I get it ya know there are inconsistencies from gospel to gospel but that means absolutely nothing as to what God’s plans are for us.
(looks at PAUL intently)
It means nothing.

PAUL FLETCHER
I couldn’t agree more.
(seeming uncomfortable)
Would…

LUCY DEVILLE
I mean what is so wrong about believing in God, right?

PAUL FLETCHER
Nothing.

LUCY DEVILLE
That should be a good thing, shouldn’t it?

PAUL FLETCHER
It is
(pause)
a good thing.

LUCY DEVILLE
You know the way Professor Blenk thinks is really evil. I might have to find a way to relieve him of his duties here. Well,
(turning to face PAUL)
see ya.
(LUCY turns to leave)

PAUL FLETCHER
(PAUL grabs LUCY’s arm before she walks off)
Hey, ya wanna go out with me on Friday night
(pauses)
to the movies or something.

LUCY DEVILLE
(surprised)
Yes
(she looks down and back up at PAUL and smiles)
why not?

PAUL FLETCHER
That’s encouraging.

LUCY DEVILLE
I’m sorry I’ve got a lot of complications in my life at present but why not complicate it some more. I think I can handle it if you can?

PAUL FLETCHER
I think I can handle it for sure.

LUCY DEVILLE
Meet me at the union at six o’clock, then. Friday night.

PAUL FLETCHER
Great. See ya then.

ACT I. SCENE 5. INT. RACINE WINTER’S PAREN T’S HOME – NIGHT.
We can see a lovely family room in an upscale home. We see LUCY and RACINE in a deep discussion whilst five other ladies, SOPHIA, CAROLE, DOREEN, LORI, and DEBBIE are chatting a lot less intently as they sit on the sofa and take sips of their drinks.

RACINE WINTERS
I’m glad you could all make it here tonight. Lucy and I are very pleased to see you all here. With this many people helping, we’re sure to reach our goal even sooner than we thought. I’m gonna let Lucy take over.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yes, as Racine said thank you so much for coming. I do appreciate it. Carole and Sophia, regarding the other day, I’m very sorry for my rude behavior. I have been experiencing some of the worst migraine pain I’ve ever had and I do apologize for my short temper. Tonight we are here to discuss the plans for the destruction of Sydney and Michael’s relationship.
(pause)
You all know my story and empathize with my situation. I know you all feel as I do that a great injustice has been done to me
(all in attendance except DEBBIE nods)
and Debbie I know you just out and out hate Sydney
(DEBBIE nods in agreement)
and are anxious to help us in our plans.
(pauses, LUCY has a stack of stapled papers that she picks up off the coffee table and hands out to all the others as she speaks.)
I’ve talked it through with Racine and she really thinks this plan will do the trick in short order.

SOPHIA KRONE
After we destroy their relationship then what?

LUCY DEVILLE
Well, I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. The plan so far is just to put so much pressure on them that they break up.

SOPHIA KRONE
But the point is to get you and Michael back together too, right?

LUCY DEVILLE
Yes, of course what are you getting at.

SOPHIA KRONE
I think this plan should also include making you look good in general. I think we really need to distance ourselves from you so that no one will suspect you are behind all of this.
(raises the pack of papers)
You shouldn’t be associating with us at all.

LUCY DEVILLE
Well, you guys are going to need guidance and information as to how to break up the two of them. I can’t stay away from you all the time.

RACINE WINTERS
No. I think that is a great idea. We make you look like the good guy. The rumor is you don’t like hanging out with us because we gossip too much and are mean, blah blah. Maybe we could use it to our advantage further down the road. Good call Sophia. I can hold down the fort and you and I can converse through email.

LUCY DEVILLE
(considering)
Yeah, I think that could be good but then who am I gonna hang out with.

RACINE WINTERS
(teasingly)
How about Paul from your Theology class?

LUCY DEVILLE
How’d you know about that?

RACINE WINTERS
We know everything that goes on and I do mean everything. Paul might be a good way to make Michael jealous. You know if we need that down the road. We have to keep many balls in the air on this project. I think the only way to accomplish goals is to keep an open mind about how to achieve success. I think that is what separates us from the losers when we win all the time. And when we put our minds to something we will see it to its rightful conclusion. You will have Michael again and soon.

LUCY DEVILLE
I have no doubt of it. Failure is definitely not an option. My salvation depends on our success.
(thoughtful)
Paul might be fun, he’s got a nice smile.

RACINE WINTERS
Yes, he looks nice.
(they both laugh)

DEBBIE KLATCH
Yeah, well I don’t want to interrupt your love fest over there but I don’t give a rat’s ass about you and Michael and Paul. I want to destroy Sydney that’s my only purpose. I think it might be well that I work independent of your crew, Lucy.

LUCY DEVILLE
Well if that’s how you feel it is certainly alright with me.

DEBBIE KLATCH
I’m not at all concerned about your image in this scheme so I don’t want any part of that detail but I assure you that I won’t compromise what has been confided in me here tonight and I will stay in touch with Sophia in order to coordinate our efforts.

LUCY DEVILLE
That’s fine. Whatever way you can help. It is very much accepted. I completely understand your viewpoint. Sophia, you are contact person to Debbie on this, okay?

SOPHIA KRONE
Absolutely not a problem.

LUCY DEVILLE
Alright ladies as of tonight we officially release the dogs of war.

ACT I. SCENE 6. INT. LUCY DEVILLE’S STUDIO APT – LATE EVENING.
After Paul and Lucy’s date, Paul and Lucy enter Lucy’s apt. Lucy takes her coat off and places it on the coat stand by the door. Paul does the same

LUCY DEVILLE
(laughs)
Do you want something to drink or anything?

PAUL FLETCHER
Yeah, that would be great.
(LUCY motions for him to sit down on the sofa/bed. LUCY walks into the kitchen area of the apt and looks in the cabinet)

LUCY DEVILLE
You want to do shots?

PAUL FLETCHER
Yeah, sure why not.
(LUCY pulls the bottle from the cabinet along with two shot glasses)

LUCY DEVILLE
I get drunk easy.
(LUCY walks back to the sofa and sits)

PAUL FLETCHER
I knew there was a reason why I liked you so much.
(LUCY pours the drinks into the shot glasses)

LUCY DEVILLE
(laughs)
So what do you think of Professor Blenk?
(takes a gulp pours another)

PAUL FLETCHER
Oh, he’s okay. He just doesn’t believe in God like you and I do.

LUCY DEVILLE
Paul, he doesn’t believe in God at all.
(takes another gulp pours another)

PAUL FLETCHER
Well, I think he does believe he cannot let go of God completely.
(takes a gulp pours another)

LUCY DEVILLE
Did he ever say that to you?

PAUL FLETCHER
Hell no he never said anything to me like that I just have a feeling.
(takes a gulp pours another)

LUCY DEVILLE
Because you want to have the feeling, you know you don’t want to feel badly toward him, right.
(takes a gulp pours another)

PAUL FLETCHER
No, that’s not it. I just don’t know how anyone even an unbeliever like Professor Blenk could not truly feel God around them.
( takes a gulp pours another)

LUCY DEVILLE
Is this a race or something?
(referring to the frenzied shot drinking she starts laughing)

PAUL FLETCHER
Yes, I’d love to see you a little drunk.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yeah, uninhibited.

PAUL FLETCHER
Yeah, totally uninhibited. How many more shots for that?

LUCY DEVILLE
(laughs)
Mmmmm no more.

PAUL FLETCHER
(confused)
Really?

LUCY DEVILLE
Really, so, do you want to fuck me?

PAUL FLETCHER
Oh, God, yes I do.
(PAUL lunges for LUCY and they start making out very vigorously and start tearing each others clothes off. LUCY starts sobbing uncontrollably.)
I’m sorry are you alright?

LUCY DEVILLE
(trying to compose herself)
Yes, I don’t know why I’m so upset. I’m not usually like this. I…

PAUL FLETCHER
(interrupting)
Shhhh, it’s okay really. I mean maybe we should slow down.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yeah, maybe that’s a good idea.
(pauses)
Have you heard any rumors about me?

PAUL FLETCHER
Besides that you are the hottest girl in the whole place, no.

LUCY DEVILLE
(smiles)
Well, my first semester I was very serious with Michael Riley.

PAUL FLETCHER
Yeah, I would see you with him for the classes we all had last semester.

LUCY DEVILLE
We had classes together last semester? I didn’t even know.

PAUL FLETCHER
Yeah, I know.

LUCY DEVILLE
Anyway, I was very serious with Michael, very serious.

PAUL FLETCHER
Yeah, I kinda got that impression.

LUCY DEVILLE
I’ve been a wreck really. I’m starting to get things back in order. I’m working on a plan.

PAUL FLETCHER
Am I part of the plan?

LUCY DEVILLE
Well, I’m still working on it, so maybe.

PAUL FLETCHER
I’ll take that. I’ll take that.
(pause, there is a knock at the front door)

LUCY DEVILLE
Oh, man, I bet that’s my mother.

PAUL FLETCHER
(shocked)
Your mom, oh no.
(both are hurriedly putting their clothes back on and making the bed. Lucy moves to the door, peaks thru the peep hole to make sure its her mom.)

LUCY DEVILLE
Knew it was her.
(opens the door)
Hi, mom.

BETH DEVILLE
(looks LUCY over as she walks in)
What were you doing?
(notices PAUL)
Hmmm, up to no good I see.
(LUCY closes the door)

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom, chill out. This is Paul we were just on a date.

PAUL FLETCHER
Hel…

BETH DEVILLE
(interrupting)
A date? I thought you were with Michael.

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom, you know we broke up.
(gives PAUL a look like “don’t listen to her”)

BETH DEVILLE
Well I believe that you and Michael are destined to be together. No offense, Paul, is it?

PAUL FLETCHER
Ummm

BETH DEVILLE
You see I just don’t want you to get hurt, Paul. You can’t fight what is meant to be.

LUCY DEVILLE
Mom, enough already. Paul, I think we will have to call it quits for tonight.
(smiles in his direction)
I have to talk with my mother obviously. Thanks, I had a great time. Give me a call, okay?
(walks to the door and opens it and PAUL follows)

PAUL FLETCHER
I’ll call you tomorrow. Good night, good night.
(exits stage right LUCY closes the door)

BETH DEVILLE
What the hell are you doing with that boy? Are you fucking him?

LUCY DEVILLE
(laughs)
I wanted to but no we didn’t.

BETH DEVILLE
(smacks LUCY in the face)
What the hell is wrong with you? You need to stay focused. I can’t believe you are going to mess everything up again. Do you need to make the same mistake over and over again?

LUCY DEVILLE
Yes, I do mom because I’m a horny moron. I like fucking. I want to do it all the time.

BETH DEVILLE
Lu..
(starts coughing uncontrollably)
..cy,
(shrieking)
you need to be a good girl now.
(she takes a tissue from her bag and spits up into it)
Oh, God, please help me. Help me save my child.

LUCY DEVILLE
(disgusted)
I think you need to worry about yourself.

BETH DEVILLE
(crying and screaming)
After all I’ve done for you. I gave up my life for you, ungrateful girl. My dreams and ambitions, my uterus, all to have you. I have loved you like no other, better than myself and you sit there with your salvation hanging in the balance and scoff at me whilst I’m dying of cancer. Am I a joke to you?

LUCY DEVILLE
Yes, I think you’re hysterical.

BETH DEVILLE
I love you, Lucy with all my heart and soul.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yeah, I’m all tingly. What do you really want? I was just about to get laid so it better be good.
(she throws herself down on the bed her mom sits beside her)

BETH DEVILLE
How did I fail you?

LUCY DEVILLE
You had me.

BETH DEVILLE
(contrite)
I’m sorry I failed you. I hope you are making amends to God though, regardless of your feelings for me.
(she coughs and spits up more into the tissue)

LUCY DEVILLE
(considering and softening)
It’s all on, mom. My friends are in the process of breaking up Sydney and Michael and Paul is a way to get Michael jealous if necessary. It’s all good. Seriously, don’t worry about me. You taught me everything I know. I’ll get what I need and appease God and you. I’ll make you proud of me yet.

BETH DEVILLE
(composing herself)
Good this has been pressing on me for a while. I’m glad you are finally doing something about it.

LUCY DEVILLE
How’s dad?

BETH DEVILLE
As usual, very well. He just won another big client for the firm. They love him over there. He got a raise and we are going on a cruise in a few months if I don’t die before then that is.

LUCY DEVILLE
I have a feeling you’ll live.

BETH DEVILLE
Much to your dismay.

LUCY DEVILLE
I’m really not feeling well lately either.

BETH DEVILLE
Oh really what’s wrong.

LUCY DEVILLE
Well, ever since I
(pauses)
well anyway for a while I just haven’t been feeling too well, migraines and allergies. I cough a lot and spit up phlegm, like you.

BETH DEVILLE
Don’t worry Lucy you don’t have cancer like me.

LUCY DEVILLE
(to herself)
Not like you at all.

BETH DEVILLE
What?

LUCY DEVILLE
Nothing.

BETH DEVILLE
I need to get back to your father.
(rises to leave)
You’ll be home next weekend?

LUCY DEVILLE
(rises as well)
We’ll see.

BETH DEVILLE
Your daddy misses you.
(walking toward the door, stage right, LUCY following)

LUCY DEVILLE
He can visit anytime he likes. He pays the rent.

BETH DEVILLE
(turns to face LUCY)
Well, fine. Bye.
(turns toward door)
Drop a line when it is all done.

LUCY DEVILLE
Yep.
(Beth exits stage right LUCY looks up)
Please, God, don’t let me be like her.

ACT I. SCENE 7. INT. UNIVERSITY, MAIN BLDG – AFTERNOON.
PAUL and LUCY are sitting at a table conversing. MICHAEL frantically enters from stage left. He sees LUCY and approaches her.

MICHAEL RILEY
What the hell are you up to now?

LUCY DEVILLE
Michael, what’s up?

MICHAEL RILEY
Knock it off. You need to stop this. I don’t understand any of this. You broke up with me. Why are you doing this?

LUCY DEVILLE
Michael, are you alright? I don’t know what you are talking about.

PAUL FLETCHER
(to LUCY)
I’ll give you some privacy. I’ll pick you up at six o’clock, okay?
(PAUL exits stage right)

LUCY DEVILLE
Yes that sounds great, see ya then.

MICHAEL RILEY
You’re going out with Paul?

LUCY DEVILLE
It’s none of your business.

MICHAEL RILEY
I didn’t think you would ever date anyone again a…

LUCY DEVILLE
(interrupting)
What do you want, Michael?

MICHAEL RILEY
Call off those bitches. They are ruining my life and Sydney’s life too.

LUCY DEVILLE
What bitches?

MICHAEL RILEY
Don’t be obtuse, Racine and Sophia and all of them.

LUCY DEVILLE
Hey, I didn’t want any part of those girls they do mean things for no reason. I told them to go scratch last week. They were trying to get dirt on you and Sydney and I wouldn’t help them. Racine hates me.

MICHAEL RILEY
What?

LUCY DEVILLE
It’s true. I’ll admit I thought they were a cool group to hang with but they are a sick bunch of puppies.

MICHAEL RILEY
I don’t believe you.

LUCY DEVILLE
You are well within your rights. I don’t really care to convince you.

MICHAEL RILEY
Why would Racine and her witch friends want to hurt Sydney and I.

LUCY DEVILLE
You should ask them. I have no idea.

MICHAEL RILEY
Yeah, right.
(SYDNEY and DEBBIE enters from stage left and approach the table)
I don’t believe you.

SYDNEY ROLLINS
(to MICHAEL)
What’s going on?

DEBBIE KLATCH
Hey, Michael.
(aside to SYDNEY)
Is that her?
(LUCY gives a surprised look to DEBBIE)

SYDNEY ROLLINS
(whispers)
Yes.

DEBBIE KLATCH
Oh.

LUCY DEVILLE
I know the fun is just starting but I’ve got to go.

DEBBIE KLATCH
(to LUCY)
You need to stop.

SYDNEY ROLLINS
Stop Debbie, she’s just not worth it.

LUCY DEVILLE
Our realities don’t seem to be coinciding, I’m not doing anything.

DEBBIE KLATCH
Nobody is buying your goody two shoes act.

LUCY DEVILLE
Who are you, anyway?

DEBBIE KLATCH
I don’t know how you can stand yourself.

LUCY DEVILLE
I like me. I don’t like you, whoever you are.

SYDNEY ROLLINS
Debbie, it will make things worse.

LUCY DEVILLE
(to SYDNEY)
I’ve moved on. I’m with someone else and I no longer hang with Racine and her crew. We had a falling out over you guys actually.

SYDNEY ROLLINS
Yeah, I believe in fairies too.

LUCY DEVILLE
You do? Me too. I really could care less what you think. I know what the truth is.

DEBBIE KLATCH
Don’t trust her, Syd. She’s a snake.

LUCY DEVILLE
Hisssssssss! See ya, well maybe not.
(LUCY walks away. MICHAEL follows and SYDNEY watches. LUCY is reaching in her purse for her phone as MICHAEL catches up to her.)

MICHAEL RILEY
Lucy, wait a minute.

LUCY DEVILLE
(turns to face him)
What’s up?

MICHAEL RILEY
I know the girl I used to be in love with and she left a long time ago. I don’t want to hate you. I don’t want to believe that someone I loved so much would hurt me like this.
(LUCY is visibly shaken)
Please look me in the eye and tell me the truth.

LUCY DEVILLE
(looks directly into MICHAEL’s eyes)
I am not a part of this. Racine is as much my enemy now as she is yours.
(pauses)
Look, I know you won’t take it but if you need my help with any of this, just ask.

MICHAEL RILEY
Okay, thanks. Good luck with Paul. He’s a nice guy.

LUCY DEVILLE
(smiles)
Thanks.
(MICHAEL turns and walks toward SYDNEY and DEBBIE. LUCY dials her phone.)
Hey, Racine. Yeah. I miss you guys too but I am having fun with Paul.
(pause)
Yeah it’s nice sized. Listen,
(she walks further frontstage and to the left away from MICHAEL, SYDNEY and DEBBIE and turns to look at them nonchalantly when she feels she is far enough away.)
I think things are going well. I’ve almost got Michael convinced that I’m not behind any of the problems he and Sydney are having.
(listens)
I know can you believe it. I’m thinking to make it look even more believable and to help Michael and us bond we need an enemy in common. So, I’m thinking put me on your hit list. I told Michael you and me had a falling out because I wouldn’t volunteer information about him and Sydney.
(listens)
No, they didn’t really buy that but maybe they will if you and the gals start bashing on me and lighten up on them a little. Spread a lie about me liking box or something and you guys think I’m gross.
(laughs)
You are so much better at this than I am but make up something that will hurt me deeply because I’m so religious and that couldn’t possibly be true.
(listens and gets angry)
That is off limits and you are not to ever bring that up again.
(listens)
Okay that just needs to be crystal clear.
(LUCY looks over to see MICHAEL, SYDNEY and DEBBIE again)
Oh damn, that Debbie chick is white hot ruthless. She is Sydney’s best friend. I didn’t know that.
(listens)
Yeah, I guess I was out of it for a while. Okay so we are all over this right? This is gonna be so good.

END OF ACT I

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