Excerpt of Evolution Fast Track

(from near the middle)

 

             ONE

See. "Everyone has mother issues!" Like it's a given. I heard it again at the coffeehouse.

 

            TWO

Coffeehouse? We have coffeehouses?

 

            ONE

It must have been later—in the future. Time confuses me.

 

            TWO

Not that I knew my father.

 

            THREE

Father. Papa. Daddy. Pop!

 

            TWO

Not that any of us know our fathers. After all, it is kind of a free for all.

 

            ONE

There are places where people know their fathers.

 

            TWO

(Trying to feed the fire, burns herself again.) Ouch! Damn!

 

            THREE

Dam. Mater. Mummy. Ma.

 

            ONE

Let me see. (TWO shows ONE her burn.) It's not that bad.

 

            TWO

It is that bad.

 

            ONE

Put some, I don't know, mud on it. Oh heck, put some aloe vera on it.

 

            TWO

Aloe vera?

 

            ONE

In the closet.

 

            TWO

Closets? We have closets? (ONE motions to the closet. TWO walks to it.) Wo-o-ow. Closets. (Opening it and riffling through the mess.) Closets. Cool.

 

            THREE

Closet. Cloister. Cupboard. Den.

 

            TWO

Are they always this messy?

 

            ONE

E-Yep.

 

            TWO

(Pulling out a flat, life-sized paper doll of an older cavewoman.) What is this?!

           

            ONE

My mother.

 

 

(…continued…)

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