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CONSCIEN 7'?m2f Conscience, salvation, sin, forgiveness

LIZ -- (enters begins crossing)

AMY -- (meek, slight, timid, follows in lock step with Liz)

LIZ -- (notices Amy following, stops, turns)

AMY -- (stops, turns aside, straightens hair, smooths clothing,
pretends indifference)

LIZ -- (turns, continues)

AMY -- (follows in lock step)

LIZ -- (notices Amy following, stops, turns)

AMY -- (stops, turns aside, straightens hair, smooths clothing,
pretends indifference, plays with fingernails)

LIZ -- Are you following me?

AMY -- (hiding face) Who me?

LIZ -- Do you see anyone else behind me?

AMY -- (looks around)

LIZ -- You WERE following me, weren't you?

AMY -- I may have been going in the same direction....

LIZ -- You look familiar. Do I know you?

AMY -- I suppose it's possible....

LIZ -- I know you. I've seen you somewhere before.

AMY -- It's been a while.

LIZ -- Where do I know you from?

AMY -- From your childhood.

LIZ -- Childhood.

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- High school?

AMY -- Earlier.

LIZ -- Junior High?

AMY -- Earlier.

LIZ -- Alice Smith grade school?

AMY -- Right around there.

LIZ -- So, you went to Alice Smith?

AMY -- Well, not me personally.

LIZ -- What do you mean not you personally?! Did you go to Alice
Smith or not?

AMY -- Not.

LIZ -- Not. Then how do I know you?

AMY -- I know someone who went to Alice Smith.

LIZ -- Who?

AMY -- You.

LIZ -- This is ridiculous! Just tell me how I know you!

AMY -- I'm your conscience.

LIZ -- Wait a minute. YOU are MY conscience?!

AMY -- Please don't yell at me again.

LIZ -- (shouts) I'm not yelling at you! What do you mean AGAIN!?

AMY -- See? You're yelling again! Listen, why don't I just go
away again. (turns to exit)

LIZ -- Wait a minute!

AMY -- No, if you're just going to yell at me again.... I know
when I'm not wanted.

LIZ -- Please. Just tell me something.

AMY -- (stops, turns) You're not going to yell?!

LIZ -- I promise.

AMY -- (approaches cautiously) What would you like to know?

LIZ -- Are you REALLY my conscience?

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- How is it that I didn't recognize my own conscience?

AMY -- It's been a long time since we've spoken.

LIZ -- A long time.

AMY -- Years ago. Once you started yelling at me, I figured you
didn't want to hear from me.

LIZ -- Oh. Yeah.

AMY -- Would you like me to remind you....

LIZ -- No. I remember now. I told you that you were a figment of 
my imagination and you should go away and leave me alone.

AMY -- (turns to exit) I guess things haven't changed much.

LIZ -- Wait a minute.

AMY -- (stops, turns) Yes?

LIZ -- Why did you come back?

AMY -- It was your conversation at dinner last night.

LIZ -- Dinner.

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- Last night.

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- I was alone with this guy. You overheard what we said?

AMY -- (turns to exit) Maybe before you start yelling again,
I'll just...

LIZ -- Wait a minute!

AMY -- (freezes, doesn't look back) If you don't want to talk to
me, I'll just be on my way.

LIZ -- Look! You can't just drop this bomb on me and then leave.

AMY -- (turns) What bomb?

LIZ -- You said you overheard my conversation with Brandon last
night.

AMY -- That's right.

LIZ -- We were alone. How could you hear?

AMY -- I hear ALL of your conversations. I'm your conscience.
It's what I do.

LIZ -- So, you've always been there, but....

AMY -- I don't go where I'm not wanted.

LIZ -- So, what made you think I'd want to talk to you now?

AMY -- You were talking to Brandon about spiritual things. I
thought you might be ready.

LIZ -- Spiritual things. Oh yes! Turns out Brandon is a
Christian. We didn't have much in common. I told him I didn't
want to go out with him anymore.

AMY -- As your conscience, I must remind you that it was Brandon
who said he doesn't date non-Christians.

LIZ -- Now I remember why I shut you up. You really know how to
irritate a person.

AMY -- Sorry. It's what I do.

LIZ -- So, you thought that just because I went to dinner with a
Christian, I might be more vulnerable to my conscience?

AMY -- Oh, that's not why I'm here.

LIZ -- Then why are you here?

AMY -- I came to answer your question.

LIZ -- What question?

AMY -- The question you asked Brandon last night at dinner.

LIZ -- Oh, yes! I really stumped him. Right after that, he
announced that he couldn't date me anymore. I asked him "If God
is really a loving God, how could he allow an innocent native in
the Jungles of South America to go to Hell just because there
was noone around him to tell him about Jesus."

AMY -- Yes. That's the question.

LIZ -- Really stumped him! Cut him off at the knees.

AMY -- Yes, you did.

LIZ -- But you're not here to hound me about being cruel to
Brandon.

AMY -- No. I came here to answer your question.

LIZ -- My question.

AMY -- "If God is really a loving God, how could he allow an
innocent native in the Jungles of South America to go to Hell
just because there was noone around him to tell him about
Jesus."

LIZ -- So, what's the answer?

AMY -- He doesn't.

LIZ -- He doesn't what?

AMY -- God doesn't allow an innocent native in the Jungles of
South America to go to Hell just because there was noone around
him to tell him about Jesus.

LIZ -- I don't understand.

AMY -- If the native goes to Hell, he goes to hell because he
SINNED. It's the sin that sends him to Hell. (exiting) Thanks
for listening.

LIZ -- Wait a minute.

AMY -- (stops, turns) Yes?

LIZ -- How does a native in a remote South American jungle even
know what sin is?

AMY -- Same as you.

LIZ -- What's that?

AMY -- He has a conscience just like me telling him what's right
and wrong.

LIZ -- HE has a conscience?

AMY -- God designed every human being with a conscience.

LIZ -- So, everybody gets nagged like you used to nag at me.

AMY -- And just like you, they sometimes choose to ignore the
voice of their conscience. And as you found out, the more you
ignore me, the easier it is to forget what your conscience is
like.

LIZ -- Oh.

AMY -- Well, thanks for listening. (turns to exit) I'll leave
now, before you start yelling again.

LIZ -- (follows) Wait.

AMY -- (stops, turns) Yes?

LIZ -- That was my best shot.

AMY -- Excuse me?

LIZ -- That question I asked Brandon last night. That was my
best shot at cutting off Christians who want to convert me.
You've just made me defenseless.

AMY -- Are you going to start yelling at me again?

LIZ -- No. I'm really vulnerable now. I need some more answers.

AMY -- Well, if you want smug answers in order to keep you from 
becoming a Christian, I'm afraid I....

LIZ -- No. If Hell is a real possibility for me, I want real
answers.

AMY -- Well, answers are what I do best. (exiting) Let's go get
your Bible and find a quiet place to talk.

LIZ -- (follows) So, tell me. Where have you been hiding all
these years?

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