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DAUGHTER 3'?m2f Mother - daughter relationships, forgiveness

LIZ -- (enters, begins crossing)

AMY -- (follows in lock-step)

LIZ -- (not looking back) Go away.

AMY -- No.

LIZ -- (stops, turns)

AMY -- (stops)

LIZ -- Why are you following me?!

AMY -- You know why.

LIZ -- You're not the boss of me, you know. You have no right to
tell me what to do.

AMY -- You're right.

LIZ -- So, go. (whisks hand) Leave.

AMY -- No.

LIZ -- Then, I'll... I'll call the police and tell them you're a
stalker.

AMY -- As if they'd ever believe you.

LIZ -- Leave me alone.

AMY -- No. It's the right thing to do. And I'm staying until you
do the right thing.

LIZ -- Like you're such an expert on things like that.

AMY -- I am the ULTIMATE expert. Now, call your mother and make
things right while there's still time.

LIZ -- (pauses) Nnnno.

AMY -- You were thinking about it just now in church. (points
over shoulder) So, you know deep down in your heart this is the
right thing to do.

LIZ -- (shrugs)

AMY -- Then, why won't you just pick up the phone and call her?!

LIZ -- It's not as simple as that.

AMY -- (hand to ear like a phone) "Hello, Mom? I'm sorry."
(drops hand) Sounds simple to me.

LIZ -- Well, maybe simple isn't the word I was looking for.

AMY -- Maybe the word you're looking for is "courageous". You
are gutless.

LIZ -- Look who's talking! You stopped talking to your mother a
year ago.

AMY -- Which is why YOU decided a half-hour ago to call your
mother. YOU don't want MY regret. Do you?

LIZ -- (sighs) No. But what would I say to her?

AMY -- (hand to ear like a phone) "Hello, Mom? I'm sorry."

LIZ -- You know, I'm not the only one at fault here.

AMY -- Neither was I. In fact, as you well know, MY mom was
worse. But I still had regrets. Call her!

LIZ -- Remind me again: why I want my mother back in my life.

AMY -- She is the most important person in your life. She
sacrificed for you, she supported you, she nurtured you.

LIZ -- And she hurt me.

AMY -- And so you throw the baby out with the bath water?

LIZ -- You know, there's no guarantee that even if I apologize,
she'll apologize to me for the hurtful things she said to me.

AMY -- Yes, but look at the burden you'll carry if you don't
apologize.

LIZ -- What burden?

AMY -- Is there a day that goes by that you don't think about
your mother?

LIZ -- Well, no.

AMY -- Is there a day that goes by that you don't regret saying
those hurtful things to her?

LIZ -- (sighs) No.

AMY -- Call her. Even if SHE doesn't apologize, at least you'll
have YOUR part of the burden off your shoulders.

LIZ -- (turns, crosses) Why am I even talking to you?! You're a
figment of my imagination.

AMY -- (follows) Yes, it's true, I'm dead. But do you remember
my last words on my death bed?

LIZ -- (stops, turns, sighs) You said that your biggest regret
in life was that you didn't make things right with your mom.
(turns, exits) Alright! Alright, I'll call her!

AMY -- (turns, exits opposite) Good, now I can rest in peace.

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