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Was It Ever Real?

(Adam is lying on the floor while we hear someone walking around his house.) 

KATE: (​offstage) Hello? Hello? Adam, I’m leaving to go back and just wanted to say goodbye. Where are you?  (The study door opens, and Kate enters.) Oh my god! (Kate runs to his side and begins to pick him up. He coughs a few times.) Adam. Adam! Are you okay?  

ADAM: (Coughing through his words he speaks) I’m fine, I’m fine. I just had a bad fall. (Kate notices the pill bottle.) 

KATE: No, you did not. We talked about this. You said you were done with this. We trusted you  

ADAM: There weren’t that many left. I’ll be fine.  

KATE: You’ll be fine once we get you to the hospital.  

ADAM: Kate, I can’t go back.

KATE: Right now, you don’t have a choice. I’m calling an ambulance right now.

ADAM: Kate, please.  

KATE: You had your chance. Adam, we trusted you.  

ADAM: I know you did.  

KATE: Adam, we trusted you. 

ADAM: I know.  

KATE: Adam, ​I ​ trusted you (Kate exits as Cami enters.)  

ADAM: I know.  

CAMI: Adam, I trusted you.

ADAM: I kn… wait what?  

CAMI: I trusted you not to scare me the way you did.  

ADAM: What are you talking about?  

CAMI: I drove to a neighborhood I’ve never been to sleep with a guy I don’t even know the last name of, and you found a way to scare me in a way that I never expected.  

ADAM: I’m sorry I didn’t mean to- 

CAMI: Don’t say sorry. I should be sorry for the way I treated you.  

ADAM: Wait no.  

CAMI: Wait, yes. I used you. I used you for something you didn’t want to be used for. I left you scared in the middle of a city you are supposed to call home, yet you don’t because the first friend you made didn’t want to be just a friend.  

ADAM: You can’t blame yourself for how this whole thing works. I’m the one who didn’t know.  

CAMI: You didn’t know.  

ADAM: I didn’t know.  

CAMI: You didn’t know. 

ADAM: I didn’t know.

CAMI: I loved you.

ADAM: I didn’t know. 

CAMI: You didn’t know (Cami exits as Devin enters.)

ADAM: I didn’t know.  

DEVIN: You didn’t know.  

ADAM: I didn’t know.  

DEVIN: You didn’t know my name.  

ADAM: I didn’t… what?  

DEVIN: My name? It’s Devin. It might have been mentioned one other time, but if you weren’t paying attention, it’s Devin. I promise I’m not that bad of a guy.  

ADAM: I don’t doubt that.  

DEVIN: Mathematics, right? That’s what you’re in to? That’s pretty cool. I am personally terrible at it, so I wouldn’t even know where to start. 

ADAM: Maybe addition if you go from the beginning. 

DEVIN: Oh, I know that. It’s about 8th grade when I start to fall out. Is there something you could do to help me with it?  

ADAM: I’m not much of a teacher, but I might be able to help.  

DEVIN: That’s great. Is there anywhere we could meet to work on it?  

ADAM: Oh, I don’t even know…  

DEVIN: My name? It’s Devin. It might have been mentioned one other time, but if you weren’t paying attention, it’s Devin. I promise I’m not that bad of a guy. (Devin exits as Shirley enters.) 

ADAM: Oh yeah.  

SHIRLEY: Mathematics, right? That’s what you’re in to? That’s pretty cool. I am personally terrible at it, so I wouldn’t even know where to start.  

ADAM: When did we ever talk about math.  

SHIRLEY: Oh come on. It’s all you talk about! It’s kind of your thing. And we love that about you. We all do.  

ADAM: We?  

SHIRLEY: Yes we. Everyone you meet loves to hear about how you nearly drive yourself to death, just studying numbers. It’s their favorite thing to hear.  

ADAM: I don’t understand.  

SHIRLEY: What is there to be confused about? Remember, it’s all in the numbers (Shirley exits as Cami enters.) 

CAMI:  I called an ambulance. They should be here shortly. 

ADAM: Thank you.  

CAMI: Is there anything you want to tell me?  

ADAM: Like what?  

CAMI: Now that it’s just us.  

ADAM: What about the others? 

CAMI: What others? (Kate enters as Cami exits.)  

ADAM: Are they not in the front room?

KATE: Who’s in the front room?  

ADAM: You! Wait.  

KATE: Adam, do you feel okay?  

ADAM: I don’t think I’m okay  

KATE: Is there something you want to talk about? (Cami enters as Kate exits.)

ADAM: What do you mean?  

CAMI: Now that we are alone. Is there something you want to talk about?

ADAM: Did Kate send you in? 

CAMI: Yes.  

ADAM: How do you know who Kate is?  

CAMI: You’re reading into things too much again.  

ADAM: Again?  

CAMI: But you are done with that now, right?  

ADAM: Right (Kate enters as Cami exits.) 

KATE: I’m going to see if the ambulance is here.

ADAM: Really, I’m fine.  

KATE: You’re not fine. You need to rest.  

ADAM: For how long?  

KATE: You know how long (A moment passes.)  

ADAM: Can I speak to Cami, please?  

KATE: If you’d like to (Kate exits as Cami enters.)  

ADAM: Cami?  

CAMI: Yes?  

ADAM: I hope in another life I meet someone as perfect as you and I don’t scare her away like I did with you.

CAMI: Is that all you wanted to say?  

ADAM: Yes.

CAMI: Then why didn’t you ever say it to me? (Fade out.) 


Timothy Henderson Jr. is working towards earning a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre. He has been writing for a while but has been telling stories since he could speak. He hopes to start conversations or lend laughs to the ones who do not smile as much as he wished they would.

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