I FORGOT YOU WOULDN’T BE HERE BY JEFFREY LO
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A room in a nursing home.
Lying in bed is KATIE, 76 years old.
She sits there quietly sleeping.
If you listen closely you can hear her breathing.
Somewhat aimlessly, DEZI, 29 years old Filipina-American, wanders into the room.
DEZI spots KATIE.
DEZI: Oh… Umm…
DEZI closes her eyes.
DEZI sits in the visitor’s chair beside KATIE.
DEZI: I forgot… Shit.
DEZI takes a deep breath and listens to the sound of KATIE breathing.
DEZI looks around.
DEZI: How long has it been since… ? You’d think I’d remember by now… Adjusted by now… What’s shitty is that between those last few years and now… there’s really not much of a difference. No adjustment to be made. Or at least not one that I realized… until it was too late.
DEZI spots a sealed bottle of water and opens it.
DEZI: Hope you don’t mind.
DEZI: I’ve been feeling dehydrated lately… I’ve been feeling a lot of things lately… Right now… Just before… I have no idea why I’m here anymore.
DEZI: Well, actually. I do know. I…
DEZI has difficulty speaking.
DEZI: I got out of bed early this morning because… well, I couldn’t really fall asleep. And after tossing and turning one too many times I just gave up on getting any sleep at all... So I get out of bed, take a shower and think to myself – you know what would be a good thing to do with my extra morning hours? I should visit Lola… I haven’t visited Lola in…
DEZI: God knows how long…God knows… I’ve been so busy Lola… So so busy. And…
DEZI: I forgot you wouldn’t be here…
DEZI: I must’ve forgotten you died…
DEZI drinks more water.
DEZI: Makes sense I guess, seeing as how it must have felt to you like I forgot you were living when you were still here… I… I think I just got so caught up in trying to make something special of myself that I forgot that I was always something special to you…
DEZI finishes the water.
DEZI sits in silence.
CLEAVON, a nurse, gently peaks in the room and knocks on the door.
CLEAVON: Excuse me.
DEZI: Oh. Hi.
CLEAVON: Are you related to Miss…?
DEZI: Oh. No, no. I am not. Sorry.
CLEAVON: Can I help you with something?
DEZI stands up to leave.
DEZI: No. Um… No. I um… I made a mistake.
CLEAVON approaches KATIE, still asleep and adjusts her blanket for her.
END OF PLAY.?