Scene Detail

"So you haven't just been hiding from me, you've been hiding behind me."

From: Studpuppy
2 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Female 20s DIANA
Female 20s ISOBEL
 
Setup:
Diana is a closeted lesbian who has not yet come out to her friend Isobel, a girl whom she met both in church and college classes they share, and on whom Diana harbors a crush. Diana finds it hard to watch Isobel relate to her high-school friend Linc. Linc is openly gay. Isobel knows this, but is still carrying a torch for him, though she'd be the first to deny it. The two young women are in a dress shop at the local mall, after a day of shopping during which the two of them have grown still closer. In an earlier discussion of religion, they decided they'd be referring to God as a "She" for the day - switching gender pronouns as an experiment to avoid being sexist.

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Scene

copyright 2001 by Matthew A. Everett


Emphasis shifts to DIANA in another pool of light.


ISOBEL calls out to her from the near dark.


ISOBEL

Ready?

DIANA

Ready as I'll ever be.

ISOBEL emerges from the dark in an evening dress. It's not completely zipped up in the back but she still looks amazing.


DIANA can't find the words.


ISOBEL

Well?

DIANA is still stunned into silence.


ISOBEL (cont'd)

Oh. Wait. Hang on. Zip me up in back, that'll fix it.

DIANA

It -- doesn't need fixing.

ISOBEL

Still. Come on, full effect, zip me up.

DIANA somehow gets her hands to work as ISOBEL presents her bare back to be zipped up.


Once zipped, ISOBEL turns around to face DIANA.


ISOBEL (cont'd)

So?

ISOBEL does a quick spin to give DIANA the full effect.


DIANA

Isobel, I'm gay.

ISOBEL

What do you think of the dress?

DIANA

I'm serious.

ISOBEL

So am I; what do you think of the dress?

DIANA

It's beautiful. You're -- beautiful. And I'm --

ISOBEL

Gay. I heard you.

DIANA

So?

ISOBEL

What do you want me to say?

DIANA

I'm having a hard enough time with my end of the conversation. I was hoping you could handle yours.

ISOBEL

You must not think very much of me.

DIANA

What?

ISOBEL

You thought I couldn't deal with this? It's not like I haven't been through it before.

DIANA

Well, no --

ISOBEL

Did you honestly think I might start screaming the word "Dyke!" repeatedly at the top of my lungs and make a beeline for the nearest exit?

DIANA

No.

ISOBEL

Condemn you to hell?

DIANA

No.

ISOBEL

Then you're just a coward?

DIANA

No!

ISOBEL

Well, it's not like you didn't have an opportunity or two - in the last couple of hours, much less the last couple of months.

DIANA

I was just afraid you might not --

ISOBEL

Diana, you know me. You're not honestly still afraid I might suddenly turn into some Bible-thumping homophobe, are you?

DIANA

Well, no, I guess --

ISOBEL

Are you dating anyone?

DIANA

No.

ISOBEL

So you haven't just been hiding from me, you've been hiding behind me.

DIANA

What?

ISOBEL

Hang with the straight girl you have a crush on instead of going out and actually taking any real risks, looking for someone who might actually like you back. I'm not a friend, I'm just a human shield.

DIANA

Risk. Choice. Free will. No secrets. What good is any of that?! God knows everything and even He --

ISOBEL

She!

DIANA

She! She has all the power in the universe and even She can't make someone She loves love Her back.

ISOBEL

(Pause.)

You know what? Why don't you go on ahead. I'm gonna have to get out of this dress, maybe try a few more before I buy, it could be a while.

DIANA

I can wait.

ISOBEL

I'll see you later.

ISOBEL walks off into the dark, leaving DIANA alone.





copyright 2001 by Matthew A. Everett

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