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"That's what you go by - 'what feels right'? Feels right on the outside or the inside? What works for the skin isn't always good for the heart or the head."

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 out shopping at the local mall.

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Scene

copyright 2001 by Matthew A. Everett


The light returns to normal and emphasis shifts to DIANA and ISOBEL, trying on shoes. A rolling display module, with shoes mounted on it, and in shoe boxes can serve to set the scene.


ISOBEL

Do you think God regrets giving us free will?

DIANA

I know a lot of days, I regret it. Too many decisions, too many ways to screw up.

ISOBEL

But God wouldn't have given us a brain if She didn't want us to use it.

DIANA

So we're calling God a She today?

ISOBEL

Yeah. Why?

DIANA

I just need to start using a pronoun. If I use the word God every time, I feel like I'm swearing. And we're alternating every day this week, why again?

ISOBEL

Because calling God a He all the time is sexist, calling God She all the time makes Her a Goddess, and I'm not comfortable with that yet; alternating daily is better than during the same day --

DIANA

-- or the same sentence --

ISOBEL

-- because that just gets confusing.

DIANA

And why aren't we trying "it"?

ISOBEL

I just don't think it's polite to call God an it.

DIANA

So She gives us a brain and a heart, and wants us to use them, but isn't that the way we get into the most trouble?

ISOBEL

We can, sure, but if God had total mind control --

DIANA

We wouldn't be making a conscious choice to come to Him -- er, Her. See, this is why I envy the Catholics.

ISOBEL

You're kidding, right?

DIANA

So they've got the Pope and confession and guilt and five million rules, but at least they know where they stand. They've got a formula - a few "Hail Mary's," a few "Our Father's" --

ISOBEL

It's not that simple.

DIANA

But it sure looks that way from the outside sometimes, doesn't it? Come on, admit it. What do we Baptists get? No Latin, no pageantry. No infant baptism.

ISOBEL

You want infant baptism?

DIANA

Well, look what we get.

ISOBEL

We get to decide whether or not we want to join the church. We don't have the whole thing decided for us before we can crawl or say our first word.

DIANA

They still have First Confession, Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Us, they save it all up for one event where we get a full immersion dunking in front of the entire congregation at the precise moment we're most insecure about our bodies.

ISOBEL

OK, you got me there.

DIANA

How was the water in your baptismal?

ISOBEL

Lukewarm. Yours?

DIANA

Tepid. In the middle of the ceremony, did you feel like you had to pee?

ISOBEL

I was standing chest deep in lukewarm water, what do you think?

DIANA

Stage fright always goes for my bladder first.

ISOBEL

I nearly missed the pastor's cue for my part of the ceremony. I was just standing there, distracted, thinking, "This is it. If I pee here, I'm going straight to hell."

DIANA

Infant baptism. If you pee during the ceremony, nobody holds it against you.

ISOBEL

Did you feel any different after the baptism was over?

DIANA

No, not really. You?

ISOBEL

No. Did you feel cheated?

DIANA

Not really. They walk you very carefully through the whole thing. No mystery left. I wasn't expecting much.

ISOBEL

Everything goes on. Only it gets harder because you have to keep it a secret.

DIANA

What do you mean?

ISOBEL

You don't dare tell your friends in junior high.

DIANA

It's like saying you still believe in Santa Claus.

ISOBEL

Exactly. That's why I felt cheated. It was this great thing and I didn't feel like I could share it with anyone, you know.

DIANA

Yeah, I can remember feeling that way about -- things.

ISOBEL

That's why it was such a relief to meet you.

DIANA

Yeah. You, too.

ISOBEL

Could somebody please explain to me why religion is so embarrassing? I mean, after a certain age, as soon as you're considered old enough to be able to make your own decisions, when you're no longer supposed to allow your mother to hug you in front of witnesses unless it's under protest, suddenly, if you still go to church, willingly, if you still believe in any type of God, any kind of tradition, you must be simple-minded. You're obviously not using your whole brain, you're not skeptical or questioning enough to be considered an adult, or at least not an interesting one. When did I suddenly become everyone's intolerant, humorless, half-witted Sunday School teacher? I didn't sign up for that.

DIANA

But there have to be some standards. Protestants have such a laid-back attitude to sin, it's like there's no guidelines, no accountability, no consequences.

ISOBEL

You want to be punished for your mistakes?

DIANA

I want to know what they are, so I can avoid making them in the first place. But no one wants to talk about the rules.

ISOBEL

Love people, don't hurt them if you can possibly avoid it without being dishonest.

DIANA

But what's the right way to do that?

ISOBEL

Depends on you, depends on the other person.

DIANA

See, that's maddening. That tells me absolutely nothing. I don't know what to do with something as nebulous as that.

ISOBEL

Yes, you do.

DIANA

You're inside my head now?

ISOBEL

What feels right?

DIANA

That's what you go by - "what feels right"? Feels right on the outside or the inside? What works for the skin isn't always good for the heart or the head.

ISOBEL

So it's not good for you overall - and you teach your skin to wait for the right things to come along.

DIANA

Easier said...

ISOBEL

Did I say it was easy?

DIANA

So what are you teaching your skin lately?

ISOBEL

Not much of anything, now that you mention it.

DIANA

Too busy fighting with Linc?

ISOBEL

Why don't you like him?

DIANA

He makes you unhappy.

ISOBEL

He just frustrates me.

DIANA

Oh really.

ISOBEL

Purely an intellectual exercise.

DIANA

I don't buy that for a second. You wouldn't fight so hard or keep going back for more if he didn't mean something to you.

ISOBEL

He's giving up on everyone and everything he used to know.

DIANA

Since he came out?

ISOBEL

It's not about his being gay.

DIANA gives ISOBEL a look.


ISOBEL (cont'd)

It's not.
He's just so unhappy right now. And all of the things and all of the people that used to help --

DIANA

You.

ISOBEL

And his brother. And that boyfriend of his.

DIANA

Who is the problem.

ISOBEL

All the things and people that used to comfort him, he's pushing us all away, like we're all responsible, like we all don't understand. Like if he just shed us all, his old life, like a skin...

DIANA

And what better place to do it than college...

ISOBEL

Somehow that solves the problem. No reminders, clean slate.

DIANA

And you're not ready to let him go yet.

ISOBEL

I don't think it works the way he thinks it will. And I want him to know that we're all still trying, and we'll all still be here.

DIANA

When he comes to his senses.

ISOBEL

You really think I'm trying to lure him back?

DIANA

I think you wouldn't mind.

ISOBEL

I know better.

DIANA

Yeah, but that's your head. What's your skin telling you?




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