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Published: August 15th 2008
A short play written by Kristin Howell Act 1 Scene 1
Setting: The early morning hours in a resort on a Thai island
Christina: What do you wanna do today?
Kristin: I think it's raining.
Eric: Go back to bed. I don't even get up this early on a school day. That's not rain. It's buckets of water falling from the sky. Scene 2
Christina: It stopped raining! It's so nice out, blue sky, sun shinning. Lets go to the beach.
Kristin: Beach again? We've been at the beach for three days. Oh, I hate islands.
Eric: Go back to bed.
Christina: Well, I'm going to the beach. See you two there. Act 2 Scene 1
Setting: The beach on a sunny, 105 degree day
Courtney: I was a life guard. If there is one thing I'm confident in it's my swimming abilities.
Macaela: The water is really warm
Eric: Howell, you gotta come in. How many times are you going to be in Thailand.
Kristin: I know, I know. I'm further than yesterday.
Eric: Yes, but we're still only about 2 1/2 feet deep.
Kristin: Shut up! Don't ruin it for me (As no one
looks, Kristin dives down, completely emerging herself in the ocean)
Eric, Macaela, Courtney (simultaneously): Yeah, you did it!!
Courtney: Is that Christina? What is she doing with that umbrella?
Eric: That's New York for you.
Christina: Are we going kayaking?
Courtney: We better go now before it gets too late.
Eric: Howell, you okay?
Kristin: Yup Act 3 Scene1
Setting: The beach. Kayak enters the scene.
Kristin: You promise?
Eric: I promise. You get scared, we come back.
Christina: Just sing a song and you'll forget all about being in the ocean.
Kristin: I'm more scared than I thought I would be.
Eric: Don't worry, it's really not that far. You don't have to come. We can stay.
Kristin: Nope, I need to try it. It's okay that I'm scared. I need to try it until I'm too scared.
Eric: Okay then, let's start with the right side. Right, left, right, left... Act 4 Scene 1
Setting: The Gulf of Thailand off the coast of Koh Chang as the sun begins to set in calm waters.
Kristin: TAKE ME BACK!! I want to go back. I can't breathe, I can't catch my breath. I'm never leaving land again.
I think I'm going to cry.
Eric: It's okay, don't paddle, we'll go back. Stay calm, breathe in and out. We're okay. The End
This play is based on a true story. My story. I did make my friends paddle back to shore. They dropped me off and I watched the two of them paddle away into the ocean.
However, the following day we went snorkeling. I went in thinking "it's okay to be scared, but I have to at least try it". The boat pulled up to the island. We sat in the sand while putting on our gear. And then....I went in...And I LOVED it. Turns out I'm not scared of the ocean, I'm scared of not being able to see what's in the depths of the ocean.
Today we are going back to the island, no kayak, just a snorkel. It's a start.
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