20. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Saturday, September 20th, 10:00pm
Edward (and Bella and Alice)

 

Edward sits at the window. Bella sits down beside him facing Alice across the aisle.

Bella: (to Alice) Are you sure I look okay?

Alice: Bella, you look fine!

Bella: Coz I’ve heard there are some really hot guys that go to this club.

Edward: You look wonderful.

Bella: (turns, noticing him for the first time) Who asked you?

Edward: No one. But you were going to.

Bella: (turns to Alice and whispers) What the fuck? (laughs) He’s wearing glitter.

Edward: I can hear you, you know. I have extra-sensitive hearing.

Bella: (to Edward) Look, creep…

Edward: I’m a vampire.

Bella bursts with laughter.

Edward: (seriously) How else would I know your name is Bella? (raises eyebrows)

Alice: Uh, because I said her name?

Edward bares a set of plastic teeth.

Bella: (to Edward, still laughing) Are you for real?

Edward: You’ll see tonight!

Bella and Alice get up and stagger, laughing, to the exit.

Edward: (yelling after them) I know where you live!

 

Next stop Sunday, September 21st 9:30pm

19. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Thursday, September 19th,  5:30pm
Jeff (and Candice)

 

Jeff sits beside the window alone.

Candice: (sitting beside him) Hey, aren’t you Sandi’s boyfriend?

Jeff opens his mouth but says nothing.

Candice: You’re Jeff, right?

Jeff: Yes…

Candice: Sandi told me all about you. I work with her.

Jeff: At the…

Candice: Dungeon, yeah. She says you’re going to save her.

Jeff tugs at his clerical collar.

Candice: It looks like all you want to do right now is save yourself from this conversation.

Jeff: (laughs) You’re very astute. What exactly did Sandi tell you about me?

Candice: She told me you spent a ‘heavenly’ weekend together.

Jeff: That we did.

Candice: So are you going to make an honest woman out of her?

Jeff: I’d like to. But I know she enjoys her job very much.

Candice: And I’m guessing you do too.

Jeff nods.

Candice: Have you ever thought about checking out where we work? I mean, for yourself… not to save everyone there.

Jeff: I couldn’t…

Candice: There are plenty of things that I would think you ‘couldn’t’ do.

Jeff looks down at his hands and smiles.

Candice: (bumps his shoulder with hers) Struck a nerve?

Jeff: (laughs wryly) Who would you recommend I make an appointment with? Miss Fantasia herself?

Candice: Or me. I’d take good care of you.

Jeff: How do think Sandi would take to that idea?

Candice: (smiling) Maybe you should ask her.

Jeff: I’ll think about it. And thank you.

Candice: For what?

Jeff: For helping me see the light.

Candice: (slaps his knee) You’re a funny guy.

 

Next stop: Saturday, September 20th, 10:00pm

Author’s note: These Scenes are written independently, occasionally featuring the same character from a former scene. Please click on the names in the tags to follow a character’s story. (Jeff) (Candice) (Sandi)

18. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Thursday, September 18th 4:00pm
The Darkness (the bus driver, everyone else on the bus)

 

The Darkness: (shouting) I AM THE DARKNESS!! I AM THE DARKNESS!!

The Darkness: (stands) I AM THE DARKNESS!!

The bus driver stops the bus and walks back to The Darkness

The bus driver: I’m sorry sir, but you’re going to have to get off the bus.

The Darkness: (one octave higher as though explaining) I AM THE DARKNESS!

The bus driver: I get that sir, but you’re going to have to leave now.

The Darkness: (walks toward the door, mumbling) I am The Darkness.

Everyone else on the bus applauds.

 

Next stop: Thursday, September 19th, 5:30pm

17. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Wednesday, September 17th 10:00pm
Joel and Holly

 

Holly: (whining) Buses make me sick.

Joel: (sighs) Hold on babe, it won’t be much longer.

Holly: So do you think I should tell Bill tonight about the baby?

Joel: About that. You said he’s going to be mad, right?

Holly: (nods) He might be okay if he thinks it’s his, but when he finds out it’s yours…

Joel: Yeah, I get the picture. So the way I see it is this. We can either take off together, maybe go across the country where he won’t find us or…

Holly: …or what.

Joel: (takes a deep breath) I know a guy who knows a guy who can take him out.

Holly: What do you mean, ‘take him out’?

Joel: What do you think I mean?

Holly: You mean kill him!?

Joel: SHHHH!!!! (whispers) Yes. What do you suggest? Just let him kill me? And you? And the baby maybe?

Holly: (retching) Oh God, get me off the bus now!!

 

Author’s note: These Scenes are written independently, occasionally featuring the same character from a former scene. Please click on the names in the tags to follow a character’s story. (Joel) (Holly)

Next stop: Thursday, September 18th, 4:00pm

 

16. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Tuesday, September 16th, 3:00pm
Madigan and Ken

 

Madigan: Do you really think we should be seen in public like this?

Ken: Why not? I’m your brother-in-law. We met on the street outside your work and now we’re going…

Madigan: Right. Where do we say we’re going again?

Ken: For a coffee.

Madigan: On a bus? Everyone knows there’s always a Tim Horton’s within walking distance to anywhere downtown.

Ken: Don’t worry about it. We’re not going to be seen by anyone who knows us anyway.

Madigan sighs and looks out the window.

Ken: Do you want to go back?

Madigan: No.

Ken: You said yourself it’s not safe to get together at your place anymore. So what choice do we have?

Madigan: (mumbles) We could stop seeing each other.

Ken: (puts his hand on her knee) Did you say you want to stop seeing each other?

Madigan: I just don’t want to get caught. Barb is my sister… my only sister. And what am I teaching Missy?

Ken: You’re teaching her to follow her heart.

Madigan: How? When I’m not following mine? All I’m doing is following your cock.

Ken: Fine, let’s get off the bus then.

Madigan: No.

Ken: (frowns) Maddie, you’ve got to decide what the fuck you want, coz I’m getting confused.

Madigan: (glares at him) Why don’t you decide what the fuck YOU want? Do you want me or my sister?

Ken: You know I want you.

Madigan: When are you going to leave her?

Ken: I can’t, you know that.

Madigan stares out the window.

Ken: What do you want to do? Right now I mean. Do you want to go to the hotel?

Madigan: (nods) I hear self-flagellation is good for the soul.

 

Author’s note: These Scenes are written independently, occasionally featuring the same character from a former scene. Please click on the names in the tags to follow a character’s story. ( Madigan)

Next stop:  Wednesday, September 17th,  10:00pm

15. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Monday, September 15th, 8:30am
Michael (and Phil)

 

Michael sits beside the window, reading a book. Phil sits beside him.

Phil: My car broke down.

Michael: Excuse me?

Phil: I don’t usually take the bus but my car broke down today.

Michael nods and goes back to reading.

Phil: I had a feeling it wouldn’t start.

Michael begrudgingly looks up from his book.

Phil: It’s just one of those days when you know something’s going to go wrong. Know what I mean?

Michael: Yeah. (looks out the window for a moment and then goes back to the book)

Phil: Do you own a car?

Michael: (lets the book drop in his lap) Nope.

Phil: You wouldn’t understand then.

Michael: Understand what?

Phil: What it’s like to have to take the bus.

Michael frowns at him but he doesn’t notice.

Phil: I mean, what do you do on the bus? When you’re driving to work you have something to do.

Michael: I like to read a book. (lifts the book up and shows Phil)

Phil: Oh yeah? That’s a good idea. What are you reading?

Michael: Deadly Karate Blows – The Medical Implications by Brian Adams

Phil: Oh.

 

Next stop: Tuesday, September 16th,  3:00pm

14. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Sunday, September 14th, 1:00pm
Agatha and Kitty

 

Agatha: When we get home I think I’ll need a cup of tea.

Kitty stares out the window silently

Agatha: All this traveling on the bus is for the birds. I’m not as young as I used to be.

Kitty regards Agatha and looks back out the window

Agatha: I see all these young people, the boys with their bottoms hanging out of their pants and the girls (shakes her head) if I’d tried to go out in the things the girls wear these days my mother would have sent me to my room without any dinner. But, times change. I suppose I’m just old-fashioned.

Kitty turns to Agatha and blinks

Agatha: You’re such a good girl, aren’t you pet?

Kitty yawns.

Agatha: Where would I be without you?

Kitty: Probably sitting at home drinking tea instead of taking me out to buy new jeans.

 

Next stop: Monday, September 15th, 8:30am