LATE NIGHT CIGARETTES

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A Play

by 

Adam Warner

Forest Area High School

11th Grade

 

Cast of Characters

ASH

17 years old. Cares about friends and sister. Lives in loft above bar.

 

WILL

18 years old. New to town. Smoker. Lives by a park.

 

Scene

Small town in Oregon. 

 

Time

2 AM in the morning, present day. October.


Scene 1

AT RISE:

Outside of a gas station at 2 am. Small town, Oregon. ASH is chilling on the edge of the sidewalk.

 

WILL is leaving the gas station,  opening a pack of cigarettes.

 

WILL

Do you have a lighter?

 

(ASH looks up with a sarcastic grin) 

 

ASH

Don’t you know smoking is bad for you? 

 

WILL (Grinning)

Actually I didn’t but thank you for changing my life. 

 

ASH (laughing)

No problem. 

 

WILL 

So, no lighter? 

 

ASH

No. 

 

WILL (disappointed)

Damn it.

 

ASH

Yeah I know, I’ve been disappointing people my whole life. Ya get used to it. 

 

WILL

Wow. So what’s going on with you? 

ASH 

What makes you think something’s wrong? The fact that I wasn’t nice to a stranger at 1 AM?

WILL

2 AM

 

ASH (Slightly annoyed yet alarmed)

What?

 

WILL

Its 2 AM not 1

ASH 

Didn’t your mother ever tell you that it’s rude to correct strangers?

 

(Will looks down at his shoes)

 

WILL (Taken aback)

No. she uhh never got the chance to. 

 

ASH (Sympathetic)

Oh. I’m sorry.

WILL

It’s whatever, I never got to know her anyway. 

ASH

Oh.

WILL

You never answered my question. 

ASH

Huh? 

WILL

I asked you what was wrong. Because you don’t see a lot of teenagers sitting on a sidewalk alone at 2 AM. So either you’re depressed or you’re homeless, So…

ASH (Irritated)

Do I look homeless to you?

WILL (Tripping over his words)

WHAT?! NO! I was just trying to be funny.

ASH (laughing)

I know. 

WILL

So then why are you here? 

ASH

Because where else am I supposed to be? 

WILL

I don’t know. Maybe. Home?

ASH

Maybe you’re right. 

(ASH pauses and pulls out his phone. It’s dead)

ASH

Hey what time is it now?

WILL

2:15 AM

ASH (Sarcastic yet serious)

Okay. Well then I think I should go home then.

WILL

Just like that?

ASH

Just like that. 

 

(ASH starts to walk away, exiting the gas station parking lot and onto the sidewalk.)

SCENE 2

AT RISE: ASH is walking home. The sidewalk

  is illuminated by street lamps.

 

Loud footsteps can be heard behind him. Almost like someone is 

running. ASH, alarmed, turns around to see WILL running after him trying to catch up.

 

ASH WILL

  (Alarmed) (Out of breath)

What are you doing?! So that’s it. You’re just going

Are you following me? Home? Without giving me your 

Cause dude like why would name or anything. ? I thought we

You run after me. That’s had some type of connection or 

Pretty stalkerish. So what’s something? Well maybe not a 

Up? Why are you here? Strong connection but I thought

you were cool and I don’t know but. Actually if I freaked you out I’m so sorry. That was not my intention.

ASH

You don’t have to be sorry.

 

WILL

I don’t?

 

ASH

Nope. But seriously, what are you doing here?

 

WILL

Do you mean like what am I doing in the universe? Or do you mean on this sidewalk? That’s a loaded question, man.

 

ASH

The sidewalk.

 

WILL

I’m walking you home.

 

ASH (Doubtful)

You’re gonna walk me home?

  WILL (Grinning)

Hopefully.

ASH

You don’t know where I live! You literally met me 30 minutes ago. You don’t even know my name, or anything about me.

 

WILL

Exactly.

 

ASH (Jokingly)

You’re not a murderer, are you?

 

WILL

Why would I be a murderer?

 

ASH WILL

Because it’s not every day if I wanted to kill you I

strangers from gas stations would’ve done it already.

want to walk me home.

 

ASH

So why do you want to walk a stranger home? What if I’m the killer? Why would I let a stranger follow me?

 

WILL

My name’s Will.

 

ASH

What?

 

WILL

That’s my name, Will.

 

ASH (Weary)

My name’s Ashton, but everyone calls me Ash.

 

WILL

Pleasure to meet you, ASH.

 

ASH (Grinning)

You too.

 

(They both start to walk together.)

WILL

So. What school do you go to?

 

ASH

Westbank High.

 

WILL

Oh well as of tomorrow so will I.

 

ASH

Oh really? Well than I’m sorry for your loss.

 

WILL

That bad? What’s it like?

 

ASH

You know Hogwarts?

 

WILL

Yeah.

 

ASH

It’s like that, only no magic, no castle, no Harry Potter, nothing un or magical ya know.

 

WILL

Oh, so it’s nothing like Hogwarts.

 

ASH

Yeah basically.

 

WILL

Oof.

 

ASH (Sarcastically)

Don’t worry though. I’m sure you’ll love it.

 

WILL (Worried)

Ha-ha yeah…

 

ASH

Anyways what brings you here? I’ve never seen you here before, and I know it wasn’t to meet gas station strangers at 2 AM.

 

WILL

Did you just basically ask me if I come here often?

 

ASH

Oof I guess I did. How cliché.

 

(They stop walking. There’s a pause of awkward silence.)

 

WILL

Do you believe in destiny?

 

ASH

The fuck did you just ask me?

 

WILL

You know, two strangers meet late at night. This could be the gods giving us a sign!

 

ASH (Confused)

The gods?

 

WILL

Yes the gods. Do you not believe in god?

 

ASH (sighing)

I believe that I make my own path. Too much shit has gone on in my life for some “god” to be real.

 

WILL

Like what?

 

ASH

None of your business.

 

WILL

Oh.

 

ASH

Yeah.

 

(They start walking again)

 

WILL

You didn’t answer my question.

 

ASH

What question?

 

WILL

What do you think that two people must have in common to connect?

 

ASH

Oh, uhh I think so. Maybe. I never really thought about that.

 

WILL (Sarcastically amazed)

Wow.

 

ASH

Well what do you think? It was your question.

 

WILL

I don’t know man. Sometimes we are just putting out them vibes into the universe that bond us. Maybe it was the universe that wants us to meet.

 

ASH

Oh so now it’s the universe that wants us to meet?

 

WILL

Precisely.

 

ASH

Okay man.

 

WILL (Self-consciously)

Are you judging me?

 

ASH

What? No. I just thought your answer was interesting. So why do you ask?

 

WILL

Oh. That’s easy. It’s a good question to ask people when you meet.

 

ASH

Why?

 

WILL

Because it helps getting a better feel of who you are.

 

ASH

I see.

 

WILL

Yeah.

 

ASH

So… did you get a better feel of who I am? Based off that one question?

 

WILL (smiling.)

I think so. 

SCENE 3

AT RISE ASH and WILL are walking through town. They approach a bar with a yellow neon sign labeled The Trophy Room. Music can be heard from behind the doors. ASH stops in front of the bar and gestures his arms at the door.

 

ASH

Here we are!

 

WILL

At a bar?

 

(ASH points at the second floor of the building)

 

ASH

No. I live up there. My sister owns the bar. I live with her.

 

WILL

Really? That’s cool! What do your parents think?

 

(WILL and ASH sit on the curb in front of the bar)

 

ASH

They were not thrilled. According to them it was “Jae’s biggest mistake.” They tried to kick her out. And I objected. So they told me to leave too.

 

WILL

Damn.

 

ASH

Yeah but it’s fine. It was two years ago. My sister and I are happy here. Plus in this town I made some pretty great friends.

 

WILL

Did you meet them at gas stations too?

 

ASH (Grinning)

Sadly not.

 

WILL

Cool. So that makes me special?

 

ASH

Well I don’t normally let strangers walk me home so I guess.

 

WILL

So I guess this is goodbye.

 

ASH

I guess it is.

 

WILL

So I guess I will see you tomorrow? At school?

 

ASH

Yeah. Goodnight.

 

(ASH starts to walk inside.)

 

WILL

WAIT ASH!

(ASH opens the door and looks at WILL)

 

ASH

Yeah?

 

WILL

I didn’t get your number?! How will I see you again?!

 

ASH

Guess you’ll have to talk to me in person then. Walk me to school tomorrow?

 

WILL (Grinning)

Really? I’d like that.

 

(End of scene)

(End of play)