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Tears and Guacamole
Copyright 2001, Jacquelyn Priskorn

Synopsis
How does one jump from the start of a new relationship to "happily ever after"? Devon wants the fairytale now, Joel is a little gun-shy. Can they meet somewhere in between?

Characters
JOEL: male, 20-30s

DEVON: female (or male if you're feeling creative), 20-30s


DEVON
Please. I'm sorry, I just need to know. I don't know why this is such an issue all of a sudden, but I feel like I need to live happily ever after and I need it now...

JOEL
Wow.

DEVON
I'm sorry.

JOEL
Don't be sorry. That's how you feel.

DEVON
What do you feel?

JOEL
Honestly, I like you. I like you a lot. But in the past, I've been known to jump to the "happily ever after" stage too soon. That, as you can see by the lack of a spouse on my arm, has never worked out for me.

DEVON
Uh huh.

JOEL
But, wait. I think it is too soon for us and "happily ever after..."

DEVON
Mmmhmm.

JOEL
It doesn't mean there might not be one for us. If there is, that would be sweet. But you know what? It took me forever to realize that "happily ever after" comes at the end of the book. Do you know what I'm saying?

DEVON
Yeah.

JOEL
I don't want the book to be over. The fun part is how we get to "happily ever after."

DEVON
I just want so badly for it to be with you.

JOEL
Let's just go a chapter at a time. Right now, we're on CHAPTER TWO: The Romantic Dinner.

DEVON
Sure, every romantic dinner should end with the phrase, "Pull my finger."

JOEL
Hey, you can be funny, too!

DEVON
Yeah.

JOEL
Course, you'd probably be funnier after some proper nourishment. Can I offer you a paper napkin, madam?

DEVON
Please.

Joel places a napkin on Devon's lap and opens the bag with a flourish. They sit across from each other and begin to eat.

JOEL
You're still sad.

DEVON
No... Yes... A little.

JOEL
There's no need to be sad. I can't understand why you would be sad.

DEVON
I can't help it. I just had... envisioned this so much... so different. You know? I thought I'd tell you I loved you, you'd look me in the eyes and realize you loved me, too. Blue birds, floating hearts, violins... You know what I'm saying? I want to know that there will always be someone next to me when I wake up from a nightmare. I want someone to cuddle with on the couch during a thunderstorm. And whenever we're not together, I want to know deep in my heart that someone is still thinking about me. Maybe something makes them bring up my name in a nice way at least once a day when they're with other people. "Oh, Devon likes vanilla shakes, too." "That reminds me of a story Devon once told me," or "Devon would love that diamond necklace." That's the fairy tale I want. I honestly don't need more than that. There's beauty in simplicity. And I was joking about the diamond necklace thing.

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