The Proposal

By: Sean Colcleasure

Characters:

Jamie, female mid-Twenties

Shannon, female mid-Twenties

Erik, male mid-Twenties

Drunken Bimbo, female, age unimportant

Set/Props: A couple chairs, a coffee table, a small jewelry shaped box wrapped with a bow.

We open on Jaime picking up around the apartment. She starts picking up the clothes on the chairs when the box falls to the floor.

Jaime

(Picking up the box) Oh my god, it couldn’t be. He wouldn’t. Would he? No, it’s too soon. I mean, we’ve only been dating for six months, but then again, we have talked about it. But, he said he wasn’t ready, and then he moved in. Oh god, what does this mean. (She sits down holding the box in here hands, turning it over and over when Shannon enters.)

Shannon

What’s going on? I heard a lot of “Oh Gods” and wasn’t sure if I should leave my room for fear of finding you and Mark doing it on the kitchen floor again. (She looks to Jaime for a response, and see her frozen, staring at the box.) Hey, where’d you find that?

Jaime

What?

Shannon

The box, where’d you get that?

Jaime

Here, under the clothes. I…I think Mark is gonna ask me to marry him. Oh god, I think Mark is going to propose to me.

Shannon

Why, because you found a little ring shaped box? Who knows, maybe it’s earrings, (under her breath) if you’re lucky. But since it is Mark, it’s probably just one of those cliché Gladdagh rings that you can get for five dollars at any head shop here in town.

Jaime

(Finally looking up from the ring) What, no, Mark’d never get me a stupid ring like that. He knows what I like.

Shannon

Really, then explain these. (She holds up the most gawdy pair of panties and a bra) Let me see if I can remember what you told me after he gave them to you…oh yes, (mimicking Jaime )“what does he think I am a prostitute. I’d never wear anything like this.”

Jaime

(Snatching them out of Shannon’s hand) Yeah, well that was before he made me put them on. You know, they’re actually pretty comfortable, and Mark thinks I look great in them.

Shannon

Okay then, what about what he got you for your birthday?

Jaime

You said you’d never mention that again. And besides, he apologized.

Shannon-

Yeah, he apologized alright, but who gives a girl they’ve only been dating for three months a choke collar for her twenty-fifth birthday. God, he is such a douche.

Jaime

(A little shocked) Wait, are you saying that you don’t like Mark?

Shannon

As a person, I guess he’s okay, but as your boyfriend…not at all. He’s just like all the others.

Jaime

No, he’s not. He loves me, and he’s the first boyfriend that’s ever asked to move in with me.

Shannon

Because he got evicted from his apartment. God, you are so infuriating sometimes. Look at your history. (Holding up fingers as she counts them off) First there was Justin who was screwing around with Margie before, during and after you. Then came Luke. Remember Luke? Yeah, we don’t need to say any more about that loser, now do we? (Jaime shakes her head, no.) Then came Steven, Tyron and Kyle. I still can’t believe that you let them convince that it would be okay to date all three of them at the same time. (When she turns around, she sees Jaime has tears in her eyes, but she is still holding onto the box.) Oh honey, I am sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you, I just get so angry at the way you let them treat you. (She puts her arms around her, takes the box from Jaime and gives her a big hug. Separating.) So, do you think he could have gotten a pair of finger cuff in here? (They both laugh.)

Jaime

(Holding back tears) I guess I don’t know how to pick’em, do I? I surround myself with deadbeats and guys that only want one thing from me.

Shannon

Hey, that’s not totally true, I’m not a deadbeat and Mark didn’t want you just for sex, he needed a place to sleep, too.

Jaime

Oh, shut up. (A smile comes across her face.) But don’t you think it could work with Mark. I mean he could change, right.

Shannon

I don’t think so. Remember two weeks ago, when he “talked” us into that threesome? Did you notice anything?

Jaime

What do you mean?

Shannon

I mean, did you notice the way he focused all of his attention on me. That’s the way they all have been, haven’t they? If they loved you, wouldn’t they want only you? Wouldn’t they do anything to make you happy, to see you smile? Wouldn’t what might be in this box actually mean something?

Jaime

Shannon, you just don’t understand what it’s like. You’ve never been in a serious relationship. You have to make compromises when you love someone, don’t you?

Shannon

Compromise, you mean like allowing your roommate to decorate the living room in Hello Kitty paraphernalia, or going out dancing in the clubs till 3 in the morning when you have to be to work at 8 just because your best friend wants to, or allowing some sleaze to move into your apartment and then sleep with him just to see your roommate smile? Is that what you mean?

Jamie

(Standing and staring at the Pooh blanket draped on the back on the chair.) You don’t like Hello Kitty? (She stares at Shannon who for the first time turns away.) But you helped me pick out most of it. And the dancing, I mean, I know you don’t like clubs, but you always seems to have fun when we’re there.

Shannon — I do have fun…

Jaime

(Talking over her) And with Mark, any time I looked at you, you were…smiling…at…(almost whispering) me.

Shannon

(Looking Jaime in the eyes) That’s right. That’s compromise. That’s what you do when you’re in a serious relationship, and I have been in one, the most serious one of my entire life, for the past 11 years.

Jaime

Wait, what are you saying?

Shannon

I am saying something that I have felt ever since that first day in homeroom. Do you remember that day? (Jaime stares at Shannon as though seeing her for the first time and nods her head.) When you turned to me, wearing that yellow sundress, with your hair in pigtails, and smiled at me? I’ll never forget the way I felt when you grabbed my hand to introduce yourself? Do you remember the shock that passed between us and made us laugh?

Jamie

(Nodding) Yes, I remember.

Shannon

Well, that was it. That was the moment I knew that I loved you, and I have loved you every day since.

Jaime

You…love me? You’ve always loved me? But…you never said anything. I never even knew you were gay.

Shannon

Gay? I don’t know that I’m gay, but if you want to label it, I guess I am. (Smiling but getting more passionate.) But, Jaime…this is love, true love. It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, it’s about who we are together, when we’re apart. It doesn’t matter. You’re the first person I speak to every morning and the last before I go to bed. You’re the only person in this world that I would drive 10 hours through a rain storm to pick up because some jerk-headed boyfriend dumped you, and then stay the night with you when I get there and find out you’re back together.

Jaime

(Sits and stares in disbelief) You love me?

Shannon

Yes, god damn it. And I know you love me, too. I know you felt it the other night when we were together. Yes, Mark was there, but he didn’t matter. It was us, for the first time showing our true selves. It was me getting to be close to you, to touch you, to hold you, to love you. (Jaime smiles a little as she thinks of that night.) It was that moment that has led me here. (Shannon removes the ribbon from the ring box and kneels in front of Jaime.)

Jaime

Wait…what are you doing with Mark’s…

Shannon

My ring box. This was never about Mark. I mean, if he hadn’t brought us together the other night, I probably wouldn’t be here doing this at this moment, but now, I feel the moment is right, and I don’t want to lose you. And, I know you feel the same way…don’t you?

Jaime

Shan, I…

Shannon

Shhhh. Just listen, and when I have finished, say what you feel, but please, let me get this out. (Jaime nods as Shannon gets down on one knee.) Jaime Lynn Danielson, you have been my best friend through thick and thin. You were there for me when my mom died last fall, and there to celebrate my promotion at work. You bake the best brownies and give the best hugs. You are the kindest, most caring and honest person I have ever met in my life. If I am having a bad day, it’s your voice that calms me. If I’m sick, it’s your soup that comforts me. Jaime, I don’t know what this life has to offer us, but I know I want to go through it with you and only you. You make me whole, and if you feel the same way, then let me know by answering this question with a resounding yes. Jaime, will you marry me and make me the luckiest person on this earth?

(As Shannon takes Jaime’s hand and is about to slide the ring onto Jaime’s finger, Mark walks through the door with a drunken bimbo.)

Mark: I’m hoo…what the fuck are you doing with my ring?

Curtain

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