Daily Dialogue: Hearts in Captivity

Lorena
You’re awake now. Splendid.

Annie
Who are you? Wh-where am I?

Lorena
You, my dear, are in a world of shit, I’m afraid. I’m also the last face you’ll ever see.

Annie
What? Why?!

Lorena
Natural selection. We both want to live, it’s our right for having a pulse. However. Part of the rhythm of my pulse drive me to the lives of others, then I take them.

Annie
You’re going to kill me?!

Lorena
How preceptive.

Annie
Help!! Somebody please!!

Lorena and Annie
HELP!!

Lorena
No one can hear you here. The store’s closed.

Annie
“Store?” We’re… We’re at my… job?

Lorena
The backroom. Isn’t it nifty?

Annie
Wait… You’re…

Lorena
Yes?

Annie
You’re the woman I’ve been seeing across the street the last month.

Lorena
The woman you’ve been ignoring the last month. Rudely. So. Rudely. It hurts, you know. Being ignored. By someone like you. As beautiful as you.

Annie
You’re fucking crazy! Help!!

Lorena and Annie
HELP!!

Lorena
Why, because you have burn scars? Because someone couldn’t like someone who looks like a used candle? How wrong you are, Annie. It’s our imperfections who make us who we are and forces the beholder to find the true beauty. You are a shimmering sliver of ice, unable to be held by anyone unprepared. I’ve prepared for a month.

Annie
Let me go, please.

Lorena
Not until you love me.

Annie
What? People will be here in the morning, then you’re gonna be in trouble.

Lorena
How long have you worked here? I don’t know. Really. I’m not that kind of gal. I’d rather find out about you the old-fashioned way.

Annie
Leave me alone, you bitch.

Lorena
Seriously, how long have you worked here? Months? Years? How many times have you been in this room? What’s that? This is your first time? Why is that? Because it’s so out of the way? How many of your coworkers feel the same way? How many bosses?

Annie
I can beat you and open the door.

Lorena
You can try. Living in the city, with so many men willing to take advantage of a defenseless woman, I chose to take a boxing class. I don’t want to, but I’ll break every bone in your body to keep you here. And I’ll break your jaw to keep you from screaming. Your choice, of course. I’m willing to listen in this relationship.

Annie
I have a cat–

Lorena
With a friend of mine. Told him that I was housesitting and suddenly found out that I was allergic. Friends are great, aren’t they? No questions, not even when aiding a kidnapper. Unknowingly.

Annie
I just wanna go home.

Lorena
And you will. We will. When you love me.

Annie
But I’m not gay!

Lorena
Neither am I.

Annie
What? Then why–

Lorena
You’re the only woman I want to spend my life with, Annie.

Annie
But why?! We don’t know each other!

Lorena
Why do trees know when to stop growing?

Annie
What the fuck are you talking about?

Lorena
I’m just pointing out something that is unexplainable. Like my feelings for you. I don’t know why I love you–

Annie
You love me?

Lorena
Yes. And I don’t know why. I’ve had a month to figure it out, but the only thing I’ve learned is that it doesn’t matter. The emotion is the thing.

Annie
That’s sick. You’re sick.

Lorena
Then I’m your sickness.

Annie
I’m gonna get out of here.

Lorena
When you love me.

Annie
And when I get out–

Lorena
When you love me.

Annie
–I’m gonna kill you.

Lorena
You can try. If you fail, I’m gonna snap your neck. I have no problem with taking care of you when you’re paralyzed. My little Superman.

Annie
Do you realize how crazy you are?

Lorena
Do you realize how wrong you are?

Annie
How am I wrong about you being crazy?

Lorena
You’re wrong about not loving me.

Annie
What if I have to use the bathroom? I don’t see a bucket.

Lorena
Do you want a bucket?

Annie
No.

Lorena
I put this leash on you along with these handcuffs, and I’ll lead you to the bathroom.

Annie
I can’t wipe in handcuffs.

Lorena
I’ll take care of that.

Lorena and Annie
You’re sick.

Annie
How am I supposed to love you when I feel nothing but disgust and hatred? And those AREN’T gonna fucking go away.

Lorena
By finding out more about each other. By kissing. By making love.

Annie
If you touch me, I’ll bite you.

Lorena
I’ll allow it. It’s best to get all the worst feelings out of the way as soon as possible. Then we can let the love shine through.

Annie
I’LL NEVER LOVE YOU!!

Lorena
YES, YOU FUCKING WILL!! YOU WILL LOVE ME IF I HAVE TO TEAR YOU APART!!

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