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Sneak Peek of "Recipe" by Joelle-Joyner Wong

A College in a small suburban town in Napa County, California. Early afternoon, October, 1984. The scene is a College quad. Up L is a bench. Down L and R are more benches. Down R is a girl, AMANDA, dressed in all black, dark makeup, and reading a book. She is about 19 years old, and has long dark hair with a pale skin complexion. She is a mix between emo and mean. Coming up to sit next to her is LUKE. He has dark hair, fair skin and has very big blue eyes. He is about 19 years old, and is dressed in a windbreaker with denim jeans and white sneakers.


Luke:


(Sits next to Amanda) Hey.


(Amanda looks up from her book)


Amanda:


Hey! What’s up?


Luke:

Nothing much. Just got out of my philosophy class. My professor is totally bitchin.


Amanda:


That’s pretty gnarly!


Luke:

Totally! But what is not gnarly is our math class. Have you started the homework yet?


Amanda:

(Groans) That class is grody to the max. Also, that professor is not bitch’n at all.


Luke:

No she is not. When I walked into class on the first day she said that I look like I belong in

Footloose, and asked if I could dance.


(Amanda laughs)


Luke:

That’s not funny! I hate that movie too. My sister watched it nonstop all Summer, and it got old

real quick.


Amanda:

Gag me with a spoon. I hate that movie just as much as you do. But my roommates love it.

Especially Chelsea and Chanelle. When it came out they would play the songs nonstop on our

boombox. Then my other roommate Karen whenever she would get drunk, which is like all the time would start singing the song, and pretend she’s in a concert.


Luke:

Wow.. You’re roommates sound very interesting. At least you have roommates. I live alone

since they give you your own room when you’re an RA.


Amanda:


That sounds so nice.


Luke:

Noo. You get lonely. Last night I had the worst nightmare that I wish someone was in the room

with me.


Amanda:

Ok.. What happened?


Luke:

Well first, I was going to McDonald’s and guess who was there?


Amanda:


Who?


Luke:

Micheal Jackson! You know I am a huge Micheal Jackson fan; so dream me totally freaking out. We both ordered a number two with a coke. Then, the McDonald’s turned into a graveyard, and suddenly MJ was not MJ anymore, but instead was a zombie like he was in his “Thriller” video. I was suddenly like, “I got to motor”. But then, I was surrounded by zombies. Then one bit me, and I turned into a zombie.


Amanda:


Okay... Were you on drugs?


Luke:


(Offended)


No! Drugs are so not righteous at all!


Amanda:


Mmmm.


{CHANELLE enters from L. She is about 19 years old with wide brim glasses, tan skin complexion and bright colored clothing}


Amanda:


Hey Chanelle.


Chanelle:


Hey.

(Luke is silent)


Amanda:


This is...


Luke:


Hi I’m Luke (Takes out his hand)


Chanelle:

Chanelle.


(Notices his MJ shirt) You like Micheal Jackson?


Luke:


Uh huh.


Chanelle:


Rad! Me too. We’ll I’ll see you around.


(Chanelle exits R)


Luke:


She’s so perfect. Hey I call dibs!

Amanda:

Well none of us can have her. Especially me. She has a boyfriend named Julio. He does not go here, and she is so in love with him. I have had a crush on her since the day we moved in. She was just so sweet, and innocent. I mean a girl like me could toughen her up. But she’s not into girls. But a guy like you.. (Looks at Luke)


Luke:


What’s your damage?


(Amanda gets up)


Amanda:

I gotta motor. However, let’s meet up tonight. We have some business to discuss.


END SCENE

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