Ever So Gently

In this kid monologue, JOSHUA consoles his older brother, who just got physically beat up from their father.

(wiping a wet rag alongside his older brother’s face ever so gently)

JOSHUA:  You shouldn’t say anything…you shouldn’t say anything because you know what he will do.  Please, Robbie.  I need you to stop.  I need you to–I don’t want you to get hurt anymore.  Okay?  You don’t need to keep on bad mouthing him back all the time.

Robbie?  Are you mad at me, too?  (beat) No?  Okay, good.  (beat)  There’s more red on the rag this time…look.  Robbie, are you okay now?  Do you want me to get another wet rag?

(beat)

I’m gonna leave this rag on your forehead cause that’s what Mommy did when I was sick and it made me feel better.  Okay?

(beat)

Whatever you do, don’t fight with Dad anymore cause I don’t want you to get hurt anymore.  Okay?  (beat) You promise?  I don’t like seeing you like this, Robbie.  You’re my brother…my big brother…

Joseph Arnone

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