Residue

In this monologue, Jennifer talks to her boyfriend who has just come home from work.  She is having a difficult time getting past an emotional situation.

JENNIFER: [calmly]..I don’t feel like being funny…[scratches her neck] I don’t. DON’T! Don’t touch me right now—I’m sorry—I need my space; I need time—just upset about—about all the crap that happened; the residue, it, things are still lingering for me—I know you mean well sweetheart, but I, sometimes things are better handling alone—WAIT! Don’t leave me, please don’t leave me…

[she fumbles, trying to light a cigarette]

Can you pass me that ashtray? Thanks…[sighs] How was work? Oh yeah? Good. Did that asshole pay you your money? He did? Good.

[pause]

I’ll be fine. I need to get over it but I am not a robot and it takes time for me to get over things. I admit, I am too sensitive at times. I admit I’m being too sensitive now but, well, I don’t know how to be any other way…How do you stop feeling? [beat] I try, to forget. [shaking her head, puffing on her cigarette] I’ll be fine.

[pause]

Do you want to watch a movie? A comedy? Why don’t we go to the video store and find ourselves a good comedy. Maybe that will cheer me up. I’m sure it will. I just need something to take my mind off—I know it, it; [sighs] I know this isn’t a big deal what happened…I don’t know, maybe I’m losing my mind. Even though I know I’m not but, things have a tendency to get wacky—I gotta stop talking because—let’s go. Let’s go to the, let’s go get a couple of comedies. You in the mood?

I’m all ready, I just need to put on my shoes and we can go. Thanks for being so understanding. It’s why I love you. You are such an understanding man. I am so happy I found you… [holding back tears] You always seem to make sense out of my confusion, out of the things that—you know what I mean, I just, [breaking down] I love you and I appreciate you and I know my bullshit isn’t easy for you, I thank you for being you…Your the best…

[she puts out her cigarette]

Come on, let’s just go…okay? ARE YOU OKAY? Okay, good. Let’s just go.

Joseph Arnone

Joseph Arnone is a filmmaker and founder of Monologue Blogger.

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