Drama scene from one-act play, “Walter’s Study” wherein Franklin (son) wishes he had a closer bond with his father, Walter.
WALTER: Communication doesn’t always take place through words.
FRANKLIN: I realize that.
WALTER: Then why waste my time questioning me?! Is this a psychology class?!
FRANKLIN: I would like to understand why you don’t treat me like I am your son.
WALTER leans back in his chair.
WALTER: …You’ve turned eighteen last month. You feel you are ready to confront me as a man now? Is that it?
FRANKLIN: You are a difficult man to talk too.
WALTER: Boy, I asked you a question. Do you feel that you are man enough to confront your father?
FRANKLIN: I’m not trying to confront you. I’m trying to speak with you about something that matters to me and that I could only hope matters to you. I’m your son.
WALTER: You are. You are in point of fact, my son. I don’t need you to point that out to me. That’s who-you-are.
WALTER: Will that be all?
WALTER: Will that be all? Leave and be sure to close my door!
FRANKLIN: Why can’t we be friends?
WALTER: Excuse me?
FRANKLIN: Friends. Why can’t we be friends?
WALTER laughs out loud.
WALTER: Friends? Is that what’s plaguing you, son? You have no friends?
FRANKLIN: I’m talking about you and me.
WALTER: Are you–
FRANKLIN: Yes, I, am.
WALTER: Don’t you dare patronize me. You little sh’t. (tossing his pen on his desk) This is my home!
FRANKLIN: Yes, it is.
WALTER: What the hell do you want from me?
FRANKLIN: A father…
WALTER: Is that right? A father…is it not fatherly to bring you into this world, raise you up, give you the clothes on your back, food in your stomach, a proper education, pay for your car, your sports, money for going out, holidays, bank accounts in your name, credit and property’s built in your name…is that not fatherly?
FRANKLIN: I would trade all those things if you would just once tell me you loved me.
WALTER: So, now you want me to tell you that I love you and this will all go away.
FRANKLIN: You’re taking everything I’m saying so literally. I’m talking about something deeper.
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In the one act eplay Walter’s Study, Franklin reaches out as a last fated attempted to reconcile with his father and try to get on a better road together, but things may not go as planned. 2 Men, 1 Woman. Drama.