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Distant Memory

In Distant Memory, Jessica is beyond her limit staying inside her apartment with her fiancé during a historical pandemic that has destroyed the world.

JESSICA: I can’t believe this is happening to us. I know I need to remain strong but we’ve worked so hard to get where we are and now this damn virus is going to destroy everything we’ve built. It’s going to ruin all our lives. And nobody cares…you’d think family would reach out to us and ask us how we’re doing? My brother hasn’t reached out to me once, not once and I’m supposed to be okay with that?

Our wedding doesn’t even get mentioned, you know why? Cause nobody gave a shit to begin with. That’s the truth. Why should we be happy? Right? Why? And now we have to live like rats in this apartment, amongst the filth, the mess, the landlord won’t even finish the bathroom now, he’ll use the virus as his excuse, to leave it like that for months. It’ll go on leaking throughout the night, each leak, a further aggravation. All this, it’s making me weak.

See my face? See me? See how I’m looking? Have you noticed? No, no, you haven’t noticed, because you don’t look at me, you glance, just glance in my direction. There’s no love or sweetness, there’s no softness, everything is forgotten, all that exists is this mess, its ominous smell. Don’t you smell it? I smell it, I feel it. But you don’t! You just live in it like everything’s going to be okay, like everything is gonna be back to normal. NOTHING is normal, there is no normal. Are you blind? Things are getting worse and there’s nothing that can be done to stop it!

(pause.)

…Wait…wait, I remember…this happened before. I remember. I spoke to them, I already spoke to my family, my, I already spoke to the church, didn’t I? He told me next year…next year we are to get married…Brian, what’s going on? What’s happening?!

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Distant Memory MiniIn this one-act eplay, Brian and Jessica are trapped inside their home for months during a global pandemic.  1 Woman, 2 Men.  Drama.

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