In this serio-comedy teen monologue Heavy Cough, EMILIA is trying to convince her Mother how sick she has been feeling lately.
EMILIA: I’m exhausted, I’ve had this cold for three months Mom and it’s not going away! I need to go to the hospital tonight, if I don’t go to the hospital, I feel like something bad is going to happen!
(Emilia lets out a heavy cough)
I’m going to start getting my stuff together and then we can leave because I just don’t feel good at all. (beat) What, I need to take a cab? What? (beat) You won’t take me to the hospital? I can’t afford a cab! So, you’re gonna make me go alone? What’s wrong with you? Don’t you see that I am sick?
It has nothing to do with my test tomorrow, you must be going mad! I’m going to pass that stupid test!! Arrghhh, it has nothing to do with the test, Mom! I’m so sick (Emilia starts crying) don’t you see? Don’t you care at all? I am so tired of this cold and I feel like it’s an infection that’s spread into my lungs or something and no one cares, no one gives a damn and I’ve been going to school every day sick like this! I’m not doing it anymore. I’m going to get better first and everyone will just have to just deal with it. If I have to take a cab, I will, I don’t care, you can stay here but I’m leaving!