I’m as country as a city fire hydrant.

In this drama scene taken from 1 act play script, ‘Cherry Blossom’, Dierdre gives Marshall no option whatsoever to leave and stay forgotten.

DIERDRE: I’m a free bird, Marshall, always have been, always will be. Ain’t no self-centered fool like you gonna tell me how to live out my life. You could part ways with me, but you won’t kill what’s inside me…never.

MARSHALL: Let’s be rational about this.

DIERDRE: I’m as rational as a heart-attack, Jack.

MARSHALL: How are you going to take care of that baby?

DIERDRE: I’ll manage.

MARSHALL: The decision should be ours, together.

DIERDRE: There is no together. Just me and I call the shots.

MARSHALL: What do you expect me to do now?



DIERDRE: I want you to LEAVE! Before I twist your eyeballs out from your skull. You have no idea about me! Thinking I’m some sort of fairy-tale out of a children’s book. Some dumb dainty flower you plucked out from the ground. I come from the streets, Marshall. I’m as country as a city fire hydrant. From a long line of Irish crooks that will gladly slit your throat if you let ’em. You understand? Now, I’m going back home and my family and I will raise this child into a bold, courageous human being, fearless and he’s going to make my sacrifice proud. He will never know the likes of you, this town, us, none of it…I haven’t figured out the narrative of what to tell him but I’ve plenty of time for that and one things for sure, you are wiped out clean, gone, never to be heard from or seen again and if you come stomping around looking for me, if you try to track me down, I will have my family bring down hell upon your world. HELL!

Train is heard coming.

MARSHALL: I can’t believe this.

DIERDRE: You have no choice.

MARSHALL: I should be allowed to have —

Dierdre pushes Marshall

DIERDE: Oh shut your trap! Get! Go on! GET! Go, go, go and keep going, don’t ever stop. Don’t look back!

Marshall backs up.

MARSHALL: I never imagined this could ever be…

DIERDRE: Boys like you don’t have any imagination…

The train pulls into the station.

Dierdre and Marshall hold a stare down before

Marshall breaks off and leaves the platform.

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Cherry Blossom by Joseph ArnoneIn the one act eplay Cherry Blossom, after a summer romance between Dierdre and Marshall, Marshall wishes to put things to its final end, leaving Dierdre deeply wounded in more ways than one and in their final encounter on an outdoor train station platform, painful truths become exposed.  1 Woman, 1 Man.  Drama.  Period Drama.

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