One Red Cent

In this short drama scene, Craig plans on picking up his kids for the weekend from his ex-wife, but she won’t let him because he isn’t paying alimony.

Craig: I don’t have it this week, Pam.
Pam: Why not?
Craig: Because I don’t have it.
Pam: Why not??
Craig: We playing games over here?
Pam: You’re not taking the kids this week.
Craig: Tell the kids to meet me in the car, they have five minutes.
Pam: I’m not letting you see the children.
Craig: I want to see my kids!
Pam: Where’s the money to take care of them then?
Craig: I said I don’t have it.
Pam: Bullshit! Every week same story.

Craig walks away.

We have bills to pay Craig!
Craig: Go work!
Pam: I do work! That’s why our kids have clothes on their back and food in their mouths.
Craig: Five minutes!
Pam: They aren’t going with you.

Craig charges the door. Pam slams it shut locking it. Craig pounds the door.

Craig: The kids are coming with me I said!
Pam: Not this weekend! I will call the cops.
Craig: Call them!!

Craig punches the door and steps away.


Craig sits on the front stoop.

Pam’s boyfriend William walks into the front yard.

William: Hey, Craig…picking up the kids?
Craig: Trying.

William enters the house.

William: (to Pam) What’s going on?
Pam: That son of a bitch isn’t taking the kids. He promised me he’d have the money this week and he doesn’t have shit.
William: Pamela…let him have his kids.
Pam: I said no. He does this every week!
William: A man has a right to see his children.
Pam: Why should he get a free ride? I’m the one raising them! He promised child support, I didn’t take him to court and this is the thanks I get.
William: Calm yourself. We have money–
Pam: That’s not the point Will!
William: Look, you’re right with him paying his responsibilities for the kids. I completely agree with you but I don’t think it’s right to hold the kids as ransom.
Pam: He needs to learn.
William: That’s not the way.
Pam: So just let him see his kids each week without paying one red cent? He makes me out to be a fool!
William: I think he should see his kids because they are the ones who get hurt the most.
Pam: (to herself) Bastard. (looking out window) Look at him.


Alright call the kids…tell them their father is here and waiting.

Joseph Arnone

Joseph Arnone is the founder and creative director of Monologue Blogger. He also makes films and theatre projects.