Since Childhood

ZOE comes to terms with finally telling her childhood friend Ricky that they need to go their separate ways as friends and move on.

ZOE: Look, Ricky, this is hard for me because I don’t want to hurt you.  I really don’t but I have to be straight up with you because it’s driving me crazy and I need to have this ironed out between us.

We’ve been friends for a longtime.  Since childhood.  We grew up together and everything and hold a ton of memories between us…

Things have changed.

It’s not like it used to be.  We aren’t like we used to be.  I’ve gone my way in life and you have gone your way in life.

There is nothing in common anymore.  All we have is the past and the past can’t hold up our present forever.

What I’m trying to say is that instead of me not calling you back and not making plans to get together and basically…lying to you in order to not hang out with you…I’m sorry…I know that’s…I know I’m mean but it’s been so long, keeping this all inside for–look, I’m–I just want you to get the hint already Ricky.  Please.

Maybe hurting you now by saying this is the only way for you to understand.  Sometimes you need to get hit on the side of the head with a brick to hear what I’m saying.  You’ve always been like—

So, I don’t want to be friends with you anymore.  I don’t want to hang out anymore.  I don’t want to talk on the phone anymore.  Don’t hit me up on social anymore.

Just let me live my life…without you in it.

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In this one-act play, childhood best friends ZOE and RICKY have not seen each other in almost a year’s time and ZOE holds a deep secret that she’s kept from Ricky since he left to go to college. 

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