In Them Candles, Kendra is being stopped by her mother Darla who isn’t permitting her to go out because she fears her illness will get the best of her.
KENDRA: No! My condition has to respect me! It needs to keep up with where I’m going. If I wanna ride the big ferris wheel in town, I’m gonna do it. If I want to have Sam drive me on the highway at a hundred miles per hour, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna drink and smoke and love and feel life to the fullest, until this thing decides to get tired or dies without me cause I refuse, I refuse to be slowed down or have my life cut short for some untreatable illness. I’m gonna fight this thing and bend it, twist it and turn it to my will and I am not going to bow down to it! You understand me Momma? I want to live! This is my life and I have to see as much of it as I can while I’m still breathing. (KENDRA coughs) Cause…cause…(she coughs)…I want to see now that when I go, I go with no regrets. There ain’t nothin’ sadder in life than to die with regret and I damn well promise this disease that I ain’t goin’ till the sun comes up!
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In this one-act ePlay, Darla does not want her daughter Kendra going out because she’s been pushing herself too far in spite of her illness. Drama. 2 Women, 1 Man.
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