“Why you in so much pain?” (scene excerpt) Miles is struggling to pay his bills & is confronted by the motel manager over rent for his room.
KAREN tosses a set of keys to MILES who doesn’t catch them. MILES bends down in pain and comes back up with the keys.
KAREN: Why you in so much pain?
MILES: It’s nothin’. Nothin’.
KAREN: Is that blood on your trousers?
MILES: What? Where? (he inspects his pants leg) Oh! Oh, I guess that’s from..yeah, they uh, I’ll be alright.
KAREN (sympathetically): Why don’t you go on up to your room and have a nice hot bath.
MILES: That’s music to me ears.
MILES gestures to take the stairs.
KAREN: You forgetting something.
KAREN sticks her hand out for the money.
MILES: Right, right…
MILES shuffles to the front desk and pieces together his cash to hand to her.
KAREN: All of it.
MILES: I need seomthing for food, don’t I?
KAREN: I’ll fix you some breakfast in the morning…give it all.
MILES: Okay, fine. With potatoes?
KAREN: Fine. Now get lost.
MILES (he laughs): That’s my lady of the house! (he jokes)
KAREN: Go on upstairs ‘fore I change my mind.
MILES: I love ya. I do, I do, truly I do.
KAREN: There’s some hot tea over there if you wanna help yourself to some.
MILES: Tea? Since when we got tea in this slum?
KAREN: Since I decided it’d be a nice gesture.
MILES (teasing): You, nice?
KAREN (wisely): Quit while you’re ahead Mr. Miles.
MILES: I know it. How far ahead I am, one never knows…
MILES makes his way up the stairs.
MILES: Night lady of the house.
KAREN: Night Miles…
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In the one act eplay Better Days, motel owner Karen wants her money from live in room member Miles. 1 Woman, 1 Man. Drama/Serio-comedy.