I'm not supposed to work on this this weekend, but my drama teacher gave us the assignment, and I was bored.
So, the assignment is this: You have to memorize a story, and act it out for the class. It can be no more than 2 minutes long, and your entire performance must be while sitting in a chair.
I was trying to figure out what story I'd do, and, since we're allowed to use our own stuff, I was going through my files, trying to find a good story. The following is the first quarter or so of a piece I wrote called "Panic". I'm going to be performing it in a few weeks.
Blood on my Hands
A bus refers to an ambulence.
This is the story of a young police officer who has just killed for the first time.
There are flashing lights all around; I sit still on the bumper of the bus, wrapped in a blanket. My chest feels tight, my hands are cold. I flex them slightly, but the movement only reminds me of what I've done.
People are talking all around me, but their voices seem distant, surreal. As though I'm in a dream. Yes, that's it, I'm dreaming and soon I'll wake up.
A distant part of my head, the part that knows what happened, tells me that it's not a dream, that I did—
"Officer," a kind voice says. I don't look up, trying to fight the screaming in my head. "Would you like to get into the bus?" The voice is gentle, like I'm a child. I get up slowly, my body aches, and I can't really get my breath. I stagger, and strong hands help me climb into the ambulance.
The scene is familiar; I've seen the inside of busses before. The small bed, the walls lined with medical equipment. I try to remember where each piece is stored as the large vehicle starts to move.
My head feels heavy, so I look down at the floor, and see my bloody hands. My eyes start to hurt. I can feel my jaw clench, and as I watch, the bloody hands begin to tremble.
Something bubbles up inside, but I can't let it out. Can't let it out. Can't let it out. I take a deep, shuddering breath, then another.
It's all okay. Okay. Okay. Okay. Hands are feeling me, checking for something. I can't remember what they should be looking for. I jerk in pain when one of them touches my left arm.
"Broken, I think," someone says. The kind voice. I can feel myself begin to rock, back and forth, back and forth, shoulders hunched, protecting my arm. It hurts, I want to say, but my throat is blocked. My nose stings, and there's blood on my hands.
I begin to laugh at the irony of what I'd just thought. There's blood on my hands, and there's actually blood on my hands. But whose?
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