American Idiot. Act 1, Scene 13

GOOD RIDDANCE
ACT ONE SCENE THIRTEEN


(Curtains open on the apartment. J is sitting alone repairing a hole in SJ’s mask. Jos enters SR and climbs up to the apartment door. J half hides the mask under a pillow as Jos walks in with a backpack and a guitar case. A few moments later W enters the same way Jos did and stops at the door listening.)
J: Come in, make yourself at home
(J laughs)
Jos: Hey Jamie.
(Jos puts down the guitar and hugs her)
J: Oh no, Christian got to you.
(She closes the door)
Jos: Sure did.
(He reaches in his bag and pulls out a Italian take-out box and a bottle of wine)
Jos: He said you didn’t like seafood so I hope you like Italian.
J: I do actually…
(She picks up the bottle of wine and looks at it.)
Jos: And he said you love the color red so…
(He pulls out a red rose.)
J: Wow.
(She takes the rose and smells it)
J: Thank you.
(She pauses)
J: Since you seem to know almost everything about me, I think I should know a little about you.
Jos: Ok then… well I’m 18, and I moved here from Suburbia, the town my family founded.
J: Wow.
Jos: My favorite color is blue, I hate politics, I love Italian food, I can play the guitar, and I’m completely in love with this one red head I met in the city.
(J smiles and hides her face a little bit and sits back on the bed. Jos moves over and sits next to her. As he sits he finds SJ’s mask and picks it up.)
Jos: What’s this?
(He fumbles around with it)
J: Nothing
(She tries to grab it.)
Jos: Whoa this is St.Jimmy’s mask! Why do you have it?
J: I’m…Fixing it.
(J nods.)
Jos: Cool
(Pauses)
Jos: You should try it on!
J: No way.
Jos: Come on
(He laughs)
Jos: I dare ya.
J: Jos no.
(Jos jumps and puts it on her. He adjusts it for a moment before pausing)
Jos: Wow, you look just like…nah never mind.
(J reaches under the bad and pulls out SJ’s hat.)
J: I look like…St.Jimmy?
Jos: You are?
(J nods)
J: Please don’t tell, Jos Please! If you did I would have to run away again and I..I love you!
(Jos stares at her)
J: I do, I really do! And right now, you’ve got the power to destroy me! A power no one else has ever had before! Please don’t.
(Jos wakes up out of his trance and grabs Jimmy and pulls her into a tight hug)
Jos: I love you, I would never do that.
J: Promise?
(Starts pulling off the mask)
Jos: I promise.
(Strokes J’s hair)
Jos: And to further prove that, I wrote you something.
(Jos walks over and pulls out a guitar and sits on the floor. J walks over and sits next to him. Jos starts to play the into to Good Riddance.)
Jos: Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go. So make the best of this test and don't ask why. It's not a question but a lesson learned in time. It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right. I hope you had the time of your life.
J: You wrote that for me?
Jos: Yes, I want you to be happy, all the time; I want to be with you, by your side until I die Jimmy. Christian proposed to Gloria today, they’re in city hall right now.
J: Really? Wow…Wait… I’m gonna have a sister!
(J is happy and excited for them. Jos laughs and passes the guitar to J)
Jos: See this
(He strokes her face)
Jos: This is the girl I love. Now you play now.
J: No, I can’t.
Jos: You’re St.Jimmy for crying out loud. Yes you can.
(J polishes the guitar for a moment and plays some random chords before starting to play where Jos left off)
J: So take the photographs and still frames in your mind. Hang it on a shelf of good health and good time. Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial, for what it's worth it was worth all the while. It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it's right. I hope you had the time of your life.
Jos: Perfect, just like you.
(J blushes Jos moves and pushes her hair back, staring into her eyes)
Jos: Look, I love you and you love me, and since life is so unpredictable, let’s make me and you, us.
(Jos pulls out a ring)
Jos: Jimmy will you marry me?
(J sits there for a moment staring at Jos then the ring. She leans in a kisses Jos softly)
J: Yes.
(Jos put’s the ring on her finger and they start to kiss.)
(Curtain)

Posted on December 26th, 2010 at 04:24pm

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