Excerpt from Scene 2 of the 2014 Silver Key Dramatic Script Sometimes We Lie For The Better by Emmeline Vickers Batzdorf (Brooklyn, NY)
Swelna: Daddy! There’s a man in my window!
Jason: Oh, sweetie. I am sure it was nothing. They were probably just cleaning the windows or something.
Swelna: No they weren’t, Daddy. They do that on Sundays. We used to watch them do it every other week when I was two.
Jason: Well they must have changed the schedule in order not to disrupt people. I am sure its fine.
Jason: What is it, Sweetie?
Swelna: He didn’t have a bucket.
Jason: Oh, Swelna, my little Kenyan princess. Don’t worry about it. Now go back to
sleep. No more bad dreams. This is your home. This will always be your home. I love you. We have to spend all morning setting up for the birthday girl’s party and you don’t want to be tired.
Swelna: Good night daddy. I love you. Did you really buy me rainbow balloons?
Jason: Sleep tight. I love you too.
Swelna: Audrey says rainbows are for gay people.
Jason: Well I’m not gay, Swelna! Rainbows are happy occurrences in nature that happen after storms. You tell that Audrey to stop spreading rumors. You hear me.
Swelna: Daddy, you’re yelling.
Jason: Cause I’m not gay.