MISFIRE

 Cast of Characters

 

MIA

Women, 29, strong willed.

Independent. She knows how to

Get what she wants.

 

HENRY

Man. Late 60s.

Thick British Accent

 

LIZ

Teen-16

DAVID

Boy-8

NATHAN

Teen-15

Act I

 

Scene 1

 

 

SETTING: Dingy lit bar. High class. Not many people. A few shadowy figures in the back. A man in his 60’s is sitting at one of the booths.

 

 

AT RISE: Blackness. A loud gunshot is heard in the background. Lights come up. Mia enters the bar, she takes a seat at the booth.

 

 

 

HENRY

You’re late Mia.

 

MIA

Sorry. Got held up.

HENRY

(Laughs) Ha, it’s ok. Have you done it?

 

MIA

Yeah. Untraceable. Like always.

 

HENRY
(Takes a long swig from his drink)

You’re a bloody carnivore Mia! Here, have a drink on me. (Motions over to a waiter, the waiter nods, and comes over with a Vodka Martini)

 

MIA

You have my money?

 

HENRY

(Smiles, nods) Yeah, yeah, I got your money, (Takes out an envelope and hands it to her) 12 grand. Relax kid! Job well done. Take it easy.

 

MIA

Yeah well, Girls gotta eat.

 

HENRY

(takes another sip) Here’s your next assignment, (Hands her a piece of paper) Some banker downtown. He usually takes a lunch break at the docks around noon. You can use the waterfront to dump the body. (Pauses) So anyways, You… thought about doing any long term investments? What are you up to with all your cash nowadays?

 

MIA

No Henry, I haven’t invested. I have other priorities.

 

HENRY

Oh well. Just a little advice from a dyeing old man. (Looks surprised) Oh! That reminds me! This came for you (Pulls out a tan envelope and hands it Mia) it looked important.

 

MIA

Hmm? (Looks surprised, she tears open the envelope and takes out a letter. She begins reading it, Her face becomes pale white) FUCK! oh my god!

 

HENRY

(Looks concerned) Mia? What’s the matter?

 

MIA

You remember Cassidy?

 

HENRY

(Thinks for a moment) Cassidy? That blonde girl you were with? Wasn’t that like 10 years ago?

What happened?

 

MIA

(Face is Pale white, completely shocked)

She…she had a son.

 

HENRY

So.. so what if she has a …(suddenly it dawns on him)

 

MIA

(Still in shock) My son. Oh my god..I have a son. He’s got to be around 8 years old at this point. His name is David.

(Pause)

Henry… I’ve got to go see him.

 

HENRY

Mia! Listen to yourself! You can’t let some girl that you knocked up 10 years ago screw up what you have going for you! I thought you were saving up for the surgery?

 

MIA

I am… But this is more important. I’ll only be gone a few days. I’ll get the job done. Don’t worry.

 

HENRY

You better. And make sure it’s clean. You know how this works Mia. If you don’t kill them, they kill me.

(Pause)

And then I’m going to have to kill you.

 

MIA

Yeah Henry. I know.

 

(Blackout)

 

 

Scene 2

 

SETTING: Outside of a Country house. Some horses and pigs are inside a fence. There is a small barn next to the house.

 

 

AT RISE: Mia drives up to the house. Stops for a moment, takes a breath. She gets out of the car, and slowly makes her way towards the front door. She takes another breath and knocks. A teenaged boy-15 opens the door slowly.

 

 

NATHAN
Who the fuck are you?

 

MIA

Um. Hello, Is Cassidy around?

 

NATHAN

UGH, (slams the door shut)

 

(Mia looks surprised, but waits there is screaming from inside. Then an older teenager-16 opens the door)

 

LIZ

Sorry about that. (looking around suspiciously) You were looking for Cassidy? Who are you exactly?

 

MIA

Um.. I’m… Where is Cassidy? Is she your mom?

 

LIZ

(pained expression) Yeah she. Yes. Now why the hell are you here?

 

MIA

I.. I’m here to see David. Where is your mom?

 

LIZ

She’s out shopping. Why do you want to see David?

 

MIA

You don’t remember me do you? (takes a breath). I’m his…his father.

 

LIZ

(Looks Mia up and down. Eyebrows raised)

Is this some kind of joke?

 

MIA

No. Why would you think that?

 

LIZ

(Looks like she’s about to cry) We just lost our fucking mother and now you people come here and think this is funny? What the hell!

 

MIA

What do you mean you lost your mother!

 

(Liz slams the door shut.

Mia walks back to her car, gets in the drivers seat and waits)

 

(Blackout)

 

 

SCENE 3

 

SETTING: Hours later. Inside the house, it appears to have not been cleaned for several weeks, trash is piling up, there is food everywhere Nathan and David are sitting at the table.

 

 

AT RISE: David walks over the window and see’s Mia’s car.

 

DAVID

Who is that? Is she going to take us away?

 

LIZ

(Walks over to David) No David, she’s nobody. Don’t worry about her. (Liz motions to Nathan and they both go into the kitchen and begin taking quietly so David can’t hear)

 

LIZ

(Whispering) Nathan, That lady. She, she knew mom. I think I might recognize her…him. I don’t know.

 

NATHAN

What? What do you mean? She’s not from child protective services?

 

LIZ

 

I.. I don’t think so. She um.. She said she was David’s…

 

DAVID

(Yelling from the living room) She’s still out there! Its kind of weird.. She’s just like…waiting for something, should we call the cops?

 

LIZ and NATHAN

NO!

 

Nathan

(Whispering) What are we going to do? We can’t just let her camp out here.

 

LIZ

Nathan… That lady… said she was David’s dad.

 

NATHAN

(Stifles laugh) What! Ha. Hahahaha. Oh my god. I needed that.

 

LIZ

I.. I think she might be telling the truth.

 

NATHAN

Are you serious? Listen to your self. We let her in here; it’ll be off the pound with you, me and David. We’ll probably never see each other again. You want that?

 

LIZ

No.. But I think we should hear her out

 

NATHAN

Alright.. Your death sentence. Let her in.

 

(Liz walks out of the door and leaves the house)

 

 

(Blackout)

 

Scene 4

 

SETTING: The house living room. A large table with 5 seats are set up. Nathan and David are sitting down on one side.

 

 

AT RISE: Liz and Mia come in. Mia sits down at the table, Liz goes into the Kitchen and grabs a pitcher of water.

 

DAVID

Liz? Who is this?

 

NATHAN

Yeah. What’s your name?

 

MIA

(Softly) It’s Mia. (Looks over to David)

David? Is that you?

 

DAVID

(Confused) Yeah….

 

MIA

Um. Hi.

 

DAVID

(Still confused) Hi……

 

LIZ

(Comes back into the living room) Don’t talk to him. Now tell us how you know our mom.

 

MIA

First you have to tell me what happened to Cassidy.

 

NATHAN

She…She fucking abandoned us!

 

LIZ

SHUT UP NATHAN,

Our mom…died a few weeks ago. (Chokes up) She had cancer.

 

MIA

Oh…

 

LIZ

Yeah. Now how did you know her?

 

MIA

Around 8 years ago your mom and I met. We dated for about 3 months. You were really young Liz. Your mom… she.. wrote me a letter. Saying that I was David’s father. I know this is hard to hear. But… I needed to come. If.. if you need anything…

 

LIZ

You’re telling me you were a man?

 

MIA

No. I was never a man.

 

LIZ

But you had a dick?

 

MIA

Well yes.. But that doesn’t make me a man.

 

LIZ

(Laughs sarcastically) hahahahah. What.

 

DAVID

So… you were with my mum. And got her pregnant.. So you’re my… other mom? I’m still confused.. I thought my dad was a pilot!

 

 

MIA

David, I…

 

 

NATHAN

(changing the subject)

Do you like men?

 

MIA

Yes.

 

NATHAN

So you’re gay?

 

MIA

No. I’m straight.

 

NATHAN

But you were with our mom and you’re David’s dad. What kind of freak are you?

 

MIA

I was.. confused. I was struggling with my own problems back then.. I thought I could solve them by pushing them aside.

 

LIZ

Did mom know?

 

MIA

Yes. She found out later, that’s why we eventually decided to split up.

 

LIZ

Why wouldn’t she tell you sooner? Are you some kind of crazy lunatic?

 

MIA

(softly) I…I don’t know why she didn’t tell me.

 

NATHAN

(Snickers) Maybe she kill’s people?

 

MIA

(Deadpan) Maybe I do.

 

(Nathan stops laughing)

 

(Pause)

 

DAVID

(Looking distressed)

You are not my father! I fucking hate this!

 

LIZ

David! Watch your mouth!

 

DAVID

NO! SHE…SHE COMES HERE and SAYS SHES MY DAD! MY DAD IS A PIOLT.. NOT THAT… THAT THING. (Points to Mia)

 

MIA

David… I…I’m sorry.

 

DAVID

JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!

 

(David runs out of the house)

 

LIZ

DAVID COME BACK HERE!

(Looks over to Mia)

Happy?

 

NATHAN

(Nonchalantly)

So how do you turn a willy into a fanny?

 

MIA

(Ignoring Nathan)

Let me talk to him.

 

LIZ

Don’t you think you’ve done enough?

 

MIA

I’m sorry; I.. I’m just trying to do the right thing.

 

LIZ

Then do the right thing and leave! We don’t want you here!

 

(Blackout)

 

Scene 5

 

SETTING: Outside in the barn, David is huddled against a wall, there are tears on his face.

 

 

AT RISE: Mia enters the barn, looking around.

 

 

MIA

David? Are you in here? I want to talk to you.

 

DAVID

Go away.

 

MIA

Please..I, I Just want to talk.

 

 

DAVID

(Still hiding in barn)

Then talk.

 

MIA

(Her voice gets horse)

We.. We loved each other your mom and me…

We were happy.

 

(Pause)

 

If I wasn’t transgender, then I’m sure we would still be together.

 

(David wipes his face and comes out from where he was hiding, He looks straight into Mia’s eyes with a slight curiosity)

 

DAVID

What was your name when you were a boy?

 

MIA

(Hesitates)

David…(Pause) My name was David.

 

DAVID

(Smiles) Really?

 

MIA

Yes.

 

DAVID

She named me after you?

 

MIA

Maybe…

 

I hope so.

 

(David and Mia stare at each other. Mia smiles.)

 

 

(End)