Slaves to Time

By footprintsandshadows

A clock is mounted on the wall. There is nothing else on the wall. There is hardly anything else in the room. Camera pans backwards to show RYAN sitting on a chair staring at the clock. SANDRA enters and stands very close to RYAN.


RYAN: Could you not stand so close?


SANDRA: Oh, sorry. (She takes a step backwards but leans as far forward as she can.)


RYAN: Is there something I can help you with?


SANDRA: (Shrugs) Nope, I was just wondering what you were doing.


RYAN: I’m watching the clock.


SANDRA: Uh-huh. I see that. Why?


RYAN: Because I have to.


SANDRA: Why?


RYAN: Because I have to!


SANDRA: Why?


RYAN: Because if I didn’t it might throw off the entire time space continuum – Listen, are you just trying to get a rise out of me or what?


SANDRA: No, I just don’t get it. It seems like a waste of your time.


RYAN: Time is very important. It’s important to make sure it’s running correctly. People like having things scheduled. We are bound by time and we respect the time.


SANDRA: You’re a slave to time, is what you’re saying.


RYAN: No, that’s not it at all.


SANDRA: Right, because you don’t know any other way to live.


RYAN: If you – (He finally turns and acknowledges SANDRA) How did you get in here anyway?


SANDRA: Better keep your eyes on that clock, buddy boy, wouldn’t want gravity to let go. We’d start floating around and then what kind of order would we have. (Overly dramatic) People wouldn’t be able to make there appointments!


RYAN: Yea, you’re real funny.


SANDRA: I try.


RYAN turns his attention back to the watch. SANDRA is still leaning over his shoulder.


RYAN: Don’t you have anything better to do?


SANDRA: Do you?


RYAN: No, this is what I do. Didn’t we already have this conversation?


SANDRA: Right, right, right. Space time continuum and all that. (Pause) How do you know?


RYAN: How do I know what?


SANDRA: That the world would be so much worse off without this thing?


RYAN: Are you implying that I just leave it here? No one to watch it? No one to make sure time is running correctly?


SANDRA: I’m saying what’s the worst that could happen?


RYAN: There would be no structure!


SANDRA: And we’re back to the slaves of time thing. RYAN: Oh, what do you know!?


SANDRA: Where I come from we aren’t slaves to time. People get places when they get places.


RYAN: That’s outrageous! What holds everything in place?


SANDRA: Nothing, as far as I know. Good, old fashion, natural gravity, I guess.


RYAN: I think you’re full of it.


SANDRA: If you say so. (Pause) I wish you would see it too.


SANDRA makes like she’s about the leave but comes back and grabs the clock off the wall and throws it to the ground. RYAN leaps forward to try and catch it but he misses. SANDRA shrugs and walks away, leaving RYAN on the floor with his head in his hands. Fade to black.

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Slaves to Time

Created: Aug 14, 2010

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