A BAD DAY
by Richard Nathan
A social event is taking place. Most of the people there are in their late teens or early twenties. A BOY and a GIRL begin a conversation.
It might be. You can never be sure.
I mean... the weather... is comfortable.
It seems comfortable, sometimes. You think
it really is?
Sure. I guess. Don't you?
I try not to think about it.
How is it here, at this place?
Like the weather. It seems comfortable,
sometimes. But how do you know? For
sure? I don't let my guard down.
That's kind of sad, don't you think?
Whenever I've been happy, I've let my
guard down, and then something awful
always happened. I don't let myself get
too happy now, and, on the whole, I'm
much happier as a result. Odd, isn't it?
I guess that's good... that you're happier.
Except at night. I don't know anyone who
is happy in the middle of the night.
Why do you say that?
Maybe it's because no one ever really knows
what's in the dark. You can't.
There are happy people. They fall
Being asleep isn't the same as being happy.
How can you be happy if you're asleep?
You can't be anything. But don't tell that to
the doctors. They want everyone to be
asleep, but that just makes the doctors
Sometimes, when I'm dreaming, I dream
That's the saddest thing of all, when you
dream you're happy, and you wake up,
and all the happiness you dreamed about
Maybe it's still there, if you look for it.
The Girl looks at the Boy for a moment, and then decides to take a chance.
You want to be my friend? I don't have
Oh! Uh, ... I'd like to, but... uh... I'm just here
for the field trip, for my psych class, to see...
Didn't they tell you? We're just here for a few
hours. I thought you knew. I'm just a student.
I'm really sorry...
The Girl is crushed, but won't admit it.
Oh. That's okay. I'm a student too.
Slow fade to black.
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