Sunday, February 8, 2009

Week Three, Day Twenty-One - "Medusa"

“Medusa”
Written by Joe Janes
2/8/09
21 of 365

CAST:
Medusa, ?
Steve, 30s
Cable Guy, 20s

(Steve enters his apartment. He carries a shiny oval dish and a small plate of cookies covered in plastic wrap. He shakes his head in disgust as he walks past a stone statue of a large man crouched down with his butt cleavage exposed. Medusa enters suddenly and startles him. She carries a small flower and a doily.)


STEVE
Medusa!

MEDUSA
Steve! You’re home early.

(Medusa places the doily on the back of the statue and sticks the flower in the crack of the statue’s ass. Steve uses the reflection on his dish to look at her.)

STEVE
There was a birthday party at work. The boss gave us the rest of the day off.

MEDUSA
Cookies!

(Steve hands her the small plate. She devours one.)


STEVE
Home made chocolate chip.

MEDUSA
Home made?


STEVE
Yeah. Connie made them.

(Medusa tries to spit out what she has already consumed.)

MEDUSA
Connie’s a whore!

STEVE
She’s an administrative assistant!

MEDUSA
Whore!

STEVE
Medusa! Honey. We need to talk.

MEDUSA
No we don’t. We don’t need to talk. Look, the cable guy was here. Isn’t that nice? We have HBO, now.

STEVE
I see the cable guy was here. And now he’s a vase.

MEDUSA
He patronized me, Steve. You know how I hate that. He treated me like I was just some dumb housewife. You keep me cooped up in this apartment all day.

STEVE
We agreed to that and because of this very thing. And because of your jealousy. If you just turn people to stone because they bug you, then every time you went to the Jewell you’d turn it into a rock garden.

MEDUSA
Uh – those TCF people are worthless. Don’t get me started.

STEVE
This isn’t working.

MEDUSA
You’re breaking up with me?

STEVE
We’re just too different.

MEDUSA
Mortals do not break up with Gorgons.


STEVE
Yeah, see. That was a threat. That’s part of the problem.

MEDUSA
That wasn’t a threat. I was merely stating a fact. Mortals don’t break up with Gorgons.

STEVE
The way you said it sounded like a threat. You have anger issues.

MEDUSA
That pisses me off. You have no idea what it’s like to be me. Slither in my shoes for awhile. I can’t go out unchaperoned. Even if I wanted to work, I’m overqualified for every mortal job there is. It’s because you think I’m ugly.

STEVE
That was sudden and not it.

MEDUSA
There’s not a lot I can do about my looks, Steve. My only options are “snakes up” or “snakes down.”

STEVE
It’s not your looks. I never see you. Directly.

MEDUSA
Then it’s the sex. You’re bored already! Athena was right. Why buy the serpent when you can get the venom for free.

STEVE
Why does this have to be so hard? You’re not happy here. Can’t you see this isn’t working?

(She takes another cookie.)

MEDUSA (with mouth full)
Steve. I moved from my lair in Libya to Chicago just to be with you.

STEVE
I know. You made a tremendous sacrifice. I can’t help but think we were just too impulsive.


MEDUSA
But your e-mails were so romantic. And that picture of you at the Leaning Tower of Pisa where the tower leans one way and you lean another. I fell in love when I saw that picture.

STEVE
Your pictures were all blurry.

MEDUSA
It’s hard for me to find a good photographer. They’re only good for about a second.

(Steve takes her by the hand. They hold each other.)

STEVE
I think we moved in together too quickly.

MEDUSA
We just need to give it more time.

STEVE
I do like holding you and looking into your neck.

MEDUSA
I like wrapping all available appendages around you.

STEVE
You know, you don’t always turn an entire person into stone.

MEDUSA
Sometimes my efforts are more concentrated.

STEVE
Maybe I was being too impulsive, again. Let’s talk about this later. Until then, I’ll go put on the Joe Cocker CD in the bedroom.

MEDUSA
Put on the blindfold, too, lover.

(He exits. Medusa kicks the statue. He stands.)

CABLE GUY (whispering)
Sheesh. Thanks for making me endure that very special episode.

MEDUSA
Get out of here, Julio. But be back tomorrow. I may want to upgrade to a more premium channels.

(She slaps his butt and she exits to the bedroom as Joe Cocker’s “You Are So beautiful” begins to play. The cable guy pulls the flower out of his butt crack and sniffs it. Lights fade.)

4 comments:

idjar said...

I smiled, I laughed, I even passed a little gas. Loved the free venom line.

Which end of the flower did the cable guy sniff?

More importantly, what is TCF? Is that (another) Chicago-centric thang?

Joe Janes said...

Yeah, I wrestled with whether or not to leave that in. It's totally a Chicago thing. I think it is, anyway. Jewell is a local grocery store chain and TCF is the name of the bank they have in their stores. And the people who work there tend to be slow ass morons.

idjar said...

Oh, good. I'd rather feel excluded than stupid.

Lori said...

Beautiful!