Shopping for a Friend

“Shopping for a Friend…”

By Martin Baena

Characters: Joe, Kyle (men in their 40s), Salesman (man in his 70s).

Setting:  “Coffins, Inc.”, sales floor.

Joe: What does it all mean?

Kyle: Oak. – Is that right?

Salesman: Yes, sir.

Joe: …in the end?

Kyle: You like oak?

Salesman: It’s a fine choice.

Kyle: Joe?

Joe: Don’t you find?

Kyle: Oak?

Joe: Don’t you find it all meaningless?

Kyle: And the price?

Salesman: Two-thousand.

Kyle: And the other one?

Salesman: Three-thousand.

Kyle: The other one’s more expensive?

Salesman: Yes, sir.

Kyle: It’s the better of the two, don’t you think?

Salesmen: It’s a fine box, sir.

Kyle: And it’s cheaper.

Salesmen: Did you need a moment to discuss it?

Kyle: Joe?

Joe: I find the whole exercise futile.

Kyle: Pick one.

Joe: Futile. Don’t you agree, Mr…. – Sorry, I forget your name.

Salesman: Allan.

Joe: Don’t you find it so?

Salesman:  Shopping for a loved one can bring a sense of meaning to one’s life.

Joe: That so?

Salesmen: Indeed.

Kyle: I like the oak. (Pause) The oak’s fine.

Salesman: Will that be cash or credit?

Joe: Credit.

Salesman: Certainly. (Exits)

Joe: ‘You hear what he said?

Kyle: Hmm

Joe: Don’t you find it comforting?

Kyle: Comforting? (Pause)

Joe: The oak’s nice.

Kyle: I think he’ll like it.

Joe: Hm.

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This work by Martin Baena is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


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