by Martin Baena
Characters: Jumper, Police Officer #1, Police Officer #2
Setting: Ledge of a tall building
Jumper clings to the side of the building; Police Officer pops head out a window.
Officer: (whistles) That’ll do it, eh?
Officer: You ever get that feelin’…
Jumper: I said…
Officer: …you know the one…
Jumper: … I said don’t, man!
Officer: …that feelin’ you could make it, even if – how far up are we?
Jumper: Y’ hear what I said?
Officer: Fifteen stories… right? About fifteen-or-so stories.
Jumper: Hey. HEY! I said…
Officer: (stepping out) Hey, hey what? Hey yourself.
Jumper: Get back, man. I swear t’ Christ! I fuckin’ swear.
Officer: Don’t let me stop you.
Jumper: I know what you’re doin’ – you stay the fuck back.
Officer: I ain’t gonna reach for you, friend.
Jumper: Y’better not.
Officer: You’re on your own. (pulling out a cigarette) Y’ got a light?
Jumper: A what? No.
Officer: Just my luck…
Officer #2: (sticking head out the window) Don’t do it!
Jumper: Goddamn it, goddman it!
Officer #2: It’s not as bad as you think. We can figure things out. Y’ hear what I’m saying to you…
Jumper: Don’t come any closer or, or I’ll jump…
Officer: (to Jumper) Take it easy, it’s alright. Take it easy.
Officer #2: …I’m saying it’s gonna be fine. Just fine. Talk to me and we’ll get outta this together.
Officer: (to Officer #2) Gimme a light will ya.
Officer #2: Uh… yeah, yeah…. (fumbles lighter) Shit.
Officer: Don’t worry ’bout it (Jumps)
Officer #2: Nooooooooooo….
Jumper: Sweet Jesus… sweet…. Christ! He just… he just…
Officer #2: Damn it.
Jumper: He just… Hey, hey, he just…
Officer #2: What?
Jumper: He jumped.
Officer #2: I don’t got time for this shit. You coming or going? (pause) In or out.
Jumper: In. In. (inches himself to the window)
Officer #2: C’mon then. I don’t got all fuckin’ day. – Dumb sonovabitch.
Jumper climbs in. End
This work by Martin Baena is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.