Full Course Divorce: Act Three: Scene One

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Note: The pictures today are recent ones of our last snow fall. This chapter seems to reflect the winter of Kate’s heart, so I though these photos would be appropriate.

ACT THREE

Drowning

Scene One

Kate

(Frantic & Talking Very Fast)

Hello, Louise. I’m  sorry to call so late, but Mitch left for good and Bekka is on her overnite from school and I’m all alone and woke up from a nightmare where I was drowning and I can’t breathe, and…..

Louise

Whoa! Slow down, Kate, you’re talking so fast that I couldn’t understand one word, except that Mitch left. I thought you two were going to give it a try until Bekka’s graduation.

Kate

So did I. But, the other nite he said he was finished and left the next day.

Louise

Sweetie, why didn’t you call me? I would have come over.

Kate

Well, I was okay the first nite. I went to Hope’s after Bekka left for the school camping week-end. I came back after Mitch moved out, so I wouldn’t have to watch him leave. Then I spent all day today working in the garden ’til I was exhausted and fell asleep before 9 o’clock. (Faster again) But then I had this awful dream that I was drowning and I woke up unable to breathe and with this terror in my heart that I felt like I was dying. (Starts to cry) I’m afraid to go back to sleep and wake up again with that awful terror in my heart….

Louise

I just got back from a Hospice case, so I’ll send Hank over to stay with you until morning, okay?

Kate

Oh, yes, that would be great. If I can just get through the night, I think I will be okay.

Louise

OK, just sit tight and Hank will be over in less than 15 minutes. He’s walking the dog and will be back in a minute.

Kate

Thanx  so much, Louise. I love you.

Louise

I love you, too. You’ll get through this. You have lots of support here.

Kate

I know. I know. I’m just so scared.

Louise

Promise me you’ll make yourself a cup of tea when we hang up. By the time you are ready to sit down to drink it, Hank will be there.

Kate

I will.

Louise

Bye, Kate.

Kate

Bye.

Kate puts up water for tea and paces all the while, tries not to cry, but starts to sob quietly. The teakettle whistles and startles her. She puts a tea bag in her cup and shakily pours the water and sits down, holding the warm cup with both hands and staring into space.

Shortly, the doorbell rings and Kate looks through her living room window and sees Hank’s car and then sees Hank through the front door peephole. She opens it quickly.

Hank

I came as soon as I got back from walking the dog. Louise filled me in. I’m so sorry, Kate. I know how hard you worked to keep this together.

Kate

I’m exhausted from all this effort, but I’m afraid to sleep because I think I’ll wake up again with this terror in my heart. (Starts to cry)

Hank

Putting his arm around her shoulder, Kate leans on him and sobs. He gives her his hanky.

Kate

Where did I go wrong? I tried so hard to do everything he wanted. I think he just doesn’t want to be married anymore.

Hank

Kate, don’t try to figure out love. You can’t be rational now. The best thing right now is for you to get some sleep. If I stay here, do you think you could sleep awhile?

Kate

I don’t want to go into our bedroom tonite.

Hank

No problem. You sleep on the couch and I’ll use the futon pillows to make a bed on the floor.

Kate

Are you sure? Won’t you be uncomfortable?

Hank

I’m tired enough to sleep standing up! (Chuckles )

Kate lies down on the couch while Hank arranges the pillows on the floor. Then he covers Kate who is already falling asleep. He kisses her forehead gently.

Hank

Sleep well, Kate.

Kate

I will, now that you’re here. (Kate drifts off to sleep.)

Scene one closes with both falling asleep to the sounds of the night.

End of act one, scene three.

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