TRINKETS 1 TRINKETS a one act play by John McKinleyJohn McKinley340 Dartmouth RdSanta Paula, CA 93060(805) firstname.lastname@example.org
TRINKETS 2THE STORY: A middle-aged couple, scraping to get by, have their lives turned insideout by a mysterious lamp that seems to grant wishes, but not in the way they hoped itmight.THE SETTING: Les and Amelia’s simple apartment during what may be the GreatDepression. There are no modern conveniences but an old percolator coffee pot.Clothing style is consistent with the era. Men in shirts and ties, coats and hat whenoutdoors, women in dresses and shawls.CHARACTERS:LES (M, 40’s to 50’s): A kindly and devoted married man.AMELIA (F, 40’s to 50’s): A weary woman with a shadow of mourning that hangs overher.MR. BARKER (M, 30’s to 40’s): A gruff landlord.BRIDGETTE (F, early 20’s): The dead daughter of Les and Amelia. Scene 1Lights Up on a simple, impoverished apartment. Les shines one of many shoes. Amelia,enters through the front door with a basket of knick knacks. A framed black and whitephoto of a girl about twenty years old, Bridgette, is on the wall with a black ribbon overit. LESYou were up early this morning. AMELIAAs I am every trash day. LESNot like today. AMELIAI was up earlier than usual. Couldn’t sleep. Tossed and turned all night. LESI know. Me, too. So, how did it go? AMELIAI found some good items. Should bring in a few dollars at the flea market.
TRINKETS 3 LESMrs. Blore dropped off some sewing, alterations and what not. I told her you would havethem ready for her by Monday. I hope that’s all right. AMELIAIs it much work? LESNot so bad. AMELIAFine. I’ll do it tonight. LESI made coffee. Want some? AMELIACoffee? I thought we’d used the last of it. LESI was keeping a bit back… for emergencies. AMELIAAre we at that point? Emergencies? LESLet me get you a cup. AMELIAAs time goes on, I feel myself getting tireder and tireder. Don’t you feel it, Les? Don’tyou feel tireder? LESDon’t worry your pretty little head. We persevere as we must. No time for being tired. AMELIASurely, you must feel it. Like a weight upon your chest? Your shoulders? It buckles theknees. I feel it all the time. LESOkay, I get tired. Now, enough with that talk. Drink your coffee. AMELIAHow did we come to this, Les?
TRINKETS 4 LESAmelia— AMELIAMe, a scavenger and a seller of trinkets, a seamstress, a laundry woman. You, a shoeshiner, a handyman, a jack of all trades. LESWe do what we must to get by. AMELIAI feel like I’m sixty-five. How old do I look, Les? LESTwenty-three. AMELIAYou’re full of blarney, you know that? LESI feel like I’m twenty three. AMELIAWhat’s happened to us, Les? LESThis is just the way things are. Relax and enjoy your coffee. You’ll feel better. AMELIAI’ll relax, but I doubt I’ll feel better. LESShow me what you found. Anything need fixing? AMELIAA clock that doesn’t tick and a locket that doesn’t latch. LESI’ll take a look at them as soon as I’ve finished these shoes. AMELIACan you believe that it’s been seven years? LESWe talked about that last night, my dear. Now, please…
TRINKETS 5 AMELIAShe would be twenty-eight years old today. LESAmelia… AMELIAOur sweet little girl. LESI’ve packed our lunches. We’ll go to the cemetery soon. AMELIALes, do you think we— LESShush, we did everything we could. AMELIATough love doesn’t make me happy, or warm…. LESShe made her own choices. AMELIAMaybe we didn’t read the signs soon enough. Maybe she was reaching out to us. LESWe gave her our love and kept the door open. She didn’t come back. AMELIAI wish she had come back. LESIf she had, it would’ve been on our terms, not hers. She wasn’t willing to do that. AMELIADon’t you wish you could change the past? Correct mistakes, avoid danger— LESSome things can’t be changed. Don’t blame us for being bad parents, because weweren’t. AMELIAIf I could just hold my little Bridgette in my arms once more, and she a little child, Iwould keep her from harm forever. I would never let her go.
TRINKETS 6 LESAmelia-- AMELIAI miss her so much. LESAs do I. AMELIAWe didn’t lose her when she died seven years ago. We lost her four years before that.I’ve mourned her for eleven years. LESThose first four years were hoping, not mourning. AMELIAThey were filled with loss. It felt like mourning to me. LESWe couldn’t help her unless she wanted it. She wasn’t ready. AMELIAI wish she would’ve wanted it… as much as I wanted to help her. As much as I wantedto give her back her self again. I don’t think, in the end, she even knew who she was. Ifshe did, she… do you think she killed herself on purpose, Les? LESShush, dear. It was an accident. She didn’t mean to do it. She could’ve always turned tous. We never gave up on her. She knew that. AMELIAI suppose you’re right. But why do things have to be this way? LESIt’s just the way they are. No sense in trying to make rhyme or reason from it. AMELIAI love you, Les. You know that. LESAnd I love you. AMELIAThe coffee’s good. Thank you.
TRINKETS 7 LESNow, will you show me what you’ve found? AMELIAHere’s that old clock I told you about, and the locket. Some tsachkies of one kind oranother, and an old brass oil lamp. I’ll polish it up. Good for scrap if not for decoration.It looks nice doesn’t it? LESLovely.A knock at the door. Les and Amelia exchange glances. AMELIAHe knows I’m here. He saw me when I came up.Les opens the door and Mr. Barker, the landlord, enters the doorway. MR. BARKERWell, looky here. It’s tomorrow already. LESGood Morning, Mr. Barker. MR. BARKERDon’t ‘good morning’ me, Shoeshine Boy. It’s your day of reckoning. Time to pay up. AMELIAMr. Barker— MR. BARKERDon’t tell me. You don’t have it… again. LESThese are tough times, Mr. Barker. MR. BARKERLook, I got a job to do. And when I don’t collect the rent, it makes my job harder. Idon’t want to work that hard, see? You’re lucky I’m a little lazy, because you’re thisclose to being put out on the street. Don’t think I won’t do it, either. I’ll be backtomorrow. And you’re lucky you caught me on a good day. Don’t forget that.Mr. Barker leaves and Les shuts the door.
TRINKETS 8 LESAnother reprieve. AMELIAI’m worried. Remember when Mr. Fascenda died? Mrs. Fascenda and her kids were outon the street the next month. LESThere weren’t any vacant apartments back then. There are at least four empty ones rightnow. AMELIAThe money from the sewing, and your shoes, and the flea market… I hope that’ll beenough to cover the rent. LESWe’ll cover it. I’ve got a bit of money set aside in the lock box. AMELIAYou’ll fix the clock? LESI’ll do my best, and the locket, too. AMELIAI’ll polish the lamp. LESI’m nearly done with these shoes.Amelia polishes the lamp. AMELIAMr. Barker is an ogre of a man, don’t you think? LESHe’s just doing his job. AMELIAHe could at least have a little compassion. We’re honest, upstanding folk. We’re nottrying to cheat him. Doesn’t he know that? LESDeep down, I think he does. It’s just his way.
TRINKETS 9 AMELIAWell, I wish things were different. I wish he was in our place for a change. Maybe heshould struggle a bit more… like us, like many of us. Only if he could walk in our shoesfor a while, that might humble him a bit.Lights Fade to Black. Scene 2Lights Up on same setting as before in continuous action, however, the shoes are nolonger on stage. Instead of Les, Mr. Barker sits, reading the racing form, which covershis face. A framed black and white photo of a girl about seventeen years old, Anna, is onthe wall. AMELIAIf only he had to struggle a bit more, I think he would understand. Times are hardeverywhere. People out of work, just scraping to get by, and him with a guaranteed roofover his head. And really, can you really call what he does work? I mean, you fix halfthe things around this building, not him. Sure, he’s the landlord, but would it hurt him touse a kind word now and then? Treat us tenants with a bit of dignity? You know whatthey say, you catch more flies with honey than— MR. BARKER (lowering the racing form)What the hell are you goin on about?Amelia screams. MR. BARKER (cont)Jesus Christ! Can you keep it down? I’m tryin to concentrate here. AMELIAWhat’re you doing here? MR. BARKERWhat does it look like I’m doin? I’m tryin to pick some winners in today’s races. AMELIAWhere’s Les? MR. BARKERAre you feelin all right?
TRINKETS 10 AMELIAJust tell me where Les is. MR. BARKERHow the hell should I know? But if I were a betting man, and I am, I’d say he’ll beshowin up on our doorstep any minute. AMELIAOur doorstep? MR. BARKERDoorway, whatever. AMELIAAre you… ? Are we… ? MR. BARKERAm I, are we, what? AMELIAMarried? MR. BARKERI swear, Amelia, you’re a damn basket case. Here I am, tryin to raise some scratch tocover the rent and you can’t even leave me in peace. You can’t even fix me a decentmeal. You sit there like a princess surrounded by your junk, blatherin on about Godknows what. You’re certifiable, you know that?Amelia gathers her strength, a sense of herself, and rises. AMELIAWhat about you! Maybe if we had some groceries, I could make you something decentto eat! I scrape and scavenge to make ends meet and what do you do? Why don’t youget a job instead of gambling away our money on the dog races!Amelia surprises herself with her outburst. Mr. Barker backhands her across the face.. MR. BARKERDon’t give me no lip. Show some respect, why don’t you. Jobs are hard to come by.And it’s not like I ain’t been tryin. I gotta do what I gotta do. You understand me? AMELIAI’m sorry, Joe. Forgive me. I’m just frustrated, that’s all.
TRINKETS 11 MR. BARKERYou and me both. AMELIAJoe? MR. BARKERYeah? AMELIAYour name’s Joe. MR. BARKERI swear to God, Amelia…Amelia sees the photo on the wall of Anna. AMELIAJoe… do we… do we have any children? MR. BARKERYou serious?She goes to him and grabs him by the shirt and shakes him. AMELIAPlease tell me!Mr. Barker pushes her away and she falls to the floor. MR. BARKERYou’re headin straight for the sanitarium. You hear me? Ever since Anna died, sevenyears, and you’re still—. Pull it together. Get over it. You’re embarrassin yourself.Amelia sobs. MR. BARKER (cont)I’m going to the track. Did you iron my shirt?Mr. Barker exits into the bedroom. MR. BARKER (O.S.)Amelia! My shirt? AMELIAOn the back of the door!
TRINKETS 12Amelia picks up the polishing cloth and wipes her nose and face with it. AMELIA (cont)What’s happening to me?She spies the lamp and reaches for it slowly. There’s a knock at the front door. Mr.Barker enters from the bedroom wearing a clean white shirt and tying a tie. MR. BARKERWhat did I tell you? Damn, why can’t I have that kind of luck at the track?Mr. Barker opens the door, revealing Les. MR. BARKERYeah? LESGood morning, Mr. Barker. I think we both know this isn’t purely a social call. AMELIALes! LESHello, Mrs. Barker. Good day to you. MR. BARKERWe don’t have it. LESNow, you’ll remember that yesterday, you told me you would pay your rent today. MR. BARKERWell, we don’t have it. Come back tomorrow. I’m goin to the track today. LESYou have money to wager, but not to pay your rent? MR. BARKERI only have half of it. LESYou know what day of the week this is, right Mr. Barker?
TRINKETS 13 MR. BARKERYeah. It’s race day. (He grabs his coat and hat.) I can still make it to the track in timefor the second post.Mr. Barker exits. An awkward pause follows. LESThank you, Mrs. Barker, for that China doll you gave me yesterday, for Bridgette. Shejust adores it. AMELIABridgette? LESShe named the doll Sally. And the clothes you made were simply delightful. AMELIAYou said… Bridgette. LESMy daughter. Are you feeling all right, Mrs.—? AMELIANo, I don’t think I am. LESHere, sit down.Les takes Amelia by the hand and guides her to a chair. LESDo you want some water or a cup of tea? AMELIAWe don’t have any more tea… or coffee for that matter. LESWe have both back at our place. I’ll bring some over for you.Amelia picks up a small doll’s bonnet from the table. AMELIAHere’s a bonnet I made for Bridgette last night, for her doll, for Sally. LESThank you. You’re so good to her. I’m sure she’ll love it.
TRINKETS 14Les puts the bonnet in his shirt pocket. AMELIALes, don’t you know me? LESOf course, Mrs. Barker. You’ve lived here for six years. AMELIANo. Don’t you really know me? LESWhat do you mean? AMELIAWho am I? LESShall I call a doctor? AMELIAWhat sort of woman am I, Les? Tell me. LESWell, you’re a kind woman… patient, charitable. You’d share your last loaf of breadwith a hungry stranger. AMELIAThere’s more, isn’t there? What else? LESWell, for a long time I’ve known… and no disrespect… because I find you a dear person.But… you’re a sad woman. You try to put on your best face, but sometimes the sadnessshows through. (pause) I’m sorry for you, really I am. AMELIASorry? LESFor the loss of your daughter. And I know living with him Mr. Barker can’t be easy. AMELIABut I’m married to you, Les.
TRINKETS 15 LESPardon, Mrs. Barker? AMELIADon’t call me that! My name’s Amelia Newman. I’m your wife! I’m Mrs. LeslieNewman! LESIs there any medication—? AMELIADon’t you know me, Les? We love each other. This is our home. You shine shoes. Youfix things. You’re a handyman. I take in laundry and sewing, I scavenge for trinkets tosell at the flea market. Mr. Barker is our apartment manager! LESI’m the manager, Mrs. Barker. And I have a job to do. I’d better go, but I’ll check in onyou later. Promise, I will. AMELIAOur daughter, Bridgette, is dead!A pause. LESAbout the coffee and tea, I’ll drop it off when I come ‘round again.Les exits and closes the door. AMELIALes, don’t leave me! I need you! You’re my strength. You’re my husband! (sobbing)My God, what have I done?She spies the lamp, wipes her face and nose, and picks it up. AMELIA (cont)I must put things right again. If I did it once, I could do it again.She begins polishing the lamp. AMELIA (cont)I wish… I wish everything was back the way it was before.Lights Fade to Black.
TRINKETS 16 Scene 3Lights Up. Les sits, fixing the clock. AMELIALes! You’re back!She gives him a hug. LESWoah, Amelia! I have little clock parts everywhere! AMELIAI love you, Les. LESYes, I can see that. AMELIADo you remember anything that happened before? LESBefore what? AMELIAJust now! You were the apartment manager. Don’t you remember? You offered me teaand coffee. LESI made you coffee this morning, but what’s this about me being the— AMELIAI made some doll clothes and gave them to you for… for Bridgette. LESHoney, are you feeling all right? AMELIANo! I’m not! Why does everyone keep asking me that?
TRINKETS 17 LESI’m sorry, my sweet. Can I make you a bromide? AMELIANo, I’m fine now. I’m perfectly fine now because I have you back again. LESBut I never left. AMELIAYes, you did. It was horrible. Mr. Barker was my husband and he was mean. An ogre. LESThat’s kind of the way he is. AMELIABut he was my husband! I was married to that beast. LESYou must’ve flashed on a bad dream. AMELIAIt was no dream! It was real. As real as me standing here right now. LESSit down, my love. AMELIAIt was the lamp! LESWhat’s the lamp got to do with it? AMELIAIt granted my wish. Remember when I told you I wished Mr. Barker could be in ourplace, so maybe he would understand and have some compassion for us? LESI remember. AMELIAWell… it happened. LESWhat happened?
TRINKETS 18 AMELIAMr. Barker was in our place… well, in your place, actually. And you were in his. LESLet me guess. He learned compassion for our plight and was a changed man. Soundslike a Charles Dickens story. AMELIANo, he didn’t, and he wasn’t. Mr. Barker was the same as before, if not meaner. But youwere still a wonderful man! LESThank you, my dear, but it’s just not possible. It must’ve either been a very vivid dreamor some kind of delusion. AMELIAIt was no delusion! Don’t you believe me? LESWhat I do believe, sweetheart, is that you believe it happened, and that concerns me.This day is stressful, I know. You should get some rest. Later, we’ll go to the cemetery. AMELIAListen to me, Les. When you came to collect the rent, when you were the apartmentmanager, I gave you a doll’s bonnet, for Bridgette, for her China doll. You put it in yourshirt pocket, right there. LESA doll’s bonnet?Less reaches into his pocket and pulls out a doll’s bonnet. AMELIANow do you believe? LESI… I don’t understand. AMELIAYou don’t need to. But it’s all the proof you need. It happened. It was real. LESDon’t touch that lamp, Amelia. It’s cursed. It’s evil. AMELIAHow can it be evil?
TRINKETS 19 LESIt must be. You asked it for something good, something unselfish, but instead it gave yousomething twisted and mean.She reaches for the lamp. LES (cont)No! Don’t touch it! AMELIADon’t you see? If I changed things once, I can do it again. LESYou don’t know that! AMELIAOf course I do. I’ve already done it. LESA lamp has three wishes, right? You’ve already used two. AMELIAWho says there’s only three wishes? Don’t you see? We can have our Bridgette backagain. LESAmelia. Take a deep breath. Let me fix you a cup of tea. AMELIAWe don’t have any tea. LESListen a minute to what you’re saying. AMELIAI know exactly what I’m saying. LESBridgette’s gone. We still hold her near and dear in our hearts and minds. AMELIAI want to hold her in my arms.
TRINKETS 20 LESI share your pain, my dear. It’s a wound that never heals, a raw patch of flesh that getsirritated over and over again. If it were any different, we wouldn’t be human. AMELIAI’m tired of hurting, Les. Something inside me is dead. I only want to put back what wasthere before, something alive. LESYou saw what happened before. It turned out all wrong. You shouldn’t mess with thiskind of magic. It’s not right. AMELIADon’t tell me what’s right! What’s right is putting things back the way they should be.A mistake happened and our Bridgette is dead. I want to fix it! LESAmelia, please. Let’s think about this first, okay? You know I want what you want,right? We’re together on that. AMELIAThen put your hand on the lamp. Do it now. LESWhat? AMELIAIt’s happening.Les puts his hand on the lamp while Amelia rubs it with the cloth. AMELIA (cont)I wish we had our Bridgette back.Lights Fade to Black. Scene 4Lights Up on same setting as before in continuous action. Nothing has apparentlyhappened.
TRINKETS 21 LESWhat now? AMELIABridgette? LESBridgette, dear!Only silence. LESIt didn’t work. Maybe you can’t bring back the dead. Maybe it’s a rule. AMELIAWhat rule? LESThere are always rules to magic. What you can do, what you can’t— AMELIAI’m sorry, but I didn’t find the user’s manual lying beside the lamp! LESPlease, let’s not fight. Let’s put that lamp away. It’s unsettling. AMELIAI won’t give up. Not that easy. LESI feel a sense of doom, Amelia. Don’t you feel it? Surrounding you? Pressing in? Youdon’t know what you’re messing with. It’s some kind of black magic. I told you it wascursed, didn’t I? AMELIAYou don’t know that. LESDid it give you what you wanted the first time? AMELIAAll I know is that it changes the way things are. If I just wish hard enough the rightway…Les grabs the polishing cloth and wraps the lamp up inside.
TRINKETS 22 AMELIAWhat’re you doing? LESI’m hiding it away. I don’t trust it. AMELIAI don’t trust you! Give me back my lamp. I found it! LESI’ll keep it safe. I just want to put it away. AMELIAIf you loved me, Les, you wouldn’t do this to me! LESWhen I get back, we’ll go to the cemetery. AMELIAMy Bridgette’s not dead, do you hear me! She’s not dead!Les exits. Lights Fade to Black. Scene 5Lights Up on same setting as before. Les works on the clock as Amelia enters throughthe front door with her basket of treasures. LESYou’d better hurry if you want to get to get a good place at the flea market. I think I’vefinally got this clock fixed.Amelia sits heavily in her chair, looking worn out, expressionless. LES (cont)Mrs. Blore picked up the sewing and left you a little something extra. (pause) I countedthe money in the lockbox. We almost have the entire rent without the flea market money.That’s good news, don’t you think? (pause) Amelia?Amelia removes a gun from her basket and lets it clunk heavily onto the table.
TRINKETS 23 LESWhere did you get that? AMELIAIt’s loaded. LESAmelia, where did it come from? AMELIAI was picking out pieces of stained glass from the bottom of a dumpster, and there it was.It was warm when I picked it up. LESDon’t touch it. We need to turn it in to the police. AMELIADon’t you love me anymore Les? LESOf course, I love you, Amelia. What kind of talk is that? AMELIAYesterday, you had coffee waiting for me. Today, there’s nothing. LESI was waiting for you, my dear. Besides, I’ve been busy with this clock and lost track oftime. I’ll make some for the both of us, hot and fresh. (pause)Feeling any better, today? (pause)I was thinking that, since we didn’t go to the cemetery yesterday, we could go today,after the flea market. Mr. Evers owes me for the shoeshine. We can stop by his flowerstall— AMELIAI already went. LESTo the flower stall? AMELIATo the cemetery.
TRINKETS 24 LESWithout me? AMELIAShe’s not there anymore. LESWhat? AMELIABridgette’s grave isn’t there anymore. It’s somebody else now. LESYou must be mistaken. AMELIAI know where my daughter is buried! LESYes, my pet. I thought maybe with all the stress— AMELIAI’m not crazy, Les. You act as if I’m crazy. LESNo, of course not. I don’t think that.A knock at the door. LESThere’s Mr. Barker. I’ll get the lockbox.Les goes to the bedroom while Amelia goes to the door and opens it. LES (partially off)After the flea market we’ll straighten out this business at the cemetery.Amelia has opened the door while Les re-enters with the lockbox. BRIDGETTECemetery? Who died? AMELIABridgette!
TRINKETS 25 BRIDGETTEYou look like you’ve seen a ghost. LESI don’t believe it. AMELIABridgette? Is it really you? LESHow—? BRIDGETTE--unexpected? Surprise, Mom and Dad.Amelia hugs Bridgette. LESYou came back. BRIDGETTEYeah, I know I haven’t come ‘round in a while. You made it pretty clear last time that Iwasn’t welcome around here anymore. LESThat’s not true! AMELIAWe love you. BRIDGETTEI don’t remember it like that. You hated my friends and didn’t want me around. LESYou know what it was we didn’t want around, but you were always welcome here. AMELIASit down, Bridgette. Sit down. I’ll make you a sandwich. BRIDGETTEForget the sandwich. I don’t really have time to stay. I just wanted to let you know,before long, you’ll be paying your rent to me. LESWhat?
TRINKETS 26 BRIDGETTEI’m going to be the new Mrs. Barker. We’re getting married. AMELIAWhat’s this? BRIDGETTEYou know Joe and I’ve been seeing each other for a while. He’s going to ask me tomarry him. AMELIANo! Bridgette, you can’t! Don’t do it! BRIDGETTEI know he’s not perfect, but who is? Anyway, look at it this way, I’ll always have a roofover my head, won’t I? LESYou’ll always have a roof over your head right here, with us. BRIDGETTEAnyway, Joe sent me to collect the rent, whatever you got. LESTell Mr. Barker if he wants to collect the rent, he can come see me himself. When I havethe full amount later today, I’ll go see him. BRIDGETTEHe told me to— LESRegardless, I’ll only pay Mr. Barker. BRIDGETTEI was hoping, Daddy, that maybe you could give us an engagement present.Amelia picks up the clock and holds it out. AMELIAHere you are. BRIDGETTEI don’t need a stupid old clock. I was hoping you could give us some cash.
TRINKETS 27 AMELIAYou know we have no money. BRIDGETTEDaddy’s got the lockbox. AMELIAThat’s the rent money. BRIDGETTEThen give me the rent money. I’ll give it to Joe. LESI already told you no. BRIDGETTEYou hate me. AMELIANo, no baby, we don’t. LESShow us your arms. BRIDGETTEStay away from me! Don’t touch me! LESYou would show us your arms if you had nothing to hide. BRIDGETTEIf you loved me, you’d give me what I need. AMELIAAll the love you could need or want is yours to have. BRIDGETTEI don’t need your love, I need money!Bridgette picks up the gun and points it at Les. BRIDGETTEGive me the lockbox.
TRINKETS 28 LESDon’t be ridiculous, Bridgette. Look what you’re doing. I’m your father. I love you.Put down that gun.Mr. Barker enters the doorway. MR. BARKERWhat the hell’s going--? Woah! Never mind. I’ll come back later. BRIDGETTEWait! Joe, I need you.Les lunges at Bridgette and takes the gun away. BRIDGETTEYou don’t understand! You’re messing up everything! LESGet a hold of yourself, Bridgette. Calm down! Mr. Barker, I want a word with you. MR. BARKERLike I said, I’ll come back later. Looks like a family squabble. AMELIABridgette said you were going to marry her. MR. BARKERWhat? She said that? LESIs it true? MR. BARKERNo. ‘Course not. What the hell? BRIDGETTEWhat about those things you told me? MR. BARKERWhat things? BRIDGETTEThat you wish I could be yours all the time, twenty-four seven. MR. BARKERThat’s just pillow talk.
TRINKETS 29 BRIDGETTEYou said you loved me. MR. BARKERYeah, well, maybe I did for a minute, but do you think I’m gonna marry a heroin whore? BRIDGETTEYou’re the one who gives it to me! MR. BARKERWe have a little business arrangement, is all. BRIDGETTEAll those nice things you whisper when we’re alone… MR. BARKERWake up, little girl. If you wanna keep comin around now and then, that’s okay, butwe’re not gettin married. BRIDGETTEAfter everything I did for you? Everything you said? You bastard!Bridgette runs to Mr. Barker and pounds on his chest with her fists. Mr. Barker slaps herand knocks her to the ground. MR. BARKERDon’t give me no lip. Show me some respect, why don’t you. I swear, Bridgette, you’rea damn basket case. Pull it together. You’re embarrassin’ yourself.Amelia picks the gun up from the table. AMELIAI can’t let this go on. MR. BARKERWhat’re you gonna do? Shoot me?Amelia fires the gun and Mr. Barker grabs his midsection and staggers backwardthrough the door. Bridgette screams. LESAmelia! BRIDGETTELook what you’ve done!
TRINKETS 30 AMELIAHe never would have been good to you. BRIDGETTEHe was going to marry me! LESNo, Bridgette. He was never going to marry you.Amelia drops the gun on the table. Bridgette grabs it and points it at Les. BRIDGETTEGive me the money. LESBridgette, dear, put down the gun. BRIDGETTEGive me the goddamn money! LESWhat’re you going to do with it? BRIDGETTEJust give it to me. AMELIASweetheart, we love you.Bridgette puts the gun to her own head. BRIDGETTEI’ll shoot myself if you don’t! AMELIANo! BRIDGETTE (in tears)Give me the lockbox and I’ll go. LESYou want it? Take it.
TRINKETS 31Les holds out the lockbox. As Bridgette comes near, Les grabs for the gun. There’s astruggle and the gun goes off. Les grabs his belly and sinks to the ground. Ameliascreams and goes to Les. AMELIABridgette, what have you done? BRIDGETTEIt was an accident, momma. I didn’t mean to. I never wanted—Bridgette drops the gun, grabs the lockbox and exits through the front door. AMELIALes, talk to me! Say something! LESIt’s like a dream, isn’t it? AMELIA.I’ll get you to a doctor. Can you walk? LESI love you, Amelia. I love Bridgette. Together, we’re a family. Apart, we’re… AMELIALes, tell me, where did you hide the lamp? LESThe lamp? AMELIAI can fix everything. Just tell me where you hid the lamp.Les laughs with difficulty. AMELIAWhat’s so funny? LESThe lamp… AMELIAYes… LESThe lamp… was in the lockbox.
TRINKETS 32Amelia looks toward the open doorway, leaves Les where he is, goes to the doorway andlooks out. She screams in despair. Lights Fade to Black. Scene 6Lights Up on same setting as Scene 1. Les polishes shoes. Amelia enters through thefront door carrying her basket of treasures. LESGood morning, my dear. AMELIAAnd what a morning it’s been. LESSit down. Let me get you a cup of coffee. AMELIAI thought I smelled coffee. Wondered if it wasn’t wishful thinking. LESWish no more. AMELIAI thought we had used up the last of it. LESWe did. But this morning—and this is strange—this morning I found a tin of coffee inthe cupboard with a note attached that read, ‘Mrs. Barker, hope you’re feeling better.’ AMELIAMrs. Barker? Your right, that is strange. Mr. Barker isn’t married. And what would itbe doing in our cupboard? LESYou know what’s even more strange? The note looked a lot like my handwriting. AMELIALet’s not look a gift horse in the mouth. How about that cup?
TRINKETS 33 LESOf course, my love. Good advice. Any good finds today? AMELIAA brass picture frame, a bit scratched, with a crack in one corner of the glass, a stopwatchwith a broken stem, and a porcelain angel with broken wings, but I found the pieces, withonly the smallest amount of chips missing. LESI’ll glue the wings on as soon as I’m done with these shoes. And I can fill in the chipslater. I’ll see what I can do with that stopwatch, too. AMELIANo hurry. LESMrs. Blore dropped off some sewing. I told her not to expect it until the middle of nextweek. Hope that’s all right. AMELIAI’ll have it done by Monday. You know she always pays extra if she gets it sooner. LESI packed a lunch for us. Thought we could picnic in the cemetery. It’s been a while.That is, if you’d like. AMELIAWhat would I do without you, Les? LESIf you’re lucky, you’ll never need to know.They hug and enjoy their coffee. AMELIADon’t you feel there’s a hole in our lives? LESAbsolutely. Torn right down the middle. And nothing could ever fill it up the way itused to be. Only the love we have for each other—that’s what we need to keep puttinginside. AMELIAI should warn you. Mr. Barker saw me coming up. He’ll probably be here any minute.
TRINKETS 34 LESI can handle Mr. Barker. AMELIAI love you, Les. LESHow’s the coffee? AMELIAGood. Very good.Lights Fade to Black.CURTAIN