The Gift

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Objective: Give props extra emotional power. Exercise: Write a scene in which a prop is used in two drastically different ways. The prop should originally be given as a gift or good-will gesture. Then, at the end of the scene, it is reversed and used to express anger or a change in sentiments.
Remember: Props should be visual, hand-held items. Hints: Be creative. Select an unusual prop and us it in an original manner.

The Gift

Bedroom. ABBY is sitting in front of a mirror doing her makeup, she is getting ready to go out. PAUL enters, he has just got from work, PAUL is wearing a fine suit and carries a briefcase, he places the briefcase to the side of the bed and moves towards ABBY and kisses her on the back of the head. ABBY continues to put on her makeup while PAUL removes his jacket and shoes before sitting down on the edge of the bed.

ABBY

You’re late

PAUL

Yeah I know, sorry. I was just closing some sales

ABBY

ok

PAUL

You know it’s been crazy since Petes left

ABBY

So you keep telling me

PAUL moves to ABBY and starts rubbing her shoulders until she gives into the gesture

PAUL

I’m sorry hun, how was your day?

ABBY

The the usual, standing around all day doing nothing, had to wait til 11 for someone to actually walk in
PAUL

At least you’re home now
PAUL kisses her head again, PAUL moves to his briefcase and pulls out a jewellery box

PAUL

Since it’s our special night I got you a little something

ABBY seeing the jewellery box in the reflection of the mirror turns around with curiosity. ABBY takes the box and opens it, it is a necklace in the shape of an Orchid

ABBY

It’s beautiful

PAUL

Here

PAUL takes the necklace and carefully puts it around ABBYS neck, PAUL kisses the back of her head again. ABBY looks in the mirror at her new treasure, her smile is short lived as she fills the pendant in her fingers

ABBY

Paul, where did you get this?

PAUL

Why? don’t you like it?

ABBY

No, no I love it, its just… it looks like the one they are showing on the news

PAUL

All right, well it’s not, I can assure you it’s not the same one as the one on the news

ABBY pulls out her phone

PAUL

What are you doing?

ABBY

Googling it

PAUL

Abby, you’re being ridiculous, it’s not the same, I bought it from Micheal Hill a few weeks ago, it’s just a stupid necklace

ABBY

Look! look Paul! Maddie McKenzie was wearing this when she went missing, it’s all over the news

PAUL

Ab calm down!

ABBY

Look Paul, gold orchid necklace, it was her gradmas, it’s the same one Paul, isn’t it!

PAUL

You need to calm down Abby, you are making this all up in your head

ABBY

You need to stand over there away from me

PAUL

You can’t be serious!

ABBY

Stay away from me, if you don’t have anything to hide Paul you’ll stay over there

ABBY starts to dail on her phone, the couple begin to circle each other in the room

PAUL

Ab calm down! put the phone down!

ABBY

Back off!

PAUL grabs the phone and throws it at the wall, ABBY tries to run away but PAUL grabs her before she reaches the door, PAUL throws ABBY onto the bed, he pins her down ABBY screams. Blackout.

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