28 Plays Later 2024 – Brief #11 – The First Line Challenge: Comparing Apples and Bananas


LINDA (still waving the knife): You never know anything do you. Never read the briefs, never check the news. You’re always just stumbling around in the dark. You’re lucky you got out alive.

JACK: Don’t you dare blame me for this. If I hadn’t pretended to be one of the potential buyers, we’d never even know it had been sold! You were the one who knew it’s worth, Linda Lee. You’re just as responsible as I am!

LINDA (bitter laughter): Me? Responsible? Hardly. I’m just a pawn in your game, Jack. (mimics him) “Boo hoo, I didn’t have the scratch!” (normal voice) You think you can manipulate me, but I see right through you.

JACK (leaps to his feet): You? You don’t know anything about me! You have no clue what I’ve been through!

LINDA (advancing with the knife): Oh, I know more than you realize, Jack-o. I know about the lies, the betr – beray – betryl –

JACK (correcting her drunken misspeech): Betrayal.

LINDA (still drunk): Right, betrayal.

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