The Farmer Finds the Mess
[Loner steps out of the shadows, still taking notes and inspecting the scene.]
Loner There. That's it? It's over?
[Playwright stirs and shuffles in his sleep.]
Playwright [Starts waking up] Blue chicken. No. [Shakes his head]
Loner She's dead He's dead. He's dead. They ran away together.
Playwright Wha? Where am I?
Loner And I'm the only one still left. Without a purpose.
Playwright What happened here?
Loner Three characters dead, two ran away together. I'm here alone. Is this a tragedy or a farce?
Playwright Wait. This is that hotel room.
Loner It could be a comedy for all I know.
Playwright The damsel. She's dead?
Loner What exactly is a melodrama?
Playwright The Hero and the Villain died too.
Loner I started out mysterious, and I still haven't figured out anything more.
Playwright I wonder what happened here?
Loner I have no place in this play. What was the playwright thinking!
Playwright I guess I'll never know...
[A long silence. Loner turns to Writer.]
Loner What did you say?
Playwright It's just that I'll never know how this play turned out.
Loner [Looks at his diary] Yes! Let me tell you a story.