~Beginning Of Act One~
JILL runs into the house
JILL: You wouldn’t believe what happened last night. It was the weirdest thing! Can you guess what it was?
JILL sits down next to JENNIFER on the couch
JENNIFER: What? It started snowing?
JILL: No, I saw a flock of - it’s gonna sound weird - flying penguins!
JENNIFER: You coulda come up with something funnier, ya know.
JILL: I saw them! At first, I couldn’t believe my own eyes! But, I was like, Merlin’s beard! Flying penguins!
JENNIFER: You were probably half-asleep or something. That’s impossible, Jill.
JILL: I swear I did! I even asked Jay - you know, my brother - to see the penguins and I asked him if he saw the penguins as well, and guess what? He. Said. Yes.
JENNIFER: You’ve gone berserk.
JILL: Well, if Jay’s seen it, why don’t you believe it now, Jen?
JENNIFER: I dunno. (pause) I still don’t believe you, so don’t get your hopes so high up, young lady.
JILL: So you agree?
JENNIFER: First tell me exactly how they looked like, and maybe - just maybe - I might believe you.
JILL: Mkay. I saw them when I woke up to get some water. I went down to the kitchen, and you know how there’s a huge window where the sink is? Yeah, I looked through there, and I saw these tiny specs of black and whitish things in the sky. It looked super odd, so I brought down my telescope - the one Gran had gifted me last year - and used that to look up and check it out. They had white bellies, and as far as I could tell, the rest of their bodies were black. And they were flapping their wi - I mean - arms? I guess that’s what you’d call it since they don’t really have wings to fly wi -
JENNIFER: Ha! I knew it! They don’t fly, you fool!
JILL: Oh, shut up, you know what I mean.
JILL: Anyways, I realized they were penguins. But they had an odd sort of thing on their head, so they might as well have been a different species of them that flew, know what I mean? Anyway, it was super cool. And just to make sure I hadn’t gone crazy or something, I went back up the house and woke up Jay to ask him if he saw the same thing. He looked through his window, and yeah. He saw the penguins, and so did I. It was plain madness, but I know what I saw.
JENNIFER: Well, it sounds realistic enough.
JILL: You believe me.
JENNIFER: There has to be a downside to this. There’s always a downside to things, Jill, if you hadn’t noticed.
JILL: Augh, don’t remind me. Father and Mother have given me and Jay a lifetime ban from reading fantastical books, or anything fiction. They think that me and Jay have gone crazy because of reading all that “junk”. Also, they’re making us go to a psychologist for this!
JENNIFER: Why a psychologist?
JILL: I don’t even know. They told us about it this morning.
JENNIFER: I’m laughing so hard from inside right now.
JILL: Oh shut up. I still read books, obviously. I have them stuffed under my mattress. (pause) Stop laughing already! It’s not at all funny!
There’re half a dozen penguins flying right outside the window right in front of them, swooping in and out of sight
JILL: Hey, oh my gosh, Jen, it’s the penguins!
JILL jumps up, making the coffee table fall over, pointing at the window
JENNIFER slowly gets up, pointing a shaking finger towards the window
JENNIFER: Oh my heavens! There are.
Jennifer faints, falling back onto the couch
Jill grins at the penguins, completely ignoring Jennifer
~End Of Act One~