KAILA gets in the car, when MOM comes to pick her up
MAMA: Hey! How was school?
KAILA: Okay, I guess.
MAMA: What did you do?
KAILA: Watch people use their phones.
MAMA: What about yours?
KAILA: Very funny. I’ll be goin’ around showin’ off a flip phone to all the kids with iPhones and whatnot!
MAMA: What’s the problem with a flippy?
KAILA: It’s a flip phone, Mama.
KAILA: You won’t get it. (pause) Why can’t I have a proper phone?
MAMA: You have a perfectly fine phone. I don’t see a single defect in it.
KAILA: A perfectly flip phone. I want an iPhone, or a Samsung, or… or, something other than a flippy!
MAMA: I can get you one of those tiny Nokia phones.
KAILA: What’s a Nokia phone? I want a cool phone. Everyone in class has a cool phone.
MAMA: If everyone else were to jump off bridges, would you start doing the same?
KAILA: Um, what?
MAMA: You want what everyone else wants. So if everyone else wants to jump off a bridge, I’m assuming you’d want to as well.
KAILA: Mama, that has nothing at all to do with phones.
MAMA: It’s the same topic.
KAILA: It’s - you know what? Never mind.
MAMA: Watch your tone.
MAMA and KAILA get out of the car
MAMA and KAILA are watching TV
KAILA: Aw, Mama, look at that cat!
MAMA: I know - so cute!
KAILA: Remember when Papa said I could adopt a cat?
MAMA turns off the TV
KAILA: Remember when Papa said I could adopt a cat when we move next year? Can I have it now?
MAMA: We can decide when we get to Sydney.
KAILA: Why then?
MAMA: First of all, you can barely handle your closet, how can I hand over a cat? “Oh, here you go, Kaila, you can have a cat - take care of it, don’t kill it, don’t lose it.” (pause) Never. Second of all, if you can’t remember when you have to do homework, how am I supposed to know you’ll remember to feed the animal?
KAILA: I can take care of my closet! And I remember when I have to do my homework!
MAMA: I opened the closet once, and your pile of clothes fell out and on me. I had to arrange the entire thing.
KAILA: Well… I promise I’ll take care of the cat - give it it’s food, clean out it’s litter box, and if it needs meds, then that too, and… obviously, cuddle with it as well.
MAMA: Show me and your father some responsibility and then we’ll think about it.
KAILA: I am responsible! I’ve been finishing my work for two months in a row, and that too, on time!
MAMA: Something other than work. After grade nine you’re going to be in IB, and that’s advance stuff, in case you still haven’t realized. How are you going to take out time for the cat?
KAILA: I’ll handle it. Maybe the cat will urge me into finishing my work faster.
MAMA: It’ll be a distraction.
KAILA: It won’t. I promise. Can you… please think about it? Properly? Pretty please?
MAMA: Ask your father.
KAILA: Well can you and Papa both talk it over? Please!
MAMA: Okay. (pause) If we get time.
MAMA: Okay, okay, I will.
KAILA: Thank you.
MAMA: The pleasure is mine.
KAILA walks into the house and meets MAMA in the living room
KAILA: You know how I saved up a bunch of my money?
MAMA: What about it?
KAILA: It’s been all summer. And working at McDonald’s has earned me a lotta money. I have enough money to -
MAMA: Get a phone. Yeah, I know.
KAILA: Um. And I sorta went and got a phone with a plan. (pause) I’ll pay for it! I promise I will!
MAMA: Did you already!? Kaila…
KAILA: Yeah, sorta kinda.
MAMA: You say that as if you split the phone in half and just took half the phone, kid.
KAILA: I got the whole thing.
KAILA gets her phone.
KAILA: Look at this beauty!
MAMA: Congratulations. You’re officially a responsible kid but I hate how you got the phone without me.
KAILA: C’mon, Mama. The first thing you can do is call Grams with it!
MAMA: She lives in Germany. It’ll cost triple your actual phone cost to call her.
KAILA: I got an all-distance plan.
KAILA: An all-distance plan, because I thought you’d like it.
MAMA: For me?
MAMA: Pass me the phone!
KAILA: Here you go.
MAMA rushes off with the phone to go talk to Grams. KAILA is grinning.
MAMA and KAILA are at the Veterinary Hospital. They are standing in front of the CLERK woman..
MAMA: Hi, um, we’re here to adopt the kitten…
CLERK: Oh! Yes, yes, hold on let me find the adoption papers.
CLERK goes to find papers
KAILA: Ohh, Mama I’m so excited!
MAMA: I know, kiddo. You fill out the forms. I’ll go sit.
CLERK: Here’s the papers, just fill them out and let your mother sign the bottom.
KAILA: Thank you!
KAILA goes to MAMA
KAILA: (pause) Mama. Who’s phone number should I write?
KAILA: I’m not doing mine!
MAMA: Why’d you waste your breath then? (pause) It’s your kitten. You’re adopting it. Not me. You’re responsible for it, so write your own number, or else we’re leaving right now.
KAILA: Wowzers. Love the speech.
KAILA: Seriously, thanks for letting me adopt this kitten before Sydney.