Cast of characters:
Schuyler…………………………….. Mckenzie’s roommate, young adult
McKenzie................................ Schuyler’s roommate, young Adult
Tyler………………………….. A friend, young adult
Setting: Schuyler and Mckenzie’s apartment
(Schuyler arrives at her apartment. As she steps inside McKenzie, swings a pool noodle at her.)
Schuyler: What the—
Mckenzie: (Whispering) Sky? I could’ve hurt you!
Schuyler: Hurt me? With that? You do know it’s a—
McKenzie: Shh… You’ll wake them.
Schuyler: Wake what?
Mckenzie: The spirits.
Schuyler: (A beat) Spirits.
Mckenzie: Yes. They’ve come for me.
Schuyler: Come for you?
Mckenzie: Yes. I made a mockery of their sacred art. And now I must face their retribution.
Schuyler: Umm….are you…?
Mckenzie: They’re a dark forces at work here. You should leave while you can.
Mckenzie: Quiet! Or they’ll come for you too. (Speaking to the ceiling) She didn’t mean it!
Schuyler: (Still laughing) She’s right. I didn’t mean it. Please forgive me!
Mckenzie: Stop it! People like you are always the first ones to die.
Schuyler: Die? Are you…. What’s going on here?
Mckenzie: The spirits are angry I—
Schuyler: No. No. I mean, how do you that the spirits are… coming for you?
McKenzie points to the vase.
Schuyler: The vase?
Mckenzie: It’s possessed.
Schuyler: (A beat) And how, exactly, is it possessed?
Mckenzie: (A beat) It moves. At random moments. It just shakes, when the spirits are in it.
Mckenzie: If it you watch…eventually it will happen.
(They watch. The vase is still. Schuyler pulls out her phone. The vase vibrates)
Schuyler: (Putting away phone) Sorry, what?
Mckenzie: Just watch.
(They again watch the vase. Schuyler pulls her phone out again. The vase vibrates again)
Mckenzie: (Excited) Did you… (Her voice trails off as she notices Schuyler once again, texting. She goes to Schuyler)
Schuyler: What? Hey! (They fight over the phone. The vase continues to vibrate on occasion, but Schuyler never notices.)
Mckenzie: (Heaving) Enough, you—(She takes the phone.) Watch.
(The two resume watching. Schuyler reaches her hand into her pocket and the vase vibrates.
Mckenzie(con’t): There! Now do you see?
Schuyler: Yeah. That’s pretty crazy.
(McKenzie exits. She returns with a suitcase. She continues to exit the stage, always coming back with more items.)
Schuyler: (Calling)What are you doing?
Mckenzie: We can’t stay here.
Mckenzie: We have to leave. Before it’s too late.
Schuyler: Don’t you… don’t you think you’re over-reacting a little?
Mckenzie: There’s only one way this ends. Well, three, and I’m not a fan of any of them.
Schuyler: Where are you going to go? To your parent’s?
Mckenzie: It’s too dangerous. We have to go somewhere they can’t follow. (She brings out the last bag.) Well, are you coming?
Schuyler: Do you have your Bon Jovi poster?
Mckenzie: Oh, I almost forgot.
(She exits. Schuyler goes to the vase, pulls out a cellphone, then moves away. McKenzie re-enters.)
Mckenzie: Okay. Last chance. Are you coming or not?
Schuyler: You know. The vase has been pretty quiet for a while. Do you think the spirits left?
Mckenzie: They’re trying to lull us into a false sense of security.
Schuyler: Uhh…Maybe? Or maybe there’s another, more reasonable explanation. Like I don’t know. Maybe someone, put something, there.
Schuyler: Or there was an earthquake.
(The vase vibrates again.)
Mckenzie: No. It’s time to accept it. They’ve come.
Schuyler: (Glancing between her phone at the vase) But…how…
Mckenzie: Hey, look at me? I know this is hard but you got to keep it together! I’ll protect you.
(A box in the corner begins to shake.)
Mckenzie: They’re getting stronger. (Loudly) We need to go now.
(There’s a pounding sound on the door.Schuyler runs to it but Mckenzie stops her.)
Mckenzie: Don’t go outside!
Schuyler: You said we needed too—
Mckenzie: It’s too late for that now. If we leave now they’ll get us.
(The vase and box continue to shake and vibrate.)
Schuyler: What do we do?
Mckenzie: Rub your belly and pat your head. It weakens them.
Schuyler: You’re kidding.
Mckenzie: I don’t kid about things like this… anymore.
(Schuyler does as Mckenzie says. The lights cut out for a moment, then they turn on again and begin to flicker.)
Schuyler: It’s not working!
Mckenzie: I noticed.
Schuyler: Now what?
Mckenzie: Find a way to defend yourself. (.Schuyler grabs a broom. Mckenzie picks up her noodle. The lights begin to flicker again. Mckenzie Swings her noodle like a sword) Don’t let them get you.(Schuyler swings her broom.) I don’t…. understand. They usually…. Don’t react this violently… over one person’s practical jokes.
Schuyler: How about two?
Mckenzie: Two what?
Schuyler:(A beat)I did it.
Mckenzie: Keep swinging!
Schuyler: (She swings)I put a phone in the vase to make it vibrate.
Mckenzie: You what?
Schuyler: I didn’t know it could—
Mckenzie: This is your fault!
Schuyler: My fault?
Mckenzie: You brought this down on us.
Schuyler: Okay hold on. I did one little prank compared to your dozens—
Mckenzie: You’re not one of us! You’re a poser!
Mckenzie: You offended the spirits!
Schuyler: This is crazy! There are no spirits!(She stops waving the broom)
Mckenzie: Fake!(She hits Schuyler with the noodle). Phoney!
Schuyler: (Blocking with the broom) You’re crazy!
Mckenzie: Out! Get out!
Mckenzie: Your fault!
Schuyler: Stop it! I hate—
(There’s a loud booming sound. They scream. Kenzie drops the noodle and they embrace each other.)
Mckenzie: I don’t—
Schuyler: Do something!
(A loud, maniacal laugh fills the room. The girls scream again. The lights flash. The pounding returns. The box shakes. The vase vibrates.)
Mckenzie: We’re going to die!
Mckenzie: Don’t look!
Schuyler: I’m sorry!
(The girls continue to shout and scream, but McKenzie’s turns to a laugh. The objects stop shaking and the lights stop flickering. Tyler emerges from the shaking box.)
Tyler: Do you know how hot it was in there?
Mckenzie: Sorry, it took her longer to freak out than I thought.
Schuyler: Wait? You guys were…
(Mckenzie and Tyler high five each other.)
Schuyler(Con’t): So this whole time… you knew?
Mckenzie: You can’t trick the trickster.
Schuyler: Right. ‘course not.
Mckenzie: You okay?
Schuyler: Yeah. Fine.
Mckenzie: You know it’s just a joke right? Not a big deal.
Schuyler: I know.
Tyler: Want to see the vid?
Schuyler: You filmed it?
Tyler: It was the only way we could get Casey to help.
Schuyler: Course it was.
Mckeznie: It’s okay, right?
Schuyler: (Moving away) Yeah. Fine.
Mckenzie: It’s just, this is my best prank ever.
Schuyler: Yeah. Best one ever. So Casey was outside?
Tyler: Yep. The laugh was nice touch, right? That was my idea. Best idea ever.
Mckenzie: The phone in the vase was pretty cool too.
Tyler: Check out her face here. It’s priceless.
(McKenzie and Tyler watch the video, while Schuyler remains by herself. One of Mckenzie’s bags hits the floor with a loud thud. They all jump.)
Mckenzie: What the—
Tyler: Guess you get the last laugh.
Tyler: That was you, right?
Schuyler: Uhh…yes. It was me.
Mckenzie: Come on. Watch this with us.
(Schuyler goes to them, but looks over her shoulder as the bag shifts again.)