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Coco and Tim
Scene 1; Monday. The Bundy’s apartment.
Coco leaves her room and enters the open living room where she sees her father laying away his life in front of the television.
Where’s my lunchbox? Dad have you seen it?
I’m running late already could you please just get up from the couch and look around?
Her dad just opens his pill bottle and popped two and drank whatever was in his water bottle.
That’s great dad just sit there for the rest of your life in front of that tv. You know I’m really attempting to make an effort here and get a degree so I could possibly earn an income and maybe help you out here. But if this is the help I get…
You know you sound just like your mom always trying to help me. Help yourself and me and just leave.
Not without my lunch!
Her father threw change at the door without his eyes leaving the television.
Thanks a lot. You know you’re the best dad any daughter could ask for.
Her dad opened up his pill bottle once more and swallowed a couple as Coco left for school.
Monday. Bundy’s apartment.
Coco enters the apartment, coming back from school. She notices her father is dead asleep with the tv still on. Coco switches the television off - leaving to her room with her back to her dad she can hear his raspy breathing up until he abruptly stops.
No response. She’s shaking him and shaking him but nothing gets through to him.
Dad.. Please wake up! Daddy please don’t leave me I can’t get through everyday without both my parents…
Coco felt his pockets to find his phone. She starts dialing.
Coco sighs with relief, puts the phone down and her arms around her dad.
No matter what you’re my dad.
Scene 2; Tuesday. Bundy’s apartment.
Tim Bundy, dad, is talking on the phone to his manager about his missing the last few days of work.
I should’ve called you’re absolutely right! I’m scheduled tomorrow evening and I can even work unpaid overtime, I can pick up extra shifts. Whatever it takes, man. I missed a couple of days, but it’s nothing I can’t make up for Fred.
FRED, over the phone
But, yet again, you failed to let us know you weren’t coming in. Brenda was covered in serving tables, I’d give her a call and say thank you. This isn’t the first time your co-workers covered your shifts, however, I’m afraid to say it will be your last, Tim. We are tired of you trying to make it up. I will mail you your last check on Friday. Good luck, Tim.
Tim hung up, dropped his phone on the couch alongside with himself. He reached for the remote, but stopped thinking about how he couldn’t afford to watch tv anymore.
If I can’t afford to live how do I afford for Coco to as well?
His mind began racing until he came to an idea he started to settle on; a foster home.
It’d be perfect. I could cut down on some utilities and Coco’s still young enough where some families would want her.
Just then Coco opens the door to apartment, coming home after a long day at school.
Good. I need to talk to you.
Coco puts her backpack and lunchbox along one of the kitchen stools and grabs a sit.
I...was fired. I can barely afford to live on my own, I’m sending you to go live with a nice family who’s good to you and will love you.
Dad. What’re you thinking I don’t want to leave you… I’m-I’m not leaving you, no. I can get out of school and help you pay for bills around here.
Coco, it’s not up for discussion. You are in the seventh grade, you’re not dropping out. I should be able to put food on the table without help from my child. It’s not right. You’ll live not too far from me and can see me after you get out of school and on the weekends! I want what’s best for you and that means-
No, dad! Stop talking like this is really happening. I don’t care if I’m living on the streets with you I don’t want to lose another parent. It’s not fair.
I know. I know it isn’t fair to you that I miss work, but baby here we are and I have to deal with I did. I’m keeping this apartment with the last check I get this Friday. And you… you’ll go to school and finish and get a good career that you enjoy. That’s more than what your father can say about himself.
Coco begins to sob. Her father gets up to hug her, they embrace tightly knowing it’s the last time they’ll be living in this apartment together.
I don’t want to live with random people.
It’s healthier to than with your dad.