SCENE 1. FAMILY HOUSE -SITING ROOM -EVENING
Olivia 35, A Really beautiful lady, is in a heated
disagreement with her step mum 40s,
Do you think that if your mother was alive she will take this nonsense from you?
Well she is not alive and you are not her so keep your opinion to your
self, this is my business.
It is my business too, do you know how this nonsense you are doing is
affecting your father?
What nonsense am I doing?
Why don’t you make up your mind and stop toiling with your father’s
emotions, one minute you want to get married the next minute you don’t.
Why would you shut down this marriage proposal, why for God’s sake.
Because I will not lie to my self because I want to answer a man’s
name. you don’t know what I found out about him.
keep finding out whatever you like, You think that you will be young
forever abi, very soon you will be begging men to marry you.
I will never beg any man to marry me.
Keep wasting your time and this is
the last time you will get your father dressed up for a marriage
proposal that is not about to happen.
You do realize you are talking about my father.
Who happens to be my husband. I will not let you drive his emotions up and
down, you know how much he wants you married, do what ever you like with
your life but don’t you dare do this to him again.
She storms out. we hear a voice
SCENE 2. OLIVIA’S APARTMENT – BEDROOM
We see the face of Olivia, this is 5 years after the conversation we just heard, she is still very beautiful,
slightly different from five years ago, her make up and hair is perfect, she is obviously wearing a white dress, even though we are just seeing the profile of her face to her
neck, we can see a little of her dress lining her neck, she
is wearing a nice ear ring, on her hair is a small white fascinator hat.
It looks like she has tears in her eyes, she is standing and
starring lost. WE hear the same voice again. this time more forcefully.
Olivia startles and turns, we see her very well now and the
owner of the voice, It’s FRIDA, mid 30s, Olivia’s best friend.
Olivia is fully dressed in a nice but simple white dress
with a fascinator hat, she has a wedding ring on.
Frida is also dressed for an occasion but she is not wearing white like Olivia
What are you doing here?
Olivia gently sits on the bed, in this very nice girly room.
A tear rolls down her face. Frida comes to her and sits.
Olivia you can not do this now.
I think I just made a big mistake.
Stop Olivia, please
Can you tell me right now that you
are not scared for me.
I was until you told me that you have
to do it.
I think I was talking bullshit.
listen to me, we have gone pass you
changing your mind, you just got
married, I was shocked to realized
that you are not with your husband.
why did you come back here?
Frida I agreed to Marry a man that I
do not love and does not love me. we
just agreed to get married because he
needed a woman in his house and I
married him because I need to thick
the Box of being married and have
children before it is too late.
But I pointed this out before.
I was scared that what my Step mum
said to me was about to start
But we already talked about it, there
is no way you will beg men to marry
you, have you met you? You are
gorgeous, amazing person,
I am one month shy of 40. I thought I
was making the right decision with
this marriage until now.
enough talk, They will be looking for
you in your husbands house, your box
is already there, let me take you.
I don’t want to go
Olivia please you have to.
Jesus, OK fine, I have a suggestion,
go there and if in 3months you are
certain that you will not be happy in
the marriage then end it.
There is no bases for happiness, we
are not in love, we agreed to just
have kids because I want kids.
Olivia there is nothing we can do
now, you already said yes and you are
wearing his ring.
(helplessly and tearfully )
Can I leave in One month?
Too soon. Endure a little more
She reluctantly nods and rises.
Let me take you home.
Frida leads her out of the room.
SCENE 3. DONALD’S DUPLEX -KITCHEN -EVENING
The Maid HANNAH, 20s, stares dazed at the food coolers and
used plates all over the kitchen. AUNTY RITA, late 40s,
Donald’s elder sister walks in with 5 more used plates.
Why did you leave this ones?
Go and sweep the siting room everyone is gone
Where is your new madam
I have not seen her.
Go clean, let me find her.
Aunty walks away as Hannah goes for a packer and broom.
SCENE 4. DONALD’S DUPLEX -CECE’S ROOM – EVENING
A 13 years old CECE, Donald’s only child, she is in her
party dress, on her bed staring, she is sad. a tap on her
door, she turns to the door as Aunty Rita gently pushes her
door open and walks in.
My gorgeous girl.
Why does this beautiful face look
She goes to her and sits, then cups her face.
I am not sad
You know that nobody will ever
replace your mother.
She hugs her.
I need you to welcome her with open
arms ok. You don’t want different
women walking into your father’s
Good, that is why it is important
that he has one with him
I was thinking that she is here with
I have not seen her
It is ok, maybe she is with your
father, let me go and see them.
Ok, She hugs her and walks away.
SCENE 5. DONALD’S DUPLEX -DONALD’S ROOM – EVENING
DONALD 41, very Handsome, he is standing in the middle of
his bedroom in a two piece suit. he is holding a glass of
wine as he stares teary eyed at a bold picture of A lady
strategically placed in the room. There are smaller pictures
of her hanging all over the room.
This room is really nice and well made. A tap on the door,
Donald horridly cleans his tears.
(Printed with the demonstration version of Fade In)
Yes. Aunty Rita enters.
Ah ah, your wife is not here.
She is Where?
Then she realizes what he means and he also realizes that he
is responding without even thinking. Aunty looks round the
room, we see multiple picture of the same lady are all over
AUNTY RITA (cont’d)
You said that you will take out the pictures.
Well I lied, I am never taking them
He flops on the bed, she sits beside him.
Donald, you have to let go.
No, I don’t have to and I will not.
So what is going to happen to your
She will survive, we already talked
about it, she wants something and I
want something and that is it.
What exactly do you want?
A woman that will be present in
Cece’s life, she is now a teenager
and I have no idea how to deal with
all that female stuff she is about to
start experiencing and in turn I will
take care of all her money needs and
get her pregnant, since she wants
children of her own.
Are you listening to your self.
We agreed on this.
It is a stupid agreement
Where you not the one that said I
should get a woman for cece’s sake,
you have been on my neck for two
years and I finally allow it and you
suddenly don’t like it.
Well I didn’t know that this was the
terms of your marriage, no wonder she
looked so unhappy at the wedding.
Please, I need to be by myself, what
is done is done. As long as everybody
minds there business, we will be
She rises and walks away, Donald resumes staring at the
(to the picture)
Hey, no one is taking your place.
He raise the glass to the picture and gulps the drink in it.
SCENE 6. DONALD’S DUPLEX – SITING ROOM -EVENING
Aunty Rita walks into the siting room, just as Olivia walks
in with Frida.
My wife, I have been looking for you
Sorry Aunty, I had to take care of
Good evening Aunty.
Good evening my dear
I am on way, I pray for joy, peace
and happiness for you and your
I also pray for the little ones to
start coming quick.
Amen they will
Aunty smiles as her, Olivia smiles too As Aunty hugs her and
whispers into her ears.
Cece is your child, Please take care of her .
She disentangles. Smiles at Olivia and leaves. Olivia and
Frida enter another room that is not Donald’s room.
SCENE 7. DONALD’S DUPLEX -OLIVIA’S ROOM -EVENING
This is a decent room, Olivia’s box of cloth is on the bed,
she walks in with Frida.
What are you going to do now?
About the sleeping arrangement.
I will try
No, I am not going into his room.
Olivia come on, this is your wedding
No, this is not that kind of wedding.
So how will you have the kids you
We will get there when we get there.
Ok. Please be ok.
You are welcome. don’t worry about
walking me out, settle in ok.
Frida leaves. Olivia sit on the bed dejected.
SCENE 8. DONALD’S DUPLEX -DINNING -MORNING
Cece is having a meal of cereal, Hannah is standing beside
her, Olivia walks in, not sure what to do. Hannah rushes to
Hannah returns with bread and egg and a cup of coffee,
places it on the table for Olivia
You didn’t ask me what I would eat.
No need, you eat what you are given.
Olivia is surprised but decides not to contest that. She
goes to sit where her tray of breakfast is, Donald walks in
dressed in work clothe. Hannah rushes to the kitchen
Good morning Daddy
Hannah rushes out with a breakfast tray of bread and egg and
a cup of coffee, serves Donald and returns to the kitchen.
They eat in silence.
SCENE9. DONALD’S DUPLEX -CECE’S ROOM -NIGHT
Donald bolts in , grabs Cece as she is struggling with a
nightmare and jerks her until she wakes. Olivia rushes in
Cece, wake up, Cece, Cece
Cece wakes, she is sweating all over, then she starts
crying, Donald hugs her and stays with her. Olivia watches
them not sure what to say. Cece stops crying.
Daddy I want to sleep now.
Are you sure.
Do you want me to stay?
No Daddy. Good night,
Donald reluctantly rises.
He walks out of the room saying nothing to Olivia by the
door. Olivia walks to Cece’s bed.
I am fine, you should go.
I can’t sleep my self
She sits beside her.
Are you having nightmares too
No, but I can’t close my eyes. Can I
I really want to be by myself.
Ok fine. Goodnight