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Original Piece Monologue

Original Piece by Dominique Orozco
Character: Shelby
Gender: Female
Age (range): 18-25
Style: Drama
Length: 2 minutes


Background Info: Shleby is talking with a drug councler.

I saw this woman putting groceries in her car and all I kept thinking was, how the hell is she putting those groceries in her car without being high. I mean, the fact that she was even in the store buying groceries, forget about it. This is what I'm talking about, normal everyday shit that people do... sober. You ask me about my fear of being sober...let me tell this, you gotta wonder how people do it. You gotta wonder how they get up every morning, get their kids to school, go to work, BUY GROCERIES, pick up their kids from, from some sports' practice, go home, maybe cut the lawn, do some laundry, make dinner...go to bed and then get up the next and start the process all over again.

And they do it without being high. You gotta wonder, what's keeping them balanced enough to do it. (Beat) This is what goes through my mind every time I take a drive to my dealer's house. I sit in the passengers' seat, head pressed against the window and stare out at a world rotating on its axis while my world inside the car stands still. There's life out there and it confuses the shit out of me. Why would anyone want to go grocery shopping without popping at least 10 vicodin? (Beat) I'm not scared of being sober, I'm scared of being sober while standing in the checkout lane.