3. Bouncing A Ball
James / Jim
House Driveway; Late Afternoon
James is bouncing a ball to himself. Jim enters opposite James and stands a few lengths apart. James takes off his jacket and puts it down. Jim stretches as James gets ready. The two guys begin bouncing the ball back and forth.
James: So let me get this straight; it wasn’t even yours in the first place?
James: After all that trouble?
James: After all that fuss?
James: Damn; after everything you had to put up with? Man…
Jim holds the ball, stopping the game, and stares at James.
James: I’m sorry, I’m sorry. We can talk about anything else. Anything else. I dunno; what do you want to talk about?
Jim: I dunno. I don’t really wanna talk much; just wanna bounce this ball.
Ball bouncing resumes.
James: That’s cool. We can just bounce the ball. I’m having fun. Lots of fun. Whatever you want, man. Let’s just bounce this ball.
The two guys bounce the ball a few more times in silence.
Jim: So, how have you been lately? It’s been a while.
James: It has. But things are good. Real good, in fact. Except, I got this one thing kinda scaring me down by my lower groin-upper thigh region, if you catch my drift. You know-
Jim: Mind if we just bounce the ball?
James: No, no, no, not at all.
The guys bounce the ball a few more times in silence.
James: So, if you don’t mind me asking… why didn’t she just tell you before the miscarriage?
Jim throws the ball at James with a full wind up.
James: What!? Honest question!
Jim: Yeah?! Honest answer.
Jim turns and leaves; exits.
James: Oh c’mon!
James follows; exits.