A/N: This is a play that explores every possibility. Please R+R; I'll review yours if you review mine!

The Cast:

LIZ: Has an overactive imagination

JOSH: Let's just say he's…handsome?

ANGIE: "Touched" is the best word to describe her.

LAUREN: Strangely makes predictions that always come true.

LIZ'S MOM: We never see her.

What is a Good Day in High School?

~A One Act Play~

            The scene is Liz's bedroom at night. Outside her window we see the sparkling skyline of New York City. Her room is basically the generic teenager's room. The walls are covered with posters, and the floor is strewn with clothes, papers, and books.  LIZ, dressed in jeans and a polo shirt, peacefully sits on her bed, stage left, doing her homework and nodding her head to Dave Matthews Band's "Satellite". About thirty seconds after the curtain rises, we notice that she is no longer doing her homework, but staring out the window. She soon shakes herself from her trance, tosses her schoolbooks onto the floor, and pulls a journal out from under her pillow. She reads aloud what she writes:

LIZ (with sincerity). "Dear Journal: The word 'sophomore': is derivative from Greek, meaning 'intelligent moron'. And that pretty much sums up how I feel right now. Some days I am completely committed to my schoolwork, while others will be spent shopping or chatting on the phone. This evening, I found myself straying from my studies once again. As one could probably tell, today I felt like being a fickle teenager. For the first time in a looooooong time, I like a guy at school. I listed the symptoms in an e-mail to Lauren, who always seems to give good advice. Of course, I gushed about how Josh is so hot and gorgeous and beautiful and nice. And I posed to Lauren the question of the hour: Do I have a chance with him? Right now, I'd like to get past smiling at each other in the halls to (gasps sarcastically) maybe even hugging. As a result of my smitten-ness, I took every chance I could to stare at him. Mmmmm, tasty. –Liz." (She lays aside her pen and journal, lies down, and stares at the ceiling. She smiles and sighs. She pauses a moment before speaking again)

What if?

(The lights dim for a scene change. The lights come up, to reveal Liz's school. We see a hallway lined with lockers and doors that we assume are classrooms. The walls are decorated with announcements, messages, etc. As the lights rise again, we see LIZ standing alone in the middle of the hallway, wearing a backpack and carrying a few books. She looks nervous. JOSH, empty-handed, runs from stage right and bumps into her. Books fly all over the place.)

JOSH. Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry! I was in such a hurry to get to class that I didn't watch where I was going!

LIZ (obviously doting on Josh). Huh? (pause) Oh, it's okay. (pause) Marry me?

(The lights go off while the actors go back to their places from the start of the scene. After the lights come back up, we repeat the scene)

JOSH. Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry! I was in such a hurry to get to class that I didn't watch where I was going! (touches Liz) Are you all right?

LIZ (swoons at his touch). Oh, I'm just fine. (pause) How are you?

JOSH (laughs). I'm good. Here, let me help you with your books. (he starts to organize her books into a pile) What's this? (He holds up a book) "The Sex Life of a Yak". Um.

LIZ (grabs the book). Um.

Blackout

Curtain, repeat the scene.

JOSH. Oh, sorry. (takes a look at Liz and belts off, apparently thinking that she's hideous)

LIZ (looks at the audience). Damn.

Blackout

Curtain. I think you know by now that we just keep repeating the scene.

JOSH. Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry! I was in such a hurry to get to class that I didn't watch where I was going! (Both he and Liz start to reorganize the books. They both go pick up the same book. Liz lets go of it as he holds it up) "Romeo and Juliet"?

LIZ (smiles, smitten). Have you read it?

JOSH. Of course! It's one of my favourite Shakespeare plays.

LIZ. You mean…you're a Shakespearephile too?!?!?!

JOSH. Yeah.

LIZ. I just get lost in Shakespeare's language.

JOSH. Me too (they gaze into each others eyes, and are about to kiss when…)

LAUREN (enters from stage left). You two? I knew it! I knew it, I knew it, I knew it!

(Liz and Josh look very frustrated and confused.)

LIZ. Wha? No Lauren, we were just—

JOSH. Rehearsing for the auditions for that, um, play.

LIZ. Uh, yeah.

LAUREN. Sure you were.

Blackout

Curtain

JOSH. Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry! I was in such a hurry to get to class that I didn't watch where I was going!

LIZ (laughs). Don't worry about it.

JOSH (arranging her books into a pile). Here you go.

LIZ (taking the books). Thanks. (pause) What class are you going to now?

JOSH. Quantum Physics.

Blackout

Curtain

JOSH. Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry! I was in such a hurry to get to class that I didn't watch where I was going! (Both he and Liz start to reorganize the books. They both go pick up the same book. Liz lets go of it as he holds it up) "Romeo and Juliet"?

LIZ (smiles, smitten). Have you read it?

JOSH. Of course! It's one of my favourite Shakespeare plays.

LIZ. You mean…you're a Shakespearephile too?!?!?!

JOSH. Yeah.

LIZ. I just get lost in Shakespeare's language.

JOSH. Me too (they gaze into each others eyes, and are about to kiss when…)

ANGIE (enters stage left). I'm your mom! You're your mom! Everybody's mom mom!

LIZ & JOSH. Angie!

Blackout

Curtain

JOSH (without seeing who she is). Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry! Are you…(recognizes her, pauses for a moment as he checks her out) okay?

LIZ. I'm just fine. (They smile at each other a moment. Then he suddenly draws her to him and they start making out)

Blackout

The stage is reset to Liz's room. As the morning light begins to shine through her window, Liz, still dressed as she was the night before stir from sleeps. She is smiling.

LIZ (sighs). Wouldn't it be nice?

LIZ'S MOM (in an annoying shrill voice).Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiz! Get out of bed! It's time to go to school!

LIZ. Eeew. Gross. Reality. (she rolls out of bed and onto the floor) Ouch. (She darts around the room, getting ready for school. Then she grabs her bag and a few books, and walks  out the door. As she runs into the street, the light changes to a cold daylight, she keeps walking until she reaches a bus stop. She stands there for a few seconds. Then suddenly, JOSH, carrying a similar load of books, runs from stage right and bumps into her. Just as before, books fly all over the place. They gaze at each other for a moment and then smile, as the lights slowly fade out.)

~THE END~