ACT I

Scene 1

Five friends are at a sixth friend's funeral. She was murdered recently, supposedly by an abusive boyfriend. The five friends are standing at the grave site, holding candles and talking after the ceremony. The friends are dealing with grief and loss in their own ways. What they really need is to accept it and continue to live their life.

Friend 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 standing/sitting with candles in their hands. Person 6 is speaking at a podium.

PERSON 6

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought

I summon up remembrance of things past,

I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,

And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste.

Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,

For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,

And weep afresh love's long since cancelled woe,

And moan th' expense of many a vanished sight.

Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,

And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er

The sad account of fore-bemoanèd moan,

Which I new pay as if not paid before.

But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,

All losses are restored and sorrows end.

(Pause)

We will always remember her; for her smile was like a hand print on our hearts. How such a heinous thing could happen to such a sweet girl we do not know, but we will never forget her. People come into our lives to teach us a lesson that we must learn, so as you leave here today I would like you to think: what did she teach you?

PERSON 6 leaves podium

FRIEND 1

I can't believe she's really... you know... gone.

FRIEND 2

I know... It feels like I just saw her yesterday.

FRIEND 3

Like she'll just pop up and say it was all a big prank. 'Surprise! It was just a Halloween joke! Did I scare you?'

FRIEND 4

I swear, I'd kill her if she did that.

(Long pause. Silence.)

I didn't mean that...

FRIEND 5

Come on guys, quit beating around the bush! She was murdered. She's dead. We'll never see her again. Move on.

FRIEND 1

How can you say that?! She was our friend! We can't just 'move on'! We could have done something! We should have done something! Maybe we could have saved her!

FRIEND 5

We couldn't have done anything! We tried, remember? She wouldn't listen.

FRIEND 2

She liked him too much to listen.

FRIEND 3

Why couldn't she see what we did? Why didn't we realize what was going on sooner?

FRIEND 4

I hope they get him. He deserves to rot behind bars for what he did. What he put her through. I have half a mind to find him myself and give him a piece of his own medicine!

FRIEND 5

Calm down. Do you want to end up in the ground, too?

FRIEND 1

STOP IT! We're at her funeral! Don't you have anything nice to say? This is a time for mourning!

(pause. speaks quieter)

What if her parents heard you? They're already heart-broken enough!

FRIEND 2

Really guys, this is a bad time to talk about this.

FRIEND 3

Stop thinking about the bad things. We need to celebrate her life! Just because she's no longer with us does not mean we shouldn't continue living. She'd want us to. I mean, think about what the speaker said! What did she teach us?

FRIEND 5

She taught me Algebra...

FRIEND 4

That doesn't count! She taught me to speak my mind more often.

FRIEND 2

I met all of you through her. I guess she taught me that it's not the end of the world when a test doesn't go the way I'd like.

FRIEND 3

See? That's the important part. That's what we should remember her for, not the choices she made. So let's go home and get some sleep.

FRIEND 5

Yeah, I know I need that!

FRIEND 2

See you later, guys.

everyone exits in different directions.

END