Lights up on a modest sized but well-kept living room with light brown walls and a door in the center of the wall. A clean cream colored sofa sits center stage flanked by two matching armchairs with peach throw cushions. A dark coffee table rests just in front of the sofa. Several shopping bags sit next to the table. Several articles of baby clothes sit on the table. ALICIA sits on the sofa, sorting through the baby clothes. ALICIA is a young woman in her mid-20s, pretty and innocent looking with long wavy blonde hair and feminine clothes, such as a soft pink skirt, in light shades of yellow, pink and white. She holds up a baby dress, blue with red and pink cherries, to admire it.

MEG enters from the center door, holding a guitar case. MEG is in her mid-20s as well, tall and with long dark hair. In contrast to ALICIA, MEG is dressed in an edgy style, such as a red and black checkered button down over a black tank top, black jeans and leather boots. She immediately stares at the dress ALICIA is holding up with a look of shock.

MEG

Oh my God.

ALICIA

Hi honey.

MEG

What. Is. That.

ALICIA

Isn't it precious? (holds up dress) It's for Amber's baby shower.

MEG

(rushes to sit beside her on the couch, placing the case by the bags) Oh my God, it's adorable.

ALICIA

I know!

MEG

(in a squeaky voice) Look at the little cherries-

ALICIA

And look at the little booties that come with it!

MEG

(stares) I'm dying.

ALICIA

I died of cuteness too.

MEG

We are keeping that. That is too cute to give away.

ALICIA

I bought this for Amber, you know.

MEG

Yeah, but that is just too precious! I just wanna cuddle it!

ALICIA

Well, I suppose I do have more for her, like these purple crocheted booties- (leans towards the bags)

MEG

Stop. Stop right now. Don't make me hoard all this crap.

ALICIA

(chuckling) I'll stop. (begins folding up the dress) Weirdo.

MEG

I am not a weirdo. It's adorable.

ALICIA

It really is. But if we keep it, it's just going to sit there.

MEG

I guess you're right.

ALICIA

I often am.

MEG

It'd look cuter on a baby than just sitting there.

ALICIA

Probably would. (pulls a clothing box and a roll of wrapping paper out from under the table)

MEG

(staring at the dress) … you thought about it lately?

ALICIA

Lately? If course.

MEG

Did you ever decide?

ALICIA

(pushes the dress back on the table and looks at her) I don't know. Not quite.

MEG

Not quite? What does that even mean?

ALICIA

I mean, now?

MEG

Why not now?

ALICIA

It's not an easy thing.

MEG

I know.

ALICIA

It's not like we can just have sex and boom, I'm pregnant.

MEG

Worth a shot.

ALICIA

Oh shush. (looks down at the dress and starts playing with the lace hem absently) Really, I mean, how?

MEG

We've been over this.

ALICIA

I don't want to adopt.

MEG

I know, I know.

ALICIA

Meg, I want a child that's mine. I want to feel what it's like to be pregnant-

MEG

Still for the life of me don't understand why-

ALICIA

Shut up. I want to be the first to hold them and look at their little eyes and hold their little hand, and when they get older, I want to look at them and see my smile or eyes….

MEG

That's sweet.

ALICIA

I mean it. There's something special about it.

MEG

(laying her hand on hers) I know what you mean.

ALICIA

If I want a baby, I want a baby that's mine.

MEG

I know, darling, I know. (kisses her)

ALICIA

(sighing after they part) So what if I do get pregnant?

MEG

What?

ALICIA

We go to a clinic and we chose a donor and I get pregnant like that. I can have a baby like that, and it'd be mine.

MEG

But a sperm donor?

ALICIA

Doesn't sound bad.

MEG

Is that really much better, though? It's yours, sure, but it's part some strangers. And I don't really like the idea of our child to come from a stranger who jacks off for a living.

ALICIA

I'm sure it's not quite like that.

MEG

I'm pretty sure it kinda is.

ALICIA

So you don't want a stranger.

MEG

No! It feels wrong.

ALICIA

Alright then, what do you think? If it's not a stranger, what other options are there?

MEG

… you know, I've been thinking.

ALICIA

This couldn't possibly end badly.

MEG

I mean it.

ALICIA

What's your idea, my love.

MEG

Alex.

ALICIA

What about him.

MEG

(starting to get excited) He could be the donor!

ALICIA

Him being the donor?

MEG

Yes! It's perfect! Oh my God! (ALICIA stares at her with an apprehensive look)We could ask him to donate, and then it'll be someone we know and won't be as awkward!

ALICIA

How on earth does that make anything less awkward?

MEG

It's not the kid of a stranger.

ALICIA

It's the kid of your brother.

MEG

Yeah, that's better than a stranger.

ALICIA

So you'd want to have to explain to our child one day that he or she is actually the child of Mommy and Uncle Alex.

MEG

Better than the kid of Mommy and some man she's never met.

ALICIA

Is that any better?

MEG

I don't see how it could be any worse.

ALICIA

Meg, I'd need to think about this.

MEG

I'm not telling you to decide right now. I'm just saying it's our best option.

ALICIA

Is it? Is it really? I mean, Alex? Do we want him to be the father of our child?

MEG

Well, I think that he's-

ALICIA

Are those the genes we want?

MEG

Hey-

ALICIA

(standing up suddenly and pacing) You have to admit that he's a little irresponsible, a bit careless sometimes, and he's really not the brightest person I've ever met, not that he's stupid or anything, just that sometimes he really doesn't think things through and-

MEG

I think you're being-

ALICIA

I mean, how irresponsible can you possibly be, you remember that time last July when he got blind drunk and thought it was a good idea to go out drag racing at two in the morning-

MEG

Hey, he won!

ALICIA

And then there's the physicality, would our child even look good, I mean, I think he just looks kinda eeh-

MEG

(putting her hands on her hips) So my twin brother's 'kinda eeh'?

ALICIA

(quickly placing two fingers over her own lips) That came out wrong.

MEG

Excuse me for living.

ALICIA

I'm sorry!

MEG

Alicia, Alex is just like me. It's the same genes. Using him would be the closest thing to me possible. If his genetics aren't good enough, than you're saying mine aren't.

ALICIA

Darling, you know that's not what I meant.

MEG

Than what exactly did you mean by that?

ALICIA

I mean... no, it is different. You may be twins, but you are not the same, Meg. (rests her hands on her shoulders pleadingly) Alex isn't the one who planned a flash mob during graduation. He wasn't the one crazy enough to start a music store on a 10 k grant. He's not the one who's proudest accomplishment was learning and playing the entirety of Bohemian Rhapsody. He's not the one that I fell in love with, right?

MEG

(cracks a small smile) And he's not the one that attempts to make all their guitar students learn it.

ALICIA

See?

MEG

I swear, if this works out, those musical genes better be hiding in his DNA somewhere. This kid needs to be a damn musical prodigy.

ALICIA

I hope they do too. They'd still be part you. I was wrong, I'm sorry.

MEG

It's fine.

ALICIA

And you and Alex are both exceedingly attractive.

MEG

Damn right.

ALICIA

So that's what I meant.

MEG

Little roundabout.

ALICIA

It happens.

MEG

I think we should do this.

ALICIA

Right now?

MEG

What are we waiting for?

ALICIA

You're so impatient.

MEG

Really though, what for?

ALICIA

It's still not that easy.

MEG

Why not? We've decided.

ALICIA

What about Alex?

MEG

What about Alex?

ALICIA

Have you even spoken to him about this?

MEG

No, should I have?

ALICIA

Of course! This is his decision too.

MEG

It's our lives.

ALICIA

But it'll sort of be his baby too.

MEG

Alicia, it's ours.

ALICIA

He's going to be technically helping out a lot. He has a huge part here. Maybe he wouldn't want to be involved.

MEG

Alex isn't selfish like that.

ALICIA

I never said he is. But he has his own life. He's still having a good time. He has his friends and a girlfriend and he doesn't know his future. Can you imagine what it might feel like to know you just have a child of yours, somewhere out there? Even if he's not raising it, technically speaking, he's going to be a father. And what if he's not ready?

MEG

It'd be an issue if he was raising the kid. But like you said, he's not going to be. So don't worry about that.

ALICIA

That's still a very large burden, Meg. Raising the child or not, he's going to be creating a life. I just worry that he'll say no because of that. That's a lot of pressure.

MEG

But we're going to ease that pressure.

ALICIA

It's still a big decision, I don't care how you choose to look at it, because it is. We can ask him, but it's going to take a long time to think it through. And what are we going to do if he says no?

MEG

We didn't take long to agree.

ALICIA

But we've had the time to agree that we want a child. We've had a year and a half to think about it, and we both wanted it. He might not. And Nina might not want him too either.

MEG

What the hell does Nina have to do with this?

ALICIA

Why wouldn't Alex talk to his girlfriend about this?

MEG

It's none of her business.

ALICIA

Her boyfriend getting another woman pregnant isn't any of her business?

MEG

You act like he'd be cheating on her.

ALICIA

It's not that. It's that Alex might be making a life changing decision, and I'd think he'd want Nina's take on it before deciding.

MEG

Maybe, but in the end it's not her decision. At all. If he says no because of her, I swear-

ALICIA

Meg.

MEG

I mean it, if he's going to say yes and that bitch convinces him otherwise-

ALICIA

Stop it.

MEG

She has no right to make him say no!

ALICIA

What if he does anyway?

(silence)

MEG

He better not.

ALICIA

You know it's possible.

MEG

He can't.

ALICIA

What if he does?

MEG

… god, I hope he doesn't.

ALICIA

You know he could say no.

MEG

What do we do if he does?

ALICIA

We still have our other options.

MEG

But this is the closest to perfect we're ever going to get. If Alex says no…

ALICIA

(lays a hand on her shoulder) I just wanted you to understand that.

MEG

Understand that my brother has the power to crush my dreams?

ALICIA

(cracks a smile) You're so dramatic.

MEG

I'm serious.

ALICIA

I know. (kisses her on the cheek) It's going to be alright.

MEG

Alicia, what if he says no?

ALICIA

Maybe he will. Maybe he won't. But we can work this out, okay? Don't lose your mind on me just yet.

MEG

It's been mostly gone for years.

ALICIA

I know that too.

MEG

… I don't want him to say no.

ALICIA

I don't want him to either. But it's going to be fine. Trust me. We'll find a way.

MEG

Somehow.

ALICIA

Somehow. Now. Let's not worry about it like this for now. We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

MEG

Aren't you just full of sage advice today.

ALICIA

I try.

MEG

(hops off the couch) So I'll go call him up then. Tonight is good for dinner, right?

ALICIA

Huh?

MEG

I'm gonna call him and have him come over. Might as well talk to him about it tonight.

ALICIA

You are so impatient.

MEG

I just like getting things done.

ALICIA

Right, right. (MEG begins to exit stage left) Invite Nina too.

MEG

(offstage) Whatever.

(ALICIA stares offstage then back down at the dress on the table. She stares at it for a long time before placing it to the side of the table and reaches into the bags below her and pulls out a pair of purple crocheted booties and a matching hat. She places these into the clothing box and begins wrapping it. While ALICIA is wrapping, MEG's voice is heard offstage)

MEG

Hey. Alex. What's up- Yeah, uh huh, whatever, that's great, listen- Listen, can you come over tonight? Oh, no occasion. Alicia just thought it'd be nice to have you over for dinner. And we wanted to ask you something. Yeah, no, just something we've been thinking about. Can you come or not? Yes, Nina can come…

(ALICIA finishes wrapping the present and sets it in the middle of the table. She picks up the dress and unfolds it, admiring it and hugging it to her chest with a smile. Fade to black.)