(We see a roof, tiled the prominent set piece that takes up most of the stage. We don't actually see the house, just the roof, with its black shingles slanting downwards on both sides.

The silhouette of a dusty country town is seen behind the roof. It is always prominent, including scenes that are set inside.

Elodie, a petite redhead girl of about 14 lies on the roof, gazing up at the stars. It is visibly nighttime.

Suddenly we hear clamoring as another character makes her way onto the roof. She is about 7 years old, tall for her age with a messy head of ink blank hair. This girl is June.)

JUNE

(inquisitively) Whatcha lookin' at, Ellie?

ELODIE

(sharply) My name's Elodie, not Ellie.

JUNE

(hurt) Sheesh, sorry. (tentatively) What were you looking at?

ELODIE

(aloof) The stars.

JUNE

(eagerly) Please, (emphasis) Elodie, tell me the names of the constellations again. It would make me real happy.

ELODIE

(disinterested) Orion, Scorpius, Ursa Major, Taurus …

JUNE

(interrupting) That one's my favorite, Taurus I mean.

ELODIE

(still aloof) Why?

JUNE

(excited) It's my sign.

ELODIE

(cool) I don't believe in any of that crap. It's all just made up by a bunch of old guys to sell us gullible folks horoscopes.

JUNE

(suddenly) Can I tell you a secret, El?

ELODIE

(still aloof) Elodie.

JUNE

(stands up) I think I'm going to be a bluejay when I grow up.

ELODIE

(annoyed, looking incredulously at her) That's stupid, June. You can't turn into a bird.

JUNE

(insisting) You bet I can. My mommy was a bird. (dreamily) Wanna hear another secret?

ELODIE

(bitter) No.

JUNE

(not listening to Elodie) Sometimes, when its real late at night, I come up onto this roof and I spread my wings out (spreads out arms) and I fly. I fly all the way to New York, and I see all of the big ships and buildings.

ELODIE

(sweetly, a shift in character) What's it like?

JUNE

(dreamily, while Elodie actually listens intently; June uses a lot of grand gestures) It's marvelous. All the lights look like glowing snowflakes, falling like stars. And there's so many people, all dressed up and walking fast with places to be.

ELODIE

(back to reality) God, what I wouldn't give to get out of this dump.

JUNE

(kind) This town ain't half bad.

ELODIE

(irritated) No, it's not half bad. It's completely bad.

JUNE

(sits back down) El, you shouldn't...

ELODIE

(yelling, face contorted with rage) My name is Elodie.

JUNE

(sadly) Just because your ma…

ELODIE

(screams) Don't you dare talk about my ma! (hits Elodie)

(Elodie, is shocked and looks at her hand with a sort of grief. June starts crying, tears rolling down her cheeks.)

ELODIE

(still looking at the hand she hit June with) God, I'm just like her.

(Elodie exits stage right. June just looks that way, limitless grief in her eyes.)

(Fade to black.)