Larry and Billy the Kid – A Two Minute Play

(Larry, 30s, dressed in a suit and reading “The WallStreet Journal,” while noticing Billy 20s, who stands in a corner dressed like a cowboy. His black hat and duster makes Larry want to know who is this mysterious looking man. He finally sets the paper down to make small talk.)
Larry: (to Billy) Sir do have the time? I forgot my cell phone.
(Billy pauses and looks at Larry puzzled. He pulls out an old gold pocket watch attached to a gold chain.)
Billy: (stern) 8 PM
Larry: (stammers) Th… thank you… and your name? Are you coming from an audition?
Billy: (stern) Billy…
(puzzled) … audition?
(Larry reaches to shake his hand. Billy retracts from Larry)
Billy: (stern) I don’t shake hands.
(Larry cautiously returns to his seat and looks over his shoulder observing he is clearly out of place by his clothing.)
(He continues reading “The Wall Street Journal” and continuously peaks over to at the mysterious cowboy. With every look, he observes him like a detective watching a criminal through a two-way mirror.)
(A bus pulls up, and a few people walk out the revolving glass door. Larry and Billy are the only ones left.)
(Suddenly, sheets of rain pound the cement pavement.)
Ticket Man: With this rain, we delayed all routes until 7 AM. You both are welcome to stay the night. I’m gonna lock up, so no one can come in. Make yourselves at home. If ya leave, one of you will have to let the other back in. Pause. Good night.
(He walks to his office door, and shuts it behind him.)
(Larry notices that Billy doesn’t seem to care and continues to stand ominously.)
(Larry attempts to find a comfortable way to sleep on the bus station’s benches and lies there trying to sleep.)
(However, he can’t keep himself from taking short inquisitive glances like a kid peaking around the corner in hopes of discovering Santa.)
Larry: Is there a bench you prefer? The man said we’ll be here to morning. The sign says no busses until morning. I can take this bench if you want the other or whatever.
Billy: (stern) I’m fine, don’t you worry ‘bout me.
Larry: (stammers) Okay.
(Larry lays down and takes one last look observing his clothing.)
(Larry wakes up, it’s dark and raining. He notices Billy has not moved. Larry checks to make sure he still has his wallet and breathes with ease.)
Larry: Billy, what’s the time?
(Billy pulls his pocket watch and checks the time.)
Billy: 10 PM
(Larry looks more comfortable around this Billy, so attempts to learn more.)
Larry: You don’t speak much do you?
Billy: Nope. I prefer you didn’t either.
(Larry takes that as a clue to stop trying to make small talk and lies down.)
(Train whistle blows, Larry shoots up to see it’s daylight. He notices that the entire station is made from wood.)
(He notices Billy is gone and looks through the antique glass and wooden doors. The streets are now dirt and mud and hears horses neighing.)
Ticket Man: Train’ll be here in 10 minutes!
(Larry runs to the counter)
Larry: Last night, this was a bus station. You were in different clothes. It was raining.
Ticket Man: I’s here yeah and rain yeah. What’s a bus?
(A train whistle sounds as the train stops. Guns start shooting, and Larry sees Billy. Billy’s face covered and riding with ten others on horseback.)
Ticket Man: I knew it! You best come with me.
Larry: Why?
Ticket Man: Son, that’s Billy the Kid and his gang.
(Larry and Ticket Men leave.)

Published by Jessicanilebrunelle

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