Mike: A Short Story

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MIKE Dinner is great. KATHY Thank you, Mike. Do your parents live here in town? MIKE No, they both live in Florida. KATHY I always wanted to visit Florida. Never got the courage to step on the plane. Mike and Kathy laugh. Leslie rocks back and forward in the chair. She twirls the knife around in her pocket. MIKE (to Leslie) Honey, are you okay? Leslie stares out. KATHY Leslie, are you okay? Leslie slams her hand on the table. LESLIE Stop talking to my fiancé like you give a damn about my happiness. Mike and Kathy get quiet. LESLIE (CONT’D) You never gave two cents about me. KATHY Leslie, calm down. LESLIE Don’t tell me to calm down. KATHY Honey, relax. I understand your pain. Leslie hops up and stabs the table with the knife. Kathy stares…show more content…
All I saw was red and I wanted to really hurt my mother. MIKE When you carry around all that pain it only causes more hurt. LESLIE You’re right. I feel so bad for almost killing my mother. I’m so hurt, but I don’t want her to die. Mike rubs Leslie’s hand. MIKE Somewhere deep down in your heart is your forgiveness. It’s up to you to make that happen. Leslie smiles. LESLIE Baby, thank you for loving me. MIKE Ditto. Leslie dozes off. INT. HOSPITAL, MENTAL WARD – LATER THAT DAY Kathy walks in and sits in a chair next to Leslie’s bed. Leslie turns and faces Kathy. Kathy leans on Leslie’s bed and sobs. KATHY Honey, I don’t know what else to say to you, but I’m so sorry I caused you so much pain. Tears roll down Leslie’s face. KATHY (CONT’D) There’s no excuse for the way I treated you. I can easily blame it on your father walking out of our lives. Leslie wipes her face. KATHY (CONT’D) I was in a bad place and took all my anger out on you. No child should ever have to face that kind of abuse. Kathy rubs Leslie’s cheek. KATHY (CONT’D) I don’t want to pressure you into forgiving me. Just know I understand if you’re not ready right now. Leslie sits up. KATHY (CONT’D) I promise to do all I can to rebuild our relationship on your

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