THE HOTEL HALLWAY
By Tara Meddaugh © 2016
Setting: In a hotel hallway
Age range: late 20s-50s
Description: CANDACE, a woman in her late 20s-50s, stands in hotel hallway, at the door of a bedroom. She speaks to Samuel, an older man, and former fling. They have just been reunited after 10 years apart, and each is married to someone else now.
Your hair is—shorter, right? I mean, I don’t think I could run my fingers through it now. But it’s fine—it’s—it’s—I wouldn’t expect you to look exactly the same. It’s been ten years. I don’t—I know I don’t look the same. Look at these lines under my eyes. I don’t sleep. I mean—I didn’t sleep back then either, but it’s just—my body doesn’t bounce back as much, maybe?
But it is good to see you…I mean...I’ve been thinking of you and imagining and…but now, we’re really here, and you’re standing in front of me and we’re back at a hotel hallway and I—I…A few weeks ago? When we were first texting, I just…
—If I had seen you then…it would have been…Dangerous…