Play-a-week Project

1-29-19

AJ and JJ on the 1 . AJ is texting.

AJ
What’s good with this train though?

JJ
Facts.

AJ
Like mooooove.

JJ
I have lost all faith. Just all faith in the MTA.

AJ
You think I’m gonna pay $2.75 for this type of service?
Hell no.

JJ
But you don’t pay, then they don’t have the money to make it better.  

AJ
True.

JJ
So like it’s like is it bad because people are not paying?
Or are people not paying because it’s bad?

AJ
Both?

 JJ
Also the show starts in fifteen minutes.

 AJ
I had an appointment three hours ago.
That was my bad though.
Oh, J texted me—Sylvie is going on third.

JJ
Tell her I said she’ll do amazing

AJ
She is amazing?  

JJ
She’ll do amazing
Tell her she looks good. Tell her break a leg. Be like, if the 1 train were working I’d be front row there for you with these flowers and chocolates that are currently melting in their box but the MTA is set on ruining my chances at love so I will not be there.

 AJ
You got her chocolates?

 JJ
No but if the 1 ran on time I might have had the chance to.
Tell her that my grandma used to listen to tap on the radio so she couldn’t see the dancers but she could hear the shoes as part of the music.
Tell her if I was listening to her performance I’d know which taps are hers.

 AJ
...You sure?

 JJ
Why, is it dumb?

 AJ
It’s dumb yeah.

 JJ
Yeah it’s dumb.

 AJ
You guys were getting close, when we were at Mac’s thing.

 JJ
Yeah her head was on my chest.
Her hair smelled like...beautiful.
Her hair smelled like a mango Juul pod.

 AJ
You want me to write that?

 JJ
No.

 AJ
J told me that Dante likes her.

 JJ
Yeah I heard.

 AJ
He’s really good looking.

 JJ
Yeah he’s good looking.

 AJ
He’s just pretty.
And he plays the trumpet really well.
Maybe they’ll start a duo.

JJ
I need to learn an instrument.
I did the piano nine years ago but then I was like...nah.

 AJ
He might ask her out.

 JJ
Imagine he asks her out—I’d step to him, I’d be like, do not mess with me, I’m from the BRONX.

 AJ
You are from New Rochelle.

 JJ
For real he might ask her out?

 AJ
Yeah.

 JJ
That would be devastating.  

 AJ
J says ‘lmao goodnight.’
Lmao at my joke because I sent him a joke.

 JJ
Did Sylvie say anything?

 AJ
Bro I haven’t sent a text...you need to decide on a final draft.

 JJ
OK, let’s do ‘you’ll do amazing,’ then smiley face. But old school smiley face with the nose because the nose is nonthreatening and like platonic.

 AJ
You want it to be platonic?

 JJ
No I don’t

 AJ
You’re competing with DANTE. Last year he asked Eli to prom by spelling out P-R-O-M-QUESTION MARK on the football field using a bunch of guns, so that the promposal would get on TV and school would be cancelled.

 JJ
Honestly wild that he didn’t get expelled for that.

 AJ
It’s cause he’s so charming.

 JJ
He is so charming.
OK. OK. Do ‘you’ll do amazing,’ and then do three emojis: bouquet of flowers, heart eyes smiley, and the two girls in leotards going like this

(B sticks out his leg).

 AJ
The ones with bunny ears?

 JJ
Oh they do have bunny ears.
Do you think it’s a Playboy thing? Is that objectifying?

 AJ
No.

 JJ
Do her right skin color, don’t do the yellow ones.

 AJ
Oh Imma put your shit in quotes and do ‘hypen – JJ.’

 JJ
Genius.

Elise Wien