Synopsis: Tough choices begin at a very early age, even for "good" kids. These characters demonstrate that not only are the choices hard, sometimes they're also hard to see. Purpose: To point out some of the difficult decisions children have to make.
Style: Dramatic. Duration: 5min
Actors: 1M, 1F
Jimmy and Heather, fifth or sixth graders.
Props: Schoolbooks, backpacks, etc.
(Jimmy & Heather are walking across the stage as the lights come up. They stop and face each other after Jimmy's first line.)
Jimmy: I just don't know, Heather. Do you know what they would do to me if they find out I'm doing your homework for you? They'd flunk me for cheating!
Heather: How will they find out? I redo all the work so it looks like I did it. I'll even miss a couple on purpose if it makes you feel better.
Jimmy: I just don't know!
Heather: (Getting upset.) Oh yes you do! You're so smart you know everything and you don't even care what happens to me. I thought you were my friend ...
Jimmy: I AM your friend, Heather. I just ...
Heather: (Really angry.) If you were my friend, you'd let me copy your homework... (A little more calm, almost crying by the end.) At least until I start understanding it. I don't really want to cheat, I just need some help -- for a while.
Jimmy: (Giving in to his friend.) All right, all right! I'll make a deal with you. I'll do your homework IF you go to the party at Larry's house next Friday night.
Heather: I told you, Jimmy, I want to go but my parents won't let me.
Jimmy: Why not?
Heather: Because I already told them that Larry's parents won't be there.
Jimmy: Tell them you were wrong. Tell them they changed their minds and won't leave town until Saturday.
Heather: I just don't know.
Jimmy: What's the big deal? Larry's brother will be there. He's 17! That's almost like a parent. Your folks just don't want us to be alone, and we won't be, so it really won't be doing anything wrong. It's just a little white lie.
Heather: But hasn't Larry's brother been in trouble before?
Jimmy: Yeah, but I don't think he did any of that stuff the cops said he did. Larry says his brother is really kool and he is bringing some - surprises - and some of his friends to the party.
Heather: What kind of surprises?
Jimmy: Nothing serious. Maybe some cigarettes and stuff. Maybe some of his Dad's magazines ...
Heather: Magazines? What kind of magazines?
Jimmy: (Realizing she wouldn't approve.) Oh. Uh ... Popular Mechanics, Sports Illustrated... You know. Guy stuff.
Heather: Well, I don't really care about that stuff.
Jimmy: But you care about your homework!
Heather: OK, OK! You help me with my homework and I'll find a way to go to your stupid party. Is that the deal?
Jimmy: That's the deal.
Heather: I guess I can live with that. Let's shake on it.
Heather: Now, when can you get my Math homework for Monday back to me?
Jimmy: I'll give it to you in church on Sunday.
Heather: OK. And I'll know by then how I'm getting away with going to the party.
Jimmy: Great! I'll see you Sunday, then.
Heather: Till Sunday.
(They share high fives and start to leave in opposite directions. They both stop after a few steps and look at their high five hand.)
Jimmy: (Looking at the audience.) Is this cheating?
Heather: (Looking at the audience.) Is this lying?
Jimmy & Heather Together: I'm so confused!