SYNOPSIS: This story follows the sins of the father to the sins of a daughter - both suffer the consequences of sexual impurity.
CAST: TOM, WHITNEY, LAURA.
PROPS: Cell Phone - props for settings. Other props as needed.
TOM: (On cell phone - all smiles - Whitney walks in quietly behind him and hears the one sided conversation) Yeah? (Pause) Me too. (Pause) Really? (Pause) So when can we get together again. (Pause) Tonight? (Pause) Yeah, I know the spot - Iíll meet you there. (Pause) I love you too. (Shuts phone and turns realizing Whitney had heard at least most of the conversation) Sweetheart, IÖ
WHITNEY: (Folds arms in front of her) Who was that?
WHITNEY: Who was that on the phone?
WHITNEY: Are you having an affair, Dad?
TOM: (Fumbles for words) Look, things havenít been good between your mom and me.
WHITNEY: So itís on to something new?
TOM: (Tries to look fatherly) Whitney, itís really not as bad as it seems. One day youíll understand that.
WHITNEY: Iím supposed to be OK with you having an affair?
TOM: Iím still here, arenít I? I havenít left - and I donít plan on it.
WHITNEY: (Wipes an angry tear from her eye) WellÖ
TOM: You mom doesnít have to know about this. She doesnít have to be hurt. It can be our secret, canít it? You donít want to hurt your mom, do you?
WHITNEY: No, butÖ
TOM: (Interrupts) Thatís my girl (Hugs Whitney but she is rather stiff toward him).
Fade to black
SETTING: Kitchen table - Laura, Whiney and Tom are all seated.
LAURA: How was work today?
TOM: It was a regular circus, Laura. I canít believe how busy I am these days.
LAURA: They work you too hard, Tom.
TOM: (Nervous) WellÖ
LAURA: You didnít get in till almost midnight last night.
WHITNEY: (Drops her fork on the floor, stares at her dad and covers her emotions quickly - he looks at her pleadingly)
LAURA: Are you OK, Dear?
WHITNEY: (Angry) Iím fine Mom, just fine.
LAURA: Let me get you a clean fork. (Walks off stage)
WHITNEY: (To her dad) I thought you were finished with her.
TOM: Whitney, Iíve never met anyone who understands me that way she does. I still love your mom, but Iíve made room to love Ďherí too.
WHITNEY: You better tell her.
TOM: Tell who?
WHITNEY: Mom! If you donít I will.
TOM: Look, Whitney, I wouldnít do anything to hurt your mom. Can you imagine what this news would do to her? If you love your mom youíll respect her dignity enough to keep this to yourself. Mom doesnít have to know.
WHITNEY: How can something so sleezy sound OK when you say it?
LAURA: (Walks back in with the fork - smiles) What did I miss?
(Tense silence for moment as Tom and Whitney look at each other)
WHITNEY: Nothing, Mom. (Angry) You didnít miss a thing. (Walks off stage)
LAURA: I wonder whatís gotten in to her?
TOM: (Still a bit nervous) You know teenagers. (Pause) Who can tell?
Fade to black
SETTING: Front seat of a car.
TOM: Youíve been pretty distant lately - whatís up?
WHITNEY: Like you would really care.
TOM: Where did that come from?
WHITNEY: Oh, I donít know - I guess I just have an aversion to trusting a guy that cheats on his wife.
TOM: Look! Weíve talked about this. I can handle this and your mom doesnít have to know. (Pause) Have I left her?
WHITNEY: No, but you think about it.
TOM: No I donít.
WHITNEY: Yes you do - I see it in your eyes when she wants to talk to you. You canít even look straight at her anymore.
TOM: Whitney! (Pause - deep breath) OK - OK, I think about leaving her sometimes. Sheís changed - or I have. I donít know.
WHITNEY: (Near tears - suddenly calm) Like father like daughter.
TOM: What? What are you talking about?
WHITNEY: You and me, Dad. Weíre a lot alike. You taught me well.
TOM: Whitney, youíre not making any sense.
WHITNEY: (Suddenly brash) Howís this? Youíre gonna be a grandpa. Is that clear enough?
TOM: (Overwhelmed) Grandpa - but youíre not even sixteen.
WHITNEY: It can be our secret, canít it? You donít want to hurt mom, do you?
TOM: Sheís gonna need to know.
WHITNEY: Yes - she is - all of it, Dad. I began to think you were right that you could have it all and as long as no one got hurt it was OK. (Pause) Itís not OK.
TOM: I know, sweetheart.
WHITNEY: I was with one guy - I didnít even know him very well. One time - one stupid mistake.
TOM: Weíll get through this.
WHITNEY: (Emotional) You said that you never met anyone who understands you that way she does. You said that you still loved mom, but you had room to love Ďherí too. You were wrong, Dad - there are some things you can only give once.
TOM: (Eyes wide in horror as he really begins to see what he has done - runs his hands through his hair - begins sobbing) What have I done? (Pause) I am so sorry.
(Find a song about faithfulness to play - Whitney and Tom remain in the car and talk unmicíed for awhile. During the chorus or second verse, Laura comes on stage - all smiles - Tom nervously gets out of the car and looks at her speaking unmicíed during the music. Whitney remains in her seat and looks downward at the stage. Laura collapses, weeping to the floor - stage fades to black)
Extended ending: Power Point takes over with pictures of Whitney with a baby - smiling. Laura with Whitney and the baby. The baby alone. Tom with Whitney and the baby. Tom sitting alone in an appartment - lonely. Tom and Laura on a date. Tom and Laura in a simple wedding scene - Whitney and baby looking on.