By Benjamin J. Stephens
When Danny drops in on his girlfriend Carnie he comes face to face with his own failures in this short drama on absentee fathers.
(The scene is a cramped living room.)
CARNIE: So when are you coming home, Danny?
DANNY: Home? This ain't my home.
CARNIE: It is when it's convenient for you.
DANNY: (Smiles and tries to hug Carnie) That's 'cause you're my Sweetness.
CARNIE: (Rebuffs him) No more, Danny - do you hear me?
DANNY: What's wrong, Baby? Why are you acting like this?
CARNIE: (Angry - emotional) Look, I let you get into my head - now I'm a mama, taking care of our baby and the only time you come back is when you're hungry.
DANNY: At least I come back.
CARNIE: For what? You have never even asked about Anthony.
DANNY: (Still trying to be smooth) That's cause I'm here to see his mama.
CARNIE: That's the point, Danny. I'm the mama - but what are you? (Pause as Danny tries to come up with something to say). You're just the guy that got me pregnant. You don't mind a little sunshine but you brought on a rain storm, Danny. Now you just want to run away.
DANNY: (Smiles) Look I know what this is - this is that post pardom thing, right? You're just upset, Baby. I'll come back some other time. (Sound effects of baby crying throughout to the end of the script - Carnie looks off stage)
DANNY: (Smile fades quickly) Yeah, I gotta go. I'll call you some time.
CARNIE: (Starts to cry) Danny, Anthony needs you.
DANNY: Why, Baby. He's got a mama. (Pause - suddenly melancholy) That's all I had. Did I turn out so bad? (Walks off stage)
CARNIE: (Begins weeping as she walks off the opposite side of the stage) Don't cry, Baby - Mama's coming.
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