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Episode 13 - The Insistance




INT.  RUBY’S OFFICE.

EDWARD
(holding Ruby).  I truly do believe you love our daughter as much as I do.

RUBY
Oh, Ed, I do. You know I do.

EDWARD
(pulling back a bit)  The problem is Flora doesn’t know it.

RUBY
I tell her every time I see her.  What more can I do.

EDWARD
You can show her.

RUBY
How, Ed?  I tell her every time I see her, what more can I do.

EDWARD
She knows you love her Rube, but she thinks you love Brick and River more.  She even thinks you love your brother Michael more than her.  Can you even begin to imagine the pain she is in?

RUBY
Why, that’s ridiculous.  I love all my children equally.  All three have unique talents and I do everything I can to support them in discovering those talents.  That is all part of what Dramaticus is about, for goodness sake!

EDWARD
Shhh.  Settle down Rube.  I know you don’t mean to show favouritism, but you really do and it is seriously affecting Flora’s self confidence.

RUBY
What more am I supposed to do?

EDWARD
Well, I don’t think what you have done with this launch is really helping.  First kicking her out of the show, then bringing her back in as a support act, and not even providing a costume...

RUBY
Most of that is of her own doing.  If she had attended rehearsals and not be so difficult whilst Emerald was trying to make her costume, none of this would be necessary.

EDWARD
See what I mean.  You even take the side of her cousins over her!  No wonder she believes you hate her.

RUBY
I don’t hate her!

EDWARD
Prove it.

RUBY
How? 

EDWARD
Give her a costume.

RUBY
Edward, there is just no time left to make anything.

EDWARD
There is one costume which already exists.

RUBY
What do you mean?  Her unfinished one?  We told Emerald not to keep working on it, so I doubt if it can be finished in time for the launch at this late stage.

EDWARD
No.  I don’t mean the unfinished one.

RUBY
Then what are you talking about?

EDWARD
There is another female costume completed.

RUBY
(a long pause)  You are not suggesting...

EDWARD
Yes I am.

RUBY
Flora can’t use Sienna’s costume.  What will Sienna wear?  Besides, it probably won’t even fit her.

EDWARD
It fits beautifully.

RUBY
She has tried it on?

EDWARD
Yes.

RUBY
This is not a spur of the moment idea, is it?  You planned this from the moment you walked in the room.

EDWARD
You owe her.

RUBY
I don’t owe her anything!  I am her mother and I love her and raise her and provide for her – always.

EDWARD
Putting food on the table and building a great big theatre isn’t enough.  You really just did it for Brick and River and Michael and his daughters.  That’s my point.  You love all of them so much more than you love Flora and I.

RUBY
You and Flora make yourselves very hard to love.

EDWARD
Aha, so I’m right!  You don’t love her.  You don’t love either of us.

RUBY
No, Ed, no.  That is not what I meant to say.  You know I love you.  I love you both.  If I didn’t love you, why do you think I put up with all your infidelities?

EDWARD
Don’t change the subject.  We are talking about Flora and how you are going out of your way to humiliate her, rather than love and support her.

RUBY
No Ed, that’s not true.  What can I say to make you believe me?

EDWARD
The only way I will believe that you truly love and treasure our daughter is if you give her Sienna’s costume and tell Sienna she has to go out and buy another gown.

RUBY
Oh, but Ed, that is not fair to Sienna, and Emerald didn’t design it for Flora.  It was part of an ensemble with Brick.

EDWARD
And again you are showing preference for your son and niece over your youngest – and most vulnerable – daughter.  She is just a teenager.  What you do now will scar her for the rest of her life.

RUBY
Alright...alright, you win!  Flora can have Sienna’s dress.  I will get River to let Sienna know she has to find something else.  Are you happy now?   More importantly, is Flora happy now, having caused more drama and inconvenience?

EDWARD
We are both very happy.  Thankyou.  Now I must rush off to rehearsal.  What is our pianists name again?

RUBY
Kirana.

EDWARD
Kirana.  Sounds intriguing.  I will let Flora know the good news about the costume.

RUBY
You do that.

END.

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