Sunday, March 19, 2017

Monologue Mania Day #1131 The Fifth Root by Janet S. Tiger (c) Mar. 19, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day #1131 The Fifth Root by Janet S. Tiger (c) Mar. 19, 2017      

                                                  The Fifth Root
                                                a monologue   by 
                                               by Janet S. Tiger (c) all rights reserved (c) 2017

           (From a movie I'll be writing one day - set in the 1970s -this scene is with the lead female, in her forties, but looks younger, who is British, and is speaking with a police detective who feels that her missing husband wants to be missing.  This is not her belief, and she is very adamant in trying to explain that something bad has happened and she needs help)

Thank you, Officer Dremmond, I'm sorry, Detective Dremmond.  If I appear to be irritated, that is because I am.

        (Sits up very tall)

Yes, I realize you think you've seen this before, the missing husband who would prefer not to be discovered for awhile - or forever.  But I will point out that Jeffrey left yesterday morning on a jog.  Without his wallet, without pants even, just his shorts and a T-shirt!  He has not attempted to take any money from a bank, and he is also never late to work.  Ever.  Twenty-two years at the same firm, and never even five minutes late!

So, you can explain all you want, but I have another explanation.  And it is based on teeth.  I worked as a dental technician before and while I was first married.  And one of the strangest events occurred during a root canal.  My own.  The pain was horrible.  The dentist- my boss!- cleaned out the four roots and told me I would be fine.

But I wasn't.  You see, most teeth have either two or four roots.  The x-rays will tell.  My x-rays showed four roots - and they were all clean.  So where was the pain coming from?

        (She takes her head and tilts it)

Then my boss remembered something he had learned in school, but never seen before.  He took the x-rays from different angles, and what do you know?  In one angle, he could see....a fifth root.

Hidden between the other roots......

        (She stands, gives a steely look)

So, Detective Dremmond, I suggest you look....for another possibility.  For another situation....for a ...fifth root......

       (She exits and he takes the file and goes to put it away, stops, and looks again, then picks up a phone.  End of scene)
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