Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Monologue Mania Day #1237 The Listener by Janet S. Tiger (c) July 4, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day #1237 The Listener by Janet S. Tiger (c) July 4, 2017                             
                                                      The Listener
                                           A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   © all rights reserved 2017

            (Man enters, nondescript, dressed politely, English accent)

Hello, you don't know me, but I know you.

Well, in a way you know me, you talk to me often, and I can hear, but not respond,  I'm sure you find it odd that I am here on your doorstep.

You see, I am a listener.

I listen on the phone.  It's my job.  They pay me to listen to thousands of people.  I'm supposed to screen out the ones who are about to do horrible things.  And I have done that.  Six boys ready to blow up a church in Cornwall.  Never happened.  Because of me.  Quiet me.

Have no idea how you knew about us.  I mean people suspect we are listening, but there's really no proof. So why is it you always talk about me?  How I'm listening?  And that when I get bored or tired, I do things with the phone to annoy you.  Like disconnect your call.  Well, all right, I do that, but.... how do you know that?  You can't possibly know that!  I looked you up - you never worked in our department before.  So.....how is it you know?  And, since you do know, why are you so nasty about it?  I don't like you getting all bent out of shape when I pull your plug, but after all, do you really think I like you saying 'bugger them'!

        (Listens, shrugs)

  All right, it's true, I mean, we're not supposed to come out and visit folks like you.  It's frowned upon, and I might even get sacked, but.....in your case, I just had to do it!

Sometimes, I do hear a voice that is interesting, with some interesting stories.  And I have to be honest, it is one of the weaknesses I have, and I am not supposed to be here telling you any of this, but ....I just don't like what you've been saying about me!  I mean, I hear the mean things you go on about with your mates!  The other day you said I was an ass!  You said the person listening was an ass.

(Very irritated)  An ass!  You never met me, how would you know?  I mean now that you met me, you might still say it, but at least now you have a reason, right?

So, please give a thought when you say these things, I mean, after all, I am human.  

         (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

And maybe, just maybe there's something I heard about you that you might wanna know......

         (Starts to walk off, but a hand reaches out.  He stops, smiles.  Blackout)


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