Writing For Daytime Soaps
Marc Harrison is a 19 year old with blonde hair and blue eyes, living in the Pacific Northwest town of Evergreen City. He is sitting in the living room telling his parents, Anthony and Monique Harrison, that he is getting ready to move out of the house and get himself an apartment.
“Dad, I am 19 years old, and I really need to be out on my own,” Marc says. “But son, how are you going to be able to afford rent and paying your bills?” Anthony asks. Marc replies, “I was just hired as a bookkeeper down at the health store. I’m making enough to live out on my own.” He looks across at his father and winks at Monique, his mother. Anthony goes into the kitchen and grabs a beer out of the refrigerator and when he returns hears Monique saying “Marc, we will miss you so much. You know I will always be here for you and I love you.” Anthony interrupts, “Oh son, you are a nobody. You’ll never amount to anything.” He had already drank a six pack of beer and is now getting insulting. Marc storms out of the house to find boxes for packing up all his belongings. Meanwhile, Monique is yelling at Anthony, “you’re one to talk, you can’t even hold down a job for more than six months. I’m sick of your drinking and I won’t put up with it any more.” Anthony replies, “Well, miss high and mighty, who in the hell do you think you are?” Monique just ignores her husband and storms into the bedroom and slams the door behind her.
Marc returns home and begins packing boxes. His mother enters his room and asks, “darling, let me help you pack your things.” “Mom, I don’t know what I’d do without you. You’re the best!” Marc and his mother spend most of the evening packing boxes. Marc tells his mother, “mom, I’m going to worry about you. Dad is really getting bad. I hope he isn’t going to harm you.” Monique replies, “I won’t put up with his drinking. I’ll move out and get myself an apartment.”
Anthony storms in the room shouting, “you don’t have the guts to move out on me. How do you think you’ll live without me in your life?”
“Well, I sure as hell won’t have to put up with all your nonsense,” Monique retorts. “Your drinking is getting way out of line.”
Marc leads his father out of the bedroom then closes the door. Anthony begins yelling, “son, you’re the biggest coward I’ve ever seen. You’re going to fall flat on your face.”
Marc and Monique finish packing the boxes and then retire for the night. Marc lays in bed thinking about how nice it will be to live out on his own. He won’t have to put up with his father’s abuse any longer. But he will be concerned about how his mother is handling things at home.
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