Plays

 

Lost Little Rich Girl

By
Shaun Sykes

 

 

 

Table of Contents


Table of Contents pg. 2

Introduction pg. 3

Cast of Characters pgs. 3-5


ACT 1

Scene 1 pgs. 6-7
Scene 2 pgs. 8-9
Scene 3 pgs. 9-11
Scene 4 pgs. 11-

ACT 2

ACT 3

ACT 4

ACT 5

Conclusion

 

 


Introduction


Lost Little Rich Girl is dramatic play about a young girl’s struggle to cope with her society.
Vanessa Wallace, the main character, is a young girl that lives in Beverly Hills, California. She is rich, has a rich family, cars, mansion, and all the modern conveniences anyone would desire, but the love and concern of her parents is absent from this picture. She has a boyfriend that she really loves, and she has sex with him. She later finds out that she is pregnant, and in trying to cope with this problem, she is scorned by her parents and her boyfriend. In her confusion, she runs away to two different states – miles apart from each other, and in the process finds herself, and the love that was missing from her own family. A nationwide search is begun, and the angry parents look for their daughter. After two unsuccessful attempts, they become very worried about their daughter. Vanessa and her parents are reunited once more, and a change is noticed between them.
This story, like many others, is based on a teenaged rich girl, lost in a mixed up world, trying desperately to escape.


Cast of Characters


Location: Beverly Hills, California


Vanessa Wallace 16 ½ young, unwed, pregnant mother trying to find herself

Mr. Henry Wallace Vanessa’s father

Mrs. Carolyn Wallace Vanessa’s mother

Francine Wallace 14 year old sister of Vanessa

Steward Wallace 9 year old brother of Vanessa

Charles Ekley 17 year old father, and boyfriend of Vanessa

Mr. Peter Ekley Charles’ father

Mrs. Dorothy Ekley Charles’ mother

Nina Stewart & Brenda Palmer Best friends of Vanessa

Maggie The Wallace’s maid

Reginald The Wallace’s butler

Claude The Wallace’s chauffeur

Mike Taylor Friend of Charles

Mrs. Moguel Francine’s Home Economics teacher


Location : Augusta, Maine


Debbie A friend of Vanessa’s who sheltered her

Mr. Welch Debbie’s father

Mrs. Welch Debbie’s mother

Joey Welch Debbie’s brother


Location : Phoenix, Arizona


Sidus Temple The sheriff

Angela Belmont Vanessa’s double

Kate Farlow Angela’s aunt

Benjamin Farlow Angela’s uncle

1st Trooper State Trooper 1

2nd Trooper State Trooper 2


Location: Maui, Hawaii


Mr. And Mrs. Houeie Vanessa’s guardians and friends in Hawaii

Loki Houeie Son of the Houeies

Meki Houeie Daughter of the Houeies

Willie The Houeies dog

1st Policeman Local policeman 1

2nd Policeman Local policeman 2

ACT 1

Scene 1

The setting is a luxurious 75 room mansion in Beverly Hills, California. The Wallace family is quietly having breakfast in their Breakfast room. The time is 7:30 am. Seated are Mr. And Mrs. Wallace, Vanessa, Francine and Steward. Mr. Wallace is speaking from behind his newspaper.

Mr. Wallace:
Well, will you look at this! Cuba has been discovered to be manufacturing more and more artillery, so they can be ready for any sneak attacks. That’s just rubbish!

Mrs. Wallace (not listening):
Henry dear, I have my women’s social group meeting at 10:00 am today, and the Nocture Society meets here at 12:00 pm sharp.

Mr. Wallace (interrupting):
Of course they’re trying to defend themselves against the U.S., but if we had a war, we would surely blow those savages off the map!

Francine:
Pass the butter please.

Mrs. Wallace:
And Mrs. Davidson is having a baby shower for her niece Charlene at 7:30 pm. I wonder what I should pick up for her?

Francine:
Did anybody hear me just now? Pass the butter please.

Enter Reginald the butler.

Reginald:
I’ll get you the butter Ms. Francine.

He passes it to Francine.

Francine:
Thanks Reggie.

Mr. Wallace:
Mind your manners Francine! He is a gentleman of this house and you will address him by his proper name, and that is Reginald!

There is silence.
Mrs. Wallace:
Did you hear your father Francine?

Francine:
Yes mother.

Mrs. Wallace:
So answer him!

Francine says nothing.

Mrs. Wallace:
Now!

Francine:
Alright father, I will call him Reginald from now on.

Mr. Wallace:
That’s better.

Vanessa:
If we don’t hurry, we will be late for school today. Bye mom and dad. Come on kiddies.

As they are leaving

Mrs. Wallace:
Oh Vanessa, tell Claude to be back by 9:30 am, will you dear?

Vanessa:
Okay.

The children exit and Maggie the maid enters.

Mr. Wallace:
Maggie, will you bring me another cup of coffee please.

Maggie:
Yes sir.


Scene 2

On the way to Beverly Hills High School.

Steward:
You really got it big today Fran.

Vanessa:
Yeah, we almost lost her today. The Wallace’s put down their firm hands, not to mention feet!

Francine:
Cut it out guys. This kind of thing really gripes me!

Sylvia:
Hey you guys.

She whispers to her brother and sister, and then speaks to Claude.

Vanessa:
Claude, stop at the store on the corner for a minute. We want to get something to eat.

Claude:
Not that greasy spoon on the left Ms. Vanessa! You must be joshing!

Vanessa:
I’m not joking, let’s go.

Claude:
Are you sure? I can take you to a clean supermarket, higher class restaurant, or have Reginald or Maggie pick something up for you. How does that sound?

Steward:
We want to go here.

Francine:
Here and only here.

Vanessa:
So stop the car, so we can get out. No more stalling.

Claude stops the car as they suggested. All three get out of the car and go into a store called the Hot Box. In this store, they meet some of their friends, talk a while, buy junk food, and come out a while later.


Steward:
Okay Claude, on to school.


Scene III

Arriving at school, Vanessa and her sister get out of the car.

Vanessa:
Thanks Claudey. Don’t forget to be back home by 9:30 am sharp. If you don’t, mom will have your head! To her brother – See you later Stew. Behave yourself.

Steward:
I will.

Francine:
Oh Claude, don’t tell our parents about our little excursion today. Okay.

Claude:
It kills me to see you ruin your appetite, but it is all taken care or. Hurry up now, or you’ll be late.

Vanessa:
Bye.

Francine:
See you later.

Steward:
Bye.

Claude:
Good morning.

The limousine pulls off. Vanessa and Francine walk into Beverly Hills High School, before the first period bell rings. Francine speaks to her sister.

Francine:
Well, off to Mrs. Moguel’s class. Make sure you come in and wake me up next period.

Vanessa:
Is she still as boring as ever?

Francine:
If you mean does she still put everyone in class to sleep with her lectures, the answer is yes.
Vanessa:
Well have fun.

Francine:
Right, if I can stay awake long enough. See you later.

Vanessa:
Okay, bye.

Later in Home Economics class, we see Francine desperately trying to prepare a Chocolate cake. Mrs. Moguel speaks to her.

Mrs. Moguel:
Francine, I think I smell something burning.

Francine rushes to her oven and opens it.

Francine:
Oh no!

Mrs. Moguel:
What is that!

Francine:
It started out as a Chocolate cake.

Mrs. Moguel:
A Chocolate cake! You’ve ruined it!

Francine:
It would seem so Mrs. Moguel.

Mrs. Moguel:
You heard my instructions, but you disobeyed every one of them – as usual.

Francine:
I tried my best.

Mrs. Moguel:
Well your best wasn’t good enough. That’s the third dessert you ruined this week. What’s your excuse this time?

Francine:
I just made a few mistakes, that’s all.


Mrs. Moguel:
Well your mistakes will fail you, if you keep this up.

Francine:
O.K. I made a mistake, there’s no need to jump all over me!

Mrs. Moguel:
Alright, leave this room immediately young lady, and march yourself to the principal’s office. You can wait there for the rest of the day!

Francine:
I really didn’t want to come here anyway! Dumb Witch!

Mrs. Moguel:
Get out!

Francine storms out of class.

Scene IV

After school, Vanessa talks with the principal and Mrs. Moguel privately. She clears things up, and receives a note for her parents concerning Francine’s recent conduct and activities. Now outside, the sisters get into their limousine, as Claude opens the door for them. They get in, and are driven to their favorite hangout – Sharkey’s Place.


Vanessa (to Claude):
Claude, be back here by 4:30 pm, in time for dinner.

Claude:
Will do.


Claude turns the car around and heads home with Steward. At the snack bar, deli and fast food emporium, Vanessa meets her two best friends; Nina Stewart and Brenda Palmer. Francine at this point wanders off.

Brenda:
Hi Vanessa.

Vanessa:
Hi Bren. Hi Nina. Whew! You almost didn’t see me today.


Nina:
What happened? What’s the matter?

Vanessa:
My sister.

Nina:
Her again.

Vanessa:
Yes.

Brenda:
What did she mess up this time?

Vanessa:
A Chocolate cake. She burned it.

Nina:
I know Mrs. Moguel was mad.

Vanessa:
Yes, she was. Could we change the subject?

Brenda:
O.K., let’s talk about Charles Ekley.

The girls giggle uncontrollably.

Vanessa:
Now that’s my kind of subject!

Brenda:
He’s so tall.

Nina:
And cute, don’t forget to mention hoe cute he is.

Vanessa:
And his voice is so deep and masculine.

Nina:
And he’s a great dancer. All the girls long to dance with him at parties.

Brenda:
And a terrific football player. What an athlete.

Vanessa, Brenda and Nina:
What a hunk!

Vanessa:
And……………………….


Charles Ekley and Mike Taylor interrupt their conversation.

Charles:
Talking about us ladies?

Nina:
Oh, hi Charles.

Brenda:
Hi Mike.

Mike:
Hey, how’s it going Brenda?

Charles:
Hi Nina. And how are you this fine day Vanessa?

Vanessa:
Oh, hi Charley.

Nina and Brenda (to Vanessa):
Char-r-r-r-r-r-ley?

Brenda:
So you’ve gotten to know Charles that well, hugh?

Nina:
Do you know something we should know? Let us in on it, why don’t you.

Vanessa:
Oh cut it out you guys.

Scene V

Claude has picked the girls up, and drives them home in time for dinner. They arrive home, and as they walk through the front door……………………………………………

Mr. Wallace:
Well, it’s about time! Where have you been?

Vanessa:
What do you mean about time? I do believe we are on time.

Mrs. Wallace:
You should have been here earlier, we expected you some time ago. We have dinner guests, the Ferguson’s. Now hurry upstairs and change.

Francine:
Do we have to?

Mr. Wallace:
You most certainly do.

Vanessa:
Wait a minute! Now I think what I have on is fine for dinner. I’m not changing!

Mrs. Wallace:
What did you say?

Vanessa:
You heard me, I’m not changing, and that’s final!

Mr. Wallace:
I want you both to march upstairs and change into something decent, right this instant!

Francine:
O.K. Father. Come on Vanessa.

Vanessa (to Francine):
No. I’m sick and tired of arranging my schedule and life around them, for their friends.

Mrs. Wallace:
Lower your voice!

Mr. Wallace:
And you young lady, can go without dinner tonight!


Vanessa runs upstairs to her room, and slams the door behind her.

Mr. Wallace:
Now you, Francine, may go and change.

Francine:
Yes father.

She goes upstairs.

Mrs. Wallace:
And we will discuss your school conduct after dinner.

Francine:
(silently) Oh no!

Francine continues upstairs to her room, and begins to change.

ACT 2

Scene I

Two weeks later. In the living room are Mr. and Mrs. Wallace. Vanessa comes down the stairs to talk to them. She speaks.


Vanessa (to her mother):
Mother, can I talk with you for a moment?

Mrs. Wallace:
Honey, can it wait? You see I’m busy.

Vanessa:
It won’t take a minute.

Mrs. Wallace:
I said that I’m busy. Go to your father.

Vanessa walks over to her father, and speaks to him.

Vanessa:
Father, can I talk with for a minute.

Mr. Walace:
Some other time dear. I’m in the middle of very important business. Maybe later.

Vanessa (Sarcastically):
Right, later, always later!

Vanessa exits.


Scene II

In The backyard Steward is playing in the sandbox, and Francine is swinging herself on the swings. Vanessa goes to a swing and sits down.

Francine:
Why so glum kid?

Vanessa:
It’s mom and dad again. They’re too busy to talk.


Francine:
Well, go to them again later.

Vanessa:
It won’t do any good.

Francine:
You’ll never know unless you try.

Steward fills up a bucket of sand up with water, and comes toward them.

Vanessa:
O.K. I‘ll go to them later.

All of a sudden out of nowhere, Steward throws the sandy water all over them, laughs and runs away.

Francine:
I’ll get you for this, you little monster!

Vanessa:
That goes double for me, you little brat!

They run towards Steward, who flees for his life. They both burst into laughter, and begin to swing and talk.


Scene III

This is Vanessa’s second attempt to talk to her parents. The time is two hours later.

Vanessa:
Mother, Father, can I speak with you now?

Mr. Wallace:
Not now dear.

Mrs. Wallace:
Maybe later.

Vanessa:
Not now, maybe later dear, you said that before. When will later be?

Mr. Wallace:
Like we just said, later.

Vanessa:
Well never mind now, never mind later, never mind ever!

She runs to the front door, goes out of it and slams it shut. You can hear her run to her car, get in it, crank it up and drive off.

Mrs. Wallace (Not looking at her husband):
She’s getting very rude lately.

Mr. Wallace:
Yes she is, isn’t she? The nerve of her!


Scene IV

Several weeks later, we find Vanessa and Charles together at Sharkey’s Place.

Charles:
Vanessa, I really like you a lot you know.

Vanessa:
I like you too Charles.

Charles:
Do you want something else, another cheeseburger maybe? A malt?

Vanessa:
No, I just want to talk.

Charles:
O.K.

Vanessa:
You’re a terrific guy. You know, you’re the only guy I’ve met that really seemed serious about things.

Charles:
I feel the same way. I’ve never met a girl like you. I’ve got something for you.

He pulls out a case, and in the case is a ring on a chain.

Vanessa:
For me?

Charles:
Yeah. Try it on.
Vanessa puts the chain around her neck.

Charles:
How do you like it? How does it fit? Alright I hope.

Vanessa:
It’s wonderful! It’s beautiful! Does this mean that we are going steady?

Charles (with a smile):
Yes. You’re my one and only!

They kiss and embrace each other. A day later at Brenda’s house.

Vanessa:
Look what I have.

Brenda:
A ring? You’re going steady?

Nina:
With who?

Vanessa:
Charles silly. He gave it to me yesterday. Isn’t it pretty?

Nina:
Yes it is.

They giggle as they admire and look at the necklace.

Brenda:
So since you’re now his girlfriend, when are you going to……………………………

Vanessa:
To what?

Nina:
You know, what a girl and boy or young people do. Alone! Together!

Vanessa:
Oh that! Soon, very soon.

Scene V

A month has passed. Vanessa and Charles have in love, and have had sexual intercourse on several occasions. Vanessa one day feels a bit sick, so she is sent to the family doctor for a routine checkup. She finds out that she is definitely pregnant. How? Why? It’s unbelievable, but it’s true! She is in a daze for a long time. She leaves the doctor’s office and heads to Nina’s house, where she finds Brenda and Nina talking.

Vanessa:
Nina, Brenda, help me-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e!

Nina:
What’s wrong Vanessa?

Brenda:
Why are you crying?

As Vanessa is about to collapse, the girls catch her and sit her down.

Nina:
What’s the matter Vanessa, are you sick?

Brenda:
Maybe she needs a doctor.

Vanessa:
I just came from the doctor, that’s the trouble.

Brenda:
So what’s wrong honey?

Vanessa:
I-I-I’m pregnant.

Brenda:
What?

Nina:
What?

Vanessa (weeping)
I’m pregnant!

Nina:
How long?

Vanessa:
Just two weeks.

Brenda:
Is Charles the father-r-r-r-r?

Vanessa:
Yes! Yes! Yes! I’m so scared and confused! I don’t know what to do.

Brenda:
Are you two stupid or what? Didn’t you use protection, a condom or something? Didn’t you think of taking precautions?

Vanessa:
We were in love, and wanted to show our love to each other. We didn’t think it would get this far. I had no idea that I would get pregnant from this.

Nina:
Did you think of having the baby, or getting an abortion?

Vanessa:
I didn’t consider anything. Do you think an abortion is the best answer?

Brenda:
Yes.

Nina:
Yes indeed.

Scene VI

That same day.

Vanessa:
Mom, Dad, everyone; I really have to talk to all of you. Right now.

Mrs. Wallace:
All right, in a minute.

Vanessa picks up an expensive vase, and smashes it on the floor

Vanessa:
Now mom, Now!

Mr. Wallace
Young lady, have you gone mad? You just broke a very expensive vase! You better have a good explanation for this!

Vanessa:
I do, I had to get your attention somehow. I have something important to discuss with you.

Mr. Wallace:
O.K young lady, what’s so important that you have to break things in the house for?

Vanessa:
I think you better sit down.

Mrs. Wallace:
Are you dying dear?

They all sit down.

Vanessa:
I’m in sort of a jam.

Francine:
What sort of a jam?

Vanessa:
I-I-I’m pregnant.

Mr. Wallace:
What!

Mrs. Wallace:
What did you say?

Francine:
Pregnant! Wow!

Mr. Wallace:
I thought you had more sense than that!

Mrs. Wallace:
Apparently she didn’t! How long have you known?

Vanessa:
Just today. I found out today.

Mrs. Wallace:
And how many boys have you been sleeping with?

Vanessa:
That’s none of your business!

Mr. Wallace:
I think it is our business to know who the father is, or do you know yourself?

Vanessa:
Of course I know! I didn’t come here to take this!

She storms to her room. They follow her. She packs some clothes, and other items. They yell at her. When she is through packing, she leaves her room and goes down the stairs. The still follow her, and the yelling continues. Vanessa walks out of the house, puts her luggage in the trunk of her car, gets in and drives off.


Scene VII

In a park in Beverly Hills, we find Charles and Vanessa in deep conversation. She has already told him about their conceived baby.

Charles:
I think you should get an abortion.

Vanessa:
Abortion?

Charles:
Yes, it’s the best way to solve our problem. Get an abortion.

Vanessa:
But this is our baby. We made it together. I love you and want to have your child.

Charles:
I love you too, but won’t love your baby. What happened anyway? I thought you said that you were on the pill.

Vanessa:
I wasn’t. I didn’t think we needed it. You understand don’t you?

Vanessa’s parents enter from the rear.

Mr. Wallace:
It’s about time we found you, and this must be the father of the baby. So, when are you going to get married, and make this mistake legitimate?

Vanessa:
We may not get married, I may have an abortion.

Mrs. Wallace:
That is out of the question. We forbid it!

Charles’ parents enter the scene, and both sets of parents begin to argue. Both push blame to the other parents child, and the men break out in a physical fight. Vanessa decides that she needs to get away from all of this drama, so she takes her car to the bus terminal, catches a bus, and runs away.

ACT 3

Scene 1

A month later, we see that Vanessa has traveled to Augusta, Maine, and is living with a friend and her family. They own a small house that is pretty humble to that which Vanessa is accustomed to living in. It’s a pleasant morning.

Vanessa:
Life is great here. I want to stay here forever!

Debbie:
So do I.

Mrs. Welch:
Well Vanessa, you are welcomed to stay here as long as you want to.

Vanessa:
Thank you Mrs. Welch. You’re just what a mother should be.


Mrs. Welch:
Flattery will get you nowhere. And besides; you still have to wash the lunch dishes.

Vanessa responds to this call, and washes the dishes. Meanwhile in California, the Wallace family learns of Vanessa’s sudden departure, and searches around town for her.

Mr. Wallace:
Claude, take the car and drive me to the Stewart and Palmer Estates. Dear, call the police, they can help us. Francine, you check all of her hangouts. We’ll meet back here at 3:00 o’clock sharp.

They check all of the places they think Vanessa would be, but they have no luck in finding her. They meet again at their house.


Francine:
Did anyone find out anything?

Mr. Wallace:
Just that she was very upset earlier. The girl is causing us much worry!

Mrs. Wallace:
Not to mention trouble.

Mr. Wallace:
I’m so mad at her, that I’m afraid of what I would do if we find her!

Francine:
Mad? What do you have to be mad about? Your daughter is lost, and may be in serious trouble, and you’re both mad at her?

Mrs. Wallace:
You can be sure of that!

Claude enters with some news.

Claude:
I just spoke with the manager of the bus terminal. Ms. Vanessa left one month ago on a bus.

Mrs. Wallace:
Where to?

Claude:
He didn’t know mam.

Mr. Wallace:
Maggie, get me the Bureau of Federal Troopers on the phone, then call Frank Bellows at the F.B.I. office in San Francisco. I’ll put a stop to this!

Maggie gets the officials on the phone. A nationwide search is begun. The door bell rings.

Reginald:
Mr. and Mrs. Ekley to see you sir, along with their son, master Charles.

Mrs. Wallace:
Show them in.

The Ekleys come in.

Mr. Ekley:
Hello Henry, Carolyn. I wonder if we are really welcome in your home. As you remember, the last time we saw each other, we were fighting terribly. We came by because we want to talk to you about your daughter and our son.

Mrs. Wallace:
Won’t you sit down? Now, let’s get this whole matter cleared up, and out in the open. We didn’t expect our daughter to make this mistake, but since she did, we think the children should be married.

Mrs. Ekley:
I agree.

Mr. Ekley:
So do I. What were those foolish kids thinking?

Charles:
I want to see Vanessa.

Mr. Wallace:
Well she’s not here. She ran away.

Charles:
What? And what makes all of you think that you can run our lives, as if we were puppets on strings? I personally want her to have an abortion.

Mr. Wallace:
She’s our daughter, and she will be well taken care of. An abortion is out of the question!

The parents argue with Charles, until he is unable to face them, and finally runs out the front door.

Mr. Ekley:
He’s a mixed up kid. Now, let’s talk about the wedding arrangements. Any news on Vanessa’s whereabouts?

Mr. Wallace:
All we know is that she left here a month ago. I have my top people on it. I don’t doubt that we will locate her soon.


Scene II

Two weeks later. Vanessa is babysitting for the Welch’s. Vanessa sits in the living room.

Joey:
Can I watch TV now?

Vanessa:
Have you eaten your vegetables yet?

Joes:
Yes.

Vanessa:
All of them?
Joey:
No.

Vanessa lifts him up.

Vanessa:
O.K. slugger – I’ll let you slide this time, but you better eat them next time.

Joes: I will. Let’s watch “Batman.”

Vanessa turns on the television and watches “Batman” with Joey.

Scene III

A month later in the Welch’s living room.

Mrs. Welch:
You’re getting bigger and bigger every day Vanessa. How many months are you now?

Vanessa:
Three months and counting. I saw the doctor yesterday and got a clean bill of health.

Mr. Welch:
How do you feel dear?

Vanessa:
Oh just fine sir. Can we sit down and have our talk now?

Mrs. Welch:
Of course.


Mr. Welch:
Certainly.

They converse for quite some time about things on Vanessa’s mind. Never before has she ever been so open and felt so free to speak. When she wanted to speak at home, they never had time for her, and made he change clothes for their guests. Here they always had time for her, and never yelled at her or made her change what she wore. This indeed was what she felt was living the good life.

Scene IV

A week later, the door bell rings. Debbie answers it, spots two state troopers, and runs to her father with the news. Her father then detains them.

Debbie:
Vanessa, you’ve got to get out of here! The state troopers are outside!

Mrs. Welch:
O.K. Vanessa, you have got to get packed, and get a move on. The police are on your trail.

Vanessa quickly gets up, packs, receives money, food, clothing and directions to a friendly family living in Hawaii. The family bids her goodbye, as Mrs. Welch takes her to the airport.

Mrs. Welch:
Here’s your ticket to Maui, Hawaii.

Vanessa:
Wow, Hawaii. I’ve never been there before. I hate to be going there under these circumstances, and I hate to leave you all behind.

Mrs. Welch:
Sweetheart, we care about you dearly, and only want to protect you. I hate to see you leave myself, but it is the only way for you maintain your freedom.

Vanessa:
Thank you. How can I ever repay you and your family for all you’ve done for me?

Mrs. Welch:
You already repaid us by being with us. You don’t have to worry about that, you’re family now.

Her flight is announced over the intercom.


Mrs. Welch:
Well, I guess that’s it. Take good care of yourself, and call and write to us when you get there. Remember, we all love you very much. And take extra special care of that baby.

Vanessa:
I love you all too. O.K., I will take care of both of us.

They hug each other.

Vanessa:
I’ll never forget you!

With tears in her eyes, she boards the plane, waves goodbye to a good friend, and takes off for Hawaii.

ACT 4

Scene I

Back at the Wallace’s house.

Mrs. Wallace (Yelling):
That girl is preposterous! Where can she be?

Mr. Wallace:
I don’t know, I just don’t know!

Steward:
Mother, when is Vanessa coming home?


Mr. Wallace:
Don’t ask your mother ant stupid questions, just go to your room young man – right now!

Steward runs upstairs in a hurry.

Francine:
That wasn’t fair to take out your anger on him.

Mr. Wallace:
Are you smart-mouthing me girl?

Francine:
No, I’m just telling you the facts.

Mrs. Wallace:
The facts are, that your dear sister has gone off God knows where, and she doesn’t even have the decency to contact us. Ignorant child!

Francine:
I’m sick and tired of hearing about Vanessa – VANESSA, VANESSA, VANESSA, VANESSA! Maybe she’s better off now than she ever was here!

Mrs. Wallace:
You’ve got a smart mouth, just like your sister. Upstairs!

Mr. Wallace:
You heard your mother, upstairs!

Francine storms upstairs to her room. Just then, the phone rings. Reginald answers it, and takes the message.

Reginald:
Mr. Ands Mrs. Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace, good news about Vanessa!

Mr. Wallace:
What is it man, spit it out!

Reginald:
They have found her in Phoenix, Arizona. The commissioner wants you to come out there immediately.

Mr. Wallace:
Have Maggie and Reginald pack our bags dear. We will leave for Arizona today.

Scene II

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace take their private jet to Arizona that same day. They arrive into town and are met by the Arizona State Police, the sheriff of the town and his deputy. They head out to the Farlow farm.

1st Trooper:
O.K. Vanessa Wallace, this is the state police, we know that you are in there. Come out quietly with your hands up, and no one will get hurt.

Mr. Farlow:
My name is Benjamin Farlow, and I live with my wife Kate. There is no Vanessa here.

2nd Trooper:
How do we proceed sir?

1st Trooper:
Go around the back and see that she doesn’t escape. I’ll cover the front.

The second trooper leaves.

Sidus Temple:
Wait a minute bub. This is my problem, so let me handle it. After all, I am the sheriff in this town. I’ll be right back. Wait out here gents.

He heads toward the front door, knocks, and after stating his name goes in the house. Now inside:
Sidus Temple:
O.K. folks, outside. You girl can stay! I want to talk to you.

The Farlows leave.

Sidus Temple:
I know who you are now. I told you I’d get you someday! Your folks are outside, come on.

Angela:
What’s the deal man? My parents have been dead for three years now, so why don’t you just split. Beat it man!

Sidus Temple (Laughing):
I don’t think you heard me missy, get out!

Angela (Sarcastically):
I won’t, you poor excuse for a sheriff, crooked string tie wearing, faded blue suit wearing fool!

Sheriff Temple slaps her very hard, and the girl begins to cry.

Sidus Temple (cruely):
Now get up, and get outta here!

As she gets up to leave, he pushes her out the front screen door.

Sidus Temple:
All taken care of. She’s all yours bub.

Mrs. Farlow (Shocked):
What’s the meaning of this! This is my niece from Oklahoma.

Mrs. Wallace:
No she is not! I know my own daughter when I see her, and that’s her!

Angela:
Wait a minute everybody. I’ll show you who I am. Here’s my I.D. and Social Security card. This will prove who I am Mister. Can you read?

Sidus Temple:
You expect me to fall for the oldest trick in the book? You probably stole these from someone else. Don’t try that game on us missy, you can’t beat the law this time.

Both troopers take her by the arms.

1st trooper: We’ll take her from here.

Mr. Wallace:
Wait a minute officers. It says her name is Angels Belmont and not Vanessa Wallace our daughter.

Angela:
So you, your wife and the cops all know what you can do, don’t you.

She positions her right hand as if she was gripping an imaginary baseball or orange, and gives them the mold – a local hand gesture that signifies triumph and payback on her side, and defeat and embarrassment on theirs. Then she says...

Angela:
I’m glad that I’m not your daughter; you fake impression of a mother!

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace:
We’re sorry Mr. and Mrs. Farlow, and to you Angela, we deeply apologize. Angela looks so much like Vanessa, that you would mistake them for twins. We were confused at first. They must be doubles or something like that.

Sidus Temple (to Angela):
I’m truly sorry Miss. Will you accept my apology?

Angela:
I’ll dry up in the desert first!

Just then, they receive another report that another girl fitting Vanessa’s description was spotted in Maui, Hawaii, but was arrested for drug selling and prostitution.

Mrs. Wallace:
Our daughter?

Mr. Wallace:
No, not her!

2nd Trooper:
I’m afraid so folks.

Sidus Temple:
Well folks, you better be off now, before she gets away again.

They leave immediately for their jet. For the first time in a long number of years, they are seriously worried and concerned for their daughter.


Mrs. Wallace:
Henry, I’m really worried this time! What if it is her? Or what if this is not her? Then where could she be, or where will we find her?


Mr. Wallace:
Don’t worry honey, we’ll find her, and not in a jail cell or in any other trouble.

But Mr. Wallace, although he doesn’t show it, is much more worried than his wife.

ACT 5

In Hawaii some time later, we find Vanessa living with the Houeies, enjoying a luxurious life. Since her arrival, she has learned the Hawaiian language (in short), customs, lifestyles, culture and fashion. She enjoys the climate, people and their exotic cuisine. This to her is like a vacation she’s been long awaiting to experience. The Houeies are nice people, that are friendly and loving.

Scene I

One of Vanessa’s duties is to baby-sit the children when their parents are away.

Vanessa:
Don’t worry Mr. and Mrs. Houeie, while I’m here I’ll baby-sit and help out with the children, clean the house, help prepare the meals, and walk Willie. I don’t mind, really I don’t.

Mr. Houeie:
Thank you Vanessa, that will be wonderful. This is a good way to become responsible, and you are earning your keep while you do it.

Mrs. Houeie:
Vanessa, that’s great. I can use some help around here, and yours will be greatly appreciated.

Several weeks go by.

Mr. Wallace:
Another mistake! I can’t take much more of this! Where is she? Where is my daughter?

Mrs. Wallace:
She’s here, I know it. They’ll find her soon. They must, or we’ll both go insane.

Mr. Wallace:
I hope you’re right. Why did she run away in the first place Carolyn?

Mrs. Wallace:
That’s just it Henry, we just don’t know. We’ve been too preoccupied with our own affairs to notice the problems she has been facing.

Mr. Wallace:
I’ve been thinking about this for some time now, and this is not just with her, but with all of our children.

Mrs. Wallace:
I f I just get another chance, I promise that I will be a better mother. I’ll listen to her, help her and be there for her when she needs me.

Mr. Wallace:
And I too will be a better father.

Mrs. Wallace:
Darling, we never really disciplined our daughter properly. Do you think we should have applied the rod and molded out child, instead of sparing the rod and spoiling the child, as the saying goes?

Mr. Wallace:
I think it’s a little bit too late to think about that now dear.

They fall into great distress. At the Houeie home, a knock is heard at the door.

Vanessa:
Who is it?

1st Policeman:
This is the Maui Police. Is Mr. or Mrs. Houeie at home?

Vanessa (speaking with a Hawaiian accent):
No, they’ve gone out.

2nd Policeman:
May I ask you what is your position in this house?

Vanessa:
I’m the baby and house sitter.

2nd Policeman:
Well can you help us? Have you seen a girl with blonde hair, age 16 1/2, Caucasian and pregnant? This girl is a runaway.

Vanessa:
There’s lots of girls fitting that description in town. But pregnant, no I haven’t seen anyone fitting that description. Sorry.

1st Policeman:
Would you open the door mam?

Vanessa:
Is this necessary? Do you have a search warrant?


2nd Policeman:
It’s routine mam.

At that moment, Loki opens the door.

Vanessa:
Don’t open the door Loki! Not until they produce the search warrant.

Loki:
Why?

1st Policeman:
There she is, grab her!

Meki:
Don’t you touch our Vanessa!

Loki:
Let’s get um!

Loki, Meki and Willie attack the two policemen.

2nd Policeman (after a while):
Should we call for backup sir? No wait a minute – I’ve got her sir!

1st Policeman:
Tell these kids to stop, and grab the dog, or they’ll all be in hot water with the law.

Vanessa:
Stop it you guys! It’s no use! Call your parents and tell them what has happened, and where I am! Lock the door behind us.

Loki:
O.K. Vanessa.

Meki:
Where are you going Vanessa?

Vanessa:
To jail I think.

The policemen lead her to their patrol car and drive her to the precinct. Her parents are notified, and they rush over.

1st Policeman:
Is this your daughter?
Mr. Wallace:
Yes, its is.

Mrs. Wallace:
Oh yes Vanessa………

Vanessa:
Hello mother and father. It’s no use – I’m never going home, not ever!

Mrs. Wallace
We understand honey.

Mr. Wallace:
We’ve had time to think things through, and have realized that we have been too busy and angry to notice it before.

Vanessa:
Notice what?

Mrs. Wallace
That we haven’t been giving you enough love and attention.

Mr. Wallace:
And we’re very sorry dear. Will you give us another chance to make it up to you and your sister and brother?

Vanessa:
I don’t know, I have to think about it. You’ve really treated us badly.

Mrs. Wallace:
And it took us this long to realize what we’ve done. We love you very much. We have worried ourselves sick, because we didn’t know where you were or if you were in trouble or not.

Vanessa:
You did? Wow! This is the first time I’ve ever heard you say that. I ran away because I thought that you didn’t love or care about me anymore. You acted like I really wasn’t around.

Mr. Wallace:
Yes, we realize that we were fools! But we’ve changed through this experience. Won’t you give us a chance to show it?

Vanessa:
I guess so.

They hug and embrace each other. Her parents kiss her and begin to cry with joy and relief. Just then Mr. and Mrs. Houeie run into the precinct.

Mr. Houeie:
Where is she? Why have you brought her here? She never did anything wrong!

Mrs. Houeie:
Vanessa, they hurt you? We’re going to get you out of here, don’t you worry!

Vanessa:
It’s alright, it’s alright! These are my parents, and they had the police bring me here…………..

Mrs. Houeie:
Why did they do that? They are mean, evil people! They should be here and behind bars, not you!

Vanessa:
It’s O.K. We talked it over and they have changed. They actually love and care about me! They have realized their bad ways, and are willing to make another try with the family. I really don’t want to leave you…………………..

Mrs. Wallace:
Vanessa, no!

Vanessa:
But I want to give my family another shot.

Mrs. Houeie:
Are you sure? They treated you really badly before. Can you trust them?

Vanessa:
I think I can trust them this time. So yes, I am sure.

Mr. Houeie:
That is good, to be back with your family. You’re a good girl Vanessa.

Mrs. Houeie:
We understand Vanessa.

Mr. Wallace:
Thank you for taking good care of our daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. Houeie:
The pleasure was all ours. Make sure you take care of our Vanessa, and the baby to be. They are part of our family now. If you don’t, or we hear that she is not happy, you may loose her for good. Don’t let that happen, and please take good care of your family.

Mrs. Wallace:
We will – believe me we will.

Vanessa (In tears):
Goodbye Mr. and Mrs. Houeie, I’ll miss you terribly. You took me in without knowing who I am, and welcomed me with open arms. I will never forget your hospitality and love. I will call and write weekly, and visit you hopefully soon. Tell Loki, Meki and Willie goodbye for me, and tell them to be good while I’m gone. Give them all my love.

Mr. Houeie:
We will, Aloha.


Mrs. Houeie:
Aloha my child.

Vanessa:
Aloha.

The Wallace’s leave the police station hand in hand. Vanessa tells them about her wonderful adventures as they board the jet.


H N
T E E D

Conclusion


This ends my play. Taking place in the year 1979, you can see that this story ended happily for both the parents and their daughter. The physical, mental and emotional aspects are plain to see. A very rich family that has gone astray. That which was once a close family, became five strangers living in a mansion, but not together. Why did this happen? Who can really tell? Being a responsible, loving and caring parent takes much time and effort on the part of the adult. Could it be that the Wallace’s could no longer handle this responsibility, and retaliated into careless, aggressive, thoughtless human beings? Could this story have begun or ended differently for the family? Yes, but nature ran its course, and destiny took its toll.
Here’s something that you might be interested in; Vanessa arrives home with her family, and is in turn welcomed by the whole town! Her parents mend their ways and spend more time with their children, under the ever watchful eye of Vanessa. Vanessa marries Charles, and has her baby (a girl).
My purpose is and was to show the problems of a young teenager, and the way she goes about handling them. My conclusion is clear. I have nothing more to say.

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