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I am out of town again this month, this time to visit relatives in Pittsburgh, so I am a bit busier than I hoped to be for the first few days of August, but here begins 31 Plays in 31 Days! I just threw this first one together in the few moments before the end of the day, so it's pretty rough, but at least I'm not behind this early.

Today's entry is extremely spoilery for my larp Brockhurst-- this is a scene from the back story of two player characters, so please don't read this one if you're still planning on playing that game!

Because I Know You're Not
by Phoebe Roberts

LIEUTENANT CHRISTIAN CHASE, the last survivor of a WWI English company
LADY ABIGAIL BELLAMY, second daughter of the earl of Brockhurst

London, England, 1914

(ABIGAIL, dressed in evening wear, approaches CHRISTIAN in his formal uniform at the party.)

ABIGAIL: Lieutenant Christian Chase?

CHRISTIAN: Yes, miss. And who might you be?

ABIGAIL: The same Christian Chase that commanded the hundred and fifty-first company on march into France?


ABIGAIL: And was the only survivor of that last mission?

CHRISTIAN: Why do you ask?

ABIGAIL: Because I know you're not.

(CHRISTIAN stares.)


ABIGAIL: Don't try to deny it. I know you're not Christian Chase.

CHRISTIAN: W-Why would you-- why would you say that?

ABIGAIL: No one cares to question a war hero, do they? Especially one as useful as you've been. But I noticed that Lieutenant Chase is supposed to be thirty-four years of age, and I'd be surprised if you were a day over twenty-five.

CHRISTIAN: You cannot possibly know if--

ABIGAIL: Dig a little further, and one finds that Chase grew up in the south country, and no one could mistake your accent for anything but that of a Yorkshireman. No, your posh posturing doesn't fool me.

CHRISTIAN: Miss-- I don't know what you mean by all this--

ABIGAIL: Spare me, sir. I wasn't able to turn up just who you are, but I believe it's safe to conclude that you are not who you say you are. And I could reveal that fact at any time.


CHRISTIAN: Please. You can't tell anyone. You don't know what it means to me.

ABIGAIL: I assure you, that's not my intention. At least, not unless I have to.

CHRISTIAN: I don't mean any harm, I swear.

ABIGAIL: Please, sir, calm yourself.

CHRISTIAN: Just... what do you want?

ABIGAIL: I don't want to ruin you. I want to use you.

CHRISTIAN: Use me... to do what?

ABIGAIL: First thing's first. Why don't you tell me who you really are?


Aug. 2nd, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
I literally said, "Yaaaaay!" when I saw that you were doing this challenge again :)

Small quibble: I'm uncertain, but Yorkshire might count as being northern. It is certainly farther north than much of England, but it's not, say, Newcastle. Might be worth asking your local Brit ;)
Aug. 3rd, 2014 12:16 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! And thanks for the suggestion, I have edited. :-)

About Me

My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

My productions:

Upcoming Productions:

MRS. HAWKING part 2 and 3

at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2016

presented by The Chameleon's Dish

Vivat Regina
by Phoebe Roberts

at 2PM


Base Instruments
by Phoebe Roberts

at 6PM

Saturday, May 13th 2017
at 274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

Other Achievements:

"The Tailor at Loring's End" screenplay
Quarter Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition 2013

"Adonis" screenplay
Top Ten Percent in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest 2015

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