Take My Hand

by Joanne Miller

Summary

A skydiving instructor and student discuss her first jump. They are standing on a bench about to ďjump out of the planeĒ and she is very scared.

Characters

Mike Ė Skydiving instructor
Dawn Ė First time student

Script

(Scene: Both Mike and Dawn are standing on a locker room bench with ďparachutesĒ on. (Can use backpacks stuffed with tissue paper)

Mike: OK.  Now youíve had all of your classroom instructions.  Today is the big day, Dawn.  Do you have any questions?

Dawn: Yes, do I have to do this?

Mike: Of course not.  This is for fun and thrills.  You told me right from the beginning that you werenít sure this was for you.

Dawn: I did tell you that, didnít I?

Mike: Look before we ďtake the plungeĒ (Dawn groans) why donít we just sit down here and talk about it for a bit.

Dawn: Iíd like that. (They both sit on bench)

Mike: Why donít you tell me what youíre so afraid of.

Dawn: Well, Iíve never jumped out of an airplane before.  Itís not exactly an easy thing to do.

Mike: You are absolutely right.  The first time is probably the hardest.  But itís also the most exhilarating.  Thereís nothing like your very first jump.  No one forgets it.

Dawn: I can believe that. (Sarcastically)

Mike: I remember my first one.  I closed my eyes and just jumped out as far as I could.  I remember pretending I was jumping into a pool.  After I was out of the plane I opened my eyes, and there was my instructor free falling right next to me giving me a thumbs up.

Dawn: Then what happened?

Mike: I just kept watching him.  He was having a great time floating like a bird so I followed his example and it was great.  Pretty soon he motioned to me to pull my ripcord.

Dawn: Please tell me your parachute opened.

Mike: Perfectly.  And that was even more fun knowing youíre floating effortlessly to earth with a parachute over your head is a great feeling.

Dawn: Iím sure it is.  I guess a lot of people have done it and survived.

Mike: Of course they have, not only survived but theyíve had a wonderful time.  Look at me, Iíve jumped over 300 times now.

Dawn: Wow.  Have you ever had your parachute not open?  NO, donít tell me!

Mike: Dawn, Iíve never had my parachute fail.  I always pack it myself, just like Iíve taught you to do.  Youíre one of the best students Iíve ever had; youíre a natural at this.

Dawn: Except I havenít jumped yet!

Mike: A minor technicality.  What do you say we give it a try?

Dawn: Right now?

Mike: Right now.

Dawn: What if my parachute doesnít open?

Mike: It will, but remember youíre hooked to me.  Between us we have four parachutes.  Weíll both be fine.  I promise you.  Remember I have as much at stake in this as you do.

Dawn: You wonít unhook me in midair will you?

Mike: How can you ask such a question?  Donít you trust me Dawn?

Dawn: Yes, I trust you.

Mike: OK.  Up we go. (They both stand on bench again.)

Dawn: Itís not the up part I mind!

Mike: I bet after your first jump youíll decide to become an instructor too.

Dawn: I hope youíre right.

Mike: So, here we are at the open door of the plane. (Dawn groans again)

Dawn: Can we just close the door and forget this whole thing?

Mike: Come on, Dawn, weíll do it together.

Dawn: OK.

Mike: Now on the count of 3 we are going to jump out as far as we can.  You close your eyes if you want to.  Iíll make sure everything goes as it should.

Dawn: Just one more thing.

Mike: Whatís that?

Dawn: Instead of counting to three could you count to 300.

Mike: You can do this. (Mike takes her hand) Here we go.  Close your eyes.  One, two, three! (They jump off the bench)

Dawn: That wasnít too bad.

Mike: See, I told you that you could do it.

Dawn: My parachute didnít open.

Mike: Tomorrow it will.

Dawn: Youíre sure?

Mike: Iím sure.

Dawn: We have to really get into a plane tomorrow, huh?

Mike: Thatís the idea.

Dawn: OK.  I think Iím ready.  But just in case things donít go as planned can you keep this?

Mike: What is it?

Dawn: My last will and testament.

Lights out.
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