The Sound of Snow (full-length drama, work in progress)
SEAN: Okay, so when are we going to get them together?
BETH: I don’t know…
SEAN: It might be fine.
BETH: Come on, Sean.
SEAN: It’s possible.
BETH: It’ll be too much for her.
SEAN: Why can’t we just tell them?
BETH: Because then they’ll be looking at her all funny, just waiting… Trust me, I’ve seen it before. It’s gross.
SEAN: So you’d rather just take your chances that she’ll be fine.
SEAN: But by refusing to introduce them—
BETH: I’ll introduce them. Someday.
SEAN: Of course, we could just put it off and not deal with it until the actual ceremony, if you like living your life on the edge like that.
BETH: My life is always on the edge.
SEAN: And waiting just gives my folks even more time to use our unborn children against me.
SEAN: “We want to meet the other grandmother.”
SEAN: What kind of a grandparent do you think she’ll be?
BETH: One that never baby-sits. Look, she’s my mother. I’ll decide.
SEAN: This has a little to do with me too, you know. Let’s figure this out together.
BETH: You don’t know her like I do.
SEAN: Of course I don’t. Look, this meeting is not something I’m looking forward to either.
BETH: Then why do you keep pushing me?
SEAN: Because I’m tired of getting it from all sides! If our parents meet, even if it all goes down in flames, at least they’ll stop nagging me about it!
BETH: Do you really think so? You think they’ll be totally fine after that? They’ll have noquestions for us at that point? I mean, what if I…
SEAN: No, tell me. If you what?
BETH: Really, Sean. Nothing. Never mind. I just think she—meeting my mother could, you know, just ruin everything.
SEAN: Give them a chance. I don’t think my folks are going to be nearly as worried about your side of the family as they are about us starting one of our own.
BETH: Our own family…
SEAN: Sure. That’s how we’re going to spend our honeymoon, right?
BETH: Well, I knew we’d spend it, you know, honeymooning, but… I mean, give me a little time to adjust.
SEAN: We talked about having kids right away.
BETH: That was before I—started planning the wedding. It’s very stressful. [She cringes in pain.]