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  • Caitlyn is playing in the garden at her ma’s house. She has a den. She is wearing one of Ruth’s dresses. It is warm out. Ray comes out of the back door of the house, into the garden.

    RAY
    Hello. Hi.

    CAITLYN
    Hello.

    RAY
    Are you Cailtyn?

    CAITLYN
    I am. How did you know my name?

    RAY
    I know your name because I know your name!

    CAITLYN
    Did my ma tell you my name?

    RAY
    Your mommy told me your name, ya. What are you doing?

    CAITLYN
    I’m just you know collecting some things. WHere is ma?

    RAY
    She’s in the kitchen. She said I could come and talk to you. I just wanted to see what you’re doing, and how you are. How old are you?

    CAITLYN
    I’m three years old. You talk funny.

    RAY
    Ha. Ya. You talk funny as well.

    CAITLYN
    No I don’t!

    RAY
    Yeah well I don’t either! That’s erm, I come from a different place. Yeah.

    CAITLYN
    Do you want to see what I have?

    RAY
    Yeah, show me.

    CAITLYN
    These are my stones, and I’ve been...I have these things that I take, and I do sometimes put them back, but these are the things that I have today. You can feel this one. It’s very soft. I thought it would be nice.

    RAY
    Ya, that’s very nice. That’s a nice dress you’re wearing.

    CAITLYN
    It’s not mine. It’s not mine, it’s Ruth's.

    RAY
    Who is Ruth?

    CAITLYN
    It’s too small for her. So I have it.

    RAY
    That’s nice. Who is Ruth?

    CAITLYN
    Ruth’s my family just across the road.

    RAY
    Right. Well, I might come and see you again. Would that be alright?

    CAITLYN
    That’s up to you. I don’t know.

    RAY
    Well I pass by here quite often so /

    CAITLYN
    You could stay and do some playing if you wanted?

    RAY
    No I don’t have time. I would stay and play but I don’t have time. But I’ll come and take you out if you like? Would you like that, if I took you somewhere to the park, or somewhere.

    CAITLYN
    I don’t know if I’d be allowed.

    RAY
    Well I’d ask your mommy /

    CAITLYN
    Yeah I’d like to go to the park. And go on the swings. That would be good.

    RAY
    I brought you something here. Look.

    (He hands her over something.)

    CAITLYN
    What is it?

    RAY
    Do you know what that is?

    CAITLYN
    No I’ve never seen one.

    RAY
    Open the box. It’s a kazoo. You can make a noise with that.

    CAITLYN
    I don’t know what this is.

    RAY
    Here, I’ll show you. I’ll show you how to play it, yeah. You put here.
    (He puts it to his lips.)

    And you blow, see. And it makes a noise. Try it.
    (She tries. Nothing happens.)

    CAITLYN
    It doesn’t do anything.

    RAY
    You have to learn.

    CAITLYN
    It’s beautiful.

    RAY
    Yeah it’s nice. It’s shiny.

    CAITLYN
    It is.

    RAY
    You’ve got instructions there, you get your mommy to read the instructions to you, how it works, and then you can play, and the next time I come you can play it for me.

    CAITLYN
    I love it. I really love it! This is mine? To keep?

    RAY
    Ya. Well I’m glad. That’s nice. Okay Caitlyn. I’m going to go now.

    CAITLYN
    My name’s Caitlyn. What’s your name?

    RAY
    My name is Ray.

    CAITLYN
    Ray.

    RAY
    Hi. But I’ve got to go now. I’ll come back and we’ll go out.

    CAITLYN
    I get to keep this? This is mine?

    RAY
    This is yours. I’ve given it to you. It’s a present.

    CAITLYN
    I’m gonna hide it somewhere.

    RAY
    Don’t hide it somewhere where you can’t find it.

    CAITLYN
    I won’t.

    RAY
    Bye bye. Nice to meet you.
    (Ray goes inside. Cailtyn begins to dig a hole in the earth.)
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