Excerpt from

A SKUNK'S TALE

by Barry Stewart Mann


Scene 2:  Lunchroom

SARAH SNAKE:  Excuse me, but, like, this is our table.  We sit here everyday.

SASKIA SKUNK:  Oh, sorry.  [She gets up and moves to another seat.]

DESTINY [quietly mocking):   Oh, sorry.

HECTOR:  Who is that, anyway?

FREDERICA:  She’s new.  She just moved here.

HECTOR:  She’s kind of strange-looking.  That white stripe in her hair.

SARAH:  You’ve got sharp eyes.  She is strange.  I think she’s the one my friend was telling me about.

          [MR. TURBAN, THE TURTLE starts walking slowly across the room.]

FREDERICA, DESTINY & HECTOR:  What did your friend tell you?

SARAH:  My friend goes to this other school.  And she told me …

BEVERLY:  You guys, it’s Mr. Turban.  Hi, Mr. Turban.

          [SARAH SNAKE suddenly becomes quiet and angelic.  MR. TURBAN THE TURTLE slowly moves past as they all greet him.]

DESTINY, FREDERICA, HECTOR & SARAH:  Hello, Mr. Turban.

MR. TURBAN:  Hello, kids.  Enjoy your lunch.

SARAH:  Mr. Turban, I’m not eating today.  I had a big meal just the other day.

MR. TURBAN:  Good for you, Sarah.

          [He exits.  BRITTNEE BUZZARD enters with a tray, and takes a seat.]

HECTOR:  Look, it’s Brittnee.  Hey, buzzard-breath.