Playella | On Reflection by Karen Jeynes

Tarryn is in the bathroom doing her make up. There’s a knock at the door.

BEN: (Offstage) You decent? I need to brush my teeth.

Tarryn checks herself in the mirror intently but keeps her voice casual


Ben enters, dressed to kill. He grabs his electric toothbrush, not noticing Tarryn move aside for him. She stands watching him in the mirror.

BEN: Sorry to barge in like this, I lost track of time, and I want everything to be perfect tonight.

Tarryn realises she isn’t doing anything and grabs her mascara, while Ben starts brushing.

TARRYN: What’s the occasion?

BEN: (mouth full of toothbrush) I’m taking Holly out for dinner

TARRYN: Oh, that sounds –

Ben spits

BEN: And then I’m going to ask her to marry me.

Tarryn jabs herself in the eye with the mascara

TARRYN: Ow! Oh, oh, gosh, I mean, wow. That’s great.

Ben is checking himself in the mirror, and notices Tarryn tear up a little. He turns to her.

BEN: Is everything okay?

TARRYN: Yes! Of course. I just, you know, mascaraed myself in the eye, clumsy ol’ Tarryn, haha…that’s really wonderful Ben. I’m so happy for you guys. Guess I’ll have to start looking for a new roommate!

Ben’s face changes, as though the penny has dropped.

BEN: Ohhh, yes, of course I was going to talk to you about that, but it won’t be for at least a year. Don’t worry Tazza, I’ll find you someone perfect!

He kisses her cheek and dashes out. She touches her cheek gently.

TARRYN: You’re perfect.



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