By Kellie Powell
Collaboration is the story of an uneven friendship between two writers, and the conflict that results from their attempt to work together. Kim confesses to her friend (and sometimes-lover) Shane, that she has been in love with him for several years.
I wanted those moments - few and far between as they were. I wanted whatever time and affection you could give me. No matter what it cost me. I felt like you found comfort in me. And maybe I wasn't your first choice, you know? But I was glad that I was somewhere on the list. I let it happen again and again, more times than I can even count.
You wanted to keep things casual, you wanted to keep me at arm's length. You leaned on me. I cared about you so much. I can't explain it, but, I've seen the best and the worst of you... and I love you. I love the way you can tell me what I'm thinking. I love the way you tell a story, drawing me in. I love you for all the times you convinced me, with a stupid joke, or even just a look... to stop taking myself so seriously and just enjoy my life. Nothing could ever make me regret the way I feel about you. What I feel for you isn't a negative thing. It makes me better, it makes my life better. That's what I've been trying to say: That love is never wrong, even when it grows in the worst conditions, with no encouragement...
This monologue is from the one-act play Collaboration by Kellie Powell, published by These Aren't My Shoes Productions (ISBN: 978-0615434803). If you would like to read the entire play, you can purchase an electronic copy (PDF) of the script for $7.00.
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