Characters: Staff Member
Scene: Staff member's office, and on a phone
Time: 4:59 pn Friday
(It is 5:00 on a Friday. Staff member is just about to leave
on a much deserved weekend trip when a call comes in from a student,
who asks for someone he knows is already gone.)
Hello, undergraduate advising, how may we help you?
STUDENT (On the telephone)
I need to talk to Karen Paige, is she still there?
No.. ah, there's no one here just now. I can take a message…?
I just wanted to talk to her to say goodbye. Would you just give
her a message for me? She was always nice to me, but I'm not going
to be around anymore, so I just want her to know I said goodbye
before I left. Maybe you could thank her for me.
I can give her the message, but why don't you call back on Monday
and talk to her directly. I'll just take your number, and she
can call you, if you like….
That'll be too late. I'll be gone by then
Here, let me give you our toll-free number. It's…
I'm going to be gone for good. As in dead. (pauses for effect
as Staff Member reacts) I just took a bunch of pills. I wonder
-- how long does it take to take effect? 25 extra strength Tylenol.
Do you think that's enough?
That, ummm, sounds like a lot. You know, I'm really concerned
about you. Maybe I should send someone over to help you. Where
You don't even know me, do you? Why do you care?
If you took those pills… to kill yourself… things
must be feeling pretty awful for you. But, ah, part of you wants
to live and decided to call here. Even though I don’t know
you, I don’t want you to die. Problems that can seem overwhelming
now can be resolved or feel manageable later on. (pauses, gets
no response) Has… has something bad happened to you?
My whole life has been bad. I don't want to talk about it. I don't
want to keep on going.
Right now you don't want to talk about it, but we need to get
you some help so you can be safe. Can you tell me where you are?
No, I don't want to.
But I can….
Goodbye. (Student hangs up)