NothingNothing10 years ago in Scraps More Like This
A bare stage. GUY 1 is standing CENTRE stage.
GUY 2 [entering]. Hey.
GUY 1. Hey.
GUY 2. What's going on?
GUY 1. I'm watching that burning house over there.
GUY 2. What burning house?
GUY 1. It's offstage.
GUY 2. Oh.
GUY 1. But it's there.
GUY 2. What for?
GUY 1. It's a plot device.
GUY 2. A what?
GUY 1. A plot device. Something introduced to the narrative in order to advance it. In this case, a burning house.
GUY 2. Oh. How's that working out?
GUY 1. Well, you showed up.
GUY 2. Is it a symbol or something?
GUY 1. Probably.
GUY 2. I don't get it.
GUY 1. Yeah, neither do I.
GUY 2. I don't think I like this plot device.
GUY 1. Give it some time. Sit down, have a smoke.
GUY 2. I do