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Joseph's Living Room Last edited by AngeliqueStrothers, on 10/11/2011. 0 comments. More scene info.

INT. Joseph's livingroom

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[Joseph is either pacing or sitting with his leg twitching. Some sign that he's nervous or worried]

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[Phone rings. Joseph stops and looks at phone for a moment, then crosses to Upstage R to answer phone]

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Joe: Hello?

Mr. G: Hello; can I speak to Joe?

Joe: Yes, this is Joe

Mr. G: Joe this is Mr. Gabriel. I've been following Mara just as you asked and [sighs] I gotta be honest; It's not looking good.

Joe: [starts getting emotional] What are you saying?

Mr. G: Well, [pauses] it's better if I just show you. I'm outside a man's house right now. I saw Mara go in with him about 20 minutes ago. They've been in the living room. I can see their silhouettes in the window.

Joe: [sucks it up] Alright, where are you now? I'll come over right now.

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Mr. G: Okay, I'm right up in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. Do you know where that is?

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Joe: Yeah, just give me the address, I'll be right there. [just continues miming conversation for a moment, writes down address on a piece of paper.

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LIGHTS FADE. END SCENE.

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Cousins Zach's and Liz's Home Last edited by AngeliqueStrothers, on 10/11/2011. 0 comments. More scene info.

int. zach & liz's living room. maRA & zach are sitting on the couch.

[Zach is older than Mara. Mara is leaning on Zach's shoulder and his arm is around her. He kisses her forehead and rubs her shoulder to reassure her]

Mara: I just don't know how I'm gonna tell him, Zach

Zach: Look, don't worry about it. Everything will come out in good time. You should be avoiding all stress right now.

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Mara: I know, but I don't know HOW I'm supposed to do that when he doesn't know about all of this. He's gonna lose it when he finds out about it.

Zach: What do you mean lose it?! He's never put his hands on you has he?

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Mara: No! Of course not. I just mean, he'll be so hurt when he finds out. And how can I explain to the man I love what's been going on?! He'll never listen.

Zach: Mara, just trust...

[door slams open and Joe and Mr. G come barging in followed by a camera-man]

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[Mara jumps up]

Mara: Joe [confused] what are you doing here?!

Joe: Oh, that's all you gotta say is, 'what am I doing here?'

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Mara: Joe, it's NOT what it looks like; really.

Joe: Oh, no?! It looks like you're all up in some dude's house hugged up! What, ya'll making it a Blockbuster night?!?!

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Mara: Joe, no! Listen...

Joe: Listen?! Listen to what?! Listen to you try to explain why you're all booed up with some other dude when you're engaged to be married to me?!

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Mara: Joe, no, listen to me. There's an explanation.

[6 month pregnant Liz walks in bewildered.]

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Liz: What's all the commotion?! What's going on?!

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Joe: And he's MARRIED?! His wife is pregnant, Mara; and you don't even care do you?!

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Mara: [crying] Joe please!

Joe: Don't 'please' me! You told me you were waiting to be married to be intimate with a man, I guess that was just your way of saying you didn't want to be intimate with me! But you sure as heck are all hugged up with a MARRIED MAN!

Liz: Wait, what?! What is he talking about?!

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Zech: Alright, that's enough! [stands up] Now young man. You need to cool down and hear everything that Mara has to tell you. You keep asking questions, but you're not LISTENING for the answers. Now everybody sit down and LISTEN!

Joe: I ain't sittin' nowhere. Mara you tell me what's going on NOW!

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Mara: [trying to collect herself] Joe, Zech and Liz are my COUSINS. There is NOTHING going on between us! They are FAMILY.

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Joe: Yeah, well you were nice and hugged up with FAMILY!

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Mara: Joe, stop it! Please just listen! Zech and Liz were just consoling me. I've had a lot going on recently and...

Joe: Oh, a lot like creeping all over town!

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Mara: A lot... like...[getting emotional again, but trying to hold back tears] like, I'm pregnant, Joe! [bursts out crying] And I know this looks bad, but if you'll just hear me out...

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Joe: Pregnant?...[stumbles back and plops down on arm of couch] We never even.... And if you and Zech ain't.... who's the father? The dude that was kissing all over you at your house?!

Mara: What? Dude kissing all over me?! Joe, what are you talking about?

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Joe: I saw the video, Mara! You were laying on the couch and some dude was leaned over you kissing you!

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Mara: [genuinely bewildered] Joe, no one's been to my house.

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Mr. G: Actually Mara, I have the video footage.

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[Video footage plays on the screen of Mara sleeping and a man leaning over her.]

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Mara: No.... I thought that was just a dream....

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Joe: What?!

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Mara: I was at home sleeping. I had a dream just like that! I was sleeping on the couch when a man dressed in white came in and he leaned over and whispered something in my ear...... that was real?

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Joe: What did he whisper?! That you caught something from your baby daddy?! Is THAT why you went to the clinic that same day?!

Mara: No, Joe. That's just it; he whispered that I was... that I was pregnant. I knew that I couldn't be because we never....But, for some reason the dream seemed so real that I HAD to go to the clinic just to prove to myself that I wasn't. [she slowly sinks back onto the couch as tears start to fall]

Liz: [rubs her back] It's okay, Mara.

Mara: When the nurse came in with the test results I was so in shock that I got sick right there. I explained to her that I'm still... Well, that I've never... been with a man before and she looked at me just like you are now.

Joe: Mara you can't have it both ways! Either you've never been with a man and you're not pregnant or you cheated on me and got pregnant! That's it. Those are your only options. Just TELL THE TRUTH!

Mara: I AM telling the truth. The guy, the one who leaned over me, he said that...

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[everyone on stage freezes except the camera man. STAGE GOES DARK there's only a SPOTLIGHT on the camera man. He walks up behind Joseph and whispers in his ear--what he says is pre-recorded and plays over SOUND SYSTEM]

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Angel: Joe, Mara IS pregnant. But she's also never been with a man; you or anyone else. What she's telling you is the TRUTH. God has CHOSEN Mara; He's chosen her to carry the Savior of the world. I know it's hard to believe but understand that the child that is growing in Mara is the SON OF GOD. Don't worry about what your mind is telling you, don't worry about what your friends will say. Listen to what your heart is telling you. The woman you love IS faithful, she IS telling you the truth and she needs you now, more than ever to stand by her and take care of her and Joshua. [the angel lifts the camera back up and the lights come back up]

Mara:... he said that...

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Joe: [cuts her off] You know what? I don't really care WHAT he said! I'm NOT stupid; I know that the only way for you to be pregnant is if you cheated on me, so I'm done!

Mara: What?! Joe, NO! I'm telling you the truth! Please!

Joe: [speaks as he walks out the door] Save it!

[Mara breaks out in tears and Liz pulls her close to her to comfort Mara as she cries. Zach leans over and grabs Mara's hand to comfort her]

Mara's Living Room-The Epilogue Last edited by AngeliqueStrothers, on 12/06/2011. 0 comments. More scene info.

INT. MARA'S LIVING ROOM. SHE'S SITTING ON THE COUCH CRYING WRAPPED IN A BLANKET/THROW.

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Mara: [praying out loud] How could you let this happen?! I thought you said everything would be okay. I was happy! I was content! I was gonna marry the man I love and we were gonna be happy together! Why couldn't you just leave well enough alone?!

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Angel: [walks in from nowhere-upstage R- and startles Mara] Because well enough wasn't good enough, Mara.

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Mara: [turns startled] What? [deep sigh] What are YOU doing here? Haven't you done enough already?

Angel: Not nearly. Now that I've got your full attention...

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Mara:[cuts him off] You know, I don't really care to hear anything else you have to say to me. You've ruined my life!

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Angel: Mara, you may not want to hear what I have to say, but you WILL hear what the LORD has to say

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Mara: [slides back on couch with an attitude] Whatever.

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Angel: Mara, why are you so angry?

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Mara: Really?! You really have to ask that?! I'm not married, I'm pregnant, and the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with won't even answer my phone calls!

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Angel: What God has chosen you for is an honor.

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Mara: I know that! But why me; why NOW?!

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Angel: Mara, you had a GOOD life; but what kind of a Father would God be if He allowed you to live a GOOD life, when what He really had in store for you was a GREAT life?

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Mara: What?! How is this GREAT?!

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Angel: Mara, in order for you to develop into the best you that you can be God HAS to allow you to be tested so that you can grow. This is not only an honor for you, but a test to see if you'll really TRUST Him like you say you do on Sundays.

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Mara: [stops and thinks for a moment] Oh, wow. I've been thinking about this all the wrong way. I've been wondering how this is all gonna affect me, but I lost sight of what's important.

Angel: [promting her].... Which is?.......

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Mara: This..... NONE of this is about me, it's about God! God chose me for such a great honor, but I was so focused on me and how I'd be affected that I totally put God on the back burner not even thinking that EVERYTHING HE does has a purpose.

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Angel: [smiles] NOW, I've done enough. I'll be seeing you. By the way, when HE said everything would be okay... HE meant it.

Mara: [smiles staring into space ahead of her. Turns to ask him a question, but he's already gone]I know everything will be alright now... I just gotta trust God.

[Knock at the door. Mara stands and crosses to answer. She opens the door and Joe is standing there.]

Joe: Can I come in?

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Mara: [flustered] Sure.

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LIGHTS OUT. CURTAIN

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