An excerpt from my most recent untitled play

DAUGHTER
Can you please speed up.

MOTHER
When I feel I've finished the story I'll speed up.

Pause.

If I don't get fairness from the court system, I don't get fairness. All I've done is been responsible, worked hard, gotten insurance, without even a thank you, and I've been responsible for him, always paid the bills, used my inheritance for the benefit of everyone, and I also was diligent that would get a job to pay health insurance, and I just want to be treated fairly, and I'm definitely not treated fairly, and I'm definitely not treated fairly by Brett, and he's using the court to reinforce that. It costs a lot of money to hire a lawyer, and he's been spending money on lawyers, in a bound notebook that cost a couple thousand, and he's using--well I use a paralegal sometime, going the extra step because my last lawyer was a waste of money. But what I didn't realize was, what an iron clad a divorce agreement is. He knows what it is, the law, and what can be changed, using it to his advantage, and as long as I'm supplying healthcare, he has no motivation for getting a job, so I just want fairer treatment. And, and not informing me about the morgatage, lean, oh and then one worse thing, I just found out that, Brett, Dad, you call him...

Pause.

Brett, hasn't paid income taxes for five years, the IRS put a $6000 lean on the house as well, the IRS at any moment could say "if he doesn't pay his taxes we'll take the house." So I feel your father should be more responsible I just, there's no such thing as denying neglect. Neglect is damaging, and lack of communication.

DAUGHTER
Could you please speed up and pass that car.

MOTHER
You want me to race with it?

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