cute black dress

Cute-Black-DressFADE IN:

I’ve let myself go.

[She finally says]

Jack took a selfie and I was in the background — argh, my fat belly, you can see it from my back. Why doesn’t that ever go away after having children?

Argggghhhh, I’ve just let myself go.

Remember when I first started dating Bryan? I was so skinny! Remember that selfie I sent of me in that black dress? I can’t fit into that now, but wasn’t I so cute? It was probably all that sex.

[She laughs hard]

It’s the little things that start adding up. He didn’t like how Jack talked to me — and he’s right, Jack is a raging 5-year-old, but he doesn’t have kids, so he doesn’t get it. He didn’t like how I was putting so much time in my home. You know, how I renovated the kitchen, and fixed the door, and made those pretty window blinds? This house is mine now, you know, Derrick’s gone. I own it. I’m excited to make it look good.

[She looks off, searchingly]

But he said something that hit hard, “I can see how a man could manipulate you.”

It’s like no matter how much I try, I can’t get Derrick out of my life. I’ve been through so much — I mean, I’m doing so much better, right? — but it’s like, no matter how much I try, he still has a choke over me.

Soooo. Bryan is asking for some time apart. I haven’t reached out, yay to victories. He said he wants a few weeks to think about things.

[She looks off, searchingly]

God, that little black dress was cute.

Author: pizzaslices

Liza is an actor and co-creator of Subway Token Films, a film production company that captures Street Level Miracles through films. That is, moments in our lives when the story as we know it stops, the lens is pulled back and something more expansive is revealed to us. Liza has won awards and audiences alike for her portrayals of the immigrant story on stage and film. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles with her partner, actor Felix Solis.