Social Anxiety: A Play In Three Acts

FRIEND #2: Hey, Girlfriend.

GIRLFRIEND: Hey! (HUGS.) How’s it going? (LISTENS ATTENTIVELY, EYEBROWS RAISED.)

GIRLFRIEND: (THINKS: WHAT FACE AM I MAKING RIGHT NOW?)

GIRLFRIEND: (THINKS: I SHOULD STOP STANDING LIKE THIS. MY HIP HURTS.)

GIRLFRIEND: (THINKS: MY ARMS ARE REALLY LONG.)

FRIEND #2: So what’s happening in your life, Girlfriend? Tell me everything.

GIRLFRIEND: (SMILES AND CHUCKLES AWKWARDLY.) Not much at all, just, you know, working. (WONDERS, NOT FOR THE FIRST TIME, IF HER LIFE IS LACKING SOME ESSENTIAL ELEMENT THAT WOULD MAKE THESE CONVERSATIONS LESS AGONIZING.)

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