B enters, followed by A.
B: What’s the matter?
A: I’ve got to rest
A sits down.
B: I think I can see a gas station from here.
A: My feet hurt. I can’t go any farther.
B: We’re almost there
A: It’s too far. I can’t make it.
B: Come on. It’s just a little farther.
A: I can’t.
B: You’ve got to. We’ve come this far, don’t give up now.
A: I can’t make it, I tell you. It’s just too far. I’ve got to rest.
B: You can’t rest now! Come on. This is your chance to see some of the country, like you wanted.
A: Like I wanted? I wanted to fly, remember? This never would have happened if we’d flown. I suppose next you’ll blame me for the car breaking down. You always twist things around. You’re so manipulative!
B: Manipulative! Me?!
A: Yes you! You always have to get your own way. Well, this time, forget it. I’m going to stay right here until someone comes along. If you want to wander off into the desert, that’s just fine. Go ahead. I don’t care. Beat.
B: I’m sorry.
B: This is all my fault. I never should have dragged you out here in the first place.
Pause. B looks dejected.
A: You didn’t drag me out here.
B: Yes I did. It was my bright idea to drive cross-country.
(mournfully) Oh why didn’t we fly like you wanted?!
A: I wasn’t your fault the car broke down.
B: Not my fault! Not my fault! What car could possibly survive this wasteland? We should’ve rented camels. (beat. dramatically)
And now we’re going to die out here.
A: We’re not going to die!
B: Of course we are! We haven’t got a chance!
A: Look. We’re not going to die.
B: We don’t have any food! We don’t have any water!
A: Well… maybe we can find some water somewhere. It… it, kind of looks like rain… besides, it’ll be dark soon. We can cover a lot more ground after it cools off.
B: No! It’s hopeless!! We’re doomed!!!
B collapses, sobbing uncontrollably. Pause.
A: Hey. Oh… hey… come on. It’s okay.
Pause. B is inconsolable.
A: Come on. Let’s start walking. (pause) I think I can see a gas station from here.
B: It’s too far. I can’t make it.
A: Come on. It’s just a little farther.
B: I can’t.
A: You’ve got to. We’ve come this far, don’t give up now.
B: Well(pause) Okay.
A: Come on. I’ll lead the way.
A exits. B gives the audience a knowing grin, then follows.