Pen: Time to wake up, my angel.
(A young girl slowly opened her eyes as her mother continued to call out)
Pen: Come on, up you get.
Angela: I'M COMING!
(Angela called back as she got up and grabbed her dressing gown making her way to her Mother's room)
Angela: Sorry, I overslept.
(She walks over to her Mother's dressing table)
Pen: It's allowed!
(She poured some water from a jug into a glass then carries some tablets and the glass over to the bed)
Pen: You have a date today?
(Pen smiled towards her daughter)
Angela: I wouldn't call it a date. We're just going to spend some time together.
(Angela started to help her mother take her tablets when suddenly she was stopped by a hand gently placed on hers)
Pen: When I was your age, it was always classed as a date when a guy took you out.
Angela: Not when we have been going out for over a month. Now, take your tablets mum.
(Afterwards Rose places the glass on her Mother's bedside table)
Pen: Thanks. Now, what are you going to wear for your date?
(Angela stares back at her Mother)
Pen: And don't give me that look.
Angela: Will you be alright, while I'm gone?
Pen: Except, one thing I need, before you go anywhere.
(Angela thought for a moment)
Angela: Oh yes, you're breakfast. Be back in a moment!
(Angela walked out of her Mother's room)
Nat: Half an hour later, Angela left her Mother watching her favourite TV show. As she was about to step into the shower her mobile rang.
Angela: Hi, Emily.
Emily: Hi, Angie. How are you doing?
Angela: Me! Oh, I'm fine.
Emily: How about your mum?
Angela: Still the same.
Emily: She'll get better soon, it will just take time.
Angela: I hope so. So are you at work?
Emily: Yeah, just got here. I was calling to see if you were coming out tonight?
Angela: Yes, I'm working!
Emily: Not all night, I hope.
Angela: No, just for an hour or so.
Emily: It's your day off, any plans?
Angela: Just meeting up with Martin.
Emily: I remember when he asked you out.
Angela: I've always fancied him, just didn't think he would ever ask me out.
Emily: You didn't even think he noticed you.
Angela: Well, he is much older than me.
Emily: Doesn't matter. Just as long as he remembers that himself.
Angela: Yes, he is always considerate of my feelings.
Emily: That's all that matters. How long have you two been going out, now?
Angela: Just over a month.
Emily: Oh, yes. Your 16th.
Angela: Don't you remember; he tried to get my brother's permission, first.
(Emily starts giggling)
Emily: That's right. Well, enjoy your date.
(Angela takes a deep breath)
Angela: Why does everyone still call it a date?
Emily: Because he's taking you out.
Angela: I know that but…
Emily: … Oh, stop complaining.
(Emily was quick to interrupt)
Emily: Got to go, see ya later.
(The phone line went dead)
(Angela put her phone down and she was about to step into the shower when her phone rang once again)
Work: Angela, is that you?
Angela: Yes, it is.
Work: It's Yvonne, here. Is there any chance you can come into work, today? We're short-staffed!
Angela: What time would you like me to come in?
Work: As soon as possible. We're swamped!
Angela: I suppose I could come in and help out.
Work: Thanks. Could you stay till closing time?
Angela: Yes I can. I'll be in as soon as possible.
Work: That's great. See you soon.
(Angela puts her phone down)
(Angela walks to her Mother's room and poked her head around the door)
Angela: Yes, mum!
Pen: You need to learn to say no.
(Angela grins at her mother)
Angela: No, to what?
Pen: You know what I mean.
Angela: We need the money.
Pen: And you need to relax and enjoy yourself once in a while.
Angela: I will one day.
(Her mother glared back)
Angela: When you're better.
Pen: Now, you have to turn Martin down, again.
Angela: Yes, I know. I just hope he understands.
Pen: One day he won't, if you keep this up.
Angela: I'll just go and give Martin a call, then.
(Angela turns away from her Mother's room)
Pen: One day, you will listen to advice when it's given to you.
(Angela smiles to herself and then heads back to her room to call Martin)
Martin: Oh, hi there. All ready for today are you?
Angela: I'm sorry. I have to cancel; I've been called into work.
Martin: I thought it was your day off.
Angela: It was supposed to be. There has been a change of plan; they're short-staffed!
Martin: And I had a lot planned for us two.
Angela: I'll make it up to you, later.
Martin: Are you still going to the club, then?
Angela: Yes, I've still got to help my brother out.
Martin: You are going to be shattered.
Angela: Nothing, I'm not used to.
Martin: But you won't have enough energy to dance with me, later on.
Angela: I'll make sure I have. I'm not missing that.
Martin: I truly hope not.
Angela: Well, I must go. I'll see ya later.
Martin: Let me know when you're ready and I'll come and meet you.
Angela: O.K. Cheers.
Martin: Bye, for now. Don't work too hard.
Angela: Try not to.
(Angela puts the phone down and starts to get ready for work)
(When Angela was ready for work she poked her head into her Mother's room.
Angela: O.K. I'm off to work. Is there anything you need before I go?
(Pen pulled her head out of her book and looked at her daughter)
Pen: Your head isn't screwed on today.
(Angela smiles at her mother)
Angela: What have I forgotten, now?
Pen: Just think for a moment.
(Pen reached out and touched the photo she had on the bedside table of a younger version of her daughter and another boy slightly older)
Angela: Oh, of course. Let me call the club.
(Angela started to pull her phone out her pocket)
Pen: They won't be open, love. Try his mobile.
Angela: I'll just nip in on the way past. They should be open by then.
Pen: What time will you be home?
Angela: Won't be till late and then I'm at the club, later.
Pen: Yes, I know you are, love.
Angela: See ya, later, mum.
Pen: See ya, my angel.
(Angela looks annoyed before a small smile appeared on her face before making her way out the flat)
End of Scene One