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Piece by Fragment

Persephone Litchfield


For Ellie Gift, Ahlani Santos, Katrina Wirtz, and the community who has pushed me to be the best person I can be.


Setting

Woodward, Oklahoma. 2016.


Characters

Daphne Taylor - A 16-year-old with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Incredibly overwhelmed and stressed, but desperate for independence.


Katherine - A 19-year-old protector in Daphne’s system. Orderly, intellectual, aggressive. Seeks to keep her sisters safe, no matter the situation.


Valerie - A 19-year-old protector in Daphne’s system. Rebellious, opinionated, blunt, and badass, but cares deeply for the other members in her system.


Anna - a 16-year-old in Daphne’s system. Reckless, careless, sensitive


Jordan - A 6-year-old in Daphne’s system. Colorful, bubbly, fun-loving


Bethany - A 14-year-old in Daphne’s system. Knowledgeable, quiet, overlooked.


Max - a 17-year-old friend of Daphne’s. Powerful, yet free spirited. Laid back, loves Daphne and her sisters


Charlie - An 18-year-old boy Daphne is close with. Incredibly comfortable with her alters. Determined to protect the system.













Act 1

Scene 1


An empty stage, as one person, DAPHNE TAYLOR, stands in center stage, writing in a used beaten up notebook.

Daphne: I wish I could say I was normal. I know that sounds cliché, but I do. I wish I was youthful, and bright, and mundane.

KATHERINE enters, and speaks from behind DAPHNE

Katherine: Mundane people don’t go far in life.

Daphne: (Passively. Short) Neither do freaks.

Katherine: You’re not a-

Daphne: I wasn’t just talking about me.

KATHERINE nods, deciding to pick her battles. DAPHNE resumes writing

Daphne: I went to therapy today. It was messy. I don’t think it’s working. It feels like I’m just digging up my problems and letting them sit there. How is that doing any good?

Katherine: You must trust that Aubrey knows what she’s doing.

Daphne: Get out, Katherine.

Katherine: I’m only helping.

Daphne: Wow, you’re doing great.

Katherine: Daphne.

Daphne: What?

Katherine: There’s no need to take your anger out on me.

Daphne: Who would you rather me take it out on?

Katherine: Nobody! Why do you have to take it out on anyone? If you’re so angry, talk to us about it.

Daphne: What am I supposed to say?

Katherine: I don’t know. “Hey guys, I’m having a really bad day and I just need to take a breath”.

DAPHNE rolls her eyes, frustrated with KATHERINE

Katherine: Look, I know you’re frustrated, but this is hard on all of us.

Daphne: I know that.

Katherine: I just need you to be empathetic right now, okay?

DAPHNE puts the book down and goes to KATHERINE. KATHERINE and DAPHNE are together.

Daphne: I don’t think this is the best time to be-

VALERIE enters, interrupting the conversation. VALERIE seems carefree, confident, and kickass.

Valerie: What’s poppin’, bitches?

Katherine: Don’t call me a bitch.

Daphne: Poppin’?

Valerie: What’s shakin’?

Daphne: That’s somehow worse.

Valerie: Only lightening the mood.

Katherine: We don’t need you right now, Valerie.

Valerie: Daphne, do you need me right now?

KATHERINE shoots VALERIE a glare, to which VALERIE blows KATHERINE a kiss. There is obvious tension between the two.

Daphne: I’d rather you than Katherine.

Katherine: I’m not leaving, we were having a conversation.

Valerie: What about? I want in.

Katherine: (Bitter) Well, I was just talking to Daphne about letting us know that she’s angry.

Valerie: What are you angry about?

Daphne: It’s not important.

VALERIE cocks an eyebrow

Valerie: If it’s not important, it shouldn’t be important to keep it secret.

Daphne: Valerie, please. If it was important for you to know, I would tell you.

Valerie: Would you though?

Daphne: Most likely.

Valerie: Really?

Daphne: Probably.

Katherine: Honesty is important. Remember what Aubrey said? In a situation like ours, honesty is the key to safety.


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