Quid Pro Quo – Emily Willis – Naomi Swann
SCENE OPENS on Mr. Jennings (Steve Holmes), who answers his door. Michelle (Naomi Swann) stands there. She looks nervous and reluctant. Ah, Michelle! Mr. Jennings says with a pleasant smile. Come in, please, he says. Michelle enters the house wordlessly. ‘SO glad you’re here. I can’t TELL you how much I appreciate you coming!’ Mr. Jennings says brightly. ‘Well… it’s not like you gave me much of a choice,’ Michelle says, an edge of contempt in her voice. ‘Oh come on now Michelle, I’m only your TEACHER. I can’t control what you do! You’re 18, you make your OWN decisions,’ Mr. Jennings says. ‘Although a decision that you made…a BAD one, I might add, is really what brought you here today.’ Mr. Jennings says. ‘WELL! In any case, it is lucky for you, then, that we’ve figured out a way for you to make up for that bad decision,’ he continues, in a very stern-teacher way. ‘So! What do you say we get my beautiful daughter down here? I just can’t WAIT for you to meet her!’ Mr. Jennings says. Holly! Mr. Jennings calls. After a moment, Holly (Emily Willis) comes into the living room. Hi! She must be Michelle? Holly says enthusiastically. Yeah…hi, Michelle says, smiling. Ready to get started? Holly asks. Um, yeah, sure, and…and thanks again for doing this, Michelle says. ‘Yeah of course! Dad’s never asked me to tutor one of his students before, so I hope I do ok!’ Holly says with a little chuckle, taking a seat next to Michelle at the table. ‘Oh, I’m sure you’ll do GREAT honey,’ Mr. Jennings says in a sickly-sweet tone. Thanks, Dad, Holly says happily. Mr. Jennings is about to walk out of the room but turns back. ‘And be good, you two!’ he says seemingly jokingly. ‘Don’t worry about us, Dad,’ Holly laughs. ‘Oh I’m not worried. In fact, I think the two of you are going to get along…JUST FINE,’ he says with a smile, but a hint of something darker, something…unknown lurks under his grin.