On Board #30

We made it to 30. Keep your submissions coming: meanderingstalk@gmail.com.

Sept. 21, 8:16 p.m.
2 Train – 96th St. to Bergen St.

Kareem – A Drama In One Act

INT. BROOKLYN BOUND 2 SUBWAY TRAIN – EVENING

SUSAN boards the train at 96th Street. She spots an open row and sits next to DONALD, leaving an open seat between them. A 19-year old Asian, about 5’4″, she’s dressed like she’s off  to catch a bus home to suburban New Jersey. DONALD is black and overweight with unkempt dreadlocks. His loose white oxford, the bottom three buttons unhooked, makes him look even bigger. He has several items scattered on the bench – a stack of newspapers, a bag of bamboo shoots, and a once-black backpack – putting a buffer between him and SUSAN.

DONALD turns to SUSAN.

DONALD
Have you ever heard of Kareem Abdul Jabaar?

SUSAN
No.

DONALD
Have you heard of Bruce lee?

SUSAN
Yes.

DONALD
Well, Kareem Abudl-Jabaar taught Bruce Lee everything he knows.

DONALD pauses. SUSAN looks down and away.

DONALD
You don’t believe me? Ask your people. They did a movie. You ever seen Enter the Dragon?

SUSAN
No.

DONALD
You ever seen a Bruce Lee movie?

SUSAN
Yes.

DONALD
No you haven’t, everybody says they have, but they haven’t.

SUSAN
Yes I have.

DONALD
No you haven’t.

SUSAN
When I was a kid.

DONALD
Ohhh when you was a kid. Well, go see this movie, it’s called Enter the Dragon. You’ll see a tall black guy. That’s Kareem Abdul-Jabaar.

They sit in silence for over a minute as the train rumbles on. SUSAN desperately tries to avoid eye contact, wishing she had a book to stare blankly into. The train pulls into Times Square, DONALD collects his things, and departs. SUSAN waits, looks up to where DONALD was, then quickly sneaks out of the car at the same station.

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