“The four girls called themselves the shortys because they each had long names that they had shortened… They shortened them because they didn’t like them, and then people could pronounce them and couldn’t make fun of them.”
Scene One: The Beginning
On stage, we see a bush and a red brick wall and no trees. It’s bright, sunny, and hot. There’s chirping birds.
MILLY (off stage)
Hey! Wait up.
Four girls run on stage. Emy first, Milly second, Kayla third, and Cat last. Emy touches the wall, and Milly closes her eyes and puts her hand in the bush.
Emy flips her golden hair with her hand.
Emy and Cat laugh as Kayla touches the wall.
She puts an imaginary medal around her neck. Cat misses the wall by inches.
Third! I would be first if my mean sister Kay…
Watch it sissy.
I’m still counting!
Cat taps the wall with her finger.
The narrator walks out as Cat silently argues with her sister, and Emy tries to break up the fight. Milly still has her hand in the bush, not noticing what’s going on. She has her eyes closed.
The four girls called themselves the shortys because they each had long names that they had shortened. Emy was Emuleta, Kayla was Kaylamenta, Cat was Catrenen, and Milly was Milliana. They shortened them because they didn’t like them, and then people could pronounce them and couldn’t make fun of them.
Open your eyes, Milly.
Milly opens her eyes and sees her hand is in a bush. She pulls out her hand and touches the wall.
Their enemy Jane comes on with her sidekicks Lily, Gale, and Sadie.
Oh my. Lookie here.
Shut up, Jane.
You remember the time where we tricked you into jumping into the lake?
Don’t make fun of our names.
I challenge you to a relay race.
It is on!
Scene Two: The Training
We see a brick wall and Milly snoozing on the ground.
Come on, come on, come on.
Kayla runs on with Cat trailing behind her.
Hey, wait up! You got a head start! That’s cheating!
Emy walks on.
Okay, now the order. Cat, you first.
You heard her. You’re first!
She turns to Emy.
Me next, right?
Me next, of course!
And finally, Milly!
Milly sits up.
Did I hear my name?
You did. You’ll be finishing off the race for us.
Did I say something?
Scene Three: The Race
Narrator comes on stage.
Narrator walks off stage and coach walks on.
Ready, set, go!
Cat starts to run off the stage, and narrator comes on.
So they ran and ran and ran and ran, and Cat came in second behind Lily. And then Kayla started to run. And right behind her was Gale, but Kayla stayed ahead of her and finished before her. And then Emy started to sprint. She ran and ran and ran and ran. She was almost halfway there when Gale came home and Sadie started and Emy took first before Sadie. Then, Milly started to run.
Milly runs on stage with Jane close behind.
Milly ran and Jane ran and Milly ran and Jane ran.
Milly and Jane turn towards the audience and run in place. They run off stage and come back on stage, and Lily, Emy, and Kayla come on stage to see the end of the race. And Jane has her hand out to touch the wall. And she touches something.
Everyone laughs. And Milly touches the wall and cries with joy.
Jane opens her eyes and sees her hand in a bush.
This memory is a keeper.
Everyone walks off but Kayla.
See you in my next book, “Odd One Out.”
Emy walks on as Kayla takes a silly bow.
Come on, Kay. We don’t have forever!
Emy starts to pull Kayla off stage as she sends fake kisses to the audience.