Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.

Exes

(Aaron knocks on Samira and Grace’s door. Samira is at her desk with a textbook open, typing on her computer)

SAMIRA (looks up): Come in.

AARON: Hi.

SAMIRA (looks back down): Hi.

AARON: Is Grace here?

SAMIRA: No.

AARON: Do you know when she’s going to be back?

SAMIRA: No.

AARON: Ok.

(Long silence)

SAMIRA: Yes?

AARON: I saw you’re on the interracial dating panel.

SAMIRA: Yes?

AARON: Are you going to talk about us.

SAMIRA: Maybe.

AARON: I mean, I just want to know so I can be prepared.

SAMIRA: I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m going to say. It’s not like I’m planning anything specific.

AARON: Ok.

(Long silence) 

AARON: Are we ever going to be friends again?

SAMIRA: You get that you broke my heart right? Like that’s a thing that happened.

AARON: I didn’t think.

SAMIRA (interrupting): You might not have been serious about wanting to be with me long-term, but I was serious about wanting to be with you.

AARON: No, I mean I was serious, I just…

SAMIRA : Got scared, yeah I know.

AARON: Hey, you said you were scared and overwhelmed too.

SAMIRA: Yes, because it was a new feeling for me. I’ve never felt like that for anyone else. So certain you know.

AARON: I just thought…

SAMIRA: Why didn’t you just ask.

AARON: I don’t know.

SAMIRA: You’re the best guy I know. You’re funny and thoughtful and sweet. And smart and talented. It was a big deal for me to fall for someone who’s not brown.

AARON: I’m Lebanese, of course I’m brown.

SAMIRA: Yeah, but you’re a fair-skinned, green-eyed Lebanese guy. You blend.

AARON: Uh, so do you.

SAMIRA: I know I know. Sorry, that came out all wrong. (pause) I guess I mean, I’m so pale already that I worry about teaching my future children about what it means to be a person of color in this country if they’re paler than I am. Or about my culture when I’m already so removed from it. How do I pass it down? So I just assumed that when I finally fell in love it would be with someone else. But then I met you and none of it mattered.

AARON: I’m sorry.

SAMIRA: Me too. (Pause) Can you go now? I’ll tell Grace you stopped by.

AARON: Tell her I need the notes from Orgo.

SAMIRA: Yeah.

(Aaron exits)

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Short Monologue #2