(a one-act play)
characters: your mama, my mama, the candyman, me.
setting: nine years ole
your mama said: candy? I ain't got no money.
my mama said: that gal been in the same clothes all week. head ain't seen a comb.
i said: you know this one? rooty-tooty fresh-n fruity lemme see you shake yo booty.
the candyman said: you like chocolate? lemme see that dance one mo time.
setting: eleven years ole
your mama said: gal, you too damn fast. get these big-head boys out the house.
my mama said: what you hanging round that ole fast-behind gal for? that ole dirty drawers, short-dress lipstick-wearin gal. you bet not bring her to the house.
i said: how come you got so many boyfriends?
the candyman said: you the prettiest gal i ever seen.
setting: fourteen years ole
your mama said: pregnant? you got to take care of it yourself. i raised mine.
my mama said: wonder when she gonna have the next one?
i said: what you gonna do?
the candyman said: you a woman now.
setting: sixteen years ole
your mama said: stay out my gotdamn liquor.
my mama said: that gal eyes is red as sin.
i said: why you always smell like smoke?
the candyman said: you got to do something to take off the edge.
your mama said: all these damn kids! you got to go.
my mama said: bible say, when i was a man, i put away childish things. time to put that gal away.
i said: i'm goin' away to school. you and the kids kin come visit.
the candyman said: stay with me. i ain't going nowhere.
your mama said: night-school? you ain't wanna go to school when i was sending you. i ain't babysitting.
my mama said: she need jesus and a job. supermarket hiring.
i said: i got papers due.
the candyman said: i know something you could do.
your mama said: i ain't seen her for years.
my mama said: i heard she down there in the city. by that bridge. you know what them womens do.
i said: we used to be in the same class
the candyman said: stick it out a few more years, baby. we in this thing together.