When Did it Start?

Kay, Jon, Dee, and Lisa. On the boat. They are sunburned. Day.

KAY: (dreamy) When did it start?

DEE: What kind of question is that?

LISA: Come on, Dee-

DEE: No. We were at home four days ago. A week ago we started hearing. Two weeks ago we heard nothing because there was nothing. So when do you think it started, Kay?

KAY: There wasn’t nothing!

JON: Kay-

KAY: There were guns before, people shooting people, children shooting children-

DEE: Isolated incidents.

JON: Save your strength-

KAY: No way, there’s no such thing.

LISA: I’m so tired.

KAY: First there were no shootings, then there was one really big one, then there were more but it was rare, then there were people who lived through two, or even three, then everyone had lived through at least one. It was most people most of the time before it was everywhere and everyone. So. When did it start? Was it that very first one? In the school? Was it before that sometime? The idea. The end of everything.

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Remember What’s Coming

Geena and Teddy stand in a line at a coffee shop. Wynona loiters nearby, on her phone.

GEENA: What do you want? Venti?

TEDDY: Grande is fine, Geena.

GEENA: Is that going to be enough or are you going to want some of mine.

TEDDY: It’s enough!

GEENA: Are you sure-

TEDDY: Why don’t you get me whatever you think I want, then?

GEENA: Oh, don’t be like that.

Someone Who Remembers enters, looks at Wynona, looks at Geena and Teddy.

SOMEONE WHO REMEMBERS: The world’s gonna end and it’s their fault.

WYNONA: What?

SOMEONE WHO REMEMBERS: The world’s gonna end and it’s their fault.

Someone Who Remembers laughs and laughs and walks away.

WYNONA: Ok….

Wynona goes back to her phone.

Remember Where We Used to Be

Annie, June, and Mina hike along a well worn trail. The distant sound of water.

ANNIE: Didn’t there used to be trees here?

MINA: I haven’t been out this way before.

ANNIE: Junie, there were trees right?

JUNE:…I don’t remember.

ANNIE: I’m sure of it. Big, tall—like forests. How could they—where did they go?

MINA: Are you sure it was right…in this spot?

ANNIE: It was everywhere…all around, for miles. June you don’t remember?

JUNE: I…Maybe I do?

Annie sighs.

ANNIE: It’s ok, June, you don’t have to remember.

JUNE: OK. Then I don’t.

They walk. The sound of water gets louder.

A Witch in Dialogue with Gwyneth (part 2)

ABBEY

Our daughters will be afraid but they will pretend to be unafraid for fear that their very fear will give them the look of knowledge.Their daughters will be unafraid but they will whisper secrets in the night. Their daughters will look around and see a world without secrets or knowledge or memory and they will feel cold and t hey will fear only more of the same. Their daughters will sleep and when they scream the men in their beds will ask why and they will say they do not remember but they will remember just enough to make them know how much we have all lost. Their daughters will run naked and screaming, and instead of fearing and hating them, men will call their rage disease and treat them by slicing them into pieces until their silence is empty and other women will pretend to laugh. Their daughters will actually laugh.

GWYNETH

I’m sure if I just breathe for long enough, I will go back to the moment I first felt like a woman, before the moment I first felt like it was possible to die. I’m sure if I think with enough serenity about wide open spaces, my face will become smooth and my body will become aerodynamic and my mind will be able to move freely from the present to the past to the future and I will be whole and I will be everyone.

A Witch in Dialogue with Gwyneth (part 1)

ABBEY

We were powerful once. They didn’t recognize it as power because it hurt no one, but we were so strong. We protected women we saved their children we healed their bodies and their minds. We ate good bread and brewed small beer. But we became afraid. After me, they will all be too afraid.

GWYNETH

I want you to refresh your body and mind. I want you to take a deep breath and count to fifty and feel the breath in your nose, out your mouth, until you are in touch with your pores and you can feel yourself reverse-aging. This may take awhile. Don’t rush it.

Gwyneth and Abbey close their eyes and take a deep breath.

And One More Thing About Witches

Am I a witch? Am I a woman? Are witches women? Are witches people? Are witches powerful? What is power? How does a witch become powerful? Is it the same way a woman becomes powerful? Is it possible for a witch to become powerful or is she only a witch after she has become an un-powerful woman? Is it possible for me to be a woman who is a witch who is powerful or is every thing that I can be separate from every other thing? Who created the categories and who gives them meaning and who enforces the meaning and how do I change the meaning if I don’t know whose meaning I’m taking hold of? Do I want to change the meaning or do I want to take the meaning in my hands, polish it with my warm breath and a soft cloth, press it to my chest until it’s absorbed by my skin, until it is me and I am it and no one can know the meaning of the word “Witch” until they know the meaning of me?

Some Types of Witch Stories

Stories About Witches That Are Actually About Men

The Crucible. Macbeth. Stardust. Chronicles of Narnia. Harry Potter. The Blair Witch Project. The Witches. The Chrestomanci Chronicles.

Stories About Witches That Are Actually About Women

The Wizard of Oz. Wicked. Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Bewitched.  Charmed. Hocus Pocus. Practical Magic. The Craft. Halloweentown. Witches of East End. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. A Mirror for Witches.

Stories About Witches in Which the Witch is Not a Human

Macbeth. Stardust. Chronicles of Narnia. The Witches. The Blair Witch Project. The Wizard of Oz.