Contents Flammable

Monologue Description: “Contents Flammable” is about living with guilt.

Character Description: In this monologue, Nora talks about the tragic events that unfolded with her daughter. She speaks to a group of people in a therapy session.

(she says aloud)

NORA: “DO NOT USE NEAR FIRE OR OPEN FLAME. KEEP AWAY FROM MATCHES AND LIGHTED CIGARETTES DURING APPLICATION AND UNTIL HAIR IS FULLY DRY. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. AVOID SPRAYING NEAR EYES.”

I memorized the side of the bottle. I wanted to be clear to myself as to what I done and repeating that phrase to myself, reminds me of how horrible a person I am.

I just couldn’t quit the damn smoking. Had a habit of leaving my cigarettes lit when I’d put them down and forget ’em. My daughter, always used to play with my hair spray bottles. She would spray and then brush her dolls hair. Ha Ha, so cute she was.

…One day she was playing in the bathroom, while I was getting ready for work. Anyway, I was smoking my cigarettes and decided to put it down on top of the sink in order to fuss with my hair. Then the phone rang, the babysitter and I was distracted.

That’s when my baby daughter sprayed her hair bottle just right which caused the cigarette and the hair spray bottle to ignite and catch fire to the bathroom towel and to my daughters pretty face…

When I saw her…

I screamed…

Went to put the fire out…I put my hands all over her tender face while she kept screaming my name…

(sighs)

I panicked. I pulled her out of the bathroom, then back in the bathroom. I dunked her head into the toilet to put out the flames.

She was coughing and…

The rest is history.

My daughter is blind because of me. Because I smoked cigarettes, because I was stupid. Now my baby daughter is gonna be blind for the rest of her life and I did that. I took those beautiful blue eyes she had and singed them forever….FOREVER…

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Joseph Arnone

Joseph Arnone is the founding editor-in-chief of Monologue Blogger. In addition to running MB, Joseph is a filmmaker/producer who has had his films premiere at Festival de Cannes - Court Metrage and Tribeca Cinema's Big Apple Film Festival.

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