“The Struggle” – Part Six

by Mark Essem

AT THE LIBRARY – DAY

(Jack goes into the library and becomes a member then goes and looks at some books he picks up a alcohol addiction 12 steps and drug addiction he then goes and sits down in the corner away from everyone and starts reading.)

ON THE STREET – LATER

(Jack is walking down the street, sweating and starting to shake from withdrawal from the alcohol. He sees a shop.)

ON THE STREET

(Jack walks out of the shop with a small bottle of vodka. He tries to pour some into the lid, but it’s going all over because he’s shaking, so he drinks it from the bottle and it helps calm him down.)

JACK’S ROOM – NIGHT

(Jack is lying on his bed, reading the book about alcohol addiction. He starts to sweat. He pours some vodka into the lid and drinks it. He then puts away the book and vodka, curls up in a bal;l sweating, shaking, depressed, feeling lost and alone.)

IN THE HOSTEL – MORNING

(Jack goes to the kitchen and starts making a coffee. A man walks in; a skinny man, who looks like a heroin addict.)

Jack: Morning. You want a drink?

Addict: No mate, can’t eat or drink, need a fix.You got anything?

Jack: No, mate, I’m clean and sober.

Addict: You got a cig you can lend me or a pound?

Jack: No, mate, I don’t smoke and I’m broke.

(Jack then leaves and goes to his room.)

JACK’S ROOM – MORNING

(Jack sits down on his bed, looking at the bottle of vodka and the books. He puts his head into his hands, struggling not to drink, knowing he’s surrounded by addicts. He picks up the books and leaves the room.)

AT THE LIBRARY – DAY

(Jack goes in the library and puts the books back, knowing that reading and thinking about drugs and alcohol isn’t going to help, so he starts looking for other books. He sees one about setting goals and possitive thinking; he picks it up and goes to the same chair as before. As Jack is leaving, he sees books on Math and English. He picks them up and goes back to the hostel.)

AT THE HOSTEL – NIGHT

(Jack goes to the reception desk.)

Jack: Here’s the money for this week. Are there any courses in Math or English?

Worker: Yes, once a week, Tuesday at 10 a.m., down the hall.

Jack: Thanks.

IN JACK’S ROOM – NIGHT

(Jack is laying on the bed, reading the book about setting goals and possitive thinking. He gets a piece of paper and starts making a list of goals.)

(Jack starts sweating and shaking. He looks at the bottle of vodka. He picks up the book, opens it to the page he is at and puts the book covering the vodka, with the front of the book facing him, then lays down, curls up in a ball, sweating shaking and in pain.)

IN JACK’S ROOM – NIGHT

(Jack is in bed, sweating and shaking.)

IN JACK’S ROOM – DAY

(Jack is doing press ups and sit ups.)

IN JACK’S ROOM – NIGHT

(Jack is reading the book. He’s nearly finished it. Next to him are the Math and English books, with pieces of paper that’s he’s been writing on. He finishes the book, rolls over and looks at the bottle of vodka, then rolls over, facing the other way.)

END OF PART SIX