Going to Kevin's
Characters: Two boys ages six or less.
Opening Scene: One boy (Boy #1)squatting center stage, looking intensely at something on the ground. Another boy (Boy #2) comes in from stage left, walking slowly, wheeling a bicycle.
Boy_2: Whatcha lookin' at?
Boy_1: Bug. A little shiny black one. I followed it all the way down the sidewalk to here.
Boy_2: What's it doing now?
Boy_1: I think it's resting. That was a long walk for a bug.
Three second pause.
Boy_2: It hasn't moved in a while.
Boy_1: It's a really pretty bug. See? It's black and shiny and purple and has many busy legs.
Boy_2: They're not very busy now.
Boy_1: He was looking for food for his family -- like going to work. He had to go a long way for them. Like going to work like my Daddy.
Boy_2: He's not moving.
Boy_1: My Daddy comes home every night.
Boy_2: I think he's dead.
Boy_1: (startled) What?
Boy_2: The bug. I think it's dead.
Boy_1 pokes lightly, gently at the bug
Boy_1: I think he's gone to Kevin's.
Boy_1: Kevin's. I heard my Mom and Dad talking about when my sister died before I was born and they said she'd gone up to Kevin's. They said its a happy place.
Boy_2: You want to bury the bug?
Boy_1: (standing) No. A bird can eat him.
Boy_2: (walking offstage right with Boy_1) Wanna ride bikes?
Boy_1: Sure. Let's go to my house to get mine.
This is based on a conversation I overheard between my son and his cousin several years ago.