Scene #6: “Casey” written by Paris La Rock

WHILE YOU WERE AWAY – A play by the Fall 2015 Documentary Theatre Class (RCHUM 334)

Scene #6: “Casey” written by Paris La Rock

It was weird not having him around at first since we are so close.
I remember the first time he missed my birthday. I remember that. He was away for my 10th birthday
‘cause I got a really nice card from him.
He had a buddy in prison, uh he had a prison artist who drew me up a card. It was really nicely
done. It was this little skinny card and it had like this beautiful rose on on the front and it was really
nice calligraphy writing stuff like that. And Chris stuck a letter with it saying how he wished he
could’ve been there for my big “1-0”.
And the letter came on the actual day of my birthday too!
But I mean it was dated a week and a half ago, so yeah I mean it took some effort to plan that on his
part. ‘Cause normally, you know, letters come two, three weeks late.
I’d be checking the mail for weeks and there’d be nothing, you know, and then all of a sudden we’d
get three or four letters that he wrote a month ago.
But after a while it just started to become a normal thing you know? You’re like I haven’t talked to
him for a while and it’s just like, okay life just goes on. Because what can you do when someone is
locked up?
Except, I mean I remember bringing it up once to my best friend. It was the first week of 6th grade
and we were waiting for the bus and I was like “oh my god my brother just got arrested” and she was
just like “uhh…..” and like nothing was said. But I ho—I mean—how does a what like a 10-year old
bring that up you know? (Laughs) And I mean that was it, it was never brought up again.
(Beat)
What?
Oh no I don’t have that birthday card anymore.
I don’t know what happened to it. I remember I had it in a white night stand. I had put all of his letters
in there, from when he was in the army, basics, Kuwait, and prison.
I’m sad about losing it because it was probably the most exciting gift I’d ever gotten honestly.