A family of four with a strong bond, represented by the time and effort they all put in the kitchen while creating a magnificent piece of work – a moist, mouth watering chocolate cake with a beautiful `dark chocolate glaze. Unfortunately as time went by the distance grew, time spent in the kitchen lessened just as much as the time spent together. Parents too busy living their lives, failing to notice their elder daughter’s increasingly frequent headaches while the children are too innocent to speak up.
Part I : (On the set, Dianne while reading in the living room suddenly felt dizzy)
Dianne: Why am I always feeling this way? My head, oh, it’s so painful. (younger sister Donita appears)
Donita: Dianne, I’d better tell mom and dad about this!
Dianne: No, Donita, they’re both busy. They don’t even have time attending our parent-teacher meetings in school. Don’t worry, I’ll just take some medicine and then after a while, I’ll feel better again. [phone rings twice]
Donita: Reyes residence, good evening (listens to the caller). Dad…dad! The call is for you.
Dad: (To Donita) Thank you. (then speaks to caller on the phone) Oh, yes my friend, I did not forget our appointment tonight. I’ll just take a shower then I’ll see you all. Okay? Bye. (dad leaves the living room to get ready)
(Friends Rose and Peter knock at the door)
Rose: Hello Dianne. Hello Donita, you forgot to attend our meeting this afternoon, that’s why we came to visit you now.
Dianne: Oh sorry, we forgot, please come in. Have a seat.
Peter: Thank you, we actually came here for your mom’s chocolate cake, yummy!
Dianne: I like it too, the chocolate cake of my mom is my favorite, the best of all the chocolate cakes I have ever tasted in my whole life (about to cry) but I’m sorry – we no longer have any, she’s so busy these past few days. No more time to bake a chocolate cake.
Rose: Oh no Dianne, don’t be sad, don’t worry. Peter is just kidding, we came here because you and your parents were not around during our meeting.
Donita: So what was the meeting all about?
Peter: We have agreed that we will go camping this weekend, we can bring along our parents.
Dianne: That would be nice, but would that cost too much? And where would that be?
Rose: Not at all! B$60 only for one person and it will include everything already. We just have to bring our own personal things. The bus will pick us up 6 am at the covered court.
Peter: Bring your favorite swimming attire and your mom’s chocolate cake! Just kidding Dianne. Temburong is so beautiful we could also go swimming there.
Rose: We will experience having a camp fire as we go singing, telling stories, dancing and playing too.
Peter: We will sleep in the tent and feel the real nature’s touch! I’ll bring my video cam with me, would you like to join us?
Donita: That sounds great! Dianne, please… let’s go with them.
Dianne: I’d love to Donita but we have to ask permission and money from our parents. (car sound – broom broom broom) That’s dad for sure.
Donita: Oh no! He’s gone, where’s mom?
Dianne: There in their room… busy.
Rose: Busy working at home?
Donita: No, busy preparing herself.
Rose: Hurry up! For sure she’ll allow you.
Dianne: I hope so, go now Donita, ask permission from Mom.
Peter: Great ! So, we could count you in now.
Donita: Okay…mommy, mommy, where are you? Dianne, she’s no longer here. (Donita returns to the living room.) As usual she flew away again.
Peter: Is your mommy a bird?
Donita: Of course not! But whenever my dad goes out, she goes out too. We hardly even see each other at home anymore. I wish everything was like before…mom baking a chocolate cake with me and Dianne, dad – taking our pictures and…(Donita says these lines w/ tears in her eyes)
Dianne: Donita stop. (to their friends) I’m so sorry, we can’t go with you guys on your camping trip this weekend…my head, it’s aching again. Donita, please give me some medicine now.
Donita: Yes, but we really need to go to the hospital, I’m really worried about you.
Dianne: Oh, no, we have no money.
Peter: Don’t worry, I have a lot of money in my wallet, I’ll bring you to the hospital. (Peter trying to get his wallet from his pocket. Rose stopped her.)
Rose: Never mind showing it, let’s carry Dianne now.
Dianne: Thank you both, for being here. (then Dianne closes her eyes)
Donita: Please don’t leave me, I don’t want to be alone (crying now). Wake up please.
Peter: Hey you! Stop crying. She’s not dead – just dizzy, she’ll be alright. We will bring your sister to the nearest hospital. Go with me and Rose, please inform their parents. (Donita helped Peter carry Dianne instead)
Rose: Okay, I will! Better go now. Peter, take care of them.
Peter:Yes, I will, don’t worry.
Part II: (At the hospital, Dianne lying on a bed, mom and dad were fighting at first then Donita dramatically stops them upon hearing them both.)
Dad: Now, look at what you have done! You’re not in the house. It’s our neighbor who took Dianne to the hospital.
Mom: Look who’s talking, you don’t even know Dianne’s sickness.
Dad: You’re supposed to be the mom, you should know that.
Mom: And you’re the dad, you’re always out of the house. You don’t have time for us – always off with your friends leaving your family behind!
Dad: And you? You don’t care about us anymore. Maybe, it’s better for us to part ways.
Mom: (Scoffs) You’re scaring me? Go away! (pushes dad to the door)
(Donita enters through the door. She was listening to their conversation.)
Donita: Dad, mom, I hate you both -even if Dianne is here in the hospital, you still don’t stop fighting, I’d better leave you both!
Dad: No Donita, come back!
(Donita about to leave but Dianne called them.)
Dianne: Donita, mommy, daddy (then closes her eyes)
(Everyone starts crying – thinking that Dianne’s gone already)
Mom: Dianne no, wake up, wake up! We love you both, we care for you.
Donita: Dianne, please don’t leave us. I’ll not run away anymore because I know that you’re here for me.
Dad: We’re so sorry Dianne, promise , we will be good parents to you from now on. We love you my daughter. I do love each and everyone of you.
Dianne: (Wakes up smiling) I’m still alive, I heard all of you – everything you’d said and don’t worry the doctor says I’m okay. I’m very happy – we’re all together now.
Mom: Promise Dianne… from now on, I’ll take care of you and Donita and of course your dad too. (daughters tease parents)
Dad: I love you (to mom)
Mom: I love you too.
Dad: Dianne, Donita, I love you both – very much too. From now on I’ll devote quality time for you, my family. I could never afford losing this wonderful family. I’m so sorry.
Dianne & Donita: Thanks dad, thanks mom, we love you both.
(As friends enter the door, family members are still embracing each other)
Peter: Flowers for you Dianne from your dad. I bought it for him.
(Dianne looks at dad, smiles and says)
Dianne: Dad, thank You.
Rose: And your favorite chocolate cake too from your mom. She asked me to bring it here. She can’t wait to see you until she has finished baking.
Dianne: Mom, you still remember my favorite?
Mom: Of course Dianne, I love you. I’m so sorry.
Dianne: Thank you, mom.(Diane embraces mom)
(Both with tears in their eyes)
Peter: (Carrying the chocolate cake) Oops! Enough of the crying. The chocolate cake will melt! Can I have a slice now? I miss this badly too.
Rose: Pretty obvious! Come on pose first with the chocolate cake. I’ll take a picture. Everyone…1, 2, 3, smile!
Lesson in Life: Never take your family for granted because they are all that matter in the world!