Maryia Bialkovich

SIDEKICK (to the Woman) Come on, you know what I mean. You were wearing comfortable clothes, right? So that you could move around, run and…

GIRL-FRIEND (ironically) …Resist. 

Sitcom laugh track.

SIDEKICK I mean, it’s no surprise they took it that way. You knew what you were doing. You knew the situation and how it all looked from the outside. 

FRIEND (to the Sidekick) You’re super toxic. 

WOMAN (to the Sidekick) I’m a bit sick of repeating that I don’t remember a thing, okay?

SIDEKICK It’s very convenient, isn’t it?

WOMAN You mean I’m lying? 

GIRL-FRIEND Well, to be honest, we’re a bit disappointed. 

FRIEND Yeah, you didn’t even try to remember. 

SIDEKICK Zero effort. You’re just sitting there and staring. Though the human memory is a fascinating thing, of course. 

FRIEND You don’t have to be rude, but in general you’re right. 

GIRL-FRIEND And the latté  thing hurts. 

SIDEKICK I’m wondering, how much space does the conscious component of memory occupy within a human brain? 

GIRL-FRIEND Not much. I remember how— 

FRIEND (interrupting) And what exactly is “the conscious”? 

WOMAN It’s very stuffy in here.

Everyone (except the Woman) laughs. Their laughter is complemented by the sitcom laugh track.

GIRL-FRIEND The most important thing is to be in the moment. 

FRIEND I thought, the most important thing is to be positive.

SIDEKICK In general, our memory is very unreliable. Very unreliable. 

GIRL-FRIEND Who to trust then, if not yourself? 

FRIEND (nodding at the Woman) Do you think she believes herself now?

SIDEKICK What about us? You think we believe her now? There is nothing, except her words about what happened.