Sûrah LXIII
THE HYPOCRITES
"They avert their faces and thou seest them turning away, disdainful."

63
LIP SERVICE

AMY

Creep!

Attentions focus, one and all, on Amy's object-of-contempt.

AMY

Because of you, she's got her bags packed.

Pistol yawns, aligns his shades, leans back—arms crossed—against the fridge and simulates smug indifference.

AMY

You, too, Duke.

DUKE

If you're referring to us buying Z...

AMY

Her name is Zahra.

JUDY

'Scuse me.

Judy weaves her wretched way through the hostile confrontation, sucking in her nausea, not so much disinterested as too unwell to participate.

GREER

Buy Zahra what?

PISTOL

A ticket outta here.

GREER

Good idea. What's my share? I'll chip in now.

AMY

Butt out.

GREER

Fuck you.

DUKE

Whoa! Time out. Truce. White flag, guys.

Barfing sounds intrude on the momentary armistice.

DUKE

Is that, like, serious?

Amy shrugs 'search me.' Pistol smirks.

PISTOL

First day on the rag.

AMY

As if you'd know.

PISTOL

Hey, I'm observant.

Pistol draws one hand (as if his elbow-crook were a holster), cocks his thumb, takes aim... Someone's cell phone buzzes, with a timely interruption (its whereabouts all but lost midst the kitchen table's clutter).

DUKE

In the first place, Pistol asked, is all. In the second place, I say wait.

PISTOL

What! She's been hole up there for DAYS! The plan's a bust. Come on; admit it.

GREER

Pistol's right; enough's enough. I vote we cut Ms. Deadbeat loose.

The cell continues with its intermittent buzz, vibrating on its back like an overturned bee.

AMY

You two-faced, chicken-shit...

DUKE

STOP!...Will someone get that?

Pistol finds and answers the perseverant phone.

DUKE

What's with you two?

Judy, looking gull-green, reappears.

JUDY

Amy's seeing someone else; Greer isn't; that's the problem. He thinks 'someone else' is Zahra; wrong. He's jealous. She's in love. I'm sick as a goddamn dog, so, PLEASE, would you try to keep it down?

She turns to leave.

PISTOL

Well, I'll be damned. That call was Zahra. Our madman has been caged.