EXT. — ZOO — KOALA EXHIBIT — DAY

KARLA the koala picks through a tree. ZEE the fly’s busy nearby.

KARLA
Why do they put the leaves so high?
They put ’em high, ya can’t reach;
ya can’t reach, ya outch ya back;
outch ya back, can’t climb; can’t
climb, where ya go? Can’t eat,
can’t sleep, can’t get down… Neva
ends! They wanna starve me, then
starve me; want me dead, let me die!
(a beat)
…Who would know?!

ZEE
Please. Missus K.

KARLA
Oh, please. Nobody calls me that
anymore. Ya wanna flatter me,
flatter me, but a girl’s name is ‘er
name… Need a man, then good for
ya; if ya don’t, even betta. But all I
know is married’s married, and a
maiden name’s hard to beat.
(a beat)
So I feel like a maiden! So sue me.

ZEE
Miss—

KARLA
Ya know ya oughta just take his tree
out. What’s done is done—our
runner’s run. …And cheaters cheat!
Everyone knows it. I wanted to keep
‘im, I wouldn’t’ve married ‘im.
That’s what floozies are for.

ZEE
Miss Bear…

KARLA
Wanna blow for ‘im, blow for ‘im;
wants to pay, let ‘im pay! Can’t
blame when dicks act like dick!

ZEE
(sigh)

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