February 16 & 17: Sean Devine

February 16 & 17: WHICH WAY OUT?

Sean Devine




JACK and JILL sit inside their car, which is fully packed and crammed over with the remainder of their personal belongings. They are stuck in slow traffic on the Trans-Canada, on the Port Mann Bridge, heading eastbound.

The sound of car horns beeping is incessant.

JACK: We could take the first exit off the bridge, and then we could try to take back roads. But it looks like plenty of cars are doing the same thing and they look backed up as well.

JILL: And then what?

JACK: If we take back roads?

JILL: Yes.

JACK: It depends.

JILL: On what?

JACK: Do we keep going east to get past the fault zone or do we find higher ground to get past the wave zone?

JILL: Dona��t you think we shoulda��ve come to that decision before we took off in the car?

JACK: Thata��s beside the point.

JILL: Well, whata��s the bigger threat?

JACK: (pause) I think we should find higher ground.

JILL: Then wea��re going in the wrong direction if we want higher ground. Wea��re driving into flatland.

JACK: Therea��s mountains in this direction.

JILL: In a couple hundred kilometers. At this pace thata��ll take hours. Days, maybe. Do we have that much time?

JACK: I dona��t know.

JILL: How much time do we have?

JACK: I dona��t know.

JILL: A couple of hours?

JACK: I dona��t know, alright? Ita��s my first cataclysmic disaster. I havena��t been through one of these. Ia��ve only ever seen them on YouTube.

JILL: We should be going in the other direction. We should be going north.

JACK: North?

JILL: We should be driving to North Vancouver. Thata��s higher ground.

JACK: Sure, if wea��re worried about the wave. But what it ita��s not the wave? What if ita��s the quake? Then wea��d be screwed if we go in that direction.

JILL: Therea��s plenty of cars headed in that direction. Theya��re looking for higher ground. Maybe wea��re going the wrong way.

JACK: Maybe theya��re going the wrong way. Maybe theya��re screwed.

JILL: I think wea��d be screwed either way. No onea��s moving in either direction. Wea��re not moving and wea��re stuck on a bridge.

JACK: We could get out and walk.

JILL: ( let me watch this channel 1 movies, let me watch this channel 1 movies, let me watch this channel 1 movies, let me watch this channel 1 movies, let me watch this channel 1 movies, let me watch this channel 1 movies. Pause) Are you serious?

JACK: We could get out and start walking right now. At least wea��d be moving.

JILL: Are you serious?

JACK: Who knows how long wea��re going to be stuck on the bridge? Who knows how long wea��ve got?

JILL: How far would we get? What would we take with us?

JACK: (Pause) Was this preventable?

JILL: What?

JACK: This whole thing. If wea��re going to die in a matter of hours, if you and I are going to die, it matters knowing whether or not it was just Mother Nature taking ita��s course with the earthquake, or if it was cause by human activity with the tsunami.


JILL: You idiot.

JACK: What?

JILL: If ita��s the tsunami —

JACK: Yes?

JILL: A tsunamia��s got nothing to with human activity.

JACK: What?

JILL: Youa��re talking about rising sea levels. Rising sea levels are caused by climate change. Not tsunamis.

JACK: So this wasna��t our fault. Whatever happens.

JILL: Well, who knows. Ita��s all…

JACK: Ita��s all relative.

JILL: The butterfly flapping ita��s wings in China, and all that.

JACK: But ita��s interesting that I mixed the two options up, cause thata��s like a statement on its own, you know. If you can confuse the two together: the man-made climate change disaster with the cataclysmic event due to Mother Nature, if you can confuse those, then that says something, you know?


JILL: Sure.

Pause. Therea��s a rumble.

JACK: Did you feel that?

JILL looks out the window.

JILL: Here it comes.