Strayed by Brandi Self | Script Revolution




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A sullen little girl spots her mother stuffing a suspicious bag into a trash bin soon after her dog goes missing.

April Pickles snatches her phone up and dials as she watches her daughter, Riley somberly walk to the park with her dog, Bo Bo. On the other end of the line, her ex-husband’s tired excuses for not picking up their daughter for the weekend are plentiful and bring about no resolution. Hours later, Riley still hasn’t arrived home and April gets into her car to go find her, but, upon backing out of the driveway, she hits something. In a panic, she quickly cleans up the mess, only to be interrupted by Riley who announces that her dog is missing, forcing April to give her the “death talk”.

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A distraught little girl spots her mother stuffing a suspicious bag into a trash bin soon after her dog goes missing.

Disappointment in a child’s eyes can ravage a mother’s soul. Haunt and eat away at it. Create its own sore of sadness that can only be healed by an act of redemption.

As some wise folks often say, “A mother is only as happy as her unhappiest child.”

Brandi Self’s “Strayed” shows how one quick-thinking mom attempts to handle the her daughter’s best interests. She thinks.


April gets out of the car. Stares wide eyed as she looks down.


Blood runs down the street and hits her feet. She slowly backs up.

Oh god, what did I do?


April finishes wrapping it up in a black trash bag. Begins washing the bloody spot off the street with a large sponge.


April crams the black trash bag into the bin.

What’s that?

(whirls around, flustered)
Oh, hi honey. How was the park?

Bo Bo’s gone.

April sees a spot of blood on her own hand and quickly wipes it away.

“Strayed” shows that In the big scheme of things, death is a part of life. As parents, we do our best at shielding our children from the sadness of loss.

But, just how far should a mother go to save her child from heartbreak?

With a couple of locations, a couple of characters, and an ending that will leave you gasping, “Strayed” wraps it up nicely. But certainly not in the neat way you'd expect.

Review by Linda Hullinger
Submitted: September 1, 2017
Last Updated: September 3, 2019

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The Writer: Brandi Self

I create surreal, carefully constructed stories that dissect love, morality, oppression, identity crises, alienation, and stagnation by catapulting characters into absurd, almost comically juxtaposed worlds where they must use self-examination as a tool for escape and redemption. Background: I guess it all began with me hanging out of the back of a moving van as I threw raw meat to an angry grizzly bear, hoping the cameraman could get the perfect shot. Yeah, I started in production, reality television to be exact. But, it wasn’t all bad, I got to party with rock stars, shoot guns off with bikini girls in the mountains and even got to stand in as a prostitute monkey, while the real monkey... Go to bio

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