Lucy, a neat-freak teenager, doesn’t like her family; they don’t talk to each other, and Lucy has no one who will listen to her or take an interest in her day. So she invents Zara, an invisible friend…

This is my room. No one is allowed in here except for me. I’m a very tidy sort of person. Which is a bit extraordinary in this house. I think I must be a freak. I actually like to know where I have put my things. This is my bed. And this is my desk. And up there on the shelf are my special, most favorite books. Actually one of the reasons that I keep it tidy is because my very, very special friend, Zara, also likes things tidy. Oh yah, I ought to explain to you about Zara shouldn’t I? You may have heard my mum talking about my invisible friend? Do you remember? Well, that’s my invisible friend, Zara. This is Zara. I want you to say hallo to her. Zara, say hallo to my friends. And won’t you say hallo to Zara, she did say hallo to you. I invented Zara, oh years ago, when I was seven or eight. Just for fun. I think I was ill at the time and wasn’t allowed to play with any of my real friends, so I made up Zara. She’s my special friend that no one else can see, except me. Of course, I can’t really see her either. Not really. Although sometimes I? It’s almost as if I could see her, sometimes. If I concentrate vary hard it’s like I can just glimpse her out of the corner of my eye. Still. Anyway. I’ve kept Zara for years and years, its been almost 10 years now actually. Until they all started saying I was much too old for that sort of thing and got worried and started talking about sending for a doctor. So then I didn’t take her round with me quite so much after that. But she’s still here. And when I feel really sad and depressed, I sit and talk to Zara. Zara always understands. Zara always listens. She’s special. Aren’t you, Zara? What? Yes, I wish he’d turn his music down, too. I’ve asked him, haven’t I? (mimicking) but he just says, ‘how can I hear the music then if I turn it down. I can’t hear the bass then!’ I used to have pictures up on the walls of this room, but every time he put a CD on, they would all fall down off the walls. I wish he would listen to quiet music, just once, like some Bach or Mozart. Of coarse, if he did that he wouldn’t be Grisly Gary now would he be? Oh Zara, I almost forgot to tell you. I got picked for the school swimming team today. I know, I’m really excited too. I did the breast stroke and freestyle just like you told me to do and I got in. No.. no they didn’t come..I mean its not like I? no? why should they have? (yelling) If anyone cares at all, I was picked for the school swimming team today. How about that folks? Mom? Dad? Anybody that cares? Great, thanks everyone. God dammit, they could have? They could? But no, no of course not, they don’t? of coarse not, what was I expecting, some one to actually? Yah, yah Zara. I know you’re always here. Its just that sometimes? I get so lonely.