Sonny Tells Brenda That Stone Has AIDS ~ June, 1995
By: Mike (SnBWontEnd@aol.com)

(Sonny and Brenda have just returned home from Ned and Lois's wedding. At the wedding, Sonny had promised Brenda that after the wedding, he would tell her his big secret - that being that Stone has AIDS.)

Sonny: I'm wiped.

Brenda: I hate unpacking, but if I don't everything will get wrinkled.

Sonny: Well let it, 'cause I'm gonna unpack my toothbrush and then I'm hitting the rack.

Brenda: Aren't you forgetting something?

Sonny: What?

Brenda: The big secret you've been keeping? You said you were gonna tell me as soon as we got home and we're home, so you might as well get it out of the way.

Sonny: Tell you what: Why don't we get a good night's sleep and get into it first thing in the morning?

Brenda: Why is this such a big deal?

Sonny: I'm beat, Brenda, we both are.

Brenda: I'm not gonna be able to get any sleep; I'm gonna be tossing and turning all night wondering what's going on.

Sonny: I don't want to fight over this.

Brenda: Neither do I. And I know whatever this secret is is tearing you up inside. What you're doing right now is really unfair because you promised at the wedding that you were going to tell me right afterward and I trusted you. And you know, I think I was really good about it - I let it go and we had such a good time.

Sonny: Yeah, we did.

Brenda: And now this is all I can think about, because I know there's something really heavy going on with you. I cannot believe you want to leave me hanging again.

Sonny: Oh man, you are making this so hard.

Brenda: I don't want it to be hard. I don't...I don't want to pressure you. If you just tell me what's going on, maybe I can help you. At least I could stop imagining all the horrible things that could be happening...

Sonny: Stone's got AIDS, is that horrible enough for you?

Brenda: No, you're wrong, this is a mistake!

Sonny: No, the doctors double-checked. They've already got him on AZT - that's why he's been feeling so bad.

Brenda: You're telling me that Stone is HIV +?

Sonny: It's beyond that.

Brenda: Oh my God. (She collapses to the floor.) What about Robin?

Sonny: She was tested last week. She was negative...so far.

Brenda: What does that mean: negative so far?

Sonny: When Stone was tested he was negative too. She's gonna have to have another test in six months and more after that.

Brenda: I don't understand that - Stone tested negative and now he has AIDS? I don't understand that.

Sonny: When Stone came off the streets I made him get tested and it didn't show up. The way we figure is he had just been infected and he wasn't involved in what they call "high-risk behavior." It never occurred to him to get tested again.

Sonny: I don't know. I mean he must have gotten it on the street.

Brenda: I don't understand, he wasn't hustling or anything, right?

Sonny: He hung around with people who did. There was this girl, she was a couple of years older than Stone, I think it may have been the first time he had sex. She was heavy into drugs and they weren't lovers very long because he wasn't really into that drug scene but he stayed together with her for a while and he helped her.

Brenda: How?

Sonny: He brought her to me and I gave her a job at the Paradise and I figured if I could get her off the streets..she couldn't kick the drugs. She was shooting up and I fired her.

Brenda: What happened to her?

Sonny: She died.

Brenda: Of AIDS?

Sonny: A drug overdose. It was pathetic. She had nobody, not even her family. Stone had...he paid for the burial himself. I don't think anybody even checked to see if she was infected.

Brenda: So that's how he got it.

Sonny: I don't know, it's the only thing that makes sense.

Brenda: Oh my God Sonny, I'm so sorry I gave you a hard time. (She breaks down.)

Sonny: Sweetheart, Stone's scared - especially about how people are gonna react when they find out. That's why he swore me to secrecy.

Brenda: I didn't know.

Sonny: I know. Never in your wildest...could you have imagined.

Brenda: Tell me the truth: How sick is he?

Sonny: Bad. He's got fullblown AIDS.

Brenda: What does that mean? (Sonny doesn't answer, Brenda starts crying again.) What exactly can we do for him?

Sonny: I don't know. I thought I did - the club, L&B, I was gonna give him all the breaks no one gave me. No one was gonna look him in the eye and tell him he was just a hood. But he never had the chance. He didn't deserve this.

(Sonny breaks down, and Brenda comforts him.)