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Love Me Syndrome

Another tempestuous night in Town Park, melancholy

Wild Thoughts, seeks harbor from the fell dampness.

Across an old Maple, restroom facilities, in a stall,

His Swiss Knife carves, help!- a grounded cardinal,

Over faded, besought scratches, then his number.

 

The windows behold an ashen canvas, dashing away

A lustrous moon, sour lampposts, the path back & ahead,

But in buckets of rain, runs a scarlet damsel his way.

Wild Thoughts escapes on some path, Love Me Syndrome

Skips past roley- poley earthworms stuck in puddles.

 

The gales deepen in fury. By the Maple, a scarlet,

Melancholy soul runs to the restroom, closes the stall.

She sees unspeakable markings, one freshly concerning.

A knife on the basin, she dials the splintered number,

My name is Lonesome Dove, I’ve waited a long time for you.

 

A calm develops, drenched footsteps echo anticipations.

The beautiful ones, raised to know what comes & goes,

But not what stays- saturated under fluorescent sight,

They sparkle. Lonesome Dove eases five minutes in.

Your real name isn’t Wild Thoughts. Care to know mine?

 

From outside, a whip of lightning licks the Maple,

Crackling, thickly green branches smoke up, catch fire.

They ponder a tragic moment. Is it you? He knows, It’s

Me. Tragedy. She flies, red tail vanishing in the rain.

 

That night, a tornado brewed, ravaging Town Park.

Love Me Syndrome claimed one, but not the other.

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Atlas was the unluckiest lucky person in the world, so he thought/ was told.  His life was full of failure after failure. But he had the effort of an eternal fire.  Bad news rarely dampened his spirits; he was used to it.  Everyday, Atlas lived as if it were going to be his last.  Sometimes his actions were rewarded, but more often than not, empty-handed. Raised to never complain, he never did.

Everyone knew Atlas for his benevolent smile, genuine kindness, and honorable work habit.  Raised by his grandfather, his parents had vanished when he was young.   Atlas’ mother fell into a cocaine addiction before the pregnancy.  She held off her addiction until Atlas was born, but then almost immediately after, she went back to bad habits. Life wasn’t giving her the happiness she thought she deserved, but her mind was in the right place naming her son.  Atlas’ name originated from the Greek myth of Atlas, who always had the weight of the world on his shoulders.  She knew the struggle our world was, just to keep up with the Jones’. She judged from her pastime experiences.  Atlas’ mother blessed him in hopes he would live up to his name and never become like her.  His grandfather taught him traditional values hand in hand with politeness.  Atlas grew up to be a good person, although his past always hurt him very much.  And he knew about the bad at such a young age.

Atlas’ father was an addict also.  His mother and father were so similar, that their addiction prevailed over their love for each other.  Some days they would batter each other with verbal abuse until one broke down and cried.  Then the other would follow until both went to their room to obtain their concealing fix.  All of this was oblivious to baby Atlas. His father would disappear for days and return in the early morning to wake Atlas and let him know that Daddy’s returned.  The alcohol on his breath, Atlas never liked his father.  Then one day, he was initially  sent to purchase two quarts of whole milk and confectionary sugar for Atlas’ seventh birthday cake, but he never returned.

School was tough for a child that lived with his grandparents.  He was raised in the correct way, but there were no bars to hold him back.  When Atlas got in trouble at school, punishments were consequential enough for him to learn his lesson.  Even though Atlas was a bright student, he never learned the easy way. But learning the hard way so many times in such a quick manner made the child more independent. Atlas grew up quicker than everyone else.

When Atlas was 17, he fell for a beautiful woman named Lovely Alice, also an ever- smiling person. Lovely Alice admired Atlas’ smile and grew very fond of him.  She remarked on it every day. “The Sunshine of my Love,” Alice and Atlas. But Lovely Alice informed Atlas their blooming bond would never last. When it did last, she told him their seasoning love would wither through his first year of college.  When it breezed through the first year, she told him that all flowers die someday; it would not last another year.  And then, she was right.  Lovely Alice broke up with Atlas on a cold summer night, at their “spot,”, and they drifted away.  She became “The Dream,” and settled with another eloper that must have made her smile better than he could.  The unluckiest lucky person continued his unfortunate path.  It was all a great glimmer of vicariousness, but Atlas learned a valuable lesson; that all great things must come to an end.  He learned to expect it so he could accept it, learning the hard way once again.

Looking for salvage from the crater-like hole in his happiness, Atlas bruised his life,  black and bluer than ever.  His eyes could not ignite the same when he inspected himself. But Atlas did what he knew and continued with a half -lackluster smile.  Everyday he missed that great feeling of being loved.  So much that school became secondary, sleep a priority when he could get it.  Then school just ended for him.

Atlas needed to clean up his act, but at this point, it was too late. He could not go back to college, his job worked him so hard that sleep at night was his goal of his day.  Atlas’ eyes grew silent, his smile was false and faded like his memories. Never had he felt so cold.  Atlas had forgotten his name.

Atlas wanted, needed the human touch he had grown so fond of in his golden days.  He went searching for a replication, but in the wrong way.  Atlas looked between streets, scoped the beaten alleyways, dipping lower than ever, until he found what he was looking for.

One night, under a streetlamp next to Harbor on and Princeton St.  concealed in a  trench coat, Atlas could see her red tail.  Her lips were thinly coated of crimson lipstick.  The light from the street lamp above made her pale skin ghostly.  Tattoos of crosses and cursive lettering ran up her arms,  like burnt-in shadows.  But she had that same foggy glaze Atlas had.  She wore a red feather dress underneath, and a satin short skirt that revealed her supple cheeks. Atlas explained his presence, asked her to help.  and she agreed.  Her name was Alice, too.  But the details did not matter.

Atlas and Lesser Lovely Alice walked back to his apartment, the first outsider that had been there in a long time.  The two shared a glass of Merlot.  Through glass two, they revealed their heartbreaking stories.  And glass four and a half, they dimmed the lights.  Their fleshy vines wrapped around one another, lips pressed together like paper, glue, paper.  They progressed to Atlas’ room, where Alice started to peel her clothing.  The moon’s glow squeaked through the window, illuminating Not-So- Lovely Alice’s body, but she was a lovely sight.  Her flat stomach, Atlas wanted to push his palms up.  And he did, right up to her breasts.  She smiled and closed her eyes.  Atlas’ hands worked higher, up over her shoulders, down her arms, back up again, and he went to her face.  His fingertips rolling over her ears, she lightly gasped.  And then Atlas’ fingers trickled down her cheeks.  She opened her eyes. Atlas saw the grayness, no sparkle there.  Suddenly he was possessed with an overwhelming desire to run away. He pushed her off, excused himself, and drew back to his bathroom to lock it from within.

Atlas glared into the mirror and realized some people never had a glint in their eyes to start, and that he still did and always will. He realized that he had only previously made love for the love and feeling of being so fucking close to the person you desire so much from. His morale compass pointed her out the door.  He paid her, apologized over and over.  She understood; wasn’t flattered in any way. But the unwillingness to commit drove him mad. Atlas grew very sad that night, battling with the two people inside.

The next morning, Atlas remained in bed when his alarm clock told him to rise. And through the day and night he laid an egg of thoughts until he could lay still no longer.  The next day he continued life.  There was no sense in breaking down over things you cannot understand, at least right now.

Atlas wrote what he knew, but couldn’t figure out what was to come. Life is an unpredictable, rapid river that brings you wherever it dispenses, unless another force prevails against it.  Atlas’ instincts drove him prevail.   He started partaking in his old favorite hobbies besides sitting on the couch after work and smoking marijuana.  He cleaned his mind of troubles by exercising daily, running until his lungs burst; puking sometimes.  Things began to look brighter.

At work, he met a girl that worked across the street at a faxing/ office supply store.  They connected through flirting and found out they have a lot more in common than they initially knew.  One Autumn night they decided to get together. The food was phenomenal, the movie was hilarious, but when she came over, she saw right through him that he wasn’t ready.  Atlas’ apartment was void of many essentials. He didn’t have enough furniture and the greater things to impress.  No great big tv to watch high def with, no boom box to spit beats a mile away, no nutritional food in the refrigerator.  So she chucked him without much thought.  Atlas was greatly confused and he went to throw his upset bricks into paper.  He wrote his greatest piece of work yet, using his own past as guidance to write, but changed the ending to be more happy. The End.

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Cold and Golden, Act 1 Scene 1

Within the heart of Ajo, Arizona, outside thermometers reach temperatures climbing above 100 degrees.  Children stay inside from parents’ fear of dehydration and heat stroke.   Constantly humming throughout town, air conditioners, dials clocked on Ice, keep their owners refreshed inside most houses.  114 Newbury St. five-year-old Danny watches cartoons from the floor. Still in his pajamas, he shovels the last of his lunch into his mouth without looking away from the T.V. The father, David Blaisdell sips his beer, sprawled on a recliner in boxer shorts and a grey undershirt.  His mouth hangs half open, as he is obviously lost in thought. Danny grabs the remote off the coffee table and turns up the volume loudly.

DAVID:  (Mouth snaps shut, and head twitches from the sharp noises of the T.V.) Dan… Danny, Ugh. (rubbing eyes) Turn it down. Turn it down, I said. (fumbling his beer, but regaining composure)

DANNY: But Daddy, (hurriedly) Professor Roboticus’ Whacky World of Robot Mucaannix is on…

DAVID: Mechanics. Do you even know what Mechanics means, Danny Boy?

DANNY: (shrugging) I dunno…

DAVID: Well, sit on my lap and Daddy (slams his empty beer on the table, not realizing his own strength) will tell you what mechanics means so that maybe you’ll understand your (emphasis) cartoon a little better and maybe you’ll understand what Daddy does for a living.

DANNY: But Daddy (whining, fists banging the floor) it’s gotta wait… Professor Roboticus is never on, and I hardly get to watch it ever.

DAVID: (offended) You don’t want to know what Daddy does to keep this (sarcasm) wonderful roof over your head and food on the table?

DANNY: (ignoring father’s last question) Daddy can I have pudding now? I almost finished all of my lunch.

DAVID: (Voice rising) Danny! Come over here and listen to what Daddy has to say.  He’s got a lot on his mind. You don’t want to make him angry.  You really don’t.

(The phone rings)

DANNY: I got it! (jumps up and runs down the hallway, into the kitchen, still seen in the background, his voice echoes into the living room.  David throws his arms in the air and let’s them fall to his lap)

 

Hello? (pause) Mommy! (pause) unh-uh. (pause)Okay. (pause) I built a dinosaur out of Legos today! His name is David after Daddy because he’s a daddy and Daddy dinosaur has (counts on fingers) two baby dinosaurs…(Long pause) Okay Mommy! Love you too!

 

(David sits up and grabs the remote.  Punching in the numbers, the television fizzes to Women’s Beach Volleyball.  David rubs his stomach and the thought of another beer runs through his mind.  Every so often he shoots glances down the hallway at choice words Danny says.)


(Danny stomps in excitement back to the living room)

DANNY: Mommy’s gonna be home soon! Yay!

DAVID: (Sarcasm) Splendid.

DANNY: (Upset when he sees his T.V show has been replaced) Wha… what happened to Professor Robotic()

DAVID:(Grinning) Shows over Danny boy. Wanna watch some (emphasis) real grade-A Television Danny boy()

Danny begins to cry.

DANNY:(Through tears and choking) But Da-ad-ddy… You’re being a big jerk today!(folds arms across chest)

DAVID: I’m not liking this behavior from you son.  I taught you better than to whine about the itty- bitty things.  If everyone cried about every problem in the world, we’d be in for one hell of a flood.

DANNY: (Mumbling) You sweared…

DAVID:  (voice raising) And I can swear in my hellhole of a house if I want to Danny boy.  It’s part of being the grownup. It’s part of (Wondrously) Mechanics.  (Shifting his ass around in the recliner to get comfortable)  Hey, I got an idea, want to see what Daddy has been up to in the basement these past few weeks, our little secret from mommy.  It’s a surprise for her; mechanics at its finest.

DANNY: (wiping away the wetness from his eyes) Okay.

DAVID: (places a hand on each arm of the recliner, pulls himself up,) I’ll be right back. You just wait. (and wobbles out of the room)

(Danny smiles to himself, grabs the remote from the recliner, and changes it back to Professor Roboticus)

Moments later, David comes back balancing in both hands a large blanket covered mystery.  As he walks down the hallway, he trips on a toy block(Orange fruit slice) Danny left earlier.  David takes a tumble, his prized possession glides for a half second in the air, and comes to a fateful crash.  David falls in an attempt to save the blanketed mystery.

DAVID: (Face deep red) DANNNY! Mother fucker!

The front door swings open.  In walks Lenora, his wife, carrying a worker’s suitcase and a coffee and keys in the other hand.  She walks in right on time to hear the utter discourse.  Danny strays his eyes away from the Television and directs his attention to the accident.  Fear induced, the boy gets on his legs, places his hands on his bottom, and bites his lips.

LENORA: (Shrill, sharp tongue) David!(huffs) That’s it! You’ve been drinking again.  You’ve been swearing with Daniel around again.  Dr. Lipchitz infers that acts of violence can cause permanent social damage to children at Daniel’s age! Do you want our son to fail in life like your sorry behind? (struts over to the mess) You smell like booze (Sigh, as she helps David up) What is wrong with you lately?

DAVID: (Still very flustered) So many hours. So much goddamn money…

LENORA: (interrupts) What money…

DAVID: Now’s not the time to talk about it, Lenora. Just help me pick up this mess our (Looking over to Danny) Son has made.

LENORA: Our Son, didn’t do anything! It’s you David. Always has been. Always will. You know I’ve been thinking…(Monotonous voice)

DAVID: Don’t do this Lenora. Not now.  These pieces (Holding shreds of wires attached to plastic blocks) are the essence of my existence. This was going to get us that million dollar house Len.  That circle pool in the backyard with a slide for Danny and a diving board! Len, a diving board. Oh and brand new cars. (looking down at the mess) But…

LENORA: (monotonic)Fix it.

DAVID: Well…

LENORA: Well, what(Voice raising)

DAVID: Baby, can we maybe talk in private about this…

LENORA: Danny, go to your room. (Hesitance from Danny)Now. (Forefinger points away up the stairs to the opposite end of the hallway)

Danny hustles out of the room.  The sound of the t.v. still reverberates through the hall.  Lenora, remains silent, arms folded against her chest. David slowly places the rest of the mess on the floor.

DAVID: (Quietly, hands motioning towards the couch) You might, uh, want to sit on the couch for this one.

LENORA: Oh Jesus David! Just tell me already!

DAVID: Alright, so. (Hands rub together) You know that little trust fund we’ve been saving up for Danny… Well it’s about two- thirds smaller than originally.

LENORA: (Utter shock) David No! NO! Goddamn it David.  Get the fuck out of this house.  I don’t want to see you for a while. At least give me the night to clear my head.  You fucking idiot. You fucking, fucking idiot.

DAVID:  You want me to leave like this… I’m like four beers deep Len.

LENORA: David, get out. I’m not going to say it again, and if I do then we’re going to have some unwanted visitors to pay you a visit.

DAVID: So that’s how ya do me, Len.  I yell at the boy for being a boy and you kick me out.

LENORA: Yeah, that’s how I do ya David.  Please, this is your wife pleading you to go out for the night.  I’ll give you money to rent a hotel.  Go out to the bars.  I just can’t see you right now.

DAVID: I don’t want your money.  I’m starting to think Danny and you are teaming up against me to kick me out.  Well if you want it that badly, I might as well go die in the fucking desert. (Ideas click in David’s brain) Haha, yeah. The desert baby! I’m going to the fucking desert.  You like that… I might even die while I’m out there.  That’d just put the ice in your cognac, huh Lenny…

LENORA: Don’t say things like that David.  On the count of ten I’m going to call the cops. Don’t think I won’t.  I have before and I will again if I feel my son is endangered. (Looking deeply into his eyes)1…

DAVID: (First smile in awhile) Can I at least pack my nighttime apparel for such an occasion…

LENORA: 2…3…4…

DAVID: FINE! Have it your way.  Tell Danny I love him.

(David leaves the mess and walks out the door. Before leaving, he turns around and looks at Lenora)

You know Len. You can be a supreme cunt.

(The door slams shut)

Curtains close with the crying of Lenora.

 

 

Cold and Golden Act 2, Scene 1

 

At the local supermarket/ alcohol depot, David searches for a celebratory drink in the wine aisle.  There are a few others filtering through his gaze as he eyes his choice of beverage.  Another man in his late forties takes a stand parallel to David.

DAVID: I’m not selective about my wine, I never understood the delectable tastes of it aged, however, I don’t recall ever trying cracking open a real old chianti.

The man looks at him a if David threatened him and walks away.

David:  (To himself) Some people these days don’t like to brush up on the basics. Screw him. (Gives the man the middle finger behind his back)

A teeny bopper slinks down the aisle in a short black skirt, rugged jeans beneath with holes near the knees.  She has her white-blonde hair down, but in no way is it taken care of.  As she walks closer to David, we see the bags under her silver flecked, stone eyes.  She stops next to David and stares down the wine bottles.

David: If you’re interested in a really good  cheap wine… This one here is one of my favorites.  If you’re in the celebratory mood, like most wine drinkers are, then I think you’ll find this one, (Emphasis) supreme.

David grabs a white wine off the shelf and hands her the bottle; grinning all the while.  She looks at him as if he had done something wrong.  Swiftly, she places her hand near the neck of the bottle and yanks it away from David’s hands.  The bottle leaps from hand’s grasp and falls to the ground exploding in a fit of miniscule shards all jutting upward like a geyser; the smell of alcohol pungent.  She shrieks, hands rising towards her face in defense as the collected droplets of wine splash upon her jeans, skirt, and tank top. Silence, the focus on the accident from eyes everywhere. David looks down. 

GIRL:  (Spitting like a snake) What the hell were you thinking!  Fuckin’ crazy people sometimes. I mean, c’mon… What the fuck, man!

David: Listen, (trying to defend himself) mistakes happen. I’ll just go…

Girl: (Interrupting) Yeah, you’ll go, and leave me with this mess. (huffs)

Suddenly she storms off, without letting David utter a response, leaving him with the damage.  A grocery clerk comes around the bend at the end of the aisle with a mop and bucket.

David: (Pacing back and forth around the mess) Use a broom first to pick up the glass shards.  Believe me, it helps expedite the process.

The clerk looks up, shakes his head, and then continues to mop.  David changes his mind about wine and decides to get a 30 pack of Schlitz stacked for display at the end of the aisle. 

David: (muttering to himself) Gotta have my blood.

Curtains close

 

Act 2, Scene 2

The evening’s air is hot and dry.  From the corner of David’s eye, the girl originating from the supermarket smokes a cigarette near two large bins of whole seedless watermelons, or so the sign above them says.  Piqued by their earlier confrontation, David saunters over. When David reaches within twenty feet of her, she shoots a stare intimidating as a bear.  David continues unperturbed.

GIRL: You come within five feet of me, I’ll mace the fuck out of you.

DAVID: Listen, I just wanted to (emphasis) apologize for what happened earlier.

David Halts and standing there for a moment, attempting to collect ideas to make this situation right. She stares at him and inhales her cigarette.

GIRL: Well… (Coughs vehemently) Out with it.

DAVID: I guess(Pause) that’s all I have to say. (Slides hands into pockets and looked down at the ground)

GIRL: (First casual voice since we met her) Want a cigarette?

DAVID: No thanks, I quit about a year ago.”

GIRL: Wanna split on a bump?

DAVID: (Looks up, quick as a bullet) Excuse me?

Her stare at David finally breaks as she whips her head to the left, dark hair fluttering about around her.

GIRL: (Mouthing off to the watermelon) I won’t repeat myself.  But since you didn’t get it the first time, you should get the fuck outta here.  (Without taking a breath or second to break thought)Want me to call the cops?! You one of those guys… (Coughs again.  The cigarette in her left hand falls to the ground.  Her hands clench to fists.Go on. Scram!  (Makes a scene by screaming at the top of her lungs like a barbarian)

David turns away, never looking back, feeling a little afraid for the first time tonight.  He opens the truck door from the passenger’s side and slides the 30 pack of beer in.  He then closes the door and walks around the truck to the driver seat, where he gets in and drives away.

DAVID: (Echoing) What a fuckin’ night…

Curtains close

Cold and Golden Act 3 Scene 1 (Run for your life)

 

This part may be filmed and played on a white screen for purposes that this probably could not happen on a set.

 

David’s truck ambles on down the edge of the desert.  Cacti of various sizes, tall, small, stubby and exceptionally prickly dot the torrid blanket of sand in the evening.  The full moon is a cat’s eye yellow, glaring down, lighting the whole desert as if it were dawn.  David has his windows down, Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult blaring as loud as possible.  His passenger has been opened already, a crumpled can on the floor, and high spirits for David.

 

DAVID: (Singing loudly) Come on, baby! We’ll be able to fuckin’ fly! (Laughs to himself)

His foot applies pressure to the gas pedal and the truck leaps to life.  Rolling approximately 55 MPH, David has a great grin on his face, enthralled by the danger he has put himself into.

Haha! I feel (Emphasis) ALIVE, Dammit! (Punches his chest with his right hand. Punches again, and then twice more, more rapidly)

As the end of Don’t Fear The Reaper fades away, the sounds of many birds shrilly cawing can be heard, but cannot be seen.

DAVID: What the hell is that…(Pauses the next song as it begins. The chirping continues even at the high speed that David is going.  He lets off on the gas pedal and pops his head out the window, hands still on the steering wheel, looking for an origin.)

Suddenly, a small humanlike black shadow is directly in front of the truck approximately 100 feet away.  David stomps on the brakes, his heart leaps into his throat, face contorts in fear. The truck bends slightly to the right, sliding along the sand.   The silhouette still stands there, the truck by no means being able to stop in time to avoid the hit.  And when it does, the left front headlight clips the thing approximately 25 MPH.  The blackness detonates into a clouded mass of wings from presumably crows fluttering up to the moon like bats. Hands clenched to the steering wheel, David convulses in his seat for a moment.  The truck finally stops and the echo of birds from far away can still be heard.

DAVID: (Gasping) Whatthefuck, whatthefuck, AHH, JESUS! (Head rests on the steering wheel)

The film ends and the curtains open, or whatever. David’s head rests on the steering wheel like before, except now we’re in real time.  The setting is similar to what we saw prior to the film ending, desert, the moon, and cacti in the distance. 

 

(From offstage, the whisper of Danny’s voice, heard well by everyone, including the audience and David)

DANNY: Dad!

David’s head jerks up to the absurdly loud whisper.

DAVID: (instinctively) Daniel!

In the distance away from David and the audience, the black silhouette again stands just within eye’s sight illuminated slightly by the moonlight, but by no means revealing any identity.  The voice, though, seems to emanate from it.

DANNY:(Still whispering)Dadddddddy, I know what mechanics is!

David grabs a beer from the case and opens the door.  His feet land on the sand, but his eyes never leave sight of the dark shadow.

DAVID: Danny! What are you…(chugs a bit of his beer) doing out here all alone.  Come here and see your pops.

The shadow does not move.

DAVID:Danny boy, do as your father says, you don’t want him to be angry at you…

DANNY: (Chortles in an uneasy way) But Daddy, I have to (Emphasis) show you what mechanics is!

The shadow begins to get smaller and smaller as it starts to walk further beyond sight.

DAVID: (Looking back at the truck and then to the shadow) Nonono, Danny. Just come here and everything’ll be all right.  (He begins to walk toward the shadow) Just. Wait. There so I can… GODDAMN it! Daniel Joseph you get over here right now! I’m coming to get you, and it’s not going to be pretty when I catch you!

David starts to run toward the shadow, but the shadow keeps within a steady distance, laughing like a demonic child.

DAVID: (Angry scream) DANNNNNNNNY!

The shadow leaves dark imprints in the sand and David follows.  Behind, the truck gets smaller and smaller until it is just as tiny as the silhouette was originally.  Then David stops.

DAVID: This cannot be real. What the hell am I chasing()(Finishes the beer and crumples it up, tossing it to the sand)I’m in the desert, it’s almost night time,  I just need some rest after a long ass day. (The shadow is still within eye’s distance. Always is.)

DANNY: (whispers) Daddy, come play…

David looks away for the first time. He begins to backtrack, but his foot kicks something in the sand.  David looks down expecting to see the can he had recently crumpled, but what lies there instead is the toy that he had tripped over earlier in the day, the orange slice block. 

DAVID: What. (Disbelief, he picks the toy up. His fingers trace the wood to make sure it is real.  He smells it.  Then immediately his eyes dart to the shadow.)

DANNY: Daddy, can we please play.  I wanna show you what Mech…(cuts off, and silence)

DAVID: (Running as fast as he can) Danny! I’m sorry! Let’s play; let’s play all the games you want to play.  Hey, (gasping) how about we build with your blocks! I have one right here! (huffing and puffing)

DANNY: (the voice sounds flat) Why are you mad

DAVID: (Hesitates out of shock but keeps running) I’m not mad. See, Daddy’s happy! See!(Forced Grin)

DANNY: You made mommy mad… (The voice trails off.  Then laughter again, that evil laugh.  David continues to run, looking at the tracks, the shadow still so far away.  Then the laughs turn into screams.  Danny’s flat laughter cut off and replaced by a deep monotonic scream.)

DAVID: NO! (David runs like he never has before.  The tracks in the sand are now muddled with red splotches, and as he continues, the splotches fill the imprints. The scream stops.  The shadow has stopped moving, and David finally catches up to it. 

The scene is mortifying.  Danny’s body lays crumpled to the ground, his head turned at David, eyes grey and foggy.  Three black turkey vultures sit atop his body, tearing the flesh off his body and arms, ripping it maniacally, throwing their heads in the air and cawing.  Blood is everywhere.

 

David, eyes in sheer rage, clenches his fists and dives at the vultures.  Fists flailing, he manages to frighten the birds, who rise, their wings stretching to great lengths.  Their aggressive caws, feel like a warning to get away, but David spits and yells, frothing at the mouth. They begin circling David.

DAVID: YAHH. AHH! NMPHH! (Swatting his arms over his head.)

The vultures lose interest in him and fly up toward the moon, where they get lost from sight.  David looks down at Danny’s body, which has bleed thoroughly, creating a crimson puddle all around. 

DAVID: Danny, no. This isn’t real! Nononono…(looks at his hand which has the toy block inside.  The corner of it has punctured a small wound in David’s hand.  His blood leaks, staining the wood block. David drops it.)

David goes to lay a hand on Danny, his face in such surprised denial, one may say he is witnessing his own funeral. But when he goes to touch Danny, the blood all over and around Danny rises like a mini tidal wave and swallows the remains.  Spotty pieces of flesh near the body have their own way of getting swallowed.  The blood settles and remains. And so, with just the large blood puddle left, David recoils in fear.  His brows raise high, eyes wide as an owl’s. And he runs away back to the truck, screaming in a primordial bellow.

 

Curtains Close

 

 

Act 3, Scene 2 “Mother May I”

Curtains open.  David has slowed down from great lengths.  He now walks at a fast pace, holding his head with his hand that isn’t bleeding and stumbling every few feet, following the tracks back.  The desert night swallows most of the cacti around and almost swallows the moon.  Dim lights.

DAVID: Oh my God. What just happened.  I need to sleep. That’s all. Mother’s medication for everything… Sleep on it. (Half laughs to himself)

After about a minute of walking, just so the audience gets a generalization of how far David ran, the truck begins to come into view.  The closer he gets, the more vivid the truck becomes, looking like a foul beast from the deep depths of a sandy hell. The driver door is open, and if the audience has been paying attention, they will realize that David had shut it, prior to the chase.

When David gets within twenty feet of the truck, he notices there is a dim aura enlightening the inside of the truck.

DAVID: Fuck, I hope my batteries not dea…

LENORA(Voice): (Interrupting) David… baby, I’m so glad to see you.  Come here!(Her head protrudes from the thick illuminated aura.  She looks beautiful as the first day that they met.  David’s eyes widen once again, but for a different reason than before.)

DAVID: Lenny, is that you… My god, thank my fucking stars.  Len, I’m so sorry for earlier. I had a nightmare…

LENORA: Hush sweetie.  I know what happened. Just come here and everything will be alright.  You, me, the desert, I think this can work out, (seductively) if you know what I mean.

DAVID: (Rubs his hands together) Len, it was awful.  I saw Danny(stepping forward, small steps) and he was… dead, covered in blood. My god, the blood Len.

LENORA: It was all a dream David.  Like the ones you have every night.  Danny is at home asleep in his bed, tucked in and all.  Now come here.

DAVID: (Hesitant to continue) My hands bleeding.  I need something to bandage it up. I think there’s a…(looks down at his hand.  The blood and cut are not there). Okay, never mind Len, don’t worry about it, I guess it was the dream.

LENORA: Of course it was just a dream. David…(David takes a step forward.  Her voice is dry) I’m sorry about our tassel earlier, let’s get in the truck and go home.

The closer David gets, he begins to witness an expedited age process in the span of moments.  Lenora’s fresh peachy cheeks begin to wrinkle then sag.  The color in her hair begins to grey. Her voice cracks like a whip now.

LENORA: DAVID, why must you always be so stubborn. Give me a kiss hunny.  Give. Me. A.( David is just outside the open door.  Lenora’s teeth begin to drop like rain, until there is no more.

DAVID: My god, Len! What’s happening! ( Turns to the side and begins to upheave)

LENORA: (Seductively) DAAAAVID, I… (long pause) HATE your guts!( She screams like the birds, the vultures, but intensified by a large multiple) YOUUU are the reason why I look like this. David, you’re the reason why Daniel is dead.  YOUUU! (She cackles madly)

DAVID: I didn’t do anything wrong!

LENORA: Oh but yes you (Emphasis) did!  Every living day of my life is worse than hell because I married you.  I used to be so beautiful, the boys would look at me and dream they could carry my bags just so they could talk to me, and now. (Short Pause, then bursting out in anger, her voice still the same despite her missing teeth) Now I decay like the dead, only I’m still alive to feel it!! I slave every waking hour of my life at the Law firm so I spend less time with you.  I’m gonna give you back the love that you gave to me and (Emphasis) my son Daniel.

David looks into her eyes.  Like swirling orange cyclones, he is magnetically drawn to them until he’s within breathing distance of her.  Despite the heat of the night, he shivers.

DAVID: (Closes his eyes tightly) You aren’t real! I’m dreaming again. Get the fuck out of here you bitch, you banshee! (He hits his own head)

Lenora laughs at him, inches away. Her gums begin to bleed, and drool down the side of her face.  Lips curl inward, and three grotesque, black thin tongues escape from between. She still laughs even though her face does not make the gesture. Wagging like a dog’s tail, the tip of all tongues lightly brush the top of David’s lip.  He screams in fear, and once again convulses for a short moment, until he opens his eyes. Her hair has fallen off her head and to the floor.  Lower jaw hangs like a wide door hinge, swinging slightly back and forth.  The cackling getting louder and louder, until David covers his ears screaming for the madness to stop. Then she is cut short, like a clogged bagpipe.

LENORA: (Voice deflating) You know David, sometimes you can be a supreme fucker. (And with that, she deteriorates into a friable dust, and blows away altogether, hair also, with a random gust of wind.)

The night’s warm air returns and David sits in the sand near the entrance to the truck, rocking to and fro, arms crossed, hands tucked in his arm pits.

Curtains Close

 

 

ACT 3, Scene 3

It is almost midnight.  David has no grasp of reality, stumbling around the truck like a dog searching for his tail.  The moon is directly above now, however, it can hardly be seen because of the mass fog that has accumulated.  David’s head darts left to right to left, over and over, expecting some sort of danger, but only a deadly silence. ABSOLUTE SILENCE, besides his breathing(Which should be loud enough for the audience to hear well).

He pulls himself up, using the door as leverage, grunting the whole way.

DAVID:(Half believing) I’m going home. I am going home.

He fiddles in his pocket madly, searching for something, until he pulls out his keys.

DAVID: Daddy’s coming home, daddy’s gonna change.  He’ll work on that new invention.  He’ll make mommy happy. Changed man, lemme tell you. I gotta get out of here.

David gets in the truck from the passenger side, slides over to the driver and puts the keys in the ignition.  The truck sputters to life. Pedal pressed firmly, the tires kick a fit of sand in the air, before it begins to go.

DAVID: Fuck, fuck, fuck, I need the radio.

Like a crazy person, he slaps the radio, near the knob to turn it on and music bombs the car, Gimme Three Steps, by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Screeches in fear, raises hands in the air, jumping from the loud sound, David attempts to turn it down, looking at the stereo.  But when he looks up, he sees a very large cactus, thick and tall, protruding from the ground.  He tries to avoid it, but whacks into it, like a piñata.  Pins and cactus flesh explode and cover the windshield.  The headlights bob up and down.  The truck smacks into another cactus, spraying water everywhere (If ever possible, spray the crowd with water).  Losing control of the truck, it follows up a sand dune, David trying hard to correct the steering, but the truck is lifted into the air, not too high, but high enough to come back down nose first, diving into the sand, burying itself, the only light, and David in the ditch.  His head smacks the steering wheel, engine cut, all lights off.  A quietness for 20 seconds, except the sound of the wheels spinning and grinding sand in the axles.

Finally, a loud elongated grunt.  The truck lights flicker on, causing a dim light around only because they are buried, but the engine doesn’t turn over. The lights flicker dimmer for a moment, but then turn back on.  The driver door creaks open and out from the rubble, David pulls himself up and out.  His head is bleeding badly at this point, dripping onto his clothes.  As soon as he is out, he lays on his back in the sand, groaning in agony.

From offset, after a long moment of David writhing in pain, the girl from the supermarket’s voice pierces the silence.

GIRL: (Monotonic) God is cold, death is golden, kiss his ass and go to heaven.

DAVID: (Pleading, crying, hands up to his face, palms up) No, no, no… no more.  Just kill me already, take me the fuck away.

GIRL: That’s not how it works, David.

DAVID: (Whimpering) Why are you torturing me…

GIRL: Why do you torture yourself…

The moon disappears into the night.  And falling from the sky, the three turkey vultures, their eyes a sable black, sharp beaks chop like scissors, land next to David, and caw madly, cocking their heads rapidly left to right.

GIRL: (Sternly) Get up.

David, Sobbing, flips his body over, now laying flat on his stomach.

DAVID: (Gritting his teeth) I said, take me away.

GIRL: I cannot do that David… but you can.  I can enrich your life with infinite age, leave you here to wallow amongst the grains of sand that make this dessert. I can snap your bones, and make you slither like a snake what you think is home. But I cannot take you away from here. In fact, if I could, I still would not.

DAVID:  I just… I just don’t know what’s going on! (Starts to pull himself to his knees, ever so slowly, the blood drizzling down his nose and dripping off the tip every few seconds)

GIRL: Want a cigarette…

DAVID: What kind of question is that at a time like this… If you’re not gonna kill me, then help me! I’m bleeding to death, dammit! (On his knees, he swats the birds away in a lackluster manner)

GIRL: Suit yourself.

David stands, the birds take steps back, and fall into vertical queue.  The middle one’s wings stretch wide.  The front one’s head bows down low.  The headlights turn off and all is black. Three SOLID seconds, no more.  The headlights flicker back on.  The birds are gone, leaving David by himself in the desert.

DAVID: YOU forgot me! Take me away. TAKE me AWAY! Take me away, take me away. Takemeaway…

David looks around him.  The desert stretches beyond the eye can see.  He looks at the truck for a moment, then the sky, then the ground. And sits. The moon begins to come out again, its fullness illuminating the desert and once again, everything can be seen.

A long pause, that silence that keeps the audience on the edge of their seat.  David stares aimlessly at the horizon.  The blood drips onto is hands, and he looks down at them.

 

DAVID: (Murmuring to himself) I’m never gonna leave here…

With that said, David looks up. From the distance, a tall dark mass that can hardly be seenenvelopes everything in its way.  David winces.

DAVID:  When will this stop…

The girl’s voice once again whispers, for the final time

GIRL: Whenever you want it to.

DAVID: (Arms in the air) I want it to stop now!

The dark mass creeps closer.  As it gets closer and closer, its form can be seen; a dark tidal wave, washing over the sand dunes, cacti, and sporadic rocks that jut out from the sand. The wave is as tall as a three-story house, and is continuing forward to David.  David hardly moves, but his eyes tell more than his actions.

David Screams bloody murder (not to be cliché)

(Now we can see that this tidal wave is not so ordinary, but a crimson wave of blood, splashing and spurting in infinite directions, consuming all in its path.)

David snaps, his attitude changes, eyes staring into nothingness, digs his hands in the sand, and grabs a handful.  Shoving it into his mouth, he adds more and more, screaming arbitrary sludge talk the whole time. He chokes , but still is screaming.  The wave is closer than ever, he shovels more sand down his throat.  As the wave finally hits him, he writhes around, legs flailing as if he is flipped and turned by the tidal wave, however, the wave disappears immediately when touching David.  Without much left, David still thinks he is inside this blood tidal wave until, still trying to shove sand down his throat, until he bemoaningly stops moving and dies.

The curtains close.

 

Epilogue(Optional)

We are back at David’s house.  His wife is at home, three days after the death of David.  Lenora is in the kitchen making Danny lunch.

(The doorbell rings)

(Lenora Hastily stops what she is doing, walks to the living room and opens the door.  An officer stands, hands clasped together near his groin area, head bowing a tad.)

LENORA:  (unsurprised) Hello.

OFFICER: Hello, Mrs. Blaisdell…

LENORA: Yes, that is me.

OFFICER:  I’m Officer Rick Fronan from The Ajo Police Department.  Do you mind if I come in…

LENORA: Of course… Does this have to do with my husband…

The two step inside but don’t make it much past the door.

OFFICER:  It seems we found your husband, and I’m sorry to be the one to deliver the news, but he is dead.

Lenora spills a tear from her eye.

LENORA: I had a feeling… How did he go…

OFFICER:  Well…(Taking off his hat and scratching his head) your husband was 20 miles deep into the desert. We call that area no man’s land.  His truck was found nose first in a ditch.  Your husband must have pulled himself out, and died from a fair amount of sand in his stomach esophagus, and mouth.  We found a case of beer in the passenger seat.  We speculate that to be the cause, however, we have to wait for the autopsy.

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The Moon Over the Mountain

 

A Summer day, Cassidy Crescence is determined to climb a verdant, broccoli-bundled mountain,

To catch a recherché, full moon emerging from the rounded peak hours before dusk.

Today celebrates her tenth wedding anniversary;

She has promised the moon for her husband, her soul mate,

Who shares an avidity in the mysteries of space & beyond.

The sun begins its descent into a dipping valley opposite the mountain,

Still, there is enough vigor to guide Cassidy’s long, pencil legs up the rotund base like a Threading needle.

The further she ascends, the evergreens agglomerate and thicken.

Sunrays find trouble extending through robust leaves that

Seize the beams of guiding light for themselves.

After puzzling in circles for an hour,

Cassidy loses herself inside the belly of the intricate, deceitful forest.

The compass in her mind gyrates out of control.

Her Sea Blue eyes race between the trunks,

But every way bears a resemblance to the other.

She surrenders, supine, in the dead leaves, studying the gaps in the leaves that reveal a darkening cyan sky;

She thinks about her husband, his bold, brown eyes, thick, auburn hair, granite smile,

Wondering why Cassidy is so late from getting out of work.

The sky has toasted and transitioned to a starlight escape, Cassidy still lies face up,

Listening to the owls call out, the wolves crying in the eve-

The echoes of crunching twigs and leaves, snapping a trailing thought of blue serenity.

Fire grasps her attention, a lantern in the distance swings like a pendulum, hypnotizing her eyes.

Cassidy squeezes out a shout through her pulsating windpipe,

“Is there anybody out there?”

But there is no response; she fervently wanders toward the light,

Brushing the leaves out of her dangling, umber locks.

Beholding, is a four foot shadowed humanoid creature behind a mask of twisted bone

That spirals up and flattens above its head like antennae.

Carved into the bone plate are two tiny slits for two beady, dots that the fire reflects upon.

The mask lacks a mouth hole and pointedly extends to the creature’s collarbone,

It stands like stone in a, deerskin-strapped jumpsuit,

In one hand, it grasps a majestic, ironwood rod,

The other holds a crosshatched, wire lantern with a tiny white candle inside that seems to light more around than it should.

The wooded creature bows in her presence, then looks up to the sky,

The pause is wrenching, and Cassidy breaks the silence,

“Who are you?”

The mask gradually lowers back down and the creature closely speculates Cassidy.

It swings its lantern forward, for her to follow and she complies without question.

She looks up to the moon, impossibly higher than ever, but unusually larger in retrospect.

Passing bulged formations of rock, and fallen pines,

They slither & step over obstacles scattered in the woods until the air is thin,

The air is cool, the air is the stars.

A lazy floating fog around the vicinage gracefully formulates

In front of the maestro with the lantern into a spiral stairway.

Without looking back, it climbs up, up, up, above the mountain, where daring birds soar.

“Wait for me!”

Cassidy plants a foot on the first cloud step, but her it falls through.

She looks up, perplexed, seeking an answer, but the lantern vanishes,

The clouds in front of her dissolve in a sudden gust of whirling wind.

Like pulled back drapes to a window, she is given sight to her surroundings.

The woodland creature has led her to summit of the mountain,

Every star, the milk spilled galaxy, the blackness in between is vivid,

And the moon is up close.

But now Cassidy is more lost than ever on top the mountain,

Still without the moon for her husband, and no route to make it home from here.

She sits on a mound thin grass, throws her face in her palms,

And begins to cry at her hapless fortune and doltish ideas.

Tonight, Cassidy has abused their anniversary beyond reasoning,

She pictures her husband somberly pouring glass after glass of her favorite Riesling,

Drinking himself out of shame,

Staring out the window with melted eyes.

She weeps below the moon, on top the world.

“I should have known better…”

A string of heated tears trickle to fall under the strict laws of gravity-

But, this time, they fall up. Three special, sparkling droplets rise to her eyes

And flutter into the night like bats of diamond,

Migrating towards the moon.

She swiftly rises, and watches the tears fly beyond her sight,

Then disappearing amongst the twinkling lights, she hopelessly sighs.

“Now I must have gone insane.”

After an anxious minute, she kicks at a loose pebble.

The moon in full jiggles from its place.

Then it shakes left to right, right to left,

Cassidy falls back in shock back on the grassy mound.

An invisible weight holds her down, as if the blades of grass

Have bloomed into thorny vines, and wrapped their barbs into her skin.

“Help, somebody!”

The moon vehemently quakes, she flails her head around, trying to free her body.

Then it drops.

Cassidy cuts into a bewildered scream, the Earth under her feet spins a little faster.

The moon quickly grows larger and larger,

Its pocked smile turns into a monster with intricate, jagged fangs, readied to devour her and everyone.

The moon’s mass replaces the sky.

The mountain is serenaded in an intense luminescent, glow.

She searches around for hope. An escape. A cave between two rocks.

The weight from her is suddenly lifted. She springs up on her pencil legs,

And runs for her life, transgressing from unknowing abyss,

To nothingness, Sight dividing white to black.

Cassidy blindly rushes as far as she can until-

The world quavers, as if jabbed in the temple for the knockout;

The moon has struck the mountain.

A deafening boom steals sound, everything jerks to a rigid halt,

Cassidy’s body is thrown against a wall, white light surges into the cave.

She feels the blood rampantly spill from her head and fingers.

The next five minutes are a continuous roar of rock punching rock,

Sad groans from the Earth, the ground underneath diverging into fissures and swallowing Falling debris from the ceiling.

She lies on her side, cheek on the floor, stiff with fear.

Nothing matters when the world is ending and dreams from the sky drop and die.

Cassidy embraces the Earth. She prepares to be expunged from that of what she destroys.

That white light seeping into the entrance cracks and divides by the knife of darkness.

The moon wall releases a high-pitched piercing, din.

Spider- webbing cracks crawl up from the bottom.

Then it disintegrates, splintering, crumbling away into a billion snowflakes.

Everything flicks to a hollow black and all is silent, except the echo of ringing.

Cassidy heaves and coughs, struggling to intake dust laced oxygen,

Though sightless, her other senses are miraculously functional.

She smells the soil packed up her nose, tastes the fresh blood on her lips,

Strokes loose grit beneath her fingers, hears a soft sobbing behind her.

Cassidy reluctantly pulls her sore body to a knee from the floor and peers back.

Deeper in the cave a fire light coruscates along the walls.

She stumbles towards it.

In a corner of the cave, a lantern with a tiny white candle,

Flickers silhouettes on stone.

The Woodland creature lies facedown, beside it, unmoving.

Its mask by its side, broken like a Christmas ornament.

The creature bleeds from its purplish, venous forehead, coating its entire face,

Collecting in a divot of its shallow, concave cheek, and dribbling to a splotch next to the lamp.

One hand is clenched around its wooden staff,

But the other hand has a finger that points back towards the entrance of the cave.

There is no room for words, through all the thoughts, at a time like this.

Cassidy, turns around, holds on to the wall for support , and she hobbles out of the cave.

She looks to the sky for answers. The moon is nowhere in sight.

“My god, the world has lost its most valuable jewel, all because of me.”

Cassidy Crescence bows her head, kenning she might be the only person left on Earth.

She whispers to the wind that prods her misery.

“What is this, and what is loneliness? Where is life when what you ask for is too much?

And if sometimes you get what you ask for, at what cost does it affect the remaining without?”

The ground is soft but crunchy beneath her feet.

Moon dust and preserved shards coat the mountain grey.

Everywhere, trees lay like fallen men,

Impacted in the ground, sticks reaching out for help through the cosmic snow.

The mountain has risen higher, and the valley below looks like a wrinkle on skin.

Cassidy contemplates retreating to the cave again, but the light douses,

A pained sigh carries along the curls of a gusty wind.

There is nothing left- but to scale the mountain down.

Cassidy ruminates on where the lone survivor who snuffed mankind goes to find peace.

She purses her lips to the worst thoughts in the cavities of her head,

Searches for the worst ways to follow through with them

And discovers something worse than that.

The cloud spiral stairway forms once again in front of her, thwarting intentions.

This time, when she puts a foot on the first step, it concretely holds.

Cassidy climbs up, up, up, in hopes there is something at the top

To replace her rotted heart.

The stairs tightly coil making Cassidy so dizzy the stars seem to huddle around her limp soul.

Eventually she reaches the apex, there is no floor or next step.

She tries to see if there is any sign of life below,

But all around, the world is a barren bowl of dirt, toothpicks, and dark rock.

She points her nose to the sky, brushes her hair back behind her ear, and cries out,

“I’m so sorry. I can’t go on like this, knowing I have destroyed everything because I Wanted something I wasn’t supposed to have. I didn’t know it would end this way.  Never forgive me.”

She lets herself free, and falls. And falls! And falls-

The stars become strands of light, like comets with long tails.

Thoughts in her head mash together into what is and what will never be,

But it’s a peace she can die with- infinity has to end eventually.

The strands unite in swirls of color and paint her husband’s glinting, hazel eyes.

He smiles at her, Everything’s okay, takes her fingers and presses them to his lips…

When Cassidy a toddler, she used to sneak out the window and walk along the roof of her house. One night, staring at the moon, she pushed a spoon through the night sky with one eye open, tried to scoop up the moon, and gobble it up.

But she had lost her footing and toppled off the roof.

She should have died,

but the next thing she remembered was being snuggled underneath her white sheets.

She is swooped up by something too large,

A lustrous, incandescent, white gondola that swims through the sea of night,

Speeding faster than she was falling.

It glides twice around the peak of the mountain and then slingshots away.

Cassidy reaches her fingertips out to the mountain as if to grab a hold of it,

Attempting to anchor the white ship to dock.

Then she snaps from the shock of death, rolls on her stomach, and suctions her body to stone -Why, it is the moon.

All has not been destroyed.

Cassidy is flooded with hope, jollified at what she sees. She stands on her feet

And walks forward to the crescent’s prow.

Her open wounds have seamed and healed. blood, cleansed from her face.

The wind blows her hair back, wildly whipping like excited tails,

Her eyes are spirited, flashing sunbursts.

The moon is not down.

In fact, the moon is very much alive-

It brings Cassidy around the world in a hurried blur.

Then it descends into an ocean, splashing into the water,

Creating tsunamis that spread like expanding ringlets.

In midst of the mesmerizing moment, something from behind Cassidy taps her shoulder.

She turns to find it is woodland creature unmasked,

Grinning with ice clear teeth that diffract from the light the moon,

Hopping up and down in excitement.

Its face is healed of all wounds.

She smiles back, and everything feels right.

The creature opens a knapsack and pulls out a newly constructed mask

Carved out of the same material as the moon, in similar fashion to the bone mask.

It then smashes off one of the ears. The piece snaps like a wishbone.

The creature picks the piece up and holds it out to Cassidy.

She lets the creature place the heart sized moon in her hands.

The warm smoothness of cratered rock removes the feeling of loss from her face, Her eyes, her mind.

The creature in the mask waves its stick in the air.

Glimmering dust spreads from the knotted end.

Then it slips on its uneven mask.

The moon sails on, cutting through the vast open ocean.

The creature takes Cassidy by her fingers

And brings her to the very edge of the moon’s pointed prow.

She holds the moonstone ear to her chest and looks up to the stars,

Beaming over finally obtaining the moon for her husband.

But suddenly, the man in the mask drops its stick

And quickly pushes Cassidy off the moon into the dark, foreboding waters.

The ocean swallows her legs, her body, covering her mouth with cold liquid hands.

She sinks beneath the waves, watching the crescent sail on without her.

Cassidy struggles to regain composure, but she sinks like a bag of stones,

Further, and further, the white light dims, then a whisper, then pinches out.

She hits rock bottom, and once again, there is nothing.

Cassidy’s hope has been compromised again,

She feels, out of everything that she’s endured, truly there is no way to escape this time. She opens her eyes-

A lantern’s light shines inside a cave in front of her.

She swims with one hand, the other holding onto the moon, kicking with her legs.

Her lungs squeeze the remaining oxygen from her body, begging to inhale.

The light grows, the closer she gets, but underwater, everything is fuzzy.

Cassidy pleads her body to hold from breathing in the heavy water

She will not let go of the world. She has come too far to end now.

With a final push, she breaks the darkness, her lungs give way and pull.

Pull air. Sweet silver air.

Cassidy Crescence has not drowned. She gasps and takes in that silver air,

Sprawled on the rocky ground and lays there until she has had her fill,

She stands on wobbly legs and notices from the opposite way, there is a pale white light,

Cassidy holds onto the wall and follows it, knowing through this whole ordeal she’s been through, to trust that white light no matter what.

The light pulls her out of the hole.

There, hanging in the night sky, floating with the heavens, the moon is a sliver, but it is definitely there.

She hops up and down, ecstatic to be alive and to not have broken the world she loves so much. The Moon is over the mountain, again.

The moonstone still rests in her palm, the rock she suffered so much to obtain.

A great piece of smooth rock, presenting itself so bumpy, but warmer than the touch of another’s hand.

Once again, she is lost between the trees at the top of the mountain.

Holding the rocks, though, she feels capable of guiding herself down.

After an hour she had made it to the base again.

The sky blends from a lavish deep blue, to an amethyst purple when Cassidy makes it to the bottom, still soaked, still holding the moonstone, still alive.

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Little rain, to scatter on the window,

When I am dazed in vain.

An eerie glow from the river that wraps around my home

Crawls like a school of snakes,

I feel Indigo.

Is it coming, staying,

Or just passing,

By?

I slip on my raincoat,

And burst out the door.

Worst so far,

A boot sopped of puddle.

Close by, the river is a melted pathway of gold.

In the center, a stone black monolith juxtaposed,

Veiled in narrow weeds and perturbed snails,

The tippy top enshrouded in discolored mold.

I cannot recall the reality of this. I must be dreaming.

I let my legs dangle over the river’s bank.

Rainbow trout flail above the surface,

And flop into the gunk from which they came.

I yank at my boot and dump out the puddle.

The river’s glow becomes dark.

The rain starts to downpour.

Thunder growls like unceasing hunger.

Lightning zips through the evergreens and ignites a fiery disaster.

My hazelnut eyes glaze over. Take me away.

A string of electricity reaches the stone,

And spirals around,

The weeds and snails let go.

The rock grunts, but then chortles,

Like a velvet shock.

Then slinks back to the depths below.

The boot in my hand accidently lost.

The fire calms, it never burned.

And I go back inside to sip on peppermint hot chocolate with mini marshmallows.

And the glow subsides.

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