A Play by Marvin C.

CHARACTERS:

BARKY, a young red-nose Pit Bull VICIOUS, an older Bulldog, the father of Barky’s girlfriend Fifi

SETTING:
Stage Left – A junkyard. We see abandoned cars and deserted dog houses, hear barking and random cars honking.  It is foggy and cold.

   
TIME: Now

   
AT RISE:
BARKY is pacing back and forth

BARKY
I haven’t been this nervous since I found out FIFI is having our puppies. She didn’t sound herself over her howl. I know she was calling me, because she has that unique short and crisp howl you can hear from a very far distance. It sounds like she’s at the Iams Shack, the very same place me and her first met. I wonder what she wants to talk about. Hopefully everything’s alright. The weather doesn’t look too good today. It’s nasty and kinda depressing, if you ask me.

(Stage Right – an enormous dog house in a gigantic back yard with a swimming pool, plants, flowers and grass. We hear birds chirping in the background and see VICIOUS, an older bulldog and the father of BARKY’s puppy mama, preparing to leave.)

VICIOUS
I saw my poodle princess earlier today and have been worried ever since. She told me she wanted to talk to me at the shack. I wonder why she was in such a hurry… She told me she couldn’t tell me back at our house because she had to take care of something else first. Maybe she finally left that no good for nothing stray Barky. I’ve been concerned ever since I found out that my baby puppy is about to have some of her own. Barky wasn’t a problem until I found out he was the one who is going to be the father to her puppies

BARKY
Alright. I’ve almost made it to the shack. I keep thinking about those puppies. My puppies. Don’t get me wrong – I’m excited – but dang. I’m about to be a father. A father… Man, it feels like yesterday when I was pulling all different types of gals. I had golden retrievers, dalmatians, greyhounds, terriers. Here and there. Back to back! Man – I even pulled that one chick Lassie, but she got all conceited and stuff when her movie got all popular so I had to tell her to kick bones.

VICIOUS
I just have to put my paws down. He is going nowhere with his life and always gets himself into trouble. Just thinking about him makes me fell so furious and frustrated!

(VICIOUS gets to the Iams Shack)

I don’t see her yet. She is probably just running a little late.

(He lies down in one of the booths)

BARKY
But all that changed when I met Fifi. She’s different. I mean, when I first met her I was just planning on humping and dumping. But I caught feelings and been with her ever since. I’m lucky to have her in my life. If it wasn’t for her I would have probably just caught another case for selling dog treats in the yard. Now I have to be the best dog for my pups, for her and for myself.

(BARKY enters the Iams shack and spots VICIOUS)

VICIOUS
(Pissed off) Where is my pup?!

BARKY
Huh? I thought you were with her!

(VICIOUS paces back and forth)

VICIOUS
Listen here stray – I didn’t come here for you. Now tell me where she is!

BARKY
Watch who you’re calling stray, old timer. I don’t know where she is.

(VICIOUS is now face to face with BARKY)

VICIOUS
What you say to me? I can chew you up faster than a tennis ball!

BARKY
Hold on Man…Dang! I didn’t come here to bite you. I came here for Fifi.

VICIOUS
I don’t want you in her life anymore. You’re no good for her! I don’t know what you’ve promised her, but I see right past your fur and I know you’re nothing but bad news. Once those puppies of yours are born, I’m going to give them away!

BARKY
What?! You can’t… No!  Does Fifi know about this? I don’t care what you feel about me – you can’t take away my puppies from me. How could you?!  What kind of dog are you?

VICIOUS
I just want what’s best for her. You are nothing but a stray and will always be that

BARKY
NO!!

(BARKY charges to VICIOUS and bites him in the stomach. VICIOUS stumbles over and then smacks BARKY in the face. VICIOUS then gets a good grip on BARKY’s neck. BARKY starts struggling and slowly starts to lose consciousness. Suddenly a HOWL comes from the distance.)

BARKY
(Choking)  TH… That… was… Fifi!

VICIOUS
(Insane)  LIAR!

(BARKYS is struggling and starts squeaking with his last efforts to breathe. The HOWL is heard much louder and closer)

VICIOUS
FIFI!
(VICIOUS runs out and heads toward the howl. BARKY gains conscious and gets up. Another HOWL is heard in the distance. BARKY sprints out of Iams with a quickness and goes in the direction of the howl. VICIOUS ends up in his own suburb and find himself in front of his own house, As VICIOUS enters the house, he hears the HOWL very close. He stops in his tracks and is filled with shock as he witnesses Fifi delivering her babies offstage. BARKY limps toward VICIOUS in delight.)

BARKY
How do you feel about them now? Still want to get rid of them?

VICIOUS
(Lost, empty)  How could I? Just look at them. They’re so innocent. I’m going to be a grandfather.

BARKY
(Getting weaker in tone)  Look – You don’t ever have to like me, but don’t involve my family.  I know I messed up in the past, but everyone makes mistakes. My pups – and Fifi – are the reason everything is going to change…

(BARKY falls.)
(VICIOUS runs toward BARKY in panic and realizes that BARKY has a wide cut in his neck)

VICIOUS
You can’t go… not now. I’m sorry Barky. You hear me? It wasn’t supposed to end like this Barky, get up. Get up please!

                        (There is a long mournful HOWL….)

(Black out.)

 THE END

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