A Play byIris C.

CHARACTERS: Tenochtitlan the Star, male, age: 100 years old. Tonanzin the Sun, mother of Tenochtitlan,  age:  longer  than earth has existed.
SETTING:

The night sky in ancient Mexico.  Is cold, clear, huge, crowded, far.        It’s cold like the center of the arctic, icy.  Is clear, no clouds, able to see the world.  Clear like water, pure water.  Huge, never-ending.  Crowded, lots of stars close together but yet so far apart.  Far, a thousand light years away.

AT RISE:

Tonanzin has just arrived to Tenochtitlan’s space.


TENOCHTITLAN

(surprised)  Mom, what are you doing here?

TONANZIN

(tired)  Well, I came to see how you are feeling.

TENOCHTITLAN

(mad)  About what?  About how you  too Tecultlis light and killed him?  Is that what you want to talk about?

TONANZIN

Well, kind of, and about other things too.

TENOCHTITLAN

(irritated)  Oh, so now you care after hundreds of years you care.  Great, just great, when I’m about to die you care.

TONANZIN

What do you mean you’re goin to die?
TENOCHTITLAN

Let’s not worry about it.  What do you want to tell me?

TONANZIN

Well, I want to say sorry. 

TENOCHTITLAN

(surprised) What, you’re saying sorry?  Is this a dream?  I can’t believe this.

TONANZIN

Well, look, I been doing some thinking and well I made some mistakes.

TENOCHTITLAN

You know what I don’t to hear it!

TONANZIN

(sad)  Okay, I guess I’ll leave then.

TENOCHTITLAN

No, no wait.

TONANZIN

Well, do you want to listen or what?

TENOCHTITLAN

(mad)  Okay, go ahead I guess I can.  Even though I’m still mad.

TONANZIN

You know how it seem like I never paid attention to you when you came to visit me.

TENOCHTITLAN

Yeah!

TONANZIN

I always paid attention but I couldn’t let you in right that minute.  I had goals to achieve.

TENOCHTITLAN

Hold on, what?  So, your goals are before your kids?

TONANZIN

No!  Hold on just listen.

TENOCHTITLAN

So what were your goals?

TONANZIN

They’re not really goals, it was something that I needed to achieve to be good with myself.

TENOCHTITLAN

And what was that?

TONANZIN

Before I tell you, you got to know a couple of things.

TENOCHTITLAN

(resigned) Here we go, more secrets.

TONANZIN

You have a grandmother here name is Xochipilli.

TENOCHTITLAN

What?  What is wrong with you, why didn’t you tell me sooner?  If you ever paid attention to me when I visited you, you should know how much family means to me.

TONANZIN

Is not only that, you also have other siblings.

TENOCHTITLAN
And where exactly are they?

TONANZIN

Now here is where my goal comes in.

TENOCHTITLAN

Oh god, I hope is nothing bad.

TONANZIN

See, me and your grandma had many problems.  I could say I was really upset with her.  She umm, abandoned me when I was young because I wasn’t bright enough.  So I came up with a plan that when I got older I will use up all of my kids’ energy light to overpower her.  By taking their light and combining it with mine I would be more powerful than her over some time.

TENOCHTITLAN

Mom but why?

TONANZIN

(sad)  I was mad.  What was I supposed to do?  When I tried to talk to her she pushed me away.

TENOCHTITLAN

Wait, hold on.  Don’t you realize what you have been doing?

TONANZIN

What?

TENOCHTITLAN

You kind of been doing the same thing she did to you.

TONANZIN

How?

TENOCHTITLAN

Well first, you abandoned me and my brothers, then you kill them and use their power to achieve some anger you have with your mom.  You’re so selfish.  Is just you, you, and you.

TONANZIN

That’s not true.

TENOCHTITLAN

Oh yeah, then what exactly were you doing?  Thinking of all us?  You never even had a conversation with us.  You never even thought about us.

TONANZIN

Don’t you talk to me like that young man.

TENOCHTITLAN

What are you going to do if I don’t stop kill me and take my light?

TONANZIN

Look, I’m really powerful and I can get rid of you if I wanted to.

TENOCHTITLAN

What are you waiting for go ahead and do it.

TONANZIN

But I want…

TENOCHTITLAN

And why is that…

TONANZIN

Because I have realized…

TENOCHTITLAN

Realized what, how you can trick me to believe in your stupid stories?
TONANZIN

No, listen I have realized what I have done wrong.  How I never wanted to become this.

TENOCHTITLAN

What do you mean?

TONANZIN

I never really wanted to become a mean, selfish, uncaring mother, but my anger took over me.

TENOCHTITLAN

Then why didn’t you change it?

TONANZIN

Because it was like an addiction, that wouldn’t let me see no other way out, something that I was stuck with for life.  But after you came to visit me and all those sweet words you said to me made me realize how much I needed someone to show me love.  But the most important thing is how I needed to learn how to give out the love I had put away for so long.

TENOCHTITLAN

So mom, can I ask you a question?

TONANZIN

Ok, but make it an easy one.

TENOCHTITLAN

Do you want to have a relationship with me, do you really want to change?

TONANZIN

That’s why I came down here.  Because I know how much you loved your brother and how I took him away from you.  And how I realized I made a mistake.  I…I…want to make up for the past.

TENOCHTITLAN

Here goes the hard question.  Are you willing to give up your power for our relationship?

TONANZIN

What? Come on, my power that the most precious thing I have.

TENOCHTITLAN

See, I told you, you’re fake, you really don’t want to change.

TONANZIN

I do, I do, I really do.  Okay give me another thing to give up I promise I’ll do it.

TENOCHTITLAN

Why, why another thing?  Why can’t you just give up your power?  We can be normal we can start new.

TONANZIN

No, Tenochtitlan, not my power.  I have worked hard to get it.  I can’t just let it go like that.

TENOCHTITLAN

Ok, I guess I understand you have never given up anything.  Is hard for you.

TONANZIN

Ok, me too.  I can see you’re mad at me but you got to understand we all have made mistakes.  I need someone to be here with me.  I’m so powerful but I don’t feel that way at times, I have an emptiness deep inside that can be filled up with love.  And I think the only person that really understands me, has been there for me, and well, now know my secret is you.

TENOCHTITLAN

Ok, mom I can really see that you’re trying to change.  And I got to tell you that I’ve always wanted to have a loving understanding relationship.

TONANZIN

But didn’t you have one with Tecultli?

TENOCHTITLAN

Yeah, but our relationship was different.  You know it was more manly and rough.  I want a more sweet, calm relationship with you.

TONANZIN

Ok son, let’s start this.

TENOCHTITLAN

Mom, but before we start I gots to tell you something.

TONANZIN

What is it?

TENOCHTITLAN

Awww…

TONANZIN

What’s wrong?

TENOCHTITLAN

My light is going away

TONANZIN

No, everything is going to be alright, don’t worry.

TENOCHTITLAN

Mom, is my time.

TONANZIN

No, don’t say that not now.

TENOCHTITLAN

Yes, I’ve been sick for a while now.

TONANZIN

Is there any way I can give you some of my light to bring you back?

TENOCHTITLAN

No, I don’t think so.

TONANZIN

There has to be a way, there has to be a way. Oh god why do you do this to me why now when everything is going by fine?

TENOCHTITLAN

Mom I think this is it but remember what we talked about.  Don’t ever give up and don’t do the same mistake again.  Mom, I love you and I’ll always keep you in my starheart.

TONANZIN

Tenochtitlan I love you and I promise you to change for the best don’t ever forget about me.

            (Tenochtitlan dies)

TONANZIN

Goodbye Tenochtitlan, I love you.  I guess now I’m going to change.  I got a new life to make.  I’m going to have a new healthy, strong, bright star, name him Tenochtitlan and treat him the right way.  Give him all my love and respect, play with him and the most important thing never abandon him.  And I’m going to do this in the name of my most beloved son, Tenochtitlan.

THE END

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