By DeSaun.

CHARACTERS:

Rebel the panther, age 5, Torn the cheetah, age 5

TIME:

At Sunrise

Place:

The ‘desert’ a barren part of the jungle where life is hard and the food is scarce.

 

AT RISE:

Rebel shows up at Torn’s cave wit da squad (a group of panthers and cheetahs from the desert).

 


REBEL
Torn, get up.  (Rebel growls).  Get up.

TORN
Ok. Ok. (Torn walks out of his cave).  What are all of ya’ll doin out here.  Ya’ll ready to hunt?

REBEL
Yee.

TORN
But we just went huntin’ a couple days ago…you know we only hunt once a week otherwise we’ll kill the few zebras left ova here, bruh.

REBEL
We ain’t huntin’ ova here, bruh.

TORN
Rebel, I know you ain’t talkin’ bout goin’ over to tha buffet.  We’ve talked about dis befo’ I ain’t….

REBEL
My sister is sick, bruh!  An she mite not get better.  Fish an snakes ain’t gon’ cut it fo’ her. An neither iz deez skin an bone zebras ova here.  We gotta get ova to the buffet an get some real food fa’ here….fa’ us.

TORN
An what about dem lions an tigers ova dere?  You fa’got about dem.  They’ll kill us all if dey catch us on they turf bruh…you already know.

REBEL
She’s my lil sister, bruh! I don’t give a damn about no lions an tigers.  I ain’t neva been no sucka, bruh.  I’m finna go huntin’ an if dey get in da way they’ll get dealt wit. 

TORN
Rebel would you just stop an think fo’ a minute

REBEL
I AIN’T THINKIN BOUT NUTHIN BUT MY BABY SISTER!

TORN
I know.  An dats da problem. Dats like my lil’ sister too or did you fa’get?  I love Eve just as much as you do…

REBEL
Den why is you actin like a sucka.

TORN
I ain’t neva been a sucka.

REBEL
So is you comin.

TORN
WE AIN’T NO GOOD TO HER DEAD!  You be fureal Rebel.  Dis jus ain’t about Eve.  You been dyin’ to get ova dere since we were cubs.  Since…since 
                                               
                        (TORN  gets teary eyed)

REBEL
Torn we can’t live like dis no’mo bruh.  I’m sick of da desert.  My sister sick, we always hungry-  we gotta go ova dere an….

TORN
Dey killed my Pops.

(TORN bust out crying)

Dey killed my Pops an my brother.

REBEL
An mine neva walked again I ain’t fa’got

TORN
Den why do you seem to be in such a rush to end up like them…huh?

REBEL
(Rebel finally breaks down)
You daddy got killed…but he died like a man

TORN
He died over food.

REBEL
He died for his pride.

TORN
But the point is, he’s dead

REBEL
But…

TORN
But nothin’!  Now he’s got no pride, no food, none of those things he died for he don’t got nuthin’ cuz he dead.

REBEL
Is dat wut you really think about you brother an yo’ pops?  They jus went and got themselves killed fo’ they foolish pride.  An a meal.  They did what they did to give they family, to give you a better life, bruh

TORN
But my life didn’t get no betta, matta fact I lost my pops and my brotha, my life got worst.

REBEL
You don’t get it.  The point is they tried.

TORN
No the point is they died.  They died an left me an my mom alone.

REBEL
An you don’t want tha head of those sucka-ass ligers who did it

TORN
No, I don’t want them to have my head, Rebel.  You gotta realize you ain’t supercat, you can’t do everything fo everybody, an you can’t just up and change shit dats been da same way fo decades. Both our dads died an both of ‘em failed.  I ain’t gon’ lie.  I would love to live ova dere, love not to touch anotha snake, an eat fish only when I feel like it.  But you know what else I would love?  Ta start a family, to grow old an watch my cubs grow old, an you know what would make all that better?  If you didn’t run off an get yo’ self killed so WE can get old tagether too, bruh. 

REBEL
That’s the thing, I already feel old.  I ….I can’t do dis no mo’.  I can’t live like this…it ain’t koo…It aint’ koo, bruh.

TORN
Death aint’ koo, bruh

REBEL
It a be a upgrade to how we livin’.

TORN
Wait.  What!?

REBEL
Ain’t no point of livin’ if you ain’t gon’ live big

TORN
I know we gotta hard life but damn.  Is you sayin’ you would ratha die?

REBEL
Dats da whole point, bruh.  Death gotta be easy if life dis hard.

TORN
Rebel….

REBEL
I remember back when I was just a cub.  It was right after me an you got into dat fight.  My mom sent me to the cave and she walked you home.  When I got to the cave my dad was cryin’.  I was puzzled because pops always told me that men don’t cry.  He didn’t realize I was there and I heard him say he wished he would have been killed by the ligers.  I never understood that statement as a cub but now I do.  He’s a cat with two broke legs.  His pride is dead.  And mine is dying.  Every morning when I wake up a part of me wished I didn’t.  Every time I chew on a snake I feel like I’m less than a cat.  And every time I look at my father, every time I hear the sounds of hunger comin’ from moms, eve, me…you.   I’ve known in my heart what I gotta do bruh.  I gotta eat and dats treal.   (ASIDE)  Man, I ain’t never opened up to nobody like that, but that’s my bruh and I just hope he feelin’ it because honestly I don’t think I could do this alone.  I know I ain’t supercat and I need my boy by my side.  I need my boy to ride wit me.

TORN
(ASIDE)  Damn, my boy is really deep.  I always jut used to think he wuz supercat, he could save the world by hisself but he jus spilled his guts to me and he ain’t no emotional cat.  I ain’t gonna lie.  I don’t got the heart to let him down.  (LOOKS UP)  Pops, bruh, I love ya’ll but hopefully I won’t be seein’ ya’ll anytime soon.  (TO REBEL) You know you my brother right?

REBEL
I know

TORN
An you know Eve is my lil’ sis too, right?

REBEL
You know I know

TORN
Then let’s get down, bruh.

REBEL
Ha! Ha!  Dats my boy what took you so long?

TORN
I was just…torn. 

THE END.

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