By Ulysses G.

 

Characters:   Brothers

                        Hate, male, age 21

                        Anger, male, age 18

 

Setting:          In the human body – the chest area

                        It’s nasty, stank, humid

                        Heart beat fast, lungs wheezing

 

Time:              11:45 pm in a winter storm

 

At Rise:          Anger and Hate are in the chest, in a corner by the ribs

 

 


(The body coughs. Anger and Hate react.)

 

 

Anger

So is you gonna come with me?

 

 

Hate

No I aint. I been told you wassup already bruh. So quit asking me aight.

 

 

ANGER

Aight. But I’m tryna look out for you too. But it aint my problem if you aint gonna come. That’s on you.

 

 

HATE

Bruh, I aint feelin how you gettin at me like I don’t matter if I come or not.  Why would I wanna change into a good emotion? That’s weak.  I think you need to come with me and take over the body and get rid of these good feelings.

 

 

ANGER

Nah you trippin bruh.  I aint wit that, and I didn’t say you don’t matter. You putting words in my mouth.  You confused?  You know we been tight since day one. You my brother.

 

 

HATE

Don’t get at me wit that sentimental crap.  Ever since you been trying to change, you been actin all soft.

ANGER

Bruh, I aint neva been soft.  Jus cus I care bout you and got your back don’t mean I’m soft.  We close cus we better than this.  You always been there for me when I needed you, so you got some type of good in you.

 

 

(the body coughs)

 

 

HATE

I feel what you sayin 100, but I’m supposed to be there for you cus you lil bruh.  But it don’t mean I’m good.  It’s only cus you fam.  I aint neva ask you for nothin.  I always did thangs fo you.  Now the least you can do is help me take control.  Don’t you wanna be your own boss and get outta here?

 

 

ANGER

Yea, I want to get out of here.  It’s disgusting.  But we can do it a different way beside the way you wanna do it.  We don’t gotta take control to get out.  We can change our ways and get free reign to go all over the body instead of jus stuck in this chest.

 

 

HATE

Free reign sounds good.  I can’t argue wit that.  But I aint wit that good stuff.  You know how that make me feel.  Cus good emotions get walked all over and took advantage of.

 

 

ANGER

You make it sound all bad, but it don’t be like that foreal.  We all look out for each other and help each other.  Matter of fact, I was up the way chillin wit the good ones, and I was talking to Love…and she was talking bout someone that sound a lot like you.

 

 

HATE

What you mean by that?  How it sound like me?

 

 

(the body coughs)

 

 

ANGER

Cus she talking bout how her boy be all hateful and what not – always negative, neva listening to nobody – and that sound jus like you.

 

 

 

HATE

Aight bruh.  Ima keep it trill wit you.  But you gotta keep it on the low, aight?  She my shorty.

 

 

ANGER

(taking this in) You rockin for her? (beat) Then help out! Cus we gonna end up dead anyways.  Cus this body we in got disease – lung cancer.  It’s now or neva.  We gotta make this thang happy so he can lay in peace, feel me?

 

 

(the body coughs)

 

 

HATE

No, I don’t feel you.  We gonna die anyways.  This my last chance to really run thangs before it’s too late.

 

 

ANGER

I care for you bruh, but ima have to cut you off.  Cus if you aint wit me, then you against me.  And I can’t have that, so I’m bouta get up outta here and go through wit my plan.

 

 

HATE

You really gonna do this then?  You know how I feel bout the good emotions.

 

 

ANGER

What you got against them anyways?  You don’t even know them…except your girl. 

 

 

HATE

I told you to keep that on the low!

 

 

ANGER

If you won’t do it for me, then do it for her.

 

 

HATE

Aight, bruh.  I got you.  I’ll help.  But I aint doin it for you.  I’m doin it for her.  Understand that?

 

 

 

ANGER

I feel it, and I aint trippin.

 

 

(the body starts hyperventilating)

 

 

ANGER

Let’s go now, before it’s too late.

 

 

(TO BE CONTINUED)

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