by Cielo N.

 

Characters: 

AMALINDA, the Amethyst boulder   

ALL-ABOUT-ME, the vain, selfish parrot

Setting: 

It is a bright, sunny day in Brazil. We are on a jagged cliff made of lava rock. You feel like you can see the whole world. Grass grows in cracks in the rock. There are holes in the lava rock where  parrots have made their nests. All we hear is other parrotssquawking and screeching as they fly in and out. In one hole, theres a parrot nest that sits on top of a green rock,  an unbroken Amethyst boulder. At this time, pebbles have started to fall.

 

 

Time: 7:00 AM on a sunny day

 

At Rise: 

ALL-ABOUT-ME is asleep on her nest which she has built on top of AMALINDA. She is sitting on her egg in the nest. She is being as careful as she can be.

 


 

 

(The earth rumbles and pebbles have started to fall.)

 

AMALINDA

All-about-me, wake up! The earthquake is coming.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

Im so tired. Please stop yelling.

 

AMALINDA

You dont understand. Im ready to leave.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

Amalinda! (hissing) Can you please stop making a damn racket! I am trying to get my beauty sleepWhat do you mean you are ready to leave? You are not going anywhere.

 

AMALINDA

You dont own me, All-about-me. I have already made my mind up.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

I mean weve been together forever and you never said anything before. Why did you wait until now?

 

AMALINDA

Its because we have been with each other forever. The earthquake will happen todayI can already hear the earth moving and pebbles falling.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

You are a foolish, foolish little rock. You are going to need me.

 

AMALINDA

Me? Need you? You are so simple-minded. Ha. No, you need me to keep your egg safe. You dont want me to leave only because you wouldnt want your nest to roll over and make the egg crack.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

(gasps at the idea). Why do you want to leave?

 

AMALINDA

All I have ever wanted was to be free, see the world, and experience new things. Even if its good or bad, youre there and you get to experience it, And Im a rock stuck around other rocks. I cant see anything or get to live through anything. I dont know what you look like. I dont even know what I look like.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

(silent)

 


AMALINDA

Im angry and disappointed because you should support me on this decision I am making, but no, you make me feel like I am suffocating.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

Youre suffocating? You have had an amazing life just by having me by your side. You act like you were always miserable! Squack!

 

AMALINDA

Thats what it feels like, that I have always been miserable. Yes, you have let me experience the world through your eyes, but I want to experience it through mine. I want to see the flowers bloom, the sun rise and then go down.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

(silent)

 

AMALINDA

I want to find my motherYou used to tell me my mother was still alive. You would tell me how her purple crystals glistened after she fell off the cliff and broke open during the last earthquake.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

This nonsense again? Cant we ever have a peaceful day? You are giving me a headache.

 

AMANDA

Nonsense? Really?

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME-ABOUT-ME

I only told you to give you hope. Squack.

 

AMALINDA

Why say just to give me hope? If you had told me the truth at the time, I could have moved on. But, you seemed so serious when you told me that she was dead, so you must be lying now. I am rolling out of this hole and down the cliff to look for her.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

(cooing) I know I was wrong, but I couldnt stand losing someone else that was and is so important in my life.

 

AMALINDA

You think thats going to work? No, you are not going to manipulate me into feeling guilty.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

You cant leave now. Squack!

 

AMALINDA

Why not?

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

My baby.

 

AMALINDA

I am leaving to see my mother and to experience life and see the world.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

Selfish! I have done so much for you. Squack!

 

AMALINDA

You have done so much for me. You were so caring at first, but when you started getting older you became foolish and selfish. Now, I dont even want to be in your presence. You make me feel trapped.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

What do you mean I make you feel trapped? You are your own self, you can leave whenever you wantBut, I mean, I wouldnt want you to leave, were so close.

 

AMALINDA

This is the first decision that I have made for me Youve been by my side, but weve been here a long time, stuck with each other.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

So are you telling me that you feel stuck?

 

AMALINDA

Since we lost both of our mothers, you are all Ive had and I love you

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

(Interrupts) Dont even get me started with my mothers death. It was your mothers fault that my mother is dead. My mother should not have tried to help her during that earthquake.

 

AMALINDA

What do you mean?

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

When the last earthquake happened, my mother flew back to help dislodge your mother so that she could experience life and see the world. And the rocks crumbled down and killed my mother.

 

AMALINDA

If thats the truth, why didnt you tell me sooner.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

I didnt want to change our relationship. Both of us lost mothers that day and it wasnt your fault. It was your mothers fault.

 

AMALINDA

That  wasnt my mothers doing. It was their friendship that caused their accident

(The earth rumbles)

 

We have to get out of here.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

How do I move my nest?

 

AMALINDA

I cant help you. Remember, Im a rock.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

Can you at least help me figure this out? Squack.

 

AMALINDA

No, theres not enough time! I need to get out of here!


 

(The earth rumbles again)

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

You can leave after my babys born.

 

AMALINDA

Its your baby. And your baby better be born now. The earthquake is coming any moment. I only get this one chance. I dont know if or when an earthquake will happen again.

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

You would let my egg crack? You would do that? To something that has no fault in any of this? Is it my babys fault that you are so miserable and dont have anything better to do then criticize my life? You are foolish and immature. Your mother killed my mother and now you want to kill my baby?!

 

AMALINDA

I am so done with this my mother, your mother.

 

(The earth shakes and she starts rolling.)

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

No! Please dont move any further. The nest is starting to wobble.

 

AMALINDA

You think that after all this I would do you a favor?

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

The favor wouldnt be for me. Please, Amalinda! Oh, the damn rocks. Im stuck.

 

(The earth shakes harder and rocks start to fall. All-about-me picks up the nest that holds her egg, her wing gets stuck under Amalinda.)

 

AMALINDA

You were by my side when my mother died and you do deserve some help. (grunts with effort)

 

(Amalinda shifts as hard as possible to free All-about-me. All about-me is now free to fly away with her nest. As she leaves)

 

ALL-ABOUT-ME

Never forget that I truly did love you. Andyour mother is alive.

 

AMALINDA

(Stunned into silence, then)

I cant believe I saved her. I was the one who wanted to be free and nows shes free and Im double stuck.

The End

preening her feathers

ruffles her feathers

flaps her wings

squawks

repeating whatever Amalinda just said

 

dumb as a rock, dumb as a box of rocks

between a rock and a hard place

to have rocks in your head, rocks for brains

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