Currents of Life (2013)

 

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Currents of Life

 

 By:

 

 A.J. 

 

CHARACTERS: WONDER the RAINDROP, Male Age 18

 

HAZE the ROCK, Male Age 18

 

SETTING: On bedrock, near the shore, at night when the tides are 

 

high, the sand and rocks are damp, there are seagulls 

 

flying over the rocks, scavenging for food. The only 

 

sound you can hear are the waves crashing and the 

 

breeze carrying the salty scent of the ocean.

 

TIME: At Midnight on Sunday in early spring.

 

AT RISE: WONDER the RAINDROP is comfortably settled into one 

 

of HAZE the ROCK’S tiny cracks. HAZE the ROCK is in a 

 

deep heavy slumber.

 

WONDER

 

 Haze, Haze! Wake Up!

 

 HAZE

 

 (Yawns) What is it now? I’m trying to sleep.

 

 WONDER

 

We have to get ready to go. We don’t have much time!

 

HAZE

 

(Grumpily) Kick Rocks! It’s too early.

 

WONDER

 

I wish I could kick you until you’re fully awake! Get Up. Now!

 

HAZE

 

I’m pretty sure the ocean isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. I mean if you 

 

really want to leave now, go ahead. (Jokingly)

 

WONDER

 

Nice sarcasm. You know I can’t leave by myself. That hungry sand would 

 

suck me in like a frog catching a fly.

 

HAZE

 

The sand will always be hungry, so why are you suddenly in such a hurry?

 

WONDER

 

Because we’re running of time!

 

HAZE

 

Time? Five years we have been stuck here, and now you’re talking about 

 

WONDER

 

Yes, and it took five years to finally convince you that we should leave this 

 

HAZE

 

Yeah, but we never decided when we were going to leave. Wait until the 

 

WONDER

 

Are you serious?! Even if we leave in the morning, I would burn in the sun, 

 

before we make it halfway.

 

HAZE

 

Then we can leave tomorrow night.

 

WONDER

 

The tides are at their highest right now, at this time of year. Tonight is the 

 

last night that they will be this high. If we don’t leave now, we will never 

 

HAZE

 

Well that makes sense! We need to wake the others up so they can roll off 

 

us. It would be rude to just push them off while they’re sleeping.

 

[The Angry Rocks….roll off angrily]

 

WONDER

 

HAZE

 

(Excitingly) This feels great! It’s been years since I’ve felt this free. 

 

WONDER

 

I now! Okay, let’s get moving.

 

HAZE

 

WONDER

 

HAZE

 

I don’t think I can do this…

 

WONDER

 

HAZE

 

WONDER

 

Let me guess.. You’re scared of the dark?

 

HAZE

 

WONDER

 

It’s okay. I know how you feel, but do you know what’s worse?

 

Being scared of the light; knowing that if you take a quick glance at the sun, 

 

you’ll instantly burn to death. (Horrified)

 

HAZE

 

Damn…I can’t say that I know how you feel, but that’s horrible.

 

WONDER

 

It is; but now is the time to prove to yourself that you are strong.

 

HAZE

 

I don’t know. I don’t think I’m brave enough to do this on general.

 

WONDER

 

HAZE

 

Even if I overcame my fear of the dark. There are other things holding

 

WONDER

 

HAZE

 

I can’t just leave the other rocks like that. They’ve been like my family after 

 

the waves took me away from my family on the other side of the ocean.

 

WONDER

 

They’ve been like my family too. I mean don’t get me wrong but eventually 

 

we have to move on. If they really cared for either of us, they would let us 

 

go. HAZE

 

I understand what you’re saying, but them holding us back is not the 

 

problem. I just wish they came with us.

 

WONDER

 

Me too: but maybe now is not their time to move on, some day they may 

 

catch up to us, or perhaps we can come back for them. Let them realize for 

 

themselves that this abandoned place has us nowhere in life; literally.

 

HAZE

 

I know but they don’t see it that way. 

 

WONDER

 

We have stuck together as a family just as we’ve been isolated from the 

 

rest of the world, full of knowledge to learn, and opportunities to find.

 

HAZE

 

You’re right. I really want to go out there and find my family, but what if 

 

they’re not there? What if I end up getting lost and making this situation 

 

WONDER

 

Don’t be so negative. You will never know until you find out. What if they’re 

 

on the other side desperately waiting for you to come back?

 

HAZE

 

That’s true, but I’m afraid to go. It’s the biggest decision I’ve ever made in 

 

WONDER

 

It’s mine too, but I want us to have a better life: a better future.

 

HAZE

 

I honestly think you just want me to go because you need me, 

 

WONDER

 

I do need you, or else I’ll get eaten by the sand; but I also need you as a 

 

friend, a companion: as the brother you’ve always been. Maybe I’ve never 

 

told you, but I’m afraid of going alone.

 

HAZE

 

That means a lot and, I’m willing to go with you, but this harder for me than 

 

it is for you. I’m afraid of sinking at the bottom of the dark, evil depths of the 

 

WONDER

 

If the currents and movements of the ocean never stop moving, then 

 

neither will you. Stop being hesitant. We really don’t have time.

 

HAZE

 

I don’t think I can do this… I’m sorry. I will take you as far as you need to go 

 

WONDER

 

No, you must come with me! We’ll come back for the others once you find 

 

your family. By then, they will be convinced that this place is hopeless.

 

HAZE

 

Don’t be hypocritical. I’m letting you go, not holding you back.

 

WONDER

 

There are beautiful beaches on the other side! There are many plants and 

 

animals that can become our friends. We will never feel trapped or isolated 

 

ever again! HAZE

 

(Ignores what wonder said)

 

I can see the sun rising at the other side of the ocean. Let’s get you moving 

 

before it’s too late. The tides are still high, but I will need the help of the 

 

WONDER

 

This really hurts. I thought we would have a journey together as we 

 

traveled across the seas…but I guess I have no choice. Take me to the 

 

[Haze carries Wonder and keeps him safe deep within one of his tiny 

 

cracks while the others push him towards the ocean]

 

HAZE

 

Don’t forget that you will always be my brother. Now is not my time to move 

 

on. If my family is really waiting for me, then I should have plenty of time. 

 

Someday we’ll meet again and share our stories.

 

WONDER

 

I won’t: and you will always be my best friend, brother.

 

[Wonder, Haze, and the other rocks notice a huge wave coming from a 

 

HAZE

 

Uh-oh….That’s not good… It’s too late to turn back now. This is 

 

impossible. WONDER

 

No my friend; this is fate.

 

[The wave crashes against them and carries them away…]

 

Pg 11 THE END

 

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