Desertedly Lonely (2013)

 

By 

Craig 

Characters: BAMBINO, the COBRA Jr. aka Cage, age 17 

JOY, the VIPER — Mom 39 of age 

Setting: On the mountainous side of the desert. Night 

has just fallen which make the summer heat 

bearable by the cool mountainous breeze. 

Rain has not hit the deserts? surface for 

centuries. To get cold, drinkable water, you 

have to go to the stream where many haven?t 

made it back beause it?s so hot. 

Time: 8:30pm on a warm Summer night. 

At Rise: CAGE is sitting on the left side of the couch 

watching t.v. JOY walks in and asks Cage a 

question. 

JOY 

(JOY walks into the room) Cage, did you take out the 

trash? 

CAGE 

Nah (Looking irritated) I?ll take it out later. 

JOY 

The garbage man is coming rite now. Can you please take 

the trash out? 

CAGE 

Man, stop buggin? me. Why you keep askin? me. I told 

you ta hold on. 

JOY 

Cage, I can?t keep living like this. (Almost in tears) 

You don?t need to give an attitude. 

CAGE 

I?m not dealing with this BS. No more I?m out. 

(Get up quickly and prepares to storm out of the room.) 

JOY 

Please don?t go hang with those hooligans. They don?t 

care about you. Everytime you leave the house, it scare 

me because I don?t know if it?s gonna be the last time 

I see you. 

CAGE 

You need to stop trippin?. Anyway, those hooligans — 

the CoViThons- actually care. They make me feel like I 

have a place. If you really cared I would have my dad. 

You don?t even let me know he is. (CAGE gets the trash 

ready.) 

CAGE 

There you happy I?m taking out the trash! 

JOY 

That?s not the point. And the reason I don?t tell you 

about your dad is because I don?t want the same future 

he had. Even though your already following his 

footsteps. 

CAGE 

Whatchu mean by that? (Looking as if he wants to whip 

his tail through the wall.) How can I be like him and I 

don?t even know him? 

JOY 

That the whole point. I left him because he thought he 

was better than everyone and displayed the same 

characteristics that you?re displaying now. I?ve tried 

to raise you on my own but I can see I didn?t do a good 

job. (Crying) 

CAGE 

Well maybe if I knew him and how he was maybe my life 

would be different. Because if I knew I would?ve made 

it a top priority to not be like him. But you keepin’ 

secrets and not telling me nunthin?. So how am I pose 

to know. (Grunt) Damn! 

JOY 

I can?t live with this fear in my system wondering if 

when you leave this house will I get that phone call 

from the coroner?s office telling me your gone. I can?t 

live without you. 

CAGE 

Whatever you say. 

JOY 

And by the way we are moving. 

CAGE 

What the hell well moving fo?? I?m telling you right 
now 

I ain?t going. 

JOY 

You have to. I already made a bid on the house. If we 

don?t tell the real estate snake by 10 o?clock the 

deals off. 

CAGE 

(Yelling) Why we gotta move? Why can?t we just stay 

here? 

JOY 

Because it?s not safe, Cage. 

CAGE 

But I ain?t trying to move. This is all I know. Why 

would I want to move and have no people I know. I 

don?t want to leave the snomies. And if it?s in the 

albino village. That makes my no to a hell freaking no! 

I don?t care it it?s not safe I can handle myself. 

JOY 

Well I care because I don?t want you near your dad. 

CAGE 

(Looking curious) Whatchu mean near my dad? 

JOY 

Nothing. Just forget I said anything. (Looking like she 

knows she slipped up). 

CAGE 

Nah. I?m not gonna forget about it. You said that for a 

reason and I wanna know why you said it. Cuz I hate 

when you always try to hi sumthin?. So just say it. 

JOY 

Nevermind. 

CAGE 

See that?s what I?m talking about. You be playing to 

damn much. You always say you care about me. But if you 

really cared about me you?d stop keepin? all these 

SECRETS. That?s only thing that really upsets me. 

JOY 

(Hisses viciously) These secrets are what kept you 

alive. All these years! I kept these secrets from you 

because I didn?t want you to turn out like this. 

CAGE 

What do you mean kike dis? How am I acting? 

JOY 

Like a hoodlum snake from the pits. Don?t you know that 

you gonna end up dead if you keep acting rambunctious. 

And also you say I?m keeping secrets, I know you got a 

secret, or two hidden. 

CAGE 

All right I?ll make a deal with you. If you tell me who 

my Dad is and where I can find him. I?ll tell you my 

secret. 

JOY 

And what secrets do you have to say anything about? 

CAGE 

Well the fact that I have a little snake of myself. 

JOY 

What do you mean? 

CAGE 

I have a son. 

JOY 

Really? Oh my gosh. I?m so happy for you. (Feeling 

overwhelmed and distraught. She pauses.) And how could 

you not trust me to tell me that? 

CAGE 

Because I didn?t know how you would take it? Whether 

you would be devastated and ashamed, or joyful and 

ecstatic? (Looking nervously around the room.) 

JOY 

Well I can tell you the feelings I feel right now are 

nothing negative and I am glad and happy for you. But 

now that makes me it even more of a priority that we 

have because that baby is gonna need you to be there 

for him. 

CAGE 

(Feeling insecure.) I know, but it?s just gonna be too 

hard and if we move I?mma have to bring my son. So ok. 

I told you my secret. So now you have to tell me 

yours. Remember the deal? 

JOY 

Well, there?s no easy way to say this, but you know the 

CoViThons you be reppin?? 

CAGE 

Yea of course I know them. But what?s this got to do 

with my dad? Got to (Looking confused) 

JOY 

Like I just said there?s no easy way to say this but 
the King Cobra of the CoViThons is your dad. 

CAGE 

(Looking shocked) Are you serious? He?s been under my 

nose the whole time? 

JOY 

Yes and that?s why I wanted to move. Because I didn?t 

want you to end up like him. I?ve tried my best to help 

you and raise you by myself because never waned to be 

a part of your life. He technically disowned you. And 

I?m sorry to tell you this but it?s true. 

CAGE 

I understand. I now see why you been keeping secrets 

from me. (Looking depressed). But why did you keep this 

from me for so long? Why couldn?t you just tell me from 

the jump? 

JOY 

Because I didn?t want to hurt you. 

CAGE 

But it hurt me more because you kept it from me all 

these years. Didn?t you ever think about how this would 

effect me? 

JOY 

I did think about it but I want to protect you and… 

CAGE 

(Looking angry and yelling) No don?t even try to say it 
was to protect me because now I have to go on living 
life knowing my dad didn?t a rats behind about me! 

JOY 

Cage, you have to look at it from my point of view. I 

was scared and didn?t know what to do. That?s why I 

want to move. It?s 9 o?clock and we have an hour tell 

the real esnake agent if we?re moving. 

CAGE 

I know. It?s just gonna be hard leaving all my friends 

behind. You know now hard it was for me to fit in here 

as I was growing up. Everyone knows I?m different. And 

when we move, I don?t want to be the snake that?s 

special. Or, the snake no one likes. (Almost in tears.) 

JOY 

I know sweetheart. But it?s for your safety and for 

your own good. And anyway, what is there not to like 

about you? (Looking sympathetic) 

CAGE 

Everything! 

JOY 

That?s not true. There?s a lot? 

CAGE 

Stop lying! 

JOY 

But I?m not, sweetie. 

CAGE 

Whatever. 

JOY 

So please will you just say yes? (Looking anxious) I?m 

tired of being worried and I?m tired not knowing when 

will you be home? It?s effecting my health Cage. 

(Silence falls over the room.) 

CAGE 

Ok. We can move. But with the exception you let me come 
back here to the desert once a month to see my Dad? 

JOY 

Ok. I can deal with that. 

CAGE 

Ok. Then it?s settled. 

(JOY and CAGE hug.) 

CAGE 

Love you mom. 

JOY 

Love you, too, Cage. 

THE END. 

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