Dreams

By

Jian 

 

 

 

CHARACTERS:       Soda, the soda can, age 16.

Thirsty, the soda, age 15, his brother.

SETTING: In the bedroom of a house in San Francisco’s Chinatown district. The house is very old. The wall is the brown color. The bedroom walls are brown               too. The bedroom has a white color bed and has a cabinet that has many clothes. The clothes are all the boy’s clothes. The computer is on and playing music             loudly. There is wind blowing in from the window.

 

TIME: The morning of December 28, 2015. It is 9:00am. It is raining outside.

 

AT RISE: Soda and Thirsty are looking at the computer, listening to the music. They see that it is raining outside. The computer is playing old school songs.


  

SODA

Hey Thirsty! Wake up! It is 9 o’clock in the morning.

 

THIRSTY

(Angered) I need more sleep. I am tired!

 

SODA

It is raining outside. I am very cold because it is raining and there is much wind coming from the window. I need to move to a warmer spot by the bed.

 

THIRSTY

No. I need sleep, I need sleep, I need sleep! Don’t talk to me.

 

SODA

Ok. Fine.

 

(Soda starts to move his can side to side to make Thirsty wake up.)

 

THIRSTY

Stop! Ok! Let’s move closer to the bed.

 

SODA

Ok. Let’s move.

 

(Thirsty begins to spin very fast inside the can to move them closer to the bed.)

 

(Thirsty and Soda woke up the boy by bumping into the bed. The boy throws the can towards the cabinet. He gets out of the bed and goes to take a shower.)

 

 

SODA

Oh no. Thirsty, I don’t want to be the soda can. People just throw a soda can around. I want to be a car. I don’t want to be a soda can anymore. I need you to help me.

 

THIRSTY

So? I don’t want to be the soda. And how do I help you? I don’t know how to help you. You’re my big brother. If you become a car, what about me? How about mom and dad? And big brother, why do you want to be a car? You can be anything…

 

SODA

When I first came into this room, I saw many beautiful aluminum cars. Mom and dad haven’t seen us in a long time. You think they still remember us?

 

THIRSTY

It has been 10 years since I’ve seen mom and dad. I miss them. I remember it used to be you, me, dad, and mom. We were very happy. Mom and dad were good to us. I need to ask them before we do anything.

 

SODA

I don’t care. You don’t want to be soda… so what do you want to do?

 

THIRSTY

I want to be bigger water… like the ocean. When I first came into this room, I saw a picture of the ocean on the computer. It was beautiful!

 

SODA

Oh. It is good to be the ocean. I saw that picture before.

 

THIRSTY

Brother… I need to tell you something. I am expired.

 

SODA

What!? You is expired? So why you didn’t tell me. You need to tell me you know. You are expired. You will make my aluminum break. The aluminum is very important to me. When did you know you were expired? Tell me everything!

 

THIRSTY

Last month. I was scared to tell you that. I was scared you would want to pour me out and not want me anymore. I didn’t know it would break your aluminum. I am sorry. I am very sorry big brother.

 

SODA

Ok fine. You is my brother. I will never not want you ok… I will help your dream to be an ocean and you help me get recycled. I hope I become a part of a car. Let’s go out there!

 

THIRSTY

I am scared big brother. How do I help you?

 

SODA

I am scared too brother, but we don’t have another choice. Brother, you know the recycle truck is coming in one hour. When the boy finishes his shower, he will clean the room. I need you to help me. How about we spill you on the floor? So, then the boy will see we are here when he cleans the room.

 

THIRSTY

No! No! We can’t do this. I can’t help you.

 

SODA

Hey! I am your big brother. You need to listen to me. You need to help me. I am scared too. What if I don’t get recycled into a car?

 

THIRSTY

Big brother, I can’t get out and spill on the floor. I will die you know….

 

SODA

Oh. Sorry brother. My bad. I didn’t know that. Let’s think how else to get out ok?

 

THIRSTY

Big brother, I need to go out too. I am expired. If I don’t get out of here I will die too. How about you help me use your can to roll to the wall and then get dented. So when the person cleans the room, he will find the can and see there is a dent and see that I am expired. He will pour me to the bigger water and take you to the recycle.

 

SODA

No. I don’t want to be dented. Nobody will like me. I can’t help you.

 

THIRSTY

Ok. So let’s think of a good idea!…… Let us go out to be our dream. You know you will get bent up when you get recycled….

 

SODA

I rather get dented while being recycled then to get dented by the wall on purpose. One dent from the recycle machine is better than one dent from the wall and another from the machine… That’s two dents! How about you spin very fast inside and roll us next to the garbage can. The boy cleaning the room will see us and think that we are old and he will pour you into the sink… into bigger water… and put me in the recycling.

 

 

THIRSTY

Ok… That is the good idea. This is our decision. Let’s do it now. The boy is finished showering. We need to move fast!

 

(Thirsty begins to spin very fast inside the can. They roll to the garbage and the boy finds them while he’s cleaning. He see’s the expiration date on Soda and Thirsty and opens the can. He pours Thirsty into the sink, leading him to bigger waters, and takes Soda to the recycling bin for pick up.)

 

THIRSTY AND SODA

Oh! I am free! My dream is now my reality. 

THE END

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