Going Through Pain


by Loni L.

 

Characters:

Softy the Moon, female, age 1000 years

Rocky the Star, male, age 12 years, Softy’s son

Sunny the Sun, male, age 2000 years, Rocky’s dad

 

Setting: Outer space, planets surrounded by them. Cold, dark, safe. 

 

At Rise: Rocky looking at other stars with their fathers, so he starts thinking about his father.

 

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Rocky

I wish I could’ve spent more time with my father before he had died.  I never got to spend time with my father because he was always busy, so I was away with Softy, my mom.  Sometimes when I go out to float around, I always see other stars with their fathers, and I always thought how I would have felt if I was that one star.  Then it makes me go ask softy a lot of questions about my dad.  But there is one question she will never answer is: how did my father die?  Whenever I bring up that question she would get depressed and she would change the subject.  So after this I feel confused. Because my mother won’t tell me when my father died. And I just feel frustrated because I really want to know.

 

[Floats to Softy the mom]

 

Rocky

Hi mom.

 

Softy

Hi son.

 

Rocky

Can I talk to you about dad?

 

Softy

(depressed) Why right now?

 

Rocky

Because I was just floating around, went out for a lil’ and saw some stars with their dads.  So it made me think about dad.

 

Softy

OK sure.

 

Rocky

OK

 

Softy

(Nervous) So what did you want to talk about?

 

Rocky

What was dad like?

 

Softy

Well he was always busy.

 

Rocky

(confused) Wait.

 

Softy

What is it.

 

Rocky

Do you smell that?

 

Softy

What is it.

 

Rocky

I smell something weird.

 

Softy

(tired, sloppy, suspicious) Like…

 

Rocky

Smells like gas.

 

Softy

(tired, sloppy) What is that?

 

Rocky

(serious) It’s that drug, when you take it it kills you, and you only have one day to live.

 

Softy

(nervous) oh I did not know that.

 

Rocky

OK let’s just talk about dad.

 

Softy

OK.

 

Rocky

So what was dad like?

 

Softy

(kind of sad) Do we really have to talk about him son?  It really makes me feel down.

 

Rocky

Well, yeah because he’s important to me, I’d like to know about some things about my dad.

 

Softy

Do we have to, like right now?

 

Rocky

Yes mom.

 

Softy

(stutters) Well, like . . . Like I said your father was always busy. He used to go to a planet that needed light, so he would go there and use his ability.

 

Rocky

Ohhhh.  So that’s why he was always out.

 

Softy

Yup.  He was a busy man.

 

Rocky

(annoyed) mom, I still smell the gas.

 

Softy

(suspicious) Really I don’t smell a thing.

 

Rocky

Well, one last question before I go.

 

Softy

OK, yeah, just one more because I don’t want to talk about this anymore.

 

Rocky

How and why did Dad die?

 

Softy

(surprised, nervous, afraid) Huh?

 

Rocky

How did dad die?

 

Softy

(sarcasm) Well he went dark, closed his eyes, and laid down to rest.

 

Rocky

Like, how did he die?

 

Softy

Do you want to go float around?

 

Rocky

Why aren’t you answering my question?

 

Softy

Whaa, I just did. 

 

Rocky

(yells) Mom!!! Answer my freakin’ question. 

 

Softy

(yells) Don’t you ever talk to me like that.  I’m your mother.

 

[Hits Softy]

 

Rocky

(cools down) Ok, look, I’m sorry. 

 

Softy

Yea better be. 

 

Rocky

OK, look I’m just gonna ask you this right now.

 

Softy

What is it.

 

Rocky

Did you take gas? ‘Cause I could smell it, and you’re acting different.

 

Softy

(suspicious) Why would you say that?

 

Rocky

You know mom. One of my greatest fears is losing you because we already lost dad. Did you know that?

 

Softy

Ok.

 

Rocky

Ok what.

 

Softy

(embarassed) I’m sorry, I did it. I got some gas and took it.

 

Rocky

(yells) Why would you take gas?

 

Softy

(soft voice) It’s hard to explain, Rocky, to you all I could say right now is just, I’m really down.

 

Rocky

(medium voice, lightweight mad) Why?

 

Softy

I just can’t do this anymore.

 

Rocky

(starts crying) Well I could help you.

 

Softy

It’s too late. It’s in me and I can’t take it back out.

 

Rocky

So what do we do?

 

Softy

Nothing we can do. I only have a couple hours till I’m gone.

 

[Rocky cries]

 

Softy

I’m sorry.

 

[Rocky continues to cry]

 

Softy

I have something to tell you.

 

Rocky

What is it?

 

Softy

Rocky, your father isn’t dead.

 

Rocky

(surprised) What do you mean?

 

Softy

He’s alive. He left when you were younger.

 

Rocky

(mad) Where is he then, and why would he leave us?

 

Softy

He left because we just had so many arguments.

 

Rocky

How come he didn’t take me?

 

Softy

Because I had told him to just leave, and I keep you.

 

Rocky

Well where is he?

 

Softy

Well, he’s in another galaxy.

 

Rocky

Which one?

 

Softy

Rocky Mountain Galaxy.

 

Rocky

Why is her there?

 

Softy

‘Cause that’s where we got your name.

 

Rocky

OK do you need anything?

 

Softy

Son, you have to look for him.

 

Rocky

I’m going to stay with you.

 

Softy

You have to go now.

 

Rocky

OK, well then what do I do?

 

Softy

(weak voice) You have to go look for your dad.

 

Rocky

OK

 

Softy

Well, Rocky, I love you.

 

Rocky

(cries) I love you too, mom. 

 

[Rocky leaves]

 

Rocky

Why would my mom do this? Is it ‘cause of me?  Will I have somebody else on my side?  I hope I find dad. I don’t want to feel lonely all my life.

 

[Rocky goes in search for dad.  He finds dad at Rocky Mountain.  He talk to dad about mom. How she takes gas. Dad said he has been working on something that might help her. He pulls out spaceship. Tells Rocky to not open it, and just take it to mom, place it right next to her and leave for 1-2 hours.  – 5 Hours later.]

 

Rocky

Mom?

 

Softy

(soft voice) Rocky?

 

Rocky

(surprised)  It worked!!! 

 

Softy

How?

 

Rocky

I found dad, he gave me a cure, but he’s still at Rocky Mountain.

 

Softy

Son, I’m so sorry.

 

Rocky

It’s ok mom as long as you’re still alive I’m happy.  Why would you keep a secret from me for so long?

 

Softy

I just wanted to keep you safe, son, that’s all.  (pause) I just want to say thank you for saving my life and for caring.  I’m so happy and thankful for a son. What would I do without you?

 

Rocky

Of course, mom.  I would do almost anything for you, ‘cause you did so many things for me.  So now it’s time to pay you back with the same respect. 

 

[Two years later they go to father and restart the family.]

 

End of Play

 

 

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