Helping Zerious Out With His Mess

By Tony S.

        

 

Characters:

Zerious the Eagle, Age 4

Dopey the Eagle, Age 7, His Brother

 

Setting:  In the Grand Canyon, in their home, a nest on a dead tree.  You see rocks and hills and a couple of other trees.

 

Time:  In the morning

 

At Rise:  Zerious wakes up from his sleep and thinks…

 


Zerious:

(to Dopey)  Ey Dopey…

 

Dopey:

What sup?

 

Zerious:

What are you doing?

 

Dopey:

Nothing really….why?

 

Zerious:

Just asking. Well what are you going to do today?

 

Dopey:

Umm….same old thang that I’ve been doing for the past years, taking care of Lil Dopey.

 

Zerious:

Well, can I talk to you for a minute?

 

Dopey:

Yea sure…(Dopey walks up to Zerious)…whats up?

 

Zerious:

Well I’ve been thinking about a couple of things for the past few days.

 

Dopey:

Well, what have you been thinking of lately?

 

Zerious:

Dang…I don’t know how to say it or explain it to you.

 

Dopey:

Zerious, don’t tell me you done something bad and that I have to help you out and fix it for you.

 

Zerious:

Naw, it’s not that.  Na, you know I can handle my business.

 

Dopey:

But you handle your business in the wrong ways like always.

 

Zerious:

Shut up!  You know you use to do bad things with me back then.

 

Dopey:

Zerious, you’re right I use to.  But not anymore.  I got a big responsibility to take care of.

 

Zerious:

You just doing this because you’re scared now.  Now you’re weak and a sucka!

 

Dopey:

(Dopey grabs Zerious)  Shut up Zerious!  You don’t understand anything about responsibility.

 

Zerious:

Well sorry man, I didn’t mean to get you mad, I’m just here to talk to you about moving out with me?

 

Dopey:

What the hell are you talking about?

 

Zerious:

I want to get the hell out of the hut man!

 

Dopey:

(Dopey looks surprised and is quiet for a sec) Well…why?  Why are you trying to leave the hut for?

 

Zerious:

Cuz I hate being here!  I hate dealing with mom and dad.

 

Dopey:

What are you talking about?  They’re here to help you out and take care of you.

 

Zerious:

No!  You don’t understand.  They treat me way different than you!  You get to leave the hut without mom trying to argue with you.  Psssh….when I try to do that, mom always arguing with me.

 

Dopey:

That’s because Mom knows you go out looking for trouble.

 

Zerious:

I never get in trouble.

 

Dopey:

Yes you do.  Every time you come back to the hut, you always have a couple of scratches on your face from fighting.

 

Zerious:

That’s because I protect myself.

 

Dopey:

(rolls eyes) Whatever.

 

Zerious:

I want you to come with me Dopey.

 

Dopey:

What the hell, why?

 

Zerious:

Because I trust you, and you give me good advise.

 

Dopey:

Well, first of all, there is no way I’m coming with you and second, sooner in life you gonna have to give yourself good advice.

 

Zerious:

But I need you Dopey!!! I really need you man!  I need you for helping out, giving me good advice and I want to go because I want to find the greatest tree for both of us to live.

 

Dopey:

I don’t want you to do that man, and I really don’t want you to leave the hut.  I need you to stay home to take care of Lil Dopey.

 

Zerious:

Mom and Dad could do that.

 

Dopey:

They’re always busy Zerious.

 

 

Zerious:

Man, I want you to come with me so we could see how the world looks like and see a new environment and learn new things, learn a new language.

 

Dopey:

Well you wanna know why I need you here at the hut man?

 

Zerious:

Why?

 

Dopey:

If you stay home I can probably change your ways from being a bad influence into a good influence.  And if you leave the hut, then I won’t know if anything happens to you or if you’re in trouble and I can’t help you out when I’m not there.

 

Zerious:

(serious)  We need to leave Now!  So the army of crows won’t get us!!!

 

Dopey:

What!!  An army of crows are coming to OUR home to attack you! (Mad) And mom and dad and my son is in the hut! Zerious!  I want our family to be safe.

 

Zerious:

Yeah and that’s why we gotta leave now!

 

Dopey:

No!  We’re not leaving.

 

Zerious:

What are you talking about? Man we really have to leave now!

 

Dopey:

No Zerious, we are going to handle this like grown eagles.

 

Zerious:

There’s no way we can handle this anymore, it is too late!

 

Dopey:

Zerious, we are going to talk to them like grown eagles.

 

Zerious:

That’s never going to work man!

 

Dopey:

Well how do you know?  Have you tried it?

 

Zerious:

No but…(Dopey cuts him off)

 

Dopey:

Then we’ll try it.

 

(After awhile the army ofc rows come and Dopey went up to them and started talking to them.  They talk for awhile and then the army of crows just suddenly left without any violence happening.)

 

Zerious:

(Zerious walks up to Dopey)  Wow man (pause) I didn’t really know that you can just talk to them and they’ll leave.

 

Dopey:

Well to tell you the truth, I didn’t know they were going to leave either.  (Dopey goes back to the hut leaving Zerious alone now.).

 

Zerious:

(In his mind) Wow man I really just saw Dopey handle my business the right way and without violence.

 

Dopey:

(he walks up to Zerious) so can I ask you something really important to you man?

 

Zerious:

What?

 

 

Dopey:

Will you stay home with us now?

 

Zerious:

Yea man.  (Then to himself)  I want to change the way I am.  I want to change my behaviors and I want my brother to teach me how to handle things in a good way.  I want to stay home and take care of my brother.

 

 

 

~THE END~

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