It’s a Struggle

 

 

 

                                          Description: Drugs or Love?

 

 

By Nish A.

 

 

CHARACTERS: Spark the Merman, Male, age 170 years old

                                    Sparkle the Mermaid, Female, age 171 years old

                                    (Spark’s Girlfriend)

 

            SETTING:      At Sparkle’s Castle in the city of Atlantis where there is trees and flowers all around.  In the warm blue water you see an enormous amount of fish.  Everyone is friendly, even a few of the sharks

 

                    TIME:      10:00 am on a summer day

 

 

              AT RISE:      Spark is in front of Sparkle’s Castle ready to have a serious conversation about their future.  Sparkle is very happy to see him


 

 

Spark

(Head Down, kinda shy) Hey babe

 

 

Sparkle

(Smiling and happy) Hey baby

 

 

Spark

We gotta talk babe…

 

 

Sparkle

(Curious & Confused) What’s wrong?

 

 

Spark

I gotta confide to you. Something bad happened yesterday

 

 

Sparkle

OMG Babe. What did you do??????

 

 

Spark

Whatchu mean what did I do…  Alright, well it really wasn’t

 

my fault first of all. So we found this sparkling amazing

 

bottle and we got curious of what it was.  So we drank it.

 

I started feeling a way I never felt before.  It was crazy. 

 

Next thing you know, I was with my friends as they were

 

robbing a whale for his blubber.  There were 7 of us total. 

 

All of a sudden, the dolphins came and chased us.  Four got

 

away and three of us got caught.  I was one of the three. 

 

(Head Down looking ashamed) They took us to the water tank

 

Babe!  It was crazy.  I was so scared.  Then my pops came

 

and picked me up. It was all-bad    

 

Sparkle

OMG Babe; YOU ARE SO STUPID! Why do you keep getting into

 

trouble????  You were hanging around Flipper huh?  I told

 

you about him… (Frustrated) Why don’t you listen?

 

 

Spark

I know, I know. I should’ve stayed on the ship. I shouldn’t

 

have even been with them, but it’s hard sometimes because I

 

grew up with them

 

 

Sparkle

I worry about you Spark.  I’m deeply in love with you; you

 

know that right? I want to start my new life with you.  I

 

feel depressed when I’m not with you.  You are always here

 

for me. You always encourage me with my problems and what

 

not.  Do you know why I love you so much?  Because you make

 

me feel like no other.  I see big things with us, but I

 

fear I might loose you if you keep getting into trouble. 

 

And I can’t afford loosing you.  I’d feel emotionally torn

 

if you weren’t in my life

 

 

Spark

(ASIDE) I feel horrible.  Sparkle means the world to me. 

 

Without her, I can’t really even be me.  I feel like I’m

 

not being all the way truthful with her.  What I want to do

 

is show her that I can be a noble, good deed making merman. 

 

I want to spend the rest of my life with her. (CLOSE ASIDE)

 

Being with you keeps me in check.  I don’t know what I

 

would do without you Sparkle. I’m so glad that I have you

 

 

Sparkle

You do have me, all the way!

 

 

Spark

I hope I do after I tell you this…

 

 

Sparkle

What do you mean?

 

 

Spark

So when my pops came and picked me up from the tank, we had

 

a loooong talk.  He said that I’ve become a menace to the

 

aquatic society.  He said that he’s very disappointed in me

 

and he can’t take me getting into trouble no more.  My pops

 

said he’s sending me back home to the coast of Tikki Tikki

 

until I can be the son that he wants me to be. I gotta

 

leave today 

 

 

Sparkle

Are you serious? You’re leaving me…

 

Spark

Na, I’m not leaving you like that. I’ll be back.  It’s just

going to be a while

 

Sparkle

How long will you be gone for?

 

 

 

Spark

Until I become a good son to my father and stop taking kelp

 

 

Sparkle

YOU’RE STILL TAKING KELP! You promised me that you would

 

stop taking kelp!  You know what it does to you.  (Shaking

 

her head)  I can’t believe you broke your promise to me

 

 

Spark

It’s a struggle you know.  I’ve been taking too much kelp

 

lately and it’s been causing me to get into a lot of

 

trouble. I just don’t know how to stop.  I think I’m

 

addicted now.  Maybe my pops is really trying to help me. 

 

But I need your support Sparkle.  You know you’re my

 

motivation right; to come back clean and start a family

 

with you

 

 

Sparkle

You always say that you’re going to stop.  What makes you

 

think you’re going to stop this time?

 

 

Spark

Because I can’t stand the thought of being away from you.

 

So I’m trying to be back ASAP!

 

 

Sparkle

Babe, can I tell you something now?

 

 

Spark

Of course, but it has to be fast because my pops is

 

expecting me soon

 

 

Sparkle

I’m going to tell you something that’s going to change our

 

lives forever.  We’re expecting a baby merboy in 25 days. 

 

I wanted to tell you when the time was right, but since

 

you’re going away and all I needed to tell you now. I plan

 

on moving out of my parent’s castle and being independent. 

 

I can’t take living under their roof with all of their

 

rules and not being able to do anything.  I want to get my

 

own castle and live with you while raising our family.  But

 

that’s not going to happen Spark if you don’t change your

 

act

 

 

Spark

Whatchu saying you gonna leave me?  And take my baby with

 

you?

 

 

Sparkle

I hate to say this, but as much as I love you, I will if

 

you keep taking kelp and hanging around your stupid

 

friends. My greatest fear is that one day I will get a call

 

that you’re in the water tank and can’t come back home.  I

 

really don’t want this to happen Babe.  I love you so much

 

and I can’t see you not being in my life.  But I won’t

 

allow me or our merbaby to see the type of merman you’re

 

becoming right now.  So I’m giving you 20 days to get

you’re act straight.  So you better straighten up.  

 

 

Spark

Ok Babe, I know I’ve lied to you in the past.  I never

 

really meant too, but it’s a struggle.  Now that we’re

 

expecting a merbaby, everything has changed.  I put my fin

 

up and swear on our relationship that when I come back I’ll

 

be a more responsible, noble, good deed merman.  Kelp

 

and trouble free, including not hanging around my stupid

 

“fish” friends.  I’m going to be a better son to my father

 

and an even greater father to my son. And more importantly,

 

I will be a better boyfriend to you.  And get back to the

 

Merman that you first fell in love with.  And if these

 

things don’t change, then don’t be with me.  BUT they are

 

going to change because I want to be with you forever.  So

 

are you going to wait for me?

 

 

Sparkle

You got 20 days. Show me and I’ll stay with you

 

 

Spark

Alright babe. I gotta go. I’ll see you in 20 days.  I love

 

you Sparkle!  

 

 

Sparkle

I love you to Spark.  Take care of yourself so that you can

 

take care of us

 

 

Spark goes off to Tikki Tikki.  Although Spark is

 

struggling to quit his ways, he keeps in mind Sparkle is

 

they’re waiting for him to change.  He actually keeps his

 

promise and comes back home in 20 days.  He apologizes to

 

everybody for what he did and begins a new relationship

 

with his pops.  As for Sparkle, Spark comes back right in

 

time for their Merbaby’s birth. Sparkle realizes how

 

serious Spark is about everything.  They begin to start

 

their own lives together. Sparkle is amazed and happy. They

 

live happily ever after

 

 

 

THE END!

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