Life’s Own

By Darwin

 

Characters:

Bo-ski the Cardinal, Male, 15

Savy the Crow, Male, 19

 

Setting:

In a hole surrounded by many other holes inside a sequoia tree.    In the hole are two bunks made of dirt and the rest is pure solid wood.  These holes were made in these big trees by woodpeckers who designed these places for jailbirds like Savy and Bo-ski.  There are also varied loud echoes of birds in and around the inside halls of the sequoia tree.

 

Time:

1:00pm on a steamy summer afternoon.

 

At Rise:

Bo-ski is working out doing wing spreads.  Savy walks in the hole and stands by the wall opposite of where Bo-ski’s working out.


 

BO-SKI

 

What’s up bruh?  This is new.

 

SAVY

 

What you talkin’ ‘bout?

 

BO-SKI

 

I mean you just flopped on in here and all smoove and humble and stuff.  I ain’t ever seen you like this.    Where’s the jittery, paranoid, Savy at?

 

SAVY

 

Bruh I’m good, just felt like hollin at you for a cool minute since I ain’t finna see you again for a while with you on your way out and everything. 

 

BO-SKI

 

Man tell me about it.  I been waiting for this day for about two years.  To keep it 100 though- 

 

(Cut off by SAVY)

 

SAVY

 

Bo-ski bruh, I need you to rock with me this one last time before you get out.

 

BO-SKI

 

What’s good bruh?  I got you.  What you need, some seeds on your books, a little chick to holla at you?  Just let me know. 

 

SAVY

 

Naw bruh, nothing like that more like I need you to bust this power move with me.

 

BO-SKI

 

Let me know what’s up.  I can probably come through for you without us having to step out of this box at all, feel me?

 

SAVY

 

Yeah see, that’s where this is different.  It’s gone have to be us 2 movin on this one.

 

BO-SKI

 

Alright, alright, alright….1st off why don’t you start by telling me what you’s talkin’ ‘bout.

SAVY

 

Bruh, we need to get on a few of these cats up in here.  They been on some otha stuff, just wildin’ like they ain’t got no worries or a seed of sense in they mind.

BO-SKI

 

Hold on bruh.  So you need me to help you just get on a few of these jailbirds because you feel threaten by them?

 

SAVY

 

No!  It aint even like that!  I think you looking at stuff differently since you on your way out foreal.  

 

BO-SKI

 

Exactly, why is you gonna come at me with some stuff like this when I’m on my way out?

SAVY

 

Because you on your way out this thang and I’ thinking like “Who finna rock with me now?”  Anyway, you acting like we’re gonna get wrapped, we good bruh, just watch.

 

BO-SKI

 

Naw don’t say it like I just agreed to rock with you. 

                                                                                     

SAVY

 

So it’s either that or you just gone leave me hanging then.

 

BO-SKI

 

I’m leaving you hanging because I ain’t tryna mess up my last ticket to freedom?  You on some selfish stuff right now, what about my plans?

 

SAVY

 

Stop acting new to this bruh, when have you just switched up on me before.   On top of that your plans are on the outs, not here, not now.

 

BO-SKI

 

I owe you?! From what?!  If I had a feather for every time I came through for you the humans would make a king size pillow out of me!!!

 

SAVY

Oh so now you don’t know what you owe me for?  What about the last time I had to go down because of you knocked that vulture out its feathers.

 

BO-SKI

 

Come on bruh, I ain’t tryna hear all that sorry stuff right now.   You knew stuff like that was part of the game when we joined it.

 

SAVY

 

Yeah, just like you knew that you ain’t ever supposed to leave a homie behind.

BO-SKI

 

What?!  Now I paid my do’s.  Paid in full for what I did.  For leading, for not hesitating, for rockin, for never leaving a homie behind, and for following, for following this?!

SAVY

 

Remember you used to say, “Can’t stop won’t”

 

(Cut off)

 

BO-SKI

 

We older now, I’m older now Savy.   I got stuff to do when I get out.   Like moving out the Oak Tree I’m living in and move to another side of these grounds.   The side where the sun shines over our nests, the air is clean, the soil is dark and fresh and our surroundings are safe, feel me?

 

SAVY

 

I guess bruh, know that if you back out on this and away from me, you’re done with.

 

BO-SKI

 

I ain’t got no worries.  That just makes me my own man while whoever said they on me is just taking orders.  So save all that for the birds 

 

SAVY

 

(Looks at BO-SKI with an expression of confusion)

So this is it for us, huh?

 

BO-SKI

 

It really isn’t you could do something for yourself too.

 

SAVY

 

Naw, I’m good.  I’m sure I’m ‘bout what I’m ‘bout.

 

BO-SKI

 

Aright then, food for thought though, before we cut ropes know this “misery loves company”  It’s something that took me a long time to learn. 

 

SAVY

 

What is that supposed to mean?  Bo-ski, hold up. 

BO-SKI

 

Keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll learn.  Be safe and stay up Savy. 

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