LOVE AND AFFECTION

BY

DALEVOUGHN

 

CHARACTERS:  STEEL the Bat, male, age 19 years old
 FAITH the Seagull, female, 18 years old, STEEL’s girlfriend

SETTING:         In a grassy area a few blocks down from the beach Faith lives at. Wind is blowing. In the background you can see a bench in the area next to a Trash Can. You hear birds chirping, tall trees around…

 

TIME:              8pm on a Friday night, Spring

AT RISE:         You see FAITH sitting close to the Trash Can, enjoying her night.

 


 

FAITH

I swear, it seems like after my brother passed all I have is myself. This is sooo unfair! I mean, why can’t my parents just be like normal Seagulls? I barely feel right talking to them sometimes. It seems like they don’t care, care about what I have to say… I hate my parents!!

If I had a place to go I would have been ditched them. They’re sooo strict when it comes to me leaving the tree. I’m not supposed to be Here in the first place, I snuck out while they were too busy cup caking. They’d probably ground me for a year when I — (a swift movement flying across the grass catches Faith’s eye)

What the heck??

                   STEEL

(he spots a snakeO boy, this is my chance! I’ve been starving all day. (whispers) One… two… thr—(suddenly he sees Faith) Hey baby, what chu doing around here this time of night?

                   FAITH

Ohh, nothing. Just thinking- how did you know I was here?

                   STEEL

didn’t. I came here to find something to eat. So, what you thinking about? Don’t you got a curfew?

 

                   FAITH

Just life –and yeah, but I needed some alone time.

 

                    STEEL

Sounds good. Um, hey, I’ve been thinking and…

 

                   FAITH

And What Steel? Are you breaking up with me??

 

STEEL

NO! Of course not, baby. It’s just… what we’ve been talking about.

Look, I’ve heard that in 3 days your seagulls are going to go out and look for me and my family, and get rid of us, for good.

 

FAITH

What are you saying Steel?!

                                                 STEEL

I’m saying I’ve got to get my family to safety before things go wrong!

 

 

FAITH

W-what about me Steel, what am I going to do? (he is silent) My brother was the only person I could really talk to, and really relate with. My parents don’t seem to care about me, and they get on my nerves sooo bad, I just want to run away –but I have nowhere to go.

STEEL

Why don’t you just come with me baby? It’ll be way better than the life you are living right now. I promise.

 

FAITH

Steel, we’ve already discussed this- your family doesn’t like me, I’m a Seagull!!

 

STEEL

I know we talked about this, but who cares what they think? They’re not the boss of me!

 

FAITH

Ummm… I don’t know Steel…

 

STEEL

Look, you said you wanted to start a family with me, and start a new life- what’s so difficult about coming with me? I know you don’t want to stay with your parents –or do you?

 

FAITH

No, no—I don’t want to stay, but why do we have to be with your family? Remember what I said, I only want it to be us!!

STEEL

Yeah, yeah I know. But I have to get my family to safety, and they don’t even know what’s going on! I haven’t even talked to Black yet. Look how about this- after I get my family to a safer place then it will just be me and you. I promise.

 

FAITH

Ummm… let me think about it, okay?

 

STEEL

 (Steel sighs) Why don’t you just go to your brother and ask for help?

 

FAITH

Steel… I never told you this, but my older brother has been dead for 7 years now. He was killed by some stupid crows.

 

STEEL

(Steel whispers) Dang! (to her) Look baby, I gotta tell you something I think you should know. The crows that killed your brother (Steel sighs) One was my cousin, and I was with them. I never knew he was your brother until now baby –I’m soooo sorry!

 

FAITH

(Faith shakes her head with tears)  Steel, how could you?!! I can’t believe you!!

 

 

STEEL

Baby, I’m so sorry, I didn’t know. I only told you because I love you, and you’re the one I want to be with, and start a family with. Can you ever forgive me?

 

                                          FAITH

I don’t want to do this Steel, but… I really love you— I don’t think I’m ready for this… I mean, you killed my only brother!

 

 

 

STEEL

Baby, if I would’ve known that he was your brother if wouldn’t have happened… I’m so sorry baby, I truly am!

 

FAITH

You can be sorry all you want, but that’s not going to bring him back!!

 

 

    STEEL

Look, I know you’re upset to hear this… but I don’t have much time. So how about I let you think for awhile, and go take care of my family? I’ll be back tomorrow to see what your answer is. And again, I’m so sorry baby. I love you.

 

FAITH

Okay, baby… be safe.

 

SCENE TWO:  Same place, Next day at 6pm.    STEEL finds FAITH waiting

 

STEEL

Wassup baby, How’s it going?

 

FAITH

Steel, you know I love you… but I’m afraid I can’t do this. I’m sorry Steel. (she flies off)

STEEL

(He screams)  Baby?! Baby?!

 

 

FAITH

(as she flies away)  I really loved him, and I think we would’ve made a great family, but my mind is made up. And there’s no going back. I’m going to College and continue my own life. And get my own house…

Love is not for me.

 

    STEEL

(later, with his own family)  I never thought it’d end like this, but what can I say? She made her final decision. That doesn’t mean I’m not hurt, because I’m heartbroken!!  I guess… blood IS thicker than water…

 

THE END

 

THE MONOLOGUES

 

STEEL

                                            

I have this huge problem. I have had problems with Seagulls for a while, and I I am afraid that one day the might attack and kill my whole family, so I plan to move somewhere safe where they don’t find us.

The problem is, I’m dating a Seagull and we’ve been together for a while, and I’ve caught feelings for her. And she’s been telling me that she wants/loves me to move with her and start a family.

I don’t know exactly WHAT to do, because I do love her, but we both know that Seagulls and Bats don’t get along. I was to get caught with her, they’d kill me.

If I just leave and go with my family, she’ll think that I was playing her the whole time and I’ve betrayed and abandoned her.

I don’t wanna just leave her and have her feeling lonely! I would feel guilty if I’d done that, because I’ve been telling here that one day I would move with her and start a family.

So I’ve been thinking and… this is hard choice. What if I was to ask her to move away with ME? Then it probably wouldn’t be so bad, but I don’t know how she’d feel about that

 

 

FAITH

My boyfriend Steel is a Bat – which is kind of a problem, because Seagulls aren’t supposed to even make conversation with Bats!

 

We’ve been going out for a while now, and I really like him –not just because he’s attractive (I find him attractive because) he’s very popular, and he takes care of his family –which is what I want, since I want to start a family (with him)

 

Also, because he’s always there for me, and he’s honest with me no matter what we’re talking about.

 

The problem is that we’ve been talking about our future, and what we want to do. I told him that all I want is to get away with him and start a family. He agreed with me, but he told me he wants him and his family to move away to some place safer, because of the Seagull & Bat Beef.

 

My problem with this is that his selfish behind doesn’t even put me in his plans –which is irritating, because I don’t want him to leave me, and only see me once a month, or something like that…

 

I feel that he is lying to me about starting a family with me, and get(ting) away with me… I only want HIM, not his family. I mean, it’s not that I have a problem with his family. But I feel like it’ll be best if we start fresh with our own family.

 

I don’t know exactly what he’d say or react if I told him that, but I’m afraid that he’ll say that if I can’t deal with his family, then why should he deal with me? I’d be heartbroken if he said that.

 

So I think its best if I just kept it to myself for now.

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