By ANA N.

 

CHARACTERS:

INDEPENDENT, the full moon, female, 21 years old

HANDSOME,  the shining star, male, 21 years old

SETTING:

Up in Space, orbiting around the Earth. It is dark. The are planets, asteroids and stars all around. The heat of the Sun. The sound of crashing waves from the Ocean below. The scent of Nothing At All.

TIME:

8 p.m. on Winter Solstice night.

AT RISE:

HANDSOME  is rotating back and forth, trying to plan his surprise.

INDEPENDENT is transiting through the sky towards HANDSOME. 

 


 

 

                                HANDSOME

Damn Rouge. She’s smart, funny, protective, and a one- of- a-

 kind…Believe me when I say that. She keeps me in the right lane,

the right path when I need to get checked on.  I can’t believe this

bruh.  I’m goin to ask her, ask her to be my wife. Would she agree

to spend the rest of our existence together? As a family? Is she

ready, or am I doing too much?  Bruh, nobody ain’t even known.

She keeps me happy.

 

                                INDEPENDENT

Why can’t  I  convince my own mother that he isn’t a bad star? I

argued too much with her! She’s worried about if my gravitational

pull for her ocean tides will be the same if I’m with him. I ‘ve

never lost focus and I’ve never asked for anything. Will she at least

give me the chance to prove that things will be fine? Handsome

knows this.  He just doesn’t get it though. I’ve told him about how

she is at times. He wouldn’t  be surprised she disagrees about us

being together will he?  I can’t believe her! How can she

say that to me! Heeeellllla burnt! Too burnt…  

 

(Independent reaches Handsome in their orbits and they are now face to face)        

                                HANDSOME

Gahh Dayum you lookin fine…

 

                                INDEPENDENT

Hi baby…

 

                                HANDSOME

Wass  good  bae.

 

                                INDEPENDENT

What you been up to?

 

                                HANDSOME

Thinkin bout chu

(HANDSOME eyes her up and down)

 

                                INDEPENDENT (smiling)

Haha, you cute, you cute

 

                                HANDSOME

Naw, but foreal, you a full moon, got them curves havin me feel

some typah way. Extra round tonight…

                                INDEPENDENT (singing a la Beyonce)

 “I woke up like this, I woke up like this, Flawless. Ladies sing it,

I woke up like this, I woke up like this.”

 

                                HANDSOME

Hahaha! You a fool for that. But forealz…you in front of me makes

me shine brighter.

 

                                INDEPENDENT (smiling and blushing)

Haha.  I guess.

 

                                HANDSOME

Well babe,  I want to ask you something.

 

                                INDEPENDENT

Before you do, can you answer one question for me?

 

                                HANDSOME

Depends…Am I in trouble?

 

                                INDEPENDENT

Well…we’ve known each other for the hottest minute.

                        HANDSOME

Yea?

                        INDEPENDENT

And…I don’t know, I don’t want you to ever leave me babe.

I’m tired of your  orbits  coming and goin.  Don’t you think

it’d be koo just to post around with each other?

 

                                HANDSOME

Yes bae, I feel it…

                                INDEPENDENT

And tonight, our transits are where you’re close enough for me to

pull you into my orbit with my gravitational pull. The only night in

who knows how long.

                                HANDSOME

I feel you…babe, I’ve been wantin to ask you.

 

                                INDEPENDENT

Wassuh?

                                HANDSOME

I love you Independent!  I want you to be mines, forever.

I know I feel exactly what you mean and I know where

you comin from.

                                INDEPENDENT

Exactly!

                                HANDSOME

Which is why I’ve been meaning to ask…Will you marry me?

                                INDEPENDENT (shocked)

Oh, forealz?

                                HANDSOME

Yes, I want you to be mines forever. I want you to be the mother

of my little planets babe.

 

                                INDEPENDENT

Wow…This is huge babe. I mean this is really serious. Little planets?

 

                                HANDSOME

And that’s how much I love you. I love you unconditionally babe.

I love you with the all of me. I want to be able to be here for you.

Always.

                                INDEPENDENT

Babe…I love you too okay? Believe that but –

 

                                HANDSOME (interrupting)

I’m feelin stupid right now. You don’t want me like that huh?

                                INDEPENDENT

I want you, trust and believe that, but babe, our mothers don’t even

want us together.  I was just thinkin we could just “be together”…

Without little planets.

                                HANDSOME

Aight… I feel it, I don’t even know anymore. I’ve been looking for

someone special to build something beautiful with…but what’s the

point of that if all you want to do is just “be together”?

                       

                                INDEPENDENT

So what you tryna say?

                                HANDSOME

I mean, if you pull me into your orbit and I stay there permanently,

it’s, you know…I really want this babe and if you don’t or aint  feelin

 the same, then I don’t know, other things can happen…     

                                INDEPENDENT

As in ?

        (A PAUSE as they look at each other. HANDSOME lets it go)

                                HANDSOME

Can you at least let me know what I need to do to change your

mind?  I’ll do anything babe.  Anything.

 

                                INDEPENDENT

It’s not you, babe.

                                HANDSOME

Then what is it?

                                INDEPENDENT

My mom thinks that you’ll become a distraction to me. That I will

lag on my gravitational pull for her ocean tides. She thinks you aren’t

good for me, that you’ll only bring me trouble and that I’ll become

irresponsible…and little planets? How do you think she’ll take

that?  Babe, I’ve been controlled by my mother my whole life. I don’t

think I’m ready to become a mother myself.

                                HANDSOME

Oh…

                                INDEPENDENT

I don’t want to lose you.

                                HANDSOME

I understand. I understand. All of it. I didn’t before, but I do now.

But, babe, me coming into your orbit…that’s a huge thing to do.  

I mean giving my life up to be with you and all we’re going to be

 doing is just “be together”? I’m trying to put a ring on it and call it

 happily ever after.

 

                                INDEPENDENT

Well, if that’s what you want and I’m not ready to give it to you,

then probably you should just look for another moon for yah…

                                HANDSOME

boyyyy….like that babe ?

                                INDEPENDENT

Well, Momma’s told me that if you love something,

you got to let it go…

                                HANDSOME

Dayum.  That hurts. A lot.

                                INDEPENDENT

I don’t know.  I need time…

                                HANDSOME                                

TIME?!  We got ten minutes till I’m close enough for that five minute

window where you can pull me in…

 

                                INDEPENDENT

Baby, I don’t know! I don’t know what to do! I mean I don’t want

my mom to feel any betrayal and I don’t,    I really don’t want to

lose you. (INDEPENDENT starts to cry).

 

 

                                HANDSOME

Baby look at me. Look at me…

(INDEPENDENT makes eye contact)

You will never lose me. You have my heart and I’ll always love you.

You’re my everything and I want you to be happy. I’ll respect your

decision babe and I’ll take that.  I never want you to do something

you don’t want to. I respect your mother’s thoughts too, but she’s

not you babe. 

I don’t want your relationship with your mother to get worser by

us committing our lives to each other. I love you too much to put

you through any hurt, especially with moms. Like you said, if you

love something you got to let them go.    

Our transits are starting to cross, it’s time.

I aint tryin to say goodbyes.

 

                                INDEPENDENT

Then don’t  baby.

 

                                HANDSOME (tears up)

I love you.

                                INDEPENDENT

I love you too. 

                                HANDSOME

Who knows.  Probably a miracle happens and I’ll see you again.

 

                                INDEPENDENT

I do.

                                HANDSOME

Huh?

                                INDEPENDENT

Ask me the question again babe.

                                HANDSOME

What question?

                                INDEPENDENT

The question! Your important question! You asked me to be your

what?

                                HANDSOME

You don’t have to…

                                INDEPENDENT (interrupting)

Just ask me the damn question. I promise on everything, I’m

positively sure about my answer.

 

                                HANDSOME

You sure?

                                INDEPENDENT

Yes!  Now ask me the damn question!

                       

                                HANDSOME

But it’s time to switch orbits babe…

                       

                                INDEPENDENT

Ask the damn question!!!

                       

                                HANDSOME

Haha…aight.

OK, Independent, Will you marry me???

 

                                INDEPENDENT

Yessss!!!! Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

 

(HANDSOME AND INDEPENDENT ARE NOW PERFECTLY ALIGNED.

INDEPENDENT PULLS HANDSOME INTO HER ORBIT. THEY ROTATE

OFF TOGETHER)

 

                                END OF PLAY

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