A Play by Anthony W.

 
CHARACTERS:

SETTING:
SMOKEY, the Siamese cat, age 4. SHADY, the cat, age 6, SMOKEY’S big brother.

In Smokey’s neck of the woods, in the housing projects.  It’s very dangerous in the projects for humans and for cats.  It smells deadly and you hear gunshots and sirens all day. 

   
TIME: Halloween night, 9pm, Friday the 13th. 
   
AT RISE:
Both brothers are mad at each other with their hair standing up.

SHADY
Lil Bra! This is not a good idea, man.  I’m tellin’ you that I know how Murda and his boys roll, they grimey and don’t care about killing a soul, especially no young buck that’s related to me! 
            
SMOKEY
Big bra I’m telling you I can beat him, I seen him fight, he can’t, all he does is go for the legs.

SHADY
Bra, it’s not about if you can fight or if he can’t, it’s about how Murda is a sore loser.  When he loses, and I know he will, he’ll come after you and try——

SMOKEY
(Interrupts) — and try to wat? Kill me? 

SHADY
Yes, kill you.

SMOKEY
Man, Murda don’t won’t it with us, me, Beast and the rest of the clique with the intelligence of you, WE CAN TAKE THEM!

SHADY
Lil bra, I know we can, but I put all that fighting and living the fast life behind me a long time ago.

SMOKEY
Man, you acting like a punk.  What happened to the big bad OG Shady?  The one that used to terrorize the whole Vis Valley? What happened? One of the groupies got you sprung?

SHADY
Oh, wat? You mad cause I’m getting mine and you not?

SMOKEY
What you tryn to say?

SHADY
What I’m tryna say is, what does em and my sex life have to do with me telling you, you can’t fight Murda?

SMOKEY
It has to do with you acting like a big ass sucka.

SHADY
Smokey, point blank, you’re not going up against Murda because —–

SMOKEY
(interrupts) Because what?

SHADY
Because if you do, I’m gone out of your life forever.

            
SMOKEY
Man, whatever.  I’m gone.  (Soliloquy):  My world is falling apart slowly by surely. I want to go up against Murda but Shady is threatening me that if I do, he’s going to walk out of my life for good and I can’t lose him.  He’s the only family that I have!  OH. I don’t know what to do….

SHADY
Ay lil bra, come talk to me, explain to me why.  Why do you want to go up against Murda?  Why is it so important to you? Please let me know…

SMOKEY
Big bra, just look at you, when we’re walking together all of the female and male cats idolize you, you’re the center of attention and attraction.

SHADY
Lil bra, I know you like all the attention. But lil bra the more attention the more problems.  Like all the younger cats want to take your place and knock you off.  It’s not a easy life to live.

SMOKEY
Big bra, this is my greatest wish.  But I can’t let you go because you’re my big brother.  Without you in my life it’s no point in me living.

SHADY
I don’t want to leave out of your life either but, you leave me no choice.

SMOKEY
So, wat do you call yourself doing threatening me that you’re going to leave out my life if I fight Murda?

SHADY
Yes, I’m making my point!!

SMOKEY
So if you’re threatening to leave out of my life over some bullshit ass fight, you don’t love me!
            
SHADY
If I didn’t love you I wouldn’t be telling you that you can’t fight Murda.  I would just say, go ahead and do yo thang.  So obviously, I do love you.

SMOKEY
Man, I need some time to think.

SHADY
You better think fast.  You only have about 45 minutes before the fight.

SMOKEY.
Yea. Whatever.  (Soliloquy): Man, I have lest than 45 minutes to choose between the love of my big brother or the fame of destroying Murda.  I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place.  UHHHHH—.  I can’t lose my brother because of the unconditional love that I have for him, but I need to destroy Murda because of the fame.  I want to be just like Shady, walking down the street and people recognize me.  And little kids are saying that I’m their hero and they want to be the king just like me one day.  Or how all of the ladies come up to Shady making small talk about how their owners are taking them to get groomed and does he want to come?  Man, I want to be the king!  The way I’m seen now is just like I’m just Shady’s lil brother the sidekick.  And it’s killing me because I just feel like the flunky, while he’s the tough guy.  This is tearing me apart.

SHADY
(Soliloquy):  Man, I love my little brother a lot ,but he’s too hardheaded from growing up in the ghetto.  I don’t want to leave him but I have to teach him a lesson.  And plus I can’t let him draw me back into that life.  The fast life isn’t nothing but a heartache and pain.  Everywhere you go you have to watch your back, not that I don’t do that already, but when you’re in the beef you have to watch your back extra and I’m not ready to jump back into that life. 

SMOKEY
Big bra I made my decision.  That I’m fighting Murda no matter what you say.  And if you walk out on me you’re not a real brother and you don’t love me.  And if you walk out, I don’t never want to see you again!   

SHADY
Alright!  Have if your way.  I’m gone.

SMOKEY
I knew you were a coward the whole time.

                         (SHADY walks away)

SMOKEY
I know you hear me coward!  HAHAHA!  Don’t bother turning around!  

                        (Later that night, after the fight.  Smokey goes to Shady’s house.)
            
SMOKEY
Big bra, I told you that I could beat him. 
            
SHADY
Didn’t I tell you I never wanted to see you again?  Leave and don’t come back. 
            
SMOKEY
Big bra! 
            
            
SHADY
Big bra nothing!  Good-bye Smokey. 

(THE END)

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