Odyssey

    By Edward S.

 

Characters:                 Longing the Wolf, 27 Male

Wander the Eagle, 23 Female

 

Setting:                        Madagascar, Tree and Cave

Time:                           3:00 pm, Summer

At Rise:                       Longing the Wolf just gets home to the cave he shares with Wander the Eagle.


 

Longing:

Honey I’m home.  (Comes over to her and kisses her.)  Did you do something to your feathers?  And you look thinner, you doing yoga or something?

 

Wander:

(worried, trying to hide something) No, nothing like that.  You’re probably seeing things. 

 

Longing:

Oh alright.  Hey do you remember when we had our first date and we saw that couple of pigs with a new born baby and I spaced out and dropped into the lake?

 

Wander:

How could I forget?  I had to jump in and save you.  (giggles) It was probably the most…interesting date I have ever been on.

 

Longing:

 

(grins) I was wondering…maybe we should get our family started.

 

Wander:

Not this again.  I told you we are too young!  Where is all this coming from?

 

 

Longing:

I overheard down at the palm trees that the east side lion gang just killed that family of pigs 3 days ago.

 

 

Wander:

Oh no!  (embraces Wolf)

 

Longing:

 (slowly pulls away)  It made me think about life and how it is so short.  God forbid anything happens to us but if something does I want a couple little ones to continue our legacy.

 

Wander:

How about we just leave this jungle and go somewhere safe?  You know I’ve been wanting to see new places, try new things.

 

Longing:

I don’t know. I’m tired of moving around let’s just stay where we are.

 

Wander:

Tired of moving around?  I thought you lived in this jungle your whole life?

 

Longing:

 (looks nervous) Uh…I mean…I’m just tired!  I don’t want to go anywhere but here.

 

Wander:

Longing, I know when you’re lying to me!  Tell me the truth.

 

 

Longing:

…I’m originally from Russia.

 

Wander:

What? (confused)

 

Longing:

And my mom’s been dead since I was 7.  And I never met my father.  I grew up fending off different predators after their next meal.  I had to steal from families and old animals.  I did this for years and felt myself die inside with every passing day.  I became ruthless and I hated it.  I was on the verge of killing myself, I wanted to take myself out of my misery…until I met you…

 

Wander:

But you told me your parents were over protective like mine?

 

Longing:

I know, I just thought that we were just so different and that you would never fall for a wolf like me.

 

Wander:

I didn’t fall for you because we had the same background.  I fell in love with you because you are the most loving and caring person I know.  I knew you were the one when you saved me from getting killed from the East side lion gang.

 

 

Longing:

Thanks, but I don’t think I can handle moving right now.  After all I’ve been through.

 

Wander:

But Longing, you know that I’ve always wanted to leave this place.  You know that my parents kept me locked up in that nest for years!  I don’t have that much time left!  (covers mouth)

 

Longing:

Not much time left?  What do you mean?

 

Wander:

I…I didn’t mean…(runs away)

 

Longing:

(grabs wing)  Wander, tell me what’s wrong.  You know you can tell me anything…

 

Wander:

I went to the veterinary clinic and got some x-rays because I felt a lump on my chest.  It turned out it was a tumor…(cries) Longing, I have cancer!  (puts head in Longing’s chest)

 

Longing:

You what? (lifts her beak) You’re kidding right?  Just like the time you were late on your period and said I should get neutered?  Right? …Oh no, how could I have not noticed.  I’m such an idiot.  I had the nerve to ask you if you have been working out!  I’m so sorry!  Wander, I can’t loose you, you’re the reason I wake up eery morning.  First my mom and now you, I feel like my heart’s been ripped out and trampled on my an elephant.  You should’ve told me as soon as you found out.

 

Wander:

No, it was wrong of me to keep it a secret from you.  I should be the one apologizing.  The doctor said I have less than a year.  This is why I want to travel around the world because while I was sitting on the veterinary’s bed, I had a flash of  my life and I haven’t done anything special or meaningful for myself, well, besides meeting you.

 

Longing:

I don’t believe it…I never knew how you felt.  But I think this is more the reason to have kids while we can, so you could always be with me one way, shape or form.

 

Wander:

But what about what I want?!  Why does it have to be all about you?

 

 

Longing:

I didn’t mean it like that.  I meant…

 

Wander:

(cuts him off)  I don’t want to hear it!  What, you expect me to let my babies grow up without a mother?! Over my dead body.  How could you even think that?  Out of all people YOU should know what it feels like to grow up without a mom. Think about how they could turn out.  They might end up like…

 

Longing:

What?  Like me?

 

Wander:

You know I wasn’t going to say that!

 

Longing:

You didn’t have to!  Wander, please think about what I said.  We both aren’t going to live forever.  I probably only got a good 7 years. Wolfs don’t live that long.  I just want to raise smart and loving kids.  I want them to grow up to be proud that we were their parents.  Not like my deadbeat father.

 

Wander:

I feel for you Longing, I really do…but I can’t let myself do what you’re asking for.  Just come with me, as my dying wish.  And when I pass on you can start a family with someone else, someone better than me.

 

Longing:

How can you even say that?  You’re the only person, I can never imagine starting a family without you!  I love you more than anything in this world!  I refuse!

 

Wander:

Well, I guess we can’t do anything about it.

 

Longing:

So you’ll stay here and start a family with me?!

 

Wander:

No…I’m sorry Longing, it’s over.  Don’t ever forget me because I know I’ll never forget about you.  Goodbye Longing, I love you.  (Flies away.)

 

THE END

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