PAGEY’S DREAM

By Elijah

 

Characters:  Pagey the Note Paper, age 17

                       Mom the Lion, age 47

Setting:  The construction site in Golden Gate Park, next to trees that need to be cut down.

Time:  Present day, winter, on a cool Monday with a cool breeze.

At rise:  While pinned to a tree, Pagey is looking at every construction worker and at a new face in the park. Mom the Lion is on the hill behind Pagey and is also curious about the new face in the park. As the construction workers walk away for their lunch break, Mom the Lion comes down to speak to Pagey.


MOM

Hey son, it’s a pretty chilly day today, don’t chu think?

PAGEY

(Sigh) Yeah, I suppose so…

MOM

What’s wrong Pagey? You seem a little down today.

PAGEY

I just been thinking, but it’s nuthin’.

MOM

Are you sure son? Talk to me.

PAGEY

Okay…well, I been thinking. I have been through a lot, I’m sure others have too, but, I wanna let people know they aren’t alone.

MOM

What do you mean Pagey?

 PAGEY

I’m saying, you seen the new face, well, he’s a story teller.

MOM

What does that mean?

PAGEY

I overheard him talking and he was askin’ some people if they had a story to tell.

MOM

(Sigh) What are you getting at son?

PAGEY

Well, I’m saying I have a story to tell and I want people to hear it.

MOM

That’s just crazy; you should just stay up there and chill.

PAGEY

I’m tired of just chillin’ mom. Why can’t you just support me? This is what I want.

MOM

I am with you son, I just don’t want you to get hurt.

PAGEY

It’s not fair, when you were a cub it was dangerous for you to hunt, but grandpa still let you do it.

MOM

That’s different and this is not about me. It’s about you and your crazy thoughts.

PAGEY

My thoughts aren’t crazy. I just wanna be something and I need your help. I thought you would help me.

MOM

I would help you son, I just don’t wanna see you hurt.

PAGEY

I’m not a baby anymore mom, I can handle it.

MOM

Shut up and go to sleep! (she starts to walk away)

PAGEY

Why you always cut me off? You’re supposed to be a person I can count on, for anything.

MOM

Because there’s stuff I haven’t told you and now’s not the day to talk about it.

PAGEY

But it is mom, I don’t have a long time to think about it. The story teller’s leaving in a couple hours.

MOM

Alright Pagey, I don’t know how to say this, but, I have cancer.

PAGEY

What’s that mom? Is that bad?

MOM

Yes, it’s very bad son. I’m going to die, but I don’t know when.

PAGEY

Really mom? (Pagey sobs) Is it because of me? I promise I won’t go mom, just don’t leave me.

MOM

No son, it’s not because of you, it’s just bad health and bad timing. But, I do want you to go son, I just want you to be next to me before I go.

PAGEY

I don’t want you to go mom. I don’t know what else to say.

 MOM

You should just go and have fun. Tell the world your story. Don’t forget about your strong mother, and don’t be gone too long, but wait, before you go, give me a sample of what your story’s about.

PAGEY

Okay, sure ma. Well first…you know how I was hit by that nail and stuff and how I have seen a lot of bad stuff like shavings being sold and my friends being hit by that same nail gun and killed? But I lived and I’m happy about that because a lot of people would have died. But I’m a soldier, so I survived. So imma tell a survivors story, to let others know who are in similar situations, that they aren’t alone. So don’t give up. Even if people tell you, you aren’t nuthin. Prove them wrong and show them you something.

MOM

(She cries)

PAGEY

What’s wrong mom, you don’t think it’s good?

MOM

No (sobs), no Pagey, I think it’s great. Now go tell others and show them you are something…something special.

(Mom and Pagey hug)

 

 

THE END

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