The Big Race

by Shane H.

 

Characters:  Quick the Viper, age 17

                        Speedy the Lexus, age 18

                        Best Friends

 

Setting:          At the starting line at the Grand Canyon National Race 2015.                                   They’re seeing a big crowd.  Millions of cars.  Smells like WD-40.                               Feels like adrenaline in the air.  Tastes nervous on the starting line.

 

Time:              present day, 5 minutes before the race, cold sunny day

 

At rise:            They’re at the starting line, ready to take off


 

 

QUICK

This is it, man.  The big race.

 

SPEEDY

Yeah, man.  You ready for me to win, ah?

 

QUICK

You will never get me Speedy.  You already know the outcome.

 

SPEEDY

Ah!  Whatever.

 

QUICK

Yeah, ah.

 

SPEEDY

I’ve been practicing all year for this.

 

QUICK

(H)ey man.  This one in the bag Speedy.  This one is for my dad.  I will keep his legacy going.

 

SPEEDY

I know man.  I know man.  I have to help my family, Quick.  So I will give it my all, man.  I swear – no holding back.

 

QUICK

May the best car win, my friend.  May the best car win.

 

SPEEDY

Right.  Also, let’s not lose our friendship over this, man.  However, this comes out.

 

(aside)  Man.  I am kinda nervous, man.  I never beat Quick before.  He is also very confident about this.  Very laid back.  I wonder why – if he is cheating – or wussup with him man.  So damn cocky.  What a ego.  Hope I can come out on top!

 

QUICK

Man, remember all the times I beat you in all them races at Drivers High, ah!

 

SPEEDY

Hey, man.  Knock it off.  My wheels was old.

 

QUICK

Ah, if you say so.

 

SPEEDY

Hey, Quick, you wanna know what I truly think?

 

QUICK

What?

 

SPEEDY

That you cheat in every race you are in.  That why you be so cocky.

QUICK

(hot)  Wow.  Man, are you serious?

 

SPEEDY

Yeah, man.  I think you cheat.

 

QUICK

Man!  Beep you, man.  You Rust Bucket.  What, some friend you are.  Gosh!  Mad cause I am better than you.  Huh.  You beep.

 

SPEEDY

What, man, no way.  You can never be better than me, you poser.

 

QUICK

Poser!  Okay, you done it now, man.  Watch, I will win and give you nothin’, loser.

 

SPEEDY

Sure.  Just take it out in the big race, poser.

 

QUICK

(aside)  Oh, man.  Speedy losing it, man.

 

Whatever! Man.

 

SPEEDY

Yeah, whatever.

 

(beat)

 

QUICK

So, man – you think I’m a big cheat just cause I’m da best, man!?

 

 

SPEEDY

Yeah, man.  Something off about you.

 

QUICK

Speedy, man, you’re tripping out on me, man.

 

SPEEDY

Ah!

 

QUICK

I think you letting this race get to that little tiny engine of yours.

 

SPEEDY

Man, have you forgot that my whole family is at stake here, man?  Have you?  This is for the greater good.

 

QUICK

No!  Speedy, have you forgot we been friends since we can talk, man!  And you are accusing me of cheating.  What a diesel you’re acting like.

 

SPEEDY

Diesel!  You busted up Honda.  You always win, man.  Man, and I never can beat you ever.  And I have to do this for my family!  If I don’t come out of top, my family will lose their home.  You know we don’t have anything.  No money, man!  So whatever it take to win, man.  Like I said.  You’re a cheat, man.

 

QUICK

Wow…man, I know how you feel.  Man, I know where you’re coming from.  You’re ma best bud, man.  I will do anything to help you and your family.  Anything!  You know how much this means to me, too.  And my father’s approval that I need, man.

 

 

SPEEDY

(warrior mode)  blah, blah, blah…  Man, let’s get ready for this race!  Dude.

 

QUICK

Really man…You act like you’re the only one person racing for something you need, man.

 

SPEEDY

Stop it, Quick.  You have it all!  You ungrateful poser.  You have anything a regular car can dream of, man.  You have the biggest house at school.  Your father is very rich.  You have all the latest gear, man.  All the chicks.  Man, you have it all.  Who would not love to be you?

 

QUICK

Speedy, man!  Believe me, man.  This life that you think I have.  This perfect life that you and everyone think I have.  It’s not all it’s made out to be.  Man, I have to train like I’m a slave.  Never have fun when I want.  My father is always up my rear end sweating me about how I have to keep the family legacy going, man.  It’s just a lot of pressure, man.  A lot.  And now this, man.  It’s just too much, man.

 

SPEEDY

Wow.  Quick, my bad, bud.  I didn’t know you had that much on your shoulders.  I understand you, man.  But I have a lot of pressure on me, too.  Listen…

My family has been struggling all this time.  I’m go to show the world what I am made of.  I will make my family proud.  I don’t want this for my family no more.  My family rent’s coming up, and if I win, I can buy us a big house.  I promised my sister I was going to do this and win.  My family will be poor no more.

 

QUICK

It always was my dream to win – and my father’s, too.  This is it.  I ready to make pop proud of me.  He won back in 1981.  So I have to win, too.  I have to.  My father will be so happy if I keep our family legacy going.

(3…2…1…gunshot goes off – Race starts!)

 

(Quick pulls off and he is flying, too…like 145 mph.

Speedy right on his tail.

They’re head to head – neck to neck.)

 

SPEEDY

(aside)  Man, I have to win.  Man, I have to.  Quick is fast, man.  I have to pass him before he gets in the zone like always and wins.

 

(hmmmm…Quick hit that corner like a pro and Speedy pass him at the corner)

 

QUICK

(aside)  Shoot, man, no!  Speedy showin his stuff.  He pass me, no how!  I’m the best.  No!  I can’t lose!

 

SPEEDY

(aside)  Yes.  Now I have the lead.

(they’re in the race)

(warrior mode)  Hey!  Quick, not so cocky now, huh poser!

 

QUICK

Huh, what you say, man…

 

(zip…Quick pass right by Speedy like it was nothing)

 

QUICK

Ah, what you was saying.  Who the poser now, loser!

 

SPEEDY

No!  No!  No!

 

 

QUICK

(laughing)  Ah!

(aside)  Now I got him.  Now I am inside his head.  This one in the bag.

 

SPEEDY

Hey!  Quick, you got something on your wheel.

 

QUICK

Huh?  Where?

 

SPEEDY

(laughing)   Ha!

 

(Speedy pass right past Quick)

 

QUICK

What, no!  Really?

 

(aside)  Wow.  That Rust Bucket really went that low, man.  All just to win.  No more playing.  You wanna play dirty, huh.

 

(Quick slides right up on Speedy and Bang!  He rams Speedy.  Bang, again.  Bang, again.  Now Speedy get knock off balance and Quick speeds off.)

 

SPEEDY

No!

 

QUICK

Now who the poser!

 

SPEEDY

You idiot!  You cheat!

QUICK

Catch you later!  Nerd!  (Zip!!!)

 

(Quick leave Speedy like it’s nothing and the finish line just ahead)

 

SPEEDY

(aside)  No!  I can’t lose, man!  No!

 

(Speedy get right back on path.  Flying – I mean flying.  Slides right up on Quick.)

 

QUICK

It’s over, man!

 

SPEEDY

You right.  It is over, Quick.  Over for you.

 

(Bang!  Speedy hit Quick and they both starts ramming each other.)

 

QUICK

Stop it, man!  You idiot.

 

SPEEDY

You stop, you cheater.

 

QUICK

I said knock it off.

 

(Bang!  Quick hit Speedy so hard they both flip right over the finish line. 

So they did a replay and Quick pass the line first.)

 

QUICK

YES!  YES!  Man, I knew it.  I knew it.  Yes, my father will be so proud.

 

SPEEDY

No!  This can’t be right.  He cheated!

 

(aside)  No.  My family.  I let them all down.  No!  We’re going to be poor, no!  I broke my promise.

 

QUICK

Hey, man.  That was a great race, man.  So close.  You almost pulled it off.  You almost beat me, man.  You never almost beat me in high school.

 

SPEEDY

(mad)  Whatever! Man, you knew how much this mean to me, man.  Now it’s all over.

 

QUICK

What, no.  Have you forgot we are best friends, man?  Did you forget I love you, man?  No, it’s not over.  I will buy your family a big house.

 

SPEEDY

Really?  Me…you mean it?

 

QUICK

Duh, man.  You’re like my brother.  You know that.

 

SPEEDY

Thanks, Quick.  Thanks.  Maybe you’re not a (laughing) poser after all.  Ha!

 

(They both laugh)

 

QUICK

Yea, man.  Let’s get home.

 

THE END

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