A Play by Anthony N.

CHARACTERS:

WINDY the HURRICANE, age 20, ALMIGHTY the LION, age 21, WINDY’s closest friend

SETTING: 8:30pm on a stormy night.
TIME:

On the outskirts of the jungle where you can smell rotting corpses with the evil cries of tigers within the jungle, and high heavy winds, with the trees moving.

AT RISE: WINDY comes towards ALMIGHTY. ALMIGHTY is starting a fire.


ALMIGHTY
You scared me. I didn’t even hear you coming.

WINDY
Oh, I’m sorry. What’cha doing?

ALMIGHTY
Starting a fire.

WINDY
On a rainy night like this?

ALMIGHTY

What’s wrong with that? 
           
WINDY
Fire and water don’t mix.

(SILENCE.)

ALMIGHTY
What’s wrong?

WINDY
Nothing.

(WINDY goes into a monologue that ALMIGHTY can’t hear)

I can’t believe the tigers want me to kill ALMIGHTY by sunrise tomorrow. I told them from the beginning that I will only spy on ALMIGHTY and nothing else. In return they promised to give me a place to stay so I won’t wander this world and feel rejected and unloved.  But if I don’t kill him, they will come for me and kill me. But if I kill ALMIGHTY, I’ll be no use to the tigers. Which means I won’t have a place to stay. Man, this is overwhelming.  I can’t believe I gotta kill my closest friend to have a place to call home. And my greatest wish was to find a home because all my life I’ve been going place to place being rejected because of my destructive and sneaky ways.    (WINDY sighs and speaks in a low tone)  But part of this deal make me find a friend who has accepted me and now I gotta kill him. Even though he was a good friend, I’m going to have to kill him.

                        (WINDY turns to ALMIGHTY)

WINDY
Don’t you think a fire at this time of night would attract attention?

ALMIGHTY
C’mon man, we live in the outskirts of the jungle. The closest danger is at least two miles deep inside the…

                        (WINDY attacks ALMIGHTY by knocking a tree on top of him. ALMIGHTY is stuck under the tree and injured.)

ALMIGHTY
(Voice sounds like he’s hurting, he screams in pain.)
What are you doing?

WINDY
I’m sorry but I made a deal with the tigers.

ALMIGHTY
What?

WINDY
Yeah, they told me if I kill you, I’ve a place to call home.

ALMIGHTY
Are you insane? You’d do this to your best friend? I treated you like family.

WINDY
You have no family.

ALMIGHTY
Ever since my family was killed by the tigers when I was a cub, I looked at you as my family. And now you’re working for that same tiger that you knew that I wanted to kill. You betrayed me to have a home?

WINDY
All I wanted was everyone to accept me.

ALMIGHTY
Do you think the tigers will really accept you? Why do you think you live in the outskirts of the jungle?

WINDY
To spy on you.

ALMIGHTY
No, the reason is that they don’t want you and they don’t care about you. They are just using you.

WINDY
How do you know?

ALMIGHTY
I know because they lied to my family.

WINDY
How?

ALMIGHTY
They told my family if they give up the throne they’d let them leave. But when they gave up the throne the tigers murdered my whole family.

WINDY
Are you trying to tell me that they’re trying to trick me?

ALMIGHTY
I’m trying to tell you that they WILL trick you.

                        (WINDY removes the tree and walks away. And while he’s walking away he is attacked by the tigers. And ALMIGHTY comes to scare away the tigers. In the process of scaring them away, ALMIGHTY is hurt so much that he faints when they leave. When he wakes up some time later, WINDY is tapping his fingers together.)

WINDY
Why did you save me?

ALMIGHTY
Because you are my friend and that means everything to me.

WINDY
Look man, I’m sorry. What I did was crazy. All this time I was looking for a home and for people to accept me. And I had that with you, you accepted me. I would never forgive myself for doing this to you. But could you forgive me?

ALMIGHTY
(Gets up and walks away and as he walks away says) In time.  (Looks back and says) Of course I’m gonna forgive you. You are my family.

WINDY
Thank you for opening up my eyes and let me know that you can only have a home, if you have family.

                        (WINDY felt bad about what he did, so he went to the middle of the jungle and attacked the tigers destroying everything in his path, killing three quarters of the tiger population. Then was murdered by the king of the tigers. Five years later, ALMIGHTY took the throne back.)

THE END

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