A Play by Angel C.

 

CHARACTERS:

Clarion the bull, age 18, Artsy the deer, age 16

SETTING:

A room in a giant high-tech maximum security cage that is on patrol 24/7 by mean, sarcastic matadors that only care about themselves.

TIME:

9 pm

AT RISE:

Clarion & Artsy are in the room away from the matadors’ view having a serious conversation.


Clarion

So, what’s your problem, little homie?  Why you been trying to set me up with time lately, huh?!

Artsy

What are you talking about?

Clarion

Oh, now you don’t know?  Think!

Artsy

Umm…Damn, I really don’t know.

Clarion

OK…play stupid, but I caught you trying to cover up the night light last night!

Artsy

Clarion

You know those matadors hate that!  You know they try to write you up in the bull log for anything!  You know I only have 5 more days till I reach those 30 days time free to be able to have my family come visit.

Artsy

Well, I can’t sleep with it on all night!  You and I both know that having it on all damn night isn’t necessary!

Clarion

That’s not all you’ve been doing to sabotage my goal!  You jealous of me or something?

Artsy

Jealous?  Oh, hell naw!  Why would I be?

Clarion

Because I’m doing so well.

Artsy

Man, don’t get at me like that, big bruh!

Clarion

Man, just be cool for 5 more days!  Stick to your drawings and just draw like you always do for the matadors to keep them happy, you kiss butt!

Artsy

Kiss butt?!  Whatever…I don’t have to do nothing for 5 days!

Clairon

Man, little dawg, what’s your problem?  Seriously, what’s going on?  You know I hella want to visit with my fams and eat some outside food and not this bull food they give us in here!

Artsy

Not to mention that the matadors eat all our extras too.

Clarion

Yeah, whatever.  So what’s your problem?

Artsy

Well, you wouldn’t care if I told you why I don’t want you to go to your visit.

Clarion

AHA!  I knew it!  You have been doing all this intentionally!  You sick little deer!

Artsy

Please calm down.  I’m sorry, big bruh, it’s just…well…

Clarion

Well, spit it out, and I don’t mean that literally!

Artsy

OK, well, I don’t want you to go and eat all that good food while I’m in here eating this nasty stuff!

Clarion

What!?  Are you serious?  Why, though?

Artsy

Because I’m a little jealous, that’s all.

Clarion

Damn, you really are jealous, huh?

Artsy

Well, a little.

Clarion

Well, how ‘bout this…I’ll bring some good food back for us to munch on when we’re…you know…fellin’ hungry.

Artsy

For real!?  You’d do that for me?  What about the matadors?  You know they’re scavengers when it comes to food.

Clarion

Well, what they don’t know won’t hurt them.

Artsy

Yeah, you’re right.

Clarion

Anything else?

Artsy

Well, kinda.  I would like to go to your visit with you, but forget it.  Just bring back food.

Clarion

Why forget it?  You want to go?  Why don’t you just do good and visit with your family?

Artsy

Well, Clarion, I don’t really have one.

Clarion

What do you mean you don’t have one?

Artsy

They were all killed by hunters when I was out in the wilds.

Clarion

Damn, little homie, sorry to hear that.

Artsy

So when you talk about your family I think about mine and how much I want to be a part of a family again.

Clarion

Well, you know what, young Artsy?

Artsy

What?

Clarion

Come with me to my family visit and be a part of my family.

Artsy

For real?!  You mean that?

Clarion

Yeah…I do.

Artsy

So…what does your family mean to you?  Why you so desperate to see them?

Clarion

My family means a whole lot to me because they been here for me from the get go.  They know how the animal justice center is corrupted and they never let me down.

Artsy

Wow.  Some family you got there.  All I can say is value them and make ‘em proud.

Clarion

Thanks…that really means a lot to me.  Artsy, you know what else has been bothering me?

Artsy

What?

Clarion

I hate how my mom brings herself down on thinking that she failed me.  Like if she doesn’t think she’s a good parent.  She’s done all she can for me.  I just made dumb decisions and did what I did out there.  She could have spent all her time with me but that still wouldn’t have prevented nothing.  If anything, I failed her and now I’m doing my best to get back on track.  There’s ignorant parents out there that think just because they spend a lot of time with their kids and they discipline them how they think is right, that they’re not going to get into trouble.  They’re going to do what they want regardless.

Artsy

All I can say is do right and prove those haters wrong.

Clarion

And just because you don’t have a family:   do right for yourself.

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