The Ying and the Yang (2013)

 

THE YING AND THE YANG

 

 By Miguel R.

 

 

 

Written By: Miguel R.

 

Mentored By: Javier R.

 

Program: Each One Reach One

 

Dates: July 22nd-August 5th, 2013

 

                                                   Description: The search for a father 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHARACTERS: Small the White Diamond, Male 15 years old.

 

                                                     Curious the Rat, Male 16 years old.

 

                          (Small’s Brother.)

 

 

 

    SETTING:  A big wall in front of a Palace. Off to the side by a small hole in the wall.

 

 

       TIME:  10 minutes before the royal crowning ceremony @ sun down.

 

 

 

 

 

    AT RISE:  Diamond and Rat are sitting at the hole in the wall at the Palace.

 

 

 

Diamond

 

We finally made it with 10 minutes to spare.

 

 

 

 

 

(Small rolls off Curious back)

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

Thanks for the ride bro.  I couldn’t have made it without

 

 

 

You.

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

(Sad) Um, I’m sorry to tell you this, but I have to go my

 

 

 

own way.

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

(Confused) What?

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

Yeah, I’m sorry brother, but I am looking for my father too

 

 

 

and sun down is getting closer and closer.

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

But how will you see without me?  You need me just as much

 

 

 

as I need you.

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

I don’t need you.  I can see perfectly.

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

You crashed into a tree last week that was four inches away

 

 

 

from you.

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

That doesn’t matter. I need to find my dad.

 

Diamond

 

I need you.  You are my legs just like I am your eyes.  We

 

 

 

are incomplete without each other. Please don’t go. I don’t

 

 

 

want you to get hurt without me being there.  I’ll feel

 

 

 

guilty for the rest of my life if anything happens to you.

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

Don’t be. I will be fine on my own.

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

But what about me?

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

I miss my father.  I’ve never had that father figure. This

 

 

 

is my chance to fill this gap in my heart.

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

What about me?

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

(Slamming his little paws to the floor) I’m tired of this

 

 

 

favoritism.  Everyone always chooses you over me just

 

 

 

because you think you are so perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

(Grinning) You think I’m perfect?  Awww.

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

That’s not important right now.  I need to find my dad.

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

I can’t believe you think I’m perfect? (Shaking his head)

 

 

 

I’m far from perfect.  I am so imperfect.  I have a hidden

 

 

 

crack that no one knows about. 

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

(Shocked) Is that true?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

Yes. I would not make it up.

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

But that never stops you from getting all that attention. 

 

 

 

Everyone expects me to take care of you when something’s

 

 

 

wrong.  It’s been like this for 5 years now.  Do you know

 

 

 

what kind of pressure that is? 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

Probably a lot.  I’m sorry.  I had no idea that you felt

 

 

 

like this.  But rat, we don’t have much time left. You

 

 

 

gotta help me brother.

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

No!  I’m sorry but I can’t.  I…I just can’t.  I refuse to

 

 

 

miss this opportunity.  I have been waiting my whole life. 

 

 

 

This could be really be my last chance to actually see my

 

 

 

dad and try to spend time with him.  I know he misses me. I

 

 

 

know it.

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

But what if you can’t find him?  There are millions of rats

 

 

 

in that Palace. 

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

Well, I could try!  I didn’t come on this journey for

 

 

 

Nothing.

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

So you tricked me into thinking that you were going all the

 

 

 

way with me and now your crossing me?  I thought we were

 

 

 

family.

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

In case your haven’t noticed, you and I are very different.

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

But we’re still family.

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

No we aren’t. The only thing keeping us together is our

 

 

 

mother stream.

 

 

 

 

 

(Big clock ringing one-minute warning-bing bang bing bang)

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

Curious, brother, we are running out of time.  You gotta

 

 

 

help me first.  If you trust me, I will help you find your

 

 

 

father once as soon as I get put into my rightful place.

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

How do I know you are not tricking me huh?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

Because I care so much about you.  You may not know this,

 

 

 

but I’ve always looked up to you.  Your will is so strong

 

 

 

and I envy that.

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

Do you really mean that?

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

Yes, of course. I love you Curious.  You have really been

 

 

 

good to me these last five years.

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

(Tearing Up) Thanks brother.  I love you to Smalls and I

 

 

 

trust you.  I will help you.  Will you forgive me?

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond

 

It is I who needs your forgiveness.  Well never mind this. 

 

 

 

We must go now.  We still got time.

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

Come on brother smalls the white diamond.  We got a crown

 

 

 

to get to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE END

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