A Play by Michael R.

CHARACTERS:

Crazy the crocodile, age 14 years  Joker the crocodile, age 14 years, Crazy’s brother

TIME:
In October, on Friday the 13, in mating season

Place:
They live all up and down the Nile river, mostly around where the Gazelles drink water 

 

AT RISE:
Crazy is swimming away from Joker and Dad but Joker catches up to Crazy.   

                    


 

CRAZY
What the hell is your problem?

JOKER
What do you mean?

CRAZY
I mean, why the hell you come out of nowhere talking about you want to take out Grumpy.

JOKER
Well I haven’t come out of nowhere with this, I’ve been thinking about it lately. You always get the attention and you know dad likes you more than me, so why don’t you just let me do this, so dad would at least notice me more.

CRAZY

So you are only doing this to impress dad? Dad always picks you over me. He always tells you to come with him to go out and hunt instead of me. You know what I had to do, to not get mad at dad for not taking me too?
         
JOKER
What do you mean! Dad would favor you over me any day. You are the center of attention in the family. I have no one to go to, mom has no say in anything, she always has to agree with what dad says, because if she doesn’t she will be killed.

CRAZY
Well, it don’t even matter, why would you even think about taking my greatest wish – which is to take out Grumpy and have all his territory and be able to mate with all the females in the area – away from me, I thought you were my brother, I thought you loved me and cared about what I like to accomplish.

JOKER
I do care about what you want, but you got to see it from my point of view.

CRAZY
Well I cant see it from your damn point of view cause your point of view makes no sense to me. Plus you cant even fight him, you’re weak, scared, small, you’re walking into a dead-end, you’re gonna die.

JOKER
Well for your information I can fight, unlike you, I have been studying Grumpy and his weak points, I’ve also been getting tips from the older crocs in the area that don’t like Grumpy. And one thing that I really got over you is dad’s consent on going after Grumpy, unlike you; and if you get in my way I’m gonna have to take you out.

CRAZY
(In shock)
So now you’re gonna threaten me, don’t no one threaten my life and get away with it, not even my family.

JOKER
Crazy I was just playing with you, I didn’t mean what I just said, I was just trying to scare you.

CRAZY
Yeah right, you and dad don’t mean nothing to me anymore, first dad goes against me, now you, I thought I could count on family, but I guess I cant. As I grew up dad has always told me to be a real croc, you have to have you own territory, and your own female crocs, but when I try to pursue my goal of doing this, Dad just tells me no and says I’m gonna die, and that I’m not ready.

JOKER
Stop talking, you are not in your right frame of mind right now, you’re talking crazy, you don’t mean what you’re saying, calm down before you do something stupid, Crazy please.

CRAZY
I know exactly what I’m talking about, I have always been better than you in anything, you never did anything to show dad you are better than me, you know what, stop talking to me you soft ass crocodile, before I do something to you for real.

JOKER
Now you gonna act like a little ass girl and not talk.

CRAZY
(Silence)

JOKER
I thought we were brothers, I thought we wouldn’t really take things to the heart and want to hurt one another, Crazy just listen to me, PLEASE.

CRAZY
(In a calm low voice but really angry)
I’m gonna warn you one more time, stop talking to me before something bad happens.

JOKER
What do you mean before something bad –

(Crazy bites Joker’s lower jaw and rips part of it off, Joker backs off in shock, but goes back in and gets a hold of Crazy’s upper jaw, and starts trying to rip his upper jaw off by moving left to right, as this is happening Crazy sees how stronger Joker is and tricks Joker by saying)

CRAZY
Watch out Joker, Grumpy is right behind you.

(Joker lets go of Crazy, and turns around, by then Crazy says)

CRAZY
Sucker!
(He attacks him, bites him in the neck. As Joker is laying there Crazy’s dad swims up to them.)

JOKER
Crazy, (choking) what have you done, I feel so scared right now, all I wanted to do was be noticed in the family, but I guess I never will. (Dad is right there crying) Dad I hope you look at me differently now, I’m sorry I was nothing like Crazy. (He rolls over and dies.)

CRAZY
(Crying)
Dad I’m sorry, I, I, I never meant…

(Dad swims away, Crazy turns toward Joker’s body and says)

CRAZY
(Looks down at brother, crying)
I never meant to do this, I shouldn’t have been selfish. I can’t have everything I want, what I really wanted shouldn’t have affected our relationship as brothers, I should’ve listen to you. I’m sorry brother and I hope you can hear me and forgive me.

THE END

 

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