A Play by Timo

CHARACTERS:

Simba – a red nosed pit
Nala – a red nosed pit

SETTING:

West Point – Bay View Hunters Point, Simba’s house in the backyard

TIME: June 22, 2007 – 7:00am
AT RISE:

Simba wakes up and waits for Nala to come to talk to him through the fence in his backyard.


Nala
(nervous)    Hey babe, good morning

Simba
(Happily)     Hi…How’s your day?
Nala
Oh, same old same old. That damn dog catcher still on my tail every hour on the hour.  He just interrupted me from getting a half a sandwich and now I’m still hungry.

Simba
(sad)   I keep telling you to watch out for him, and why don’t you go back for that sandwich so you wont be so hungry all day long.

Nala
(nervous) No it’s okay, somebody is going to give me something to eat.

Simba
What do you mean somebody is going to give you something to eat? Why do you sound like that? What’s wrong?

Nala
(nervous)   Actually, that’s why I’m here Simba.

Simba
(cutting her off)   What are you saying babe? What’s going on, what are you trying to say?

Nala
(sad)    Simba, there is something I must tell you.

Simba
What are you  trying to say, is it another plan to get me out?

Nala
(clearing throat)     Simba, I don’t know how to say it so I’ll just come forward.  I’m seeing someone else.

Simba
(now mad)    What do you mean you’re seeing someone else? I don’t understand Nala, what are you saying?

Nala
I’ve been with him for almost a year now.  I’m sorry Simba but I feel like you can’t do anything  for me trapped in that garage and I can’t do nothing for you.

Simba
(voice cracking)   I don’t get it Nala, I thought you Loved me.  I thought there was no end.  What ever happened to that huh?

Nala
(crying)    Simba, I don’t even know how you look.  Now it’s been almost two years since I last seen you and I don’t think it’s been working out since we were split at the pound. I’m tired of coming over here when I can’t really even see you. I……

Simba
(cuts her off again) You don’t love me and why all of a sudden you wanna leave me? What’s he got that I don’t!

Nala
He has freedom, food and I’m telling you this because he asked me if I wanted to leave with him. He actually has his own house. I’m tired of trying to get you out of that damn garage.  We’ve been  making plans to get you out and none of it worked so I think it’s not meant to be Simba, I’m sorry.

Simba
(crying)   But I love you Nala.  What will I do without you.  I don’t have nobody to talk to or nobody to turn to.  So what will I do Nala.  If you leave me, I will be all alone in this world.  Please don’t do this to me.

Nala
Simba, you did this to yourself.  I told you I was willing to come live with you and you didn’t want that.  Just like all the other knuckleheads, your pride is bigger than your emotions.

Simba
(still crying)   Nala, please don’t do this.  I know you don’t want to.  Nala, follow your heart and use your mind. What do you feel deep down inside.  I know you better than this.  I know you still love me.

Nala
(crying)   Simba, what can you do for me behind this wall?  What will you do if I get hurt?  How will you support me in anyway or anything?  You can’t and how will I help you?       (angrily) This is about as far as it goes Simba. This damn wall between us!

Simba
Nala, I will do whatever it takes to be with you, don’t you see that.  Why are you doing this to me.  What have I ever done to you?

Nala
Simba, you’re not getting it.  That’s just it, you haven’t done anything to me or for me because you can’t.  Now how will that benefit my life?  I wasted enough time and sacrificed enough out of my life.  I feel we both know that its for the best that this should end now.

Simba
(voice cracking)     Nala, I know I haven’t been the best dog since we’ve been split, but can you blame me.  I mean look at me!

Nala
Simba, I can’t look at you! Did you forget that there is a wall in our way? I can’t even feel you Simba and for the record you haven’t done anything for me since the pound.  It’s like after we been split, we just became close friends, not lovers.

Simba
(crying)   I can’t believe what I’m hearing.  It’s like you don’t even care no more.  How can you say that Nala?  What’s really going on?

Nala
Simba, whatever happens just know that I love you but we both know that we can’t really do anything for each other physically, mentally or emotionally. I want to have kids someday and be a mother, but it can’t happen with us split like this.

Simba
What if I dig my way out of here?  Why haven’t we tried that?  Don’t you think that’s a good idea?

Nala
I don’t know Simba.  I don’t think that’s a good idea.  How will we look out for each other and how will you feed me and shelter us huh?

Simba
(angry)   Oh, now you think about that…you wasn’t saying all that last month when we we’re making plans to get me out! Now you wan’t to think about all of that. You don’t love me, you just act like you do because you don’t want to hurt me.  Unlike you Nala, I can handle the truth!

Nala
Simba, why can’t you just be happy for me.  I mean, you have food, shelter and I know you have a bed in there, but me, what do I have.  Nothing but a dream of a better day and it finally came to me.

Simba
Please give me another chance.  I promise I’ll be out by next week.

Nala
Simba, you’re not getting it. You’re just being selfish.  What about me and what I want?  Don’t get me wrong.  I want to be with you, but I don’t see it happening.

Simba
You know what, if it do make you happy, then go ahead and be with him, but remember that I always have and always will love you. But if we can’t be lovers can we at least still be friends?  You know I’ll be here till the very end.  I told you that way back then.

Nala
That’s why I hate love because when it comes down to it, we have to make a “BIG” decision and neither one of us will like it Simba. We can be friends, but  I just don’t know how that will turn out…you know, with me still  having feelings and you still having feelings.

Simba
So what….you don’t even want to be my friend neither?  WOW Nala. Why do you want to do this to me for?

Nala
Simba, I’m sorry but I have to go.

Simba
If this is how it ends, at least listen to what I have to say.
(poem entitled “The Way I Feel”)

The way I feel for you is real
But it hurts to find out how you feel
When I close my eyes and think about the love
Someway, somehow it’s you I first think of
But now today, my heart is torn
And I don’t know how I’ll carry on
If this is how you want to go
Leave in pain and sorrow
I’m sorry I haven’t been able to be there
Just know that I will always care.  I love you.

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