DOGS IN THE HOOD
Characters: Mone Bands the pit bull, age 18
Bang Bro the Rottweiler, age 17
Setting: Doghouse in the Fillmore where the dogs are dying young by dog fights and dog catchers putting dogs to sleep.
Time: Hot sunny day in the summer.
At Rise: Mone Bands going crazy rippin’ up the doghouse lookin’ for his brother.
Man, where the hell is this boy at? (looking outside) Yo, did you see my lil bro?
Never mind, there he go right there. What’s up, bro? Why you out the doghouse
without tellin’ nobody? You know you can get killed out here.
Come on, dude. I don’t need to tell you when I’m coming out. I’m not your kid. You
don’t need to keep an eye on me. Nobody gettin’ killed out here when I’m outside.
Bro, I’m just lookin’ out for you. You think it’s safe out here when you got dogs deals
goin’ bad? I’m just tellin’ you the opps is rolling. They trying to put us to sleep.
Mom wants me to get you out of the hood and move to a safer spot where you can
get a new start.
I’m not going nowhere. I’m stayin’ here. You think I care about safe? I don’t care
about that. All my dogs is in this hood and that’s all I got. You don’t really know
what’s going on out here. I’m eating out here and if you don’t like it, stay out of my
way. And mom don’t know what she talkin’ about. I’m staying here.
Bro, you don’t get it. What you doing out here is what got our dad locked up
in that dog pound. So what if you go the same way? How will that make mom
feel to find out that she will never see her youngest son never again? You really
need to put a stop to what you doing out here. You is my only brother and I will
do whatever it takes to help you see success.
I don’t care about what dad did. However dad got locked up, that’s on him. I’m not
doing shit wrong but takin’ care of my family. The hood look up to me so I’m not
just bout to give up on my homies out here. We all we need.
I’m going to tell you one last time that you’re not stayin’ out here. When it’s time to
go, you’re coming with me. And if you think you not coming, I’m going to put them
dogs paws on you and you know how I can get when it’s time to throw them paws.
I’m the big brother here. I’m runnin’ the show right now. What mom wants me to
do, I’m gonna get it done. We’ll be leaving in the morning so be ready and I’m not
But bro, all this that I’m doin’ out here, I’m not about to give up on my homies. They
love me out here. If I go with you, my squad gonna think I’m a sucka. I’m sorry, bro,
but I can’t go. I got too much love out here in this hood. I been here from day one.
I don’t think I can go, man. I will be back in the house later. Get out of my way.
Yeah, you don’t got to come back here. Go stay at your homies’ house, you lil punk.
Oh, ok, now I’m a punk because I don’t want to go with you? LOL, you funny.
(Bang Bro leaves the house and shots start ringing off: POP! POP! POP!
Mone Bands runs outside and sees his brother laying in his own blood, shot in the leg. He helps Bang Bro to his feet.)
Bro, is you aight? Who did this? Mom, get out here! Bro hit, call 911!
I think you was right, I do need to get out of here. My own homies did this to me.
They seen me walkin’ out and hit me 3 times. I think they don’t want me out here no
more. I just need to let it go, man. Forget the hood. I’m out. They don’t love me out
Bro, what did I tell you? Nobody care about you out here. What I want you to do is
stay strong, man. I love you, bro. Stay strong.