It’s a Struggle
Description: Drugs or Love?
By Nish A.
CHARACTERS: Spark the Merman, Male, age 170 years old
SETTING: At Sparkle’s Castle in the city of Atlantis where there is trees and flowers all around. In the warm blue water you see an enormous amount of fish. Everyone is friendly, even a few of the sharks
TIME: 10:00 am on a summer day
AT RISE: Spark is in front of Sparkle’s Castle ready to have a serious conversation about their future. Sparkle is very happy to see him
(Head Down, kinda shy) Hey babe
(Smiling and happy) Hey baby
We gotta talk babe…
(Curious & Confused) What’s wrong?
I gotta confide to you. Something bad happened yesterday
OMG Babe. What did you do??????
Whatchu mean what did I do… Alright, well it really wasn’t
my fault first of all. So we found this sparkling amazing
bottle and we got curious of what it was. So we drank it.
I started feeling a way I never felt before. It was crazy.
Next thing you know, I was with my friends as they were
robbing a whale for his blubber. There were 7 of us total.
All of a sudden, the dolphins came and chased us. Four got
away and three of us got caught. I was one of the three.
(Head Down looking ashamed) They took us to the water tank
Babe! It was crazy. I was so scared. Then my pops came
and picked me up. It was all-bad
OMG Babe; YOU ARE SO STUPID! Why do you keep getting into
trouble???? You were hanging around Flipper huh? I told
you about him… (Frustrated) Why don’t you listen?
I know, I know. I should’ve stayed on the ship. I shouldn’t
have even been with them, but it’s hard sometimes because I
grew up with them
I worry about you Spark. I’m deeply in love with you; you
know that right? I want to start my new life with you. I
feel depressed when I’m not with you. You are always here
for me. You always encourage me with my problems and what
not. Do you know why I love you so much? Because you make
me feel like no other. I see big things with us, but I
fear I might loose you if you keep getting into trouble.
And I can’t afford loosing you. I’d feel emotionally torn
if you weren’t in my life
(ASIDE) I feel horrible. Sparkle means the world to me.
Without her, I can’t really even be me. I feel like I’m
not being all the way truthful with her. What I want to do
is show her that I can be a noble, good deed making merman.
I want to spend the rest of my life with her. (CLOSE ASIDE)
Being with you keeps me in check. I don’t know what I
would do without you Sparkle. I’m so glad that I have you
You do have me, all the way!
I hope I do after I tell you this…
What do you mean?
So when my pops came and picked me up from the tank, we had
a loooong talk. He said that I’ve become a menace to the
aquatic society. He said that he’s very disappointed in me
and he can’t take me getting into trouble no more. My pops
said he’s sending me back home to the coast of Tikki Tikki
until I can be the son that he wants me to be. I gotta
Are you serious? You’re leaving me…
Na, I’m not leaving you like that. I’ll be back. It’s just
going to be a while
How long will you be gone for?
Until I become a good son to my father and stop taking kelp
YOU’RE STILL TAKING KELP! You promised me that you would
stop taking kelp! You know what it does to you. (Shaking
her head) I can’t believe you broke your promise to me
It’s a struggle you know. I’ve been taking too much kelp
lately and it’s been causing me to get into a lot of
trouble. I just don’t know how to stop. I think I’m
addicted now. Maybe my pops is really trying to help me.
But I need your support Sparkle. You know you’re my
motivation right; to come back clean and start a family
You always say that you’re going to stop. What makes you
think you’re going to stop this time?
Because I can’t stand the thought of being away from you.
So I’m trying to be back ASAP!
Babe, can I tell you something now?
Of course, but it has to be fast because my pops is
expecting me soon
I’m going to tell you something that’s going to change our
lives forever. We’re expecting a baby merboy in 25 days.
I wanted to tell you when the time was right, but since
you’re going away and all I needed to tell you now. I plan
on moving out of my parent’s castle and being independent.
I can’t take living under their roof with all of their
rules and not being able to do anything. I want to get my
own castle and live with you while raising our family. But
that’s not going to happen Spark if you don’t change your
Whatchu saying you gonna leave me? And take my baby with
I hate to say this, but as much as I love you, I will if
you keep taking kelp and hanging around your stupid
friends. My greatest fear is that one day I will get a call
that you’re in the water tank and can’t come back home. I
really don’t want this to happen Babe. I love you so much
and I can’t see you not being in my life. But I won’t
allow me or our merbaby to see the type of merman you’re
becoming right now. So I’m giving you 20 days to get
you’re act straight. So you better straighten up.
Ok Babe, I know I’ve lied to you in the past. I never
really meant too, but it’s a struggle. Now that we’re
expecting a merbaby, everything has changed. I put my fin
up and swear on our relationship that when I come back I’ll
be a more responsible, noble, good deed merman. Kelp
and trouble free, including not hanging around my stupid
“fish” friends. I’m going to be a better son to my father
and an even greater father to my son. And more importantly,
I will be a better boyfriend to you. And get back to the
Merman that you first fell in love with. And if these
things don’t change, then don’t be with me. BUT they are
going to change because I want to be with you forever. So
are you going to wait for me?
You got 20 days. Show me and I’ll stay with you
Alright babe. I gotta go. I’ll see you in 20 days. I love
I love you to Spark. Take care of yourself so that you can
take care of us
Spark goes off to Tikki Tikki. Although Spark is
struggling to quit his ways, he keeps in mind Sparkle is
they’re waiting for him to change. He actually keeps his
promise and comes back home in 20 days. He apologizes to
everybody for what he did and begins a new relationship
with his pops. As for Sparkle, Spark comes back right in
time for their Merbaby’s birth. Sparkle realizes how
serious Spark is about everything. They begin to start
their own lives together. Sparkle is amazed and happy. They
live happily ever after