By ANA N.
INDEPENDENT, the full moon, female, 21 years old
HANDSOME, the shining star, male, 21 years old
Up in Space, orbiting around the Earth. It is dark. The are planets, asteroids and stars all around. The heat of the Sun. The sound of crashing waves from the Ocean below. The scent of Nothing At All.
8 p.m. on Winter Solstice night.
HANDSOME is rotating back and forth, trying to plan his surprise.
INDEPENDENT is transiting through the sky towards HANDSOME.
Damn Rouge. She’s smart, funny, protective, and a one- of- a-
kind…Believe me when I say that. She keeps me in the right lane,
the right path when I need to get checked on. I can’t believe this
bruh. I’m goin to ask her, ask her to be my wife. Would she agree
to spend the rest of our existence together? As a family? Is she
ready, or am I doing too much? Bruh, nobody ain’t even known.
She keeps me happy.
Why can’t I convince my own mother that he isn’t a bad star? I
argued too much with her! She’s worried about if my gravitational
pull for her ocean tides will be the same if I’m with him. I ‘ve
never lost focus and I’ve never asked for anything. Will she at least
give me the chance to prove that things will be fine? Handsome
knows this. He just doesn’t get it though. I’ve told him about how
she is at times. He wouldn’t be surprised she disagrees about us
being together will he? I can’t believe her! How can she
say that to me! Heeeellllla burnt! Too burnt…
(Independent reaches Handsome in their orbits and they are now face to face)
Gahh Dayum you lookin fine…
Wass good bae.
What you been up to?
Thinkin bout chu
(HANDSOME eyes her up and down)
Haha, you cute, you cute
Naw, but foreal, you a full moon, got them curves havin me feel
some typah way. Extra round tonight…
INDEPENDENT (singing a la Beyonce)
“I woke up like this, I woke up like this, Flawless. Ladies sing it,
I woke up like this, I woke up like this.”
Hahaha! You a fool for that. But forealz…you in front of me makes
me shine brighter.
INDEPENDENT (smiling and blushing)
Haha. I guess.
Well babe, I want to ask you something.
Before you do, can you answer one question for me?
Depends…Am I in trouble?
Well…we’ve known each other for the hottest minute.
And…I don’t know, I don’t want you to ever leave me babe.
I’m tired of your orbits coming and goin. Don’t you think
it’d be koo just to post around with each other?
Yes bae, I feel it…
And tonight, our transits are where you’re close enough for me to
pull you into my orbit with my gravitational pull. The only night in
who knows how long.
I feel you…babe, I’ve been wantin to ask you.
I love you Independent! I want you to be mines, forever.
I know I feel exactly what you mean and I know where
you comin from.
Which is why I’ve been meaning to ask…Will you marry me?
Yes, I want you to be mines forever. I want you to be the mother
of my little planets babe.
Wow…This is huge babe. I mean this is really serious. Little planets?
And that’s how much I love you. I love you unconditionally babe.
I love you with the all of me. I want to be able to be here for you.
Babe…I love you too okay? Believe that but –
I’m feelin stupid right now. You don’t want me like that huh?
I want you, trust and believe that, but babe, our mothers don’t even
want us together. I was just thinkin we could just “be together”…
Without little planets.
Aight… I feel it, I don’t even know anymore. I’ve been looking for
someone special to build something beautiful with…but what’s the
point of that if all you want to do is just “be together”?
So what you tryna say?
I mean, if you pull me into your orbit and I stay there permanently,
it’s, you know…I really want this babe and if you don’t or aint feelin
the same, then I don’t know, other things can happen…
As in ?
(A PAUSE as they look at each other. HANDSOME lets it go)
Can you at least let me know what I need to do to change your
mind? I’ll do anything babe. Anything.
It’s not you, babe.
Then what is it?
My mom thinks that you’ll become a distraction to me. That I will
lag on my gravitational pull for her ocean tides. She thinks you aren’t
good for me, that you’ll only bring me trouble and that I’ll become
irresponsible…and little planets? How do you think she’ll take
that? Babe, I’ve been controlled by my mother my whole life. I don’t
think I’m ready to become a mother myself.
I don’t want to lose you.
I understand. I understand. All of it. I didn’t before, but I do now.
But, babe, me coming into your orbit…that’s a huge thing to do.
I mean giving my life up to be with you and all we’re going to be
doing is just “be together”? I’m trying to put a ring on it and call it
happily ever after.
Well, if that’s what you want and I’m not ready to give it to you,
then probably you should just look for another moon for yah…
boyyyy….like that babe ?
Well, Momma’s told me that if you love something,
you got to let it go…
Dayum. That hurts. A lot.
I don’t know. I need time…
TIME?! We got ten minutes till I’m close enough for that five minute
window where you can pull me in…
Baby, I don’t know! I don’t know what to do! I mean I don’t want
my mom to feel any betrayal and I don’t, I really don’t want to
lose you. (INDEPENDENT starts to cry).
Baby look at me. Look at me…
(INDEPENDENT makes eye contact)
You will never lose me. You have my heart and I’ll always love you.
You’re my everything and I want you to be happy. I’ll respect your
decision babe and I’ll take that. I never want you to do something
you don’t want to. I respect your mother’s thoughts too, but she’s
not you babe.
I don’t want your relationship with your mother to get worser by
us committing our lives to each other. I love you too much to put
you through any hurt, especially with moms. Like you said, if you
love something you got to let them go.
Our transits are starting to cross, it’s time.
I aint tryin to say goodbyes.
Then don’t baby.
HANDSOME (tears up)
I love you.
I love you too.
Who knows. Probably a miracle happens and I’ll see you again.
Ask me the question again babe.
The question! Your important question! You asked me to be your
You don’t have to…
Just ask me the damn question. I promise on everything, I’m
positively sure about my answer.
Yes! Now ask me the damn question!
But it’s time to switch orbits babe…
Ask the damn question!!!
OK, Independent, Will you marry me???
Yessss!!!! Yes! Yes! Yes!
(HANDSOME AND INDEPENDENT ARE NOW PERFECTLY ALIGNED.
INDEPENDENT PULLS HANDSOME INTO HER ORBIT. THEY ROTATE
END OF PLAY