Love and Sacrifice (2007)

 

A Play by Royce C.

 

CHARACTERS:

ILLIEACT, the pitbull, 18,   LISA the lion, 39, Illieact’s Mom

 

SETTING: In the woods near Illieacts and Lisa’s house

TIME:

9:00pm October 31, 2001

 

AT RISE: Lots of trees. The moon out. LISA and ILLIEACT are on stage.

 

 

LISA

Son!  Stay here in the house.

 

ILLIEACT

Mom, I want to help you get Dad back home with us.

 

LISA

But Son, it’s very dangerous where your father is. He’s being held against his will.

 

ILLIEACT

Mom, is this that Big Wolf man I’ve been hearing about? (laughs)  He don’t scare me.

 

LISA

Son, he don’t have too many people that test him, don’t make it out these woods.

 

ILLIEACT

But Mom, it’s Halloween and Dad is ‘posed to be here with us like any other

Holiday.

 

LISA

Son, I’m trying to think right now. Tonight will be the night when I find your father

and get him home.

 

ILLIEACT

But you said it’s dangerous, so why are you goin’ by yourself?

 

LISA

Yes Son, it is.  But I’m goin’ as one.  I will feel better knowing you are home safe.

 

ILLIEACT

I’m not a little kid any more.  I will help you one way or the other.

 

LISA

The best way to help is to stay here till I come back home with your father.

 

ILLIEACT

No Mom, it’s either you take me, or I go alone.  I love my dad too much to not

help.

 

LISA

You are not trained to fight.  I’m trained to get through this.

 

ILLIEACT

That’s what you don’t know, Mom. Dad train me to fight long ago.

 

LISA

Son, I didn’t know that.  But, Son, you not going.

 

ILLIEACT

I’m ‘gone’ to put a hurtin’ on them man in there Mom, let’s go.

 

LISA

No Son. I’m not taking you. All by myself is the best way to handle this.

 

ILLIEACT

We need to work together on this one Mom. Why can’t you see that?

 

LISA

I have seen it both ways. There’s no way I’m puttin’ both our lives on the line,

baby.

 

ILLIEACT

I don’t know about you, but I’m willing to put my life on the line for Dad.

 

LISA

And that’s the same for me. But both of you is a different story that would be my

heart lost.

 

ILLIEACT

Is there something you’re not telling me about the one deal, Mom?

 

LISA

You know just about all that I know, but not the trade.

 

ILLIEACT

What the hell is the trade? Was I ‘posed to know about what you’re saying?

 

LISA

This, this is goin’ to be hard to put in words Illieact, but but…

 

ILLIEACT

Spit it out Mom.  Is it bad?  Is Dad’s time up before you told me?

 

LISA

No not that. Your life is on the line for your Dad, it a trade.

 

ILLIEACT

Can you break this down better to me Mom? I don’t think I’m hearing you right.

 

LISA

It all started when I got that letter that your father was missing and it said Big

Wolf want a son.

 

ILLIEACT

That’s deep Mom. So Big Wolf want me for his son?

 

LISA

That what I’m sayin’. He want you for your father and I’m not willing to do that.

 

ILLIEACT

Is that the real reason why you don’t want me to come with you Mom?

 

LISA

That it. I know you’re old and trained to fight to protect yourself if needed to be. 

But it not worth that. What are we goin’ to do?

 

ILLIEACT

It’s important that we get him back.  So I will stay home.

 

LISA

Thanks, Son.  I will be back with your father. (aside)  When I left, I felt bad about my son home alone

 

ILLIEACT

I hope Mom and Dad come back here safe and sound.

 

THE END