Only the Strong Survive (2007)

 

A Play by Dontez A.

 

CHARACTERS:

MAYHEM the PITBULL, age 20, SUCKA the ROTTWEILER, age 19

 

SETTING: 2:00pm    September 11, 2006

TIME:

At “The Spot” in San Francisco.  We see trains, houses, street thugs.  We hear loud trains.  We feel the pavement and kibbles & bits.  We taste blood and purple puppy chow.  We smell the ocean, hatred, misery and death.

 

AT RISE:

MAYHEM and SUCKA are staring each other down, but with a face saying that they don’t want to start a problem in “The Spot.”

 

 

 

MAYHEM

Look at Sucka coming, let’s roll before it’s problems-  and bring the girls with you.

 

                        (On the way out, MAYHEM and SUCKA run into each other and stare at each other.  After a few seconds.)

 

MAYHEM

How has my god-mom been doing?

 

SUCKA

Fine, since you haven’t been destroying her life.

 

MAYHEM

I see you want to act like a little mutt.

 

SUCKA

Tear up out of here then.  And tell my god-mom I’ll come see her this week.

 

(MAYHEM leaves)

 

SCENE 2

                        PLACE:   At Mayhem’s Mom’s house

                        AT RISE:  MAYHEM is sitting on the patio.  SUCKA walks up.

 

MAYHEM

What’s up with you, dude?  What’s been going on?  I see you at work, at the junkyard; and I ain’t feelin’ how you bringing our beef to work while we’re doing our jobs.

 

SUCKA

Man, I’ma tell you like this:  Nobody told you to come work at the junkyard, when you know we ain’t on good terms and I already work there.

 

MAYHEM

No, I’ma tell you.  If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have that job.  Max wouldn’t of ever hired you.

 

SUCKA

Yeah, whatever.

 

MAYHEM

The was my connect and you know it, you mark ass mutt.

 

  SUCKA

Man, I know what this is about, Ok?  I know you’re still mad that I left you for dead out there with the Big Dawgs and you can’t handle it.  But damn, I didn’t think you would take it that bad.

 

MAYHEM

That bad?!  You know the rules.  If you wasn’t my brother, I’d dig a hole and bury you like you were one of my bones.  And now you gonna sit here and act like ain’t nothin’ happened, and I’m the one showing their tail?  When you know, that for what you did, deep down in your heart you feel like you should murder yourself.

 

SUCKA

Man, you know I don’t want to run the streets like that anyway.  I know I’m a big dog, but I ain’t tryin’ to see the boneyard or the dog pound.

 

MAYHEM

But you got in it anyway.  And put yourself on the line and had me put myself on the line.  And then you gonna turn and walk away on me like that?  Them dogs almost killed me, dude.

 

SUCKA

I didn’t mean for us to go that deep.  But I guess everything was movin’ too fast and I wasn’t ready for that.  So I cracked.

                                                                              

MAYHEM

So you still tellin’ me why you lived up to your name and pulled a sucka-move?

 

SUCKA

I wanted you to see that I really don’t want to be in it anymore.  I just didn’t have the words to tell you.

 

MAYHEM

If I would have died that night, would you had the guts or balls to tell my mom?  Or would you get scared and run from that too?

 

SUCKA

Look man.  I’m sorry.  That night was too crazy.  It looked like that deal was going to go bad.  So I thought I was doing both of us a favor by taking the ribs and bouncing.

 

MAYHEM

How do you feel that was doing me a favor?  It wasn’t doing me a favor unless your favor was to get me killed.  Killah and his pack flipped when they came with the purple puppy chow and I didn’t have the ribs for him.  He thought there was some type of set-up.  Like I was trying to kill him or something.  And that right there made my name bad.  And I had to explain to him that it was probably a mistake.  That I had probably picked up the wrong doggie-bag and you probably took it to make your move.  You know what he told me?  That he gonna take the ribs I have and won’t do business with me again.  And gave me my purple puppy chow.

 

SUCKA

If the deal was good, I was just outside.  You coulda came and got the ribs.

 

MAYHEM

But I shouldn’t have had to.  You know how the business goes.  That coulda got me killed.

 

SUCKA

I’m sorry.  So what are we gonna do from here?

 

MAYHEM

From here?  Nothin’ gonna happen from here.  Me are you are through!  When you see me, you don’t know me!!   So get off my patio.  My mom ain’t here.

 

SUCKA

C’mon dog.  Bruh, I ain’t tryin’ to have problems with you.  I can’t handle that.  That beef would break us apart.  Our houses would never be happy no more.  And I don’t wanna see that happen.  And I don’t wanna be the one to let our moms know what’s going on between us.  And you know they don’t want us livin’ that life anyway.

 

MAYHEM

You don’t wanna be the one to tell, but you wanna make peace.  But I feel the only way we can have peace is if I rip you to pieces.  So why don’t you come to the back yard and fight me like a big dog, and stop acting like a little puppy.

 

(They go in the back yard.  They go together with no words – just facial expressions)

                        (MAYHEM bites SUCKA, but Sucka doesn’t do nothing to defend himself.            Mayhem hurts him and leaves him bloody in the face.)

                                                                        

SUCKA

Mayhem, please stop.

 

MAYHEM

No.  Not until you fight me back.

 

                        (SUCKA does fight back and starts to win, the Mayhem over-powers him   and bites him until he’s almost unconscious.)

                        (When Sucka speaks, you can hear a weakness in his voice.)

                        (Mayhem’s MOM hears loud noises and comes to the back yard with an    amazed expression on her face.)

                                                                              

SUCKA

 (he puts his paw up) (weak)  Maw!  There’s Maw!

 

MAYHEM

 (like a child)  He started it!  He came over here and started problems with me.

 

SUCKA

Uh-uh.  I came over here to make peace, and stop the beef that we’re having.  He lyin’.

 

MAYHEM

Look Mom, this is a problem that we need to handle on our own and not have your sensitive touch in our business.  So you should go in the house and rest.

 

(MOM exits)

 

SUCKA

Why you had to lie to Mom like that?  And why you have to be the one to try and act all tough, when we was raised the same way?  And you know you not like one of those savage beasts on the street.  You don’t have to be out there like that.

 

MAYHEM

Lying?  I ain’t lying.  I just don’t need her all in my business.

 

SUCKA

We need to talk about business.

 

MAYHEM

You wanna be outta the game?  You pay me my money ribs.  And then it’s done.  I cut you off.  You outta it.

 

SUCKA

I do wanna get out the street life, but I don’t want you to cut me out of your life.

 

MAYHEM

Just pay me my ribs with interest.  And our lives can go on, on good terms.

 

SUCKA

How much?

 

MAYHEM

20,000 ribs.

 

SUCKA

Where I’ma gonna get that many ribs from?

 

MAYHEM

You said you don’t want any more of the street life, so dip into your stash and run me my ribs.

 

SUCKA

I don’t have all that stashed!

 

MAYHEM

Just run me what you got and give me the rest later.  Now come on, and let me take you to the hospital.  You better learn how to lock your jaws and shake like a pit bull, if you wanna be a big dog.

 

                        (MAYHEM picks SUCKA up and takes him away.)

 

THE END