The Matter of Time (2007)

 

A Play by Michael M.

 

CHARACTERS:

MONTANA, the Lion, age 4, GOD, the Lion, age 10, Montana’s father

 

SETTING:

4:15 in the afternoon on Friday, September 31.

 

TIME: In the jungle in Puerto Rico

AT RISE:

Jungle. Montana is playing with a lioness and God walks in

 

 

 

Log Cabin Ranch, December 2007

 

GOD

I need to tell Montana that I am dying in a year or weeks. But what if he’s not

ready to be king? Other than king how will he take that I am dying. I never think

about how he will take it. It’s his dad that is dying, so he will not take it that good.

How did you feel when your dad and mom got killed? You was mad, so you

better let him know that you are dying.

 

(MONTANA walks to his dad)

 

MONTANA

It looks like you have something on your mind Dad, do you want to talk?

 

GOD

That’s nice son, but I am ok.

 

MONTANA 

You don’t look ok. Tell me what’s on your mind.

 

GOD

Did you think about being king?

 

MONTANTA

That’s on your mind? Come on Dad, you been telling me for two weeks already,

Get off my bump Dad.

 

GOD

It’s not that I am on your bumper, whatever you lions call it. You just need to be

ready.

 

MONTANA 

I need to be ready. I have until I get your age. Do I have to be king now?

 

GOD

You will know sooner than you think.

 

MONTANA 

(to himself) Sooner than you think? (To GOD)  What do you mean sooner than I think? You just want to not have a lot of things to do and put it all on me.

 

GOD

I want to put it on you?  You little cub, you better watch your mouth to me.

 

MONTANA 

Look Dad, it’s my time to talk and you need to listen to me. I am not ready to be

king and you need to look how I feel about that.

 

GOD

Look Son, you have to be king and that’s it. Ok?

 

MONTANA 

I can’t keep it in no more. I don’t care what you want; it’s my life and not yours.

So let me be, you weak king.

 

GOD

Forget that. You’re my son and you are going to do what I say before I do

something that I don’t want to do. You hear me Montana?

 

MONTANA 

I ain’t a kid anymore. I would like if you put your hands on me. We will be going

at it.

 

GOD

(He starts to breathe heavy) Look you cub, I am not playing games with you.

I have a problem with me.

 

MONTANA 

Is that why you mad, that I don’t want to be king? Is that the problem Dad?

 

GOD

Look Son… Look, it’s time that I tell you. I can’t keep it in no more.  Have a seat.

 

MONTANA 

(Montana has a seat) Look Dad, what’s on your mind? You can tell me.

 

GOD

I don’t know how to put it to you.

 

MONTANA 

Put what to me? Dad, you making me sad.

 

GOD

I went to the vet and she told me some bad news, Son.

 

MONTANA 

It can’t be that bad, you look ok.

 

GOD

I am dying Son.

 

MONTANA 

Stop playing Dad.

 

GOD

I am not playing. She told me that I have a year or weeks to live.

 

MONTANA 

(puts his hands on his head and starts weeping)  Dad, don’t tell me that. 

We are going to get through it together. Do you hear me Dad, it’s going

To be ok.

 

GOD

I love you Son, that’s why you have to be king.

 

MONTANA 

Don’t say that Dad. You will make it, you hear me? That can’t happen to you.

You are a good lion and a good king.

 

GOD

Look Son, you have to be ready.

 

MONTANA 

Stop Dad. Forget being king right now. It’s about you. I love you and king ain’t

going nowhere. So don’t think about that right now.

 

GOD

You got it Son. Tell me something. No matter what happens to me, you will do

what’s right?

 

MONTANA 

I get it now. When you was telling me to be king it was for my own good. I

thought you was putting it on me so you could have fun. But the whole time I

thought you didn’t know where I was coming from. And that made me not feel

wanted. Little did I know you loved me.

 

GOD

Man, Son. I didn’t know you was going through that. I am glad that you told me

that. I always loved you and don’t you forget that. Even when I am gone. You

made me a happy dad and I know that you are going to be a good king.

 

MONTANA 

You will always be in my heart and in my mind. I love you Dad.

 

GOD

I know you will Son. You are ready. I love you.

 

(THE END)