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Herodian - Act 2

Short story By: fearnotbooks
Romance



Romantic Play


Submitted:Oct 14, 2011    Reads: 3    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


ACT 2

Scene 1:

We see a wonderful place-it is someone's apartment and there are people gathered in it. The atmosphere is jovial-there is obviously a very cool party going on. We can hear music in the background-New Age music or something popular. As we examine the crowd we see that they are a group of young people-college students and young professionals. Occasionally we can see what looks like a few college professors mingling but mostly they stay within their own group. This is not a wild party-this is very pleasant. Our attention is now on a small group sitting on and around the center couch. They are having a good time.

Jerry:

(Taking a swig from a bottle of beer.) Like I was saying-this was one critical test-if I had failed it I'd be in big trouble with my financial aid and stuff-hell-I probably wouldn't even be here.

Malinda:

I thought you came here on a full scholarship?

LARRY:

All the more reason to do well-it's only a free ride so long as your grades stay up.

Susan:

I'm glad I don't have to worry about any of that stuff.

Malinda:

Ah-the voice of the upper class-so rich-all they have to do is bribe their daughter's way into what most of us struggle to get into.

Jerry:

Oh-come on, Malinda-that wasn't fair. We are all suppose to be friends and we are suppose to have each other's back-not be at each other's backs. Besides-she can't help her situation anymore than any of us can help ours-you are born to the parents you are born to.

Susan:

Not unless you are adopted-taken out of the poverty that fate birthed you into and suddenly-your eyes are opened and you realize that there is a whole other world out there. When I was young-I used to wonder-how is it that those people could cling to this world so vividly-well only the rich have thanks to this world-because they get to have everything. While others-like me-like I was before I was adopted-while others seem to be given the dirt of the earth.

Jerry:

Wow-looks like someone has had just a little too much to drink. (There is a ring at the front door-he gets up and gets it. We can see that it is a special delivery-he takes the package.)

(As the party goes on and everyone is having a good time-we see that Jerry is curious about the package that he received. He finally decides to open it even though it probably isn't addressed to him. As he opens it-we see a small box that is ornamented with strange mystic symbols. He opens the box after examining it and now we see a strange transformation take place. The party seems to fade away in the background and appearing to him is a tall and beautiful woman. She is nude or scantily clad-she focuses on him.)

Herodia:

Who has released me from my thousand years of sleep?

Jerry:

Er-what the hell? What's going on here-one second I'm at my party and the next I'm standing here with you-who are you and where the hell am I?

Herodia:

(She studies the man for a moment and then comes to some realization.) What planet is this?

Jerry:

Planet? Yeah right...

Herodia:

(Becoming increasingly annoyed with the man.) My patience for fools is short if not limited. Either tell me what I wish to know or I'll see to it that you never speak again!

Jerry:

Okay-okay! Whatever-you're on the planet Earth.

Herodia:

Earth-yes-yes-now it all makes sense. Yes then-you are the human that freed me so I will grant you one wish-anything that you want.

Jerry:

Wow-someone must have slipped me something in my drink...

Herodia:

Is that what you wish?

Jerry:

What? Oh hell naw! Whether this a some trip or not-I'm not going down some bad trip by not following the rules of the dream. One wish, huh?

Herodia:

Whatever your heart desires-it can be great wealth or power-most men seek power. Health that will never fail-you can wish to live forever-anything...

Jerry:

(He seems to think on it for a long moment then...) Okay-I want you to marry me and love me forever-I want you to be my wife and to be in love with me forever!

Herodia:

(She seriously studies the man.) You can only have one wish.

Jerry:

I just asked for it. You will marry me and love me forever!

Herodia:

That is more than one wish.

Jerry:

Actually-it isn't. My wish might contain multiple inferences-but it is still all part of the same wish. You marrying me and loving me forever is all part of the same wish.

Herodia:

You can't ask for something that involves me.

Jerry:

Actually I can. You see-I figure that is how you got into the situation you were in just before I opened the box. You are a genie-right?

Herodia:

(She laughs-making him feel kind of stupid.) I'm no genie-actually I'm a princess-daughter of the king of Herodian.

Jerry:

What's that?

Herodia:

It hasn't happened yet-but my people will one day reveal themselves to your people. They will passively enslave your race-by offering to cure all their ailments-solve their political problems-bring them into the League of Worlds.

Jerry:

But none of this has happened yet-why?

Herodia:

Because I've been sent back into the past to groom the right person who will be instrumental in the fall of the human race.

Jerry:

By deception-my planet will fall because people will believe what?

Herodia:

Your people are looking for a savior. We will become that savior to your people.

Jerry:

Good Lord! Are you talking about the anti-Christ?

Herodia:

We have studied your world for countless centuries-since the beginning of human civilization. The Kingdom of Herodian has an enemy-a very powerful enemy. We are at war-we will offer your planet salvation at the cost-that you form a league with us to fight our common enemy. It is a small price to pay for the benefits that we offer you.

Jerry:

So-you are from outer space? Some other planet?

Herodia:

Yes and no.

Jerry:

Well-which one is it? Either you are or you are not.

Herodia:

I'm from a place just outside of your realm of existence. Yet I am from another world also.

Jerry:

I've heard about that kind of thing in my physics class-your from a paradoxical-realm. You exist in my world as one form but in another dimension next to mine-in yet another form.

Herodia:

Very impressive-the powers were right to send me to you-you might not seem like much-but you catch on quickly. Not many humans would have understood and accepted the truth so readily. You will become the catalyst-which will involve the means to the joining together of your world and that of the Herodian.

Scene 2:

We see that the party is over-it is the next day. A few of Jerry's friends have come by to help him clean up. However-for the most part-Jerry is still kind of out of it-laying on the couch in the middle of the room. Enters Herodia carrying some groceries. She seems to make herself at home putting away things-smiling at the others as if she's known them for years. Finally Susan and Larry come over to Jerry.

Susan:

Okay-we all give up-who is she?

Jerry:

What-what are you talking about?

Larry:

Who is the hot chick putting away all your groceries?

Jerry:

(He looks up and sees Herodia. He reacts to his feet.) Good Lord! I thought it was all a dream! A bad trip or something. I thought you guys put something mean in my drink and that I was tripping the whole time.

Herodia:

(Smiling and being very nice.) Hey there sleepy head-I was going to wake you this morning but decided to let you sleep it off. So-I went to the store and got some things. Hi, Larry. Hi, Susan.

Larry:

Hi-you know my name?

Susan:

And you are?

Herodia:

(She winks at Jerry and smiles back at them.) I'm Herodia-Jerry's new wife.

(They drag Jerry off to one side-shock and confusion on their faces.)

Susan:

Do you have something you want to tell us?

Larry:

When did you get married?

Herodia:

(Going about her business and duties pleasantly.) We were married last night!

(They all look over at her.)

Larry:

God-she is so hot! You dog! I knew you had it in you-but wow-you scored big time!

Susan:

I don't understand-how could you go out and just get married without telling any of your friends? In fact-when did you have the time to do all of this? You were at the party the whole time!

Herodia:

We got married after the party. When everyone went home-well not everyone-I stayed.

Susan:

What about Malinda? She's going to be devastated!

Jerry:

Malinda-oh wow...

Herodia:

(Comes to them offering beers.) Who is Malinda, dear? You didn't tell me about her-was she someone special?

Jerry:

(Finds the couch again-they all follow.) What the hell have I done?

Susan:

Look! If this is some kind of mistake-you can have the marriage annulled-there'd be no big deal!

Herodia:

(Becoming angry.) Are you saying I'm not good enough for him-are you trying to break us up-because that would be a mistake-you see-I'm married to Jerry and I love him-forever!

Larry:

Okay. That's nice. (Motions for Susan to join him over to the side-they talk in whispers but we can tell that they are both concerned and confused.)

Jerry:

I thought you were not real.

Herodia:

Jerry-my love-you are the future of a fantastic new world. A world where there will be no sickness or disease-no wars-no famines. Poverty will be wiped off the face of the earth.

Jerry:

Me-I'm going to be responsible for doing all that? That's insane!

Herodia:

Look-you could have wished for anything-I told you so-but you wanted me and you wanted me to love you forever. So-you have it-we are married and I can't help but be in love with you! However-your destiny is still the same-my mission was to make contact and groom the man who will be the catalyst for change-paving the way for even greater things to come. You are just one person in many who will play a vital role in the creation of a new society. Just imagine-no more sickness or wars.

Jerry:

But the war that the Herodian's are fighting-that is war.

Herodia:

But that war is against an enemy that you can not imagine. You will-your people will stop fighting amongst themselves and learn to embrace a greater threat to their existence.

Jerry:

I don't know-maybe they are right-maybe I can get this whole thing annulled.

Herodia:

You just don't get it do you?

Jerry:

Get what? That I'm married to my nightmare? Look don't get me wrong-you are probably the most beautiful woman that I've ever seen-hell-even Larry can't get over you. So-that is not it-it's just that you are not real-I mean-Good Lord-you came out of a funny little box. Wait a minute-how in the hell did that special delivery guy deliver to me that package in the first place-if someone else had answered the door...

Herodia:

It had to be you-there was never any doubt-what looks like random events to humans are actually signs of corrections-beings more powerful than yourselves-interfering in human events.

Jerry:

I'm going to have this thing annulled...

Scene 3:

We see a nice park-plenty of green trees and lovely spaces. People are mulling around and having a good time. A child passes by occasionally-running and playing. On a park bench is Jerry and Herodia-they are talking.

Jerry:

This whole thing was a mistake.

Herodia:

Jerry, when you marry and Herodian-you can never undo it.

Jerry:

Never?

Herodia:

It is impossible-we have a process-a process which insures that the right people marry. Yours and my marriage was planned by the gods.

Jerry:

Literally?

Herodia:

(Smiles and holds him tight.) Yes, silly-I'm here to help you-I'm your companion forever. We were not just married here on Earth-we were also married in my world also. The marriage is binding in more ways than you can imagine. Besides-I'm a princess-you lucky bastard! You could have just ended up marrying a commoner-so-how bad can that be?

Jerry:

It's just my friends-how can I tell them...

Herodia:

Don't tell them anything that they don't already know-besides-they won't believe you anyway. My identity has been sealed. If I'm investigated-I have a past-everything.

Jerry:

Your people think of everything.

Herodia:

No-not everything. We still have a job to do. Did you ever wonder why your space program seems to have stalled-gone no where-when at first-mankind had such hopes and dreams. Did you ever wonder why there is not a wheel within a wheel out there-in space-a space station of substance?

Jerry:

Now that you bring it up-it does seem a little retarded-that mankind hasn't done more as far as space exploration is concerned.

Herodia:

That's because my people have been in contact with certain heads of state on your planet-you were not ready yet. We have nothing against your warlike nature-in fact-it is just because of your inner fighting that we are attracted to you-but you can't fight amongst yourselves. You need guidance-a sense of purpose-Herodian can give you that-by uniting you with countless other civilizations-to fight an enemy more fierce than any that you have ever known.

Jerry:

I see-so we are just slaves to you and your people.

Herodia:

Don't think of it that way...

Jerry:

Well-that is what you said when I first met you-that we are slaves-made ready to fight an enemy that we have no bone to pick. All so we can have sickness and disease-poverty and famine eliminated.

Herodia:

And what price would you pay-what price would your people pay-to have those things and more? Just look around you-imagine a perfect world-with a perfect world government. Imagine being friends and allies with a race of beings who share their technology with you-who know and understand your society and how to get the best things out of it.

Jerry:

We'd rather be free!

Herodia:

Freedom is greatly over rated! Without our help-your planet will be dead in a few decades. Do you want that for your people?

Jerry:

They have a right to decide for themselves.

Herodia:

Damn you are a stubborn race of beings! I'll never understand why the Herodian Council decided to allow Earth to become a candidate for the League of Worlds. But what is done is done.

Jerry:

That's it-what's done is done? I don't think so...(Starts to leave-she pulls him back down.)

What the hell?

Herodia:

I might have to love you because that was your wish-and I might have to be married to you forever-because that's what you wanted. But I don't have to be nice to your friends-your loved ones-or anybody else that you care about!

Jerry:

Here it comes! Is that a threat-because there is something you need to know about us Earth folk-we don't like to be threatened!

Herodia:

It was more of a reminder-you need to understand-I'm a higher form of being than you are-I just look like a woman to you because that's the form I take in this world-but me compared to a typical Earth woman-there isn't any comparison-the form is where it all stops. You have no idea what type of powers I have do you?

Jerry:

Powers?

Herodia:

Look-you see that man over there. He's sick-dying-he has three days left-but he don't know it. (She waves her hands with mystic gestures. The man stands and then falls over dead. A commotion soon incurs.)

Jerry:

(He's shocked and horrified.) You just killed him! You bitch! You just killed an innocent man!

Herodia:

To make a point. Don't fuck with me! I'm duty bound to love and protect and be your wife forever. But I can hurt and kill and destroy anything and everything else here on Earth! But if you do what I tell you to do-we can have fun changing the world. (She smiles and kisses him passionately.) Now lets go home and make love.

Jerry:

My God! You are a demon!

Herodia:

Well-yeah! What did you think we were? Imaginary beings that were made up by silly old people long ago. No-wait-they were silly old people. Nowadays-we are called aliens from another planet!





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