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Herodian - Act 2

By: fearnotbooks

Page 1, Romantic Play

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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