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Herodian - Act 3

Short story By: fearnotbooks
Romance



Romantic Play


Submitted:Oct 14, 2011    Reads: 1    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


ACT 3

Scene 1:

We see a very nice home and there is lots of friends and guest-it is Jerry's parent's home and we can see family members roaming about talking to one another. It is around Christmas time and we can see a well decorated tree in the background. Some of the younger children are busy messing around with the presents under the tree-but no one is opening anything-it's not time. Enters Jerry and Herodia from another part of the house. They roam a bit and are captured by Jerry's sister and his mother.

Sandra:

(She's all happy.) I must say it was quite a shock to find out that my little brother had gone off and gotten married while still in college. It's so not like you.

Mrs.Crowder:

(Visibly moved or upset.) You know that your father and I wanted you to wait until you finished college before even considering marriage. I mean-you have your career and all that to establish first. Where did you say the two of you met?

Jerry:

Er-we met...

Herodia:

We met at a party. When I first laid eyes on your son I knew that he was special.

Sandra:

Special in the head!

Mrs.Crowder:

Sandy! That's not very nice-he is after all family. Besides-when is it that you will settle down and get married?

Sandra:

Looks I did the opposite of you-I finished college and got a good job and then decided that I didn't want to get married. Now-all mom and dad do is rag on me about how I'm throwing the best years of my life away. But I don't see it that way.

Mrs.Crowder:

That's because you are selfish and spoiled!

Sandra:

Oh wow-coming from the woman who spoiled me. You two want a drink? (She motions to the help who promptly bring over drinks.) Can't have a party if everyone is sober.

Herodia:

Ah-a party girl after my own heart.

Mrs.Crowder:

Yes-about that-how well did the two of you know each other before you hooked up. What does your family do?

Herodia:

My family?

Jerry:

(Panicking) Er-mom-maybe Herodia doesn't want to expose herself to all of this-after all-this is suppose to be a party.

Herodia:

(Kisses Jerry a soft and gentle way.) Oh, honey-that's okay-it's only natural that your mother would have questions. My family is in politics-and diamonds.

(Sandra and Mrs. Crowder are speechless for a moment-then they snap out of it.)

Mrs.Crowder:

Really? My-that is quite a potent combination. Of course your family isn't involved in those nasty blood diamonds?

Herodia:

I assure you that my family can't stand the horrors of such a thing. No-our employees-right down to the last person-is treated with the utmost of respect and consideration.

Sandra:

That'll be a first.

Mrs. Crowder:

Sandra Ellen Crowder-behave yourself.

Sandra:

Oh great-here goes the whole name thing. You know I've done something ill-colored when mom uses my full name.

Herodia:

Mine does the same-so don't sweat it. Hey-you know-I haven't had anything to eat all day-do you think your kitchen help might be able to whip up something for me?

(The two women go off into another part of the house-just talking and giggling-Herodia has handled herself well.)

Mrs.Crowder:

(Turning to her son with concern on her face.) She seems like a very nice lady-I think your dad will take a liking to her. He likes the smooth and sophisticated type-specially if they come from old money.

So-what's wrong with her?

Jerry:

Mom?

Mrs.Crowder:

Son-you didn't even so much as mention her all the time you've been in college. Now-all of a sudden-you show up at the annual family Christmas gathering-with her on your arm and married to boot. You knew that we all wanted you to have a grand wedding-even if you are the boy and her parents are suppose to have the wedding-it was something that we all planned for both you and your sister. Now your sister-God only knows when she will finally settle down.

Jerry:

There's nothing wrong with Herodia.

Mrs.Crowder:

She's rich-have you met her parents or is she doing to them what you have done to us?

Jerry:

Mom-I'm sorry-I'm sure you and dad would have loved to have been there for the wedding-the marriage-you know what I mean. But the fact of the matter-is that we got caught up in the experience-and the next thing we knew-we were husband and wife-forever...

Mrs.Crowder:

Forever? Hmm. That sounded strange coming from your mouth.

Jerry:

You know what I mean, mom.

Mrs.Crowder:

I know that your dad is going to react to her differently than the way that I have-if the girl's got money-that's all your father cares about. Good up bring and wealth-the right clubs and golf courses. Membership in all the right leagues and private consortiums.

Jerry:

(Sounding very resigned.) She very powerful...

Mrs.Crowder:

What?

Jerry:

I mean-her family has political pull in the right places. I guess that's a good thing.

Mrs.Crowder:

Coming from a hippie art major-you are sure trying to convince yourself that she's the right one. How did you get into this mess, Jerry? Is she pregnant or something? Because you know-those kind of things can be fixed.

Jerry:

No! No-she's not that-and it all depends on your moral compass as to whether or not those kind of things can be fixed. It's not that at all-we just met and fell in love-because she really loves me-forever...

Mrs.Crowder:

There you go again with that forever thing. Now-I'll be the first to admit that the Good Lord Jesus Christ wants us to be sound in our marriages-and God knows that nowadays-more marriages fail than succeed. But forever is a long time...

Jerry:

Forever is never-because time has nothing to do with it. Forever means that even after all time has come to an end-and it will one day-Herodia and I will still be married and she'll still be in love with me. God-what have I done..."

(Just then Herodia comes back out-Mrs. Crowder reacts.)

Herodia:

(Holding a full plate of fine food-giving some to her husband.) You have to eat too-we both have been so busy that we forgot to eat anything. Mrs. Crowder, you have a lovely kitchen-I think when Jerry and I finally settle down-I'm going to model some of my ideas off of yours.

Mrs.Crowder:

You seem like a lovely young woman, Herodia-and you always seem to have just the right words to say. (Mrs.Crowder kisses Herodia on the cheek-then goes off.) Now-where is that father of yours?

Jerry:

They like you.

Herodia:

(Kisses him.) Of course they like me-what's not to like. I know everything about them.

Scene 2:

We are outside on the driveway. We see Mrs.Crowder as she discovers her husband laying on the ground-he's had a heart attack. She screams for help and others come out of the house and discover the situation. Someone who knows something about medicine starts administering first-aid-while barking out orders to others standing by. Jerry and Herodia come out of the house along with Sandra. They join Mrs. Crowder who is visibly distraught.

Jerry:

(Comforting his mother.) Mom-don't worry-help is on the way-dad's going to be okay.

Herodia:

(Pulls him off to the side.) Your father is dying-he won't make the night.

Jerry:

(All torn apart.) Oh my God-we all knew that dad had a bad heart but-but...

Herodia:

But you all thought that he had more time.

Jerry:

Yeah-more time-if only he did...

Herodia:

(Taking her husband into her arms.) Darling-do you want me to say him?

Jerry:

(Pulls away-he's both shocked and confused.) You didn't have anything to do with this did you?

Herodia:

What? No! Why would I do something like this-what would it gain me? No-it's just his time. But I can save him-if you want me to.

Jerry:

(Looks at the situation-his mother broken in tears-his sister trying to console their mother. The crowd-the guest-talking and murmuring. We can see a reaction in Jerry's face.) Okay-can you really do something-I mean-I know that you can kill. Can you heal too?

Herodia:

(Smiles and kisses Jerry passionately.) I'd do anything for you, Jerry-I love you. (She then turns to the fallen father-she goes to him and moves the other out of the way. Then she whispers something that we can't quite make out. Then she takes hold of the fallen man's hands.) Mr. Crowder-Mr. Crowder-Mr. Crowder-you're okay now-get up. (And instantly-he is healed.)

(Mr. Crowder stands-his wife and daughter run to him-supporting him--but he is standing strongly. The guest are amazed-maybe in shock-some of them-they murmur even more.) What is this? How did that woman do that? Did you see how she just touched him and he's gotten better?

Sandra:

(Comes to them off to the side.) I don't know how you did that, Herodia-but thank you-thank you for saving our father's life.

Herodia:

(Smiles.) He's my father-in-law-he my father too...

Mrs.Crowder:

(She's helping him to pass into the house-though we can clearly hear the ambulance coming in the distance.) I don't know how you did this, dear girl-but you are one of us now-there will be no more questions-thank you.

(Everyone is going back in now and the emergency team has arrived. They are bringing their gear inside. Lights from the emergency vehicles are flashing and there is all sorts of commotion going on. But Jerry and Herodia are standing off to the side-holding one another close and lovingly-has he finally accepted her?)

Jerry:

Thanks for saving my dad.

Herodia:

(Seem just a little put off.) No problem-so long as you are happy. I was glad to do it.

Jerry:

So-you're not so evil after all. (He kisses her passionately.)

Herodia:

I never said I was evil-you made a bunch of assumptions-based on ancient folk tales. I told you the truth-I'm from another world-another planet if you will. To me-good and evil don't have any real meaning-like they do to you-or they mean something else-very different to my people than it does to yours-here on Earth.

(Someone comes out and calls for the two of them. Apparently Jerry's father is asking for them. The mood has now shifted to that of rejoicing-fitting for Christmas. Jerry and Herodia start in at the other's beaconing.)

Jerry:

Don't tell my dad how you did it-it would just freak him out-everybody really.

Scene 3:

We are in the bedroom where we see Jerry's father lying in bed all covered and well taken care of. A doctor is examining him-it seems to be the family doctor. A few close friends are in the room but for the most part-others have been asked to stay out. Enters Jerry and Herodia. Mrs. Crowder lights up when she sees them and so does Sandra-we can tell that the gratitude runs deep. Mr. Crowder motions for them to come over to the bed.

Family Doctor:

(Passing.) I don't know what you did, young lady-but his heart is beating like a twenty year old's-we are going to have to talk.

Jerry:

Dad, I'd like you to meet my wife, Herodia-Herodia-my dad.

Mr.Crowder:

I hear this was quite the thing you did for me out there. I didn't know my son had married a doctor?

Herodia:

My mother is a physician-my father is a politician. So I guess that puts me right in the middle-a little bit of good and a little bit of evil.

Mr.Crowder:

(Laughs at the irony.) Well-we'll have to thank your mother personally for teaching you her medical skills. And I want to welcome you personally into the family. My wife has nothing but praises for you. Even Sandra has nice words to say about you-and that is an accomplishment-believe you me.

Sandra:

It's going to be good to have a sister I can talk with and stuff-thank you, Herodia.

Herodia:

I'm just glad that Jerry had the good sense to make an honest woman out of me. (They all laugh.)

Jerry:

Dad, are you really alright?

Mr.Crowder:

I really am-the doctor wants me to be checked into the hospital for some test. But I can tell you right now-I feel great. Haven't felt this well in decades-I feel like a young man again-you've got the magic touch, Herodia.

Herodia:

Oh-I think that love has a lot to do with it-it would have broken Jerry's heart.

Sandra:

I think I can speak for all of us-it would have broken all of our hearts if dad hadn't made it. It would have been a bitter Christmas. But thank the Good Lord Jesus Christ for sending us you.

Jerry:

(Reacts.) Yes-well-maybe we should all let dad get some rest. They'll be taking him to the hospital in a few moments.

(They all agree and start to filter out after giving Mr. Crowder good wishes-but he gestures for Jerry and Herodia to stay for a moment. Mrs. Crowder sees that and after blowing him a kiss exits too.)

Mr. Crowder:

My wife was worried that I might not like you, Herodia.

Herodia:

(She has a big warm smile on her face.) Oh I kind of grow on you after awhile. It's like I just came out of a brand new box...

Jerry:

(Reacts.) Er-yeah-dad, she is quite the good cook too-you should taste some of her cooking-she could be a professional chef.

Mr.Crowder:

I'll admit-I was worried about you, Jerry. Sending you off to that ivy league school-when you had protested before. Compromising your major-you wanted to be an art major I wanted you to go into the sciences-making you take both. But you've done well for yourself-I hear that all your professors think you have real talent when it comes to art. And your science teachers are impressed too. But I think your crowning achievement was getting this pretty young thing to fall in love with you-Herodia, the family is glad to have you.

Herodia:

You don't know how much that means to me, Mr. Crowder...

Mr.Crowder:

Please-call me dad and my wife mom-we're all family.

Jerry:

Speaking of family-Herodia has invited me to be with her family on New Years-I know that we usually all celebrate the New Year together-but...

Mr.Crowder:

Nonsense! Your mother and I will understand-after all-you have to meet your new side of the family.

Herodia:

Would you excuse me for a moment-I have to get some water. (She leaves with grace. Enters in Mrs.Crowder.)

Mrs.Crowder:

What did you boys do? She's running off?

Jerry:

Everything is okay, mom. Herodia just needed some water.

Mrs.Crowder:

Oh-the poor thing-she must be exhausted from all the commotion. Here, dear-the doctor told me to give you these-they are ready to take you to the hospital now.

(Enters in a medical emergency team and they take Mr.Crowder away. Mrs.Crowder studies her son for a long moment.)

Mrs.Crowder:

Who is she, Jerry? I know you know her better than you are putting on-she just touched your father and he recovered-like a miracle.

Jerry:

(Finding a seat on the bed.) More like magic...

Mrs.Crowder:

(Reacting.) I don't get you...

Jerry:

Nothing , mom. It's just good to see you and dad and big sister-even though Sandra can be a pain in the butt.

Mrs.Crowder:

Darling, the whole family is a big pain in the rear-end-that is what family is all about. But there is something about your new wife that I can't place my finger on. I'm not sure what it is-she's so sweet-maybe too sweet-does she treat you well-does she really and truly love you?

Jerry:

Oh yeah-of that I can honestly tell you-Herodia will love me forever-no matter what.

Mrs.Crowder:

You keep saying funny little things like that-what do you mean by that?

Jerry:

Mom, if I told you-you wouldn't believe me.

Mrs.Crowder:

Try me...

Jerry:

(Signs.) She came out of a box, mom-mom, she came out of a box.

Mrs.Crowder:

(She studies her son for a long moment.) I'm not sure what that type of college slang means, dear-but she does seem brand new-if that is what you mean. She's fresh and so full of life. And Good Lord-you couldn't have found a more beautiful woman to have as your wife. Truth be told-us regular woman are feeling just a little bit jealous-we can't find one thing wrong with her-perfect skin-perfect figure-perfect manners-down home and friendly. Usually little debutantes like her have real personality issues but she seems to well adjusted.

Jerry:

That's because she can read your mind-she's shaping her image to suit your own personal idea of a perfect daughter-in-law.

Mrs.Crowder:

Jerry, haven't I told you about reading all that science fiction-how it'll warp your mind. You seem so unhappy to have such a warm and loving woman married to you?

Jerry:

I'm not unhappy, mom-just all the other stuff-you know-dad and all-I'm worried.

Mrs.Crowder:

(Leaving the room.) Now that is the first thing you've said all night that makes any sense. Your sister and I are going to go to the hospital to be with your dad-join us?

Herodia:

(Enters-passing.) We'll be there, mom. (Mrs.Crowder seems surprised at Herodia's last remark as she leaves. Herodia joins Jerry and lavishes him was a warm kiss.) Your family is really quite nice.

Jerry:

Yeah-they are great. Not the kind of people you'd want to hurt or kill.

Herodia:

Jerry, listen to me-I'm never going to hurt anyone that you love. I was just saying that when I did. It was wrong and insensitive-I'm sorry. I love you.





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