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Herodian - Act 4

Short story By: fearnotbooks
Romance



Romantic Play


Submitted:Oct 14, 2011    Reads: 2    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


ACT 4

Scene 1:

We see a rather large yachet-the interior of it-it is well decorated. There are guest roaming about in the main area. We can see that the people on board look like well to do people-some dignitaries and others lawyers and doctors-academic scholars-politicians, etc. Enters Jerry and Herodia-they mingle with the others and finally make their way to a man and a woman who seem to be hosting the event. This is Herodia's parents, or so it would seem.

Mr.Langston:

Well-it is finally good to meet you, Jerry. I've heard nothing but praise-and this is my wife. Our little girl here tells me that you are an artist.

Mrs.Langston:

I hope you are not a starving artist.

Jerry:

(Feeling a little out of place but he tries to hide it.) Actually I'm still in college-this is my last year.

Herodia:

(Holding onto her husband.) He is really quite good, dad and mom. You should see some of his work-I find it quite profound.

Mrs.Langston:

Profound you say-hmm-I think one of our guest is in the art business. They own several galleries-you know-they might be able to help you. I mean-you just getting ready to graduate and all-stay right here-I'm going to go find them. (She hurries on off.)

Jerry:

(He tries to stop her but she is gone.) No-you don't have to do that, Mrs. Langston-I'm okay with the way things are.

Mr.Langston:

Hmm-okay with the way things are? Now that is an interesting saying. A man that either lacks ambition or has found his inner peace-which is it, Jerry?

Herodia:

Father! You promised to be nice...

Jerry:

That's okay, Herodia-I'm a man who has found his own inner peace. Life is too short for the games that most people play. I'm not a fool-I know that everyone has to earn a living-well-some of us do.

Mr.Langston:

(Motions for a few friends to join them.) This is my new son-in-law. (The others greet Jerry warmly.) We were just talking about the importance of earning a buck-but Jerry seems to think that there is more to life than the pursuit of wealth.

(The others make various comments: Life is about having good health. Happiness is the most important. Charity work is most rewarding, etc.)

Jerry:

I'm not saying that there isn't a time and place for everything-because there is. It's just that in my case-I wasn't born with a silver spoon-my parents worked hard to put me in the right college. And though my dad wanted me to study the sciences-my heart was in the arts-so I ended up having to compromise.

Herodia:

If it wasn't for that compromise-I might not have ever met Jerry.

Mr.Langston:

Don't get me wrong, son-you don't mine if I call you son-after all-you are now part of the family.

Jerry:

(Feeling a bit better now.) No-no by all means-if I may call you dad and your lovely wife mom?

Mr.Langston:

Family it is! (They all get a good chuckle out of it.) Like I was saying-one has to understand the need for balance. You see-what you do is important-if all there were in the world was business and science-the world would soon dry up. While those disciplines have their place and play a major role in the development of our society-it is the artist and the philosopher that add the spice that make the bland existence-worth living-don't you think.

Jerry:

That and religion.

(The others seem to react some what strangely at his last words-but they are not rude-in fact-a few more guest have now joined in.)

Mr.Langston:

What do you mean by religion-because there are so many?

Herodia:

Dad, don't you think you are putting Jerry on the spot?

Mr.Langston:

No-not at all-are you put on the spot, Jerry?

Jerry:

(Trying to figure out what is going on.) No-not at all. What I meant was that it takes all sorts of disciplines to create a well rounded society-and that faith is part of the human psyche.

Mr.Langston:

He's right. (Looks at the others and they all seem to agree.) But you-you are someone special-you have a purpose in life-a role to play.

Jerry:

(Feeling kind of spooked.) I'm sorry-I don't understand what you mean. I'm just a regular guy-trying to do the best that I can.

Mr.Langston:

Well-of course you are. But you do have to admit that each and every one of us here-play are major role in the impacting of events-on a small scale of course.

Jerry:

I suppose that we all do-good grief-even the homeless and outcast play a role. I often wish that they didn't have to play those roles-and then there are the starving people in other countries. My heart goes out to them.

Mr.Langston:

(Lighting up a cigar-a few others do the same.) Ah-and in that-there rest the real question-are we all doing anything about any of it. You see-I agree-there is too much poverty-wars-unrest. None of it is good for business-you see-the political arena is where I fight my battles, son. It's not enough to just feel bad about a situation-specially the ones that we are talking about. People are dying even as we speak-what do we do about it?

Herodia:

We all do what we can.

Jerry:

(Grateful that Herodia interjected.) Yes-I think that is it. Some of us aren't in the position to affect change like most of you seem to be in-but even having a conscience that cries out for change and justice-that's a start.

Mr.Langston:

Yes-yes-starting is a good place to be-so long as one moves beyond that point to doing something about it. Most of the trouble in the world is caused by the wealthy oppressing the poor.

Jerry:

(Shocked to hear that coming from someone who is so obviously wealthy.) You have so much-I'm a little shocked to hear you saying that. It's not for my benefit is it?

Herodia:

(Getting her and Jerry drinks.) What dad means, Jerry-is that we are all called to play our role-and sometimes-the role is not clearly defined. In fact-sometimes we don't know what that role is-we don't realize it-but everyone plays a role.

Mr.Langston:

We are like characters in a book. Each one has a role and that role is designed to further the course of the book. Life is like a book, Jerry.

Jerry:

With God Jesus Christ being the author! (There is notable silence at his last-but he tries to recover.) What I mean is that God created everything and it all works into a main plot that is centered around the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mr.Langston:

Why do you think that is?

Jerry:

Well-if you continue with the analogy-there has to be a center character. And there has to be a central plot. Life is like a book-if you flip through the pages you can go to the end and return to the beginning. But the ending has already been written.

Mr.Langston:

(Lightening up the mood.) Jerry has hit on the very point! The ending has already been written. So then-what is the point in doing anything at all-if everything has been done?

Jerry:

Wow-I suppose because we still have to be read-the book was made to be read-we still have to act out our parts in order for the book to be finished.

Herodia:

Thus is life so complicated as to unfold even beyond the stars.

Jerry:

In a book-even a seemingly insignificant character can play a pivotal role in the plot.

Mr.Langston:

There you go! So there are no insignificant parts-no role that is unimportant.

Scene 2:

We are now at the table were everyone is seated. There are a few nice words spoken and then the meal begins. Jerry and Herodia are seated in a place where they can see Mr. and Mrs. Langston. The conversation now hovers around less generalized things.

Mrs.Langston:

Jerry, I spoke to my friend and they are very interested in viewing some of your artwork.

Jerry:

Thank you-I don't quite really know what to say.

Herodia:

In the world where Jerry comes from-chances like this one are rare.

Jerry:

(To his wife-whispers.) What do you mean by that? You've met my parents-I come from a comfortable family.

Mrs.langston:

Oh, Jerry-don't take it so personal-what my daughter means is that-you are being handed an opportunity that most people have to fight and do all sorts of unpleasant things to get it. And it is being handed to you...

Jerry:

Don't get me wrong-because you all seem like very nice people-least the one's I've been able to met and speak with. But why would you want to do something like that for me?

(Some of them laugh politely.)

Mrs.Langston:

Oh, Jerry-isn't it obvious-you are now family. All we had was our little girl-we so much wanted a son-but not all things are meant to be. Now we have a son-in you. We just want you to start getting used to our way of life. You are not on your own anymore-there are others that will be looking out for you-making sure that things go well for you.

Jerry:

Looking out for me? I'm not sure I understand what you mean?

Mrs.Langston:

Our daughter has impeccable taste-for her to have married you-means that she has seen something in you that is a product of what we have raised her to be. You are more than who you think you are, Jerry. And now-you will quickly begin to realize that.

Herodia:

Honey, what my mom and dad have been trying to do-and in the most delicate of way-is tell you that your life changed the moment the two of us were married. You no longer have to worry about the mundane things in life-there are people who will gladly help you along the way.

Jerry:

And what if I stumble and fall-because everyone falls?

Herodia:

I'll always be there for you...

Mrs.Langston:

We will all-always be there for you, son-we are family-forever...

Jerry:

(He's shocked-not at the generosity of Herodia's family-but the phrase that was just put forth.) Forever-that's a long time.

Mrs.Langston:

I think that once you come to know us-and you will-you'll find that we don't count the seconds of the day. Some things are far too important-there are battles that must be fought. Times are changing for this tiny little world that we reside on. The human race has to grow up and face the greater truths out there in the universe.

Jerry:

The universe?

Herodia:

(Kisses him gently.) This is my family, Jerry-you already know who I am.

Jerry:

(He reacts-suddenly realizing the possibility.) Are all of you the same?

Mrs.Langston:

We are not from here-if that is what you mean.

Jerry:

No-I guess not-with this yachet-you can travel anywhere in the world.

Herodia:

It goes much further than that.

Jerry:

(Taking a gulp of his drink-studies the faces of the people around the table.) You all knew I was coming-didn't you?

(They react in a positive way-smiles and nods.)

Mrs.Langston:

You are special, Jerry-you are a catalyst-and the role that you must play is pivotal in the furthering of the human race. Like you've been saying all along-there is poverty-wars-famine-all of these things have to come to an end. For as long a mankind has been able to think-some of them-scientist have wondered if humankind was alone-are there others out there-is it possible that there might be civilizations amongst the stars.

Herodia:

The answer is-yes. We are here-among you-we always have been-waiting and planning for the day when your race-the human race would be ready to take that next step. And the time is upon you.

Jerry:

So-all this talk about angels and what not-it is true-but only-you are aliens from another planet-and you happen to look like humans.

Mrs.Langston:

I assure you-I only appear to look human-we can disguise ourselves. We have my forms-depending on where in the universe and time and space we are-we are trans-dimensional beings-meaning...

Jerry:

I've studied it in physics-you can travel from one dimension to another-much like I can walk from one point in time and space to another. So-time and space don't pose a problem for you-it makes sense-you wouldn't be able to travel the vast distances in the universe-if corporal forms were the only way to exist. You are what my people have called for ages-spirits.

Herodia:

In physical form.

Jerry:

That is a contradiction.

Herodia:

You are thinking like a human-think like a spirit. The physical laws of this world don't always apply to us-we can bend them-manipulate them to suit our needs-evolve through the strings of existence.

Scene 3:

We are now in a much smaller room-we see a few people siting around-Mr. Langston is at his desk and it is after the meal. A time for fine cigars and brandy. Jerry is seated with his wife.

Mr.Langston:

I like you, Jerry-you catch on fast and even with what must be a mind blowing revelation-you are not spooked. I haven't once sensed fear or rejection in you-you are indeed as my daughter described you to me-special.

Jerry:

Well-we all have to be something.

Mrs.Langston:

We have a lot to teach you-it will change you-things about yourself-you will find have to be re-evaluated.

Jerry:

Well-I still have my friends to help keep me grounded.

Mr.Langston:

Yes-about your friends-how do you see them fitting in with your new found family-how do they fit in with who you must become?

Jerry:

I'm never giving up my friends-someone I once knew-got married-tried to save the girl-she kept threatening to commit suicide if he didn't marry her. So he did-their marriage was rocky-she finally left him after seventeen years-it was devastating-she went out and committed adultery for years-while he remained the stable parent and raised three great kids. But her real evil was that she managed to isolate him from his family and friends. So-in the end-when he died-he died alone.

Herodia:

Oh-that is so sad. You'll never have to worry about something like that, darling-we are married forever. I told you that-a Herodian marriage is forever.

Jerry:

Yeah-but I don't live forever.

(There is silence in the room at his last words.)

Herodia:

We are one spirit, darling. A Herodian marriage is not just about words-it is a blending of spirit and essence. You are going to be going through changes-you are not just human anymore.

Jerry:

What in the hell are you people talking about? I'm human-I know who my parents are-you've met them, Herodia-they are nice people.

Mrs.Langston:

I'm sure that are-we can tell by the way that they have raised you. But you are going through a change-oh-it won't be noticeable at first-but a change none the less.

Jerry:

How-how did I embark on this transformation?

Herodia:

(She reaches over and passionately kisses him.) When we first made love, darling-it started then.

Jerry:

Sex-you have to be kidding me!

Herodia:

You are aware that some diseases can be transmitted during sex.

Jerry:

Yes...

Herodia:

Well-some cures can be transmitted also in that same way-cures that are going to change your body and soul. When we made love for that first time-we literally started to become one being-a blending of our essences began-but because I'm from a superior race-my essence dominates your body now. Over time-you will become Herodian. That is why Herodians don't interbreed with other races.

Jerry:

What are you talking about-look what just happened to me?

Herodia:

But you are special-you are a catalyst.

Jerry:

(Quickly studies the others for a moment-then he starts to laugh.) Oh-you guys are good! You are really good-what is this-super rich peoples humor? Man-you people can really tell a tale.

Mrs.Langston:

Perhaps we have overestimated this one-he seems to be rejecting everything we are trying to tell him. Could it be that our daughter has made a mistake-maybe he is not the catalyst?

(The others also question and murmur but Mr. Langston motions them to silence.)

Mr.Langston:

No-it's you who are good! You are trying to pretend like you don't believe us-but you are married to my daughter-she can sense things-read minds-as can we all. She knows who you are, Jerry-your destiny awaits. You are not the only one on this planet that has been approached. Others-like you-special humans have been approached-all of you will have a role to play in the coming of Herodian-the great revelation for you planet's history.

Jerry:

(Sighing.) One would think that this nightmare would soon come to an end-but it won't!

Mrs.Langston:

That's because you are looking at this whole thing in the wrong way-don't think of this as a nightmare-think of this as a wonderful dream in which all your core needs and desires will come true. Oh-not the superficial desires that plague mankind-lust and pleasure-but the life changing events that well define a people and a race of beings. Rejoice-your people are not alone.

Jerry:

I reserve that rejoicing for my God and Savior the Lord Jesus Christ!

Mr.Langston:

That is your prerogative. No one here wants to change your core values-you are fine just the way you are-but there is much that you must learn. You have to become the success that the friend you described-could not become. That poor man who tried to help someone-only to find that he was deceived and manipulated-left alone to die. These are the things that we are set to change.

Jerry:

I think I'll have that cigar now. Even if I'm in a coma and all of this is just part of my twisted imagination-in order to compensate for the lack of stimulation-because I'm in a coma-I'll follow the logic of the dream.

Herodia:

(Gives him a warm hug.) The true dream is yet to come. We get to spend eternity together-no matter what-neither of us will be along in that torment.

Jerry:

What torment?

Mrs.Langston:

It's an expression-nothing more, Jerry. (She gets up and starts out.) Now-who'd like some pie?





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