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Herodian - Act 7

Short story By: fearnotbooks
Romance



Romantic Play


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


ACT 7

Scene 1:

We see a very nice restaurant-ritzy in the ambiance. Those who are seated seem to be of the well to do bunch. At a table we now see Herodia and Malinda-they are dining together-one would think they would be having a good time-but the feeling is that there is more to the meeting.

Herodia:

I must say-you do seem to be a stronger woman than what I had first thought of you to be.

Malinda:

Why-I think I'll accept that as an compliment-and coming from you-I'd guess that it is rare.

Herodia:

Yes-it is-but it was no compliment.

Malinda:

Oh?

Herodia:

You haven't gotten over him have you?

Malinda:

Over whom?

Herodia:

Who? Really-why-my husband of course. You still have feelings for him.

Malinda:

Is that what this was all about-and here I thought that we are going to be going through some kind of ritzy bonding thing.

Herodia:

Me-bonding with you?

Malinda:

Why-does that seem such a stretch?

Herodia:

Why do you cling to him so?

Malinda:

I guess I could say the same about you.

Herodia:

What do you mean by that?

Malinda:

Well-just look at you-rich-beautiful by any standard-well educated. Just what in the hell do you see in Jerry?

Herodia:

I beg your pardon?

Malinda:

You are way out of his class-your type of people are used to getting what they want-when they want it-and how they want it. In fact-the only people standing in your way-are other rich people-who probably want the same things that you want.

Herodia:

Hmm-if only Jerry could hear how little you really think of him.

Malinda:

Oh-you are not going to turn this around on me-I'm not putting down Jerry-he's a great guy-but he is just a normal guy-he likes beer-sports-music-having a good time-with is friends.

Herodia:

And he can't have those things with me?

Malinda:

Hell no bitch! You are just using him for something-I'll admit-I haven't figured that out yet-but you are up to no good! You and that crowd you travel with.

Herodia:

You don't even know me or the people I associate with!

Malinda:

What's not to know-you are a bunch of rich phonies!

Herodia:

You hate the rich don't you?

Malinda:

Oh no-I don't hate anyone-least of all-the wealthy and powerful who oppress the poor. Your kind keep medical cures from reaching the masses-just because you haven't figured out how to make a buck off of them yet. Your kind-unilaterally go to war-forcing thousands to lose their lives-for what-oil-gold-riches-political gain-land-whatever-your kind suck! You are always the first to want to start something-but the last time I checked-none of you send your kids into harms way!

Herodia:

Well-I'm a little young--for you to lay claim to all of that-wars happen-I hate them too. In fact-I and my family are dedicated to trying to put an end to the very things that you were talking about-like I said-you don't know me at all.

Malinda:

And why would a butt ugly rich family like yours want to put an end to human suffering?

Herodia:

Because it's not good for business...

Malinda:

What?

Herodia:

Oh-so when I lay down the truth-you don't want to hear it. But-allow you to live in your holier than thou universe-and you can be Little Miss Self-righteous!

Malinda:

How dare you! You come over to my part of the world-and just wrench away the one thing that really matters to me...

Herodia:

Jerry?

Malinda:

We had plans-we were going to finish college together-get good jobs and then settle down and start a family. But you-for reasons that don't even make any sense-come suddenly into his life and change all of that! And for what-money?

Herodia:

He does have money now-his artwork sells for more than a hundred thousand per piece-and he's not even old-just imagine what he'd be worth when he reaches middle age-just in a time sense of speaking of course.

Malinda:

You are one of those perverted women who bend the morals of others to suit your own depraved sense of being!

Herodia:

Well-I can see that there is no love loss here! But you are right-I can be the most depraved woman that you can imagine-of that one thing you are very right.

Malinda:

Then what more is there to say.

Herodia:

I choose not to be!

Malinda:

What is that suppose to mean?

Herodia:

Sense I met Jerry-I've discovered something about myself-a type of salvation that I had not expected would happen-something wonderful.

Malinda:

Oh-and what might that be?

Herodia:

Love.

Malinda:

What! It sounds nasty coming out of your mouth! I don't know who or what you really are-but you don't love Jerry. I honestly don't think you have the ability to love him. You might lust for him-you might do what you have to do to manipulate him-for some reason that makes no sense to me. But you don't know what love is-no not really.

Herodia:

Then teach me.

Malinda:

Oh-you are a piece of work-is that why you got me out here? You want me to reveal myself to you so that you can better please the man that should be with me? You can go to hell!

Herodia:

Believe me when I say this-I am!

Malinda:

What does that mean?

Herodia:

There are things about me that you just wouldn't understand-even if I told you the truth.

Malinda:

The truth? Do you even know what that is?

Herodia:

Actually-I'm learning that from Jerry-he has a strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I never understood that until I made love to him-became one with him-our bodies and soul mingling together.

Malinda:

(Reacts.) So-that is it-try and piss me off-make me say something or lose my cool-do something stupid. Whatever you think you have with Jerry-you don't!

Herodia:

Oh really-and how would you know that?

Malinda:

Believe me-if you were a real woman-you'd just know!

Herodia:

I'm more woman than you'll ever be-there is not one inch of me that isn't perfect!

Malinda:

Physically perfect-I'd have to agree. Honestly-I've never seen a woman as set as you are-you even make other women stop and look after you. You seem to extrude a type of carnal sexuality that I've never experienced. It's-it's almost creepy.

Herodia:

Then-maybe you have answered your own question.

Malinda:

And what was that?

Herodia:

Why Jerry is with me and not you.

Malinda:

For sex? No-you don't know him like I do-while he does enjoy being with a woman-he's not driven!

Herodia:

You said yourself-I have a strange affect on people. Maybe it has this same affect on him? After all-I am beautiful and you are not!

Malinda:

(Reacts.) While it is true that I am rather plain. In fact-I'm of the spiritual daughters of Leah-but I am the stronger child-in that I work harder and pray harder and try harder. I know that I have a longer mile to travel in order to gain what some gain in inches.

Herodia:

Then why don't you just give up?

Malinda:

What? It would make it all easier on you-wouldn't it?

Herodia:

Lady-woman-I don't care how easy you think you want to make it for me or not-the truth of the matter is that I can win just by thinking it.

Malinda:

Then why this meeting-this farce of a dinner together?

Herodia:

Because it is like trying to be civil with one who is beyond civility.

Malinda:

So-that is how you view me-I'm some third world barbarian?

Herodia:

I don't know-are you?

Malinda:

Are you?

Herodia:

Why-I was raised in the finest of ways-the best schools-the best friends-the right clubs and activities-how were you raised?

Malinda:

I was raised to hate phony little bitches like yourself!

Herodia:

Oh-so you do know how to hate when it is justified for your own weak sense of moral values. Why-I'm sensing a weakness that you yourself didn't even know existed. I thought-hate for hate's sake was a sin-in fact-a lot of things that you do are sins-aren't they, Malinda?

Malinda:

(Reacting.) Er-I'm not sure I quite understand what you are getting at.

Herodia:

Really? You like to steal things, Malinda?

Malinda:

Fundamentally-all things belong to the Lord Jesus Christ-and because we belong to him-all things belong to us.

Herodia:

Interesting philosophy. But unfortunately none of that applies to our little situation-does it, Malinda?

Malinda:

We don't have a situation-look-you won the guy-you are the stronger-the faster-but remember-the race isn't given to the strong nor to the swift-but to he who endures.

Herodia:

You have to be alive in order to endure, girlfriend.

Malinda:

Look-I don't know you-I don't feel comfortable getting to know you-and I'm definitely not your girlfriend-in any sense of the word!

Herodia:

Right! You are not my friend-you are friends with my husband-in whom I love dearly-and would do anything for-even promise certain things that I know go against my better judgment-just to make him happy. Things like not seeing through you and discovering that dirty little secret that you are carrying around with you these days.

Malinda:

(Reacts.) I don't know what you are talking about.

Herodia:

Of course you don't because if you did-you'd be worried that I know something that I'm not suppose to know. After all-if I were a real woman-as you said-I'd just know!

Malinda:

I said that in jest-not totally knowing what I was saying-you invite me to this fancy restaurant and then begin to grill into me about things that mostly don't make any sense to me. If you and Jerry are having a hard time-don't come blaming all that on me-I'm just his friend.

Herodia:

Yes-his friend-just his friend. And you'd know if there was something bothering him-wouldn't you?

Malinda:

(Recovering a bit.) Yes-yes-I suppose I'd know if something was bothering him-he'd eventually confide in me.

Herodia:

And you'd be there for me--to comfort him-to guide him down the right path-right?

Malinda:

(Feeling a way out.) Of course-like for example-I know that his marriage to you means everything to him.

Herodia:

(Reacts.) That is wonderful news to hear. You know what-if he had something important-something that he felt more comfortable telling you about-because the two of you have known each other for so long-you wouldn't mind being there for him-would you?

Malinda:

No-I wouldn't mind that at all.

Herodia:

That's good to hear.

Malinda:

Is that what this whole thing has been about?

Herodia:

(Looking up from her delicious meal.) You really should eat, my dear-the meal is delicious.

Malinda:

You were concerned about Jerry and you wanted me to help you look out for him?

Herodia:

Why-that is what a good wife does-isn't it-even if she has to cave in and extend herself to her enemies.

Malinda:

(Finally eating.) We are not enemies, Herodia.

Herodia:

That's good to hear-because I don't like my enemies and I'm trying so heard to find something about you that I can like-something that I can hang my hat on-so to speak.

Malinda:

Well-I suppose that two intelligent women can find common ground.

Herodia:

That's good-because what is really important is Jerry's happiness-isn't it. I mean-we can put aside our own foolishness long enough to accomplish a greater good-right?

Malinda:

Yeah-and I haven't really been fair to you-because Jerry and I were friends from way back-before college. So-for me to attribute so much upon you-really doesn't seem fair.

Herodia:

I suppose-but you'd be surprised at the amount of things that I can handle-it's like-some times-I actually think that I was put here-along with Jerry to affect some cosmic change in the whole world-that will bring about world peace and prosperity. (The two women look at each other and then laugh.)

Malinda:

Oh-that was good-you really had me going for a moment. Jerry told me about you and your family's sense of humor.

Herodia:

Oh did he-and just what did he say about it?

Malinda:

He told me to look out for it-because some times it might seem that they are way off base-you know saying things that don't make any sense-and that would be because they were just pulling my leg-so to speak.

Herodia:

And you perceive-that I am just-as you say-pulling your leg?

Malinda:

Why yes-aren't you?

Herodia:

(Laughing.) Of course I am-what did you think I was doing-reading your mind?

Malinda:

Wouldn't that be awful if people could indeed read each other's minds. Just think of the shit that would be floating around-all those dirty little secrets and all those doubts.

Herodia:

(Reacting.) Of course no one can really read minds-I mean-you'd have to have advanced technology or be like gods or something-mutants-aliens-weird stuff. (They both laugh.)

Malinda:

Yeah-you are right. So-I'm starting to see what Jerry sees in you-he was right.

Herodia:

Right about what?

Malinda:

He told me that you were complicated-and you are-but I guess that is what is to be expected.

Herodia:

Why is it to be expected?

Malinda:

Oh-you know-your upbringing-your way of life-you live in a complicated world.

Herodia:

So it would seem.

Malinda:

I'm glad that we had this little get together-if you don't mind-next time the treat will be on me.

Herodia:

Are you sure you can afford it?

Malinda:

Sure-I'll just save up a month's salary.

Herodia:

Good then-we are friends-and friends don't sleep with other friend's husbands! I want you to put an end to it! You are his friend-don't complicate the situation with anything else-it wouldn't be healthy for you. Oh-Jerry-he's a little confused these days-he has a big role to play in my life as my husband!





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