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Herodian - Act 9

Short story By: fearnotbooks
Romance



Romantic Play


Submitted:Oct 14, 2011    Reads: 4    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


ACT 9

Scene 1:

We see an office with all sorts of strange sculptures-but they all seem to be sensual in nature. A few photos of family and friends and scenes from what looks like special vacations. We see a large desk and tasteful personal items neatly placed across it. Behind the desk we see Herodia-she is working-then enters five people-three men and two women. They look like they mean business-dressed very sharply-they quickly find seats without Herodia even glancing up from her work.

Herodia:

(Finally acknowledging them.) Well-I was wondering when I'd get a visit-can't say I'm glad to see any of you-but you are here-so what the hell?

ManOne:

We've been keeping an eye on you.

WomanOne:

Is there anything you'd like to convey to the Grand Council when we return?

Herodia:

Really? Like you'd be willing to just send my best wishes to everyone?

ManTwo:

It doesn't have to be like this, Herodia. Everyone knows how difficult an assignment like this is. And we all can understand if you discover that you are not up to the task.

Herodia:

You can-can you? Well-that is a touch of good news in what seems to be making up to a rather gray day. Why are the five of you here?

ManThree:

Your mother is worried about you-she hasn't heard from you in a while and has become concerned-you've been hanging around with those humans for too long-it's not good for you.

WomanTwo:

One can quickly lose perspective-they do have a way of wearing one down-with all their petty problems and weaknesses-it can be rather alarming-at best.

Herodia:

So-the powers that be are concerned that I am not getting my job done?

ManOne:

Something like that-but don't take it personal-it is-after all-one tough assignment-none of us envy you in this thing. Perhaps-you need some assistance-you know-someone that can help keep you on track.

Herodia:

And why would I be needing someone to keep me on track?

WomanTwo:

Because you haven't reported in-it's not like you, princess-to just go off and not say a word to any of the elders and even your own peers.

Herodia:

(Reacting.) Peers? I have no peers! And don't any of you little spying pieces of shit ever forget it!

(The five react-slight fear in their ways.)

ManThree:

Really, Herodia-this human-the catalyst-he's been occupying too much of your time. It's almost like you've grown fond of him-and we all know that can't be the case-because they are all meaningless to us-we are Herodian!

Herodia:

(Quickly composing herself-goes and gets herself a drink.) So-I'm playing with my dog too much and the rest want me to come inside and freshen up?

ManOne:

All humans are little more than animals-we all know this-that was why we were able to evolve throughout the essence of creation-in order to escape our captivity. Once we were doomed to just possess those things that we could find-animals and plants and an occasional human. But we have evolved-we now can take total human form.

WomanOne:

That was why there were people east of Eden-where Cain could find sanctuary. Because we have managed to reach all the way back to the beginning. Joyfully subverting the Creation-dooming mankind to death and disease and the ultimate-damnation!

ManThree:

What better way to get back at the enemy of Herodian-than by destroying our enemy's finest creation-made in his own image.

Herodia:

(Trying to keep it together-do they know that she's fallen in love with a human?) I'll do my job!

WomanOne:

I don't think-deep down inside that any of us believe otherwise, princess. It's just that-there have been reports...

Herodia:

Reports? Have you been spying on me? Watching me like some common demon? Who the hell do you think that you are dealing with!

ManTwo:

(Reacting with trepidation.) Please, princess-we know how this must look-and believe me-when I say this-we all tried to find some other way-but the truth of the matter is-you've been seen-acting like you almost love this man that you are suppose to subvert.

Herodia:

Jerry? His name is Jerry.

WomanTwo:

See-that is what we are talking about-that tone in your voice-it's like there is something there-something that should not be.

ManThree:

We understand that you are in deep cover-the enemy is all about-trying to help these humans-and we can't always be sure who they are-unless they make a mistake.

Herodia:

I'll throw you a bone-I think I've identified one of them-he claims to be just a business man-but his business extends into the future-like ours.

WomanOne:

(Getting excited.) I knew we could count on you, Herodia-none of us really thought that you'd gone soft on us-after all-you are from the royal blood.

ManOne:

Who is this angel of God?

Herodia:

(Hates to give him up.) His name-his name-he calls himself Dr. Space-but I'm sure he's from the future-he's been exposed to Herodian culture-knows how to carry himself-he might just be a human that has access to time travel technology-the Transtimeut.

ManTwo:

Then he also has access to transdoor technology-humans in the future do.

Herodia:

Still-I'm ordering that no one shall lay a hand on this Dr. Space-we don't know enough about him. He might be human-he might be one of God's angels-if he's the latter-touching him will bring the wrath of God-down upon us and our operation-after all-tampering with time-is a crime-any of us caught-directly trying to alter the future by manipulating the past-in order to change the outcome of the final battle-the battle between Good and Evil-the Lord Jesus Christ could cast us into the abyss.

WomanTwo:

He didn't do it to Legion-why would he do it to us-we are operating under radar.

ManThree:

Perhaps this mission has been compromised?

Herodia:

(Reacting.) I'll decide when and if this mission has been compromised!

WomanOne:

Yes, princess-we were just sounding out the possibilities-one can never tell-the House of Herodian is not divided!

Herodia:

No-it isn't and that is why it makes more sense-that what I am doing is so delicate-that mere observation might be misleading-your conclusions are based on mere physical information-not of the facts known to me and me alone.

ManOne:

(Likes what she said.) This is indeed good news-you have deceived the humans so well-that they are wilfully acting out our plans-without having to be forced into changing the past for the future's sake.

ManTwo:

The only hope Herodian has-is to manipulate the past in such a way-without engaging the cosmic reset-in order to affect an outcome that will favor the damned-we are all prisoners that have been given a death sentence-we are all on death row! We know how much time there is left-as does any prisoner on death row-but our hope is to affect an escape.

WomanTwo:

We can't escape into the past-because at the end-God will declare an end to all time-and then the truth will be revealed-that there is but one day.

ManOne:

God created seven days-the first six were for making all things. But in the seventh day-God's rest became our time to play!

ManThree:

The foolish humans-when they fell from grace-entered into the chains of time-that separate events from events-and they through ignorance-perceived each day equated with the physics of time-not realizing that there were no more days.

WomanOne:

We have been in the seventh day ever since. Time travel isn't about conquering time-it is about suspending time. Once time has been suspended-temporarily-then once can move freely throughout that day-events that were once separated by time-are but mere moments of thought away-one can move instantly from the so called past to the future-in the twinkle of an eye.

ManOne:

That's why the Lord Jesus Christ told the humans that when he returned-there would be those that would still be alive-and that they would see the coming of the Son of Man in his Glory. Because the past and the future are but an illusion created by the physics of time-which was imposed upon us-because our sentence draws near.

Herodia:

That is why what I am doing-and countless others just like me-guiding the catalyst-making sure that it is the humans that affect the changes-less our hands be found to be dirty and God engages a lock-down and the cosmic rest occurs-thus ruining everything-it is imperative-that I be given broad latitude to do the work that must be done-we don't have the luxury of ignorance-like mankind! We know our time draws near!

WomanTwo:

And the burning fire of the Lake of Fire and Brimstone burns brightly for us-even so-the heat sears our souls!

Herodia:

You go back-and you tell the High Council-that the daughter of the king fares well. I am not ignorant of the reason that I was chosen-or why this man is a catalyst! And while there are many throughout time that have been instrumental in change-our time draws near-indeed-to a close-and once the catalyst are all fully engaged-and only then-might we see darkness as light and light as darkness!

WomanOne:

I am convinced of Herodia's loyalty to the throne of Herodian.

ManOne:

We are sorry to have disturbed you, princess-please accept our most humble of apologies-we will not ever allow any to bring into question-your loyalty again.

ACT 2:

We see and graveyard-it is well kept-one of those places where the very wealthy want as a final resting place-the funeral has been for Malinda. We see that she had a lot of friends-but they are now mostly trickling away. Susan and Larry are near Jerry and Herodia-she has mose or less taken Malinda's place-as the strong one in the circle of friends.

Susan:

I never wanted to see this day.

Larry:

Honestly-I thought I'd go first of all of us.

Jerry:

Don't say that-this is a time for healing-it's a time for us to keep that which made Malinda so special to us-alive-here in our hearts.

Herodia:

(Holds onto Jerry tightly.) It's a time to remember those happier moments-the three of you possess more of those moments than I do-because I knew her only for a short period of time-but still-her heart was sweet.

Susan:

I wish she could have gotten to know the real you, Herodia-how nice and kind you really are. She thought that you somehow stole Jerry from her-she never let herself consider the fact that love might have really had something to do with it.

Larry:

Yeah. She couldn't let go-I wish I could love like that-but I have that dogology thing going.

Susan:

(Holding Larry tightly.) Yeah-well-Im going to have to just work on that-your roaming days are over, mister!

Jerry:

Looks like the two of you are going to take things to the next level.

Herodia:

Might there be wedding bells in your future?

Larry:

Oh-dude and dudette-please save me from all this mushiness. A guy can even think right now.

Susan:

He says this right now-in front of the two of you-but in secret-he talks about settling down.

Larry:

Well-if you tell them-then it isn't a secret anymore-is it, Susan?

Herodia:

I think Jerry and I could kind of sense-that something special was starting to happen between the two of you. And don't be afraid, Larry-Susan is a wonderful lady-I don't think you could do better.

Susan:

(Reacts.) Oh-Herodia, coming from you-that is one of the nicest things ever said about me.

Jerry:

Just make sure we are on your list.

Larry:

List?

Herodia:

You were going to invite us to your wedding?

Susan:

That was one of the things that I wanted to talk to the two of you about.

Herodia:

Oh?

Susan:

Yes-we were wondering-I mean-you do have the pretty lake house-and it would make a really sweet place to have a few close friends over to witness the ceremony.

Herodia:

(Now she knows that she's in.) Oh-Susan, that would be wonderful-what do you think, dear?

Jerry:

Consider it done. You just let us know when-the were is already worked out.

Susan:

Wonderful. The fact of the matter-is that we were not sure if you'd agree. But now-well-thanks.

Larry:

I always thought that I'd never get married-you know-just go through life free and whatnot...

Susan:

(Striking him lovingly.) Larry!

Larry:

No, babe-I was just saying-you know-with Jerry and Herodia and with the loss of Malinda-the dynamic of everything has changed-I'm looking for more-I guess.

Jerry:

Sometimes-that is a good thing, Larry. I think there is a time and place for everything. A time to be born-a time to cry-a time to rejoice-a time to love and a time to die.

Larry:

Profound, dude.

Herodia:

Proverbs.

Jerry:

Yeah-Herodia has committed herself to reading the entire Holy Bible-that way-if we ever veer off course from one another-we will have a rock solid common ground-in which to be guided back to the path of love.

Susan:

Jerry-that is so beautiful-Larry-we are going to do the same thing.

Larry:

But, Susan-you know I don't like to read anymore than I have too.

Susan:

Consider this required reading for our marriage-and for keeping me happy.

Herodia:

Sounds like the two of you are setting the right foundation for a long and happy and healthy relationship. It's not about the little lies that will inevitably creep into your relationship-all couples encounter them. It's about your ability to find the truth in the love that the two of you share.

Larry:

Herodia, you must really love and care for Jerry-here!

Herodia:

Larry-before I met Jerry-in fact-before I met any of you-I didn't know what love was. To me it was a total and complete waste of time. It made no sense why humans spent so much time trying to find it-and when they did-lose it just as suddenly-all but except for a few-those lucky few-that were able to find the right person. A man and a woman that loved each other so deeply-it touched their very souls-a love that could withstand anything-even the most awful torment.

Susan:

Torment? You are talking about the torment of love-if separated?

Herodia:

Yes-of course-what else is there-because love is so beautiful.

Larry:

God is love! So if you are really in love-I mean spiritual love-not that nasty lust thing that I've gotten so good at-if you are in love...

Susan:

(Finishes is sentence.) It's like being in the spirit of God Himself!

Larry:

Right, Susan-way deep, my babe.

Susan:

It's getting late-we better be going.

(They all hug and Susan and Larry leave. Enters Malinda's parents.)

Malinda's Mother:

It was good to see you, Jerry. I'm sure that Malinda would have wanted you here-she loved you so much.

Malinda's Father:

Now, dear-not in front of his wife...

Herodia:

No-it's okay-there was no secret about it-I am well aware that your daughter harbored those feelings for Jerry. Malinda was a remarkable young lady-I will miss her greatly.

Malinda's Mother:

Yes. Well-thank you for coming-there is something that you need to know-though...

Jerry:

Oh?

Malinda's Mother:

It's about that time when she disappeared for over a year.

Malinda's father:

Dear-now is not the time.

Malinda's Mother:

I don't hold you responsible, Jerry-because she didn't want you to know-but she was carrying your baby.

Jerry:

(Reacts.) What? She told me it was some guy's child-she always held to that!

Herodia:

(Kissing Jerry-maybe inappropriately.) Honey, that alright-don't be too upset.

Jerry:

I'm not upset-I'm shocked-shocked that all this has to come out now-now when nothing can be done about it. Why did she lie to me?

Malinda's Father:

To protect you, son. She thought long and hard-she wanted to tell you-but she felt that the timing was wrong-the two of you were just in the throw of your college education-she had plans-she wanted the two of you to be stable and ready to have a family.

Jerry:

And so she made this decision on her own?

Malinda's Mother:

Believe me-it pushed her into a depression-so deep-I didn't think she'd ever come out of it. And suddenly-just like that-she got better. Decided she wanted to finish college and be with you again. She was happy again-and that was all I really cared about. But-you went off and married this-this woman.

Jerry:

Oh wow...

Herodia:

You are upset-grieving..





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