The Flood - Script adaptation

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
A Man rekindles a lost love when he warns her about the destruction of her city
This is an adaptation of a short story i wrote. i was fortunate enough to bring it to life on stage.

Submitted: February 18, 2010

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The Flood
Two guards are guarding a road, peasants walk past avoiding eye contact. Guards begin light conversation. Rain is falling.
G2: I fucking hate the rain. (the other guard is silent, he only nods..) Why do we even have to guard this road today?
G1: Radicals tried to kill the queen again this morning, the guy nearly got her. The Queen thinks that the radicals are stupid enough to try to kill her twice in one day. So we have to guard the roads into the Estates and make sure no radicals get in.
G2: Nearly got her? How so?
G1:He walked right into the castle disguised as a cook. It wasn’t till he was right up to the queen, maybe an arm’s length, that Samuel saw the knife and tackled him to the ground. The guy actually managed to stab poor Samuel in the leg and push him off before I was able to draw my sword. He had a little fight in him for once, I had to kill him right there. (The other Guard smiles.)
G2: Oh yeah, I saw the mess you made; they were still cleaning up after you when I was there ‘round lunchtime. I bet that felt good though, I heard you stuck ‘im right in the throat... (The first guard looks at the other disapprovingly) Sam okay?
G1: He seemed fine, but he might lose his leg.  (pause) The queen didn’t even notice he was there till his blood got on her (The other guard lets out a laugh and the first one simply shakes his head a little) she was too busy talking to some guy about the food stocks or something.
G2: (after a small pause) so he just walked right in the front door? (The other guard nods) These radicals are getting bolder; maybe we’ll see a little action one of these days. What I wouldn’t give to smash some o’ their heads together.
G1: Seams like they’re getting desperate, that’s the third attempt this month. It all started with her father you know? One day some crazy tramp attacked him with a hammer. He thought that that meant radicals were plotting his death. It wasn’t till he started executing innocents that actual radicals started to appear. (A pause) Sorry, no peasants allowed in the estates today. (Speaking to an old peasant walking past him carrying a basket of bread.)
Old man: (shaking and weak) I need to sell some bread up in the estates, no one down here has enough money anymore.
 G2: Then give it away for free, because you’re not getting in smelling like that. Get out of my sight. (He grabs a large piece of the top and pushes the old man along causing him to stumble. He rips off a piece and offers it to the other guard who shakes his head.)
G1: There is no need to push them around like that. It’s not worth the risk. (The younger guard turns his head and makes a questioning grunt.) The last thing you want is for someone to try and be a hero and attack you. Happened to a friend of mine when he pushed a peasant into the river, this other peasant jumped on him and started clawing at his face like a madman.
G2: So what? I could fend off a peasant with my eyes closed. (he smiles)
G1:Yeah he eventually fought the guy off, but not before losing his eye. (The younger guard stops smiling) Not worth it. (Jahdo sprints on stage and tries to run past the guards, G2 grabs him and throws him to the ground.) Not so fast, what makes you think you can just... (The guard sees that it is Jahdo the smile leaves his face) Jahdo, you stupid kid, if any other guard recognized you they would kill you on the spot. (Upon hearing this, the young guard draws his sword and puts it to Jahdo’s throat.)
Jahdo Don’t, (catching his breath) I need to speak to the queen! (Jahdo is speaking to the old guard. A pause as Jahdo pants)
G1 That’s all you got? Jahdo one of your friends tried to kill her not three hours ago and you think we are gonna let you try to do the same thing?
G2 Who is this guy?
G1 Poor Jahdo the son of a spy, his father was a scholar for the old king, he turned out to be a radical all along. About four years ago wasn’t it Jahdo? When they hung your father?
Jahdo Let me through; I’m not going to kill her. I need to warn her about something (across the stage some peasants start to get into an argument) please; a lot of people will die... (The arguing peasants start throwing punches more join in and it turns into a full brawl)
G1 (noticing the fight.) Ah shit, Jahdo if you move, I will kill you. (He runs towards the brawl.)
G2:Let’s go knock some heads together. (The young guard smiles and they rush into the fight throwing peasants to the ground)
As the guards start to gain control Jahdo gets up and sprints up the road to the estates, a group of three peasants also sneak in, they carry concealed weapons.
Scene Two
The throne room
A throne sits at centre stage and Queen Alina sits on top of it, there is a window down left and open double doors stage right. The queen is quietly talking with an advisor to her left, Jahdo runs through the doors as the advisor exits.
Jahdo My queen... (She looks up)
The scene changes to about fifteen years previous. The king is sitting in his throne and his advisor is beside him
Advisor: My King are you sure you don’t need medical attention?
King: I’m fine. Do the poor peasants of this damned city feel it is necessary to kill me in order to fix things, do they think if they usurp the throne that they can do a better job?
Advisor:You have nothing to worry about your highness; it was simply a crazy beggar that attacked you.
King:Nonsense, why would they choose to attack at on Alina’s birthday? It had to be a planned attack, why else would they choose to attack on that day.
Advisor:My King-
King:They were targeting Alina! My god they were going to kill my daughter so that she wouldn’t inherit the throne! (He walks to the window and looks out.) Do you think they killed her mother as well?
Advisor: The queen died of natural causes, and there are no signs of the peasants rising up to take the throne. Now what shall we do with the man... (He stops talking when he sees Alina and Jahdo enter from another part of the castle. They are both around the age of seven.)
Alina: Father I’m going to go play outside with Jahdo.
King Stay in the gardens, I don’t want you out and about today. (He fakes a smile to his daughter and looks back out the window with fear in his eyes.)
Alina: But daddy, (she runs up and tugs on the kings sleeve) me and Jahdo want to go play by the river!
King:No (getting angry)
Alina: But we were just there yesterday why is today different (she whines)
King: (exasperated) You were there yesterday? (Alina is about to respond but is cut off) Listen to me (he goes down to one knee) You will never go down to the slums again.
Alina: Fine. Come on Jahdo lets go play in the garden.
Jahdo: Okay, by Henry!(The Kings face scrunches up in anger and the advisor pushes Alina and Jahdo off stage into another part of the castle. The Kings advisor walks up behind the king)
King: Little shit, if his father wasn’t a scholar I would personally kick him down to the slums myself.
Advisor: My king what are you going to do about the man who attacked you?
King: Execute him, publicly; I want these radicals to see their brother die.
Advisor:But my king there has been no reports of any radicals in the slums, you have nothing to worry about.
King:(shouting) No reports! That doesn’t mean they don’t exist, there plotting to kill me, I know it!
Advisor:My king it was simply a mad man, we are sure that he was not part of a radical movement –
King:Get out. You will find these radicals and you will execute them all. (lights change to show passage of time, Alina’s father is now sitting in the throne and Alina is on her way out. she is about fourteen at this time.)
Alina I’m going for a walk father. (Her father does not respond. He is in deep thought. The kings advisor is beside him.) Father?
Advisor: Have a nice walk Alina, do not worry about the king, he is just a little stressed these days.
Alina:Alright, goodbye father. (She is almost out the door when the king speaks.)
King: Alina. (she turns)
Alina: Yes father?
King:Stay away from that Jahdo boy, his father has been acting suspicious lately.
Alina:(lying) Of course father. (She exits the door and meets Jahdo at stage extension right; they kiss discreetly and walk off stage.)
The scene changes to a forest nearby is a river, Alina and Jahdo enter smiling and holding hands.
Alina: Remember when we first met?
Jahdo:Of course I do, your birthday.
Alina:Nope, it was earlier than that, when my mother was sick. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with her, so he went to his most trusted scholar, your father, and asked if he had ever seen something like it in his travels.
Jahdo:What’s that got to do with us meeting?
Alina:Well when your father came to see my sick mother he brought you.
Jahdo:I remember that, but you weren’t there.
Alina:I wasn’t supposed to be there, but I snuck in and hid under the bed. I’m the one who grabbed your foot and made you trip on your way out.
Jahdo:That was you! I fell on my face and broke my nose. (Alina begins to laugh.) I bled all over the room and, all over your father.(Alina laughs harder.) And from that day on your father has hated me.
Alina:(Stifling a laugh.) Aw I’m sorry, but I’m sure he would have found another reason to hate you. (They both laugh.) So what is your father up to now? He seems to be driving my father mad.
Jahdo:I don’t know, recently he has been locked in his office working away; supposedly he has made some great discovery that will save lives or something.
Alina: And that makes my father think he is a radical? (A pause) I think my father might be going insane, (she looks down to the ground and is very serious suddenly.) He has had five people executed this month and there is still no proof of this radical movement to take over the throne. What happens if goes insane and can’t be the king? What happens if he can’t rule anymore? What if he does get assassinated Jahdo? (getting a little upset) I can’t be the queen.
Jahdo: Don’t worry about it (putting his arm around her.) He’ll be fine, and if not, I’ll be the king and you would be the queen and we will rule together. (Alina smiles.)
Alina: My father would kill me if he knew that you will take his job one day. (they both laugh, she looks up to him and Jahdo places a kiss on her forehead. Lights fade. The scene changes again to the throne room. The king is pacing back and forth yelling angrily to an advisor. Alina is looking out the window crying.)
King I knew he was a traitor, first he suggests moving all those peasants from the slums into the estates and now we find that he is working with known radicals, that bastard was a spy all along, I want him hung by the end of the day and you... (Pointing to Alina.) You harlot, sleeping with his son all along, how could you? (Alina has no response. Turning back to his advisor.) Hang the both of them. (Alina gasps and continues to cry.)
Advisor Sir you cannot possibly think to hang the boy, he is only sixteen, throw him into the slums and the people will never know he existed.
King Fine, let him die slowly of disease living on the streets, as for the father, I want him hung tonight in the slums. I knew there were radicals all along, this proves it, I want guard patrols doubled in the slums and tripled in the castle. And starting now I want any person who even breathes the word revolution publically hung... (The king and the advisor enter a different part of the castle, Alina remains at the window crying, Jahdo sneaks up to the other side of the window.)
Alina Jahdo what are you doing here! If my father sees you he will kill you with his bare hands!
Jahdo Alina they are going to kill my dad, they’re going to kill me! You have to do something!
Alina What do you expect me to do, your father was working for the radicals.
Jahdo (desperately. He holds her hand.) Then tell him not to kill me, I’m no radical.
Alina: There is nothing I can do, I thought you said that your house was going to be empty.
Jahdo:my father said he had a meeting with the king I didn’t know it was in his office.
Alina:And you didn’t know that there were radicals hiding in your house waiting for my father to show up so they could try to kill him! No, instead you were focused on getting-
Jahdo:I’m sorry, I didn’t know my dad was a radical, I didn’t even know that there were radicals; I thought they were just the crazy imaginary thing your father blamed everything on. That’s what my father always said. And know he’ll be executed, your father will have me killed as well.
Alina: That’s what a radical would say.
Jahdo:And know he’ll be executed, your father will have me killed as well.
Alina He’s not going to kill you, he’s going to throw you into the slums.
Jahdo I can’t live in the slums, I have nowhere to go, I’ll live in the streets.
Alina: You’ll be fine, I’m sure one of your radical friends will take you in.
Jahdo:I’m not a radical, Alina you have to do something, talk to your father and tell him I’m innocent.
Alina It’s not that easy; now get out of here before my father comes back. I’ll meet you by the river when things calm down.
Jahdo You can’t just do nothing...(she says nothing.) but...
Alina Goodbye Jahdo.
Jahdo: Alina please. (She closes the window and exits stage left) Alina! ( Jahdo stays awhile in tears and then walks away. The scene changes to present time.)
Alina Jahdo...
Jahdo (after a pause he swallows the memories and continues) My queen you must evacuate the slums, with all this rain the lake will flood into the valley and the slums will be washed away  (Alina is still in shock from seeing Jahdo) My queen you must do something there isn’t much time. (Alina says nothing.) My queen –
Alina: Don’t call me that Jahdo.
Jahdo:Alina you have to do something, people will die. You have to evacuate the slums.
Alina:How did you find out?
Jahdo:My father knew it would happen eventually. And he tried to fix it but was executed for treason. You could have stopped it but...(Jahdo pauses remembering his father’s death.) I had to watch my father die and you just stood by and let me be thrown into the slums.
Alina: I had no choice.(a long pause)
Jahdo:You let me rot in the slums for years; you could have at least tried to get me my father’s savings so I didn’t have to beg. I went to the river every day and you never met me, you abandoned me.
Alina:Because things never calmed down, after your father was hung the radicals became active and a week later they assassinated him. Then all of a sudden I am in charge! I have to make all these decisions and your friends try to kill me every week. I just-  
Jahdo:Forgot about me.  (A Pause.)
Alina: Jah-
Jahdo:Forget about it, you have to evacuate the slums.
Alina:I can’t just move hundreds of people into the estates, how do you think the people would react. The Estates don’t want me dead, but forcing them to live amongst thousands of peasants may change that.
Jahdo:The greedy snobs will just have to make do with a couple extra neighbours. You can’t just do nothing.
Alina: Jahdo you’re asking me to save the people who try to kill me weekly, why shouldn’t I let them die.
Jahdo:There are more than radicals down there-
Alina:And there are more than greedy snobs up here. There are children and people who worked to live a life like this... and not enough food for everyone.
Jahdo:You knew...
Alina:(she crosses to the window and looks out to the slums) All the food is stored in the slums, there was no time to move it all. There is barely enough to last...
Jahdo:You knew! How long have you known?
Alina:It’s fairly obvious that it will happen eventually Jahdo.
Jahdo:You could have done something, anything, you could have at least tried to help...
Alina:I couldn’t risk it, (a tear rolls down her cheek.) there were too many lives at stake so I chose the safe option, I sacrificed many to save a few but it was the choice I had to make.
Jahdo: You can still do something.
Alina: I did the right thing. (a long pause as she looks at the slums and begins to regret. She turns back to Jahdo.) Right? (Jahdo is speechless. Alina looks out the window and lets out a gasp and turns away walking to the throne.) It’s too late. (Jahdo runs up to the window and looks out, he drops to his knees when he sees the flood. There is silence for a moment.) I’m sorry, but it had to happen.
Jahdo:No, it didn’t. (a pause,)
Alina:I’ve become what my father was, to paranoid to function.
Jahdo:You will never be like your father. You had a reason to be afraid. You were alone and forced to make choices, you are able to admit that you were wrong.
Alina:But I’ve killed more innocents than my father killed radicals. (Shouts can now be heard outside. The two guards from before run through the doors and slam them closed.)
G1: My queen the radicals are attacking, they infiltrated the estates. (The guards start to barricade the door shut.) Guards are scattered throughout the city...
G2:Most of us were dead before we even knew they were attacking. (the guard sees Jahdo.) It’s you! You bastard, You’re part of all this aren’t you. (the guard draws his sword and walks towards Jahdo.)
G1:Forget about him; help me keep this door closed. They’ll be here any moment. (the chanting outside becomes louder and the younger guard sheaths his sword and goes to the door. Alina is frozen looking at the door. Jahdo looks to the door and walks beside Alina.)
Alina:They’re here to kill me Jahdo.
Jahdo:They are...
Alina:They’ll kill you as well if you don’t get out of here.
Jahdo:They will. (The begin to try to force the door open by slamming up against it. )
Alina:Jahdo run... Climb out the window. (Jahdo does not move.) Go! Get out of here and save yourself.
Jahdo:Why? (Alina says nothing, Jahdo holds her hand. The guards  are desperately trying to keep the door closed. With a final push they are thrown to the ground and radicals rush into the room and surround Jahdo and Alina, they start to throw rocks that hit both. A fairly large rock hits Jahdo on the head and he falls unconscious. The mob closes in on Alina. lights go to black.)
 
 



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