Act One: Scene SixMature

[KIM, AMELIA and BENJAMIN enter.] 

KIM

Who were you shouting at? You haven't made any more enemies have you?

LUCY

Nobody new.

BENJAMIN

We aren't going to look back anymore. Only to the future.

LUCY

That's the best way to be.

BENJAMIN

Lucy, we could do with your help.

LUCY

Uh oh. What with?

KIM

Benjamin has his heart set on some mass restoration.

LUCY

Sounds... Unique.

AMELIA

(laughing) That's definitely the word for it.

KIM

If we all pitch in...

AMELIA

(laughing) And soon we'll all be knocking on those moonlit doors asking for a cup of sugar.

BENJAMIN

(pause) Doesn't it strike you as odd that we live under the light of the moon?

KIM

Let's just through the science of the situation out of the window.

LUCY

None of us are werewolves so I don't see the problem.

[KIM, AMELIA and BENJAMIN turn to look directly at LUCY suspiciously.]

LUCY

What?

KIM

I think we expected you to pretend to turn into a werewolf or something.

LUCY

Oh. (winking) Maybe next time.

BENJAMIN

But isn't it weird? Don't you ever get bothered by this eternal night?

KIM

You just have to look at it differently.

AMELIA

And forget the darkness around you.

KIM

Move on.

BENJAMIN

Forget the past. It might hurt but that's the way it is.

AMELIA

(gently stroking her cheek) It always hurts.

LUCY

Slap him in the face.

KIM

Now that isn't helping.

LUCY

Isn't helping who?

AMELIA

I think it would help me.

BENJAMIN

What happened to the future over the past?

AMELIA

Ugh.

LUCY                

We're looking forward. (beat) In the future, she's going to hit him.

BENJAMIN

Violence is not the answer.

KIM

(same time) Not violence.

LUCY

Oh but you two are no fun.

AMELIA

It's my choice.

LUCY

That's my girl. So make your choice.

AMELIA

Maybe I should talk to him. Put things to rest properly.

KIM

Maybe... Maybe that's for the best.

BENJAMIN

You can't be serious.

KIM

How can I explain this to someone like you? (pause) Sometimes you have to cut the strings from the past to be able to move on. It's like she's tied to a giant rock - she can't move on until she gets free, no?

BENJAMIN

Now you're just mocking me.

KIM

Maybe.

LUCY

Oh Kim, just go for the jugular.

BENJAMIN

What?

LUCY

Just tell him.

AMELIA and BENJAMIN (simultaneously)

Tell him what?

KIM

(to AMELIA) Whatever it is you need to tell him.

LUCY

(to BENJAMIN) The truth.

[AMELIA exits without any of the others noticing.]

BENJAMIN

What truth?

KIM

That nobody talks like you do.

BENJAMIN

What?

LUCY

All the poetic crap.

KIM

You're just a figment from the past. Would it kill you to talk like a normal person?

BENJAMIN

Well where's the fun in that?

LUCY

We might be able to understand you better then.

KIM

Please.

BENJAMIN

No. It's... It's who I am.

LUCY

But nobody in their right mind is full of such rubbish. If I could drop you off in the distant past to become one of the most highly regarded poets in existence then I would do just that quite happily.

BENJAMIN

(to KIM) And you feel the same?

KIM

I don't know.

LUCY

It's ridiculous. We don't need you around.

BENJAMIN

Fine.

KIM

No. Wait.

LUCY

Have you got something to add?

KIM

Sometimes it's funny. He makes me laugh. (smiling) And it's kinda cute.

LUCY

You aren't helping the cause.

KIM

Depends which cause you're talking about. (turning) Where's Amelia?

LUCY

(nonchalant) Gone.

KIM

When?

LUCY

Not long. A couple of minutes or so.

BENJAMIN

(to LUCY) You just don't care, do you?

LUCY

(defensively) Oh I care.

BENJAMIN

Only as part of your manipulative master plan. Don't think I haven't noticed.

LUCY

That's the other thing. Cut it with the melodrama. We don't need that either.

KIM

No. I want to hear him out.

BENJAMIN

You have been twisting and turning everything lately. Like you have some underhand scheme. We're like puppets on a string.

LUCY

Here we go again.

KIM

You can't just accuse people of things like that.

BENJAMIN

And you're going to take her side? Well you're just as bad. Or she has her claws pretty deep.

LUCY

(sarcastically) Oh don't worry. I'll loosen my grip. Don't want to break the skin.

[BENJAMIN is separated from LUCY and KIM by most of the stage. As they silently weigh each other up, he paces around the trees. LUCY tries to talk to KIM but she doesn't want to listen. The three of them are distant from each other - like they refuse to trust each other.]

KIM

It isn't that bad.

BENJAMIN

Focus. We have to stop Amelia.

LUCY

You need to sort yourself out. I thought you had everything figured out. Doesn't seem like that to me. So much for the change afoot.

BENJAMIN

(with a hint of anger) The leaves decay, the leaves decay and fall. (brushing his hand through the trees) And yet they don't. Together we face an eternal spring, an eternal summer. Salvation from the falling rain. No rainstorms here. No rainstorms.

[He moves closer to KIM and LUCY, almost as if he is about to put his arms around them.]

BENJAMIN

(bitter) Maybe the weatherman doesn't feel like changing, Maybe he's happy. Maybe he's the only one.

[KIM and LUCY move closer to the forest, BENJAMIN closer to the audience.]

BENJAMIN

(as if calling to the heavens) Oh change. Bleed your fortunes down onto us and drip down some rain for - we - miss - you.

[BENJAMIN exits through the audience. KIM goes to stop him, following him off.]

LUCY

(to BENJAMIN) Get real!

[LUCY turns and exits.]

The End

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