Return To The Force

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Chapter 2

Act 1, Scene 2

Act 1 Scene 2
Agent Jack tracks William Cole down to the Everest regions and brings he and his wife back to America for the mission.

Setting: William Cole's house

(Enter WILL, LONDON and SAM)

WILL:
Come on, London, what do you want me to say?

LONDON:
For one thing, you would have done something to show you're actually sorry!

WILL:
It's just . . . I've apologized a thousand times!

LONDON:
Says you, math genius. How did three become a thousand?

WILL:
I went over to the Johnsons to borrow a cup of flour!

LONDON:
Oh that's classic.

WILL:
Of all women I would cheat on you with, why Mrs Johnson? She's a mother of two! And five years older than me! Why can't you tell me the real reason you're angry at me?

(LONDON puts a hand on her stomach sub-consciously. SAM adjusts his bow tie nervously.)

(LONDON turns to SAM.)

LONDON:
Sam, fetch a pot of tea.

SAM:
Yes, m'am.

(Exit SAM to the kitchen.)

WILL:
Well?

(Long pause.)

WILL:
Still waiting.

LONDON:
Urgh. I don't have time for this.

(LONDON brushes past WILL, exit LONDON to bedroom. Enter SAM with a pot of tea.)

SAM:
Sir?

WILL:
Set the tea down, Sam.

(SAM puts the pot of tea down on the table and shuffles nervously.)

(WILL looks in direction of bedroom. SAM grabs broom.)

(Exit SAM.)

(WILL sinks down onto couch, sighing, putting a hand to his temple and groaning.)

(There is a sudden knocking on the door.)

JACK (OFF):
Mr. Cole? Hello? This is important! And I'm freezing out here!

(WILL looks up.)

SAM (OFF):
Sir? There's someone at the door --

WILL:
Yes, I heard. See who it is.

(There is the sound of a door opening.)

JACK (OFF):
Thank goodness. I'm freezing out here!

SAM (OFF):
If I may be so bold, who are you, sir? And what service do you require of my master?

JACK (OFF):
Nothing to trouble you with.

SAM (OFF):
I insist you tell me, sir. Or I am afraid I cannot let you in.

JACK (OFF):
Serious?

SAM (OFF):
As a heartbeat.

JACK (OFF):
Fine. Tell him Agent Green of the Terrorist Control Task Force is here to speak with him. It's regarding the issues of terrorism in America.

(Enter SAM.)

SAM:
Sir . . .

WILL:
I heard the man. Let him in.

(Exit SAM. Enter SAM and JACK.)

JACK:
Well, finally.

(JACK walks over to fireplace, shaking cold ice off his hair and sighing, warming his hands over the fire in relief.)

WILL:
Leave us, Sam.

(Exit SAM.)

WILL:
So, to what do I owe the pleasure of your visit?

JACK:
Straight to business then.

(JACK catches sight of teapot.)

JACK:
Mind if I . . .

WILL:
Sure.

(WILL pours JACK a cup of tea and hands it over. WILL pours himself a cup of tea as well.)

(WILL sips his tea.)

JACK:
So . . .

(JACK sips his tea, then sets it down on the table and takes a seat opposite WILL.)

JACK:
Four years ago, you were part of the Terrorist Control Task Force, correct?

(WILL nods.)

JACK:
You once took down a crime syndicate that called itself . . . C.O.B.R.A?

(WILL groans.)

WILL:
I hate when these criminals make comebacks.

JACK:
Well . . .

WILL:
What?

JACK:
C.O.B.R.A's under new management.

(JACK slips WILL headshot of SNAKE CHARMER.)

WILL:
Who . . .

JACK:
Snake Charmer. Not some big shot, but a terrorist nonetheless, with prowess over snakes. He's made two attacks in the last two days and has threatened to do so again in the next two days. Agents Crimson and Commander Wick want you to return to the force to assist in the operation against Snake Charmer, seeing as you once took down C.O.B.R.A.

WILL:
What's in it for me?

JACK:
You get to serve your country.

WILL:
You taking me for a sentimental, kid? I'm a patriot, sure, but I'm also a retired patriot. The limits to my patriotism reach up to me singing the national anthem and that's that.

JACK:
Think of it this way. You help us, you could save several dozen lives. Families could remain whole with your assistance.

(WILL remains silent.)

JACK:
Well?

WILL:
What about all this?

(WILL sweeps hand across house, indicating the polished furniture.)

JACK:
You help us take down Snake Charmer early, you'll be home in time for dinner.

WILL:
Doubt it.

JACK:
You can see past the imagery, can't you?

WILL:
Give me some time to think it over.

JACK:
We can provide transport for you and your wife.

WILL:
You need my wife?

JACK:
Just so you can keep an eye on her.

WILL:
Do you have to make it sound like that?

JACK:
I . . . I meant in a caring way.

WILL:
Let me discuss this with her --

(Enter LONDON unexpectedly.)

LONDON:
No need. We should both go.

(LONDON walks past WILL, grabbing coat from coat hanger and putting it on.)

LONDON:
Going to America beats sticking around here and fighting each other.

(Exit LONDON out of front door.)

WILL:
Where the woman goes, I go.

JACK:
It's a pleasure to have you onboard.

(JACK and WILL get up. Enter SAM.)

WILL:
Sam? Keep the house clean. I'll be home soon.

SAM:
Where are you going sir?

WILL:
Just a quick trip to America.

(Exit WILL, JACK and SAM.)

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