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Character List CHADRICH GILGAMESH MOPSUS
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(A bare stage. Two dead boys lay there. Dead. Several moments pass. Then, as one, the breathe of life is stuffed back into them. There is a brief moment of uncertainty as they wake in a strange place. Then they recognize one another. There is an immediate change. They are filled with rage. And they attack one another. It is a vicious and dirty combat. They are equally matched. They gouge at each other’s eyes and tear at each other’s throats. Finally the younger of the two gets a slight advantage. He gets the older one down and pushes his face into the ground. He stands on his neck and snaps it. There is a brief moment of victory and then the younger boy falls to the ground like a sack of bricks. They wake again and again they fight. And again the younger gets the advantage. This time the younger one holds the older boy’s nose and mouth shut until he dies. Again a brief moment of victory. Again they are both reset. This continues for several more minutes until they are both exhausted. The physical and mental toll of both killing and dying is apparent. They are tired.) CHADRICH Well. GILGAMESH Brother. CHADRICH Or so you call me. Although I see the rage in your eyes. Burning. GILGAMESH I do call you as I see you. You see. Father? CHADRICH Do you see? Our father’s crest here on my breast. GILGAMESH Did you ever call him so? And did he call you son?
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CHADRICH I was his oldest son. Was his only son.
For a time.
GILGAMESH All those years in the wastes. Did he call you son then? When you took that whore into your bed. CHADRICH My wife. GILGAMESH Studied those murky arts. Built that tower of animal flesh.
CHADRICH I think of you when first I saw you. Screaming with bits of shit running down your stunted legs. Your eyes looking up. As they do even now. Filling with tears. I knew then you were no brother of mine. Did I know even then that I would stop your beating heart? I may have. GILGAMESH You were weak. I remember. whenever I can remember. I must have been five. Or
CHADRICH That I should have killed you then. (5 Seconds.) GILGAMESH Would that you were dead. (5 Seconds.) (GILGAMESH takes and snaps his brother’s neck. It is a lazy motion. CHADRICH is too weak to resist. CHADRICH dies. Then GILGAMESH falls. They both wake.) CHADRICH What world is this? GILGAMESH A cruel one.
GILGAMESH I won’t say. CHADRICH And but did I? GILGAMESH You must have. (3 Seconds. GILGAMESH A cave perhaps.Two Dead Boys 3 Walls.) GILGAMESH The ocean. CHADRICH And are they all dead? Who? GILGAMESH The people? CHADRICH Yes. And this before us a precipice stretched out across a bottomless canyon. Sailing to burn the great city to the ground. The people. GILGAMESH No. CHADRICH And a darkness that spreads out before us. You in your ship and surrounded by your fleet. And you in it and my army at my back. . CHADRICH What do you remember last? GILGAMESH Remember? CHADRICH Before this room. CHADRICH We haven’t always been here.
GILGAMESH sees what he is after and catches his foot.) The throne. GILGAMESH When I. GILGAMESH This is it. each trying to get an angle on the chair. If you gain it. They both wake. GILGAMESH Leaking through that. CHADRICH And I will yet rule it. CHADRICH And if that then there is a kingdom still. CHADRICH I don’t believe you. CHADRICH falls and his head hits the floor. Perhaps. When I do. CHADRICH . They are up on their feet immediately.Two Dead Boys 4 GILGAMESH It’s dust outside of these walls. CHADRICH Do you not see it? (GILGAMESH turns and CHADRICH makes a break for a chair that is sitting upstage. They circle. hidden in a corner. GILGAMESH Which? There. And you. GILGAMESH Perhaps. GILGAMESH runs for the chair but falls before he can get there. CHADRICH And what of the sunlight I see.
GILGAMESH And I will let you watch as she squirms and flops. Would gain the Trying CHADRICH I don’t trust you.) . GILGAMESH I might not. (3 Seconds. GILGAMESH We’re a match I agree. What’s to say you would yield. throne. CHADRICH So that it is known you will have no heirs. CHADRICH Ah. CHADRICH Then what do you suggest? GILGAMESH A competition. (2 Seconds. CHADRICH A? GILGAMESH That the winner then would sit on it. to find some muddy puddle she might drink from.) CHADRICH This is getting us nowhere.Two Dead Boys 5 CHADRICH I will banish your children out into the. GILGAMESH I will find your wife and pull her limbs like I would pull the wings from a fly.
What did we play? GILGAMESH We would kick a small ball around or. throw other rocks.Two Dead Boys 6 CHADRICH When we were boys. GILGAMESH Hawk and dove! Do you remember! CHADRICH But what was the goal of these games? GILGAMESH The goal. CHADRICH And that I resolve this again and for myself. CHADRICH Hawk and dove. CHADRICH Or buckets with frogs. GILGAMESH Very well. To coat him. That I resolve to wet your eyes and make you low before me. GILGAMESH Or sometimes would stack rocks and hide behind them. And . CHADRICH To get at the other and beat him down. To trammel his spirit in a dark place and in doing so then to make him cry. GILGAMESH No. And in doing so to win the throne and all that follows after it. GILGAMESH A game of salt then. CHADRICH When we were boys. Ah.
CHADRICH Your children are ugly. Festering. GILGAMESH Even when provoked you stare blankly out. GILGAMESH Folded like the dry creases of your grandmother’s. Not becoming of. CHADRICH That tastes like dust and weed. GILGAMESH Flaccid. (GILGAMESH collects himself and then turns as if he is drawing down on CHADRICH. CHADRICH Your head is larger than it should be. Strung up. Unsexed. CHADRICH On your knees which as you well know is your most natural. GILGAMESH Are a woman’s pants. . GILGAMESH Knees that creak and groan as they. GILGAMESH Your heart is small.) Your pants. CHADRICH On your wedding bed would not spread her.Two Dead Boys 7 CHADRICH Then begin. CHADRICH That would leak out around your toes. Poking you with a stick. GILGAMESH Dangling.
Two Dead Boys 8 CHADRICH Festooned with all that death. eye. You cunt.) CHADRICH ABJBGJHFHFHFH! GILGAMESH Ah! There! CHADRICH That’s nothing. GILGAMESH Shattered. CHADRICH Exumed. Eventually GILGAMESH takes his finger and gouges at CHADRICH’s eye. (During this CHADRICH and GILGAMESH have moved in close. A tear! GILGAMESH A throne! Oh what a day! You’ve put it in my CHADRICH I’ll not yield for that. Their faces become only inches apart. . searching for the slightest sign of tears. And they begin to pinch each other. CHADRICH Required of you. The pinches are probing at first and then become nastier. GILGAMESH A tear! CHADRICH That’s something from your own hand. GILGAMESH And your balls stacked would not. They each stare at the other’s eyes.
. Wrapped in my mother’s clothes. His mother carried and gave him suck. CHADRICH There’s no salt in it. He would wake crying every morning and cry until he slept at night.Two Dead Boys 9 GILGAMESH You’ve cried. And showed his hand the beginnings of the runes that had given his father the power to be king. CHADRICH I’ve not cried from a story since I was a small child. CHADRICH I’ll tell a story. And still he GILGAMESH This story will. CHADRICH Do you see? GILGAMESH It’s pus. Ah but this. Then. That blood magic. All right.) GILGAMESH Hmmm. CHADRICH But not a tear. Little puffs of it. GILGAMESH There was a little boy. Then forces GILGAMESH to taste it. (CHADRICH takes his finger and scoops the moisture from his eye. With little eyes and little toes. His father taught him to shoot a bow and to speak fire into existence. GILGAMESH A story then. Little teeth and. Taste this.
They were frightened. He collected bones. And so. The other members of the band never sure he would return. As he speaks. When he was ten his mother died. Casked in hollow skin. But people flocked to the boy. But CHADRICH is moved by this story and he may be on the verge of tears. And so he stayed on. GILGAMESH I haven’t finished.) cried. And joined a traveling band. He learned the steps. The boy made great fires that could be seen for miles. Who had caged such beauty. They had never had such crowds and their pockets grew fat with coin. But he did. Then the boy was a man and traveled to his home to kill his father. The morning fog settling on her pale skin. A destiny he had found when at the age of ten he came upon his mother. Always without any eyes and with all the limbs pulled off. (GILGAMESH examines CHADRICH’s eyes. CHADRICH Listen. That had followed him into the wastes. And met the most beautiful people.) CHADRICH That’s enough. But when he returned home. Such light. You could see it in the color of his eyes and teeth. He would walk out into the wet nights. He felt a dark presence with him. And knew then that he must end his father’s life. He could not escape it. They began to find little dead things in the woods when they ventured out to collect the tinder for that night’s fire. GILGAMESH . But still he felt the dark man there with him. And the boy ran away from home. Naked on a white bed. You have. Each night. It was his brother that met him at the gates. And he. The boy met a girl with three fingers and kept her for a while. flying the flags of war behind him. Unmade. He had felt a warmth in his belly and a thousand bugs crawling beneath his skin. But still the boy cried and there was something dark and weighted in him. A dark man.Two Dead Boys 10 GILGAMESH (Cont. They are dry. There was a monkey and he walked on stilts.
Till the sand is coming out of her. Your daughter and her mother. GILGAMESH puts his hands to his face and tastes his tears. Blister. Till all she is is ash and sand.) GILGAMESH You. Castor casted you boy you. You. Her skin is.) MOPSUS MMMMMM. Colored there and stopped. (Throughout the following CHADRICH stares deeply into GILGAMESH’s eyes. You boy. He basks in it. Nothing happens. And you want more. What it means. Or. (CHADRICH walks calmly to the throne and sits in it. Find her there her long back her hair all itching down. . Slowly you come to know what it is you are eating. Nothing happens. Pieces of it in your mouth. CHADRICH ? MOPSUS My chair. (CHADRICH has put a spell on GILGAMESH. Ashes. During the casting of the spell MOPSUS has appeared upstage. Who in his mother. You boy. After a moment the spell passes. Wasting through your fingers you boy. Who are. He falls to his knees and he cries. He seems to charm him. Jarl you and. His woman with the long back and. You eat of her and her taste is ashy in your mouth. Do you see her she is. As if summoned.Two Dead Boys 11 CHADRICH There was a young man.) CHADRICH Or was there was a young man. Sift you acid claps you Auberon you boy you.
Ehhhh.) (5 Seconds. He falls from the throne. MOPSUS ACAH! One bright. ACHA! MOPSUS Day in the middle of the night. MMMMMMMMMM. CHADRICH I’ve won it fairly so.) MOPSUS ACAH! . (3 Seconds. Two ACAH! GILGAMESH He has something to say.) CHADRICH Hey! The! MOPSUS. Old man. (MOPSUS ignores them both and sinks slowly into the throne. GILGAMESH He’s blind. CHADRICH You’ve taken my throne. MOPSUS Ehhhhhhh. CHADRICH is caught off guard by this.) MOPSUS Ohhhhhhhh.) (MOPSUS makes a farting sound with his hand.Two Dead Boys 12 (MOPSUS begins to beat CHADRICH with his staff.
Their empty eyes full to brimming with violence The tallest one looking up at the other. They circled round the arena square.) MOPSUS ACAH! GILGAMESH Well. MOPSUS ACHA! Dead boys got up to fight. Taking careful aim. They drew their swords and thumbed the safeties. They slapped each other with balled up fists. GILGAMESH He’s. their movements hasty. Two brothers whose ancestry neither one shared. Took his last breath then took another.) (MOPSUS makes a farting noise with his hand. And each blow that landed was one that had missed. CHADRICH Let him finish. Quiet. .Two Dead Boys 13 (2 Seconds.) CHADRICH I think he’s mad. CHADRICH I don’t understand. The blasts rang out in utter silence. ACHA! MOPSUS ACHA! Fully dressed with everything bared. GILGAMESH He mutters some spell. The first had a heart that shone with darkness. They bravely said how they were scared. (2 Seconds. The second was a danger by being harmless.
GILGAMESH Come back! (GILGAMESH runs offstage. GILGAMESH Work with me brother. Perhaps if we may help one (MOPSUS lumbers up and hobbles offstage. CHADRICH He is irrelevant. this place. And who knows.) GILGAMESH No! CHADRICH He’s gone. On this one thing. We are.Two Dead Boys 14 GILGAMESH What riddles are these old man? CHADRICH We should do away with him. CHADRICH You think knows where he is? If only to leave He is in the way. GILGAMESH No. We hear him running for a moment and suddenly he is . another in this. GILGAMESH He may know why it is that we are. GILGAMESH Thank you. CHADRICH This once. MOPSUS ACHA! That.
CHADRICH has the other. And again they fall and wake. And for a moment they are brothers. (They duel. He deposits them in the center of the stage. Finally CHADRICH tries again to glamor GILGAMESH. . Again they are evenly matched. GILGAMESH runs CHADRICH through again in disbelief.Two Dead Boys 15 running back on but from the opposite side of the stage. He brushes it aside and runs CHADRICH through. GILGAMESH throws his sword in disgust and begins to weep. They wake. (MOPSUS enters again this time from the opposite side of the stage that he exited from. Then falls as he did before. Then they both dash for the swords.) GILGAMESH And to this then. GILGAMESH is the aggressor but CHADRICH is the more competent defender. But this time GILGAMESH sees through it. (CHADRICH sits back down on the throne. There is a moment as both GILGAMESH and CHADRICH assess the new situation. CHADRICH moves to comfort him.) CHADRICH As my first order and proclamation.) CHADRICH You’re drooling. GILGAMESH reaches the swords first but trips in his haste and only ends up with one of them. He lets out a scream of triumph. CHADRICH At last.) GILGAMESH Piss! CHADRICH Well then. He is dragging two swords with him.
Perhaps to break them out of this revery.) CHADRICH She might. CHADRICH She will always be our mother.Two Dead Boys 16 GILGAMESH This is not what I was meant to do. I wonder. .) GILGAMESH Our mother. GILGAMESH I wonder what that would look like. CHADRICH That you need to tuck in your hem. (3 Seconds.) MOPSUS Hhhhrrrrrgggg. Of us? GILGAMESH What she would say. (6 Seconds. To prevent any bond from forming. CHADRICH You’re best at this.) (MOPSUS makes a noise. GILGAMESH Do you think she would smile? At us? CHADRICH She might. (2 Seconds.
My chair. Again nothing happens. He wants to enjoy this moment. He tries to regain his composure.) CHADRICH I bested my brother. It is mine. MOPSUS How? CHADRICH You’ve taken my throne. CHADRICH remembers that he has won the throne. He sits in the throne again. throne.) CHADRICH I am king! MOPSUS ACHA! (GILGAMESH tries to run for it. He will not give it up and begins to slap at CHADRICH. MOPSUS Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.Two Dead Boys 17 (This startles the brothers out of their revery.) CHADRICH You. Eventually CHADRICH gets him out of the seat but it has humiliated both of them. CHADRICH Give it up! (CHADRICH tries to force MOPSUS from the throne. Again he leaves one side of the stage and comes back on the other. MOPSUS And in doing gained the Again. .
GILGAMESH But. You who have been so helpful to me. MOPSUS I will not. CHADRICH Afraid? GILGAMESH I fear what you will do to me. GILGAMESH I am sorry I. CHADRICH I sit on the throne! Am I not king? MOPSUS A throne is just a chair. CHADRICH I have a special place for you brother. Old man. Is there a dungeon in this place? Or cage or some metal box? If so take him there. Only a king may imprison he who has a king’s blood running through his veins. Without you I would not be here. GILGAMESH Aha! CHADRICH But. Thank you. CHADRICH You need not fear. I will always remember those little people that helped me to get to these great heights. king.Two Dead Boys 18 CHADRICH Where are you going brother? GILGAMESH I am afraid. To sit on it does not make you .
CHADRICH dies and GILGAMESH drops unconscious. You would not have trusted me so. Or perhaps you thought to use this old rag of a man.Two Dead Boys 19 GILGAMESH You would send your brother to a dungeon. CHADRICH Court? Do you see a court here? Brother. CHADRICH Only one way to. CHADRICH continues Stopped my Place. This time he does it slowly. They wake. breath. If I were to become king I would have your head taken off. There’s no death in this place. Run me through. . This is a kingdom of exactly three. We will never know what could have been. GILGAMESH I will see you dead. GILGAMESH Perhaps I have not done it right. GILGAMESH We will never know. (GILGAMESH uses CHADRICH’s own sword to stab CHADRICH. Now. GILGAMESH Not now no. CHADRICH You would have shared the ruling of this? GILGAMESH I would have given you a seat in my court. My blood burns for it. CHADRICH grabs the sword and pulls it into himself. CHADRICH Dead? You’ve broken my neck. Who can barely raise himself from the chair. CHADRICH And who would execute that order? You? We have seen how that goes. CHADRICH You would have done the same.
CHADRICH And when will that be? We have tried to play for it. He is a fool. GILGAMESH And still.) CHADRICH No. A small child would be . GILGAMESH He must be here for. MOPSUS Hmmmmmmmm. During the following he pulls the sword out of himself.Two Dead Boys 20 as if nothing has happened. I begin to think that freedom is the only prize to be had here. of more. Or rather that one of us should see the other imprisoned further. CHADRICH He can barely speak. We do GILGAMESH But ask yourself. GILGAMESH We will not know until one of us is king. CHADRICH There is something crusted on him. CHADRICH Old fart. MOPSUS ACHA! You see! CHADRICH His brain is seizing up. not know the rules of the game. GILGAMESH Perhaps the old man knows.
GILGAMESH He doesn’t know. CHADRICH Bury him though.Two Dead Boys 21 (MOPSUS makes a farting sound with his hands. You said. How can I become king? Ancient. CHADRICH We’ve circled around. MOPSUS You must bury the king.) (1 Second. GILGAMESH How may I find him? MOPSUS He will find you. Then. How am I to kill him? Kill him? MOPSUS He lives in the both of you. MOPSUS You must bury the king. GILGAMESH And how old are you? MOPSUS Older than my teeth. GILGAMESH When he finds me. How long have we been here? MOPSUS Since you were young and I was old.) GILGAMESH Sir. .
CHADRICH Useless. MOPSUS There are only walls outside of these walls. would be preferable to this. I fear this darkness. After he has cleared the stage. GILGAMESH There must be some. CHADRICH Leave here and find us help. He sees that there are people. Figures in the darkness. Old man. Carefully at first and then with abandon. . What? CHADRICH To scrub the floor? GILGAMESH Perhaps he can go for help.) GILGAMESH Are you? CHADRICH I am still here. From where did you retrieve them? MOPSUS From a room outside of this room. CHADRICH Enough.Two Dead Boys 22 CHADRICH Who will be king? MOPSUS Your brother and his brother. CHADRICH And these swords. But even an endless falling (CHADRICH moves out into the audience.
MOPSUS They may be demons or lost souls. They seem benign.Two Dead Boys 23 What is it? GILGAMESH What is it like? But CHADRICH I hear a breathing. they sit in silence.) No. now? Why do I concern you (CHADRICH steps back on stage. MOPSUS Come away from there.) CHADRICH All that we have done we have done for you.) GILGAMESH Are you our subjects? (2 Seconds. (2 Seconds. CHADRICH Who are you to command me old man. CHADRICH In the dark. .) CHADRICH Do you sit in judgement of us? (2 Seconds. CHADRICH I do not think so. MOPSUS Bodies? People. There living bodies in this place. CHADRICH But we have tried.
. GILGAMESH In the story the people. GILGAMESH One thing.) Yes.) GILGAMESH Why do they not speak? CHADRICH Perhaps they wait for something. It was. most deserving. CHADRICH Why do you say song? They sang to the ruler they found He One song. Song. (This has stirred something in CHADRICH. A vote. CHADRICH Yes? GILGAMESH I read in a book once. CHADRICH Our mother.) GILGAMESH Would you speak to us? (1 Second. GILGMAESH What more can we do? CHADRICH There is nothing else.Two Dead Boys 24 (1 Second. CHADRICH A vote? GILGAMESH That each soul has one vote to cast. seems on the verge of something.
. (The moment is broken. GILGAMESH We are not weighed down. MOPSUS And from where does this hatred come? CHADRICH From our shared desire to. in your hearts. MOPSUS No. Mmmmmm. Ahhhh. Our hearts? MOPSUS What it is that drives you. GILGAMESH Each of us.) A vote. Ahhhhhhhh. But what darkens them? What sits in your hearts and grows mold? What weighs them down? CHADRICH Our. We. CHADRICH For one another. This is what illuminates your hearts. MOPSUS Before a vote they first must know what is CHADRICH MOPSUS Ahhh.Two Dead Boys 25 MOPSUS HGBFNNNRRGEREER. MOPSUS No. Want this kingdom. Our hatred. GILGAMESH He burned the great.
boy. GILGAMESH CHADRICH From birth each of us has been ever at the other’s throat. GILGAMESH I can not remember a time when. MOPSUS When did you first desire your brother dead? GILGAMESH I do not know. CHADRICH You were. MOPSUS You do.) GILGAMESH Who are you? MOPSUS Do you know me boy? Old man. Think back. CHADRICH A servant or. I do not. MOPSUS Think deeply. MOPSUS Not from birth no. There was a story told. About a little . (1 Second. Gilgamesh. Who ran away from home.Two Dead Boys 26 CHADRICH What then? MOPSUS Gilgamesh.
GILGAMESH Why did you? . I.Two Dead Boys 27 CHADRICH Who. CHADRICH This is foolish. Enough. Who passed it down? MOPSUS And why did you repeat it now? My brother. MOPSUS And was it a story? (4 Seconds. No! MOPSUS Who was the boy? Told to a small child that he would GILGAMESH Told me that story. have trouble sleeping. MOPSUS GILGAMESH I do not know. CHADRICH It is a bed time story.) GILGAMESH Chadrich? CHADRICH Gil. Ahhhhh. MOPSUS From where did this story come? GILGAMESH I was a boy when.
CHADRICH He is distracting you. GILGAMESH Those bones. CHADRICH You don’t really believe. Let us ask these people what they think. A. Did you? CHADRICH I wanted to make my own way. GILGAMESH There were rumors. CHADRICH Listen to me. GILGAMESH Why did you go out into the waste? Our father. GILGAMESH Why did you tell me that story? CHADRICH I have nothing to hide. GILGAMESH And our mother? (1 Second. eyes. His little .Two Dead Boys 28 Gil. GILGAMESH Were you that boy Chad? Were you that? Was it a.) CHADRICH I. His. A vote. GILGAMESH But why did you run? What did you? CHADRICH I left because I could not stand to look at him. But I.
) GILGAMESH Say her name. GILGAMESH If you are true then say her name. He is pulled limply along.) Was why I (CHADRICH suddenly takes MOPSUS by the neck and pulls him away from GILGAMESH. CHADRICH Whose? Our mother’s. (1 Second. GILGAMESH What are you? .) CHADRICH Play a game with me Gil. petty twat. MOPSUS Your father. CHADRICH I had no choice. it.Two Dead Boys 29 No. MOPSUS Think what it is he’s saying boy. vengeful. (1 Second. MOPSUS does not react. left. CHADRICH Our father was a barbarous. CHADRICH Do you think me mad? But the way that they said GILGAMESH You were away they said.
(2 Seconds. Just the two of us. CHADRICH Because I do. GILGAMESH What game? What game? CHADRICH What was our game? GILGAMESH Hawk and dove.Two Dead Boys 30 CHADRICH Do you remember when we would play hawk and dove. you a story. The best days of my life I think. I think my only days of life. GILGAMESH Let him. Do you remember what it was like out in the fields. Let him go. One last game. GILGAMESH And if you win I will tell Sometimes .) CHADRICH Play it with me. Then play it. (CHADRICH lets go of MOPSUS. GILGAMESH Then let him go. (2 Seconds. GILGAMESH I will play. CHADRICH Play a game with me.) Let him go.) CHADRICH I do not want to kill him.
CHADRICH For this is our game and we must play it to the hilt. MOPSUS cowers at this. They are like dancers. They have each played the game a thousand times and each knows his part to the very core.) CHADRICH This is not a story I would like to say for a start. falls unconscious. Or is to say I was afraid of this dream because it was true. I knew even then. A bit more clever. It was a dream that had the ring of truth to it.) (4 Seconds. And it is real danger. But he is different somehow. CHADRICH stands over his brother and begins to tell a story.Two Dead Boys 31 CHADRICH You will hold nothing back? GILGAMESH Nothing. When you were a boy and I was a boy. And he prevails in the end. When he speaks it is a kind of laughter. He seems colder. This is not an apology. They feel it even now. And for a longer moment than we expect he stays dead. He .) (GILGAMESH is blown across the room. More powerful. They play it to the hilt.) (4 Seconds. GILGAMESH Do you think we can be killed? CHADRICH Do you? (And suddenly they begin. I had a dream that I told to you. CHADRICH dies. But GILGAMESH is a bit quicker.) (CHADRICH rises. As a story. But there is a constant thread of danger.
The clay magic. Or to sing me her songs. But our father found you both and brought you back. I became despondent. (1 second. And so we were brothers for a time. That there was something inside of you. The dust magic. They say that when your crown broke into this world the clouds parted. You were given protection they said. She was alone with you for many weeks. Their songs. She blessed and dipped you in the river. Fed you marrow. You were the last of our mother’s people they said. CHADRICH Yes. That you would rise up and dethrone our father and in doing so would restore her people. She had seen that our father was. At first I feared for you. As anyone would fear for a boy as small and as pink as you were. And spoke to you the holy words of her people. Who our father killed did you know? That our mother was a spoil. I began to hear the whispers about you. When I had grown old enough to understand such things. That our father could not touch you.) CHADRICH Yes.) CHADRICH steps on CHADRICH Do you know that you were born under a full moon? In the rainy days of spring amidst a great storm. It was all that I thought of from when I rose in the morning until I lay my head to . Had run off away from our father. And you were to be her piece of revenge. GILGAMESH Who are you? CHADRICH Your brother. She painted your skin. And that our mother was alone when she had you. She wanted to have you in the way of her people. GILGAMESH You are something else. him and keeps him down. But as time wore on I felt a great cave of jealousy begin to grow inside of me. She was not permitted to read to me. I was beside myself. The last with.Two Dead Boys 32 (GILGAMESH tries to rise.
MOPSUS He killed your mother boy. GILGAMESH You were possessed. I felt the weight of the book against my side and felt it growing warm. She was asleep. GILGAMESH You did not know what. Still in the morning light.Two Dead Boys 33 CHADRIC (Cont. CHADRICH Even then.) CHADRICH I went to her one day. Alone in bed our father off somewhere. MOPSUS falls unconscious.) CHADRICH Do you believe him? (2 Seconds. CHADRICH My mind was clear. Do you see? . It had taken hold of you. CHADRICH No.) sleep. Searching for a way to take what lived in you for myself. They did not know what was wrong. And I could have done it then. GILGAMESH Brother. CHADRICH Silence! (CHADRICH deals MOPSUS a wicked blow to the temple. I came upon one that spoke of the mother’s blood. I began to read the old books in our father’s study.
CHADRICH She. Sticking to the sheets. Terrible eye. He lifted me. I knew that I could not put it down. Her eye did open then and.) CHADRICH And I saw that she had cut herself. GILGAMESH Her. So I ran away. He charges CHADRICH but CHADRICH easily brushes him aside. And see her. I couldn’t. A small bit. And after. Yourself or. In his mind this is his mother’s killer. Some little thing from the preparation of food or. GILGAMESH What book was this? CHADRICH Our father’s book. CHADRICH It . I drew back at that. You repulse me.) GILGAMESH But when I look to you I see. That I carry with me. And I took and eased a drop of blood from her finger to mine. And do you know I can hear her or one that sounds like her. It took me in and. (1 Second. And could from that day. Stricken with what I had been. (This is enough for GILGAMESH. I thought to kill me. This image. Sometimes. But he was laughing. And my finger did brush against the book.Two Dead Boys 34 (1 Second.) CHADRICH I kept the blood. was. He found her. Covered in. (1 Second.) CHADRICH I was in my bed.
With her blood that takes you. Pestled. Astral. (CHADRICH begins to pace. And you boy. He commences to cast a spell. You have. And hers. (CHADRICH takes the mixture and spreads it on GILGAMESH’s forehead. I cannot say this is how I pictured it. It will take you will not take you long to see her. He spits in his hand. Rooted to a spot. Blooded. To recede. Across the river. There is a powerful reaction.) CHADRICH Hers. That it be my blood and the mother’s blood that kills me. You boy you. He seems to fold into himself. Fatted and leery. MOPSUS lifts .) CHADRICH Boy. He starts to mutter. Auberon you. Her fiber. And go to meet your mother on her blood. Quintessence. Fall down you boy. During this MOPSUS has gotten up. Her juice. You boy.Two Dead Boys 35 CHADRICH You’ll not beat me now. He watches as CHADRICH is overcome by what he has done. But the spell called that I die. GILGAMESH begins to cry. GILGAMESH I won’t. Once for each of the gods. Whose long backs are titled in you. Why we are here. After all this time. CHADRICH Already. And he falls unconscious. Now. Team you out into the many. Or more. Blooded then. That you will drink no more. Nub. Then he moves and puts his hands around CHADRICH’s head. That you are no more. Do you know. Through the following he carefully mixes his spit and the powder into a paste. (GILGAMESH is in a trance. CHADRICH takes a vial out from underneath his shirt and carefully spills the contents into his hand. I do not know where we are. That you see no more nor are no more. Whose backs. Or more.
There is a . Yes. MOPSUS I brought us here. CHADRICH That. MOPSUS Yes. You.) MOPSUS Who am I boy? CHADRICH Father. MOPSUS You did nothing I did not want you to do. CHADRICH I cast this. to walk. crown on his head.Two Dead Boys 36 CHADRICH up. CHADRICH This was your.) MOPSUS Do you know me boy? CHADRICH Know you? MOPSUS no longer needs a staff (MOPSUS pulls back his hood. MOPSUS Your mother. MOPSUS You were my weapon do you see? CHADRICH I’ve wanted you dead for so long.
I could not keep from laughing when I found you there. The both of you she loved. I could not. My first born. Well. I killed. I worried I had lost my chance. You. You can not fathom the rage I felt.Two Dead Boys 37 CHADRICH She. MOPSUS She never suspected you. Your own mother. It took me ages. But your brother. So I set to turning you against them both. All in a large circle. And I taught you my ways. MOPSUS You came. You can imagine I killed most everyone but she was beyond my reach. . MOPSUS I thought when you ran. I screamed. And though I revolted her. But you were my son. She was crafty. And from the first you were my son. Kept you apart from her. They had not thought of that. And you could not escape what it was that lived inside of you. (CHADRICH takes the blood mixture from his hands and smears it on MOPSUS’s face. It was easy. Standing over her. Her people sacrificed themselves. CHADRICH Stop. Was to be king. Her last breaths spilling out through your fingers.) MOPSUS That’s my magic boy. But your brother still lived. Simple to plant the seed of jealousy in your heart. To protect her. But I found a way. And so you could not resist returning. I did not foresee. Her blood. You think to use it against me? CHADRICH I was. Of course she would try to pass on. You were horrified. I wanted. Her children. CHADRICH puts his hands around MOPSUS’s neck but MOPSUS easily shakes him off. Singing as we cut them down. MOPSUS begins to laugh. My magic. You would be the sword that I would drive into her heart. So I lay with her.
During this CHADRICH has retrieved one of the swords. MOPSUS And now you’ve taken it from him. MOPSUS And now I’ll finish what you started. You forfeited your right to that power. (MOPSUS moves to stand over GILGAMESH.) CHADRICH Father! (MOPSUS is momentarily distracted by this. GILGAMESH wakes and begins to struggle but MOPSUS is too powerful for him.) CHADRICH You say until I die? . Tell yourself that. CHADRICH So this is it then. Was that to CHADRICH I was always.Two Dead Boys 38 CHADRICH I came back to kill you. He moves his hands over GILGAMESH’s mouth and begins to suffocate him. MOPSUS Yes. I felt he had some thing inside of him that I needed for myself. you. No it will be trapped in you until the day that you die. kill me? And him? There. He turns and his hands slip just enough to give GILGAMESH a breath of air. I want to congratulate CHADRICH If I have then what’s to stop me from using it against you? MOPSUS Look at your hands boy.
CHADRICH dies. And I know who I am. He spends a moment grieving for his brother. MOPSUS Stay where you are. . Let us meet these people. GILGAMESH Come with me father. Then he turns to MOPSUS.) MOPSUS No! CHADRICH Gil. (CHADRICH pulls some blood from his wound and with the bloody hand clasps GILGAMESH’s arm to his and pulls him into a close embrace.Two Dead Boys 39 (CHADRICH plunges the sword into himself. GILGAMESH My brother. GILGAMESH Father I see you now. MOPSUS Stay back from me. GILGAMESH Why do you fear them father? MOPSUS They are ghosts and devils. CHADRICH I give this to you. GILGAMESH lowers him tenderly to the ground. No! MOPSUS I won’t face them.) GILGAMESH Father.
) GILGAMESH Thank you.) GILGAMESH Come and meet them. audience joins in.) My friends. ways.) GILGAMESH And now. Sing this with me. Put your hands on his hands. To hold him to this place. Help me to keep this old man. (GILGAMESH takes MOPSUS into the audience. The (GILGAMESH begins to hum a note. I ask that you sing. Your song will bind him here if it is loud and it is true. (GILGAMESH leads MOPSUS back to the stage. leading MOPSUS) GILGAMESH Take and place your hands on him. And you will stay here. (GILGAMESH encourages the audience to place their hands on MOPSUS who recoils from this. That he created. Please. GILGAMESH They are my mother’s people. (GILGAMESH takes MOPSUS out into the audience and slowly the house lights come up and the stage lights go dark. That you share your song.) GILGAMESH I’m leaving now father. GILGAMESH Help me to show my father the error of his (GILGAMESH moves through the audience. . Share with him our magic. Now do not stop.Two Dead Boys 40 No. MOPSUS Don’t leave me in the dark.
Two Dead Boys 41 GILGAMESH Goodbye father.) (END OF PLAY) . MOPSUS continues to beg for forgiveness as the house lights go dark. (GILGAMESH leaves the stage.