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Jackie and the Chili Stalk

JACKIE AND THE CHILI STALK By D. M. Larson TIME and PLACE Long ago in a little pue lo outside !ld Al u"uer"ue CAST !# CHA$ACTE$S %IEJ!& An old 'an ()o tells t)e story o* JACKIE and t)e C)ile stal+ JACKIE& A young girl ()o lo,es C)iles MAMA& JACKIE-s 'ot)er C!.& A Co( na'ed %a/ita t)at is sold to %IEJ! T)is a/tor )as no lines ut needs to )a,e good e0pressions 1IANT& Not really a 1iant ut really tall JACK& A ratty oy ()o stole t)e 1!!SE ()o lays golden eggs. 1!!SE& Lays golden eggs and only says 2)on+3 SCENE 4 %IEJ! 5 In a dry and dusty Country6 t)ere li,ed a little girl na'ed Ja/+ie ()o lo,ed /)ilies. JACKIE 7Carries )er as+et o* /)ilies8 5 T)e )otter t)e etter. %IEJ! 5 S)e /ouldn9t resist t)e s'ell o* roasted /)ilies. S)e lo,ed )ar,est ti'e e/ause s)e +ne( t)e roasting ti'e (as near. JACKIE : Ma'a; Ma'a; I pi/+ed so'e /)ilies. Can (e roast t)e' no(< MAMA 5 Is t)at all (e )a,e< JACKIE 5 I9' a*raid so.

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MAMA 5 It9s een a ad year *or all t)e /rops. T)ere is not 'u/) o* anyt)ing. C!. (anders in and loo+s around *or *ood JACKIE 5 No eans< MAMA 5 No eans. JACKIE 5 No /arrots< MAMA 5 No /arrots. JACKIE 5 No peas< MAMA 5 No peas. JACKIE 5 1ood. I )ate peas. MAMA 5 Just a *e( /)ilies. JACKIE 5 T)at9s all I li+e any(ay. MAMA 5 But t)is (ill only e enoug) *or one ste(. .)at (ill (e do a*ter t)at< JACKIE 5 .e /ould eat t)e /o( C!. stops and loo+s s/ared. Starts to snea+ out MAMA 5 No; 7C!. stops and sig)s (it) relie*8
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MAMA 5 .e9ll sell )er instead 7C!. loo+s upset and starts to snea+ out again8 MAMA 5 Co'e )ere6 %a/ita. 7C!. s)a+es )er )ead no8 JACKIE : 71ra s C!.8 .)ere do I ta+e )er< MAMA 5 To t)e old 'an on in t)e ,illage. JACKIE 5 T)e /ra=y old 'an< MAMA 5 He9s not /ra=y. Just a little lo/o. JACKIE 5 Lo/o 'eans /ra=y6 Ma'a. MAMA 5 Just get going and get so'et)ing good *or t)e /o(. JACKIE 5 Let9s go %a/ita. 7C!. 'oos in protest. MAMA e0its8.

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SCENE > %IEJ! 5 And t)at9s ()en JACKIE appeared at 'y door. JACKIE 5 1et o,er )ere6 %a/ita. 7Pulls C!. to %IEJ! and +no/+s8 %IEJ! 5 Hola6 )i?a. Ho( /an I )elp you< JACKIE 5 Senor6 (e )a,e no *ood e0/ept *or a *e( /)ilies. .e 'ust sell our /o(. %IEJ! 5 I (ill uy your /o(. 7Ta+es C!. and s/rat/)es e)ind )er ear and s)e9s )appy8 JACKIE 5 T)an+ you6 senor. %IEJ! 5 I )a,e so'et)ing you9ll en?oy. C)ilies. 7Hands JACKIE a s)iny /lot) ag 'ade o* a 'agi/al loo+ing 'aterial8 JACKIE 5 C)iles< But (e already )a,e /)ilies. %IEJ! 5 But t)ese are 'agi/ /)ilies. JACKIE 5 Magi/ /)ilies< %IEJ! 5 T)ey (ill gi,e you 'ore (onder*ul t)ings t)an you /an e,er i'agine. JACKIE 5 I /an i'agine so'e pretty good t)ings. %IEJ! 5 Ta+e t)e' to your 'ot)er and all (ill e good again on your ran/)o. JACKIE 5 T)an+ you. 1ood5 ye6 %a/ita. 7C!. sti/+s )er tongue out at JACKIE8

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SCENE @ %IEJ! 5 Ja/+ie ran e0/itedly a/+ to )er Ma'a to tell )er t)e ne(s o* t)e 'agi/ /)ilies. JACKIE : Ma'a; Ma'a; Loo+ at ()at I got; MAMA 5 A little ag< I )ope t)at9s not it. JACKIE 5 No6 inside are 'agi/ /)ilies. 7Pulls out /)ilies8 MAMA 5 Magi/ /)ilies< JACKIE 5 T)e old 'an said t)ey (ould 'a+e our drea's /o'e true. MAMA 5 Drea's (on9t *eed us6 Ja/+ie. I /an9t elie,e t)e /ra=y old andito (ould do t)is to us; 7Ta+es t)e /)ilies8 JACKIE 5 Ma'a6 no; 7MAMA tosses /)ilies a(ay8 MAMA 5 1o to your roo' and don9t /o'e out until I get a/+ *ro' t)e old 'an. JACKIE 5 .)at are you going to do< MAMA 5 I9' going to get our /o( a/+. 7E0its8

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SCENE @ JACKIE 5 !)6 Ma'a. I9' so sorry. 7JACKIE /ries and sat on t)e /)air8 %IEJ! 5 But I did not lie to t)e little girl. T)ose /)ilies (ere 'agi/ and ()ile Ja/+ie slept6 a 'ost a'a=ing t)ing )appened; 7Lig)ts *ade and 'agi/ Spanis) 'usi/ is )eard. Moonlig)t )its D$ and t)en a ru' le sound and a /)ili stal+ rises to *ro' t)e ground. T)e sound (a+es JACKIE %IEJ! 5 .)en Ja/+ie (a+es6 s)e sees a 'ost a'a=ing t)ing. A giant /)ili stal+. JACKIE 5 7S)e rises8 is t)at... it9s a... giant /)ili stal+; 7S)e ?u'ps up and do(n e0/ited8 T)ose /)ilies are 'agi/; Magi/; Magi/; Magi/; %IEJ! 5 Told you so. JACKIE 5 7Loo+s up8 it-s so tall. I et I /an see Al u"uer"ue *ro' up t)ere. %IEJ! 5 Cli' up and see. JACKIE 5 I t)in+ I (ill. %IEJ! 5 Aou (on9t e sorry. Magi/al Spanis) 'usi/ again. 7Ja/+ie /li' s t)e /)ili stal+.8

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SCENE B 7Ja/+ie gets o** /)ili stal+8 JACKIE 5 .)ere a' I< Is t)is Al u"uer"ue< %IEJ! 5 No6 t)is (asn9t Al u"uer"ue. Ja/+ie )ad arri,ed at a 1iant9s /asa in t)e /louds. JACKIE 5 T)at9s a ig door. I (onder ()o li,es )ere. 1IANT 5 7Big oo'ing ,oi/e8 Ay ya ya; Is it a *lea< Co'ing to ,isit 'e< JACKIE 5 7S/ared8 ()o is t)at< It sounds li+e a 1iant. 7Hides8 1IANT 5 7Enters. He is ?ust really tall. !pens door8 ()at /an it e< .)at9s t)is I see< A ean stal+ at 'y door< But ()at is it *or< JACKIE 5 A/tually it9s a /)ili stal+. 1IANT 5 .)o are you< And ()at9s t)at doing )ere< JACKIE 5 T)at9s a 'agi/ /)ili stal+ t)at roug)t 'e )ere. 1IANT 5 C)ili< C)ili< T)at9s so silly. JACKIE 5 Hey6 are you t)e 1iant t)at s/ared e,eryone a(ay *ro' our pue lo< 1IANT 5 Aes6 ut I didn9t 'ean to. I (ent do(n loo+ing *or so'et)ing to do. It gets so lonely up )ere. No one else li,es near. !ne day t)ere (as t)is ig eanstal+ and (anted to stay around t)e /lo/+. But so'e oy )as stolen 'y goose and )e said I (as a 'onster on t)e loose. I9,e een alone e,er sin/e. Be/ause I-' a 'onster t)at 'a+es people (in/e.
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JACKIE 5 Aou9re no 'onster. And I +no( ()i/) oy you9re tal+ing a out. He is Ja/+. 1IANT 5 Ja/+. Aes6 Ja/+. T)at9s t)e one ()o atta/+ed. JACKIE 5 .ell6 I t)in+ (e need to pay Ja/+ a ,isit. 1IANT 5 But )e s/ares 'e. !ne sig)t o* )i' and I *lee. JACKIE 5 Don-t (orry. Aou (ait )ere. I9ll go get t)at Ja/+ and (e9ll get all your stu** a/+. 1IANT 5 !)6 t)an+ you6 ut it (on9t do. My *a'ily stole t)at guitar and goose too. JACKIE 5 .ell6 t(o (rongs don9t 'a+e a rig)t. #ine6 (e (on9t steal it a/+ ut Ja/+ needs to learn a lesson. 1IANT 5 .ait6 t)ere9s still a 'agi/ guitar. He )asn9t /o'e and ta+en t)at so *ar. 71IANT (ent o** to get it8

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SCENE C JACKIE 5 A 'agi/ guitar< 7Spanis) guitar 'usi/ is )eard as 1IANT enters8 Cool. .)at does it do< 1IANT 5 It /an 'a+e people do ()ate,er you (ant too. And it (ill do any song *or you. JACKIE 5 So ()y not tell it to ring your goose a/+< 1IANT 5 I guess I /ould. I didn9t +no( i* it (ould. JACKIE 5 .)y (ouldn9t it< 1IANT 5 It /an9t do anyt)ing to 'a+e people un)appy. It (ill only 'a+e )appiness. JACKIE 5 I see. So e,en i* it 'a+es you )appy6 it (ill 'a+e Ja/+ sad. But Ja/+ doesn9t deser,e to e )appy. 1IANT 5 T)e guitar doesn9t /are. It still (on9t t)in+ it9s *air. JACKIE 5 So t)e tri/+ is to +eep Ja/+ )appy and get t)e goose. 71ets an idea8 Ha; I got it. Play t)e guitar. Tell it to ring Ja/+ and t)e goose )ere. 1IANT 5 T)is I (ill try to do. I )ope it (ill play *or you. 7Spanis) guitar 'usi/ starts to play8 It loo+s li+e it is playing. It li+es ()at you9re saying. JACKIE 5 Co'e Ja/+; Co'e goose. .e )a,e a little so'et)ing *or you.

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SCENE D JACK 5 7Appears at t)e top o* t)e /)ili stal+8 I )eard t)e 'ost eauti*ul 'usi/ and I )ad to see ()ere it (as /o'ing *ro'. And t)en I sa( t)is eanstal+... JACKIE : C)ili stal+. JACK 5 .)ate,er. 71oose appears at t)e top o* t)e stal+8 .)at are you doing )ere< I told you to stay )o'e. 1!!SE 5 Hon+. 7Drops a golden egg8 JACK 5 See6 you9re lea,ing eggs all o,er t)e pla/e no(. JACKIE 5 7Pi/+s up a golden egg8 .o(6 is t)is really gold< JACK 5 Aeap. I9,e got a 'illion o* t)e'. JACKIE 5 Neat. 71oose runs up to 1iant ()o pats )er )ead8 JACK 5 7Ta+es egg8 Hands o**. T)at9s 'ine. JACKIE 5 But you said you )a,e 'illion o* t)e'. JACK 5 So< Aou /an ne,er )a,e too 'u/) gold. JACKIE 5 Can9t you s)are< 7Spanis) guitar 'usi/8 JACK 5 .ell6 'ay e t)is one. 7Hands it o,er to Ja/+ie8Dang6 ()y did I do t)at<
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1IANT 5It9s t)e guitar playing. It /an /)ange ()at you9re saying. JACK 5 !)6 loo+. It9s t)e little 1iant. Miss your 1oose< 1IANT 5 I 'iss )er so 'u/). JACKIE 5 Loo+s li+e s)e 'isses you too. JACK 5 .ell you /an9t )a,e )er a/+. 7JACK gra s 1oose8 1!!SE 5 Hon+. JACKIE 5 But you stole )er. JACK 5 And )is *a'ily stole )er e*ore I did. It doesn9t elong to t)e' eit)er. JACKIE 5 He9s got a point. But t)at doesn9t 'a+e ()at you did rig)t. .e s)ould gi,e t)e goose a/+ to )er o(ner. JACK 5 And ()o (ould t)at e< 1IANT 5 I don9t +no( ()o it is. My *a'ily ne,er told 'e. JACK 5 #inders +eepers. JACKIE 5 Aou didn9t *ind )er. Aou stole )er.

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SCENE E 7Ma'a /li' s to top o* /)ili stal+ (it) %ie?o8 %IEJ! 5 Here t)ey are. MAMA 5 Ja/+ie; JACKIE 5 Ma'a; 7$uns to )er8 I9' so sorry a out t)e /)ilies. MAMA 5 No6 I9' sorry *or eing 'ad. T)ese /)ilies (ere 'agi/. %IEJ! 5No one e,er elie,es 'e. JACK 5 Hey6 you9re t)at old guy ()o sold 'e t)ose eans. I suppose you9ll (ant a /ut o* 'y pro*its. 1!!SE 5 Hon+. 7Lays an egg8 JACK 5 7Pi/+s up egg and tosses it to %ie?o8 Here. Keep t)e /)ange. %IEJ! 5 Too ad you aren9t t)is ni/e to e,eryone. JACK 5 It9s 'y goose no( so I get all t)e eggs. MAMA 5 Is t)at you6 1oosie< JACKIE 5 1oosie< MAMA 5 71oes up and )ugs goose8 it is you;

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JACK 5 T)is is your goose< JACKIE 5 .)en did you )a,e a goose6 Ma'a< MAMA 5 .)en I (as a little girl6 t)e old 'an sold 'y *a'ily a goose. It (as a 'agi/ goose t)at... 1!!SE 5 Hon+; 7Lays an egg8 MAMA 5 7Holds up egg8 ...laid golden eggs; %IEJ! 5 Told you so. MAMA 5 But t)en a giant /a'e and too+ it. 1IANT 5 It (as not 'e. It (as Fn/le S'ee. He (as really ad. Sorry i* it 'ade you 'ad. MAMA 5 I ne,er t)oug)t I9d see )er again. JACKIE 5 Loo+s li+e (e *ound t)e o(ner. JACK : I don-t /are6 T)is is 'ine6 JACKIE : It-s 'y Ma'a. 7Ja/+ and Ja/+ie glaring at ea/) ot)er8

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SCENE G JACK : So you did not (ant to gi,e 'e t)e goose< #ine. Keep your goose ut you9ll ne,er get to en?oy it. Be/ause I9' /li' ing do(n and /utting t)is stal+ do(n and trapping you )ere *ore,er. JACKIE 5 T)e guitar. Stop )i'; 1IANT 5 It (on9t play I9' a*raid to say. JACK 5 But i* you gi,e 'e t)e goose6 t)en I (on9t /ut it do(n. MAMA 5 .)at a )orri le little oy you are. JACK 5 But I9' a )orri ly ri/) little oy 7Holds out )and8 Co'e little goose. .it) our /o' ined strengt)6 (e /an end t)is destru/ti,e /on*li/t and ring order to t)e gala0y. 7Starts reat)ing )ea,ily li+e Dart) %ader and t)en /oug)s8 JACKIE : .)at is (rong< JACK 5 A little ast)'a. Sorry a out t)at. 7Mad8 No(6 get o,er )ere goose or I9ll destroy t)e' all. 1!!SE 5 7S/ared8 Hon+. JACK 5 Co'e (it) 'e. It9s your destiny; MAMA 5 Please6 goosie. Stay (it) 'e. .e 'ig)t e trapped )ere ut I9ll ta+e /are o* you again. JACK 5 I too+ /are o* )er... so'eti'es.

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1!!SE 5 7S)a+es )er )ead no8 Hon+. JACK 5 #ine. Stay )ere. I )a,e enoug) gold to last a li*eti'e 71o to(ard /)ili stal+. Coug)s and snee=es and 'o,es a(ay8 !)6 'an. I t)in+ I9' allergi/ to /)ilies 71oes near /)ili stal+ again and snee=es. Mo,es a(ay8 JACKIE 5 Loo+s li+e you9re stu/+ )ere. JACK 5 1ot any allergy 'edi/ine< 1IANT 5 No6 I don9t )a,e 'u/) to )elp you. .ait6 'ay e t)ere9s so'et)ing I /an do. 71uitar plays and Ja/+9s snee=ing stops8 %IEJ! 5 T)e 'agi/ guitar /an 'a+e it all etter. JACK 5 It9s great allergy 'edi/ine... 7Aa(ns8 Dang... allergy 'edi/ine al(ays 'a+es 'e sleepy. 7Sits do(n and *alls asleep8

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SCENE H JACKIE 5 .e did it. T)e goose is *ree. MAMA 5 .ould you li+e to /o'e )o'e (it) us< 1!!SE 5 7Happy8 Hon+. JACKIE 5 Is t)at o+ay< 1IANT 5 !* /ourse t)at9s ()at you s)ould do. My *a'ily stole it *ro' you. JACKIE 5 T)an+ you. MAMA 5 Let9s go )o'e6 goosie. 71oose and Ma'a go do(n /)ili stal+8 JACKIE 5 It9s so ni/e to see Ma'a )appy again. 1IANT 5 And no( I /an see ()at (ill 'a+e 'y *a'ily )appy.

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SCENE 4I JACKIE 5 .)at9s going to )appen to Ja/+< 1IANT : I-' going to )a,e a little tal+ (it) )i' JACKIE 5 .)at (ill t)ey do to )i'< T)ey (on9t )urt )i' (ill t)ey< 1IANT 5 .)en )e (as )ere e*ore6 )e not only ro+e our door ut 'ade 'esses on our *loor and da'aged t)e de/or. He (ill stay *or a *e( days. He )as so'e ti'e )e needs to repay. JACKIE 5 And )ope*ully learn so'et)ing in t)e pro/ess. %IEJ! 5 And )e (on9t e too )appy ()en )e gets )o'e eit)er. JACKIE 5.)y not< %IEJ! 5 T)ere9s not)ing (orse t)an rotten golden eggs. T)e oy ne,er learned t)at t)e golden eggs are only good ()en *res). T)e gold is only good i* it is s)ared. I* anyone +eeps it too long6 it rots. JACKIE 5 Poor Ja/+. %IEJ! 5 I *eel (orse *or )is neig) ors. JACKIE 5 I guess it9s ti'e to go )o'e. And it (ill e a 'u/) )appier one t)is ti'e. %IEJ! 5 Just re'e' er to s)are t)ose eggs.

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JACKIE 5 I (ill. 71i,es an egg to t)e 1iant81ood5 ye 'y *riend. I9' so glad I *ound t)ose 'agi/ /)ilies. %IEJ! 5 Me too. Do(n t)e /)ili stal+ (it) you. 1IANT 5 Co'e Ja/+ into 'y )o'e and I9ll get t)e *a'ily on t)e p)one. 71iant drags Ja/+ into t)e /asa and e0its8

SCENE 44 7By t)e Tea/)er8 7%IEJ!8 And so Ja/+ /leaned and /leaned until t)e Casa in t)e Clouds (as as good as e*ore )e /a'e and stole t)e goose. T)e 1iant *a'ily t)en returned )i' )o'e ()ere )e )ad anot)er 'ess to /lean up. Ja/+ie and )er Ma'a *ound ne( )appiness (it) t)e 1oose and t)e golden eggs and t)at )appiness spread t)roug) t)e pue lo as eggs (ere s)ared (it) all. I-' glad I ga,e Ja/+ie t)ose 'agi/ /)ilies. A*ter Ja/+ and t)e eans6 I (asn-t so sure I (anted to try t)at again. But t)is ti'e t)e 'agi/ *ound a girl ()o )ad a good )eart. Per)aps I (ill try again. Anyone li+e to trade *or so'e 'agi/ ro//oli<

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