Song of the Dead

Ring around the rosy, pockets full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down.

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3. Curses

The scene is set at night in front of a house. A small lantern illuminates the stern figure of a man standing stiffly, gripping the rail of the porch. The figure of a young child in a white night dress can be seen crouching behind him. The lantern light also falls on the lawn, outlining the figure of a young woman, her stance angry.

Man: Let it go, Raymunda. What is done is done, and nothing will bring them back. You know the consequence of witch-craft. Now leave!

Raymunda(screaming in anger): THEY WERE INNOCENT!!!!!! ALL YOUR PROOF WAS LIES!!!! HOW DARE YOU KILL MY FAMILY!!!!!

Man(louder now): ENOUGH! You are lucky I didn't accuse you too. I left you alone because you are young and naive. Now leave before I change my mind.

Raymunda(voice now menacing and dark): You didn't sentence them to death because of with-craft. You did it out of your jealousy! Ever since mum declined your marriage and chose dad, you've had it out for them. I've seen the way you'd look at them!

Man(sputtering): I- What- I never-

Raymunda: Don't try to ignore it, Augustine! 

Augustine: Fine! Yes, I've been angry with your parents. However, I arrested them because there was proof of their witch-craft practice! Not for revenge.

Raymunda:(venomly): Don't try to pretend you didn't enjoy watching them burn!

Augustine: Raymunda, leave. Or else I will call the whole town and make sure you burn!

Raymunda(her eyes find the child watching them): Fine. Let them come. Let me burn. But I will make sure you suffer. I'll even do it now. 

(She raises her hand menacingly, and Augustine cringes.)

Raymunda: Any child to play in this house, let their feet no more scurry about, 3 days of the Black Plague to burn in their brains from dusk to dawn, until all their energy is everything but gone, on the sunrise of the fourth day, let their miserable soul finally be slain.

(A dark light flashes and all goes still.)

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