Darker the Shadow

I have written a play set in the industrialized world, where two friends experience what the quick rise to power can do to the human mind, and how easily morals can become shackles that you must get rid of.

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12. Scene 12: A Pillow

Setup: James and Maria are standing in a bedroom, both dressed in night clothes. Next to them is a large double bed. 

Maria: It's too much James, I hardly know you anymore.

James: I'm still the same.

Maria: No James, no you are not. Even if you wan't to be, you are no longer the happy man I met, the man who had just started his own company, and was shining like the sun. The man who stand before me now, is nothing more than a shell of that.

James: What do you mean, I haven't changed, I am still the same.

Maria: Is that what Clark told you?

James: What do you mean? 

Maria: Well since it seems that he's the only person you care about anymore.

James: That's not true.

Maria: Oh yeah, isn't it? So what about all those times you've suddenly left because he told you, all the times you've stayed at work until two in the morning because he told you. All the times you've left me because he told you, what about those?

James: There's just a lot of work.

Maria: NO, DON'T YOU DARE TELL ME THAT AGAIN, I'M TIRED OF HEARING YOU SAY THE SAME DULL EXCUSES. DO YOU THINK I'M STUPID, DO YOU THINK I DON'T NOTICE?

James: I promise as soon as we've stabilized I'll be home more.

Maria starts to cry.

Maria: You've told me that so many times James, and you're less home than ever. Do you have any real excuses, or are you just repeating what Clark told you?

James: Darling please, Clark is an honorable man, he's the reason we're here, that we can afford to live how we want.

Maria: No James that's your fault, you're the one who made all this happen, and everything Clark did was live off your success. The only thing he cares about is money. He doesn't care about you, you're just a tool to him, a tool to make more money, and you've let him take you over. Do you ever make any decisions of your own anymore?

James: I am not a tool, me and Clark are partners.

Maria: You really have gone blind haven't you? Oh James what happened to you? You used to be so full of life, now you're nothing more than Clarks slave. 

James: I AM NOT A SLAVE.

Maria: Then stop acting like one. Tell that monster to Clark that you quit. Maybe then I can have the real you back.

James: Clark is not a monster, he's done so much for us.

Maria: No he hasn't James, he's never done anything for us. The only thing he's done is taking you away from me. He is nothing but a greedy businessman, who doesn't care about whom he hurts to reach his goals.

James suddenly reaches out and slaps Maria. Maria falls to the ground, holding her cheek. Quickly after James suddenly gets down on his knees, gesturing to help her up.

James: Darling I'm sorry, I didn't mean to-

Maria: DON'T TOUCH ME.

James: Darling please I never meant to hurt you.

Maria: Get out. 

James: Maria please just give me a chan-

Maria: GET OUT NOW.

James gets up, and backs away slowly. Then suddenly turns and runs off the scene, while holding his head in his hands. Maria gets up, and starts crying as she climbs unto the bed, and curls up under the blanket. After a minute her sobs slow down and she appears asleep. James enter the scene, he's staring at Maria with an expressionless face. He walks up to the side of the bed, and grabs the pillow that Maria isn't using. Then he sits on top of her, and presses the pillow over her face. She immediately starts struggling, but James doesn't move. After a minute she stops moving, and James gets up and throws the pillow to the side. He then takes Maria and drags her off the stage. The scene ends.  

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