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.


13. Scene 13: A Paper

Setup: James is sitting at his table. The table is full of papers but he is just staring into thin air. Clark enters with a newspaper in his hand.

Clark: You have a problem.

James: I know.

Clark: A big problem.

James: I know I know, but you can fix it right?

Clark (Reading Aloud): Body of Italian Immigrant found in the river, fiancée under suspicion. The body of 25 year old Maria Angeli was found in the industrial river early this morning. She was last seen in the company of her fiancée James Gillean, co-founder of Clarkson & James. The fiancée is currently a fugitive, and will soon be arrested.

Clark: I don't know James, I can't see any good ways out of that one. 

James: I know it's bad Clark, but we can make it go away right, we can just pay them off, and everything will be fine right?

Clark: Even if I could, I'm not sure I want to.

James: What do you mean?

Clark: How can I feel safe with a murderer as my partner.

James: Clark we've been partners for years, you know me, you know I would never do something like this again.

Clark: I don't know, you didn't seem to mind killing those workers.

James: I didn't have a choice, you didn't give me a choice.

Clark: I'm not sure the judges are going to believe that one mate.

James: Clark please, just get me out of this, and I swear I'll do whatever you say for the rest of my life. 

Clark: As much as that is a tempting offer, I think I'll have to decline James, you're too much of a safety hazard.

James: But Clark I've done everything, I've sacrificed everything for you.

Clark: Sure you have, but that doesn't change that it won't look good if I safe a murder like you, the stock prize would fall through the floor.

James: But what about me?

Clark: To be honest James, I don't give a shit. You've been a nice help so far, but you're a replaceable resource now, and I don't care to have you sitting around, hurting the reputation of this company. 

James: But Clark please I'll do anything, just let me stay, I have nothing else left. This company is my life.

Clark: I'm sorry James but I no longer need your services, you are hereby relieved of your duties. 

Clark pulls a paper from his coat, and hands it to James, who stares blankly at it

James: But I did everything you asked.

Clark: I don't remember asking you to kill your fiancée, you did that all on your own. 

James: I never meant for any of this.

Clark: And yet here we are. Don't worry James, prison ain't too bad.

Clark turns to leave, and James reaches out for him as he leaves. When Clark is gone James slumps back in his chair, and stares at the paper. After a minute he suddenly gets up, and runs out of the scene.

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