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.


8. Scene 8: A Loss

Setup: Clark is sitting at a table, and James and Maria are sitting across from him. Clark is upset.

Clark: She's gone man, one evening she's smiling and laughing, the next morning she was lying there next to me, cold as ice.

James: Do you know what happened?

Clark: The doctors said she had some kind of heart failure, something she was born with that there was nothing to do about.

James: Did she never mention it to you?

Clark: No she kept a secret, the stupid bitch kept it a secret.

James: Clark please, there is no need to speak I'll of the dead. She's gone and there is nothing we can do about it. You'll just have to find someone else, she wasn't the only girl in the world.

Clark: You don't understand James, she was everything to me, she was the one and only mate. 

Maria: You will find someone better, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

Clark: What the hell do you know? 

James: Clark please calm down.

Clark: To hell with calming down, I'm not taking orders from anyone, especially not her.

James(To Maria): Darling I think it's best you leave, I'll find you later.

Maria nods, and gets up.

Clark: Get out of my house.

James: Clark you're being unreasonable.

Clark: No you're being unreasonable, bringing that italian bitch into my house, all she ever does is distract you from work.


Clark: Are you raising your voice to me James, are you raising your voice to your boss. Bold move there, I would've any other worker fired for that, but just because it's you, I'll let it slide. But if you do that again, you're out. Understood? 

James: I'm sorry are you threatening to fire me Clark? The man who started this company?

Clark: Stop with your bullshit James, I think we both know who the real founder of this business is. Without me you'd be sitting in the gutter, probably begging some rich fuck in a suit for some spare change.

James: Clark I was the one who started this company, I was the one who risked everything for it. I'm the one who's sacrificed so much of my time to make this business run. 

Clark: All you ever did was sit around and sign some papers, you couldn't even write a proper letter. For all I care you can go to hell.

James: Clark. How can you say these things, after all we've been through.

Clark sits a little while, staring at James. Then he starts sobbing, after a minute James put his arms around him.

Clark: I'm so sorry mate, I don't know what happened. I just wasn't ready for this, I really loved her.

James: I know Clark and I'm sorry, I truly am, but there's nothing we can do. We'll just have to bare it and live on.   

Clark: I know, I know, I'll just have to have some time for myself. I'll be back at work tomorrow. 

James: Do you wan't me to stay?

Clark: No, I'm not talking straight, and I don't wan't to hurt you again.

James: Okay Clark, I'll leave then. I'll be at work tomorrow morning, you can decide whether or not to show up, take all the time you need.

Clark: Thank you, I'll see you tomorrow. 

James gets up and put on his coat, and starts to exit the scene.

Clark: And apologize to Maria from me, I never wanted to hurt her.

James: I will Clark, goodnight.

James leaves. Clark hides his face in his hands, and his shoulders start shaking, and he sobs. The light slowly fades away, and the scene ends.  

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