Cecilia

Spider, Carl, and Steve are struggling
in the dark night….

CARL

Ow, Ow, Ow!

 

SPIDER

Oh bloody hell! Ouch! I’m stung, I’ve been stung!

 

CARL

Whose idea was it to come this way?

 

SPIDER

Sorry lads, we had to get away from
those Brummie Skinheads. They were going to brain us.

 

CARL

What the fuck was that all about? They
flared up all of a sudden.

 

STEVE

(dreamily)  I kissed Cecilia

 

CARL

Cecilia, what sort of a name is that?

 

SPIDER

Who’s Cecilia?

 

STEVE

(in
a trance)
Ah!, Ah!

 

SPIDER

(loudly) Steve!

 

CARL

He’s in a trance

 

SPIDER

Look, there’s a stream over there….

Let’s duck his head in it

 

 

(Spider
and Carl manhandle Steve and, with difficulty,  get some water over his face. It is
like a Baptism)

 

STEVE

What happened? Ow….my legs really sting…

 

SPIDER

We’ve just waded through a bed of
nettles

 

CARL

…..and a load of brambles!

 

SPIDER

Let’s find some dock leaves

 

STEVE

(looking
beyond, sensing the night breeze)

Can you hear that?

 

CARL

What?

 

STEVE

That music, borne on the gentle breeze
of the night air….The leaves are whispering her
name….(whispering)

Cecilia, Cecilia, Cecilia….

 

SPIDER

We’ll be frozen to death if we don’t
get back to the hotel…I think that we need to  go in that general direction…Let’s
wade over this little stream….

 
 

CARL

Are you sure that’s wise Spider?

 

SPIDER

Trust me, I’ve got a Geography O Level

 

CARL

Hmmmm… What about First Aid?

 

SPIDER

I’ve got the badge.

 

CARL

Ok, let’s take Lover Boy..One arm each…

 

 

(Spider
and Carl lift Steve awkwardly and they wade into the stream. The current is
stronger than they thought. They topple over and all get soaked)

 

 

(they
struggle to their feet comically, and then rest on a grassy bank in the
moonlight)

 

CARL

I’m shivering…..

 

SPIDER

Ok, let’s rest up a bit while I work
out what to do next…

 

STEVE

(dreamily
ecstatic)
Cecilia, she’s an angel
sent to me from Heaven…Did you hear her sing lads?…did
you hear her sing?

It was like a flaming dart entering my
soul. Painful, so painful, but what luxurious agony!

 

SPIDER

Not like these ruddy nettle stings…are
those dock leaves?

 

CARL

Yes, go and get some,

(shivers
uncontrollably)
Please!

 

STEVE

I was ok, just having a drink with her
and then…I went into a dream. Something entered my centre….

I was penetrated by a warm and radiant
light….

Her face….. her chestnut hair flung back from her forehead…rapture!..

 

CARL

Bloody Hell, we’ve all  been there Steve, you just fancied
this bint and wanted to stuff her stupid…

 

STEVE

No, it was more that that, sort of
Sacred. I had this new awareness….How….(struggles to explain)….how,
everything has been created from music, and Cecilia is part of it.

Did you hear her voice? It was like
hearing the beginning of Time…

 

CARL

(crudely)
Just give her one!

 

SPIDER

These dock leaves are doing the trick.
Let’s get back to town, things should have calmed down by now.

We’ll head off straight for the hotel.

 

CARL

Well, I’m not going clubbing stinking
like a fish…

 

SPIDER

….and with bloodied legs….

 

CARL

Oh no! There’s a big barbed wire fence
here…

 

SPIDER

It’s ok…look there’s a field behind it
and I think that’s the dome of that church near the hotel.

 

CARL

But how are we going to get over the
fence in the dark?

 

SPIDER

See if you can find a sack.

 

CARL

A sack?

 

SPIDER

Yeah, there’s always a blue plastic
sack lying around in the countryside isn’t there?

 

CARL

Yes, and an old tyre.

 

SPIDER

Just find a sack!

 

 

(they
fumble around searching)

 

CARL

Here it is! You’re a genius Spider,
shall I put it over my head?

 

SPIDER

No you moron, give it here!

 

 

(Spider
lays the sack over the top of the barbed wire)

 

SPIDER

Now I’ll give you a leg up. Sit
astride the sack, like it’s a saddle.

 

CARL

Ouch, the points are coming through
the sack. It’s not thick enough!

 

SPIDER

Ok, just hoy your leg over and jump
down the other side.

 

CARL

I can’t move, I’m too cold! I’m stuck!
Those barbs are cutting into my chestnuts!

 

SPIDER

Allow me Sir!

 

 

(Spider
hauls Carl’s leg over the fence and pushes him into the field)

 

SPIDER

Next please!….

 

 

(Steve
is still in a blissful daze. Spider lifts him easily and shoves toward the
fence)

 

SPIDER

Crikey, you are so light Steve!

 

 

(Steve
floats over mysteriously. Spider finds that he can leap over the fence in one  bound)

 

SPIDER

Hey? Something strange is happening
here!

 

 

(they
run in  unnatural
boundings, effortlessly toward the church dome.
They hear organ music swirling up into the night sky)

 

 

(the
music takes on a visual form in the shape of a bright fiery light, as in
Baroque paintings of Heaven)

 

 

(they
fall to their knees, involuntarily)

 

CARL

(shivering
in fear)
What’s happening?

 

SPIDER

Those Brummies
are burning down the church!

 

STEVE

(in
explanatory mode as per a Science Fiction film)

No, it’s not that…it’s more serious
than that…..

It’s Music!….it
has the Power to Destroy as well as to Create….There are Secret Chords….and a
Deep and Dreadful Sound that will  dischord the sky and send a great torrent upon us….

 

CARL

We’re doomed….doomed…!

 

 

(There
is a crack of thunder, then a rumbling, and a fierce downpour starts….)

 

 

(they
run into the hotel….soaking, semi-clad, in a
terrible state…Cecilia is sitting serenely in the lobby, looking like a
Goddess in a secret sanctuary)

 

STEVE

Cecilia!

 

CECILIA

(in
a thick Brummie accent)
Ello Steve…Oid thot oid troi an see ya to tell ya oim really really sorry
about moi broover and ees mates, and oi ope its not put ya oof….

 

STEVE

 (turns to Spider and Carl, smiling in
ecstasy)

See lads, what a magnificent voice….

 

 

(Spider
and Carl look haggard, soaking wet…and open-mouthed in astonishment)

 

The
spell is broken and normal service is resumed

 

 

 

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