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2008-05-29 | |
(Middle of the sea, noon, one boat with dead engine, a man and his daughter)
Dad: ( Inside monologue-worried) This is it, we are dead! I killed my daughter. I’m worthless. This stupid boat, stupid sea and stupid life. Why have this life, if this is the way I’m going to lose it? Whose bright idea was to go out on the sea? Sugar! She is the one responsible for this! Oh my God, I’m accusing my own daughter.. I must be losing my mind. Already ?!
Sugar: ( relaxed) Dad, I’m hungry. I’m tired of looking at the waves. Can we go home now?
Dad: ( worried) As soon as I start this engine we should be on our way to the shore.( to himself: any shore).
Sugar: ( curious) Is there a problem with the engine, Dad?
Dad: ( mild tone ) No, sweetheart. The engine is tired and needs a few moments to rest. You know, even objects have life.
Sugar: ( amazed) Really? Wow! This is way I never find my Teddy Bear; he must be hiding from me! That silly old Bear. I’ll tie him up to a chair.
Dad: ( smiling) No, Sugar. There’s no need to do that. You talk to him and explain ,you don’t enjoy this hide and seek he’s playing with you, I’m sure he will understand and he will stop hiding from you.
Sugar: (confused) Dad, what is that?( pointing far)
Dad: (curious) Where darling?
Sugar: (pointing far) That thing, floating on the surface of the water. The brown thing.
Dad: (clueless) I don’t know darling. It’s too far from here.(to himself: what in god’s name is that thing?)
Sugar: (happy) Look Dad! It’s coming towards us!
Dad: (relaxed) Yeeeesss, I can see that…(scratches his chin)
Sugar: ( joyful) Maybe it’s a dolphin that we can play with.
Dad: (smiling)I sure hope it’s a dolphin…( to himself: a brown dolphin?)
Sugar: (serious) Dad, I decided not to be friend anymore with Teddy. I remember now, he was so mean to me. You know, one time he scared Barbie so bad that she fell down from the chair. She broke her arms! Dad, she broke her arms!!! Mean Teddy, so mean !!( crying)
Dad: (holding her hands together) Well, sugar. It was an accident , I’m sure. Teddy would never do such things to your doll.
Sugar: (angry) Barbie, Dad, her name is Barbie! And she is not a doll! She is my best friend!!
Dad: (amazed) Of course dear. Barbie! I’m sure Teddy didn’t mean to hurt Barbie. ( comforting smile)
Sugar: (looking down) Maybe he’s just jealous on her! Maybe that’s why he did it!
Dad: (mild tone) Hon, I’m sure Teddy is not a “Barbie killer”. Don’t worry. It won’t happen again. I’ll talk to him over this, but of course, only if you let me to.
Sugar: No,thanks. I’ll talk with that monkey (she laughs).
Dad: Well, bears can be monkeys sometimes , why not?!( he laughs).
The boat is hit by something and Sugar falls in the water
Dad: Hon, are you ok? ( he jumps into the water, scared)
Sugar: (happy) Look Dad, it’s Teddy! Teddy came to take me home.
Dad: (dumbfounded) How is that possible???? ( to himself- How did this Teddy bear get in here, in the middle of the sea? Maybe it’s not hers, and it’s some kid’s toy, lost in a moment of anger, thrown out in the sea)
Sugar:(commanding voice) Dad, come out of the water now, Teddy will take us home.
Dad: (confused)How did you get back in the boat?
Sugar: (happy) Teddy pulled me in. He is so kind to me now. He told me he loves me and that he feels sorry for pushing Barbie off the chair.
Dad: (amazed )Really now?
Sugar: (serious)Dad, Teddy says you’re not welcomed in the boat.
Dad: (shocked) What???Why did he say that? Ask him why am I not allowed on MY boat?
Sugar: (sad face) He says you’re not worthy of me and that you didn’t look after me.
Dad: (loving face)Sugar, you know I always look after you and I love you a lot.
Sugar: (still sad face ) I know Dad, but Teddy says you’re a liar and you never keep your promises.
Dad: (argue tone) But I keep my promises, I know sometimes I screw up but I keep my promises! Did you hear that Teddy, I keep my promises ( to himself-I’m talking to a teddy bear….great ).
Sugar: (sad face) Dad, why don’t ever call me by my name?
Dad: (confused) But I always call you by your name!! You’re Sugar.
Sugar: (Sad)No Dad. My true name. Don’t you know what my true name is ?
Dad: (more confused) You’re name is Sugar. What do you mean by your true name?
Sugar: ( Crying upset) Dad, my name is Sarah! Sa-rah!!! SARAH! Didn’t you know that?
Dad: (Confused) Darling, your name is not Sarah. It’s Sugar! Everybody calls you this way! This is your name, not Sarah!
Sugar: (loud and clear) Teddy calls me Sarah!!! So, this is my name!!! Not Sugar. I don’t even like Sugar!! Sarah is my name!! Sarah!! Sarah!!! Sarah!!! Sarah!!!
Dad: (Sad and tired) I’ll come on board now, Sugar.
Sugar: ( angry ) I told you it’s Sarah, not Sugar
As Dad tries to come on board, several waves wipe him away, each time he’s trying.
Dad: (Scared) : Sarah!!!!!! Sarah!!! Do something!!! Give me your hand!!! Come on, give me your hand!!
The little girl stood there, without any reaction. She was petrified and emotionless.
Dad: (almost drowning) Sugar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Help!!!! Help me baby!!!! Please, I’m sorry for everything I’ve done!!! Your name is Sarah and I love you no matter what is your name!!! Please baby, save me!!! Please , save me, my love!!! Sarahhhhhhhh!!!!
Dad drowned and Sarah went back to the shore together with Teddy.
(inside a house, a woman and her daughter )
Mother: (happy) Hello baby!! Back so soon?
Sugar: (serious) Hello mother.
Mother: (worried) Where is Dad?
Sugar: (serious) He fell into the sea, without saying good bye…
Mother: (shocked) What? What do you mean he fell into the sea? Where is he? Tell me!!! Come on Sugar, tell me!! Where is Dad?
Sugar: (angry ) My name is Sarah!!!! Sarah!!! I’m not Sugar!!!
Mother: (torn-shocked) Come on honey!! Where is your father tell me!! Where is he?
Sugar: (angry) I told you !!! He fell into the sea!!!!!
Mother: (shocked): Oh my god!!! Are you telling the truth? Are you, Sugar?!! Baby, don’t do this to me!! Please!! Tell me!! Where is your dad?
Sugar: (relaxed) Come on Teddy, lets eat something. I’m hungry!
Mother: (angry) You stay in here, young lady and tell me where is your father!!!
Sugar: (screaming) I told you!!!!!! He FELL INTO THE SEA!!! Now leave me alone!!!
Mother: (shocked) Oh my god!!!!! Oh my God!!! I have to call the police!!!
Sugar: (relaxed) They will never find him …
Mother: (shocked) Why are you saying that? Why Sugar?
Sugar: (angry, throwing Teddy at her) My name is Saraaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!
Mother: (crying) Baby, why are you doing this?
Sugar: (relaxed) But I’m not doing anything...
Mother: (crying) Come on, lets go to the police! You have to tell them what you’ve just told me. I’m asking you one more time; where is your father? Please, tell me the truth. It hurts me a lot to see you this way and I’m very worried about your father.
Sugar: (crying) First, Teddy didn’t let him come back into the boat and then the waves .....and then more waves kept on coming ....and then....he was gone...and then Teddy...(hiccups)....Te-ddy, Te-ddy...
Mother: (gentle) What about Teddy, dear, what did he do?
Sugar: (crying) Teddy, Teddy laughed....
Mother: (gentle) But how can he laugh, dear? He is only a toy..a toy, baby...
Sugar: (crying) No, no....He’s not just a toy...there’s something about him....he’s evil mother...evil...
Mother: (gentle) Maybe you should get rid of him...if you feel this way...how about that Sugar?
Sugar: (crying) But I tried....so many times I tried...he keeps on following me...and everytime I see him, I take him in my arms...without realizing .....and then....he changes me....I feel different...I’m so scared, mum (throws herself in the arms of the mother)
Mother: (crying) There, there, baby! Don’t cry! I’m here with you...
The door opens and father enters the house
Sugar: (happy) Daddy!!!!! ( running towards him)
Mother: (happy) Baby!! You’re back !! Oh, I’m so happy!!!
Dad: (tired-happy) Where have you been Sugar? I looked all over for you!! Thank God you got home...but where did you go ? I left you on the beach with your Teddy Bear, went to untie the boat and then, you were gone...
Mother: (amazed) Really?She said you drowned and that the Teddy Bear didn’t let you in the boat...and...I don’t understand a thing...
Sugar: (crying) Mum! Dad!! Look!!! It’s Teddy!!
Mother: (scared) Oh Myyyyy God!!! Honey!!! Nooooooooooooooooooooo
Sugar: (scared) Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.....
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