SCIENCE FICTION BLAST-OFF THEATER

"The End"

                                                               by Richard Nathan

 

Before the lights come up, a voice announces the title of the story:

                                                            VOICE
                                    "The End"

The stage stays dark for a moment.  There's the sound of a futuristic ray hitting a space ship, followed by what sounds like a slab of raw meat slapping a wall.  Then a sound of dripping.  Then silence.

When the lights come up, there is no one on the stage.  This is the interior of an alien spacecraft.  Enter KRUTHERS.  He looks around.  Everything is very strange.

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    Weird.

He turns on a scanner, reads it and calls out.

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    It's okay, Captain.

Enter CAPTAIN SHEER and PETERS and GRAY.  They look around at the unfamiliar surroundings.  All are grim.

                                                            SHEER
                                    Readings?

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    Nothing alive, not even a microbe.

                                                            PETERS
                                    You think it's some sort of drone?  An 
                                    automated attack vessel?

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    There's some kind of sticky coating on everything.   
                                    Readings show it could have been organic, at one 
                                    time.

                                                            GRAY
                                    This shipped stopped in an instance.  I've 
                                    never seen anything like it.  If there was 
                                    anything alive in here, the force of stopping 
                                    like that....

                                                            PETERS
                                    Especially if the stasis field was disabled.

                                                            SHEER
                                    Then the sticky coating could be what's 
                                    left of the crew.

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    Ewwww!

                                                            PETERS
                                    So that means we did it.  We killed the 
                                    bastards.

                                                            GRAY
                                    No, not us.  Whatever damage we did, we  
                                    couldn't have made this ship stop dead still 
                                    like that.  It defies all laws of physics.

                                                            PETERS
                                    So you think they did it themselves with 
                                    their advanced technology?

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    But why?  It was suicide!

                                                            PETERS
                                    Doesn't matter, does it?  As long as they're 
                                    dead!

                                                            SHEER
                                    Our job's not done yet.

                                                            PETERS
                                    If the crew is dead....

                                                            SHEER
                                    This came from somewhere.  The crew came 
                                    from somewhere.

                                                            PETERS
                                    Sure.

                                                            SHEER
                                    They destroyed our planet.  We'll destroy 
                                    theirs.

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    You think we can?

                                                            SHEER
                                    We've got nothing to lose by trying.  We've 
                                    got nothing to lose anyway you look at it.

                                                            GRAY
                                    We don't know their home planet is  
                                    guilty.  It could have been a rogue 
                                    operation.

                                                            SHEER
                                    I don't care.

                                                            GRAY
                                    Attacking won't help.

                                                            SHEER
                                    I don't care.  I've seen my planet destroyed, 
                                    and I need to kill something big.

                                                            PETERS
                                    Should we try to find reinforcements?

                                                            SHEER
                                    No.  This is something I want to do.

                                                            GRAY
                                    Shouldn't we at least make a last report?

Sheer takes out a communications device and turns it on.  He speaks into it.

                                                            SHEER
                                    This is Captain Thomas Sheer of the 
                                    Transport Guild, broadcasting on all 
                                    frequencies.  Returning from hyperspace, 
                                    we arrived in our solar system just in time to 
                                    see an alien spacecraft appear.  It lwas on a
                                    direct course to crash straight into the Earth, 
                                    when it sent out a ray and the entire Earth  
                                    was vaporized, boiled away.  The ship kept 
                                    going and we followed.  We fired, seemed   
                                    to hit it at least twice, and it stopped dead in  
                                    its tracks, absolutely still.  We entered the 
                                    ship and found no life forms - just a sticky 
                                    coating on everything, which could have been 
                                    the crew.  If it is, they got off easy.  I have no 
                                    idea where this ship came from, but if we can 
                                    find out, we'll do our best to make them pay.

Sheer turns off the communications device.

                                                            GRAY
                                    Captain, we have no idea how anything on 
                                    this ship operates.

                                                            SHEER
                                    We'll learn.  Do you have something else 
                                    you want to do?  We have no place to 
                                    go!

                                                            GRAY
                                    There are colonies.

                                                            SHEER
                                    Earth was my home!  I'd rather lose my life 
                                    than know I didn't do everything I could to  
                                    avenge my family and friends.

                                                            GRAY
                                    Everyone on this ship is dead.

                                                            SHEER
                                    That's not enough!

                                                            GRAY
                                    Okay.

                                                            SHEER
                                    We're not a military outfit.  Any of you want
                                    to leave, this is your chance to take our ship 
                                    and go.

                                                            GRAY
                                    No.

                                                            PETERS
                                    I'm staying.

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    This looks like a control panel.

                                                            PETERS
                                    Before we go anywhere, we need to see 
                                    where we're going.  Let me clean off some
                                    of this sticky stuff.

Peters takes out a rag and cleans off the control panels and a viewer screen.  The viewer screen can be the fourth wall (the space between the actors and the audience).  Peters could have a sponge concealed in the rag, and when he rubs 
the viewer screen, he could squeeze red liquid out of the sponge, making it appear he is wiping something red off the viewer screen.

                                                            SHEER
                                    Okay, let's press something and try our luck. 

Sheer pushes something on the control panel.

                                                            SHEER
                                    Anyone feel anything?

Kruthers checks his scanner.

                                                            KRUTHERS|
                                    Stasis field is activated.

                                                            SHEER
                                    Let's try something else.

Sheer twists something on the control panel.  Lighting and sound effects go berserk.

                                                            SHEER
                                    What  the hell?

                                                            PETERS
                                    Where are we?

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    Hyperspace?

                                                            SHEER
                                    Doesn't look like any hyperspace I've ever 
                                    seen!

                                                            GRAY
                                    Turn it of!

Sheer turns off the switch.  The berserk lighting and sound effects stop.

                                                            SHEER
                                    Okay.  This is normal hyperspace.  Look 
                                     familiar?

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    Yes sir.

                                                            GRAY
                                    Navigation seems to be locked on to some 
                                    location.

                                                            PETERS
                                    Maybe we're headed for their home world.

                                                            SHEER
                                    We'd better find the weaponry controls.  
                                    Let's see what this does.

Sheer moves another piece of the control board.  Everyone panics at what they see, shouting out the next five lines almost at once!

                                                            GRAY
                                    Dropping from hyperspace.

                                                            PETERS
                                    Planet!  Planet!!!!

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    Dead ahead!

                                                            GRAY
                                    Look out!

                                                            PETERS
                                    Impact!

Sheer desperately moves things on the control panel.  There's a flash of light and a sound effect.

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    Where'd it go?  We were headed straight 
                                    for it!

                                                            PETERS
                                    We destroyed it.

                                                            GRAY
                                    Earth.

                                                            SHEER
                                    No.

                                                            GRAY
                                    I saw it.  That was Earth we just destroyed. 

                                                            PETERS
                                    You're crazy.

                                                            SHEER
                                    Earth was already destroyed.  We saw it.

                                                            GRAY
                                    Now we've seen it twice.  Each time, we 
                                    were responsible.

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    That's impossible.

                                                            GRAY
                                    Now we know where we were traveling when 
                                    none of us knew where we were.  We were 
                                    going back in time.

                                                            SHEER
                                    That doesn't make any sense.

                                                            GRAY
                                    You saw it too!  We were about to fly into 
                                    the Earth, you hit that switch, and we destroyed 
                                    it.

PETERS looks into the view screen.

                                                            PETERS
                                    This does look like our solar system.  Wait 
                                    a second.  Someone's following us.

                                                            GRAY
                                    That would be us, pursuing the alien 
                                    spacecraft.

                                                            SHEER
                                    No.  

                                                            PETERS
                                    He's right.  That's our ship.

                                                            SHEER
                                    Then where did this ship come from, 
                                    originally?

                                                            GRAY
                                    I don't know.

                                                            PETERS
                                    That ship that's following us...  It's firing!

                                                            SHEER
                                    No one touch the control panel!

                                                            PETERS
                                    If we don't take evasive action, they're 
                                    going to hit us!

                                                            GRAY
                                    It doesn't matter what we do.  We've 
                                    already done it. Nothing matters now.

There's the sound of a futuristic ray hitting the alien ship is hit.  As the ship is hit, everyone is thrown off balance.  Kruthers falls against the control panel, hitting a switch.  Everyone speaks quickly.

                                                            PETERS
                                    You idiot!.  You turned off the stasis 
                                    field!  Turn it on again!  Turn it on!

                                                            GRAY
                                    If we stop now, we'll splatter....

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    I don't know which switch!

                                                            PETERS
                                    Turn on the stasis field!

                                                            SHEER
                                    Don't touch anything!!!  

Kruthers reaches for a switch he hopes will turn on the stasis field.  Blackout!    There's the sound of a futuristic ray hitting a space ship, followed by what sounds like a hand slapping a wall.  Then a sound of dripping.  Then silence. A moment of darkness.

When the lights come up, no one is one the stage.  This is the interior of an alien spacecraft.  Enter Kruthers.  He looks around.  Everything is very strange.

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    Weird.

He turns on a scanner, reads it and calls out.

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    It's okay, Captain.

Enter Captain Sheer and Peters and Gray.  They look around at the unfamiliar surroundings.  All are grim.

                                                            SHEER
                                    Readings?

                                                            KRUTHERS
                                    Nothing alive, not even a microbe.

 

The play has started again.  Perform as much as you want.  If you wish, you can bring up the houselights and let the audience leave while the entire play is performed again, but there's a danger someone will stay in his or her seat to see how many times you'll go through the damn thing.

THE END

 

 

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