SCIENCE FICTION BLAST-OFF THEATER

"Taken Away"

                                                               by Richard Nathan

 

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

                                                            VOICE
                                    "Taken Away."

TOM is breaking up with his latest girl friend over a cell phone.  She's not taking it well.  

                                                            TOM
                                    Hey!  ...  Hey!  Will you listen for a
                                    minute?  I'm sorry, but you knew I 
                                    wasn't a one woman man when we  
                                    started dating, right?   ...  What do you 
                                    mean, you didn't know?  How could you  
                                    not know?  ...  Do I look like a one 
                                    woman man?  ...  Hey, no need to get 
                                    snotty.  ...  What?  ...  Well, yeah, I 
                                    did say I was looking for my soul mate, 
                                    but I never said I'd be faithful if I 
                                    found her.  Hey, we both had fun,
                                    right?  So it's no big deal, right?  ... 
                                    I...

A weird, bright, colored spotlight shines down on Tom.  He looks up and sees something amazing.

                                                            TOM
                                    Holy ....

Blackout accompanied by strange sounds.  A few seconds later lights come up.  TOM is unconscious on one side of the stage.  AMBER, a beautiful young woman, is unconscious on the other side of the stage.  She moans and then regains consciousness.  She opens her eyes and looks around, horrified.

                                                            AMBER
                                    Oh no!  Oh no!

She sees Tom, runs to him, and shakes him.

                                                            AMBER
                                    Hey!  Hey!  Hey!!!

Tom regains consciousness.

                                                            TOM
                                    Huh?  What?  What happened?

He looks around, panics and scrambles away from her.

                                                            TOM
                                    Who are you and what have you done?

                                                            AMBER
                                    I'm Amber Fenton.  Who are you?

                                                            TOM
                                    Tom Carlin.  Where am I?

                                                            AMBER
                                    I think we're on a spacecraft.

                                                            TOM
                                    Why would you think that?

                                                            AMBER
                                    The last thing I remember is seeing a 
                                    spacecraft.  What's the last thing you 
                                    remember?

                                                            TOM
                                    Oh God.  Oh God.  I think we're on a space-
                                    craft!

                                                            AMBER
                                    You saw it too?

Tom struggles to remember.

                                                            TOM
                                    I was outside, talking on my cell phone...

                                                            AMBER
                                    You have a cell phone???

Tom looks down and sees the cell phone in his hand. 

                                                            TOM
                                                    (not getting it)
                                    Yeah.  So?

                                                            AMBER
                                                    (exasperated)
                                    You think you might want to try using
                                    it?

He tries the cell phone, but it doesn't work.

                                                            TOM
                                    We must be outside the calling area.

                                                            AMBER
                                    Probably way outside.  

                                                            TOM
                                                        (panicking)
                                    Oh God.

                                                            AMBER
                                    I need you to calm down.

                                                            TOM
                                    But we've been taken away!

Amber puts her hand on Tom's shoulder and looks into his eyes, seeking to calm him.  He notices she's a beautiful woman.

                                                            AMBER
                                    I know.  But we need to calm down if we're 
                                    going to do anything about this.  We'll get
                                    through it, okay?  People are probably 
                                    looking for us right now.  When you were on 
                                    the cell phone, did you say anything to the person 
                                    you were talking to?

                                                            TOM
                                   My girlfriend.

                                                            AMBER
                                    Did you say anything to her about what you saw?

                                                            TOM
                                    My ex-girlfriend, really.  We broke up.  She
                                    wanted to see other people. 

                                                            AMBER
                                    That's too bad, but I'm more interested in 
                                    whether you said anything to her about the 
                                    spacecraft.

                                                            TOM
                                    I don't think so.  I remember seeing it; I don't 
                                    remember anything after that.

                                                            AMBER
                                    Do you see any doors in this place?

                                                            TOM
                                    I was really hurt that my girlfriend wanted 
                                    to break up.  What about you?  Do you 
                                    have anyone in your life right now?    

Amber can't believe what she's hearing.

                                                            AMBER
                                    Was that a pick up line????

                                                            TOM
                                    No!  No!  Of course not!  No!  
                                    Although, we do have to consider 
                                    what's happening here.  One man,  
                                    one woman, the only human beings 
                                    around.

                                                            AMBER
                                    What are you saying?

                                                            TOM
                                    Do you think it means anything that they  
                                    chose to take one man and one woman?   
                                    One of each, you know?  They might have 
                                    something in mind.

                                                            AMBER
                                    If they do, they can forget about it!

                                                            TOM
                                    Sure.  I agree a hundred percent!  
                                    I was just trying to figure out what 
                                    they had in mind.

                                                            AMBER
                                    I don't mate with strangers.

                                                            TOM
                                    Of course not.  Who does?  Maybe really 
                                    insensitive people, but not us.  Not with 
                                    strangers.  On the other hand, we might be 
                                    here for a long time, so we won't stay 
                                    strangers.

                                                            AMBER
                                    I think we need to concentrate on getting out 
                                    of here!

                                                            TOM
                                    Maybe if we mate, they'll let us go.  Maybe they 
                                    just took us because they want to see an Earth 
                                    couple mating, and after they see it, they'll 
                                    release us.

                                                            AMBER
                                    Are you serious?

                                                            TOM
                                    It's worth a try.

                                                            AMBER
                                    Maybe they just want to see an Earth woman 
                                    commit homicide and after I do, they'll let me 
                                    go.

                                                            TOM
                                    I'm sensing some hostility here.  I'm not the 
                                    one who kidnapped you.  Don't blame me  
                                    for this.  And remember, you could have 
                                    been stuck with some guy a lot worse than me.

                                                            AMBER
                                    I doubt that.

                                                            TOM
                                    Hey, I may be the last man you ever see.  So
                                    unless you're gay or something, I'm going to 
                                    start looking pretty good to you.  So why fight it?  
                                    You know what's going to happen, eventually.  
                                    One man, one woman!  Do the math!  Seriously, 
                                    how else do you think this could end up?

Tom gives her the eye and starts advancing on her.  Weird lights and weird sound effects start.  Blackout! The sound effects stop. 

Lights come up an instant later and Amber is alone on stage.  She looks around.  The weird lights and weird sound effects come up again.  Amber covers her ears.  Another blackout!  The sound effects stop.

The lights come up again.  Tom is back on stage, lying in a fetal position, crying in pain and anger.  Amber has no idea what is going on.

                                                            AMBER
                                    What happened?  Where did they take you?
                                    Did they do something to you?

                                                            TOM
                                    Taken away!   ...   Taken away!

We hear the voices of two aliens (a CHILD ALIEN and a FATHER ALIEN), although we do no see them.

                                                            CHILD ALIEN
                                                        (off stage)
                                    Why did you do that, daddy?

                                                            FATHER ALIEN
                                                        (off stage)
                                    He'll be a better pet now, better behaved.

                                                            CHILD ALIEN
                                                        (off stage)
                                    But why'd you hurt him?

                                                            FATHER ALIEN
                                                        (off stage)
                                    I didn't hurt him.  I just had him fixed.

 

Blackout!    

 

THE END

 

 

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