WWW Challenge Story #1: The Sun Child

 

 

The Sun Child

 

by

Jaq D Hawkins

 

Approximate playing time: minutes

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CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

 

NAME Description Actor
Mallory A childless woman Sharra Davies
Usha A Gypsy Witch Beth Chandler
Priest A travelling priest on a donkey Lee Foster
Risa A village woman Beth Chandler
Claire The Sun Child Claire Chandler

Music by Kevin MacLeod

 

 

  • INTRODUCER: (softly) Title.
  • /MUS/ OPENING THEME
  • SCENE 1.
  • /SFX/  
  • Feet walking in dry leaves. Knock on door. Door opens.
  • Mallory
  • I’m sorry to disturb you…
  • Usha
  • You wish something from Madam Usha.
  • Mallory
  • They say you are a witch, that you can help me.
  • Usha
  • The villagers come to Usha when all else has failed.
  • What malady has brought you to desperation?
  • Mallory
  • I wish to have a child.
  • Usha
  • And you think Madam Usha can fix what God cannot?
  • Mallory
  • I even tried to adopt, but there are no children available.
  • Since the blight, there are too few children.
  • Usha
  • And you… You can care for a child?
  • Mallory
  • If you can cast a spell, to bring one to me…
  • Usha
  • You wish magic?
  • Mallory
  • They say you have the ability.
  • Usha
  • I can read the future. I can give you herbs.
  • But magic… it never works how you expect it will.
  • There is danger.
  • Mallory
  • I would brave any danger, if only to have a child to care for.
  • Perhaps if you read the cards first, to see where danger lies…
  • /SFX/   Shuffling cards. Sit deck on table.
  • Usha
  • Choose three cards, lay them left to right.
  • /SFX/   Sound of cards laying out on table.
  • Usha
  • You have had much sorrow in your life.
  • The past is represented by the three of swords.
  • As you can see, it is a heart pierced with pain.
  • Mallory
  • Yes, I have known many sorrows. The loss of my husband…
  • Usha
  • You have no husband, yet still you seek a child?
  • Mallory
  • That is why I tried to adopt. I don’t expect miracles.
  • Usha
  • Don’t you?
  • The card of the present, the nine of swords.
  • This is a card of disaster.
  • It is a warning that your present course will bring evil to you.
  • Mallory
  • I see a child on the last card…
  • Usha
  • The Sun. It can be a card of hopes fulfilled.
  • But it is reversed, upside down.
  • In this position it is a warning that plans will go awry.
  • I see disaster for you, if you persist.
  • Mallory
  • I am determined. I will find a way to avert disaster.
  • Please, Madam Usha. I can pay well.
  • /SFX/   Coins clinking.
  • /MUS/ THEME FOR SCENE CHANGE
  • SCENE 2.
  • /SFX/   Donkey hoofs on cobbles.
  • Mallory
  • You there, young priest.
  • Why do you ride with a child on your saddle?
  • Priest
  • I seek a foster home for the girl.
  • The people of her own village have cast her out.
  • Mallory
  • Why?
  • Priest
  • She was cursed with a deformity.
  • God’s punishment for her illegitimate birth.
  • Mallory
  • Who was her mother?
  • Priest
  • A nun of the convent. She was simple minded, but cloistered.
  • Mallory
  • And her father?
  • Priest
  • No man could have come to her in the convent.
  • The village folk said it must have been Lucifer himself.
  • Mallory
  • When Jesus was born to a virgin, they believed he was
  • created by God.
  • Priest
  • Jesus learned to speak before he was five, Claire does not.
  • Mallory
  • I will take her, if you will give her to me.
  • Priest
  • Have a care, daughter, for she is an unnatural child.
  • But it is not fitting that she should ride with a priest.
  • I give her to you to care for her, but with some reservations.
  • Watch her well.
  • Mallory
  • I will! She is my Sun Child.
  • /MUS/ THEME FOR SCENE CHANGE
  • SCENE 3.
  • Risa
  • She’s a strange child. Why doesn’t she talk?
  • Mallory
  • She is only five, there is time yet.
  • Risa
  • But the way she spreads her arms out and spins,
  • as if she were casting a spell…
  • Mallory
  • The witch in the glen did something like that.
  • When she worked her magic, to draw the child to me.
  • Risa
  • It isn’t natural. I don’t trust the witch’s magic.
  • How did Claire come to you?
  • Mallory
  • People can be superstitious.
  • No one would take her in the village where she was born.
  • They feared a child who was different.
  • Risa
  • Listen, she’s singing!
  • Claire
  • Praise be to Lucifer! (Repeats through dialogue)
  • Mallory (reviled)
  • What does she mean by that?
  • Her first words and…
  • Claire
  • Praise be to Lucifer! (Continuous repeat)
  • Risa
  • She’s unnatural! Look, she spins! And the baker’s is on fire!
  • Mallory (panicked)
  • And the town hall!
  • /SFX/   Fire crackling
  • Risa
  • The whole village is going up in flames! We’re trapped!
  • Mallory (panicked)
  • Oh my God! What are those?
  • Risa (In shock)
  • All the demons of Hell…
  • Claire
  • Praise be to Lucifer! (Continuous repeat)
  • /SFX/   Fire crackling, demons chanting, screams of terror.

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To vote for this story in the 2015 Wicked Women’s Writing Challenge, send an e-mail to horroraddicts@gmail.com
Voting ends: July 27th, 2015

 

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