PROLOGUE
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EXTERIOR, THE PLANET REALM - NIGHT
(Pluto and his fellow guardians perform the acts which safeguard a precious substance. Suddenly there are intruders.)

Jupiter & Pluto

PLUTO
Lord Jupiter! What is the meaning of this intrusion? You know this is a restricted area!

JUPITER
Greetings Pluto, fellow high priests and technicians...

(Jupiter's gang pushes the priests and technicians around)

Now! Everyone get down, keep quiet and no one gets hurt... All except you, Pluto.

PLUTO
You are going to hurt me!!

JUPITER
No, no, yes, maybe. Do as you are told so I am not compelled to make an example of you! The special key you wear about your neck. I want it! If you please.

(Jupiter throws a few fake punches at Pluto.)

PLUTO
This is a free zone created by the Council! It is reserved for the good of all kind. You may not remain here!

JUPITER
Then I will take it!

(He yanks the key from Pluto's neck and throws it to Io.)

You Planet Council types make me sick. Prancing around doing your good deeds and feeling so goodie-good about yourselves. But that will all change and, Pluto, you are going to help. I will take this pretty bauble of yours as a small token of your affection.

Io, the package...

(Io opens the central chamber.)

PLUTO
You will do nothing of the sort you... bully!

(Jupiter pulls Pluto close, continuing in a low voice.)

JUPITER
I do not like being called names Pluto! (Loudly) Io! Europa! Get the Plutonium.

PLUTO
No! Please. That is very dangerous and unstable. In the wrong hands it could cause a great disaster.

JUPITER
Like these hands?

PLUTO
STOP! It is my responsibility to guard this.

JUPITER
Yes, yes. (pumping his arm up and down) Load it up, move it out.

PLUTO
Why do you do this Lord Jupiter? What do you expect to gain? This is not fair! This is insane!

JUPITER
Not fair! Insane!

Pluto, you know who is insane... the Planet Council. Look at it from my point of view. I am warm and bright and happy... then Mr. Sun happens to grow a little brighter than me, no easy feat I tell you, and what happens? Everyone, all my fans and admirers, move away from me and towards... Sun.

Oh, the grief I have endured. The punitive damages incurred...

PLUTO
I have never admired you.

JUPITER
Shut-up. This is a monologue not a dialogue! Where was I... Oh, yes, the pain... the PAIN... so, when all my attention was unjustly taken from me everyone suddenly notices Mother Earth, basking in the radiance of her new hero, Sun.

Mother Earth becomes... "Darling of the Solar System", "Jewel of the Heavens". Those were MY titles! And SHE took them. Is that fair! Is that insane!

PLUTO
But Lord Jupiter... no one likes you anymore. You are a bully and always have been ever since Saturn married Halley instead of you!

JUPITER
Shut-up! Never mention that name to me again!

PLUTO
Yes! Ever since Saturn dumped you for Halley S. Comet you have harassed and annoyed the other Council Members until... until we could never get any work done. You were always in the way, or rather, your ego has always been in the way!

Earth's blossom to maturity was just a coincidence; a side effect of Sun coming out of his shell and attaining his true brilliance. He is a true friend to all. Not like you.

You were an important leader in the past, but what is of the past, is past. The difference between you and Sun is quite obvious. It was time for you to go then, and you will stay gone now, if I can help it!

JUPITER
Time for me to go? My dear Pluto, I have just returned! Now all I have to do is deliver this little package to Earth, fairest of the fair.

(Europa gives Jupiter a small, glowing package which he holds aloft)

A little radioactive bonbon for the good mortal people of Earth. They will think of it as... a gift.

PLUTO
Not Earth! Can your jealousy be that devious? She has not harmed you. You are mad!

JUPITER
I am doing this for all the board-members of the Planet Council. You need me as your leader. Once again I will guide all the Planet Realm to a glorious future... and profit. Did I mention filthy rich wealth? Heh, heh.

The mortal beings of Earth will soon use this plutonium, your plutonium, to put Mother Earth to sleep for a millennium. A nuclear winter will result; the deepest of freezes. Not even friendly and warm Mr. Sun will be able to bring Ms. Earth back from her slumber.

And when Earth finally dies everyone will blame Sun for not doing his job. He will be a failure. A useless waste of energy. A nothing! There will be no need for him ever again. Yes, for him awaits a cruel fate, indeed.

Then... it will be back to the old ways... my ways! King Lord Jupiter, Emperor... of... Eternity!
(a devilish laugh)

PLUTO
You are mad. It will never work. The mortal people of Earth will immediately see the danger and refrain from using this.

JUPITER
I think you lie, Pluto, to yourself!

The good people of Earth will want it... want it bad! You guard this plutonium. It is yours. Would you protect something no one wants? Very dangerous... very... unstable. Like me, no? Ha, ha, ha!

So do not think to cross me. You will say nothing of this to anyone fore if you do, I will know! And you will be punished! Or should I say...

(Speaking in a sexually dangerous manner.)

...your beautiful, dear wife, Charon, will be paying your debts.

A pleasure to see you again, Charon. You are a delight to behold.

Pray we never meet again!

(Jupiter turns quickly swirling his heavy, dark cape.)

Now we fly my brothers and sisters... fly to the heavens! Ha, ha, haaaa...

(Jupiter begins to usher his gang out, one by one they take flight, Europa and Io are the last to leave. Io purposefully knocks Pluto down as he passes and laughs.)

IO
Have a little cosmic dust for dinner, oldster!

JUPITER
(grabbing Io) Baron Io... have you misunderstood me? I said no one gets hurt.

(Jupiter punches Io in the stomach, bending him over, spins him around and sends him on his way with a push of his foot)

Off with you Io!

(he helps bewildered Pluto to his feet)

Please forgive my brother. We are very close, but sometimes he is such a hot-head.

EUROPA
(gathering herself close to Jupiter) Oh, Lord Jupiter, you were marvelous!

JUPITER
Yes, I was, wasn't I. I impress even myself.

EUROPA
What do we do now? What is your plan? Tell me... let me help!

JUPITER
Our plan unfolds as we speak. We have the plutonium to help rid ourselves of Earth. We now need but one other thing to complete this new order.

EUROPA
What is that dear brother?

JUPITER
...A hostage...
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