ACT 1 - SCENE 5
THE INNER PLANETS OF NEAR SPACELUNA
Good-bye! See you soon...
(Departing from her home, Luna, with Galileo, wave good-bye to the Asteroid sisters.)
Luna, I do not think they can hear you now. We are quite far away.
I know. It is just that... I have been with Mother Earth so very long.
And my friends... oh! never mind!
(Galileo takes her hand in his to comfort her.)
But you say you were unhappy for a long time. Sometimes change is
good. Maybe this trip will do some good. Luna, if you choose to talk
about your troubles, I am a good listener.
(uncomfortably drawing her hand away, turning her back to Galileo)
Will this journey take long? I guess I forgot to ask. What will we do
when we get there?
My mission, our mission is very delicate. We must persuade Lord
Jupiter for the sake of all of the Planet Realm and Earth.
Earth! It is always Earth... and her son Terrance! What about me?
What about my feelings? Why do I feel so wronged... what is wrong...
What is wrong with me?
Never mind. There is no need to talk about it!
Luna, Mother Earth has told me her side of the story. I did not want to
speak of it in front of my nieces, but it is true, she is afraid of losing her
He is her youngest child. His love for you and yours for him makes
Earth very uncomfortable. I understand
how she feels, but I think I understand how you feel too!
Your love for
that astronomer seems so full of promise. Even if he is so... different... it
is a tragedy that it should be ending. (pause)
You are so old and wise, could you possibly offer any advice?
(Galileo angrily glares at Luna, hands on hips, she catches her mistake and continues.)
I do not mean that you are old like ooold, but like... very
experienced and... very knowledgeable... and extremely handsome. Did
I mention quite suave?... a good conversationalist... And a big hit with the ladies; girlfriends
everywhere I would guess.
(This seems to placate Galileo while he looks off to distant horizons as if he were a legendary hero with
laurel wreath gracing his brow. Luna begins to giggle at his posing, but after a moment Galileo's vision
clears and his epic expression is replaced by one of embarrassment.)
Oh, Luna. You are too kind. I can see you have the making of a diplomate.
An excellent diplomat. Just like me. You know how to make me feel young again.
And the ladies...
Hmm... as for the ladies... you may say I have had more than my share
How many. Tell me. I can keep a secret!
Really... I should not be so bold, but...
How many time have you been in love?
I... uh... oh love. Love is different. I thought you were talking about
Oh, no, not that! Anyone can do that! I speak of
beautiful love. The mysteries of the heart. Surely you have been in
Yes. Once. Long ago. The reason I was selected for this diplomatic
journey was... because ...of love... sort of. In my youth I took a voyage to the area of space where we are now
crusing. While there, I fell in love.
She must have been very special to you... so far from home. What
happened? I mean, if you would like to say. I am a good listener, too!
It was... interesting... I was... on holiday. And during my stay I spent
much of my time with two of Lord Jupiter's sisters. I was a tourist and
they were my beautiful guides. Lady Ganymede and Lady Callisto.
Two! Now wait. Surely you must not mean...both!?
If you would rather I refrain from speaking...
No! Sorry. No... Please go on... This I must hear!
The sisters had very different personalities. Lady Ganymede was warm,
sweet and always took charge. She knew what to do. I felt very secure when I was with
Callisto, Lady Callisto, she was moody and a little mysterious, but she was inventive
and clever. They both loved to talk and I loved to listen to them. When
we were together it seemed to be perfect... at least for a while.
Their family and friends could not endure our happiness so they went
about the task of dismantling all that we held dear... our freedom to care
for one another... to love.
One family member would insist that
marriage was in order. A friend, meaning well I suppose, would take
one sister aside and reprimand her for ignoring her friends. And on it
Until Ganymede and Callisto decided that maybe it was time to
marry and without consulting me they set a date for the ceremony and
created a contest to cause me to choose.
Choose between the two of them... a contest?
Yes. A contest of wills. Theirs against mine!
So what happened? Which one did you want most?
That is a good question... Gans, Lady Ganymede, I called her Gans, she
liked that, she was... let me see... oh like you could hug her all day, so
warm, so gentle. She felt so good when I hugged her.
She had a way of making
everything work out right. I felt very secure when she had everything in
order. With her, raising a wonderful family would have been easy.
So she was perfect. You picked her.
Yes, she was perfect. But then there was Cali, Lady Callisto. She was
the embodiment of all that is tingling excitement! She was sleek. She
had eyes that flashed fire. She was moody and sometimes withdrawn,
but she was also full of passion and new ideas.
She was always writing
down the things she thought about and the things she wanted to do and
then... she did them. She had such energy, such vitality... we could have
traveled the universe, one adventure after another.
So she was perfect. You picked her.
Yes, she was perfect. But then there was Gans...
Now wait! You cannot choose both!
Funny, that is exactly what they said. It was an exciting time. I thought I
Exciting... more like a lot of trouble. So what about this choosing? Which one chose you or which
one did you want to be chosen by.
I am afraid we never got around to choosing.
Why? What happened. The suspense is killing me.
I know how it feels. I...uh... I slipped quietly away, in the dark, with a
departing voyage crew.
Oh! What about those poor ladies... your friends
remember? You loved them. You could have at least...
At least what? What would you have done? The pressure was
enormous. Family... friends... everyone was so angry... you cannot
And I was in the middle of it... alone. The sisters were still
sisters. The family still family. Was I to fight them all?
I guess you were right. I have no answer either. You had to leave.
And I regret it... I should have stayed!
But what could you have done?
I could have stayed and fought for what I wanted. I wanted to be happy
and in love. But instead I was weak. I slinked off like a common black
And like a black hole I drew a terrible darkness into my heart that could never escape.
Forever after I thought of them. The memory of my friends, my loves,
who I abandoned. They haunt my every moment... I should have stayed.
I should have fought.
You could have returned long before now.
No... No, (aside) the fear... I was afraid. If I were to return and they rejected me...
I... could not have gone on... I would have perished. I know
that in this dark heart. I would perish.
I am so sorry. You are really hurt. And on the outside you seem so
strong, so invincible.
In the time that followed, I tried to find that feeling of love, of caring in
others, but the bitter memory of my lost chance prevented me from
again attempting romance.
Like you say, anyone can do the other thing;
do it. That is not love. It was not bad either, but it was lonely. And
there are many, many ladies who have marked me that way. It was like
trying to get warm by diving into a blazing sun.
I used to be a sad man,
It used to be love that would break my heart,
And bring me a world of such pain,
But I was young! Was I to blame?
I used to be a bad man,
I used to bloody my fists for the want of a kiss,
Punching walls and the faces of men,
But I was young! And now I'm old!
I should have
Worked at a job for success,
Wife and a child like the rest,
Paying the bills once a month,
White picket fence in the front.
Now that I live life alone,
No one to care if I'm home,
Wish that I started off right,
Now there's no family, no life,
Should have started right,
It's too late... so late.
Please do not weep,
This truth you have found,
Is a truth you can keep.
Lessons must be learned,
I must learn too,
That the heart can heal new.
(Luna bends to touch her kneeling friends arm and tries to console him.)
You are not to blame for your youthful mistakes at love.
There are some lovers who are not meant to stay together.
Sometimes, when love is very intense, it burns brightly... for a time...
and then slowly dies. Afterward, when nothing remains between the
lovers, even their memories will have been extinguished.
Sometimes it is best not to hold on to the fire that burns
because sometimes it will grow cold in your hand. You must let go of
Most would like to tell you that it is one of the lessons of life. And in their wisdom, most of them have
never learned the lesson themselves... only offer advice.
Yes, a lesson... to be learned... by me. I have been there. Now I, too,
know. Even here in the noble Planet Realm where life is so very long the
lessons must still be learned.
Sometimes I envy mortal beings. Their
lives are so short they do not have time to know all the lessons. And feel
all the pains...
Do you sometimes think of becoming mortal. You can you know. It is
your right in the Planet Realm.
And loose this fantastic body ?! Hey! No way!
Mortal girls grow to be mortal women and then they have, what,
thirty or forty more summers of beauty, then BOOM sag city and bad
breath. There are some advantages to being immortal!
Well, good. I was afraid you might have changed your mind about
seeing Lord Jupiter. That is his kingdom up ahead.
I am ready, but tell me please, if you did choose between the two sisters
which one would you choose. You certainly have had enough time to
think about it.
Yes, enough time. I think I would choose... Gans, Lady Ganymede. I
felt secure with her. She was always so organized and I felt safe.
Cali would often fall into these terrible moods were it was very difficult to
communicate with her.
Hmm... One more question before we meet Lord Jupiter. Did you
really... you know... jiggle the gyro with both sisters?
Oh... I am too much the officer and a gentleman to say yes or no.
However, suppose a suitor to Jupiter's sisters had done such a thing... and
then departed without notice... and if Lord Jupiter discovered this fact... then that individual would be in big,
But that will never happen!
I was hoping for a different answer.
There is no need to worry. I have this all under control. I am an expert
diplomat. Years of experience have prepared me for this.
(They meet Baron Io.)
Baron Io, I wish to secure an audience with... the King
(he assumes a karate stance for a moment)
...Lord Jupiter. Please inform him of the arrival of the
diplomat Galileo and Luna, Senior Technical Assistant of Earth.
Oh, so it is you. You have a lot of gall showing your face again. Wait
(Galileo becomes nervous and fidgets. Lord Jupiter then arrives in the great hall.)
(grandly and with a flourishing bow) Great and powerful King Lord Jupiter
we do bid you greetings. We, your humble visitors, are emissaries from far away. We wish to open diplomatic relations for our benefactor, Earth.
What!? I thought I recognized you. You are that wretched scoundrel,
that pirate, who damaged my poor, poor sisters. With your wooing and
cooing, and cooing and wooing. Bah!
But, sir, that was very long ago. This is now not the past!
It is never too late to pay for your indiscretions! Time is a mute point!
Moot. Time is a moot point not mute as if time cannot speak. Really,
sir, there is no excuse for a poor vocabulary!
Aagghh... Get them out of here!!! (calling loudly) Baron Io! Duchess
Europa! Throw these blackguards into my gravitational dungeon! And
turn up the force level three - more - times!
Wait! We have diplomatic immunity!
Silence! The great and powerful Jupiter has spoken!
My devoted brother and sister... do your duty!
(With a swirl of his cape Jupiter exits, leaving a bewildered Luna and Galileo to be ushered away by his
brother and sister. Galileo glares at their captors, ready to defend his charge like a protective father. They
are left in a small pool of light.)
You are some diplomat!
This is the way it had always been between he and I. Some things never
change. But, Luna, do not be afraid. I have a plan...