ACT 1 - SCENE 8
BASE NEW VEGAS, MARSVENUS
Mercury, stay your hand until there is movement beneath his eyelids.
(Terrance is lying in a soft pool of light on a cot which is at waist level, the stars twinkle above, Mercury raises a short rod above Terrance's head.)
By your word, Venus.
And... and... Place your Rod of Sleep on his forehead. Now!
(Mercury places the Rod of Sleep on Terrance's forehead and the scientist's prone body jerks a slight night-tremor.
Terrance's eyes blink open.)
Terrance, your body is now completely at rest...
... Yes. What you mortal beings call the rapid eye movement sleep phase...
... so do not attempt to adjust your perception. Your mind will
begin to focus from a soft blur... to crystal clarity. (looking up and
raising his Rod of Sleep) For we control the vertical, we control the
Mercury, will you stop it? We have work to do.
You are no fun, Venus! Who put you in charge anyway?
(Mercury scowls. Terrance raises himself to a sitting position and stands up, looking down at the form of
his sleeping body under the bed-covers.)
(exasperated, to the stars above) This is just great! So much work left to do and this awful planet Mars has ruined my sleep!
In a way you are right...
(Terrance jumps a little when Venus speaks, he rubs his temples.)
... Let me explain...
(sudden realization) Oh! I am not awake. I am dreaming. Now this makes sense.
Probably that awful tasting 'Gatsby' drink. Or an undigested bit of
(Terrance blankly looks at Venus.)VENUS
I am Venus and this is Mercury. We have come to enlist your service for the Planet Council. You are worried about your Earth's moon leaving her orbit. This has also happened to us. Luna, of the noble Planet
Realm, has departed from her designed task of assisting Earth and we are unable to locate
... Apparently she left with her friend, Galileo.
(He is suddenly interested.)
... We have tried to contact Earth...
(Terrance looks at Venus, confused.)
... Our Earth of the noble Planet Realm, not yours...
(He is more confused.)
... There is something wrong and we cannot contact Earth. Perhaps Mother Earth is ill. We must have Earthen representation at the emergency Planet Council meeting or else the Council members will not convene. Since we cannot reach Earth then a representative of Earth who is not on Earth can be the only choice.
(musing) ... A dream within a dream... Venus and Mercury. I always thought Venus was with Mars.
Pay attention! You are to stand in for Earth on the Planet Council. We discovered from Mars that you
were staying with him.
This is empirically impossible, completely unscientific and without
merit, but... this is just a dream I am having so... O.K. why me?
You are Mother Earth's child, correct?
Well, yes. All human beings are considered children of Earth... Mother
Earth if you will.
Long ago the children of Earth were like we of the noble Planet Realm;
immortal beings, creatures of extraordinary powers and deepest of
passions. When Mother Earth decided to divorce Halley she was
punished by the creators. Before Mother Earth, divorce was an unheard
You immortals are really behind the times on this divorce thing.
So Mother Earth was married to Halley you say... Halley
For her punishment the youngest of Mother Earth's children were stripped of their
immortal powers and a veil of forgetfulness was drawn before their
memories. Venus and I now enlighten you so that you can and must
help us... help your Mother... or loose her forever. Without Luna,
Mother Earth cannot survive.
This is truly amazing even for a dream. I did not know I was this
creative. Maybe I am a poet like Angelina says.
Terrance, this is no dream. Earth is depending on you. Luna is
depending on you. What will Luna do without Earth? What will you do
Help...? How can one person be of any help. Remember, I am only a mortal astronomer.
Mortal, yes, but you mortals have the unique ability to, what you call, "plan ahead." Of us all, Earth possesses the gift of planning. Now you must plan for us during this time of emergency. That you were with Mars at this crucial moment can only be thought of as luck... or fate!
I have never been known to be lucky, but... but if I were... lucky... then
the implications of this noble Planet Realm business are mind-boggling;
another dimension with people and everything. Real Twilight Zone stuff
with no commercials...But wait... wait if this is true then many things are
put into perspective; so many questions I have had are now made clear!
How do you mean?
I guess then it is not so strange being in love with Luna... that when I think of her and when I look at
the full moon... I get uh... physically excited. You know... "fire down below?" It never occured to me that...
(Both Venus and Mercury look below Terrance's waistline.)
It is not a full moon right now. Not for another two weeks.
(Venus and Mercury look away, embarrassed.)
So I am immortal. What now?! Do I have
extraordinary power? Do I have the deepest of passions? Do I have to
dress in a flakie toga like you two.
(Venus looks and brushes at her shoulders) I hate flakes.
Terrance, you must represent Earth on the Planet Council. Earth has her
responsibilities in planning. Mars says that you have already begun your
planning for the mortal beings so this should fall within your expertise.
(Venus hands Terrance a card.)
What is this?
A legal alien card. Your immortality will not last forever!
The Council meets now.
(The Planet Council becomes visible, Venus and Mercury lead Terrance toward the meeting.)
This is really quite amazing, Venus. All of your Council members are
the planets of my solar system! They look like ancient heros of Greek
and Roman mythology. I mean you, Venus, you look like a beautiful
Roman goddess. (she blushes) Mercury, you hold your Rod of Sleep.
Now if you had wings on your feet...
(Mercury looks at Venus and shakes his head, he sighs and bends down to loose his shoes leg thongs, out
flap small wings.)
(to Terrance, with knowledge) I like to keep them snug until I need
them. (the small wings gracefully flap a little... in confidence to
Terrance) The babes love them. (a sly wink) Look there, (he points) the
Let me guess... Neptune?
Very good! He is the image of your mortal Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. And
look there; Pluto and Charon, devoted husband and caring wife, or to
you, planet and moon.
(they continue moving through the crowd)
there in slinky dresses; an all-girl singing group? No! They are none other than the
Asteroid sisters, very good friends of our Luna. And the others I
presume you must recognize.
I believe I do, but if memory serves correct there are a few missing.
What of Uranus and Saturn and Jupiter?
Uranus is a little condescending when it comes to Council meetings, but
we have messengers attempting to persuade his co-operation. Saturn
and her children mostly keep to themselves, what with her husband,
Halley, cavorting about.
Halley? I thought you said he used to be married to Mother Earth?
Why, yes. Earth was Halley's first wife. He then married Saturn. You did not know?
Earth is punished for divorce and Halley remarries?
And... Jupiter, he likes to be called King Lord Jupiter, he used to be
head of the Planet Council, but it became necessary to relieve him of his duties.
Since his dismissal, Jupiter has been a very bad one and has been banished, along with his
gang, from all Council affairs!
(swallowing hard) Gang?!?
(The Council take their seats.)
Hear ye, all of the Court, attention, announcing mortal Earthen astronomer Terrance
Stone, hale his health and wisdom!
Terrance has been transformed from
the mortal realm to perform in place of Earth as temporary chief Council tactical
planner. He will now deliver his report.
Terrance, what say you to the
Council as to the location of Luna!
Well, er, Luna has gone to Jupiter.
(A gasp of disbelief comes from the Council.)