ACT 2 - SCENE 7
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JUPITER AND SATURN'S ORBIT
(Jupiter and Saturn, standing beside each other, recite their vows before the congregation of planets and asteroids, festivities then begin, Luna and Galileo reunite with a hug, Galileo winces a little and places his hand inside his tunic over his heart.)

Jupiter and Saturn

GALILEO
I am glad that you are safe. I was very worried!

LUNA
Oh, thank you for caring. That means so much to me.

GALILEO
Your safety is very important. I do care! Hmm... I said it. I can care for someone... and say it out loud!

LUNA
Well, now you have another chance. Here come the Ladies Ganymede and Callisto.

GALILEO
Oh, fear! Am I now to return to battle? (he clutches at his side.)

LUNA
Have you been injured?

(Galileo waves away the suggestion that he is injured.)

LUNA
Have courage Galileo... Be strong. What do you have to lose? You have chosen Lady Ganymede because she made you feel secure and safe. Now tell her how you feel. I will return later. Are you sure you are not hurt?

GALILEO
(he stumbles a little) Do stay Luna. It would give me confidence.

LUNA
I really should leave... but...

GALILEO
Please...

LUNA
O.K. I am here for you if you need me.

GANYMEDE
(to Galileo) Callisto and I slipped away from our brother, Jupiter, to see you Galileo, to talk but...now we cannot...

GALILEO
What? Why? We must talk!

LUNA
I will leave. Four's a crowd.

CALLISTO
No, Luna, it is not you. Please stay. What my sister Ganymede is trying to say is that since we are secretly here we also have no one to formally announce us. We have always been formally announced. It is a family rule. It was the way we were brought up...

GANYMEDE
And at this age it is hard to change... not that we should.

GALILEO
I know about your rules. It drove me crazy!

LUNA
If you will allow me...

CALLISTO
Yes. please.

LUNA
Let me see... how does that go... Announcing the...

GANYMEDE
Hear ye all of the Court...

LUNA
Oh, yes... Hear ye all of the Court, attention, announcing Lady Callisto and Lady Ganymede, hale their health and wisdom!

GALILEO
Hale!

GANYMEDE
Your manners!..hump!

LUNA
Galileo, I will speak with you later.

(Shakes her head in frustration as she slowly moves away, Galileo notices but says nothing.)

GALILEO
Hello. Cali, Gans, it has been a very long time.

GANYMEDE
It certainly has, Galileo.

CALLISTO
Gans and I are both glad that you returned safely. We were worried about you when you began spinning off.

GANYMEDE
(to Callisto) We! We! I am so tired of this 'we' business, Cali.

(to Galileo)

Now you have returned after all this time, Galileo. Tell me, are you going to stay?

GALILEO
I thought that I would.

CALLISTO
Good! We can catch up on old news.

GANYMEDE
You both know very well there is a choice to be made. There will be no more of this 'we.' (to Galileo) Lady Callisto is waiting! (pointing at Callisto)

CALLISTO
Ganymede, please... Let Galileo speak.

GALILEO
Uh... no, never mind I will leave.

GANYMEDE
Like last time! You timid old...

GALILEO
What has happened to you? You used to be so warm and gentle. I have come back. Can you not allow me some respite from your chilled words? Since I left there has not been a time when you both were not on my mind... and... in my heart. Do you mean to chase me away like before?

CALLISTO
We... I had not meant for that to have happend. We... I did love you so.

GANYMEDE
...love you! Yes. And that was long ago!

GALILEO
But since I left I have loved no other. I have tried and failed to chase you away for my heart.

GANYMEDE
And now you think you can come back here and pick up where you left off? (to Callisto) What say you, Cali?

CALLISTO
Gans! Be quiet! This is Galileo to whom you speak!

GALILEO
I was afraid! I needed more support from you. I needed time to think; time for myself... away from all your family rules.

GANYMEDE
When you left so long ago I knew that it was over for me. I was not going to hope that you would change your mind and come back to marry me. I thought to myself "This is ridiculous." So I started seeing someone else who had similar goals as mine.

GALILEO
What goals?

CALLISTO
Gan's goal was to get married.

GALILEO
Oh...

GANYMEDE
Yes... "Oh"... He was suitable, had a good job and would not give me any trouble; like you always did. Nothing but trouble! Always wanting more!

GALILEO
Gans, I loved you very much, but there is more to love than a hug and a kiss. Every time I wanted to love you so badly you said, "No, not till we are married". If it was so easy to say no when the passion was new and intense then how would it be after we had been together for a long while.

GANYMEDE
Is that suppose to make things better for you? It sounds more like an excuse to me. Admit it, you were a frightened little child!

GALILEO
Ganymede, I am not like that. Deep down inside I am really a nice guy...

GANYMEDE
A nice guy? What does that mean? I hate that word "nice". It says nothing at all! Being nice is like being pleasant or friendly or helpful. It means nothing!

GALILEO
Oh...

GANYMEDE
Yes..."Oh"... My intended and I were married and went on our honeymoon and then I moved in with him and I even let him sleep in the same room with me because I am so nice and pleasant.

And every time he touched me my insides froze. He touched me a lot. But where are my children? Where is my pay-back? Are you happy now? You can say - " I told you so," if you want!

CALLISTO
Come on Gans, calm down.

GANYMEDE
I will not, Cali. I know you two did it! What did that do for you? He left you too! I want to be special to the one I am with not just the next one in a long line! I cannot have casual relationships.

CALLISTO
I hate the way you are so judgmental of others. You expect everyone else to be like you and yet you are so unhappy. Maybe you should give a casual relationship a try. Have some fun. Try to enjoy your life. Relaxing your stiff rules would do wonders for your disposition not to mention your complexion.

GANYMEDE
Look sister, there is nothing wrong with my disposition ... and just what is wrong with my face!

CALLISTO
An occasional smile might not hurt.

GANYMEDE
Smile! What is there to smile about. The only reason Galileo wanted me in the first place was because I was something he could not have.

GALILEO
Oh...

GANYMEDE
"Oh"... my sacred bleeding heart! I could not tell you what time is or where my time went, but when I finally awoke from that sleep called marriage, I left my boring, ungrateful husband. Now I live life the way I say, and do what I want, when I want and I am very, very happy!

So if you think you are coming back with some mystical revelation about making your choice?! Well, you can forget it. The choice has been made for you. You can consider me married... to myself... forever!

(Ganymede walks away in a rage.)

GALILEO
She really hates me. I knew I should not have tried.

CALLISTO
No, she loves you.

GALILEO
What?! Did you hear what she just said? How do explain those harsh words?

CALLISTO
There is not a great distance between love and hate. In some ways hate grows when love is denied. Sometimes it is the love for yourself that you deny from yourself.

GALILEO
Like looking in a mirror and falling in love?

CALLISTO
Not a mirror, but perhaps the reflection you see of yourself; how you think others see you and how you see yourself. Do you allow yourself to have what you want. Do you let your dreams come true? Do you let yourself have hope?

Everyone dreams of a wonderful life yet most insist that the dream cannot come true. Then they work devilishly hard to prove that they are right. And then they wonder, " Why is life not wonderful for me? Why am I not happy? "

GALILEO
She does work hard at being unhappy. I wonder why?

CALLISTO
Like Gans said, "Time passes." You can let your dreams fade. Then you wonder where all that time went. It becomes too late to get started.

GALILEO
Too late...

CALLISTO
Galileo, when we were young, Gans worked terribly hard to try and make you and I and everyone else follow the family rules. The most important rule was to always be "in control" of everyone around you. She needed the family rules to be "in control".

As long as she was "in control" she would never have to think about herself and her feelings. Showing your feelings means showing tenderness and caring. She was afraid that if she cared for someone then they would abandon her.

She would believe it was her fault if they were to leave... The guilt would be insurmountable.

GALILEO
Where did Gans get an idea like that?

CALLISTO
Oh, it happened before. Our father and mother had us... then... forgot about us. They were around, but they acted as if they were in another universe. Ask my brother, Jupiter, he will tell you.

Why do you think Jupiter is so ambitious? Why do you think it took so long for him to ask Saturn to marry him? He was afraid she would not love him... not think he was good enough.. and that she would... abandon him... like before.

He thought that by stealing the plutonium he could ransom his way back on to the Council and make himself important enough for Saturn love him again. Sometimes he does some really stupid things, but he is my brother and I love him anyway.

GALILEO
He now has married Saturn. He seems very happy.

CALLISTO
That is my point. Where there is hope there is a chance for happiness.

When you left so long ago, I felt that familiar feeling of being abandoned by someone I loved ...so familiar... so alone. I fell into a deep, melancholy sadness. I felt there was nothing left for me... Never enough for me.

But slowly, in time, a long time... I realized that the one I should love the most of all should be...me. Then I would not have to be afraid of being alone anymore because I would never or could ever abandon myself. And for the first time in my life I was not afraid.

It took time, but it worked. I could be my "best friend", you know, like it says in those magazines at the stellar-market check-out lines.

GALILEO
...Those magazines with pictures of the stars?

CALLISTO
Yes, you can save a lot of credits if you read quickly. My friend Pallas Asteroid does it all the time.

GALILEO
So what about your brother, Jupiter? Does he feel the same way you do?

CALLISTO
Jupiter and I started talking and decided that we both could start again. We did not need to be afraid of caring for ourselves or for someone else.

And to know that sometimes your feelings get hurt, but then they get better and sometimes your feelings are not hurt at all and it feels great!

I am not sure how she did it, but when Luna persuaded Saturn and Jupiter to talk about something besides the latest meteor shower it gave him a chance to try something new; his heart. And it worked! It seems so natural seeing Saturn and Jupiter side by side.

GALILEO
Callisto... Cali, Luna and I have done a great deal of talking on our trip here and some of it has been about what you are talking about now, I...

CALLISTO
This is Cali. You can talk to me. What is it?

GALILEO
You know so much about the heart. There is so much I want to learn from you. I want to be with you; to love you alone. If we talk enough maybe we can have a chance... together... again...

CALLISTO
Not long ago an offer like that from you would have made my dream come true. It would have been wonderful; you and I together, at last. But...

GALILEO
Oh, no! The big but...

CALLISTO
Yes, but... remember back when you and I and Ganymede were young and spent so much time together. I was a child, but it was a time of magic for me. I loved you so much. You were the first one I ever fell in love with. My very first love.

When Ganymede was with us, I felt a little jealous, but I felt more relieved because with Ganymede there I was not expected to share my feelings. I wanted to be with you and to love you, but to keep that love hidden away where it was safe... where I would not be hurt.

I was a child then. I am grown now. I feel good about myself now. I met someone for whom I care very deeply and I decided to take a chance. I put away my hiding; stopped the wild ways and the constant traveling. I quit trying to escape from my feelings. We are not married, but I love him very much and want to stay with him... only.

GALILEO
I...I... love you.

CALLISTO
And I love you too. But we are different now than we were before. You have changed and so have I.

Before you came back there was pain in our hearts. The pain of not knowing if the other one cared... loved. Now that hurt has been released. Now we know. We both do care.

We will always have both of our memories. The memory of the "us" when we were young. And we will have the memories of "us" that we are creating now.

We will always have the pair of "us."

(Callisto gently hugs Galileo and kisses him on his cheek then walks away. Galileo is stunned, staggers, then takes his hand from beneath his tunic, it is covered with blood, he hold his hand up high then uses it to take his space-saber from it's scabbard, holding the sword aloft he addresses it.)

GALILEO
Oh, Phallus... Oh... falseness... you have been my savior and my curse; unwilling to remain true and unable to forget.

Now I feel the dark shroud begin to cast shadows upon me. I am going far away... Far away to where there are no more battles to fight... No more wars to lose.

(Lowering the sword he leans on it for support.)

Oh, my poor heart! How ironic it is that I, of the noble Planet Realm, should perish from a... mortal... wound.

(Leaning heavily on his sword for support, Galileo lowers himself to lie down. He becomes still.)

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