ACT 2 - SCENE 7
JUPITER AND SATURN'S ORBITGALILEO
I am glad that you are safe. I was very worried!
(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.)
Oh, thank you for caring. That means so much to me.
Your safety is very important. I do care! Hmm... I said it. I can care for
someone... and say it out loud!
Well, now you have another chance. Here come the Ladies Ganymede and Callisto.
Oh, fear! Am I now to return to battle? (he clutches at his side.)
Have you been injured?
(Galileo waves away the suggestion that he is injured.)
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?
(he stumbles a little) Do stay Luna. It would give me confidence.
I really should leave... but...
O.K. I am here for you if you need me.
(to Galileo) Callisto and I slipped away from our brother, Jupiter, to see
you Galileo, to talk but...now we cannot...
What? Why? We must talk!
I will leave. Four's a crowd.
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...
And at this age it is hard to change... not that we should.
I know about your rules. It drove me crazy!
If you will allow me...
Let me see... how does that go... Announcing the...
Hear ye all of the Court...
Oh, yes... Hear ye all of the Court, attention, announcing Lady Callisto
and Lady Ganymede, hale their health and wisdom!
Galileo, I will speak with you later.
(Shakes her head in frustration as she slowly moves away, Galileo notices but says nothing.)
Hello. Cali, Gans, it has been a very long time.
It certainly has, Galileo.
Gans and I are both glad that you returned safely. We were worried
about you when you began spinning off.
(to Callisto) We! We! I am so tired of this 'we' business, Cali.
Now you have returned after all this time, Galileo. Tell me, are you
going to stay?
I thought that I would.
Good! We can catch up on old news.
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
Ganymede, please... Let Galileo speak.
Uh... no, never mind I will leave.
Like last time! You timid old...
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
We... I had not meant for that to have happend. We... I did love you so.
...love you! Yes. And that was long ago!
But since I left I have loved no other. I have tried and failed to chase
you away for my heart.
And now you think you can come back here and pick up where you left
off? (to Callisto) What say you, Cali?
Gans! Be quiet! This is Galileo to whom you speak!
I was afraid! I needed more support from you. I needed time to think;
time for myself... away from all your family rules.
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.
Gan's goal was to get married.
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
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.
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!
Ganymede, I am not like that. Deep down inside I am really a nice
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!
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
Come on Gans, calm down.
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.
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.
Look sister, there is nothing wrong with my disposition ... and just what
is wrong with my face!
An occasional smile might not hurt.
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.
"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.)
She really hates me. I knew I should not have tried.
No, she loves you.
What?! Did you hear what she just said? How do explain those harsh
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.
Like looking in a mirror and falling in love?
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? "
She does work hard at being unhappy. I wonder why?
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, 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.
would believe it was her fault if they were to leave... The guilt would be
Where did Gans get an idea like that?
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.
He now has married Saturn. He seems very happy.
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.
...Those magazines with pictures of the stars?
Yes, you can save a lot of credits if you read quickly. My friend Pallas
Asteroid does it all the time.
So what about your brother, Jupiter? Does he feel the same way you do?
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.
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...
This is Cali. You can talk to me. What is it?
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...
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.
Oh, no! The big but...
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.
I...I... love you.
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.)
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.)