ACT 2 - SCENE 9
NEAR THE TROJAN SATELLITESTERRANCE
(to Luna observing Saturn and Jupiter) They look happy together.
(The wedding reception is drawing to a close.)
It took them a very long time, but finally they are with each other.
What about us?
What about us!
I spoke with Venus a moment ago about staying here in the Planet
Realm with you.
Please do not hope for too much.
Hope will be enough.
The Council very seldom approves visa extensions. I am not really very
important here in the Planet Realm so I do not receive special attention.
Of course you are! Earth needs you! Most of all, I need you. You are
important to me.
If that is true, why have you not come to see me. Why are you always
away at diplomatic functions or the opening of a new observatory.
Not long ago you walked my hills and plains and we were as one. And
we were in love.
But I loved you then and always have!
Why?... You use your technology to see the far reaches of space yet you
cannot see with your own eyes. You set your vast arrays of listening
dishes to capture the slightest sound from deepest space, but from your
own heart you hear nothing. Do you no longer see me in the night?
Does your heart no longer yearn for your lover.
But I love you... my work is something else.
Yes, perhaps... and perhaps I once was just one of your... experiments...
and now you have grown bored.
No! That is not true!
I have needs like you have needs. I am not to blame if you are too busy
with your work... And Earth... is it my responsibility if my boss is
having problems with her children? Should she ignore me because of it?
I will not be taken for granted any longer.
If I no longer get the respect I need and want from my job or my
lover then... I will leave. I must leave.
Please come back. Earth needs you. I need you. Give us another
chance. Give me a chance. I will change... I promise!
I... you need not make this so difficult. You have your career... Mother
Earth will be fine without me... There will be a few less ocean waves
that is all. And who will miss a few six foot breakers?
Hold me in your arms,
While I am sleeping,
Hold me now.
Lie with me,
Goddess of love,
Bath me in twilight,
Hold me now.
Run the stars through my hair,
And caress the planet with care,
But don't leave without me; no don't leave without me,
Hold me now.
Promise to return,
Be with me tonight,
Love me tonight.
Run the stars though my hair,
And caress the planet with care,
But don't leave without me; no don't leave without me
Hold me now.
Oh, beloved, you sound so much like before. Can it be true.
Yes. True. Let us hope Venus can persuade the Council.
(Luna and Terrance embrace and kiss, after a few moments Luna playfully grabs Terrance's butt.)
Oooh, you are a bad influence on me. What lushous buns you have.
What do you expect. I am mortal, hear me roar!
(They kiss again.)
Hey! hey! Stop that! I have important news!
You have news from the Council?
They will expedite you request. You can stay! But there is a catch.
What is it, Venus? Speak quickly!
This is how I worked it... Terrance you may stay in the Planet Realm
if you choose...
But Terrance, once you have made your decision... if you decide to stay
in the Planet Realm with Luna...
You cannot return to the way you used to be...
Return to what?
To being mortal.
Terrance, that would mean you would have to give up your presidential
appointment as Head of World Astronomy. That was your dream. Your
My appointment! I have worked my whole life for that... What do I do?
Venus, could we work something else out, I mean maybe visiting privileges
You may make your choice at your leisure... but once you choose it is
forever... for better or for worse...
... for better or for worse...
Terrance, I know how hard and how long you have worked for your
appointment so think about it, but I want you to know this...
You need not say anything...
No matter what you decide, I want you to know that I love you very
much, and always have, ever since you first came to me in your fragile
Because I love you... I am willing to let you go... so you can find
I do not say this to be some sort of heroine, but because I
know that if you choose against your heart you will soon grow bitter...
and disappointed... and I could not stand to see you that way... no matter how
much I want you...
Oh, Luna, my love...
Wait... I would rather set you free now and know, in my heart, that this
was all the time we ever needed...
I have always loved you. I will always love you.
Shhh... no, please save your precious words for now, but I give you this... my love...
When you return to your mortal form on Earth, and it is night, look to the
east. I will rise in full... and the whole land and all of your people will
know of my love for you... and maybe... maybe you will know too...
Oh, Luna... your love... of course, but how can that be?
The scientific charts are always correct! There will not be a full moon for another two weeks!
Scientific charts! I can do whatever I wish... deep in your heart you
know that you can too. Now I show you love... by living for myself and what I want. If
you love me you will live for yourself... and accept happiness!
...But what will I do without my work? How will my life have meaning?
Does not your work come from within you? Is not the work you create a
part of yourself? No one can take that from you... if you say,
"This fact is true," then it is true or you will make it so.
If you say, "The past is wrong," then you may change
it...but only you can decide. Take this time to think... it is your life...
Yes, of course... life... what is life? I have no understanding of life... What is love... I
know nothing of love... you are so lucky in your Planet Realm. You
have so much more time to work out the pitfalls of life and love.
It is very hard for mortal beings to know their own hearts... so many years of
being taught to be the "warrior"... to be on guard against those who may
hurt you... vanquish the invaders... protect the organism... to try and
guard against the whole entire world... impossible...
Yet we try, we mortals, we must try... or be conquered... and in the end... nothing...
You are a mortal man... a good man. Let your heart be your guide... but
please... think with your heart... I have so much to offer. Come, we had
better ready ourselves to leave...
(Venus, Mars, Mercury, Ceres, Pallas and Vesta join Luna and Terrance.)
Mercury! Will you be joining us for the journey home?
Yes, but first I have some sad news. It is the old one, Galileo...
Galileo? What is it? I saw him only moments ago!
I am afraid that during this war he suffered a wound to his heart. He
fought on gallantly until the battle was resolved. He endured until the
end. He died alone.
Oh no! Oh no! Not Galileo. I must go to him!
It is too late. Luna, if you are returning to Earth then you journey now. This night is nearly
No! I must see to him. He is my friend!
(holding the weeping Luna in his arms) How can he dead? I thought all of you were immortal?
Yes. You live forever unless someone kills you! Sometimes it happens.
Everything is taken care of. He is being attended to by Lady Ganymede and Lady Callisto... as it should be.
Come Luna, Mercury is right. We must begin our return. You are needed at home. Galileo will have understood...
He would have wanted it this way.
Let us pause for a moment in remembrance of those who have gone
(All in the group pause and bow their heads.)
Mercury, you must come too. You will be needed to return Terrance to
his mortal form.
Yes. Venus, Mars. I will be honored. And to you Terrance, thank
you for your assistance.
I wish I could have done more.
Terrance, your mortal night of sleep is almost over. We must return you
to your resting body before it awakes. We must preceed with all due haste! Mercury, do you
have your Rod of Sleep.
Never leave home without it! Sixty winks in half a blink...
Venus, may the Asteroid sisters join us? They also are returning home to Earth, too.
Yes. Girls, you are invited...
(The group is joined by Saturn, Jupiter, Europa and Io.)
We heard about Galileo. I am so sorry. Luna, is there anything we can
I will be fine. I will tell Mother Earth about her brother; of his
gallantry... and caring. I will help her to understand.
Saturn, Lord Jupiter... from all of us... we bid you the best of health and
happiness in your life together...
(getting a nod from Jupiter) I speak for both Jupiter and myself
thanking you all for this wonderful ceremony. And to you Luna, a
special thanks for your wisdom and understanding... from the bottom of
(Saturn hugs Luna.)
Yes, thank you... from our whole family!
(Hugs are exchanged and Jupiter punches Terrance playfully in the shoulder, Terrance winces in pain but
All members cheers, waving good-bye and voicing salutations, the departing group moves past
their friends; husband Pluto and wife Charon, caressing each other, stand close and wave; roguish
Neptune, dancing with the stately Virgo hail them loudly, bidding them farewell; dashing Uranus and
voluptuous Ursa, forming a fast friendship, together call for a safe voyage.
Baron Io and Duchess Europa glower, but respect their brother, King Lord Jupiter, and his request, they force a smile.)
(with her dog, Canis, barking) Good-bye! See you soon!
(The group begins to move through space toward the inner planets.)
(to Luna) Please be happy, not sad. We are going home!
Home... Yes, I know, Ceres. But soon I will be without my Terrance...
(to Luna) You gave me a hug once when I needed one... so here is one
for you. She hugs Luna then quickly hugs Terrance.
What did you do that for?
I thought he could use a hug too.
You sure are icky.
(The group arrives at the inner planets.)
Here we are. Terrance, are you ready for the transformation?
Yes, if I must...
You must... Venus! Would you like to stay around after we get Terrance back home? We
could... you know...
Gee thanks... but... I will be going home with the girls... you
Hey, knock yourself out...
Mars, let this be finished quickly.
Of course. Mercury, are you ready?
May Luna and I have a moment alone? Just for a moment...
Yes, but only a moment. We have but a short time till full light... Say,
Venus, come here. I... have a... secret to tell you.
Really, Mars? Uh, can you... uh, whisper it in my ear?...
(to Terrance) Hold me.
(Terrance places a final, lingering kiss on Luna's lips, the couple disengage their embrace, Luna leaves
with Venus and the Asteroid sisters, Terrance stays with Mars and Mercury.)
Terrance, are you ready?
Mercury... by your leave...
(unrolling a scroll) Terrance, these are the instructions from Venus: After you return to your
body and awaken from sleep you have the right to remain in your human form...
or come to your new home... to the noble Planet Realm.
If you should chose to
shed your mortal coil, then you must fly in your shuttle to the base camp at Luna One,
the moon. Only there, can you become a full member of the Planet Realm.
Do you understand these rights as I have explained them to you?
Pay close attention. Now repeat after me... There is no place like home,
there is no place like home, there is...
Stop that, Mercury! Be serious!
Fine! Fine! What a grouch! Lie down Terrance and close your eyes.
You are getting sleepy... very sleepy... you are falling into a deep sleep... a deep
sleep... think of home... of kindness and beauty... of the ones who love you...
and of those who are loved by you... think of the wonder of life...
You are now, again, in your bed... see yourself in your own bed, in your
own room... warm and safe... you are dreaming... you are tossing... and
turning... tossing and turning... tossing and turning
(he is elbowed by Mars)
Ouch! We are but a dream... this has been a dream... a dream within a dream... and a marvelous
voyage, through the night...
(waking up with a start) What!...?... (he is alone in his room) ...oh my
Luna, my beloved...