ACT 2 - SCENE 9
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NEAR THE TROJAN SATELLITES
(The wedding reception is drawing to a close.)

Luna and Terrance

TERRANCE
(to Luna observing Saturn and Jupiter) They look happy together.

LUNA
It took them a very long time, but finally they are with each other.

TERRANCE
What about us?

LUNA
What about us!

TERRANCE
I spoke with Venus a moment ago about staying here in the Planet Realm with you.

LUNA
Please do not hope for too much.

TERRANCE
Hope will be enough.

LUNA
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.

TERRANCE
Of course you are! Earth needs you! Most of all, I need you. You are important to me.

LUNA
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.

TERRANCE
But I loved you then and always have!

LUNA
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.

TERRANCE
But I love you... my work is something else.

LUNA
Yes, perhaps... and perhaps I once was just one of your... experiments... and now you have grown bored.

TERRANCE
No! That is not true!

LUNA
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.

TERRANCE
Please come back. Earth needs you. I need you. Give us another chance. Give me a chance. I will change... I promise!

LUNA
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?

TERRANCE
Precious Moon
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.

Sunlight soon,
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.

LUNA
Oh, beloved, you sound so much like before. Can it be true.

TERRANCE
Yes. True. Let us hope Venus can persuade the Council.

LUNA
Yes.

(Luna and Terrance embrace and kiss, after a few moments Luna playfully grabs Terrance's butt.)

LUNA
Oooh, you are a bad influence on me. What lushous buns you have.

TERRANCE
What do you expect. I am mortal, hear me roar!

(They kiss again.)

VENUS
Hey! hey! Stop that! I have important news!

TERRANCE
You have news from the Council?

VENUS
They will expedite you request. You can stay! But there is a catch.

LUNA
What is it, Venus? Speak quickly!

VENUS
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...

TERRANCE
Yes?!

VENUS
You cannot return to the way you used to be...

TERRANCE
Return to what?

VENUS
To being mortal.

LUNA
Terrance, that would mean you would have to give up your presidential appointment as Head of World Astronomy. That was your dream. Your work...

TERRANCE
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 or something...?

VENUS
You may make your choice at your leisure... but once you choose it is forever... for better or for worse...

TERRANCE
... for better or for worse...

LUNA
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...

TERRANCE
You need not say anything...

LUNA
Now listen!

TERRANCE
Alright...

LUNA
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 ship.

Because I love you... I am willing to let you go... so you can find your happiness.

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...

TERRANCE
Oh, Luna, my love...

LUNA
Wait... I would rather set you free now and know, in my heart, that this was all the time we ever needed...

TERRANCE
I have always loved you. I will always love you.

LUNA
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...

TERRANCE
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!

LUNA
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!

TERRANCE
...But what will I do without my work? How will my life have meaning?

LUNA
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... and mine...

TERRANCE
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...

LUNA
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...

TERRANCE
Yes...

(Venus, Mars, Mercury, Ceres, Pallas and Vesta join Luna and Terrance.)

VENUS
Mercury! Will you be joining us for the journey home?

MERCURY
Yes, but first I have some sad news. It is the old one, Galileo...

LUNA
Galileo? What is it? I saw him only moments ago!

MERCURY
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.

LUNA
Oh no! Oh no! Not Galileo. I must go to him!

MERCURY
It is too late. Luna, if you are returning to Earth then you journey now. This night is nearly complete.

LUNA
No! I must see to him. He is my friend!

TERRANCE
(holding the weeping Luna in his arms) How can he dead? I thought all of you were immortal?

MERCURY
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.

TERRANCE
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.

VENUS
Let us pause for a moment in remembrance of those who have gone before us.

(All in the group pause and bow their heads.)

MARS
Mercury, you must come too. You will be needed to return Terrance to his mortal form.

MERCURY
Yes. Venus, Mars. I will be honored. And to you Terrance, thank you for your assistance.

TERRANCE
I wish I could have done more.

MARS
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.

MERCURY
Never leave home without it! Sixty winks in half a blink...

(Nervous laughter.)

LUNA
Venus, may the Asteroid sisters join us? They also are returning home to Earth, too.

VENUS
Yes. Girls, you are invited...

(The group is joined by Saturn, Jupiter, Europa and Io.)

SATURN
We heard about Galileo. I am so sorry. Luna, is there anything we can do?

LUNA
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...

SATURN
(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 our hearts.

(Saturn hugs Luna.)

LUNA
Ohh...

JUPITER
Yes, thank you... from our whole family!

(Hugs are exchanged and Jupiter punches Terrance playfully in the shoulder, Terrance winces in pain but grins.

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.)

ANNIE
(with her dog, Canis, barking) Good-bye! See you soon!

ALL MEMBERS
Good-bye...

(The group begins to move through space toward the inner planets.)

CERES
(to Luna) Please be happy, not sad. We are going home!

LUNA
Home... Yes, I know, Ceres. But soon I will be without my Terrance...

TERRANCE
Yes... alone...

PALLAS
(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.

TERRANCE
Thank-you, Pallas...

VESTA
What did you do that for?

PALLAS
I thought he could use a hug too.

VESTA
You sure are icky.

(The group arrives at the inner planets.)

MARS
Here we are. Terrance, are you ready for the transformation?

TERRANCE
Yes, if I must...

MARS
You must... Venus! Would you like to stay around after we get Terrance back home? We could... you know...

VENUS
Gee thanks... but... I will be going home with the girls... you know...

MARS
Hey, knock yourself out...

TERRANCE
Mars, let this be finished quickly.

MARS
Of course. Mercury, are you ready?

MERCURY
Anytime now...

TERRANCE
May Luna and I have a moment alone? Just for a moment...

MARS
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.

VENUS
Really, Mars? Uh, can you... uh, whisper it in my ear?...

LUNA
(to Terrance) Hold me.

(They embrace.)

TERRANCE
My beloved...

LUNA
Always?...

TERRANCE
Yes... always...

(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.)

MARS
Terrance, are you ready?

TERRANCE
Yes.

MARS
Mercury... by your leave...

MERCURY
(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?

TERRANCE
Yes.

MERCURY
Pay close attention. Now repeat after me... There is no place like home, there is no place like home, there is...

MARS
Stop that, Mercury! Be serious!

MERCURY
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...

TERRANCE
(waking up with a start) What!...?... (he is alone in his room) ...oh my Luna, my beloved...
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