SCENE: The 2nd act opens….. More light directs to center stage. There, we see a makeshift structure of brown, earthen looking walls. There is a ladder up against the back wall. It is a simulation of a below-ground-bunker. A small place with few items: books, can goods, a few boxes of groceries on crooked shelves some buckets and a small hot plate upon the ground. Next to the hot plate is a wooden crate with 2 candles burning on it …. Lying on the ground on top of an old ,patched-up quilt,his hands secured in his own handcuffs also his ankles secured with plastic ties and facing the audience, is Officer Terry. He’s propped up against the back wall next to the ladder. With no shirt on, his ribs are wrapped in soiled cloth, also his head is wrapped. He’s unconscious. There with him, is, the girl of mud. She’s still covered in it. She squatting on the ground in bare feet preparing food on the hot plate with a stick; an old knife is sticking in the ground where she’s cooking…..Seems she tore a long slit up one leg on the old dress too.
OFFICER TERRY: [ slightly moves, comes awake with a moan ] ” Where, am I…..? ”
GIRL: [ Stirs the pot, chuckles ] ” Oh, you radioed, they never came.At least not that fast.Remember this is North Philly .Cops get wasted all the time up here.Your radio ‘s buried ,in parts. Your gun, I got. ” [ She picks up the gun ] ” I stabbed you. Don’t think I won’t shoot your ass…..” [ Lays down the gun next to her ]
OFFICER TERRY: [ Feels his head with his secured hands, feels the bandages ] ” My head, you you…..”
GIRL: [ Looks at him ] ” well, shit happens, getting you down here, you’re heavy. I guess I dropped you. Fuck, dragging you here was hard enough.” [ He feels his side, his back ] ” Don’t worry I got the glass out, you’ll live…..Hope you like soup.”
OFFICER TERRY: ” Dragged me where ? ”
GIRL: ” Well, had to do something if and I mean if they ever got there, your cop friends. I mean out there.” [ She points up ] “No, they won’t find you here. They’ll look all over North Philly. And…..”
OFFICER TERRY: [ Cuts her off ] ” But why did you attack me, I mean I was trying to help, now you’re a kidnapper. And…..”
GIRL: [ Grabs gun, points it at him ] ” Shut up, shut the fuck up! Why I attacked you? Cause I’m a fucking nut, that’s what you all think. After what I’ve been through. I, I just went crazy that’s all. You on the fuckin’ radio. I didn’t need another stay in the mental ward. They try to rape you there too. So, I dragged you through the vacant lots and here, here, so just shut up ! ” [ She puts gun down continues preparing the soup ]
OFFICER TERRY: “…..Here ? ”
GIRL: [ Looks at him, annoyed ] ” Yes, here’s my hideout, dug it myself had to, had to.”
OFFICER TERRY: “…..Had to ? ”
GIRL: ” Yeah, stop living in the house a while ago.Fuck those homeless shelters. Been down here, it’s safe.”
OFFICER TERRY: ” So you tend the garden, then at night down here ? ”
GIRL: [ Shakes her head yes, picks up gun again, she's cautious, hands him a small bowl of soup, no spoon ] “…..Here ”
OFFICER TERRY: [ In some pain reaches for bowl with both hands ] ” Thanks, thanks…..But how long you plan keeping me down here…. ? ”
GIRL: “Just eat the fuckin’ soup.”
SCENE: As Officer Terry slowly slurps the soup…..The girl holding the gun reaches for one of the buckets, it’s heavy…..She lays the gun near her and away from him…..Then, something amazing begins. The girl of mud begins washing herself, sponging herself slowly and somewhat sexy…..What unfolds before Officer Terry eyes, is a beautiful woman…..As the water cleanses so does it wet the fabric upon her tattered and torn dress with that slit up her leg and all revealing a very shapely body…..She’s so lovely that Officer Terry stops with the soup, and…..only stares…..As the goddess continues to reveal herself…..S.O. Of a dog barking in the distance above…..Quickly, she stops bathing, grabs the gun and steps near the ladder, near Officer Terry. She’s very tense…..Yet, with one sexy leg up on the ladder’s rung. And, Officer Terry lying there….. taking the sexy leg and her all in…..Strange moments now pass between the two .
OFFICER TERRY: [ Looking up at her ] “…..You’re beautiful.”
GIRL: [ Still looking above, still tense ] “…..What ? ”
OFFICER TERRY: “I said you’re beautiful…..What’s your name ? ”
GIRL: [ Feels the danger from above is gone..... S.O. the barking has faded away .....she looks down at him, pauses ] “…..Lorraine.”
SCENE: After revealing her name. Lorraine just goes back to the bucket, places the gun down…..Continues her sponge-bath.
…..While Officer Terry, still in awe….. his eyes eating her up…..
LORRAINE: ” Stop staring at me cop.”
OFFICER TERRY: ” Where else can I look ? ”
LORRAINE: [ Stares at him; puts the gun down next to her ; pulls the knife out of the ground ;blows out the candles.The bunker's dims of some light..... And she slowly steps to him ] “…..You hungry for something else cop? ”
OFFICER TERRY:[ tense ,looking at the knife she holds, lays the soup down, thinking , is death coming ] “…..What ? ”
SCENE: Lorraine stands before him. Her back to the audience. She quickly bends, cuts the plastic ties freeing Officer Terry’s legs; then quickly jams the blade to the hilt into the wall above him….. She yanks up the handcuffs, extending his arm up, hooking the handcuff-chain across to the blade. Looking down at him …..She steps back a little….. slowly begins taking down the top of her dress, there’s no bra. She has a lovely back, and there, we see a large tattoo down the length of her back. A strange tattoo of a woman’s high heel at the bottom of a crescent moon….. Then, joined with a rich colored light that beams right onto the tattoo, then fades…..Officer Terry shimmies his butt up more, wanting to sit up more, wanting to watch her every move…..Lorraine begins spreading his legs with her foot….. slowly. Then, kneels between his legs. She bends for his lips, her arms pressing his shoulders back, and they kiss….. kiss more…..And now, soft sighs venture forth from them both…..Now the bunker lights go entirely away…..Within the dark…..V.O. Of two strangers making love…..Aaah, and joined with the distant S.O. bark of a dog from above…..
[Intermission, for coming Third Act]
By: George Martorano