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*Love Mugger

LOVE MUGGER

<Dark back of stage>

(ALEX is walking down an alleyway. A MUGGER emerges from a niche and pulls out a gun.)

MUGGER: Give me your heart!
ALEX: What?
MUGGER: Yes! I want your heart!
ALEX: I don’t understand!
MUGGER: Love me! Give me all your love! Look into my eyes!
ALEX: I - I
MUGGER: LOOK INTO MY EYES
ALEX: I’m looking!
MUGGER: Tell me they’re beautiful!
ALEX: They’re beautiful!
MUGGER: I want to be with you forever!
ALEX: Please don’t shoot me!
MUGGER: I’ll never hurt you my darling!
ALEX: Just - please, just
MUGGER: Fly a kite with me!
ALEX: But we’re not -
MUGGER: Take it! (shoves a kite in ALEX’s hands) Look at it go!

(kite flops to the floor)

MUGGER: ISN’T THIS MAGICAL?
ALEX: It's majestic.
MUGGER: Ask me to marry you!
ALEX: Will you marry me?
MUGGER: No!
ALEX: (cries)
MUGGER: Ask me again!
ALEX: Will you marry me?
MUGGER: Yes, I will! I love you Frank!
ALEX: It's Alex!
MUGGER: Say it back!
ALEX: I love you too!
MUGGER: I wrote my own vows! I wrote yours too! Read them!
ALEX: “I vow to hold you in my arms every m-m-m-m-(orning)”
MUGGER: DON’T STUTTER! DON’T YOU DARE STUTTER! NOT THROUGH YOUR WEDDING! DON'T YOU RUIN OUR BIG DAY!
ALEX: “-morning, and to nuzzle you into warmth in the cold of w-”
MUGGER: Enough! It's now ten years later! I have polio. It’s terminal. Be asleep! Wake up! The phone is ringing. They tell you I haven’t got long. Hold back your tears! Drive to the hospital! Ask for my room number! Take the stairs! Hold my hand! Lean forwards as I whisper my final goodbyes! Call for a nurse! Cry a single tear! I SAID ONLY ONE! Cry... a single... (dies)

(ALEX cries and grieves by the corpse)

ALEX: I’ll always love you!

<Lights down>
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