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ECLIPSE PRIME (ACT 1, SCENE 2)

Posted: February 3, 2014 in Drama
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Continuation…

ACT 1, SCENE 2:

(light appears on stage revealing a sight of splendour. Princess Adeshewa pace about the court room, lost in deep thoughts of matter that caresses her soul. her right hand holds the royal horse tail and intermitently, she keeps hitting it on the left palm and soon she was making it up into a rhythmic beat that soon matches with her elegant steps. A group of singer’s voice was heard in background, as they sing to the rhythm of the beat Adeshewa created unconsciously.)
SINGERS:
“O hear this tale of a damsel,
who is Fragile like the fowl’s egg,
The one beneath a village hill,
Her bossom she forbid all but one,
The one who lives in her night dreams,
This fearful thought beset her mind,
O damsel down a village hill,
When will that man of your dream come?
One to rule Moroyin’s Kingdom
One to rule your most precious heart”
Beat the wild drum
Let’s sing and hum
Tame the wild heart
Make a new start Adeshewa!
Orekelewa! Adeshewa! Arewa! (Beautiful)
Dudu osun (black bleach),
Adun’maradan (glittering ebony)
Adeshewa! Ireti Moroyin! (Hope of Moroyin)
O hear this tale of a damsel,
who is Fragile like the fowl’s egg,
The one beneath a village hill,
Her bossom she forbid all but one,
The one who lives in her night dreams,
This fearful thought beset her mind,
O damsel down a village hill,
When will that man of your dream come?
One to rule Moroyin’s Kingdom
One to rule your most precious heart
(Silence falls upon a damsel in distress.)
PRINCESS ADESHEWA: Of things Ifatoki speaks solely to me, it does disturbs my heart. Never have I set foot beyond the borders of Moroyin, yet he speaks of my star coming to know it place only when I have seen seven rivers and seven mountains (Ogunjimi walks in)

OGUNJIMI: Royal Princess! I salute with bravery and valour! On my return did I stumble on the final piece of your audible thought, of this I know surely that your heart is disturb, and if it be so, how can bravery find succor in the heart that knows no peace, you are suppose to be the happiness that grace our battle toils. Tell me Royal Princess, what trouble you so, perhaps my double edged sword can cut into it and save you from its distress? (Approaching from behind)

PRINCESS ADESHEWA: Never have I seen a man so bless in words and sword, you cut both ways. You’re such a man of dignity and honour, am glad you made it back from the battle. How did it go?

OGUNJIMI: Won’t it be well than I return? Ofcourse it ended in our victory, you’d have heard the drums and songs of victory if not that I order that they remain at the entrance of Moroyin while I hurry down to bear the King the good tiding (smiles) Warriors of Moroyin fought relentlessly, it was their bravery and skills that won us the war, although we sustained casualties and injuries, but we make sure they also return home bearing deep wounds of war; our token to them. Am sure they won’t dare raise eyes towards Moroyin for a long while (laugh)

PRINCESS ADESHEWA: I wonder what garment of confidence Jogbo Kingdom adorned themselves with to so believe they can win us in battle, have they forgotten that a frog who chooses to be like a cow will explode before the very eyes of shame? (Giggles) Men of Moroyin are not sucklings like them, am sure we earned their respect. I’ll bear your message to the King immediately, you can return and lead the men in, take the royal entertainers with you to usher our warriors into the kingdom. We must celebrate their services to this great kingdom (turn to walk away)

OGUNJIMI: (bow) Royal Princess! Your soothen words fall upon my listening heart, but I plead that you share your troubles with me, I saw the look of your face, they bear the distorted expression of a damsel in distress, of a maiden who seek a way on a lost path. If this lowly servant won’t be asking too much, please let me serve you by sharing in your troubles (bow yet again)

PRINCESS ADESHEWA: Oh Ogunjimi! You’re such a very interesting man. I appreciate your concerns and I respect your person, when the need for your assistance surface, I won’t hesitate to call to you (look into his eyes) am sure my answer did not still your tempest heart, then I’ll ask of you only this question. Tell me, how far would I have to go, to see seven rivers and seven mountains? (Moves closer to him)

OGUNJIMI: (raise eye brow) Seven rivers and seven mountains?! Why will my royal Princess ask for such, do you intend to make a journey? (Confuse yet) is there any problem I need to know of as regard the affair of the Kingdom?

PRINCESS ADESHEWA: (motion that he’ll be quiet) There is nothing to fear or panic over, am just gathering facts and figures so I can understand some vital issues beyond the borders of Moroyin, who knows, they might be of help at any point in time. So, tell me if you know of what I ask of you (smiles)

OGUNJIMI: (clears throat) Very well then your Highness, from the border of

(1) Moroyin’s Kingdom to the south; beneath the Ikilo hill lies our own Okuta Mountain, and Ejawere river to the north, then to
(2) Jakunmo Kingdom where you have Asepe mountain and Iwerere River, after that is
(3) Koragbe Kingdom with Odumori mountain and kishipa river, thereafter is
(4) Ilu-Pupa owing the Osu mountain and Oyindun river, further to the east is
(5) Egbedegbe Kingdom with Moogbayi Mountain and Opirin river, and there is
(6) Lapite Kingdom with Ogedengbe Mountain and Gombo river, and the last of the seven is
(7) Kirakita Kingdom; most feared and regarded for their skills at war and trade (sigh)
To them is the Firigbon Mountain and Jalonibu  river. (look into her eyes) My days of adventures, war and festivity has bequite on me this gift, and Eledumare supported it all with retentive memory (bows) hope my words has been of help your highness?

PRINCESS ADESHEWA: (applaud) am amazed by your intelligence and accuracy, I cannot but commend your mastery and intellectual details, you’ve done me well and I won’t forget this that you’ve done for me this day. That will be all for now, hurry along; your men wait for you, and we will be here to receive you too as soon as you enter with jubilation (turn away and left him staring)

OGUNJIMI: (sighs) what a beauty! Am sure the gods envy her. I’ve never been so moved by any other, she always bliss me calmly with her gorgeous presence, she is all I think to survive through all battle (shake head) if only eyes can see through the fibres of my heart, if the moon can penetrate the cocoon of my mind, you’ll see how much I yearn and desire (look towards where she walk away into the chamber) Princess Adeshewa! My heart beat (walk out in slow steps and lost in thought)

SINGERS:
Adeshewa ooooo
Weakness of a mighty man
The envying competitor of the gods
From kukubi to Asiribi’s clan
No damsel in record matches even to your toes

Adeshewa ooooo
Of the poison in your heart, we know-
Of the sadness that rage within, we know-
You have it all, but not all, what’s left, we know-
But the answer to the puzzle, time will tell
We also know you also don’t know

Beat the wild drum
Let’s sing and hum
Tame the wild heart
Make a new start Adeshewa!
Orekelewa! Adeshewa! Arewa! (Beautiful)
Dudu osun (black bleach),
Adun’maradan (glittering ebony)
Adeshewa! Ireti Moroyin! (Hope of Moroyin)

O hear this tale of a damsel,
who is Fragile like the fowl’s egg,
The one beneath a village hill,
Her bossom she forbid all but one,
The one who lives in her night dreams,
This fearful thought beset her mind,
O damsel down a village hill,
When will that man of your dream come?
One to rule Moroyin’s Kingdom
One to rule your most precious heart

****music stops****

(Curtain Falls)

(to be continue…)
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