N. Lygeros

Translated from the Greek by Evi Charitidou




Flash back.
In the darkness of a byzantine church a man’s hand carefully lights up a single candle.
Extreme close up.
Little by little the candle’s flame casts light on the hand waiting next to it with another candle. It is of a woman’s…
When the flame becomes stronger, the woman’s hand lights up the second candle. Close up.
A woman is smiling tenderly. Medium close up.
The woman approaches the man who makes the symbol of the cross on him in front of Holy Mary’s icon.
Lucia: Thank you! Silence. The man turns and looks at her without saying a word. Thanks for the fire… Time. I didn’t know where to find it…
Christos: Close to the icons…
Lucia: I’m sorry…
Christos: Close to the icons there are matches for the oil candles…
Lucia: You’re right… I hadn’t noticed it…
Christos: It doesn’t matter… What matters is the candle…. They both look at the two alight candles.
Lucia: Yours will go off first… I’m sorry…
Christos: It’s the cause of its existence… He smiles at her. Now one enlightens the other…
Lucia makes the sign of the cross on her and kisses the icon of the Holy Mary. When she turns the man is gone…
Flashback. End
INSERT: We see Christos getting out of the church…. Point of view.
Two women have tied their hands in the silence of the world. A man leaves two cups of coffee on the table.
Lucia: Thank you. Medium long shot.
Eva: Is there where you met him for the first time?
Lucia: Yes, there at the church… Time. At Agia Sofia… Silence. I met him but I didn’t see him…
Eva: What do you want to say?
Lucia: He was simply a kind gentleman…I hadn’t yet known that he was only a human…
Eva: It’s like you listen to Mozart’s Requiem for the first time. Time. In the beginning you don’t know that it’s only a human who wrote it…
Lucia: And in the end you know that only a human could have! Silence.
They drink their coffee as we see Andreas rushing in. Full shot.
Andreas: I thought so! Time. Good morning, Lucia!
Lucia: Good morning, Andreas!
Eva: How come you are here?
Andreas: I had to talk to you… Time. Guess what I’ve found! Close up.
Eva: Andreas, please it’s not the proper moment…
Andreas: Wait, listen first…Time. Do you remember my friend Alekos?
Eva: The captain…
Andreas: Exactly! Well, he is now at the city… He has just come back…
Eva: Oh, Andreas…
Andreas: He saw Christos!
Lucia: Where?
Eva: When?
Andreas: He couldn’t remember exactly… but he was sure it was Christos…
Lucia: Did he talk with him?
Andreas: No, he was far away…
Eva: But then how can he be so sure?
Andreas: By the way he was holding the child into his arms…
Lucia: The child?
Eva: What child?
Andreas: A little girl with her grandmother… Time. She was running, she fell and hurt her leg…When Christos took her into his arms she stopped crying…She was not afraid of the stranger…
Lucia: No one is stranger to Christos…
Andreas: Alekos told me that she was talking to her as if she was one…
Lucia: That was him… He used to talk like that to the children… And after that?
Andres: There is no after that…. A sailor called Alekos… By the time he came back they were gone…
Eva: When did this happen?
Andreas: Several weeks ago…
Eva: Taking Lucia’s hand. You see, the first candle has not gone off…
Andreas: What candle?
Eva: Every story has its beginning…
INSERT: An old lady lifts a little girl to light up a candle.







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