The gate of time

N. Lygeros

Translated from the Greek by Evi Charitidou




In front of the Gate of Mesologgi… Full shot. Flashback.


John


How many days can you stand?


Fotis


As many days as life values...


John


To whom is life valuable?


Fotis


To that one who has died.


John


But what can one do for the others from there on?


Fotis


One may live inside them as a memory…


John


But aren’t memories pieces of nostalgia?


Fotis


Memories which live inside us constitute the only role of our existence…


John


Are we nothing but a box of memories?


Fotis


Without memories we have no future…Time. Only memory can live after death…


John


And how does memory remember if it is only memory?


Fotis


A human is the memory which lives inside the future.


John


You see, me who dies every day I don’t understand you, let alone a child…


Fotis


And me who lives again every day I don’t know how many times it will take…


John


It will take what?


Fotis


To erase your pain in the fire of memory...


John


With how many deaths inside you do you live?


Fotis


With as many as my body can stand…


John


Even your body I don’t know how it crosses time…


Fotis


My body is nothing but pieces of time…


John


It’s for this reason that you remember so old things?


Fotis


It’s not that I remember them; I simply don’t forget them and I experience them.


John


Does Athanasia know this?


Fotis


Not yet.


John


I don’t know whether she will be able to accept it… She doesn’t know how to suffer that much…She is a little girl in the world of pain…


Fotis


And I don’t want that she grows up…


John


What if she loves you?


Fotis


She mustn’t.


John


Only when one mustn’t, it’s interesting. Laughing. So many years have passed; yet I feel like a child in front of the ocean… And I don’t want her to get hurt…


Fotis


Neither do I…


John


But after she loves you and knows of your deaths, it’s impossible for her not to get hurt…


Fotis


You are right… Therefore I have to go away…


John


She won’t understand why you will be gone…


Fotis


I will always look after her…No matter where I will be…


John


No matter where you will be, she will be missing you…


Fotis


As death misses from perfection of life.


John


They met the perfection of life. He is showing the Gate.


Fotis


Yes, all together they became a single human.


John


The resistance of time went through that Gate.


Fotis


The Gates of time are always open.


John


It is like that that they hurt humans.


Fotis


Whenever I pass from here I feel inside me their wounded bodies.


John


At least they died knowing why. Whereas mass dying every day in life, forgets its very existence even…


Fotis


Athanasia is different…


John


Yes, since she was little…Time. Since that day that she went to the station…


Fotis


At the end of the lines?


John


Where everything starts and ends…Silence. When were you here for the last time?


Fotis


Does it matter?


John


I don’t know, maybe….Time. I just thought…


Fotis


The end of the story…The beginning of the myth…


John


It was like she met you there for the first time…


Fotis


For me, there is no first time…


John


Everything happened before happening.


Fotis


Everything died before living.


Flashback. End







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