Marina's fairytale

N. Lygeros

Translated from the Greek by Evi Charitidou




At Marina’s house. Medium long shot.

Marina is seated and Fotis standing.

Fotis

I’m sorry, my dear Marina. Time. I’m sorry…

Marina

There is no reason. Time. You are the only one who has never done anything bad to Peter…

Fotis

Did John talk to you?

Marina

Yes… Silence. But, Peter had done this earlier than him… he used to talk to us about you often… You see, we had no son.

Fotis

And I had no father…

Marina

He used to say always ‘Do you know what our child did’? And I knew that he was talking about you…

Fotis

May you live!

Marina

Remember him for us. Time. I know that you have his diary…

Fotis

Do you want it?

Marina

No. For God sake…It’s yours… Peter told me…

Fotis

It’s not mine… It’s for all…

Marina

However you are responsible…Time. For all…

Fotis

Would you like me to read you how I continued it?

Marina

Joyful. Yes, yes, of course… I just didn’t dare to ask you this… Time. Peter…

Fotis

He used to read it to you…

Marina

He shared a lot with you…

Fotis

And everything was about you…

Marina

When you are back, bring it with you…

Fotis

But, there is no need…

Marina

Oh, yes… I forgot… You must be able to remember each line of it…

Fotis

Each thought…

Marina

Will you read it to me then? Fotis sitting next to her.

Fotis

Yes, that’s why I came… Marina closing her eyes.

Marina

I always used to close them while Peter was reading…In this way I could see it better…

Fotis

Heart’s eyes see much deeper…

Marina

The depths of the Lagoon. Fotis holding her hand…

Fotis

Today a new candle blew off… Time. Our friend Peter died…Silence. The man who used to live on the sea. His blood was the see and his gaze was blue… On the crossroad of the blue he used to look at the crossroad of time… Mesolonghi was his view… And his days its lines leading to history… Time. The first time I saw him I was on the small island…

Marina

What small island?

Fotis

Windmill’s small island…

Marina

But, he didn’t tell me that…

Fotis

He must have forgotten it…

Marina

When did this happen?

Fotis

Many years ago…

Marina

But I thought that he met you just recently…

Fotis

To me as well is always recently…

Marina

Alright, my child, continue… She is closing her eyes again.

Fotis

He was small but bold already…Time. He climbed on the wings…

Marina

Of the windmill?

Fotis

Yes, of the windmill…

Marina

He fell down that day… He could almost get killed but at the last moment the wind blew and he fell on the next wings….

Fotis

Exactly…Silence. However it didn’t blow that day…

Marina

But where were you? Time. In the windmill?

Fotis

Yes…Time. In a way…

Marina

Did you warn the others about the windmill?

Fotis

The need…

Marina

If you knew how much he loved that windmill…and how much he cried when they demolished it…

Fotis

I read it on the diary…

Marina

Since then Peter used to limp… Not because he was in pain but in order to remember the bird…

Fotis

He knew what wound means…

Marina

Now he will know that it was a beautiful fairytale… Marina is standing up hitting Fotis’s leg…

I’m sorry…

Fotis

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