Death's liberty

N. Lygeros

Translated from the Greek by Evi Charitidou




In Eleftheria’s room. Angel and Fotis mourn her. Medium long shot.

Angel

It was as if she was waiting for you. She was very sick.

Fotis

She held life with her teeth.

Angel

She wanted to talk to you before definitely leaving.

Fotis

Now that she has talked to me.

Angel

She knows that she won’t quench inside you.

Fotis

She will live as the others do.

Angel

Those who live inside you are the only ones who are free.

Fotis

Today many others will come as well.

Angel

It’s the only exit for those who don’t want to live inside slavery!
Somebody is knocking the door of the room. Angel gets up and goes out. Medium shot.

Fotis

I feel inside me all your memory now. Each life a wound too. John hasn’t forgotten you and he talks to me about you every day. He doesn’t know yet how deep your life is.
Angel suddenly opens the door. Medium long shot.

Angel

Our own caught a tattletale.

Fotis

Where is he?

Angel

They are bringing him here. Time. He was looking for you!

Fotis

How do they know this?

Angel

Your name was the only word he said!

A noise is heard from the next room.

They must have brought him.

Fotis is kissing Eleftheria’s forehead and goes out with Angel. In the next room a strange scene awaits him. Full shot.

Two well-armed warriors got the tattletale with them. His head is covered and his hands tied in the back. He is dressed in woman cloths.

Angel

So you are that coward to get dressed in woman clothes? No answer. Uncover him!

Fotis

Surprised. Athanasia!

Athanasia

My, dear Fotis!

Angel

Do you know her?

Fotis

Yes, she comes from Messolonghi as well.

Athanasia

I’m getting crazy. What’s going on here?

Angel

Shut up! Time. What are you doing here?

Athanasia

I was looking for Fotis. I was at the Gallery and…

Angel

What Gallery?

Fotis

Angel, let me talk to her.

Angel

As you wish… To the warriors. Come with me.
The three of them go. Fotis tenderly touches Athanasia. She falls in his arms.

Athanasia

Oh, my dear Fotis…

Fotis

Unchaining her. You shouldn’t have come here. Time. It’s not the proper day…

Athanasia

But why? Where are we?

Fotis

At Messolonghi!

Athanasia

I recognize nothing here! And who are they?

Fotis

They are comrades.

Athanasia

I don’t understand anything. Time. Are we preparing a show?

Athanasia is totally lost. She’s desperately looking for an explanation.

Fotis

It’s been years now.

Athanasia

But no one told me anything about this.

Fotis

They didn’t want you to get scared.

Athanasia

I fear nothing. She embraces him. She’s shaking in all over her body.

Fotis

Yet, today you will learn what life really means.

Athanasia

Why so many mysteries today?

Fotis

Because today is the day of mysteries.

Athanasia

What will they do to us?

Fotis

Nothing to you now. They will simply torture me.







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