Our Men Need Focus, Lady:

How Isis and the Army Crossed the Desert

 

The SOLDIERS turn about face, seeing ISIS. She is stunning and fascinating, even at a distance.

SOLDIER 2:

 Oh, this is terrible. Only getting to look at her really hurts. This isn't fair.

OFFICER 2:

It never is, son. It isn't meant to be. Every time she appears, she is more beautiful than she was the time before--are you going to stare at her, or can I rely on you to get your message to the King? Left face, please.

SOLDIERS 2 and 3 turn to face OFFICER, SOLDIER 1 remains fascinated by ISIS. To other SOLDIERS:

END'AAN:

Let's get him back to beach detail, and give him some home leave when we get the Tree to Byblos.

SOLDIERs do as ordered, taking SOLDIER 1 out. ISIS dances a slower, more sensuous Have You Seen Osiris? She is not yet as radiantly beautiful as she was before OSIRIS' death, but she is clearly getting there.

OFFICER 2:

We've got to get away from her, sir. Her aroma, the way she looks. The men are about to go lotus.

END'AAN:

Let us help this woman go wherever she wants, before she becomes even more distracting than she is now, and the men who look on her are so amazed they can't do anything. Go find one of those blind harpists, have him wait here for her, and have him ask her if she'll kindly let us escort her at a distance, so these poor soldiers won't have all this sex and all this, great majestic lords and ladies of heaven, all this perfume, driving them wild like this. This country is hot enough. Please ask her to have mercy on us, especially on you there. (To SOLDIERS.) Excellent work, men. Ready? Pull!

 

The ropes go taut as the SOLDIERS pull and shout to the beat of drums, and begin to pull the TREE again. AGIR the musician is brought in, and OFFICER 2 accompanies him in the opposite direction, toward ISIS. She enters, and stops on the road where AGIR waits for her.

AGIR:

My lady.

ISIS:

What country is this, father, and who are you?

AGIR:

This is Byblos, the land of King Melkarth and Queen Astarte. I am their servant. The officers have asked me to speak with you because . . .

ISIS: Yes?
AGIR: You are ahhh, having an impact on the country.

ISIS:

I can't imagine how.

AGIR:

You really do not know that they say the sight of you and the fragrance of you are capturing the men who look on you?

ISIS:

No. I did not know that.

AGIR:

Lady, some of the men you see on the road ahead of us are trying to distract the other men so they won't be so fascinated with looking at you.

 ISIS: Then how can we relieve their suffering? Don't they have any dear ones? Are they so starved for love that they have to live in their fantasies?
 AGIR: And they tell me I'm blind. Gracious lady, the army has asked me --

ISIS:

The what?

AGIR:

The army.

ISIS:

Yes, I heard the word. I have no idea what it means.

AGIR:

Honestly?

ISIS:

Yes. What's the army?

AGIR:

It's a large body of men who are organized to defend their country.

ISIS:

From what?

AGIR:

Marauders. Invaders from other places who come to take what they want.

ISIS:

Who does that?

AGIR:

Nobody does it yet. But you know how it's been ever since the Red men in Egypt killed their king, and we have fear everywhere. What part of Egypt are you from?

ISIS:

How do you know I'm from there?

AGIR:

I can hear it. And some education too. And I can certainly smell it. You're a priestess?

ISIS:

Only a temple servant.

AGIR:

Really? You smell like the one in whose honor they built the temple.

ISIS:

Maybe I'm just naturally fragrant, father. But what are you doing out in the middle of this desert? Why aren't you with the other players, delighting the King? Why are you the only one out here, except for them?

AGIR:

They've asked me to offer you a deal, lady.

 

About what? Go ahead, to hear What the Harpist Said,

 

or go to Neter News: Bringing the Tree Home

 

Or go all the way to Byblos, and find out why the Queen wants No More Secrets!

 

Or you can Choose from other Scenes

 

Or go to Stories of Thoth and Ma'at or the Playbill 

 

Copyright 2002 Dan Furst

 

 

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