Act Four

 

Scene Twenty-Eight:

Bang that Thing!

 

 As the intermission after Act Three ends, ENSEMBLE moves the Temple Pylon back to the wall and drums and bells are set on the floor of the Space, as though left there by a child who has not picked up his toys. From OFF we hear the sounds of BOY HORUS banging his drum and shouting. He runs in, followed by NEPHTHYS. The boy is about six.

NEPHTHYS:

And what will this young man do when he's big?

HORUS:

I'm going to hit big things, bam! and hear how they sound.

NEPHTHYS:

Gently. What about beauty? And music?

HORUS:

What? I can't hear you.

NEPHTHYS:

I wonder why. You're breaking your drum.

HORUS:

You sound just like my mother. I choose the right thing to hit. When it's time to strike that resonance, I hit it. Make it go bongongongong! And Boom!

HORUS plays with his bells and drums. ISIS enters. She and NEPHTHYS withdraw and talk. Their voices become audible when HORUS stops playing.

ISIS:

I've heard rockslides softer than this. But the longer we can keep him banging on those things . . .

NEPTHYS:

We wish. But sooner or later someone will tell him.

ISIS:

Not yet.

BOTH:

Let him be a boy. (Simultaneous. Then pause.)

NEPHTHYS:

I keep the secrets. But if he ever asks Ma'at --

ISIS:

(Shaking her head:) Bronze hats. Iron pants. I dislike this part. I will be back later. After my son and his uncle Bladehead deal each other some disrespect. (To HORUS:) Hey! How'd you like to play a big stone box?

HORUS:

Really? Where?

With a sweep of her head, ISIS beckons BOY HORUS to follow. He exits, clanging a cymbal, followed by NEPHTHYS. Percussion blends into I'm Looking Forward to You MUSIC. Across the Space adult HORUS enters. He is now a youth in his late teens. He goes to center Space, lifts his arms and looks up, praying. MA'AT KHU appears at first as a cloud of blue-white light, then resolves into her Goddess image above and in front of HORUS..

MA'AT:

I've been expecting you.

HORUS:

You are more beautiful than any eye might dream.

MA'AT:

Thank you. To a lover of truth like you, this is so.

HORUS:

Lady, I have questions.

MA'AT:

I'm sure you do.

HORUS:

Lady, there's something about my father that my mother and my aunt will not reveal to me. When I even start to think about asking, they seem to know what's coming and they dart off like birds.

MA'AT:

Ask the question.

HORUS:

Truest One, how did my father die?

MA'AT:

I can tell you this under two conditions.

HORUS:

Yes?

MA'AT:

Do you agree that you will take no action against any Neter unless your mother, Thoth and Anubis are aligned with your purpose?

HORUS:

Yes.

MA'AT:

From now on, you must recognize that your father Osiris, and you, are part of a very famous, and very public story. Do you accept this?

HORUS:

(After a pause:)  Yes.

HORUS immediately, and for the first time, becomes aware of the CELEBRANTS. He nearly jumps with surprise.

HORUS:

Who are these beings?

MA'AT:

Horus, these are the ones who may be invisible at first because they haven't claimed their divinity yet. These are the humans.

HORUS:

What a wave this is. Ahh, a pleasure to meet you. I believe. Astounding. Welcome. Ahhh, do you speak our language?

MA'AT:

It is up to us to speak their language.

HORUS:

How beautiful! And all of these--what did you call them?

MA'AT:

Humans. People.

HORUS:

Really? "People"? (Laughs.) People. All of you have been here all this time, and I've been completely unaware of you?

MA'AT and CELEBRANTS:

Yes.

HORUS:

Ahaah. (To CELEBRANTS:) I'm honored. (To MAAT): I'm also supposed to be the Vision Man, the Falcon's Eye. What else is there right in front of my face that I don't see?

MA'AT:

All in good time.

HORUS:

(To CELEBRANTS:) Since you could see me before I was aware of you, maybe you can tell me. Did you know my father?

HORUS, MA'AT and ENSEMBLE invite CELEBRANTS  to tell the story. Horus learns for the first time SET's role in the murder of OSIRIS.

HORUS:

That's why he likes to (throat slashing gesture).

MA'AT:

It's time for you to walk in the desert.

HORUS:

(To CELEBRANTS:) Please excuse me. This will take a little time to--

HORUS exits quickly as I'm Looking Forward to You MUSIC picks up. As HORUS KHU flies over the Space and vanishes, SET enters. In the following scene SET's territory is defined in red and orange light, HORUS' realm in gold and blue.

SET:

It's time to shake some leather. Any announcements or warnings before we move on? Ma'at? (Pause.) Thoth?

THOTH:

(OFF:) Oh, no.

SET:

You're turning down a chance to talk?

THOTH:

The air smells hot. (THOTH KHU appears.)

SET:

(To CELEBRANTS:) Why do we have to be kind to our subtle friend here? Because he writes the story. If he forgets you, you don't exist. Right?

THOTH:

Not quite.

SET:

But close enough. (To CELEBRANTS:) After we'd played this story the first fifty thousand times, Thoth was called Hermes Trismegistus: Hermes the Triple Great in writing, star lore and prophecy, all of which he invented. He talks to you with such modesty, like some kindly old uncle. But this Neter is mightier than you know. Without him there's no language, no story.

THOTH:

Horus comes.

THOTH KHU vanishes as HORUS KHU appears in the distance, then swoops into the Space and disappears.

 

Where would you like to go now?

 

You can see Horus and Set face off in I'm Looking Forward to You.

 

You can hear Horus object that I'm Not a Clown, Mother.

 

Or visit The Map of Light.

 

Or join The Neters in the War Room.

 

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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