Scene Twenty-Nine:

I'm Looking Forward to You

 

SET remains in the Red area of the Space, as before. HORUS enters, into his Blue area. In the following the two circle one another. MUSIC up.

I'm Looking Forward to You 

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SET:

I'm looking forward to you.

To the stroke and the danger,

To the game that arranges

The future of life.

HORUS:

I'm looking forward to you.

To the fate and the balance,

To the dance of your doing.

I'll cut you in two.

SET:

I'm looking downward at you.

You've only met these people,

Don't have a clue how to use 'em,

You're not ready. Go home.

HORUS:

I'm looking upward at you.

You're a master of action

When I'm strong to defeat you,

I have the will to complete you,

Make ready. Make me smile.

SET:

Ahhh. You talk the prelude so well already and you are only what? Eighteen? I am in cosmic trouble and (To CELEBRANTS:) I will need your help, ladies and gentlemen, good to see you again, just to balance his power. He is that strong. The older this young falcon becomes, the harder it will be for any single being in this realm to hold his own freedom anymore, if that has value to you. Horus will be powerful enough to destroy me, and you, and everything there is. Wait and see.

HORUS:

Swamp gas. When he talks about freedom, check your pockets.

MA'AT:

(As her KHU appears:) No. What Set has said is true. Horus is mighty.

SET:

(To MA'AT:) You are intruding here. How will these people ever learn to judge the truth for themselves if you are always prompting them?

MA'AT:

Horus?

HORUS:

Much as I revere you, beloved lady, he's right. (To SET:) May we agree that Ma'at may not appear unless another asks her, but she must speak if one of us invokes her? (SET hesitates, nods.)

SET:

What's the story with that?

HORUS:

Pure theatrics. Suspense. Do you agree the show needs it?

SET:

(SET snorts, then nods to MA'AT:) Thank you. Our pupil here will call upon you, oh, some time after he begins to shave.

HORUS:

I look forward to shaving your throat in particular.

SET:

Predictable, but a dog for the truth. I know he shaves easily. For that beard, you wouldn't need anything more than the shoulder blade bone of a chicken. Thank you for coming. (MA'AT KHU out.) Feminine energies, endless complexity, mazes of water. (To HORUS:) Do you also find men much easier to operate? We're so simple: eat it, ride it, throw it, pierce it, and if you get to be old enough, you sit and watch. May I ask you a question? Your purpose from now on is to kill me, yet you grow up without a warrior mentor to teach you. Do you find this strange?

HORUS:

(Laughs, not entirely in good humor.) I prepare.

SET:

Good luck. Maybe your mommy Isis can whip up some stupendous poison to put on your arrowheads. Then all you need is to know how to shoot. Thoth can teach you how to shoot. Shoot the breeze.

HORUS:

You know why I'll win? (SET laughs.) Because you talk so much. Whose arrow is more likely to cut the mortal meat? Yours, if you stop talking long enough to take a shot? Or mine, when I focus everything on the shot that kills you? Keep talking. Enjoy yourself. But don't make this too easy

SET:

(Laughs:) Hah!

 

I'm Looking Forward to You

HORUS:  

I'm looking forward to you

To your determination

What a joy to engage you

When you're ready for fun.

SET:  

I'm looking upward at you.

I wish I had a son.

Another man to bump and tumble with.

Perhaps you are the one.

BOTH:  

It is good to meet you,

I long to beat you,

I will destroy you.

It's good to see you again.

SET moves to exit. HORUS intercepts him.

HORUS:

Wait. If you were the mentor you wish I had, what would you suggest I do to beat you?

SET:

You have the nerve of a tomb robber. (HORUS bows.) Learn what Isis knows about patching cuts. Listen to Thoth, too, but in small doses. Please understand, I do dearly love the old banana beak bird as much as you do. But Thoth's like a play pool for your imagination. He'll lull you into stories that go so long that you wake up years from now, and your feathers are gray, your blade pitted, your eyes dim. Make him stick to the point. And get Nephthys to give up one secret when you most need it.

HORUS:

I'm touched. But why would you make it easier for me to beat you?

SET:

Because it's all too easy now. But later, when you're skilled -- oh! You'll be as deadly as a cobra with a fever. You may be the only worthy adversary there is. The opponent of a lifetime. (To CELEBRANTS:) Ladies and gentlemen, be sure to follow the career of this young man. Welcome the Falcon. The most promising new talent to appear in this physical realm since, oh, since me. Isn't it tragic that he's so handsome? He doesn't have a chance.

HORUS:

Beloved friends, a round of applause, please, for our guest, Mr. Verbal Burble, king of the Red World where everything is flat. (To SET:) Enjoy the time you have left as a free irritation. Go make a lance of mercury, grease your chariot with pepper oil. Dream all you want. (To CELEBRANTS:) But good people, make no mistake. I will have him. Bet on Set, and you get in debt. He is mine.

SET:

Yes!

 

I'm Looking Forward to You (Reprise:)

BOTH:    

I'm looking forward to you,

To the way you spread

When I have filleted you,

And you're delightfully dead.

I'm looking forward to you,

To one hilarious commotion,

Hot enough to steam an ocean,

Deep enough to shake a world.

SFX: Thunder, Earthquake.

To hear the whole song as one continuous piece, click here.

 

Want to see how Horus gets ready for the Showdown?

 

You can go to I'm Not a Clown, Mother.

 

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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 2009 Dan Furst

 

 

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