Scene Thirty-Six:

Time to Bounce . . . Or Saved by the Truth?

An Eye for a Testicle

 

 The scene is in stasis. As SET stands over the fallen HORUS, ready for the kill, MA'AT has just intervened when HORUS invoked her, an escape trick that SET has already agreed to let HORUS use only once. As the dispute erupts, KHU image of RA appears. Other NETERs adjust themselves to RA.

MA'AT:

 My Lord, Set and Horus agreed at their last meeting that I would be permitted to speak if one of them invoked me. And now Horus has.

SET:

What!? This is outrageous!

MA'AT:

You did agree.

RA KHU:

Did you?

SET:

Yes.

RA:

This is getting primally confusing. You've just told the truth, Set.

SET:

I know. Conditions are very fluid.

RA:

Is this really you? How do we know it's you? (SET shrugs.) One question, Horus.

HORUS:

Thank you, mighty eagle of the Sun. The question for the Goddess of Truth is: what is Truth?

SET:

What? Oh, please. This is becoming risible.

RA:

I have the Sun's own time for this, but I'm not sure our human friends do. We came here to tell a story, and now we are nearly asking all these good people to devote a significant portion of their lives to being in our play. Let us move it along, shall we? Quickly?

RA's Voice goes OFF as his KHU fades. SET looks on helplessly as ISIS continues to treat HORUS' wounds.

MA'AT:

What is Truth? (SET groans.) All I know about the Truth is that when someone says he has a grain of the truth, listen. If he says he has a lot of the truth, be careful. And if he says he's the only one with the truth, be ready to relocate. (To HORUS:) In fairness to Set, I may keep talking only until you are ready to resume.

HORUS:

I'm almost ready. What is Truth?

MA'AT:

Truth is love. Everything else is false. Thoughts and words used without love are false. With love, they are true. It is impossible to love and to lie at the same time. What else is there?

SET:

Here we go. Get ready to bounce.

HORUS:

One thing. I claim a secret.

SET:

What?

HORUS:

That was your advice. To ask Nephthys to agree to give me one secret when I most needed it. Wouldn't you agree that I need it now?

SET:

You're right. I said that. And yes, you do need any help you can get.

SET swings, attacking HORUS. HORUS rolls out of the way, then stuns SET with a LIGHT bolt to the solar plexus. BLACKOUT except for pinspot of LIGHT on HORUS' face.

SET:

(Swinging, unable to see HORUS:) Where is he?

NEPHTHYS:

As this is only for you, Horus, I cloak us so we can't be seen or heard. Do you understand? The secret is (Pause as HORUS listens.). Do you have it? (HORUS nods.)

LIGHTS UP. LIGHT TETRAHEDRON becomes a LIGHT PYRAMID, now including HORUS as the fourth floor point, and enclosing SET.

SET:

You baboon turd. And with the help of my wife. You know I rage at betrayal. (Pursuing NEPHTHYS.) And you've done it again.

ISIS releases her AROMA of jasmine, patchouli, basil and frankincense.

SET:

And now that fragrance. (To ISIS:) Oh, this is unfair. My skirt is pointed with love, my heart is on purpose. Here I come.

As SET stands pulled in three directions by his blood hunger, his rage and his lust, HORUS hits him in the throat with a LIGHT bolt, then grabs him around the chest and between the legs. HORUS pulls out his hand from between SET's legs. SET howls, then immediately fights to conceal his pain. HORUS now holds a ball of red fire in his LIGHT SLING. It is SET's TESTICLE.

SET:

We are complete for now, are we not?

HORUS:

I believe so. Thank you.

SET:

My compliments. Most impressive choice of weapons and integration of forces. When you're ready to exchange the treasure you've taken for the one I have here, we shall meet again. Are you ready for a walk in the dark?

HORUS:

As ready, I suppose, as you are for having to live soft until I come back. Would you like to serve the wine?

SET:

You have got some brass. (Begins to exit.)

HORUS:

You'll be the perfect host. (To CELEBRANTS:) It's an honor to play with you, friends. We owe you a faster show! Hang on. It's about to take off. (Exit.)

 

 Which of the Warriors do you want to Track Now?

 

You can hear Set deliver The Deadliest Secret in Nature.

 

Or join Horus Looking for Osiris.

 

Or You Can Jump to The Last Battle.

 

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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