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Monologue Mania Day #601 Trouble by Janet S. Tiger Oct. 5, 2015
a monologue by Janet S. Tiger© all rights reserved
(The ant runs onstage, urgent and efficient, directing traffic)
Keep it moving! We are here for a reason! Remember the reason! Water! We need water for the queen! Water for the workers! There is a drought! All restrictions on personal water use must be strictly observed! Do not drink the water from the shiny river! Bring it back to the nest!
You will be given your ration AT THE NEST!
(He hovers over some of the 'herd' and pushes at others then leans his antenna over and waves them, looking worried)
What is that smell? I smell something.......not good. Not water!
(Waves antenna, shaking head)
Don't give me that! You've all been trained! You know what water is! And this is......wait a minute....I think I've got a memory of this....
(Jiggles antenna like a computer of sorts, begins to look very worried)
Oh, no! Nooooooooo! Stop the line! Everyone back to the nest! Right now!
(He sees no one is listening, tries to stop some)
I've smelled this before! It's......something horrible! It tastes good, but if we bring it back to the queen.....she will die! Don't bring it back! Don't drink it yourselves!
(Falls to knees)
The horror! The horror!
(Reaches over, rubs something on the ground and then touches it to his antenna. Smiles)
Eye, there's the rub! It tastes so.....mmmmmm....
(Rubs at the ground some more and now smears it all over the antenna)
Why does it have to taste so........delicious?
(Goes to get more, suddenly stops)
That's what it does! It.....intoxicates us! It makes us forget why we are here! That our entire purpose is to serve the queen! We must stop! We must be strong! We must take the water from the giant's home and save ourselves!
(Runs to others to no avail)
Stop! We must not falter! We must resist or we shall all......
(Looks around at the falling ants)
Or we shall all die.......
I knew the giants would win.....they always do! They have rivers in their homes that start and stop and all types of foods that are difficult to get into....... Thank God they are so messy, or we would all starve.. but they cannot live with all of us....they must kill us with their poisons......well, we may lose this battle......but we will never give up,
(Turns to leave stops looks back)
Even if there is trouble in river city.......we will survive.......
(Exits. Never the end of ants)
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