CelestialNinja

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"They tried to bury us. They did not know we were seeds." - Mexican Proverb

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"Words gather desire inside your head
Gathering emotions, gathering feeling, gathering
Meaning, gaining a purpose other than being
Becoming something other than words, other than
Thoughts ricocheting through my mind breaking through to the
Outside, darting to others, creating a spark in their hearts
My words just start in my
Head but never end there

-They Never End There ✨

Crossing Time (5 min stage play)

April 3, 2021

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Crossing Time

By CelestialNinja

Note: This was written in a separate document in correct play format, but alas, it did not transfer the formatting to WtW.



Cast of Characters
LEVI ELVIN: A police officer and scrupulous investigator for the Department of Unlawful Magic Prevention (DUMP) in his late 30’s, early 40’s. Dressed as a casual warlock.
MOIRA SKYE: 16-year-old girl, somewhat sassy, but not girly in any way. She plays video games and has a sister that does the same. Casually dressed in a modernized witch's robe.


Scene
Interrogation room in the building of The Department of Unlawful Magic Prevention.

Time
The present.

ACT I
Scene 1

SETTING: The interrogation room is plain, nothing on the walls, only a door on stage right. On center stage, there is a metal table with a recording device in the center. On either side there are two chairs.

AT RISE: LEVI seats MOIRA and secures her hands (handcuffed) to the table. MOIRA is impatiently waiting for the interrogation to begin, seeming somewhat eager and distracted. LEVI begins the recording device after setting his wand to the side and pulling a notepad and pen from his pocket.

LEVI
(to a recorder)
The date April 8th, 2021 8:02pm, I am Officer LEVI ELVIN interviewing Ms. MOIRA SKYE in regards to their illegal use of time travel spells and or magical items and breaking time travel protocols.

MOIRA
ALLEGEDLY.

LEVI
Fine allegedly breaking time travel protocols. Suspect was apprehended after an officer, me, overheard a conversation between the suspect and their friend.

LEVI
(Pause. Sits down, leans back) 
So when exactly did you decide to go back in time.

MOIRA
Umm, I guess around 6:00 pm yesterday.

LEVI
(surprised) 
Interesting...
(to himself and his notepad)
Note the suspect is forthcoming and nonresistant to questioning.

MOIRA
Huh?

LEVI
(continues)
And may I ask why you decided to break time travel protocols?

MOIRA
(sighs)
I know I’m not really supposed to, but I missed something. I had to go back to it. And besides, other people are doing it too…

LEVI
Wait, other people are also traveling through time?

MOIRA
Yeah, where do you think I got the idea? I’m not that creative…

LEVI
Can you name any names?

MOIRA
Nah. Don’t know ‘em. They’re anonymous. But super easy to find on YouTube.

LEVI
Hmm 
(to himself, pretends to write on notepad)
Suspect seems truthful thus far-

MOIRA
Dude, stop doing that. It’s weird.

LEVI
(somewhat flustered)
I… don’t tell me what to do!

MOIRA
Jeez, just telling you it’s really odd. You don’t even have to take notes, you’re recording this whole thing. Is this some kind of intimidation act because (is cut off)

LEVI
IT’S CALLED BEING THOROUGH!

MOIRA
(holds up hands in defense)
Sorry, continue.

LEVI
(low, checking nonexistent notes)
Ok ok…
(Louder)
You say you went back in time because you missed something, correct?

MOIRA
Yep.

LEVI
Might I know what that is?

MOIRA
A festival.

LEVI
Does this festival have a name…?

MOIRA
I dunno. I’m sure it does, just don’t remember it. I have to look it up.

LEVI
(confused)
You don’t know the name of the festival you broke time travel protocols to go to?

MOIRA
…Is that bad?

LEVI
(teeth clenched, visibly angry)
Oh my…
(to himself)
Suspect appears to be an idiot.

MOIRA
Ok now that’s just rude.

LEVI
BE. QUIET.

MOIRA
You’re literally insulting me to my face!
(Under her breath)
Or rather, to a notepad...

LEVI
I’m not the one in HANDCUFFS being arrested for BREAKING THE LAW!

MOIRA
Pfft, you should be.

LEVI
And what’s that supposed to mean? 

MOIRA
Just look at you. That wand is not regulation and you’re clearly stalling to keep me here. You have nothing on me. I know my rights.

LEVI
(hides wand self-consciously)
Fine. You want to hurry this up? We can hurry. No more kid gloves.
(Throws notepad offstage)

MOIRA
Oooh now I know you’re serious.

LEVI
Just tell me how.

MOIRA
How what?

LEVI
You know what I mean.

MOIRA
No, I don’t or else I wouldn’t have asked.

LEVI
(visibly fed up)
How. Did you. Go back. In time?

MOIRA
Oh, that was really easy.

LEVI
(eyes widening, excited)
Yes…

MOIRA
You just have to go to the home screen, go to settings, and change the clock back to the time you want. I only had to set mine back a few days.
LEVI
...excuse me

MOIRA
Oh yeah, and you have to make sure you save the game first, unless of course you’re forcing a reset.

LEVI
(confused)
The game…?

MOIRA
Yeah. Animal Crossing. Ever heard of it?

LEVI
You mean you- (is cut off)

MOIRA
That’s the name! I went back in time because I missed Bunny Day! I had sooo many eggs, it would have been really bad if I couldn’t go to Bunny Day, which is really just Easter, but props to them for trying to make it more inclusive.

LEVI
Wait…
MOIRA

I can’t wait to tell my friends this story. Arrested for time traveling in a video game. Imagine having that on my record.

LEVI
HOLD ON!

MOIRA
Yep?

LEVI
You’ve been talking about a game this whole time?!

MOIRA
Yeah. When you arrested me, you overheard a conversation I was having with my sister, by the way, not a friend, because she missed Bunny Day too. I didn’t even know you could time travel in the game until she told me.

LEVI
(apologetic and thoroughly embarrassed, LEVI stands up, takes off MOIRA’s handcuffs, stands at the table watching her leave)
I… The Department of Unlawful Magic Prevention is deeply sorry for this debacle. You are free to go, Ms. Skye.

MOIRA
Thanks, dude.
(Stands up, rubs wrists)
By the way, your acronym sucks. You should get that changed.

LEVI
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go ahead and laugh.

MOIRA
(Starts to walk off)
This’ll give me a great story to tell my grandchildren.

LEVI
Grandchildren… You’re only 16.

MOIRA
Oh, yeah, I’m traveling to the future next week to visit them. See ya!
(MOIRA exits. LEVI falls into his chair, confused.) 
This is the first play I ever wrote, so I was trying to put a fun twist on it. Hope you liked it!

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