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(George, Melissa, and Martha are in the Living Room)
GEORGE: Did you have fun tonight?.
MELISSA: Yeah, the party was fantastic!.
MARTHA: (To George) It was a great idea to celebrate Henry’s birthday here at your parents’ cabin.
GEORGE: Now that everybody left, how about if we play chess?.
MELISSA: I’m really tired. We better go home.
MARTHA: It’s too late, and it’s not safe to drive at this hour.
GEORGE: We can stay here tonight, and we’ll leave in the morning.
MARTHA: That’s a good idea!.
MELISSA: Where’s Henry?.
GEORGE: I don’t know.
MELISSA: Oh, I forgot to tell you that he went for a walk.
(Henry enters the stage walking rapidly)
MARTHA: What’s wrong? .
MELISSA: You look pale!. It seems like you saw a ghost!.
GEORGE, MELISSA, MARTHA: Ha, ha, ha, ha.
HENRY: I have to go!. I’m sorry but I need to take the car and get home before nightfall.
GEORGE: (Stands) Calm down, and tell us what’s wrong!.
HENRY: Please…I need to get away from this place!.
MELISSA: (Stands) Look Henry, it’s too late and it’s ten miles to your house. We’ll all leave tomorrow morning. But for now, we need to rest. Okay?.
HENRY: You don’t understand!.
MARTHA: Then enlighten us!.
HENRY: You’re not going to believe what happened to me while I was outside.
GEORGE: We are your friends, you can trust us.
HENRY: Okay, but don’t say I didn’t warn you… I saw Death in the garden!.
MELISSA: What are you talking about?
MARTHA: You’re scaring me!.
HENRY: I’m telling you the truth!. I saw Death!. And now I’m sure he came for me, that’s why I can’t stay here anymore. I have to escape!.
MELISSA: Oh, Henry, no one can see Death!.
HENRY: I knew you wouldn’t believe me!.
MARTHA: Honestly…we don’t.
HENRY: It doesn’t matter!. Good-bye!. (Leaves the stage walking rapidly)
GEORGE: Henry, wait, don’t go!. (Follows Henry, and both leave the stage. A few minutes later he enters the stage)
MELISSA: What happened?.
GEORGE: I couldn’t stop him, and he left!.
MARTHA: This is insane!.
GEORGE: Stay here. I’ll go to the garden, I think Henry saw some kind of weird animal out there.
MELISSA: Aren’t you scared?.
GEORGE: Ha, ha, ha. Of course not!. (Leaves the stage)
ACT 2 – IN THE GARDEN
(George enters the stage walking slowly. Death is standing near a tree)
GEORGE: (scared) For God’s sake!. Who are you?.
DEATH: Don’t you recognize me?. I’m Death!.
GEORGE: No!. This can’t be!. So Henry was right after all!. Did you come for me?.
DEATH: Not yet. Tonight I’m supposed to claim the life of a friend of yours whom I just saw here in the garden. But I’m supposed to claim him at his house which is ten miles from here!. Unless he had a fast car which could take him there by nightfall.
GEORGE: What?. My friend saw you!. He thought you were going to take him, and he went home running away from you!.
DEATH: Well, as you can see, no one can escape his destiny… right?. See you later, George. I have something to do!.
(Death leaves the stage)
AUTHOR: K I D S I N C O, based on a Hebrew Folktale