Father’s Blessing

KERRY and PITO walk along a wooden fence on a public ranch.  It’s a perfect evening, one of those rare sunsets when everything seems to come together in harmony between oneself and nature.

Kerry: If my father ever found out about us, he’d kill us both.
Pito: I’m not afraid of him.
Kerry: I know you ain’t but that don’t mean he won’t still kill you.
Pito: I would like to talk to him.
Kerry: That’s the very last thing you wanna be doing.
Pito: Why is everything so difficult?
Kerry: It’s just the way my old man is—
Pito: But how are we ever going to be together?
Kerry: We’re together now–
Pito: But when will there ever be a good time to talk to your father?
Kerry: …Never.
Pito: Never is too long for us.
Kerry: Pito, my father is not like most fathers.  He’s different. He plays by a different set of rules and he ain’t kind to—he doesn’t like boys like you.
Pito: So we have no chance.
Kerry: This isn’t something I ever imagined happening between us.
Pito: But it has and it’s real and that’s why we should talk to your father, together.
Kerry: We can’t! Aren’t you listening? If my father had the slightest hunch we were even talking, he would end it instantly.
Pito: Why would you allow him to—
Kerry: Because he’s my father. I have no authority over him. It doens’t matter what I want.
Pito: So then what is the point of going any further together? Sooner or later this will all come to an end.
Kerry: …It’s why I wanted us to talk today, actually. (beat) We need to stop.  We need to stop seeing one another.  (beat) Not because I want to stop seeing you.

(Kerry touches Pito’s face and he steps back)

What am I supposed to do?
Pito: Talk to him, stand up for us.
Kerry: I know.
Pito: What would make your father agree to us being together? Is it money?
Kerry: Money isn’t even a thought. He wouldn’t even go that far because—
Pito: Yes, I know but I think…my family is wealthy.
Kerry: What do you mean?
Pito: My family, we own various businesses like wine vineyards and mining companies.  We have thousands and thousands of acres of land where I’m from.
Kerry: You’ve lied to me.
Pito: I’ve never lied to you, Kerry.
Kerry: Why do you dress like a poor boy?
Pito: It’s a disguise.
Kerry: You’ve lied to me!
Pito: No!  I come from a tradition of hiding my wealth and seeking out love for love’s sake only.
Kerry: I do love you. I don’t care if you have money or not.
Pito: Will this make a difference to your father now?
Kerry: He would never accept you.
Pito: Then run away with me. Be with me forever. I will take care of you for all your life.
Kerry: I would only want you.
Pito: Then come with me.
Kerry: This is all too much for me. I’m so overwhelmed. I need time.
Pito: You need to decide because I am leaving.
Kerry: Leaving?
Pito:  I’m sorry.  I wanted to get all of this out so much sooner but there never seemed to be a right moment.  I came today to tell you that I am leaving and I want you to come with me, with or without your father’s blessing.
Kerry: This is too much for me, Pito.
Pito: I love you and I want you.  Do you hear me?  I love you so much I would die without you.  Please, you must make a decision.

Joseph Arnone


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