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Broken Pieces
by Lindsey Weeks
05/01/12
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Empty stage except for JESUS downstage left. He's pacing, praying quietly under his breath.

(RAINA comes tearing on stage. She's holding her hands to her stomach and it looks like she is holding six or so shards of metal. Her hands and clothing are covered in blood.)

RAINA
Jesus!

JESUS
Raina.

RAINA
Jesus! Help me, I don't know what's wrong with me! Something is wrong Jesus! I don't understand! Please help me! It hurts so much.

JESUS
What's that you're holding onto Raina?

RAINA
Oh, what, this? Nothing.

JESUS
You're bleeding. Looks like you have pieces of--

RAINA
It's nothing! Just a little blood. Nothing to worry about. Anyway, I'm used to it.

JESUS
Raina, you have blood all over you. Why don't you let me--

(He reaches for her hands to take a look but she jerks away.)

RAINA
No, Jesus! It's okay. I can handle this. Besides I don't know what I would do without it. Anyway, I was asking you to help me with this aching feeling, in my heart. Can't you just help me?

JESUS
Yes.

RAINA
Good. Thank you.

JESUS
Raina?

RAINA
Yeah?

JESUS
Tell me what you have in your hands.

RAINA
You know what they are.

JESUS
I want you to tell me.

RAINA
Jesus. I don't get this. I gave you all my sins! I repented, I'm trying to live for you. You washed me in your blood. I don't get why you want this too. It's all I have left. Are you really telling me you want these things?

JESUS
Since you asked. Yes.

RAINA
I don't think I can.

JESUS
Raina. You know I love you right?

RAINA
Right.

JESUS
Do you really believe that?

RAINA
Yes.

JESUS
Okay. Then trust me.

RAINA
But, Jesus, these aren't sin.

JESUS
You're right. They're not sin.

RAINA
These are my dreams and desires. This is what I think you're going to do in my life. This is my relationships. This is my past; my secrets; my true self. My fears. These my hurts.

JESUS
They are cutting you. Hurting you. Wounding you. What have you been asking me to do lately?

RAINA
To empty me.

JESUS
And?

RAINA
And to make me more like you.

JESUS
Why would you ask something like that?

RAINA
Because I want to love you more. I want to know you more.

JESUS
If that's true, then I don't want any competition from those other things in your life. I want to be the one you talk to. I want to be the one you think about when you space out in class. I get jealous of those other things. I'm passionate about knowing YOU Raina.

RAINA
I--I didn't know it would--

JESUS
Cost so much?

RAINA
Yeah.

JESUS
I know your heart. I put in you the desire to know me. I am crafting you, shaping you. I will also give you the strength to surrender those to me, but you must take the first step.

RAINA
Will I get them back?

JESUS
This is where you must trust me.

RAINA
Can't you tell me anything?

JESUS
If you get them back, they will not look the same. But do you really want them the way they are now? Look what they are doing to you.

RAINA
I know. I know.

JESUS
Please let me see.

(Jesus goes to her and offers to help her. She allows him and he begins to pry open her arms but she screams.)

RAINA
Oh my God!! It hurts so much, Jesus. It hurts worse than before! I don't think I can--

JESUS
You can. Let me take them.

(She cries, fighting herself, fighting her urge to run away from the pain. As Jesus unclenches her arms and begins to take away the shard one at a time. She feels nauseated and falls to her knees. He gets down on His knees besides her. There is only one shard left, but it's the deepest. Jesus takes it gingerly in both hands.)

RAINA
Wait, wait, wait!

(She bends over, breathing heavily. Resting.)

JESUS
Today, Raina. Complete surrender.

RAINA
It hurts too much, Jesus. I gave you enough. I can't give you this.

JESUS
Yes you can. I know you can. What is it costing you, Raina?

RAINA
Everything.

JESUS
That's all I want.

RAINA
Finish it.

(Jesus reaches for the last shard and pulls, there is resistance. She cries out in pain. It comes. She relaxes suddenly, relieved, resting. Jesus takes the shards and brings them off stage. He comes back on stage with a sword in his hands that he crafted from the mangled shards.)

JESUS
Raina.

(Raina see's the sword. She sits up and gets on one knee. Her hands on the ground. Jesus knights her. Putting the sword on her left shoulder.)

JESUS (CONT'D)
You are a weapon crafted in my hands.
(He switches to her other shoulder.)
Guard my place in your heart. Do not give it to any other.

(He puts the tip of the sword on the ground. He bends and tilts her face up to him. He smiles. He takes her right hand and places the hilt in it. She looks at the sword and then reaches for Jesus, she rests in his arms.)
LIGHTS


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