(Open to the harbor scene at twilight. The sky now is dark shades of blue and the low sounds of voices can be heard. MUSICIAN PIRATE now plays a melancholy tone on his guitar as he sits on his barrel in the middle of the stage. His eyes locked on the guitar, while he stops slowly and places the guitar to his left side. Then he turns towards the audience with a mild smirk.)
Musician Pirate (laughs). Ahoy thar me buckos! It be now time t’ get this tale movin’. Meanin’ it be time t’ get t’ th’ real story, buckos, o’ adventure, love, and action.
So now ladies and gentlemen, we be now have our characters goin’ t’ th’ port town o’ Nodin. This city be described as wild and cold. This be because th’ laws o’ this be not up held and many pirates come thar. In other words, buckos, this town be a pirate’s paradise t’ hide away from th’ navy. Thus, this town be ideal for Rebecca and her crew t’ celebrate thar good fortune.
So thar be Rebecca, good ol’ Mumbles, and Roger sittin’ at th’ bar o’ an inn, as th’ crew be enjoyin’ themselves. But meanwhile unknown t’ Rebecca and her crew, James has met with Captain Davidy. Davidy, th’ devil himself, who has been on Rebecca’s tail for a long time, for he wants t’ map and key, which belong t’ th’ ancient treasure. He and James have cut a deal that if Rebecca be not harmed once they find her; then Davidy can take th’ treasure map and key, as a reward for helpin’ out James. Thus, Davidy and James have joined together t’ search for Rebecca.
(Chuckle wickedly). Now things ought t’ become more interestin’.
(Dim out of scene as MUSICIAN PRIATE continues to laugh wickedly.)
(Open to an inn in the port city of Nodin. The inn has four tables in it, with two to each side. The inn is a hearty place full of THE PIRATE CREW, drinking, singing, and gambling off to the sides of the scene at the tables. There are bottles of rum spread all across the tables.
All of this merriment surrounds the heroes: ROGER, REBECCA, and MUMBLES. ROGER, REBECCA, and MUMBLES are placed in the middle of the scene. Behind the three is a counter. ROGER sits on a stool without drink and facing to his left away from the event. He holds a sad misplaced look about him. REBECCA grasps a large mug of ale, with her body towards the celebrations as she smiles. While MUMBLES has his head against the counter passed out, with five empty cups before him, maps, and a compass.
Suddenly REBECCA stands up in a very lady like way toward ROGER and taps his head. ROGER turns miserably away from REBECCA and faces the bar.)
Rebecca (Smiles). Ahoy Roger, don’t have such a long face! This is a time of celebration. Now my friend, I have a serious question about-
(ENTER JAMES stage left. JAMES dressed in a formal black navy outfit. JAMES holds an easy expression as he scans the inn looking for REBECCA. He then sees REBECCA and goes towards her quickly.
Next ENTER DAVIDY stage left. DAVIDY is a very tall man. He has an evil glare as he looks about the inn. His hair is wild and covered by a large gray hat. DAVIDY wears a deep green long coat with white pants. He carries a large sword in his right hand. DAVIDY follows behind JAMES with a slow creeping walk.
REBECCA draws back from JAMES as he comes closer to her with a face of distrust.)
James. (Taking Rebecca’s hand, but Rebecca pulls her hand free). Rebecca, please you should not be here! A lady of your class should not be a pirate. Come quickly away from here with me, I beg of you. Your father and I have been worried sick about you. If we leave now, everything will be fine. I promise no one will harm you. I myself make sure all charges of arrest are dropped against you. If you escape with me now from this life, it will be like it never happened. You’ll be able to live a happy normal live with me-
(DAVIDY draws out his sword and points at REBECCA. Then DAVIDY pushes JAMES out of the way with his left hand. JAMES jumps at DAVIDY’S actions and is horrified as he is pushed to the side.
Meanwhile REBECCA holds a cool face and stands proud before DAVIDY.)
Davidy (Shouts to Rebecca). Ahoy thar lass, hand over th’ treasure map and key, now.
(ROGER turns towards the other quickly and MUMBLES awakens. MUMBLES and ROGER both jump to their feet. Meanwhile REBECCA moves towards DAVIDY and quickly draws out her sword. REBECCA with a very serious stare locks onto DAVIDY.)
Rebecca (To Mumbles and Roger). You two men stand back and don’t interfere. I will handle this!
(Suddenly the room of celebrating THE PIRATE CREW stops dead to watch the conflict unfolding before them.)
Rebecca (Quietly stands). If you want the map and key; you can have it over my dead body!
(REBECCA swings her sword left at DAVIDY, who will dodge by ducking down. The two continue to duel across the room with increasing swings.
Fearfully JAMES takes his sword and comes between REBECCA and DAVIDY trying to stop the duel, while shouting, “Stop! Stop! There is no need for this!” REBECCA forcefully pushes JAMES out of the way.)
Rebecca (Yell to Mumbles). Keep the good ol’ cap’n out of my way, mate!
(MUMBLES runs and grabs JAMES with a tight hold. JAMES struggles wildly to get free of MUMBLES.
REBECCA starts to gain the upper hand in the battle, as she strikes DAVIDY on the left shoulder. But REBECCA suddenly runs into a table while dueling; and she slips down on the floor. DAVIDY with a twisted smile holds his sword to REBECCA’S throat.)
Davidy. Lass, where be th’ map and th’ key. Last chance to sin’ for me, little sea bird, for I shall be cuttin’ ye lovely head off, if ye do not.
(ROGER, who had been standing back with hidden worries, springs into action by running quickly from MUMBLES towards DAIVDY. He then presses his sword against DAVIDY’S back. DAVIDY drops his sword on the floor and places his hands up.)
Davidy. (With fury.) So be it ye dogs! I shall make ye pay, little sea bird, a-and ye too dog shall suffer dearly for this!
(ROGER forces DAVIDY towards stage left of the scene. MUMBLES flings JAMES towards DAVIDY.)
Davidy. I shall make ye all pay!
(EXIT DAVIDY with an evil stare to REBECCA and ROGER. JAMES slowly and sorrowfully walks towards left stage, as he watches ROGER.EXIT JAMES in silence.
The PIRATE CREW in the background returns to their activities. REBECCA rises shakily with ROGER’S aid, and REBECCA seems to be fragile. MUMBLES with a distressed tone speaks out in his odd language to REBECCA.)
Rebecca (To Mumbles in a nervous voice). I will be fine. Just give me some time; afterall I got the wind knocked out of me. (Standing firm and more reassured). Mumbles, to go and join the crew in the celebration! But make sure to tell some men we’re leaving within the hour!
(Exit MUMBLES with a nod.)
Rebecca. (Grabs Roger’s sword handle with a smile. Then in an annoyed tone.) You, me, outside now!
Roger (aside). The captain is acting strange. Why is she upset? Did I not save her life?
(REBECCA grabs ROGER’S arm and pulls him of the inn stage left. Dim out of scene.)
(REBECCA and ROGER have left the inn and are now about a mile’s distance from the area. Night has fallen on the city, open to a red bridge. There is a warning side on the railing of the bridge reading, “Danger! May fall under pressure.” The sound of running water from under the bridge can be heard, as mist covers over the running water. Off to the side of the bridge to the left are steps leading away from the mist covered water.
ENTER REBECCA and ROGER onto the bridge from stage right. REBECCA’S face shows discontent and annoyance. Her footsteps are heavy and troubled. She holds tightly onto ROGER’S arm with her right hand. ROGER trailing behind her sighs with confusion and his sword placed back on his belt. They stop in the middle of the bridge and REBECCA flings ROGER’S arm away from her.)
Rebecca (shouting loudly). How dare you, Roger, disobey my orders? You did as you pleased and had no regard for my orders. Do you want me to look helpless in front of my crew? I want to know why you acted in the manner you did now!
(ROGER coolly leaning on the rail with a sad expression. He drops his head downward to stare at the water under the bridge.)
Roger (gently and earnestly). Captain, I meant no harm in serving you. But I only have done as I felt right.
(REBECCA sighs deeply and she too leans on the rail with her back to the audience. She then turns around and grabs on to the rail with her fury.)
Rebecca (Staring at Roger). I do not require a keeper to watch over me, Roger. I am strong woman, who can defend herself!
(ROGER looks up from the water and turns towards REBECCA. His expression saddens.)
Roger (Bows to Rebecca.) I am sorry, Captain. (Places his left hand on her hands). I was only trying to help …
(Unexpectedly the railing gives way with the weight of REBECCA and ROGER. They fall into the misty covered water below and become wet. REBECCA resurfaces out of the mist, she starts to laugh and smile. ROGER comes back up and blinks at her reaction.)
Roger. Captain Rebecca, what is the manner?
Rebecca (Punches Roger’s arm.) This world is too much for me, Roger. It has too many ironies of who I meet again … I think perhaps it may drive me mad … (Pausing). Roger, I admit your actions back there were for the best. Come on let’s get out of this water.
(REBECCA and ROGER go to the steps that lead away from the water and stand together wet. REBECCA’S light mood vanishes quickly and she places her hand on her face. REBECCA starts to sob.)
Roger. What is wrong my captain, my friend?
(REBECCA hangs her head and places her hands over her heart. She shakes violently and falls to her knees.)
Rebecca (With heavy tears.) I-I cannot do this anymore! I cannot go on with that –w-wicked man and James hunting me. I do not have the strength to keep living this way. Day in and day out! Tell me how can I bear it, anymore?
Roger (Kneels down beside her and with hesitation says her name.) R-Rebecca, you should not give in to such thoughts! You are my leader and my captain, and your men’s captain and leader; which means you have to lead me and your crew. You mustn’t forget who you are! You are Rebecca the Mighty.
Rebecca (Yelling out.) How am I to do that? I cannot lead anyone, because I cannot defend myself! I am too weak … I am not even Rebecca the Mighty. I am just a nobleman’s daughter! Who is too far from home, and let her foolish dreams blind her, and her name is Rebecca R-Rhodanthe. I came to realize this when that sword was placed at my throat, because death was staring right at me … A very cold and evil death.
Roger, I have faced death many times and this one was different! All of my other encounters with death were adventurous, playful, and exciting because they all dealt with chance and risk. But that sword was dark and terrifies me to even think of it. For it makes me realize that I am only pretending to be something I am not-
(ROGER places his arms around ROGER in an embrace. He holds her closely.)
Roger (Calmly in a whisper.) Rebecca, stop allowing this fear to eat at your soul. You are not pretending to be yourself. You are still you, and not anyone else. You are still very strong, and you are still the captain of the ship. Just calm down, Rebecca. Too many things have shaken you at once and everything is going to be fine. I will be there to protect and serve you with all my heart, because you are my dear friend.
(REBECCA slowly stops crying and look up to ROGER.ROGER helps REBECCA to stand up slowly. ROGER’S eyes are soft as REBECCA places her hand on his cheek.)
Rebecca (Whisper.) Thank you …Roger.
(REBECCA places her head on ROGER’S chest and ROGER holds her closer. Dim out of scene.)
(The scene opens to the hidden island called ‘Okakopa. The ship has departed from the port and has landed where the treasure is buried. The current area has the ruins of an ancient temple. There is a crumbling stonewall, a large mound of sand, and topical plants about the area.
The PIRATE CREW can be heard becoming restless from hours of searching for the treasure. The PIRATE CREW’S mumbling about different complaints grows louder with their footsteps.
ENTER REBECCA and MUMBLES stage left with the compass and map, then the PIRATE CREW with shovels, and ROGER lastly.)
Pirate crew (To Rebecca.) Captain, captain, it be bloody hot out here like hell! We ain’t done a thing out here, but go in circles. We be tired and there be nothin’ t’ be found in this forsaken place!
Rebecca. Why are you men complaining? I have always delivered what I promise to you, dogs. Now I don’t need you to be like this. I know you are tired, and so am I! But I still have hope that we will find the treasure.
Pirate crew. Well, cap’n deliver to us!
(REBECCA backs away from her crew slowly with fear. Her expression shows all of her self-doubts. She gathers her hands by her heart and stumbles back further. Meanwhile ROGER runs up from the back and stands in front of REBECCA.)
Roger. Why do you do this? Rebecca has been your leader for a long time. So you should not care about this minor set back. She has served you well and has done everything for you. Can you not hold more faith in her?
Pirate Crew (To Roger.) What do ye know about anythin’, dog?
(MUMBLES gets his gun, point it upwards, and shoot off gunshot within the group. The PIRATE CREW parts in the middle to find MUMBLES with his gun in hand. MUMBLES then shouts angrily at crew in his mutter speech from the large mound of sand. Everyone stands at a loss but REBECCA, who starts to smile again.)
Rebecca. Dear Mumbles has just said, “We should not fight among themselves, because we and Rebecca are family. Remember, what our former captain said to us before he left? He told us that left his daughter, Rebecca, in our hands and we are family. He also told us that we must protect Rebecca and follow her. Furthermore, our captain has always been helpful.” (Pauses.) Mumbles has also said that you should not treat me bad now because …
(REBECCA turns in awe to MUMBLES as he stomps his foot on the ground for all to hear a hollow sound. REBECCA points under MUMBLES’S foot.)
Rebecca (shouts.) Mumbles has found the treasure chest!
(MUMBLES jump down from the mound and takes a shovel and pushes it off to show a golden treasure chest. The PIRATE CREW shouts in joy and rushes towards MUMBLES, while saying sorry to REBECCA.REBECCA walks forward quickly with the others, but stops and waits for ROGER. Slowly, ROGER takes out the key from his shirt and hands it over to REBECCA with some despair on his face.)
Roger (Aside.) What evil walks now that I have taken this path? I hear the darkness rattling it’s chains to bind all those who touch this treasure to a vile fate. But this darkness does not creep, or crawl, or hide. It is running after everyone of us, right now.
Yet I must not let on that I know what wickedness comes after us, because I have done as I have promised. I must keep a cheerful outlook for Rebecca. May we be protected from this impending malevolence.
(Meanwhile, REBECCA takes the key to the chest and opens it. Inside of the chest sparkles to many golden coins and rare jewels. The PIRATE CREW and MUMBLES grab the gold with quick fingers and cries of joy. REBECCA smiles at them.)
Rebecca. Now, men, you have the treasure of all of your wildest dreams! Let us quickly get it to the ship, where it will be safer.
(The PIRATE CREW and MUMBLES EXIT out of the area with the treasure in hand stage left. ROGER lingers for a moment staring at REBECCA with worried eyes. Then EXIT ROGER stage left with a slow walk.)
Rebecca (To herself.) Just as I contemplated, my luck has changed for the better for my crew and I. Also thanks to Roger and Mumbles, I had courage to face her crew. Everything is looking up, now!
(Open to a dim stage with the sounds of a dying fight heard for a short period of time off stage. Enter MUISICAN PIRATE with spotlight on him. He smiles and bows to the audience.)
Musician Pirate. New details have come t’ be as ye were gone. A brilliant plan by Davidy, th’ devil, and James to over take th’ ship once Rebecca’s crew returned. James’s men were to attack at full force with a smoke screen and clear out the pirate crew. Thus only savin’ Rebecca and th’ treasure. Yet this plan t’ take Rebecca’s ship at full force cost a great number o’ lives, because it killed off Rebecca’s pirate crew, James’s, and sunk James’s navy ship. So high was the body count, the dead were clear by rollin’ down off the ship.
While th’ battle bin at full swin,’ James captured Rebecca and knocked her out. He returned t’ fight off Rebecca’s crew from releasin’ her. James went against Mumbles and James knocked him out, but did not kill him, James bin moved by his bravery t’ save Rebecca. Shortly Roger arrived t’ that part o’ th’ ship t’ save Rebecca and defend th’ treasure. But he was cut off by Davidy and forced into a great deal o’ duelin’. James too joined th’ group o’ duelin’ men in t’ hopes o’ gettin’ Roger to’ slow down. Now in the tale Roger be fightin’ tiredly against Davidy and James. Err …oh th’ settin’ in play be midday on Rebecca’s ship. With that now, me buckos, let us get back to the tale.
(EXIT MUSICIAN PIRATE stage right. Turn on lights to REBECCA’S ship deck at night. The deck has markings of blood across by the floor and a large crate covered over near the treasure chest. The treasure chest is locked and placed off to the right of the deck. The railing of the ship can be seen. REBECCA is tied and gagged in the middle of the deck. MUMBLES lays bound and knocked out a distance from REBECCA to the left.
ENTER ROGER stage left. ROGER weakly holds his sword at his side and falls back. His garments raggedy and torn from the fight.
ENTER DAVIDY with his weapon up pointed towards ROGER’S heart. DAVIDY smiles wickedly. ROGER shakes with heavy breaths as he stares at DAVIDY. DAVIDY holds his place away from ROGER.
Finally ENTER JAMES with a look of mixed feelings as he places his sword back in it cover. JAMES kneels down next to REBECCA and touches her face gently. REBECCA awakens. )
James (Smiles.) I apologize for treating you like a prisoner, Rebecca. I did not mean for it to all fall this way-
(Suddenly the stand off between ROGER and DAVIDY is broken. DAVIDY harshly pushes back ROGER into the treasure chest. ROGER hits the treasure chest and drops his sword and is trapped by DAVIDY standing in front of him. DAVIDY places his sword by ROGER’S heart.)
Davidy (Excitedly.) Now landlubber I cannot wait to see ye at the bottom of the sea!
(JAMES turns to see ROGER trapped.)
James (Shouts.) Stop your actions now, Captain Davidy, stop right there! Our hands have had enough blood on them today. Not even all the water of the world could clean us of this blood.
(DAVIDY snorts loudly at JAMES. Quickly DAVIDY cuts ROGER in the ribs with his sword, and spits at ROGER’S face. ROGER yells out in pain and falls against the treasure chest. ROGER twists in pain and holds his hand against the wound. DAVIDY laughs happily.)
James (Outraged.) What do you think you are doing?
(DAIVDY holds his sword to JAMES.)
Davidy. Who do ye think ye be? Are ye in charge of this here situation? No ye be not! Therefore shut ye mouth!
(JAMES tightens his mouth and closes his eyes. He turns back to REBECCA. Now REBECCA struggles against the ropes, which bond her. REBECCA’S eyes reflect horror and fury. DAVIDY spies REBECCA fighting to get free. DAVIDY pushes JAMES aside, and kneels down to Rebecca and pulls her head upward by the hair. )
Davidy. I know well I cannot open thar box without the key, or else I will harm the riches it holds. So, where be the key, wench?
James (To Davidy with hesitation.) Captain Davidy, if you would please leave Rebecca out of this.
(DAVIDY stares at JAMES wickedly. JAMES pulls back from DAVIDY and REBECCA, and bites his lip. DAVIDY sets REBECCA free of her gag. REBECCA looks over at ROGER lying injured, MUMBLES tied up, and the bloody deck.)
Rebecca. You have killed my crew and injured my closest mates! Now you are dealing with the only person who knows the location of the key. But I would rather die keeping it a secret.
(DAIVDY angrily takes REBECCA by her shirt and sets her over the railing of the ship. ROGER struggles to get up from where he is, but is unable. ROGER falls back against the treasure chest in pain and groans. He continues to try and get up.
Meanwhile JAMES jumps in fear at where REBECCA is placed. He motions to go forward.)
Davidy (To James.) Come closer, before I be done with yer song bird, and our deal be null and void. (Shouts to Rebecca.) This be ye last to speak or ye shall be sleeping with the fishes!
Rebecca. I would rather die.
James (To Rebecca.) No!
(REBECCA gives a smirk, as DAVIDY indifferently drops her over the railing to her doom. JAMES runs over towards the railing and sees the end to REBECCA. The sound a large splash can be heard. JAMES yells out in horror and starts to cry.)
James. W-why did you do that? Did I not do as I promised? We had a deal! Oh dear God, how can I continue with Rebecca dead? Oh my love! My life! The sorrow within me stabs at me!
Davidy (Holds up his sword and calls back to James.) Shut ye mouth and move on or be ready to join the wench in the sea. (Mockingly.) Or ye could dive in and save her!
James. I cannot swim! You devil, I would end up killing both of us!
Davidy. Well savvy, ye be a hero. Eh? (Laughs.)
(JAMES holds up his sword and attacks DAVIDY with fury. DAVIDY and JAMES battle off the stage. ROGER in alarm overcomes his pain and stands up quickly. He dashes unbalanced towards the railing. His breathes heavy from pain.)
Roger. (Weakly.) Captain Rebecca … Rebecca? (Shouting.) Rebecca! Rebecca!
(ROGER quickly steps up onto the railing to jump in after REBECCA. Suddenly MUMBLES frees himself from his bounds with a dagger. MUMBLES then runs up to ROGER pulls on ROGER’S arm. MUMBLES shakes his head side to side violently.)
Roger. They have thrown Rebecca into the sea! I need to go in after her! I need to save Rebecca.
(MUMBLES looks down over at the railing and sighs heavily. He bows his head. His face grows thick with sadness and points down over the railing. Then he looks at ROGER and shakes his head in disagreement. He once more pulls on ROGER.)
Roger (Shouts to Mumbles.) She can still be alive! Let me go! I-I can still save her!
(ROGER looks over the railing again. He looks like he is about to cry, but holds back his tears. ROGER steps down from the railing and hangs his head. MUMBLES lets go of ROGER’S arm.)
Roger (Grimly). It is really too late? Would she be …
(MUMBLES nods yes to ROGER sorrowfully. MUMBLES looks down at the blood on the deck and stares at it, confused. MUMBLES searches about the deck. Then nudges ROGER’S arm and point at the blood on the deck.)
Roger. (Looks down with miserable eyes.) The blood … it is from the crew … James and the other man, Davidy, killed them all … just like Rebecca …
(MUMBLES stares at the ground with disgust and anger. MUMBLES stomps his foot hard. His eyes drift towards the treasure chest. He nudges ROGER again and points towards the treasure chest. ROGER grabs at the key around his neck, picks up his sword off the deck, and stares at the treasure chest.)
Roger. So take that cursed treasure with us, as it is our last duty to Rebecca to not allow those two villains away from it.
(MUMBLES slowly nods his head in agreement.)
Roger. Then we take that horrible thing with us …
(ROGER puts his sword back into his belt; when MUMBLES suddenly smiles and points to a crate covered. He runs over and pulls off the cover to show a sign that read “explosives.”)
Roger. Do you mean to destroy the ship; once we leave we take the treasure away to the island and rid ourselves of it?
(MUMBLES nods slowly to ROGER’S statement.)
Roger (Quietly.) Revenge? (He stares at the blood, the railing, the treasure chest, and his side.) Revenge … perhaps the explosion will destroy James and Davidy, and purify the earth of any record of this terrible event.
(MUMBLES gets the bombs in one hand and helps ROGER with the chest. ROGER and MUMBLES exit off stage together with the treasure chest. Dim out of scene.)