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THE WELL AND THE FLAME

ORIGINAL STORY BY STARHAWK

ADAPTED BY JOSHUA VANVEEN

This script is adapted to be performed in the middle of a wiccan circle. The setting is minimalist using household items for props.

Old Man Maddog steps to the middle of the circle.

Old Man Maddog:
Oh, look at all the children! Such precious things. I love children; each and every one of them. But that was not always so. You see, my precious Norma and I moved to the town of Summer Isle many years ago, and many years after our own children had grown. I was a young man of only 65 when we moved, and I loved the town so much that I got involved in everything. I was a part of the city council once, I even used to let the locals come on to my own property to observe their strange customs. Then one day it happened. My Norma was going on her nature walk, she was a very active, tough old bird. And a - a teenager went and had to play a prank on an old lady so he hid behind a bush and spooked her. Scared the life out of her to, had a heart attack. I can’t live no proper life without Norma around. So I shut myself in, kicked everyone off the property, and blamed all kids for taking away my wife! But then, many years later, those two pesky kids came by. Oh yes, I’ll tell you what. Circle around, and I will tell you a story.
The little girls name was Brigit.

Brigit: Brigit is extremely hyper.
Hi! I’m Brigit! I’m named after a goddess! What’s your name? My Mom says that two cups of sugar water first thing in the morning is a bad thing! What do you think? Can we be friends? Please? Yay!

Old Man Maddog:
She had an older brother; Alex was his name.

Alex:
…Sup?…

Old Man Maddog:
And Never were there ever two more conflicting personalities. Brigit was kind of hyper.

Brigit:
…And I like puppies and I like kittens and I still like horses and I used to like Barbie dolls but not anymore because those are for little girls so now I like Bratz dolls and Jonas Brothers and, and OMG JONAS BROTHERS!!!

Old Man Maddog:
Alex was usually lost in his own world, and always listening to that newfangled rock and roll music.

Alex is listening to rock music through some headphones while head banging and singing along under his breath.

Tanya:
Alex?…Alex!?…ALEX!!!

Alex:
Sorry Mom. ‘Sup?


Tanya:
You were supposed to do the dishes a half an hour ago. Now I want them done! So lets get moving mister.

Alex:
But I just got this new Godsmack cd and I have to listen too it and see if there are any skips. If I discover a skip and its too late to return it, my soul will hurt.

Tanya:
You can listen to the cd while you do the dishes.

Alex:
But then I can’t concentrate on it Mom.

Tanya:
Well then you can listen to it after you are done.

Alex:
But -

Tanya:
- Move it Mister!

Alex:
Mom!?

Tanya:
NOW!

Old Man Maddog:
These two had very little in common, except that they loved each other and loved going outside. But one year, the winter was very harsh, so the couldn’t go out often. The kids started getting very restless.

Brigit:
I miss the sun.

Alex:
I miss the skate park.

Brigit:
I miss flowers.

Alex:
I miss my friends.

Brigit:
I miss butterflies.

Alex:
I miss hanging out with my friends at the skate park. Hey, I’ve got an idea! What if I took a snowboard to the skate park right now? That would be AWESOME SAUCE! The snow is too bright though man, and it blinds me! And its just way too cool, and that’s not… um… cool? Now storm clouds, those are totally awesome. I wonder when spring is gonna come?

Brigit:
Good question.

Alex:
We should go ask Mom, she’s a high priestess and stuff.

Brigit:
Mom!?

Tanya:
Yes, Brigit?

Brigit:
How long will winter last?

Tanya:
As long as it needs to.

Brigit:
How long is that?

Tanya:
I don’t know that Brigit. Only the Goddess knows.

Brigit:
Can we find her? Can we ask her?

Tanya:
Yes. Tonight is Brigit eve. Follow me kids.

Tanya approaches the area where Brigit of the holy well will enter. 2 circle members unfurl the colored sheet.

By the grace of her, we go to light the sacred flame!

Tanya pantomimes lighting a fire. The 2 circle members hold the sheet up and start shaking it.

Now children, look in to the flame with an open heart, and wait. Who knows, maybe she’ll come to you. After all, Brigit, you are named for her! Alright kids, repeat after me!

Alex:
Repeat after me!

Tanya:
Alex!?

Alex:
I’m sorry Mom.

Tanya:
Hail Brigit! Guardian of the sacred well! Goddess of the sacred flame! Hear us!

Both kids:
Hail Brigit! Guardian of the sacred well! Goddess of the sacred flame! Hear us!

Tanya:
Brigit! Maiden Goddess! We ask that you allow us in to your presence that we may seek you wisdom and your guidance.

Both kids:
Brigit! Maiden Goddess! We ask that you allow us in to your presence that we may seek you wisdom and your guidance.


The sheet is dropped and rolled up. As it drops, it reveals Brigit of the Holy well standing behind it. She steps towards Tanya and her kids.

Brigit of the Holy Well.
I am Brigit of the holy well, and sacred flame. Why have you called to me, my children?

Brigit:
Brigit!, hey, I’m named after you! We called to ask you a question.

Alex:
How long will winter last?

Brigit of the Holy Well: Closes her eyes and takes a slight pause
Winter will last until clean water rises in the sacred well and bright flames burn on every hearth.

Old Man Maddog:
And with that, she disappeared. Oh my! How the kids were confused.

Brigit:
What did she mean? Mom? What did she mean?

Alex:
Yeah, that was weird.

Tanya:
That’s the trouble with the Goddess sometimes - its hard to get a straight answer from her.

Old Man Maddog:
So they went to bed unsatisfied. The next day, they decided to go see if everyone in town who had a fire place had a fire going in it. And they would ask everyone if they knew about a sacred well.

Brigit and Alex walk around the circle asking everyone if they know about a sacred well.

They had visited most every house in the town. At last, there was only one house left, my very own little homestead.

Brigit:
Yuk! It’s Old Man Maddog’s house! He’s crusty, and old, and mean!

Alex:
Surely the Goddess didn’t meant that we were supposed to light a fire on his hearth?

Brigit:
He’ll probably yell and shake his stick but still, I think we should go see if he has a fire.

Alex:
Alright.

Alex knocks three times.

No answer.

Brigit:
Maybe he’s not home? Maybe we should just go away.

Alex:
Looks through the front window.
No, he’s there. He’s just lying there. There’s no fire either.

Brigit:
Maybe he’s sick. We’d better go in and see.

Alex:
Pantomimes opening the door.
It’s unlocked, lets go in.

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RJ53

Feb 3 @ 3:26AM  


I like it.
theSkwirl

Feb 3 @ 12:07PM  
Oooh.. one of my very favorite stories retold!

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