The Mockingbird

Waiting for Vernot

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A tragicomedy in two acts (hopefully).

Scene: The Rogers Centre. It could be dawn or midnight- the roof is closed. Two Blue Jays fans sit in the empty bleachers. A baseball bat lies nearby.

Mullagon: Charming stadium. Inspiring prospects. (He turns to Tablamir.) Let’s go.

Tablimir: We can’t.

M: Why not?

T: We’re waiting for Vernot.

M: (despairingly). Ah! (Pause.) You’re sure it was here?

T: What?

M: That we were to wait.

T: He said by the bat. (They look at the bat.) Do you see any others?

M: What is it?

T: I don’t know. A Louisville.

M: Where are the Home Runs?

T: It must be dead.

M: No more weeping.

T: Or perhaps it’s not our season.

M: Looks to me more like a twig.

T: A noodle.

M: A twig.

T: A-. What are you insinuating? That we’re cheering for the wrong team?

M: He should be hitting.

T: He didn’t say for sure he’d hit.

M: And if he doesn’t hit?

T: We’ll come back to-morrow.

M: And then the day after to-morrow.

T: Possibly.

M: The point is-

T: Until he hits.

M: I can’t go on like this.

T: That’s what you think.

M: If we parted? That might be better for us.

T: We’ll hang ourselves to-morrow. (Pause.) Unless Vernot hits.

M: And if he hits?

T: We’ll be saved.

T: Shall we go?

M: Yes, let’s go.

They do not move.




Written by halejon

June 14, 2007 at 2:03 pm

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  1. I’m anxious to see if they will be saved.

    The way Vernot is going lately, there is only a 1 in 5 chance of that happening though.


    June 15, 2007 at 4:33 pm

  2. Oh no, he didn’t homer until Saturday. Poor Mulliniks and Tabler…oops, I mean Mullagon and Tablimir hung themselves.


    June 18, 2007 at 3:08 pm

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