by Sophia Hembeck
Two lions in a place where dreams come true.
Lion 1: So I met her when we were lions. It sounds a bit weird. But that’s what we were.
Lion 2: Hi
Lion 1: Hi
2: So you’re the other lion then?
1: Looks like it.
2: Sorry. I just didn’t know what else to say.
1: Oh sorry. I didn’t mean to be sarcastic.
2: Yeah right.
1: No it’s my face. It’s a condition. People can’t tell.
1: I mean that.
2: Oh okay then.
1: No I’m just kidding.
2: These are going to be the longest 20 minutes of our lives.
1: You’re pretty good at it too.
(silence) I was trying to be funny but I guess I just annoyed her.
– So how come you ended up here?
2: Long story.
1: Too long for 20 minutes?
2: My head is too big.
1: Really? I don’t think it is – How come?
2: Well. I didn’t know either but apparently it’s too big.
1: Is my? Do I have a big head?
2: Can’t really tell right now. Probably.
1: Right. Yeah. (pause) What would have happened if you had a smaller head?
2: I would have been one of the princesses.
2: Yeah. Didn’t happen.
1: Sorry about that. (pause) Really makes you think in a way.
1: I don’t know. I didn’t know that that could ever be a problem. It’s odd.
2: Quite odd.
1: Does it run in your family?
2: Yeah. We have a serious case of big heads.
1: Actually she was way funnier than me I quickly noted. I think that was the moment. Somewhere around there.
– Sorry. So. Weird huh?
2: What? Life? Or this specific situation?
1: Probably both.
1: It’s kind of hot.
2: I guess yeah. Life is kind of hot.
1: No I mean today. I’m struggling.
2: Oh. Do you – Should I call someone?
1: No. It’s alright. Only 15 more minutes. It’s fine.
– It wasn’t. I didn’t want to admit it but in fact I was close to fainting. But lions don’t faint. And that’s what we were.
2: All these people. Did you ever wonder why they are here?
1: It’s pretty obvious isn’t it? The place where dreams come true.
2: Sure. But. Specifically. Like each individually. Who dragged them here? Their kids, their spouses? The fireworks at night?
1: I guess one could get all existential about this place.
2: I guess. – Are you alright?
1: I forgot my water.
2: You have water in there?
1: Not at the moment.
2: How do you fit a water bottle in there?
1: Well I guess my head isn’t as big as yours-
– You know if you faint I’m not allowed to take your head off.
1: I know. It’s fine.
2: I’m just saying. I don’t want to get fired.
1: I’m fine. I’ll just move around a bit.
2: Kids don’t want to see Simba having a human head after all. Could traumatize them.
1: Tell me something about your life. Something interesting.
2: That’s very specific. – Okay. I’m going to call someone.
1: No. It’s fine. Just tell me something.
2: I’m a lucid dreamer.
1: Oh. What is that?
2: I can control my dreams.
1: So your dreams really can come true.
2: I guess.
1: Is real life boring for you then?
2: Nah. It’s not like that.
1: How is it?
2: Well. I just know that I’m dreaming. So I can do a lot of stuff that have no consequences.
2: Usually I do a lot of magic.
1: How does it feel?
2: Very powerful.
1: So is it just like being awake?
2: No. That would be scary. Well. It’s like while you’re in it, it seems the same. But then you wake up and you realise: Oh yeah that is what it should feel like.
– I think you are fainting.
1: I think so too.
– I don’t know what happened then. I felt someone taking off my head. I could feel a cold breeze and people carrying me away. A child started crying. A serenata of crying children as they dragged me away. I didn’t care.
All I could care about was her. Her big lion-face, hovering above me. As she said:
„Who’s the sleeping beauty now?“
She was really funny after all.
Excerpt from the play “TWO LIONS”