The grave and immortality

N. Lygeros

Translated from the Greek by Evi Charitidou




At Mesolonghi’s cemetery…

Fotis was on his knees in front of Peter’s grave… Medium long shot.

At the moment that he stoops to kiss the ground, Athanasia appears with flowers in hands…

 

Fotis

Your stone memory, my friend, lives inside me now. Medium shot.

Athanasia

You came just now? Time. He doesn’t need you any longer!

Fotis

He didn’t need and doesn’t need anyone!

Athanasia

Don’t seek for excuses! Time. You forgot him, this is the truth… She is putting the flowers on Peter’s grave. Medium long shot.

Fotis

Thank you for coming…

Athanasia

I come every day… I don’t need your thanking…She is starting crying…

Fotis

What happened to you, my dear Athanasia?

Athanasia

Why did you forget him?

Fotis

But, I didn’t forget him… I can’t forget him… He lives inside me…

Athanasia

Why did you come now? Time. To give him Judah’s kiss? Medium close shot.

Fotis

Even if it is of Judah’s as you say it still is a kiss…Close up.

Athanasia

The kiss of betrayal is of no value to me…

Fotis

Our friends are our future traitors…

Athanasia

How dare you? Close up.

Fotis

The other ones do not know us that enough so as to betray us…

Athanasia

But what are you talking about?

Fotis

I’m saying the truth… Even if you have never betrayed a friend of yours, you will do it at the moment of death…

Athanasia

Changing style. Peter however…Medium shot.

Fotis

Peter however left his memory to me, his stone memory…

Fotis standing up. And Athanasia is looking at his legs… Medium long shot.

Athanasia

But what happened to your legs?

Fotis

I got injured… It’s nothing…

Athanasia

Why are your legs always wounded?… Medium close shot.

Fotis

John asked me the same question…

Athanasia

And did you give him the same answer?

Fotis

There was no need to answer… We see John coming... He may tell you himself… Athanasia is running towards John. They are talking and looking at Fotis who is on his knees again… Full shot.

Fotis

Alone. I read your story, my friend, and I’m glad that you had remembered our first meeting on the small island… I didn’t know that you had been writing already since that time… Extreme close up. John is coming from Fotis background, whereas Athanasia stays where he told her to do so. Full shot.

John

Grabbing Fotis’s shoulders. Why didn’t you tell her anything? Medium long shot.

Fotis

It’s still too soon…

John

Because she hasn’t understand who you are?

Fotis

Yes…

John

Even Peter and I had a difficulty, although we had seen you…

Fotis

Athanasia saw me too when she was little…She simply doesn’t remember it… Medium close shot.

John

It’s not that she doesn’t remember…she can’t link her memories together…

Fotis

I know…She’s still not ready…

John

She doesn’t trust you any longer… because you’ve forgotten Peter…

Fotis

I don’t want her to trust me… I want her to know…

John

Will a life be enough for her?

Fotis

No… Close up.

John

And can’t you do anything?

Fotis

I do whatever I can…It can’t go more than that…

John

But when she understands she will get hurt for her injustice… Medium close shot.

Fotis

It’s not injustice….

John

But I know where you had been and why you had been there!

Fotis

Though another one wouldn’t have done this…

John

But this is why Peter asked you this…

Fotis

And this is why Athanasia condemned me… Close up.

John

So, it had to be done...







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