When the past saw the future

N. Lygeros

Translated from the Greek by Evi Charitidou




At the old railway station. Full shot. Flash back.

A little girl who seems lost is approaching a monk…

Athanasia

Do you happen to know when the train arrives?

Fotis

It won’t be late now. Time. Don’t worry…

Athanasia

How do you know that I’m worried?

Fotis

You are not waiting for the time!

Athanasia

Are you waiting for it?

Fotis

I live with it…

Athanasia

How can I live with it too?

Fotis

By dying with it…

Athanasia

How can I die?

Fotis

It’s too early…

Athanasia

Why is it early?

Fotis

You haven’t learnt how to suffer yet…

Athanasia

But, I don’t want to suffer….

Fotis

Neither do I want you to suffer…

Athanasia

Can you suffer for me?

Fotis

This is why I have come…

Athanasia

Will you take the train too?

Fotis

No, I have to stay here…

Athanasia

May I sit next to you? She’s sitting next to him. Do you have friends here?

Fotis

I had and I will have.

Athanasia

But, don’t you have now?

Fotis

I have to build a bridge first…

Athanasia

Are you a master too?

Fotis

No, just the material…

Athanasia

Why can’t I understand you when you answer me?

Fotis

Because you are not asking me any questions!

Athanasia

How strange are you! Fotis smiling… However, you are such a good man…

Fotis

I’m only human…

Athanasia

Why are they so few and the others so many?

Fotis

Even a single candle can enlighten darkness…

Athanasia

Yes, but for how long?

Fotis

As long as light deserves it.

Athanasia

And how about if we don’t want to see?

Fotis

Then we shouldn’t take trains…

Athanasia

I like travelling…

Fotis

Your travel, though, starts here from these rails…

Athanasia

What two lines can do to you! Time. They can take you from one edge to the other…

Fotis

The circle of life…

Athanasia

And where’s death?

Fotis

Wherever life is…

Athanasia

Why to live if I am to die?

Fotis

Why to die if you are to live?

Athanasia

You live here but you are not from here.

Fotis

I used to be from here and I will be from here… Time. Time is space with no dimensions…

Athanasia

You know, I don’t want to take the train any more…

Fotis

And why is that?

Athanasia

Because I arrived without departing…

Fotis

Only motionless trips take us really away…

Athanasia

I like travelling with you…

Fotis

Your city is a motionless trip…

Athanasia

I’ll catch up on you before you go again…

Fotis

I’ll be here, when you need me… She’s kissing him on the chick.

Athanasia

Then I may leave… Time. And what if I forget you?

Fotis

I will remember it for you…

Flash back. End.







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