SCENE 9: (Scrooge, Ghost of Christmas Present, Tammy, Frederick, the Council)
(The scene is the Auditorium again, same setting as that of scene 1. Replay this scene)
SCROOGE: *glares* No, Tammy. *getting ready to leave* I will not hear anymore of this, you should know by now that I have had enough. My answer is No. *walks away*
COUNCIL: *just watches him*
TAMMY: *calls out to him when he reaches the door* Scrooge.
SCROOGE: *turns around halfway*
TAMMY: Merry Christmas.
SCROOGE: *leaves and slams the door behind him*
(SCROOGE and GCPr emerge from the door)
SCROOGE: This is earlier. I’ve seen this.
GCPr: Really? *eyes Tammy and Fred*
SCROOGE: *follows her gaze*
COUNCIL: *makes comments about that scene as they go back to work*
**Tammy and Fred stand alone**
TAMMY: *sadly* I pity the soul.
FRED: *nods* He never should’ve said those things about you.
TAMMY: I pity his soul.
SCROOGE: Oh, you fool me, Tammy!
FREDRICK: He really was never like that when we were younger, right?
TAMMY: *shakes her head* I miss his ambition and kindness.
FREDRICK: But the thing is, he’s not like that anymore. *looks at her seriously* what is really going on, Tam? An unannounced trip abroad? That is not like you at all.
TAMMY: *looks away to check if the others are listening* Keep this between you and me, Fredrick… I-it’s my… *gestures to her left chest*
FREDRICK: *surprised* Tammy!
TAMMY: *worried look* Quiet, Fred!
FREDRICK: *a little angry* I can’t believe you!
TAMMY: *confused* What?!
FREDRICK: You’re going abroad just because you can no longer contain the feelings you have for Elliot?!
SCROOGE: *durh* W-what..???
GCPr: hmm… hmmm
TAMMY: *denial!* WHAT?! No. It’s not that!
FREDRICK: Then what? You want to find someone there?
TAMMY: I need heart surgery in Germany!
SCROOGE: *freezes in fear*
GCPr: (aside) oh, look at that, he does seem to care about something!
TAMMY: *sadly* At first it was just medication, but my folks want to be sure. True enough, to completely remove all obstacles in my health, this operation must be made. I say that I can still go on, but my parents won’t listen to me. A one way trip, cure me a little more and give me a bit more endurance… Elliot just needs to say yes tomorrow.
SCROOGE: I say yes now! Yes!
GCPr: It is useless!
FREDRICK: Why have you been keeping this from us?
TAMMY: I didn’t think it was much of a big issue until I saw my appointment date and place. I didn’t want to worry anyone unnecessarily.
FREDRICK: *shakes head* Is there really no other way? To… hold position while you’re gone?
TAMMY: He is the most advisable! Beneath his rough exterior persona, he is still responsible, practical and a leader.
SCROOGE: *disbelief, amazed* Why?
FREDRICK: And if he becomes a tyrant in the course of a few weeks? You know he doesn’t do Christmas breaks. He’d rather do paperwork for the next semester.
TAMMY: *shakes her head* He wouldn’t do that.
SCROOGE: *sad* Why Tammy?
FREDRICK: What makes you so sure?
TAMMY: How about Trust?
SCROOGE: *sad* Why do you believe in me?
FREDRICK: *teasing* How about Love?
TAMMY: *knocks him on the head* *smiling* Seriously, okay? If he declines, I’d need to stay here and work then. I guess this is a sign! *smiles still* This means I must be strong enough to keep it up! Fate cancelled my flight by making Elliot say no, I wouldn’t need to go through painful surgery!
FREDRICK: *worried* But Tammy, how about the—.
TAMMY: Let us not talk about the other consequence if he declines. Simply because he will not decline, I know he’ll understand. I swear, once this is all over, I’d never ask another favor from him again.
SCROOGE: Why, Tammy?
TAMMY: Because giving me a chance at life—to live without fearing of the next attack—would be the greatest favor anyone could ever give me.
SCROOGE: Why do you love me?
**Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present teleport back to Scrooge’s**
SCENE 10: (SCROOGE, Ghost of Christmas Present, Ghost of Christmas Future)
SCROOGE: *sitting on his couch again* *dazed* Was that all true, Christmas Present?
GCPr: Why? Are you scared?
GCPr: Then it must be true; to instill true emotions in you.
SCROOGE: *thinks* *stands* What will Christmas Future show me?
GCPr: *shrugs* I am just the Present. I am made from the Past and I create future. Only now, in your Present, you choose to leave them, not hearing all that could’ve helped you make your decision. Good luck with Future. *disappears*
SCROOGE: *sits on the couch, his head in his hands, worried* *looks up* *sees the dark hooded figure of the Ghost of Christmas Future*
SCROOGE: *brushes himself as he stands* I am ready for my Future…
GCF: *stares* The future I will show you is what will happen if you stay on the path you chose today; if you didn’t change your mind.
SCROOGE: If I said no?
GCF: *nods* *bangs the floor with her staff* *A girl’s agonizing shriek is heard*
SCROOGE: *falls on his knees and boxes his ears of the pain*