By Maya Renee Castro
The stage is filled with beautiful market stands/carts. People are selling everything;
home goods, food, fruit, clothes, ointments, recipes, handmade items… etc. The stage should feel bright and warm. You can hear the ocean nearby and may even feel a slight mystical
breeze. Valeria, a young Puerto Rican woman, walks onto the stage dragging Chad, a young
white man, behind her. She stops at a mango stand while Chad looks around, slightly bored.
Valeria gets way too excited, buys some mangos and runs off to look at other stands/carts. Chad searches around the market until he sees an interesting cart filled with all differ.
Now this is… something else…
He picks up a necklace with a big gem in the
middle. He can’t stop looking at it. Valeria
walks back over to Chad, the gem immediately
pulls her in.
Wow that’s beautiful.
He snaps out of the trance.
Perfect for… (to Valeria) someone like you!
The woman working the stand turns around.
Ivelisse, She has the most enchanting qualities
and magnifying energy.
Is that what you think?
He didn’t mean it like that.
Mean it like what? What did I do wrong?
Oh honey, you don’t have to stand up for him.
Chad slowly lowers the necklace to glare at
Ivelisse but he is suddenly overtaken by her
eyes. He is transfixed and can’t stop following
her. Ivelisse snaps her fingers and laughs. Chad
tries to regain his composure.
How much for this?
For this? Really?
It is very beautiful.
Useful for what?
It’s just a necklace, how about thirty?
It is worth, what it is worth.
You’ve got to be kidding me.
Chad, don’t be so rude.
I have objects for lesser price over on the other
side, however they may not be suited for someone…
Chad rolls his eyes and goes to look around at
the other table. There are plants at the end of
the table and every time he goes near them they
slowly die and when he walks away they regain life. Ivelisse studies Valeria.
You are very beautiful but there is such a low light
behind your eyes.
I’m sorry, what?
Your light is dimming, why?
Valeria, Come look at this!
Are you from around here?
We’re from New York.
I’m actually Puerto Rican.
Her mother’s family lives here.
Ivelisse gently grabs on to Valeria’s hand.
There is a breeze.
Don’t let him speak for you.
(as if in a trance)
I’m Puerto Rican but I was born in New York. I’ve
been visiting family almost every other summer. This
is my boyfriend’s first time.
How has your summer been?
Very hot, lots of bugs.
I love it here but it has been… long.
She looks over at Chad.
You belong on this island.
Oh, we could never move here.
Maybe not you.
What are you trying to say?
Chad just let it go. How about we go check out some
If you want to go check out other stands go right
Valeria storms off further into the market.
Maybe you should be a bit more respectful.
Chad chooses to ignore her. He picks up a tiny
It’s the clearest water on the island. It makes
dreams come true.
Sure it does.
You don’t believe?
No, I just think you tell people that so they will
pay whatever high price you are selling it for.
I would never sell any of my items to you.
I wouldn’t want it anyway. It’s all trash that I can
find at any other market in the world. This place
Chad starts to walk off to find Valeria.
You don’t understand how special this place is…You
think you can just come to this island and treat it
so disrespectfully. Walk its lands and not understand
a single part of it? To use it’s people? It’s
Resources? And not even care! (beat)… She is going
to do just fine without you. Perhaps she’ll be better
then she ever been, because you are the trash.
The wind starts to pick up and the sky starts to
dim. The ground starts to shake and chad slowly
gets pulled closer and closer to the table. The
candles on the cart flicker with flames and
suddenly Chad disappears in a puff of smoke.
Everything slowly goes back to normal. Ivelisse
touches one of the tall candles and turns it
around to reveal Chad stuck in the wax. She
smiles and sticks a label over the front of him.
Valeria walks back over to the cart.
Do you know where my boyfriend went?
He walked out of the market.
Really?… Maybe he’ll get lost for a while.
Valeria goes to walk home but Ivelisse stops
Do you want to be happy?
I… I do.
Then take this.
She hands Valeria the candle with Chad in it.
Burn it every night until it is gone. It will help
you find clarity, happiness and heal you.
It is a gift, for you.
Take it, please.
Ivelisse clasp’s Valeria’s hands around the
You are strong. You are as strong as the island
beneath your feet. No one can take that strength away
from you but they may make you forget. Try not to
forget. It has been running through you since our
ancestors brought you into this world. You. Are.
Valeria closes her eyes, nods and takes three
Maya Renee Castro is a NYC based, Black-Latinx Lesbian, writer/director focused on telling stories of communities and individuals that have been traditionally overlooked or misrepresented. Both on screen and off, Maya Renee works to promote BIPOC, LGBTQ+ individuals, and women. Maya Renee has written, directed, and produced multiple live theatre events and short films. With her strong love and passion for horror and magical realism, she hopes to leave a lasting impact on the horror industry. It should be known that she is a complete and utter fool…