Step Into The Dark

By Wordsflyup

Step Into the Dark

Scene 1

JESSA sits on a park bench, alone in the center of a bright circle of light. The circle is surrounded only by darkness, and silence. What lies in the darkness is unknown, but we get the sense that it is living, breathing, and constantly shifting. It may very well be filled with every fear that Jessa has ever imagined.

JESSA
Hello? Is there anyone there?
Finding herself alone, she gets up off the bench, staring down the darkness. Standing at the edge of the light, she panics, like a 4 year old faced suddenly with the monster under their bed. She sits back down, the bench is her security blanket. Unbeknownst to her, LUCIFER has slipped in the back, and is standing out of her vision, at the edge of the circle of light. Jessa stands once more, pauses at the edge, and sits again as before. She may repeat this process, she may not. Sensing a presence she speaks.

JESSA (Con’t)
I know there’s someone there. You can just…come out now.

She remains seated forward, and in silence. Unwilling to turn for fear that something actually does lie in wait behind her.

LUCIFER
Good Evening!
Jessa turns to look at him, shocked that he is there.

LUCIFER (Con’t)
Oh. I’m sorry! I’ve put you off haven’t I? Was it because I said good evening? It doesn’t have to be evening. It could be afternoon if you prefer? Would you prefer afternoon? I’ve always been more of a morning person myself.

JESSA
Who—

LUCIFER
(Cutting her off)
Doesn’t matter. What matters is that you aren’t an evening person. And I thought you were. (Pauses, sitting down on the opposite edge of the bench) I should have guessed, you’ve always liked the light more haven’t you.

JESSA
(A pause) Yeah.

LUCIFER
We’re similar in that way. Always attracted to the light. Like an insect to a bug zapper. Can’t blame them really, we’re often attracted to things too beautiful to understand. Even if we know they’ll burn us in the end.

JESSA
Who are you?

LUCIFER
Who are you?

LUCIFER pauses as JESSA looks at him in confusion.

LUCIFER (Con’t)
One good turn deserves another, wouldn’t you say?

JESSA
I would say ‘He who lives in a glass house shouldn’t throw stones.’ But I get the feeling you already knew that. I get the feeling you know an awful lot of things.

LUCIFER
Is that why you won’t answer my question?

JESSA
No. I won’t answer it because it’s my question.

LUCIFER
You’re kind of sassy aren’t you? I like that. Some human traits, I don’t like so much. Sassy though…that’s a good one. It’s strong, dependable. Sassy people make great party guests. Though you’ve never been one to party have you? You prefer solitude. Quiet. It’s much simpler. Not to mention safer. Not very exciting though is it.

LUCIFER pushes himself closer to her.

LUCIFER (Con’t)
I’ve never been one for solitude myself. I’ve always preferred to know that someone else is there. My safety comes in numbers…yours apparently comes in park benches, which is odd, but then to each their own. I knew a man once who—

LUCIFER moves towards her again, pausing when JESSA jumps up off the bench.

LUCIFER (Con’t)
Really Jessa? That’s how this is gonna be?

JESSA
I’m sorry if I seem uncomfortable, my mom always told me not to talk to strangers.

LUCIFER
And look how well that ended up for you. I’m not here to harm you, Jessa. You know that. You can sense that much at least can’t you?

JESSA
I—I can’t seem to sense much of anything. Frankly I’m not even sure quite where I am.

LUCIFER
That would indeed prove to be problematic. Well…do you know where you were?

JESSA
Excuse me?

LUCIFER
You. Do you know where you were? Before the park bench. You much have been somewhere. Everyone is somewhere. If you know where you came from, you must know where you were headed. So where were you?

JESSA
(After a moments pause)
I was in the park. I was in the park, and I was waiting.

LUCIFER
Waiting for what?

JESSA
For Charlie. My boyfriend. He…was on the phone, had wondered off somewhere. He’s always wandering off somewhere. I was waiting for him. I didn’t want to walk home alone.

LUCIFER
So?

JESSA
What do you mean so? I was sitting in the park, waiting for my boyfriend. And now I’m here. Still presumably doing the same thing.

LUCIFER
Except you’re not, are you? Do you see any grass? Trees? Sky? Do you get a general park-like atmosphere? There’re no ducks here. I like ducks, I’d know if they were here. Can’t have a park with out ducks. Or grass. Generally grass is probably ranked before Ducks, but—

JESSA
What’s your point?

LUCIFER
My point is you’re not in a park. And you know that. You’re very smart. That’s something I know. So where are you?

JESSA
I’m…nowhere.

LUCIFER
Well that seems harsh. Obviously you’re somewhere. Otherwise you really would be nowhere, and that would be impossible. Because we wouldn’t be having a conversation then would we? So what happened in the park, Jessa?

JESSA
(Like trying to pull nonexistent facts out of her head during an exam)
There was a man. And he was looking for something. No. He wanted something. He wanted my purse. And I gave it to him. But something happened, and he panicked. And he had a gun.

The sound of a gunshot breaks the silence.

LUCIFER
Was it a loud gun?

JESSA
Louder then anything I’ve ever heard. Louder then standing in front of the speakers at a rock concert. Shockingly loud. I don’t—I don’t remember anything else. But that gunshot. And then—and then I was here. Then I was nowhere.

LUCIFER
I’ve told you Jessa, you’re not no where. You’re here. Here does in fact exist, its starting to get insulting now. Do keep up with the program.

JESSA
I’m dead.

LUCIFER
Yes. I’m sorry.

JESSA
I can’t be dead.

LUCIFER
Well, it appears you are. As shocking as that is.

JESSA
But I have mid-terms next week. I’ve been studying for a month.

LUCIFER
Yes, well I’m sure your professors will all grant you A’s.

JESSA
I can’t be dead. I don’t understand. There’s no way.

LUCIFER
I’m not entirely sure how else to explain this to you. You, yes you Jessa, you were shot. And therefore died. Hence you are dead. Very dead in fact. In a sliding scale of death, you rank as completely and utterly dead. Not kind of dead, not mostly dead, just dead. In that ultimate, sad, unavoidable-like-taxes sort of way.

JESSA
I can’t be dead. I can’t just be dead. I’m alive, I’m standing here talking to you, there’s no way I’m dead. It wouldn’t be logical—

LUCIFER
Jessa, not all things in life are logical. Death in particular.

JESSA
But we’re talking, you and I. The two of us are having a conversation. Dead people don’t have conversations, they just don’t. Are you telling me I’m some sort of zombie? Or, or, or a vampire? I don’t have fangs, at least not that I’m aware of. I’m not rotting—

LUCIFER
Jessa, you’re not a zombie. And as much as I loved Twilight, you’re not a vampire either. You’re just you, in your purest form.

JESSA
But dead?

LUCIFER
Well yes, of course.

JESSA
But I was just home, I was just talking to my boyfriend, everything was okay. My mom called me less then an hour ago, and you’re telling me I’ll never get the chance to call her back? I’m just dead?

LUCIFER
That’s how death works Jessa. One minute you’re there, the next you’re not. It’s truly Gods greatest magic trick.

JESSA
But that’s not fair. I’m just done? One second I’m waiting for my boyfriend, and the next thing I know, I’m just…gone?

LUCIFER
I’m sorry, Jessa. That’s how it works.

JESSA
No. That can’t just be how things work. I had no warning, I don’t even remember dying. There was no pain, there was no bright white light. There’s supposed to be a light isn’t there? That’s what they always say in movies, ‘don’t go towards the light.’ I didn’t have a choice! I didn’t go towards any light!

LUCIFER
Is this light not bright enough for you? I could make it brighter, but I didn’t want to blind you. However, if that’s what you want.
Lucifer snaps, and the light around Jessa intensifies to a blinding degree.

LUCIFER (CONT.)
Too much? Of course it’s too much. All people ever talk about is the bright white light, then once they get it all I ever hear is ‘please, stop, it’s hurting my eyes.’ You people never know what you want. And even when you do know what you want, when you get it you don’t want it anymore.

JESSA
Turn it off.

LUCIFER
You were the one that asked for the bright light, Jessa.

JESSA
JUST TURN IT OFF.

LUCIFER
Lucifer snaps again, and the stage plunges into darkness forcing Jessa to momentarily confront her fear.
Very well.

JESSA
What…what happened?

LUCIFER
You asked me to turn it off, I listened.

JESSA
I want it back. Turn it back on.

LUCIFER
You really can’t make up your mind on anything, can you? You want the light, you don’t want the light, you hate the dark, you’re dead, you’re alive…how did you ever manage to eat? I’m surprised you didn’t starve to death debating food choices—

JESSA
I’m not dead, and I want you to turn the light back on.

LUCIFER
Try to stay calm, Jessa.

JESSA
I AM CALM! JUST TURN THE DAMN LIGHT BACK ON!

LUCIFER
You’re very demanding.
He snaps, and the original circle of light comes back.

LUCIFER (Cont.)
What, no thank you?

JESSA
Who are you?

LUCIFER
I told you before, that doesn’t matter. You’re awfully scared of the dark for a dead girl. What have you got left to fear, Jessa?
JESSA
I’ve told you, I’m not dead. This is some warped sort of dream, I’ll wake up soon, and Charley will come get me, and I’ll call my mom back and—

LUCIFER
You know this isn’t a dream. Stop denying this, it’s starting to get redundant. Jessa, you’re dead.

JESSA
No.

LUCIFER
Honestly, Jessa—

JESSA
No. I don’t remember dying. I don’t remember any pain, all I remember is the sound. If I don’t remember it then it can’t have happened right?

LUCIFER
Jessa, you don’t want to go down this path.

JESSA
I don’t remember anything about it, all I remember is the gunshot. That noise could have come from anywhere. If I was shot then why don’t I remember it? I didn’t feel any pain, that can’t be right.

LUCIFER
Are you saying you want to remember the pain? You want to remember dying?

JESSA
I’m saying that I think that I would. That’s a pretty epic thing isn’t it?

LUCIFER
Death is a very shocking thing, if you don’t remember it, then it’s for a good reason.

JESSA
Are you saying some people do remember their death?

LUCIFER
Some do. It’s on a need to need basis. Personally I don’t feel as though anyone would benefit from remembering being shot.

JESSA
Maybe I would, how can you know that?

LUCIFER
Do you honestly want to remember that pain, Jessa? I don’t think you do.

JESSA
I do.

LUCIFER
Then you haven’t thought this through.

JESSA
How can you have any idea what I’m thinking? You have no right to tell me what I can, and can’t do. You have no idea what will happen if I remember, you just like being able to control the situation. Have you ever been shot before? How can you have any idea what it feels like?

LUCIFER
No, I’ve never been shot before. But I know the pain. I know pain better then you could ever hope to imagine. Some pain is good to remember, I will admit that. But the sort of pain you want to remember, it’s pointless. All you gain is suffering. I’m only trying to protect you, Jessa. Despite whatever you think, I do have your best interests at heart. Really.

JESSA
I want to remember.

LUCIFER
Jessa, think about this for a moment.

JESSA
I did. I want to remember.

LUCIFER
Its going to hurt.

JESSA
I don’t care.

LUCIFER
Yes you do. Jessa…if you remember, will you accept the situation you’re in?

JESSA
Accept that I’m dead, you mean?

LUCIFER
Yes.

JESSA
I don’t see how I could deny it any more.

LUCIFER
Very well. Just remember, you asked for this. I didn’t want this for you, and you asked for it.

JESSA
I’ll do my best to recall that.
Lucifer snaps his fingers once more, and the sound of the gun shot is once again heard. Jessa falls to the floor. It might be caused by pain, from the memory of the gunshot, or the pain of realizing that she is in fact dead.

LUCIFER
I told you it would hurt, Jessa.

JESSA
Make it stop.

LUCIFER
I’m sorry, I can’t.

JESSA
I don’t want to remember anymore, make it stop.

LUCIFER
Once that door has been opened, I can’t close it again. I’m sorry. You were the one that was so insistent.

JESSA
I want it to stop.

LUCIFER
It will fade in a moment. That’s the only good thing about pain, it’s momentary. I never understood pain personally. It has no point. Why would god create humans, only to make them doomed to suffering. Never made much sense. If you proclaim to love someone, then one would think you would do your best to shield them from pain, keep them safe. Look at the state you’re in Jessa. Senseless, truly.

JESSA
I want it to stop, I want to go back.

LUCIFER
You can’t go back, Jessa. I’m sorry. That’s one of the things I don’t have any power over.
JESSA
Please, I just want to go back. Just send me back.

LUCIFER
Do you listen to a word I say? I can’t. If I could send you back, I would. Trust me, if I had power over death, I would be in a vastly different place right now. Unfortunately only one being has ever had power over death, and he doesn’t choose to use it very often.

JESSA
If you can’t send me back, then why are you here?

LUCIFER
This has never been about sending you home. This is about where you are now. Try and think forward would you? Your life is in the past now, you have to let it go—

JESSA
Let it go? Let it go!? I’m dead, you can’t do a thing to help me, and all you can say is that I need to LET IT GO? That was my life! I can’t just let it go! I had hopes, I had—I had goals, I wanted kids, I wanted to do something with my life, I wanted to mean something, and you’re telling me to let it go? Like it’s just over?

LUCIFER
Jessa, it is over.

JESSA
YOU’RE NOT HELPING.

LUCIFER
I see we’ve graduated to the anger portion of the program then.

JESSA
God, would you shut up for just a second? Everything that I ever wanted, everything I ever did, it doesn’t matter at all does it? It’s just gone, in a second, just like that? That’s not fair, I had no warning, if I had known—

LUCIFER
Then you would have spent your time thinking about your death, and not focusing on what to do with your time. People weren’t meant to know the future, it wouldn’t end well. Don’t you watch TV?

JESSA
And you can’t do anything? You can’t send me back, not even for 5 minutes?

LUCIFER
If I could, I would. I assure you.

JESSA
I just want 5 minutes. That’s all. 5 minutes, and then…whatever…

LUCIFER
What good would 5 minutes do you?

JESSA
I could say goodbye to Charley, say goodbye to my mom.

LUCIFER
They’ll say goodbye in their own ways.

JESSA
But I don’t get to say goodbye in mine? I don’t get any closure?

LUCIFER
This here? This is your closure Jessa, what do you think you’re doing here?

JESSA
I don’t even know where here is!

LUCIFER
You can’t make a guess? What with the lights, and the empty space?

JESSA
Well I’m not in heaven am I? This can’t be heaven, if this is heaven…then…I want a refund.

LUCIFER
You can’t ask for a refund on the afterlife. But you’re right, this isn’t heaven.

JESSA
Is it hell? If I’m not in heaven then I’m in hell right? I can’t be in hell! I never did anything to deserve hell! All I ever did was exist! I never hurt anyone! I never took my parents for granted! I never even did anything particularly rebellious, or lively! Isn’t that punishment enough? Why would I be in hell?

LUCIFER
Calm down for a second.

JESSA
Calm down? First you want me to move on from my life, then you want me to calm down? I’m in HELL, how is anything about that calm? This situation doesn’t lend its self to calm! You stay calm damn it!

LUCIFER
Did I say you were in hell? Did I, at any point, ever tell you that you were in hell?
JESSA
I’m not in hell?

LUCIFER
Of course not. Are you kidding? With this scenery? Hell has much better décor. Its much homier feeling. Its got a certain warmth to it.

JESSA
Is that supposed to be funny?

LUCIFER
No. Have you ever been to heaven? It’s very cold. Terrible really, why you’d want to spend eternity in an overly air conditioned ice box, is beyond me.

JESSA
So, I’m not in hell.

LUCIFER
No, very much no. You’re in a transitional stage, Jessa. Some people stay here forever, just waiting, others move on quickly. It all depends on the person. Granted, for some people this IS hell. The waiting period, I mean. In hell, you don’t wait for anything. You’re already there. You wouldn’t believe me, but some say it’s a great relief.

JESSA
I’m not in heaven, and I’m not in hell…so where am I? I’m in purgatory? That’s what this is? This transitional phase or whatever, its purgatory.

LUCIFER
Gold star, Jessa. I was starting to wonder when we’d get here. If you didn’t figure it out on your own, I was going to tell you. I’ve got all the time in the world really, but it was starting to get boring. No offense.

JESSA
If this is just a transitional phase, then what am I still doing here?

LUCIFER
Because obviously, you need a transition. Two minutes ago, you were begging me to send you back. As I said before, this is about moving you forward.

JESSA
Moving me forward where?

LUCIFER
Wherever you decide to go.

JESSA
I want to go to heaven. If I’m dead, and my options are heaven or hell, then I pick heaven.

LUCIFER
By all means then, feel free to go.

JESSA
Go?

LUCIFER
Yes. Go. Go ahead, it’s that way somewhere. If you’ve made up your mind, you can go at any time. I won’t stop you.

JESSA
What do you mean, ‘it’s that way somewhere?’ You don’t know where it is?

LUCIFER
Oh no, I know perfectly well where it is. Its that way.

LUCIFER gestures vaguely in a random direction.

LUCIFER (Cont)
Or, it might be that way. You know…actually I’m not all that sure. I could find it if I were moving toward it, but I’ve always been a little directionally challenged…

JESSA
So then just take me.

LUCIFER
Oh dear, oh no. I can’t take you. I couldn’t take you if I wanted to. Heaven is a place you have to find on your own. So if you really want to find it, by all means, have at.

JESSA
I have to find it on my own? I have to go out, into that darkness, all by myself?

LUCIFER
I’d give you a flashlight, but I don’t seem to have one on hand. Sorry.

JESSA
You want me to walk into that, all by myself?

LUCIFER
I didn’t say I wanted you to. But if you want to find heaven, that’s the way you have to do it.

JESSA
But…I don’t know what’s out there.

LUCIFER
Well, frankly, neither do I. I’ve never really put much thought into it actually. It’s just darkness really. There could be any number of things out there, or there could be nothing. Some days it certainly feels like nothing.

JESSA
No. There’s something out there. Its—I can feel it. There’s something moving out there, I know there is. What is it?

LUCIFER
That’s not for me to know.

JESSA
You can’t honestly expect me to step into total darkness, with something alive. Not if I don’t know what it is. There could be anything out there. Some sort of Animal, or person—

LUCIFER
Or a giant spider lurking in the darkness, waiting to eat you. Or Jack the Ripper, or giant African lions, or the boogyman, or evil clowns. There could be anything Jessa. There could be ducks, or pandas for all I know. Or there could be nothing. Utter nothingness. The question is, what would be more frightening? And are you willing to face it?

JESSA
I don’t know if I can. What if I can’t? What if I just…start walking, and keep walking forever?

LUCIFER
That might be exactly what happens. I can’t guarantee you anything.

JESSA
What if I can’t make myself go? What if I’m too scared?

LUCIFER
There’s nothing wrong with that Jessa. No one says you have to do anything. You could stay here forever. You can go out there on your own, or you can stay. With me. Whichever suits your fancy.

JESSA
Stay with you?

LUCIFER
It is an option, Jessa. My favorite option, actually.

JESSA
You want me to stay here with you?

LUCIFER
I just wanted to let you know that you could.

JESSA
I don’t even think I really know who you are.

LUCIFER
Really, it doesn’t matter in the slightest who I am.

JESSA
You want me to stay here without knowing who you are?

LUCIFER
You just want to know my name. That’s the only thing that matters to you, my name makes little difference in who I am. I’m here with you either way.

JESSA
Well I’m sorry if I’m having trouble trusting you, I don’t meet many seemingly omnipotent men very often.

LUCIFER
Good word usage. Omnipotent. That’s a scrabble keeper right there. Not quite accurate, but I digress.

JESSA
Are you God?

LUCIFER
Oh good heavens, no. The farthest thing from it.

JESSA
Then who are you? I’m dead right, so what…are you Saint Peter? Are you guarding the gates of heaven by any chance?
(JESSA Pauses when he starts to laugh. She cannot understand if this is a good or a bad thing.)

LUCIFER
If I’m Saint Peter, then President Bush had an affair with the Queen of England. What happened, you used to be so good at 20 questions as a child.

JESSA
You want to play 20 questions? Seems rather juvenile, but okay.

LUCIFER
Now Jessa, you’re just avoiding the issue at hand.

JESSA
Are you a Saint? Any one of the thousands there are?

LUCIFER
That’s two questions, and no. I’m not a Saint, Jessa. Come now, you have to make a decision—

JESSA
So you’re not a Saint, but you’re controlling Purgatory?

LUCIFER
We’re admitting this is Purgatory now?

JESSA
I ask the questions in this game, not you. Answer me.

LUCIFER
Yes, that is the case.

JESSA
How powerful are you?

LUCIFER
That’s complicated. Fairly powerful, more powerful then a saint ever could be, less powerful then God. If God is, in fact, still around.

JESSA
He is, or we wouldn’t be here, would we?

LUCIFER
Ask yourself a question, Jessa. If god was around, why would he have allowed you to go through so much pain? Why would he have allowed you to be taken from earth so early? You’re very young, Jessa. What purpose could your death possibly have? Other then causing pain to yourself, and those that knew you. Why would you still be sitting here? Why, if god does exist, do so many horrible things happen in the world?

(LUCIFER pauses, unable to keep his rant from spilling forward. It seems to be something he held back for far too long.)

LUCIFER (Con’t.)
You’re very beautiful, Jessa. You know that? No, I suppose you don’t, you’re not very good at this whole self-reflection thing. But you are. You’re gorgeous. All of you humans are. God created something fantastically beautiful, if you stepped back and looked at the whole thing, you’d weep from the sheer beauty of it all. But he tossed it aside, Jessa. He created it in order to love it, and then he tossed it aside. He does that with everything. Creates something claiming he loves it above all else, and then it gets shoved aside like a broken toy when something new comes along. That’s what we are to him, we’re just toys. All of us. Each and every little thing, we’re just toys.

JESSA
We?

LUCIFER
Yes, WE, Jessa. Believe it or not, the two of us have something in common. Congratulations, you’re the first to come to that conclusion.

JESSA
You sound like you speak from experience. Did he hurt you? God? Is it personal to you, is that why you sound so angry?

LUCIFER
For the last time, this isn’t about me. It’s about you. Everything here is about YOU.

JESSA
I don’t think it is, I think this is very much about you. This is personal for you, I can tell. God hurt you, and you can’t stand to see any more people profess their love for him, and go to him, can you? That’s why you gave me the option of staying here?

LUCIFER
That’s far more then one question.

JESSA
Well, we’re not playing the game anymore.

LUCIFER
You know, you’re a fascinating creature, Jessa. I tell you you’re dead, and after a few minutes of bemoaning and denying your state, all you can do is ask questions about me. Most people, when they realize they’re dead, they panic. They can’t get out of here fast enough. People are very selfish by nature. It’s all about themselves, all the time. But you can’t stand to focus on yourself, all you want to do is focus on anything and everything else.

JESSA
You don’t like humans very much, do you…

LUCIFER
Ooh, gold star for that one. No, I don’t. You’re imperfect, incredibly so, and yet are loved above all else. I’ve never really understood it. We’re supposed to love you, bow down to you, and most of you never give the same love back. You’re practically incapable of it. Either you barely notice, or you try far too hard, and never see the real point. You can’t just love, you have to have some sort of baggage with it, you have to condemn someone else. If you could offer pure love, you’d all be puppies--

JESSA
I think you’re too quick to generalize.

LUCIFER
Maybe I am, but no one’s proved me wrong yet.

JESSA
You’re Lucifer, aren’t you?

LUCIFER
You’re very good. No one ever guesses that. They let me be a shadowy figure in the back, pointing their way home. But you had to know, didn’t you?

JESSA
Am I right?

LUCIFER
Yes. My name is Lucifer, I’m a Gemini, my favorite color is green, and I like long walks on the beach—

JESSA
Knock it off.

LUCIFER
I’m sorry, I’m just not used to people saying my name. I was starting to feel a little like Voldemort, truthfully.

JESSA
What are you doing controlling Purgatory?

LUCIFER
Well I don’t see anyone else doing it. Where do you get off asking all these questions? This is supposed to be about you, this is your time for self examination. So go ahead and reflect on your life, like you’re supposed to.

JESSA
My life? My life is over, you said so yourself. Yours, however is never ending, isn’t it? That seems far more important. How the hell do you deal with that? Don’t you ever get bored?

LUCIFER
It does indeed get monotonous, but then every once in awhile someone like yourself comes along and they’re far too frustrating, and the monotony is broken.

JESSA
You find me fascinating, you said so yourself.

LUCIFER
Enough of this, if you’ve moved on from your life, then just keep going.

JESSA
If I decide to leave, what happens?

LUCIFER
I don’t know. I’ve never been past the edge of the light.

JESSA
There’s something out there, I know there is.

LUCIFER
Then go to it, there’s nothing stopping you.

JESSA
But what if there’s nothing there? What if I’m wrong?

LUCIFER
We can stay here and chat for the rest of eternity, but you’ll never find out if you don’t take a step into the dark.

JESSA
What if I step in, and I change my mind?

LUCIFER
You can’t change your mind, Jessa. Listen, I like you. I’ll admit that. You’re very different from most people I meet. Heaven is that way, I assure you, you just have to go to it.

JESSA
What happened to you wanting me to stay here?

LUCIFER
I told you, this isn’t about me—

JESSA
I went through my whole life being afraid. The whole thing. When I was a child, I was terrified of the dark. I lived my life in well lit places, always able to see everything. As an adult, my fears got much more complex, but I could always see everything and it gave me comfort. Now I’m here, and I can’t see anything at all, except you, and I’m just supposed to put my faith into something I can’t see?

LUCIFER
You don’t have to go if you don’t want to. You can stick to the well lit places in death, just as much as you did in life. But you have to make a decision eventually.

JESSA
If I have the choice to leave any time I want, then why don’t you have that choice as well?

LUCIFER
You’re avoiding the issue again.

JESSA
You’re just stuck here? With no real connections? Just pushing people places day in, and day out?

LUCIFER
I don’t push, I suggest.

JESSA
It must get lonely.

LUCIFER
Jessa—

JESSA
Listen, when I was alive, I lived my whole life terrified to make any connections. I don’t think I ever even made an honest to god connection with Charley. I couldn’t see the strings drawing people together, so I avoided them completely. I was always afraid of getting too close, and getting hurt.

LUCIFER
So stop being afraid of what you can’t see. Step into the dark, Jessa. It’ll be fine.

JESSA
I want to stay with you.

LUCIFER
Excuse me?

JESSA
I’m going to stay here. With you. Is that so hard to understand.

LUCIFER
Incredibly so, actually. Why on earth would you ever choose to stay here?

JESSA
You want to know what I think the purpose of life is?

LUCIFER
Do enlighten me.

JESSA
I think it’s people. I think that when we’re alive, we’re supposed to make connections, let ourselves be effected by those around us. Allow ourselves to be effected.

LUCIFER
Good outlook.

JESSA
I’m not sure I ever did that. I spent too much time being afraid. Texting instead of calling, letting myself play things on the safe side.

LUCIFER
So—

JESSA
So I don’t think my life is over. I never learned how to connect. And you, obviously don’t know how.

LUCIFER
You’ll have to forgive me, I’m not sure I understand.

JESSA
I just want to make one connection, before I go. I want to feel like my life had purpose.

LUCIFER
By making a connection with Lucifer?

JESSA
I think you’re more human then you’re letting yourself admit.

LUCIFER
Too human sometimes, I’m afraid. It’s disgusting.

JESSA
And I don’t think you deserve to be lonely.

LUCIFER
Jessa, you won’t stay. No one ever does.

JESSA
So we’ll take things one moment at a time. That’s how life’s supposed to go, isn’t it?

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Step Into The Dark

Created: Jul 18, 2010

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