SCENE 5 –THE BARMEN AND THE BOY

CURTAIN UP

The scene takes place back in the bar. The Barman is not in his usual place behind the bar but instead he's in the seating area straightening the stools etc. The little boy is laid on the sofa asleep his jar of milk is on the table in front of him. There is about 15% of the milk left in the bottle.

Simon clumsily re-enters the Bar

BARMAN: Hey there how was your evening (The barman goes back behind the bar and starts polishing glasses)

SIMON: Great. It was great, but then I had to leave

BARMAN: Did you see her? Was she everything you imagined?

SIMON: I did, thank you. But then i had to leave she didn't say why. She told me to speak to you.

BARMAN: She did, did she. (carries on polishing glasses)

SIMON: She said i need to do something vital, Vital for our future.

BARMAN: (puts his glass down and looks at him seriously)I am not sure what the young lady is talking about. Your rendezvous is over and i believe it went well. Your work here is over and you can go.

SIMON: But Amanda i said...

BARMAN: don't worry about that Simon just go back through the door. You will see her again. You've done well buddy. You can go home now.

SIMON: So that's it.

BARMAN: That's it buddy. Happily ever after is through that door (Points to the door)

SIMON: but she said I had to do something important, she was adamant it was urgent. This doesn't make any sense

BARMAN: The Young lady probably just had a bit to much to drink. You need to return home. Amanda lives close to you. You'll find her. Follow your heart and you'll find her. You just need to go home. Step through the door and your home and you'll be together for as long as possible. You have to trust me on this one.

BOY: (boy stirs)

SIMON: (sees the boy)Who's the boy.

BARMAN: Don't worry about him. That boys a travellin Boy. He's come to the end of his journey. Poor fella's tuckered out.

SIMON: Ok I'll be going then. What do i owe you.

BARMAN: (the barman laughs)this one's on me good buddy.

SIMON: Ok thanks. I'll see you around.

(Simon walks to the exit door and stops, the door opens, Simon waits and hesitates, he doesn't enter then turns round)

SIMON: All my life i have followed my heart, my instincts. I have let my heart lead the way even when my head is in front. (he walks nearer to the bar and points his finger at the barman)Something doesn't feel right. (more intense) Something just doesn't Feel right. She said it was vital, vital for our future.

BARMAN: (carries on with his work)

SIMON: (goes to the bar) Listen to me. Something isn't right. She wouldn't say it was vital if it wasn't something important.

BARMAN: (very uninterested) Like i said the Lady had a few to many glasses of wine, whats vital is you walk trough that door and be together. You have to forget about what she said. You have to forget it.

SIMON: (thinks)But i can't... i can't go trough that door (points to door). Before I left she asked me if i trusted her. Well i do trust her and if she said it was important then I believe in her... and that means I have to stay. There is something i must do I can feel it in my bones. It doesn't matter what she said and what you believe she said i must stay for now.

BARMAN: You do understand that if you don't go know you may never see her again. I have to warn you

SIMON: No. That won't happen

BARMAN: I'm just saying.

SIMON: No. She said we would be together.

BARMAN: (Claps his hands)Your amazing. Well done Simon, Well done. Simon sit down. take a seat. Would you like another drink... another mojito perhaps.

SIMON: No Thanks

BARMAN: Just sit down take it easy i have to check on my other patrons. In fact simon could you check on the Young boy for me. See if he's ok he's been asleep for a while. I don't want him to miss his bedtime

SIMON: You want me to wake him.

BARMAN: Yes be gentle with him. Don't scare him.

SIMON: ok no problem (he walks over to the child)

BOY: (the boy is stirring)

SIMON: come on little 'one' it's times to wake up. (he gently moves)

BOY: (he opens his eyes and half asleep he says) The boy, the boy.

BOY: (is fully awake) Who are you?

SIMON: I'm simon

BOY: were's the boy.

SIMON: what boy.

BOY: The little boy he was singing to the dandelion.

SIMON: I think you were dreaming

BOY: I was dreaming about the children. One was singing to a dandelion

SIMON: Your in the Bar now you fell asleep.

BOY: I want to come home.

SIMON: can you wait here for one minute.

BOY: (nods his head)

SIMON: (walks to the Bar man)

BARMAN: So hows he doing.

SIMON: he says he wants to go home.

BARMAN: Poor fellow he's been travellin a long way and come so far, little to much for a little fella like that. and now he wants to go home, I guess he needs to go home. He needs to sleep in in his own room in his own bed but i can't leave... my shift isn't over. Hang on a minute i have an idea. Simon do you mind taking the little fella home. It saves him waiting around for me. A bar is no place for a child anyhows. Do you mind.

SIMON: I don't but were does he live.

BARMAN: Simon Simon Simon. You ask a lot of questions for someone who claims to follow his heart instead of his head. Look Simon don't ask anymore questions. I can't take it any more. You know what to do. you always did. Stop searching for the logic in all of this.

SIMON: ok I'll take him home.

BARMAN: SPLENDID SPLENDID. Heres the little fella now.

BOY: (boy comes over to the bar)

BARMAN: Hey little fella. How was your sleep. (doesn't wait for a response) Very good Very good. This is Simon he going to take you home. If that ok with you.

BOY: (boy looks at simon for a few seconds and then takes his hand)

BARMAN: The little fellow trusts you.

BARMAN: (looks at simon seriously again)It's time Simon you can go.

SIMON: Is that it

BARMAN: thats it

SIMON: Thanks for everything.

BARMAN: no problem

SIMON: So i can... we can go.

BARMAN: look simon the door is open.

SIMON: Ok (he looks at the boy) You ready

BOY: (nods his head)Thanks for the Milk Mister.

BARMAN: it's my pleasure little fella. Any time

Simon and the boy begin to walk towards the door about half way across the room Simon kneels down and says something to the boy the boy waits by the door and simon returns to the bar man

SIMON: Bar Man

BARMAN: ignores him

SIMON: One Mojoito please bar man

BARMAN: ignores him

SIMON: BARMAN

BARMAN: Sir the bar is closed please go home.

SIMON: I Won't go not until you answer my question

BARMAN: you need to go.. the clocks ticking.. this is serious.

SIMON: I'm not going

BARMAN: (grabs simon collar and gets angry) WHY... WHY HAVE YOU COME BACK... YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED... YOU CAN GO... WHY HAVE YOU COME BACK. YOUR GOING TO RUIN ALL MY HARD WORD.

SIMON: I'n not going till you answer my question. Heart over head remember!

BARMAN: NO SIMON NO. ITS ME WHO ASKS THE QUESTIONS. THIS ISN'T PART OF THE DEAL.

SIMON: SCREW THE DEAL I WON'T LEAVE UNTILL YOU ANSWER MY QUESTION.. I WON'T LEAVE YOU BEHIND

BARMAN: YOU WON'T LEAVE ME BEHIND (laughs)

SIMON: NO I WON"T GO. UNTILL YOU SPEAK TO ME UNTILL YOU ANSWER MY QUESTION.

BARMAN: (looks at him intrigued)WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT TO ASK ME

SIMON: Why (pause) What do you get out of this, why did you help me.

BARMAN: What did i help you do exactly

SIMON: you helped me find her. You helped with the boy.

BARMAN: (a little flabbergasted) You are... You are a strange man... You certainly are an odd one.

You do realise simon if i stay and talk you may lose everything you may never see her again and the boy.

SIMON: I don't care I'm not going. i won't leave you.

BARMAN: ok ok. What do you want to know.

SIMON: Who are you?

BARMAN: (pause) I'm the Barmen of course..

SIMON: (Gives him a look)

BARMAN: ...but i'm also more then that i'm a custodian, a guardian and a janus.

SIMON: a custodian of what?

BARMAN: ...of something that means a lot of things to a lot of people.. of something incredibly powerful and incredibly special... of something that exits in every species from the smallest animals to the most advanced beings... (starts to emphasise the point) of something that has brought milk to a babies mouth and a tear of joy to an old man's eye... of something that has created empires and discovered new galaxies. I am custodian of that feeling. but i'm also more then that. I am caretaker... a caretaker of spirits. I guess It's something I do just to pass the time. You see time is different here.. at the edge of the universe time is been created and we are part of time... not living IN time. Can you see the difference?

SIMON: a caretaker of spirits. Genji your talking about Genji.

BARMAN: REMARKABLE YOU ARE REMARKABLE .You truly are special. of Course Genji.. in someways it is. You got it Simon. Many people don't. It's Genji but it's more then Gengi. Cause you get a help in hand.

SIMON: in that help in hand is you but why

BARMAN: (checks his watch) Your running out of time

SIMON: Why do you do it

BARMAN: Cause i have to.

SIMON: atonement

BARMAN: maybe but things are so not always so simple Was i bad in a previous life maybe maybe not. Do i have something to Atone for YES is this the reason why I am here NO. The only thing i can say for sure is for now my place is here. I will keep doing this for as long is it required of me to do so. I belong here.

SIMON: so you won't come with us.

BAR MAN: (laughs) Who would look after the bar. (laughs gain) Simon you have come further then i ever thought possible, but now you must go. You have been a special visitor and i have shared with you more then most. Like i said when we first met, what you see before you is a creation, a creation to help you understand were you are and what opportunities lie here. but now you must go. it is imperative you must go home. You must go. I will be ok. I enjoy it here i really just talking to you has freed my heart and taken the away some of the pain i carry. You have been a special visitor and i consider you a special friend. Now as one friend to another. Please please go.

SIMON: I will never forget what you have done for me.

BARMAN: I am surprised you have even realised what i have done. Most people don't get it

SIMON: Thank you

BARMEN: Your very welcome.

(simon walks over to the child and the child takes his hand, the door opens and they step through it)

CURTAIN FALLS

CURTAIN RISES

Back at the bar and the barmen is straightening the bar the same as before simon entered and someone a woman steps through the door.

CURTAIN FALLS