The One Ring

by Santiago Soto, age 11
The One Ring Santiago is going into the sixth grade and started writing when he was six. He doesn't care what form he writes in he just really likes to write fiction.

“MAXIE
How have you been doing Grandfather?
TRITON
Good. Ever since you trapped that troublemaker Alkemite and stuck him in that ring of yours and put it in the Museum for safekeeping.”

MAXIE: 25. Wants solitude and feels content.

ALKEMITE: 23. Wants fame and is feeling greedy. ALKEMITE and MAXIE are polar opposites yet they are brother and sister.

TRITON: 73

COUNT DUKE: 45

Scene 1
They are in a suburb of Europe in woodlands. The year is 2019. ALKEMITE is counting his money. MAXIE is reading.

ALKEMITE

Yessssss, more money sister.
MAXIE (grunting)

More problems for you brother.

ALKEMITE

Just give me that orange ring and I’m fine.

MAXIE

This is bad.

ALKEMITE

I want more money more than everybody else.

MAXIE (under her breath)

I have to trap him so that his spirit can be stuck in the ring forever. My brother drives me crazy.

ALKEMITE

Money and party.

MAXIE

Hey Alkemite! I just saw a million dollar ship right on our back lawn.

ALKEMITE (shouting)

Wow dollars, jackpot, I hit gold!

MAXIE (to the audience)

I rigged the ship. Once he touches it, it will explode.

ALKEMITE

Money, money, money! But wait I should see if it is rigged first

ALKEMITE taps it

ALKEMITE

Booooooooooom!

MAXIE

I got him! Wait he’s coming out. (sighs) This is so embarrassing.

ALKEMITE

Defeating me is harder than it looks M-girl.

MAXIE
Don’t call me that you greed monster!

ALKEMITE

That’s mean but you are right, that’s what I am.

MAXIE

I will have to beat you the hard way.

ALKEMITE

OUCH! SNAP! CRACK! ZOK! POW! YEOW!

MAXIE

Grrrrr.

ALKEMITE

Ahhhhh……..

MAXIE

Finally, but I had to do in even if I don’t want to.

On the floor the orange ring is glowing more than normal for ALKEMITE’s spirit is trapped inside the ring until someone else uses it.

THE END… or is it?

Scene 2: One Year Later
MAXIE is talking to her grandfather outside on the patio over some nice, fresh-squeezed lemonade. The radio is on.
MAXIE

How have you been doing Grandfather?

TRITON

Good. Ever since you trapped that troublemaker Alkemite and stuck him in that ring of yours and put it in the Museum for safekeeping.

MAXIE

I’ve been happy that he is gone. We don’t want him to get out of the ring for he will sell you as a slave.

TRITON

My life has changed tremendously because of you.

An interruption: news on the radio.

RADIO ANNOUNCER

Count Duke has stolen the ring from the Museum of Artifacts!

TRITON

Oh no, Count Duke has stolen the ring from the Museum of Artifacts! That troublemaker robber!

MAXIE

Noooooo, he could use the ring to put my brother in this world. It’s too late, Count Duke has already stolen the ring.

COUNT DUKE enters.

TRITON and MAXIE

Oh no!

COUNT DUKE

Oh yes!

MAXIE

Why did you steal the ring?

COUNT DUKE

Yes, the orange ring. I’ve heard about you and your curse, Alkemite. I stole the ring because I want these amazing powers. I can test it out on my first victim, you!

(beat)

Rise!
The energy fills his body when he slides the ring on and he turns into ALKEMITE.

ALKEMITE

(to himself) Thank you Duke! I can now get revenge on Maxie for putting me in this cursed place.

MAXIE

We have to leave now!

TRITON

Now now, don’t rush your elders, child. I’m only forty-eight years older than you and my reflexes are slow.

MAXIE

Please hurry up so we don’t get…

ALKEMITE

Get what caught?

MAXIE

Don’t make any sudden moves before he decides to blasts us to cinders and Julius Caesar coins.

ALKEMITE

Oh let’s do that, no? That’s more money for me!

TRITON

Maxie, run. Ahhhh…

Clink clink! TRITON transforms into a coin.

MAXIE

Noooo!

TRITON (muffled)

I’m a coin.

ALKEMITE

Let’s scoop up this Triton coin and sell it.

MAXIE

Please don’t.

ALKEMITE

Sorry Miss, nothing personal, just a crazy obsession with money.

MAXIE

Please don’t sell him.

ALKEMITE

I don’t listen to reason. I lack control.

MAXIE

I’ll get you yet, you greedy greedy brother.

ALKEMITE

If you don’t stop me, I will turn the whole world into a massive coin.

MAXIE

No one will want to turn into a coin.

ALKEMITE

I will succeed where my ancestor Midas failed.

MAXIE

Brother Alkemite, the world will not like your choices.

ALKEMITE

I will make them like my choices.

MAXIE

Don’t leave!

ALKEMITE

I have every right to.

ALKEMITE exits.

MAXIE

Why was I so soft? Why?!

Scene 3

540 miles away in Siberia.

ALKEMITE

With my Gold gun I can turn the whole world into a giant coin!

Scene 4

Back in Europe in suburbs.

MAXIE

I must stop him now but Siberia is far away.

MAXIE looks to a gold jet.

Alkermite

Huh I hear something what is that?

MAXIE

It’s me, I’m here.

ALKEMITE

How?

MAXIE

The jet.

ALKEMITE

I’ll just finish you myself.

MAXIE

I will not let you turn this world to gold.

ALKEMITE

I shall succeed for GREED IS KEY.

MAXIE

Even Midas, as possessed as he was, would not do what you have done.

ALKEMITE

You’re right, we should fight for the world. If I win, I get to turn the world to gold. If I lose the world is saved, okay?

MAXIE

Yes okay.

ALKEMITE (firing the beam)

Coming in like hot dollars

Sound effect: clink, clink.

MAXIE (to herself)

I have to expose him!

ALKEMITE

Nuh uh, I don’t think so

The beam intensifies.

MAXIE

Aahhh my arm has been turned into solid gold!

ALKEMITE

Ha ha ha ha!

MAXIE (to herself)

I must reflect his beam at him using my gold arm!

ALKEMITE

Ha ha ha… wait who turned on the lights?! Auggggghhh.

MAXIE

It is done! But wait, why do I still have my arm?

ALKEMITE

Because I am still alive.

MAXIE

You’re going down.

ALKEMITE

Wait I am not possessed by greed anymore.

MAXIE

Are you sure?

ALKEMITE

Test me.

MAXIE puts a coin in front of ALKEMITE and he resists.

MAXIE

Wow, you have changed.

ALKEMITE

I’ll fix Triton.

ALKEMITE fires the beam and Triton turns back into a human.

TRITON

Thanks, my boy.

MAXIE

Triton!

TRITON

I would not be here if it wasn’t for you, Alkemite.

ALKEMITE

Any time, but now it’s time to party!

MAXIE

Not now.

TRITON

Let the lad have his fun. The world is already normal.

ALKEMITE

Come on guys!

MAXIE

The world will need help but for now let’s have some fun.

THE END

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