Great Uncle Wilson – Play Snippet by Libbie W.

One of my friends, Libbie W., is a playwright. From a prompt she was given, she came up with this snippet of a play.

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GREAT-UNCLE WILSON
Children, I’m afraid I have a matter of rather grave importance to discuss with you.

LILITH
What is it, Great-Uncle Wilson?

GREAT-UNCLE WILSON
Well, it is most difficult to try to explain, especially to ones as young as you, but I feel that by this point you have enough spirit in you to fully understand what I am telling you.

TOMMY
Yes, of course, Great-Uncle Wilson.

LILITH
What do you have to tell us?

GREAT-UNCLE WILSON
Well, children…I am deeply sorry to tell you this, but I am actually not your Great-Uncle Wilson after all. Yes, yes, I know, you must be surprised to hear me say such a thing. I’m sure that you never thought that there was a ghost of a chance that your dear Great-Uncle Wilson could possibly be a fraud. I am sure that this news upsets you greatly, so I will give you a moment to let this sink in.

LILITH
But, Great-Uncle Wilson, we already know that you are not really our Great-Uncle Wilson.

GREAT-UNCLE WILSON
What’s that, now?

TOMMY
It’s true. We’ve always known you are not our Great-Uncle Wilson.

LILITH
Neither of us had ever heard of a Great-Uncle Wilson.

TOMMY
And we often overheard Mother talking about how she wished that you would just leave us alone and let our family get on with our lives.

LILITH
But tell us, Great-Uncle Wilson, if you are not our Great-Uncle Wilson, why are you here in our home?

GREAT-UNCLE WILSON
Well, yes, I was getting to that. Now, children…I am deeply sorry to tell you this, but you are no longer alive. But I am dead serious when I say that you are not quite dead either, more somewhere in between. Yes, yes, I know you must be surprised to hear such a thing. I’m sure that you never thought that there was a ghost of a chance of your lives being so short. I am sure that this news upsets you greatly, so I will give you a moment to let this sink in.

LILITH
But, Great-Uncle Wilson, we already know we are not alive.

GREAT-UNCLE WILSON
What’s that, now?

TOMMY
It’s true. We’ve known for quite some time that we aren’t living any longer.

LILITH
After all, we always found it so strange that we no longer needed to sleep or eat, and yet we never felt any of the effects of it.

TOMMY
And we only ever seem to hear our parents talking now, we never actually see them anymore.

LILITH
But tell us, Great-Uncle Wilson, what does us not being alive have to do with you not being our Great-Uncle Wilson?

GREAT-UNCLE WILSON
Well, yes, I was getting to that. Now, children…I am deeply sorry to tell you this, but I am actually a reaper and I have been sent to fetch your souls so you may return to the afterlife. Yes, yes, I know you must be surprised to hear such a thing. I’m sure that you never thought that there was a ghost of a chance of your dear Great-Uncle Wilson taking your souls into the afterlife. I am sure that this news upsets you greatly, so I will give you a moment to let this sink in.

LILITH
But, Great-Uncle Wilson, we already know that you are a reaper.

GREAT-UNCLE WILSON
What’s that, now?

TOMMY
We’ve always known that you were a reaper.

LILITH
We were wondering what was taking you so long to tell us and bring us into the afterlife. We were beginning to think that you had forgotten what you were.

TOMMY
After all, there’s certainly no sense in keeping Mother and Father hoping that someday we might wake up. It wouldn’t be right of us to let them think that.

LILITH
But tell us, Great-Uncle Wilson, why did you not tell us sooner about who you really were, and why you were really here?

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