ENZO – the protagonist. He is stubborn and does not want to listen to words of caution issued to him by his friends.
CASHEW – one of Enzo’s friends. He only pokes fun at Enzo when it comes to women but he never really gets involved with anyone
MYSTIC – one of Enzo’s partners. He doesn’t lime with the group much, he is more of a loner and he is pretty lazy.
SAIYU – a mysterious woman who Enzo is infatuated with.
WASSY – Enzo’s noisy friend. He likes to lime and have a good time but is wary of Enzo’s interest in Saiyu.
POLICE OFFICER 1
POLICE OFFICER 2
A police officer stands over the body of a youth no more than twenty years of age. There are other officers around the area looking for clues as to what could have happened.
|Police Officer 1:||It seems as if dis boy died from ah fall|
Ah chance he never stood
And his parents we must now call
|Police Officer 2:||Look! It ha someting in he hand!|
One week earlier
Enzo and Wassy are liming on the street corner. Enzo is a youth of twenty and he is dressed in a three quarter pants and a T-shirt. His hair is unkempt and he is a red skinned fellow. Wassy is one year older than Enzo and he is well dressed and is half Chinese. They usually hang out at the corner of Enzo’s street to chat. They are both waiting for Cashew, their Indian friend to pass for them when Saiyu passes by. She is a young, red skinned woman. She is wearing a sexy top and a long fitted skirt that completely covers her legs. A shapely figure is seen through her attire and this is pleasing to their eyes except that they cannot see her face properly since it is hidden beneath a very large hat. Despite this, Enzo is almost drooling over himself.
ACT ONE: SCENE ONE
|Enzo:||My God! Angels walk upon de earth. Tings like dat from de country of meh birth!|
|Wassy:||Boy is true, is true. When yuh see dem ting pass, yuh does not know wat tuh do.|
|Enzo:||But Wassy boy yuh know who she is? This creature of fair beauty|
Who come to trouble meh heart and soul, who come to upset meh entire world?
|Wassy:||Ah wish ah could tell yuh bout dis bes ting|
But boy ah jus doh know nutting
She jus appear from nowhere one night
And quite ah stir she does cause when she in sight
Buh caution ah issue to yuh on dis one
Because of lack ah information
|Enzo:||But dere mus be someone who know|
Be it friend or foe
Bout dis girl dat step out my dreams
And body language dat say follow me.
A car pulls up beside them and it is Cashew, their Indian friend. He is a couple of years older than Wassy. He parks and steps out onto the curb next to them and Wassy informs him of what is happening.
|Enzo:||Boy, yuh eh see she as yuh was pullin up?|
De sweet ting dat jus went in de shop
|Cashew:||Wah yuh talkin bout boy?|
Yuh feel ah does ha time tuh play and toy?
Is drive ah drivin and nuttin else
On de road ah ha tuh study bout mehself
|Wassy (laughing):||Is drive he driving?|
It eh ha nobody no more conniving
Dan dis Cashew
Yuh neva say dat
When yuh was scopin out Ms. Beepat!
Here she comes!
She passes by the three of them and Cashew, who has now joined the fray, is also mesmerized by her beauty although they are unable to see her face. Enzo makes a movement to speak to her but both Cashew and Wassy hold him back. He is pissed.
|Enzo (angrily):||Wah wrong with both ah allyuh?|
Like allyuh trying to take way my Saiyu?
Leh meh go!
Else dis beast go start roarin
Allyuh deceitful wolves in sheep clothin
|Cashew:||Boy, wah wrong wit yuh?|
Why yuh hyper so?
And how yuh know she name?
|Turning to Wassy.||Like allyuh smoke some weed or wah?|
Both Wassy and Enzo watch Cashew. He puts up his hand in defense.
|Cashew:||Nah, nah doh kill meh dread|
Ah was hopin dat wudda explain
How Enzo hook so
The woman who Enzo has dubbed as Saiyu (since they did not know her name) has disappeared down the street. Enzo has stopped struggling and Cashew and Wassy let him go. He looks at them with murder in his eyes.
|Enzo:||Ah know allyuh wuh she|
Buh ah see she firs
She was made fuh me
After she allyuh could thirs
Buh know she already in my purse.
|Cashew:||Enzo boy, wah yuh talkin bout?|
Why yuh ha tuh scream and shout?
De gyul lookin good so we ha tuh look
Buh dat doh mean yuh ha tuh hurry tuh chook!
The three of them disperse and go their separate ways. Enzo looks in the direction Saiyu went but decides to wait until the next day.
ACT ONE: SCENE TWO
Nightfall. Enzo goes to the bar that is situated opposite the curb where he was liming with Wassy and Cashew the night before. When he enters, he notices Mystic, a tall, lanky brown skinned boy, sitting in the far corner of the bar, sipping lazily on a beer. He makes his way over to him.
|Enzo:||How tings wit you man?|
|Mystic (yawning):||Good, good.|
Wat up wit you?
|Enzo:||Nuttin, nuttin. I good too.|
Mystic yuh know we thick like glue
Tell yuh boy if yuh know anyting
|Enzo:||De sexy chick who does hide she face|
Trust meh Enzo
Forget bout she
She’ll only cause you pain and sorrow
|Enzo:||Dat sweet fairy|
Who lips drippin’ ah honey
Hips swayin’ and teasin’
Wah pain could dat angel cause me?
|Mystic:||Wah lips ah honey?|
She face yuh ent ever see
Dat eh even she rell name
Enzo, yuh iz ah stubborn fella
When rain fall
People does use umbrella
Fuh protection against de wedder
And ah say tuh yuh
Leh common sense be yuh protection
From dat demon
|Enzo:||Ah missin’ something here|
Dat eh no kinda clue
Wat ah suppose tuh do?
|Mystic:||Jus’ follow me chupid advice|
An know ah eh go lead yuh stray
Buh something not right bout she
Yuh doh see she in de day
Only de night
Yuh never does see she face
Dat is not right!
|Enzo:||Maybe she is ah night person|
She doh like daylight
Look at me, I does like to lime in de night.
|Mystic:||Dat different boy!|
We does see yuh face
She mus’ be covering she own from disgrace!
Cashew and Wassy enter the bar and take seats next to Enzo and Mystic.
|Wassy:||Allyuh eh hear?|
|Ezno:||Hear wah boy?|
|Wassy:||It havin’ ah party dis weekend on de block.|
|Enzo:||Eh heh? Doh make joke.|
Dat is good opportunity to plough and yoke.
Boy, wah shit yuh does be talking?
Is Saiyu he studyin’
De boy head hard like steel
Buh who doh hear does feel.
|Enzo:||Say wah allyuh want|
I know dat I and she
We meant tuh be
Nothing allyuh say
Could deter me!
|Mystic:||So who throwin’ dis blocko boy?|
|Wassy:||Ah tink is DJ Mike|
Is rell drinks we hadda spike!
It go have rell girls dey
|Wassy (musing):||Ah wonder if Siranasaurus Rex go be dey boy|
|Mystic (confused):||Siranasaurus Rex?|
|Cashew:||Is ah ting dat does be coasin’ on him in de Zen|
|Mystic:||So he wonderin’ if she go be dere?|
|Wassy (confidently):|| She go be dere|
Have no fear
Is my turn now to coas’
Leh we see who go boas’!
Enzo’s silence is noted with the mention of Sirana and they all look at him.
|Cashew:||You rell quiet dey Enzo boy|
Ah cyah believe this Saiyu done wound you up like a toy
|I tink I goin’ dey|
Ah cyah watch Enzo waste away
By tinking bout a gyul who face we ent never see
And can only be defined by she body.
|Wassy:||We go see yuh fuh de party den?|
Where dere be bitches, dere be men!
|Mystic:||I tink I gone dey too|
And remember Enzo
Forgeh bout Saiyu.
Mystic and Wassy leave. Enzo gets up and goes out the door to go home. As he is walking, he expresses his thoughts out loud.
|Enzo:||Dey jus doh understand|
Wah ah feel for dis woman
Oh I’d chant ah mantra
To cure dis fever
And make meh stronger
Ah must ha she
Like de goddess Circe
She cast ah spell on me
She is Medusa
Whenever she pass
Ah does turn tuh stone
Ah doh know wah tuh do
But one ting is true
She go be mine
And mine alone
No one else go ha she
Destined from de beginning ah time
Me and she, huh!
Nuttin go tear we part
I know, my love fuh she
Was real from de start
Cursed as Dorian I may be
And meh picture
Ah go gladly show she
And ah could die
Carefree and happy.
He reaches his home, opens the door and goes inside.
ACT TWO: SCENE ONE
It is the night of the party. Cashew, Wassy and Enzo arrive together. Mystic reaches a little while afterwards. The party is in full swing and there are a lot of young women there. Cashew and Wassy are scouting the scene while Mystic is standing near a bar, sipping lazily on a beer and taking in the view. Enzo is silent. His eyes are roaming the crowd for a glimpse of Saiyu.
|Wassy:||Dais wah we talkin bout!|
|Cashew:||Makes me wanna scream and shout.|
Mystic makes his way over to them.
|Mystic:||Wah is de scene fellas?|
|Cashew:||Jus cool. Wait! Wassy, over dere!|
Dat lookin like Sirana.
Wassy narrows his eyes and peers through the crowd to the spot that Cashew was pointing to.
|Wassy (upset):||Yes, dat bitch!|
Which man she wit now?
Ah ask she tuh come wit me
Buh she here wit dat fool Mitch
Ah goin over dere fuh she tail
Is who she feel she playin wit?
Tonight ah go make ah jail!
|Mystic:||Boy, doh do someting shupid nah!|
See da crowd? It ha plenty ah fish fuh you and me
Doh throw yuh life away on ah worthless flea!
|Cashew:||Mystic right boy|
Leave she leh she coas and ploy
In de end
You be de bigger man
And as it is
Leave de situation.
Enzo spots Saiyu and life is suddenly injected back into him.
|Enzo:||Dere she is!|
My dream goddess
Ah goin after she
Tonight she not gettin way from me!
Before any of them could stop him, he disappears into the crowd. Saiyu was causing quite a stir especially since her face was hidden. She mesmerized all of the guys and the girls were annoyed at her presence.
|Cashew:||It jus have something wrong wit dat gyul|
We never see she face
She never even say ah word
Ah cyah understand why Enzo captivated so?
He get something from she dat we eh know?
|Mystic:||Since she come on de scene|
Ah watchin she
She not ah normal person
She is ah demon
Yuh does only see she in de night
She doh talk to nobody
Jus wearin sexy clothes and galavantin she body
Dat is wah have Enzo chupid so
But wit she, we cyah leh him go!
Mystic and Cashew begin to make their way through the crowd to find Enzo. Wassy was still watching Sirana and debating with himself whether to go and confront her.
|Cashew:||Yuh tink we go ketch him?|
Look how fast he movin!
|Mystic:||Leh we split up nah|
You take de left
I take de right
They split up and go after Enzo. Meanwhile, Enzo is so fixated on following Saiyu and catching up to her that he does not realise that she is leading him out of the party. However, he takes it as a sign that she wants more than just to talk, which, of course, Enzo certainly would like to do.
Wait fuh meh nah!
Ah want it as bad as yuh!
She glances around at him and continues leading him out of the party. The party was close to a forested area, where Saiyu was leading him. When she realizes that they were alone, she stops and waits for him to get closer to her. Upon reaching her, he grabs the piece of cloth that guards her face. He rips it off and she quickly puts her hands over her face to cover it. She laughs coyly and runs off into the darkness. Stunned, Enzo holds the piece of cloth in his hand and begins running after her in the darkness, following the sound of her laughter.
Back at the party, Cashew and Mystic meet up after searching the entire area.
|Mystic:||It seem dat he disappear|
No trace ah he anywhere
|Cashew:||Hopefully he go turn up soon|
He does handle he stories smooth
Wassy then approaches them looking disheveled. Mystic and Cashew look at him in surprise.
|Cashew:||Wham to you?!|
Yuh went an fight
Dat chupid Mitch right?
Boy like you is ah ass or wah
To fight fuh someone so chupid
|Wassy:||Wah it matter to you?|
Is meh honour ah protectin
Ah know she eh have no brains
Is not tuh mess with Wassy!
|Mystic:||Allyuh fellas eh bet allyuh dotish nuh|
Fuh oman allyuh go fight and kill
I gone dey oui
Ah wish allyuh good will
|Cashew:||Ah feel ah going dey too|
Ah go drop allyuh home
As fuh Enzo
Heh! To each his own.
They leave the party without finding Enzo or seeing Saiyu.
ACT TWO: SCENE TWO
The next day, Wassy, Cashew and Mystic are driving by the area that the party was held at and noticed a lot of police cars and policemen scoping the forest nearby. They stop and get out of the car to see what the commotion was about.
|Cashew:||Excuse meh dey officah|
Wah is with all dis bacchanal
Like someone geh kill or wah?
|Police Officer 1:||Is ah tragedy true true|
Of one so young and full ah youth
Wassy, who had moved away from Cashew and Mystic, notices that they were now bringing a body out of the forest. In one of the officer’s hands, he spots a piece of red cloth and a chain with the letter ‘E’ on it. It looked just like the chain Enzo used to wear. Wassy gasps.
|Wassy:||O god! Tell meh is not true!|
|Cashew:||Wham boy! Why yuh gettin on so?|
Yuh ackking as if yuh see ah ghost!
|Wassy:||Well it might as well be!|
Our friend Enzo might be….
|Cashew:||Boy stop it nah!|
Yuh scarin meh!
The police officer notices their exchange and makes his way over to them.
|Police Officer 2:||Hey you! Yuh recognize dis chain?|
Wassy shook his head. Cashew and Mystic, on seeing it, shake their heads as well.
|Police Officer 2:||Is ah sad ting fuh dis poor youth|
Cause now he forever mute
|Cashew:||No way it could be Enzo!|
No way dat could be true!
|Mystic:||Buh officah yuh could describe de youth?|
The officer described him and they realized that it fit Enzo’s profile perfectly.
|Police Officer 1:||Allyuh know dis fella right?|
Lift de veil, geh dem sight
To view their friend in earthly light
Better for us they identify
His parents now to be pacified
They viewed the body and identified it. The officers showed them personal effects belonging to Enzo. They also realized that the piece of cloth that one of the officers held was the same colour and make as the one that Saiyu was wearing. They had no doubts in their mind that she had a major part to play in Enzo’s untimely demise. They gave the officers the description of Saiyu and left with heavy hearts.
Later that evening, while Mystic is walking home from the bar, he glimpses Saiyu disappearing around a street corner. Under the dim light, he sees that she has one normal leg and the other one appeared like a hoof. At that moment he understands everything.
|Mystic:||Everyting reveal itself clearly I know I was right bout she|
De mystery finally come to light
It terrible dat Enzo had to suffer dat plight
He lust was he undoing
He shudda listen to me
But he stubborn as ever
And just like dat Helen
Who cause an entire city to fall
Dat witch, dat cursed demon!
Destroy my friend
Always de destruction ah men
Is true dat everyone was ackking strange at de party
But dis reason I wudda never forsee
But me she wudda never ketch
Saiyu, dat damn La diablesse!
He takes out a cigarette from his pocket, lights it and inhales deeply.
The curtain falls.
Author’s note: I wrote this play for a school assignment, which, unfortunately, had to be performed as well. But it went okay. The language that the characters is speaking is Trinidadian English Creole (I prefer to say Trinidadian English), while I write the additional scene information in Trinidadian Standard English. The title of the play is a Trinidadian English Creole saying meaning if you do not want to listen, then you will learn it the hard way, that is, by experience. Since I do not believe that we speak a ‘creole’ as the majority wants us to think, I refer to my native language as simply Trinidadian or Trinidadian English.