Sticks and Stones

Author: • October 29, 2017 • Plays

MOSES exits into the tent, which welcomes him with an ominous rumble.


AARON         (to ABIASAPH) I hate to be the one to break it to you, brother, but you’re in a serious fix.

ABIASAPH   So help me out of it.

AARON         Don’t imagine I wouldn’t if I could.

ABIASAPH   Why? What do you care?

AARON         Let’s just say I have my own issues with enforced idleness.

ABIASAPH   Then throw in with me.

AARON         If only I had the guts.

PHINEAS      Am I mistaken, or did I just hear you encourage this scofflaw?

AARON         Before you denounce your own grandfather, Phin, will you do me the favor of running some numbers?

PHINEAS      What for?

AARON         Humor me. How many men in this camp?

PHINEAS      The last I heard, around six hundred thousand.

AARON         Now multiply that by the average life span of three score and ten.

PHINEAS      I was never much good at math.

ABIASAPH   Unless my fingers mislead me, that works out to forty-two million years.

PHINEAS      Is there a point to this?

AARON         The point is that, if you divide forty-two million by seven, you’ll see that makes six million years we’re expected to sit around doing nothing. What couldn’t six hundred thousand men accomplish in six million years?

PHINEAS      You’re forgetting one thing, aren’t you? After he finished his week’s work, he took the day off, too.

AARON         It’s different with him. Subtract a seventh of all the time in the world, and you still have all the time in the world.

About the Author

Cecile's Writer: Stephen BailyAuthor: Stephen Baily

Country of residence: France

Nationality: American

Mother tongue: English

Stephen Baily, a native of the Bronx, is the author of three full-length and seven shorter plays. His short fiction has appeared in some forty journals, and he's also the author of three novels, including "Markus Klyner, MD, FBI," which is available as a Kindle e-book. He lives in Paris with his French wife.

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