Episode 8: The Push

Bee:

It’s The Beacon.

Music: Intro selection.

Bee:

Um, hey, Wolf.  I’m going out now.  Just so you know.

Actor Sound: Wolf grunts noncommittally.

Bee:

I’ll be out with Capy, actually.  And some other people. I’ll only be out for a few hours.

Wolf:

Don’t suppose you’re gonna tell me what you’re doing or where you’re going?

Bee:

I…no, I’m sorry.  But I will text you when we’re done.

Wolf:

Yeah.  Sure.

Actor Sound: Bee sighs in disappointment.

Bee:

Okay.  See you later?

Silent beat.

Sound Effect: Dorm door opens and shuts.

Transition: Cut.

Setting Change: Prairie.

Bee:

Hi everyone, it’s The Beacon, the show where I have superpowers and I’m trying to find and work with other people who have them too.  I’m your host, Bee, like the insect, and currently, I am sitting in your favorite field and mine, that tall grass prairie beyond the archery field.

Normally, this is where I come to practice with my powers—my fire stuff—but today, it’s got an extra special purpose.  Today, we’ll be using it to practice something else very important—frrrrrriendship! Ahhhhhh!

Silent beat.

Bee:

Oh god, that sounded super cheesy, didn’t it?  I’m sorry, I thought I had this planned out better in my head, but I’m just kind of nervous right now.  I mean, more nervous than usual. See, here’s what’s going down.

Hawk and I have been working on a little…let’s call it…strategy for getting Newt and Cap on our side.  Actually, no, let’s not call it strategy. That makes it sound like we’re manipulating them and that is not what we’re doing.  We’re just trying to give them our best pitch about why they should join Team Super Magic.

By the way, just to clarify, I did not name us Team Super Magic.  That was Hawk’s idea. Not mine.

Sound Effect: Superspeed zoom.

Hawk:

Well, come on, Bee.  All great superteams have a slightly corny super name.  What could be better than Team Super Magic?

Bee:

Literally anything, Hawk.

Hawk:

Well then, you come up with it!

Bee:

I-I can’t on the spot!

Hawk:

Told ya.

Bee:

Anyway, didn’t I tell you to wait out of sight for the signal?

Hawk:

Yeah, but it’s booooriiiiing just waiting and listening for you on the walkie.  And it’s cold! I’ve been running a rut into the ground just trying to keep warm.

Bee:

Well, you didn’t have to wear just your costume out!

Hawk:

Yeah, like I’m gonna not wear my costume to meet these guys.  Hey, do you think it’s going to snow soon?

Bee:

Huh?

Hawk:

Sky’s looking kinda grey.  Hasn’t snowed even though it’s halfway through November.  Just curious.

Bee:

Yeah, it probably should snow soon.  Anyway, while you’re here, just to double-check, you do know what the plan is, right?

Hawk:

Course I do!  The Hawk knows all!

Bee:

Would you explain it then, please?

Hawk:

But I—oh.  Need exposition for the audience?

Bee:

If you wouldn’t mind.

Hawk:

Sure, I can exposit the hell outta this!  So, I run off out of sight again and you wait here and eventually, the knuckleheads show up cause you emailed them to.  Then, you give them the spiel about how you wanted to give this thing another shot. Then they’ll probably whine a bit, be all like, “It’s too hard, I don’t wanna get along,” then, you’ll say, “I know it seems tough, but I think we’ve finally got the right ingredient to make this cake rise!  Introducing—doot do-do dooo!” And then I, listening to all this on the walkie in your bag, run out here quick as a whip to the surprise of everyone. “Introducing, the Hawk!” Ahhhh! And the crowd goes wild! And everyone’s gonna be so impressed and inspired that they’ll have no choice but to join Team Super Magic!

Bee:

And remember, we’re not forcing them to do this.  We’re just trying to convince them that this is the right choice.  But yes, other than that, yes.

Hawk:

Awesome.  Ooh, this is gonna be so cool, Bee!  I can’t wait to see other people with powers like me!  Especially Capy. She sounds fun. And I can’t wait to compare my power with hers.  Superspeed vs superstrength.

Bee:

Okay, yes, that’s great, but you need to go now.  I think I see them coming.

Hawk:

Okay, but quick question—which one do you think would win between—

Bee:

Hawk, go!

Hawk:

Gone.

Sound Effect: Super speed zoom.

Bee:

Phew.  Okay now.  Act natural.  Don’t screw this up again.

Sound Effect: Walking through grass.

Bee:

Hi guys!

Capy:

Yooo, BB Gun, what is up?  Up high!

Sound Effect: High-five.

Volume/Distance: Bee speaks the first word quietly.

Bee:

Ouch.  Hi Capy, did you and your friends get home okay last week?

Capy:

Yeah, we were fine.  Raf just needed to sleep it off.  Then throw up some more when she woke up.  Nothing we hadn’t seen before.

Bee:

That’s good to hear.  And you, Newt? How are you?

Newt:

I'd be better if we weren’t doing this in 30 degree weather.  What is so, as you said, “crucially important to the future of us all,” that we all have to be out here anyway?

Capy:

Yeah, you were kinda sketchy on the details in your email.  It was kind of just, “Hey, get your butt out to this freezing field for some apparently important reason.”  Also, you didn’t tell me this guy was gonna be here.

Newt:

I would’ve preferred to know as well.  I might not have shown up.

Capy:

Oh yeah, this better not be some kind of Parent Trap bullshit you’re pulling on us, Bee:  That’s like 10,000 kinds of messed up.

Bee:

Yeah, but look at you guys!  You already agree on so much!  Like—like the fact that you don’t like being parent trapped!  Ahahahaha…

Silent beat.

Newt:

Yeah, I’m leaving.

Bee:

Wait, wait wait!  Hold on. Please. I know our last meeting didn't go well and pretty much everything I’ve tried since then has just made things worse, but I still want to give this one more shot.

Newt:

Bee, why even bother?  What are you even trying to accomplish anymore?  Neither of us want anything to do with each other or that monster.

Bee:

Just—I’m just trying to give us a support network.  And I know it hasn’t been the easiest thing for us to get along in the past, but I think I finally—

Capy:

Actually, I think I’m good on the support.  I got my girls.

Bee:

Yeah, but—but they don’t know about your powers.  They don’t, do they?

Capy:

Nah, I don’t need to bug them with all this, but they’re still there for me, unlike emo boy here.  What’s up with you anyway, emo boy? You still alone with your sketchy friends?

Newt:

If only because I don’t need an entire entourage stroking my ego to make me feel self-assured, yes.

Capy:

Hey, fuck off dude.  Why don’t you just—

Bee:

Guys, guys, this is what I was talking about!  We’re the only people like us, but we just can’t manage to get along!

Newt:

I thought we’d already established that.  Thoroughly.

Bee:

Yes, but now we may have a solution.  See, you two can’t get along—yet—and I can’t convince you to come around to seeing it my way—yet—but I think we finally have that special element that we’ve been missing.  That one thing to help us gel. Are you guys ready for this? I repeat—just to be clear—are you ready for this?

Newt:

For—what?

Capy:

I’m always ready.

Bee:

Well, here she is—the missing piece we’ve all been waiting for, your new best friend and mine, the one, the only—The Hawk!

Silent beat.

Bee:

…Ahem.  Introducing, The Hawk!

Silent beat.

Actor Sound: Capy coughs pointedly.

Sound Effect: Grab item out of bag.

Sound Effect: Smack walkie-talkie.

Bee:

Oh, is this stupid thing even on?  Hawk, are you there? You’re missing your cue!  Hawk. Hawk!

Capy:

So, uh, you’re seeing this too, right?  Bee just yelling into a walkie talkie?

Newt:

I certainly am.  Also, I thought they stopped making those when everyone got cellphones.

Capy:

You, uh…kinda worried by this too?

Newt:

Quite possibly.  Although, this wouldn’t be the first instance of her claiming to talk to someone who isn’t there.

Bee:

What?  No! Hawk is real.  She’s just hiding. And I’ve totally talked to Fox.  She’s just—not answering—right now.

Capy:

Oh boy.  C’mon, Bee.  You’re acting a liiiittle -

Actor Sound: Capy makes “cuckoo” whistles twice.

Bee:

I am not crazy!  I just met someone named Hawk and she’s like us and any second now, she’s gonna whoosh out here in her costume and then—and then, you’ll see!

Newt:

I can see you haven’t been sleeping enough lately.

Capy:

C’mon, let’s just—

Bee:

No, don’t touch me.  I can do this. I can make this work.  Hawk? Hawk?

Capy:

Bee—

Bee:

HAWK!

Sound Effect: Fire blasts over Bee’s shout.

Actor Sound: Bee breathes heavily.

Capy:

Did she just—

Newt:

—breathe fire?

Filter: Hawk speaks over radio.

Hawk:

Whoops.

Sound Effect: Super speed zoom.

Hawk:

Introducing—doot do-do doooo—The Hawk!

Bee:

Oh my god, where were you?

Hawk:

Sorry, I got bored, and I started watching this Vine compilation.

Newt:

…What just happened?

Capy:

Ohhh, I get it!  She’s fast!

Newt:

And she really is wearing a costume….Why is she wearing a costume?

Hawk:

Hi there, I’m the Hawk, nice to meet you, the Hawk, nice to meet you.  You must be Capy and you must be Newt.

Newt:

And you are—?

Hawk:

The Hawk.  Nice to meet you.

Bee:

So, um.  I found another one of us.  And she has superspeed. Tadaaaaa!

Capy:

Oh!  That's frickin’ awesome!  Damn Bee, you are good at tracking us down.  And hey there Hawk! You ever think of joining the rugby team?

Hawk:

I’m already on a team!  The same team as you guys actually.  Didn’t you hear? We’re all Team Super Magic!

Capy:

That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.  I love it.

Hawk:

I know, right?

Newt:

So, you haven’t Parent Trapped us, you’ve decided to Child Trap us.

Bee:

She’s not a child, she’s just a first-year.  And small. And excited. Like I hoped we could be about this!

Newt:

You still could have simply told us about her in an email.

Bee:

Yeah, well, apparently, you guys aren't great at responding to your emails.

Silent beat.

Bee:

Sorry.  I just set this up so we could all meet Hawk together.  Maybe show off our powers to each other?

Capy:

Superpower showoff?  I’m game for that!

Hawk:

Yeah, speed vs strength!  Let’s give it a shot! You guys wanna join in?

Bee:

Uhm, maybe later.

Newt:

Yeah, I don’t think my power would work well for this.

Hawk:

We’ll work on that.  C’mon, Capy! You can throw rocks at me and I’ll dodge them!

Capy:

You’re on!

Actor Sound: Capy and Hawk laugh playfully.

Silent beat.

Newt:

It’s weird, isn’t it?

Bee:

What?

Newt:

That you’ve found another of us, and that you’ve found them here on this campus.  I assume she is a student here.

Bee:

Yeah, first-year.  Biology and theater double-major, actually.

Newt:

Like I said, weird.

Bee:

Yeah, I would’ve expected her to be in maybe a physical education major or something, but I guess she would’ve already known Capy then if she was.

Newt:

That’s not what I meant.  I meant that outside of this group headquartered in this particular area, there’s only one other person you’ve allegedly made contact with that has powers too.

Bee:

Her name is Fox, she is real, and she is like us.

Newt:

Either way, the rest of us are all here.  Now. It makes me wonder if there’s been an environmental change to make this happen, and if we’re going to see this spread.

Bee:

You seem…kinda curious about this.  I didn’t think you were interested in the logistics of magic.

Newt:

I still stand by what I said.  If standing alone as someone with these powers stands in the way of my ambition, then I have no interest in it.

Bee:

Buuuuut…

Newt:

But if this is a growing movement, if this is some kind of new normal we can expect, then I can see being on the forefront of that as advantageous to me.

Bee:

Heh, yeah, there you go!  First great magical artist.  People would remember that.

Newt:

It does have a certain ring to it.

Bee:

And, you know, I really do just want us to have each other for support.  We don’t have to worry about the luptile for now, we’ll...I’ll figure that out eventually.

Actor Sound: Newt sighs.

Newt:

I wish I could believe it was really just that.

Bee:

What?  Why?

Newt:

Well, no offense Bee, but you haven’t let the luptile thing drop since we met and now you expect me to believe you’ve just let it go?

Sound Effect: Superspeed zoom.

Hawk:

Hey, we talkin’ luptile fighting strategies here?  Because I am all about that.

Bee:

No Hawk, we were not—

Hawk:

Yeah, I was thinking I could go in with some quick hits to distract it, then Newt could draw up some living chains or snakes or something, and then you and Capy could finish it off.

Bee:

No, that’s not—

Newt:

I thought I made it clear how I felt about fighting with magic.

Bee:

You did, you did.  Hawk, I told you we weren’t going to get into this—

Capy:

Hey, what’s up?  I nearly had you back there.

Hawk:

Pfft, as if.  But you’re totally with me on this, aren’t you?  Newt won’t agree with me.

Capy:

Oh, of course.  What are we agreeing on?

Hawk:

That we can totally take on the luptile together.

Capy:

Oh, totally.  What’s a luptile?

Newt:

I’m guessing the wolf-lizard.

Capy:

Oh.  Theeeeen no.

Hawk:

Come on Capy.  I thought you were with me on this!  Don’t you think the four of us combined could easily finish off that monster?

Capy:

Look, I don’t know or care about could.  I’m just not going to.

Hawk:

What?  Why?

Bee:

Um, it’s okay, Hawk.  I’ve already talked to both of them about it.  Newt and Capy just…don’t want to fight. And we don’t need to get into that yet.  We just—

Hawk:

Uh, actually, no, it’s not okay.  We need you guys to get on board with this.

Capy:

Excuse me?

Bee:

Hawk—

Hawk:

Y’know, I’ve been listening to Bee’s show about you guys, and y’know what?  I don’t like what I’ve been hearing. This isn’t how it’s supposed to go.

Sound Effect: Super speed zoom.

Hawk:

You -

Capy:

What?

Hawk:

You’re supposed to be the tank.  The big guy who stands up and takes the hit to protect the little guy.  But you seem like you can’t even stand up for yourself.

Capy:

I’m not -

Sound Effect: Superspeed zoom.

Hawk:

And you’re supposed to be the jerk with a heart of gold.  You’re supposed to be actually pretty selfless under that cold exterior.  But so far, we’ve just been seeing a lot of jerk and not a lot of gold.

Newt:

Well, excuse us for not living up to the grand standards of…sorry, what was your name again?  I forgot because we’ve known you for all of five minutes and not long enough for you to start passing judgments of us.

Hawk:

It’s The Hawk, and given that me and Bee are the only ones using our powers for any sort of good, I think I’m in the best position to be throwing stones.

Capy:

Look, I don’t know what you’re aiming for here, but if anyone is throwing stones, it’s gonna be me.

Hawk:

Oh, yeah?  Like…this?

Sound Effect: Super speed zoom.

Sound Effect: Rock against flesh.

Capy:

Ow!  Hey, what the hell?

Sound Effect: Super speed zoom.

Sound Effect: Rock against flesh.

Capy:

Ouch!  Cut it out!

Hawk:

You may be able to throw big stones, but I can throw little ones faster than you can dodge.

Sound Effect: Super speed zoom.

Sound Effect: Rock against flesh.

Bee:

Hawk, stop it!

Capy:

So what?  What’s your fuckin’ point?

Hawk:

So, it’s not so fun when you’re getting terrorized by something you can’t fight back against, is it?  Like this whole campus and the luptile?

Capy:

I—ugh, what?

Newt:

Is this why you dragged us all out here again, Bee?  So you could guilt us into risking our lives?

Bee:

No, this isn’t what I planned!  What we planned!  Hawk!

Capy:

Bee, you planned this?

Bee:

No, I just agreed that we should be working together!  But-but if you really don’t want to yet, we can just—

Hawk:

Bee, you can’t tell me you’re just okay with letting them off the hook?  With just doing nothing?

Bee:

I—I—It’s not my favorite thing, but—

Hawk:

You guys know the luptile attacked her again, right?  And caused a car crash that put someone in a coma? And you’re just gonna let it get away with that?

Capy:

I—I don’t have to listen to this.  I’m out.

Sound Effect: Super speed zoom.

Sound Effect: Hand smack against flesh.

Capy:

Wha—

Hawk:

Nope, you’re staying right here till you agree to fight the luptile with us.

Bee:

Hawk, stop it!  If she wants to leave, she can!

Hawk:

Y’know what?  No. I hate this part. The whole reluctant hero thing.  We all know we end up fighting the Green Goblin eventually, so why don’t we just get on with it before someone shoots Uncle Ben?

Newt:

Because we’re not superheroes, despite what your delusional little brain and your half-baked costume might be telling you.

Bee:

Oh Newt, don’t—

Sound Effect: Superspeed zoom.

Sound Effect: Hand smack against flesh.

Hawk:

Don’t insult the costume, dude.

Capy:

Yo!  Hands off the emo boy!

Hawk:

You think you can stop me?  You won’t even stand up to a dumb monster!

Capy:

Oh, I’ll—oof!

Bee:

Guys, stop it, please!  This isn’t how it was supposed to go!

Capy:

Urghhh, c’mere you little—ow!

Sound Effect: Superspeed zoom.

Sound Effect: Hand smack against flesh.

Bee:

Newt, please.  Help me stop them.  I can’t—I can’t do this alone!

Newt:

You’re the one who was so intent on fighting monsters.  You want them to stop? You do it.

Bee:

But I ca—

Hawk:

Can’t stop me, Caps?  Don’t like how it feels?  Why don’t you step up? Take responsibility for your power?

Bee:

Hawk!  Please!

Capy:

I’m—gonna—kill—you!  Ragh!

Sound Effect: Breaking bone.

Sound Effect: Crash into ground.

Actor Sound: Hawk screams and moans in pain.

Bee:

Oh god.  Oh no. Oh no.

Capy:

Oh god.  Oh shit. Oh my fucking shit.  I didn’t mean to—

Bee:

Newt!  Call an ambulance!

Newt:

This is so fucked up.

Transition: Cut

Setting Change: Hospital waiting room.

Distance/Volume: Newt speaks from a little ways away.

Newt:

Okay.  Thank you.

Silent beat.

Sound Effect: Taking seat.

Newt:

She’s sedated now, going into surgery soon.

Silent beat.

Bee:

Did…did they contact her roommate?  They’re close. She’ll be worried.

Newt:

I didn’t ask.  They seemed worried enough about the break.  It was a bad break.

Bee:

How bad?

Newt:

Would you even understand the medical terminology?

Bee:

…Probably not.

Newt:

Then it’s really bad.

Bee:

Oh…

Silent beat.

Distance/Volume: Capy speaks quietly, full of guilt and disbelief.

Capy:

I didn’t mean to hurt her…

Silent beat.

Capy:

I just got so angry…

Silent beat.

Newt:

You know, I told you this wouldn’t work.

Silent beat.

Newt:

I said it again and again.  We just don’t fit together. And we don’t need each other.  Nothing good will come from using this power we don’t understand.  But you just had to keep pushing us. Trying to force us together like mismatched puzzle pieces.  And you know what? Capy and I made it both clear we didn’t need it. You were the only one who did.  And look where it got us. So I hope you’re happy, Bee. I hope you’re—

Bee:

Oh, shut up!

Silent beat.

Bee:

Newt, I begged you to help me break them up.  All I asked for was a little help. That’s all I’ve ever wanted.  But you couldn’t even do that. You guys suck!

Sound Effect: Recorder chucked at chair.

Newt:

…Did she just throw her recorder at us?

Capy:

I didn’t mean to hurt her…