When This Madness Ends (Rick Shur, 2004)

Tuesday, at sunset

When This Madness Ends
by Rick Shur, 2004

Unfortunately, under the influence of inebriatives foisted on Dave by little Frankie, Dave spilled the beans about how he tricked Tige and Harry. Frankie told his father, and now, instead of being pacified by thinking he got his cattle back, Phil is madder than ever and declares all-out war on Saul and his ranch. Since Saul is now determined more than ever to kill Dave, Johnny convinces him to get out of the valley until his father calms down, and that he, Michelle, and Dave can be together again only when the madness ends.

 

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Johnny:

THIS IS MADNESS.
THIS IS WRONG.
THIS IS SICK.
BUT
NOW YOU MUST
BE REAL SMART.
GET OUT QUICK.
GET AWAY
REAL FAST.
DON'T WAIT.
YOU'LL RETURN
WHEN IT'S SAFE
TO COME BACK
AND JOIN US

Dave

I DONíT WANT TO WAKE UP
EVERY MORNING
NEXT TO AIR

Johnny

PLEASE LISTEN.
ITíS NOT SMART TO TARRY.
THOUGH WE LOVE YOU,
ITíS NOT WISE
TO SIT TIGHT,
AND THOUGH WE CANíT BEAR IT
THAT YOUíRE FAR
AWAY
PROMISE ME YOUíLL BE
CAREFUL 'CAUSE
WE NEED TO SEE
YOU KEEP ALIVE
SO DO NOT STAY.

Dave

HOW LONG WILL THIS BE?

Johnny

DONíT KNOW.
BUT WE'LL POST
NEWS WITH SAM
AND HEíLL
TELL YOU TO
COME HOME
WHEN THIS MADNESS ENDS.

They dance a two-step together. Johnny, realizing that he won't see Dave for a long time, starts to cry. Dave, fearing that Johnny is going to get himself killed if he stays in Saul's sphere of madness, starts crying, and ends up sobbing. But they keep dancing, and while doing so, they grow more intimate and kiss one another.

Departing of David and Jonathan, by Rembrandt, 1642, hanging at The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Lord Frederick Leighton [1830Ė1896]: Jonathans Zeichen fŁr David; 1868; Institute of Arts, Minneapolis

Historiae celebriores Veteris Testamenti Iconibus representatae, 1712. Pitts Theology Library Digital Image Archive
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