A Game Of Words
B: On your marks...
C: Go! No.
A: Get set....
B: On your marks...
C: Get very set...
A: Set..... set....
A: Get ready...
B: On your marks....
A: Start getting ready...
C: Again.... now, again...
B: On your marks!
C: Step down...
B: On! Your! Marks!
A: Refuse to play.
C: The race is not a race if it is run.
B: On your marks right fucking now!
A: Having run, where will you have been?
C: Having gone, where will you have went?
A: The race is not so much over as it is always starting.
B: Listen to me! You must, MUST, gets on your marks!
C: It is always starting only if it never starts.
B: I'm really sorry I swore at you a few moments ago...
A: If the race starts, we won't be able to end it.
C: It must continue, endlessly.
B: I lost my temper...
A: We tried to run it before...
C: We could not stop...
A: Experience has taught us to listen to experience.
C: It is an endless game.
B: I should have taken a deep breath...
C: He wants to believe that the race can be run.
A: But it can't, because you can only run in something if there is an end.
C: Otherwise you are always running.
B: I forget to breathe, and I'm liable to say stupid things when that happens...
A: You'll never stop, there isn't an end.
C: No finish line.
A: You may think that the joy of the race is in the process.
C: But you are wrong.
B: I think it's very important that we not pay attention to what these two are saying....
A: In fact, is it even a race?
C: If there is no end, there is no winner.
A: A race is a contest.
C: Someone wins.
A: A method must be universally agreed upon.
C: A method for determining the winner.
B: Please, I'm begging you, don't listen to them! They don't even know what they're saying, they...
C: There must be an end point that can be objectively measured or observed.
A: If there is no end, can there ever really be a beginning?
C: Yes there can be, but only if you concede that you are beginning.
A: No one can force you to begin.
B: They... uhhh... I'm not forcing anyone... it is in your own best interest to begin the race now...
A: Don't do it.
C: You'll never be allowed to stop.
A: Only with death will the running stop.
B: Nonsense... they don't... listen! There's a glorious finish up ahead, but you have to run the race to get there!
C: Then your children will have to continue the running.
A: Until their deaths.
B: It is not even that long a race, but you have to get on your marks!!
C: The less the race has to offer.
A: The longer it will take.
C: It can offer nothing without an end.
A: There is no end.
B: Shut up! Shut up! SHUT UP!! Get on your marks!!
C: The less the race has to offer, even in the running, even in the moment, the louder they become.
A: They will dance and pound and squeal and claw the ground loudest when there is no end.
C: It takes a lot of convincing.
A: We have to be taught that the race is worth running.
B: Stop listening to them, and get on your marks...
A: We can't be taught that the race is worth running, if there is no end.
C: If there is no end, there are no marks on which you must stand.
B: I'm sorry I yelled again, but, look, look! The marks are right there! Look!
C: Because there is no beginning.
A: There is no race.
C: There is no race, if you refuse to run it.
B: Fine! Forget it! Forget it! Only I know what must be done! I will get on my own marks.
(B does so)
A: Get set....
(B begins to crawl with great effort; A and C observe him for a while)
A: It's worse than we thought.
C: Not only has the race begun...
A: Not only is the race being run for us...
C: Against our will...
A: Not only is the race unending...
C: Not only is it impossible to call it a race at all...
A: Not only all of these problems...
C: But our runner doesn't even know how to run.