- Krasier (Also Soldier)- A sixteen-year-old boy who tries to steal two loaves of bread
- Reigna- Princess of the island on which Krasier steals bread
- Queen- Reigna’s mom
- King- Reigna’s dad
- Guard 1
- Guard 2
- Person 1
- Person 2
- Eric- Leader of the enemy soldiers
Curtains open to reveal Krasier, standing on a sailboat, looking towards an island.
Tense music begins, and scene changes to Guard 1 and Guard 2 marching through the streets.
Guard 1: “Sure is a hot day today.”
Guard 2: “Tell me about it.”
Person 1: “Look, it’s a boat!”
Guard 1 and Guard 2 turn their heads quickly, looking towards the ocean at the canoe that slowly makes its way to shore. Krasier steps off the boat and onto the island, glancing up to the village and smiling.
Krasier: “This place holds promise.”
Guard 1 walks up to Krasier.
Guard 1: “And where do you think you’re going, young man?”
Krasier: *Sarcastically* “I’m sorry, do I need a license to handle a canoe?”
Guard 1: Looks at Krasier suspiciously. “I’ve got my eye on you, Boy.”
He lets Krasier past, staring after him.
Krasier walks out of the sight of the guard, finally turning towards the shops and stores in the village and smiling.
Person 2: *Whispering to Person 1* “That Boy is trouble, I can feel it,”
Krasier is seen walking by with a mysterious grin on his face.
Person 2: “Just you wait, he’s trouble.”
Krasier eyes a shop with bread and other baked goods in it. He looks around, almost as if he is searching for something.
Person 1 glances at Krasier, who gives a simple nod and smile. He then walks into the shop, pacing around slowly to avoid attracting too much attention.
Guard 1 can be heard outside, mumbling to himself, and Krasier bites his lip, almost in suspense. He then grabs a couple loaves of bread and runs out the door.
Guard 1: “Hey, where are you going, Kid?!”
It is obvious that Krasier has stolen something, and Guard 2 also begins to shout and run after him. It seems as if he will make a narrow escape, but suddenly a hooded figure tackles him, knocking him onto his back.
The hooded figure disappears, and the guards catch up to Krasier and pull him up.
Guard 1: “You’re coming with us now, punk.”
They yank and pull him away as the two loaves of bread slip out of his pockets and onto the ground.
The Sapphire Stare
Guard 1 and Guard 2 pull Krasier into the castle. He looks up at the high ceiling in awe and wonder. The windows let streams of light in, which gives the castle a mysterious feeling.
Krasier: “Where are you taking me?”
Guard 2: “Didn’t your parents teach you right from wrong?! You know the punishment for stealing.”
Krasier: “I’m afraid I don’t. And I don’t have any parents, alright?”
The guards simply ignore him and keep walking. They near the King and Queen. Guard 1 and Guard 2 kneel down, still not letting go of Krasier enough to allow him a chance to escape.
Guard 1: “Your Majesties, this boy was caught stealing from the Baker.”
Krasier looks up at the King, squinting his eyes and almost smiling.
King: “Well, you know the punishment for stealing. Cut his hand off.”
Krasier’s eyes widen and he turns to the guards, shaking his head quickly as Guard 2 picks up a sword.
Krasier: “Hold up, you- you can’t do that!”
Guard 2 raises the sword but is interrupted.
Guard 2 hesitates, then lowers the sword slowly, dropping it onto the ground, and everyone turns to see Princess Reigna standing by the throne.
Reigna: Walks up to Krasier, looking him in the eye, giving him a feeling he had only felt once before- when he had looked at the glorious shine of a purple sapphire. “How old are you, boy?”
Krasier: Inhales deeply. “I’m sixteen. Why?”
Reigna: Smiles. “What did you steal?”
Krasier: “Two loaves of bread.”
Reigna smiles again, turning to her parents. “He stole two loaves of bread. Are you really going to cut off the hand of a sixteen-year-old boy?”
King and Queen look warningly at Reigna.
King: “Reigna, this is not your place. Apologize and leave now.”
Reigna: Turns to Krasier, then back to her parents. “Put him in the dungeon. Lock him up for a few days if you must.”
King: Sighs angrily. “Reigna!”
Reigna: Stands straighter. “You want me to be the queen one day, let me judge the fate of this one person, and I will be responsible.”
Upon hearing this, Krasier raises his eyebrows in confusion, wondering why this girl is trying to help him.
It is obvious that Reigna has been outside. Dirt is covering her face and she is still holding a sword in her right hand. She isn’t wearing a dress, as Krasier had expected a princess to, and he is finding it hard to believe that she is really the King’s daughter.
Krasier: “If I may interrupt, I think-”
Reigna: “Shut up, kid!”
Krasier is surprised, and a little offended, especially because Reigna doesn’t really look any older than him.
King: “Alright, we’ll put him in the dungeon. But next time he is caught stealing, both his hands will be cut off.”
Krasier swallows. Guard 1 takes him down to the dungeon and throws him into a cell. He sits up, annoyed. Guard 1 leaves.
Krasier: *mumbling to himself* “Cut my hand off? I’d like to see them try to cut my hand off for stealing two measly loaves of bread. I’ll show them- that’s for sure.”
Krasier stops mumbling when he hears a door open, and he sits up straighter when he hears footsteps coming toward his cell.
Regina: “Well, how is the thief doing?”
Krasier” Looks away, scowling. “I have a name, you know.”
Reigna: Kneels down, looking at him again with the same sort of sapphire stare. “What is it, then?”
Krasier: Looks at her for a moment, a mix of anger and guilt. “It’s Krasier.”
Reigna: Smiles a sort of taunting smile. “Well Krasier, you got yourself into a bit of a mess, didn’t you?”
Krasier: “Why are you- the princess- covered from head to toe in dirt?”
Reigna: Frowns at him. “What kind of a name is ‘Krasier’ anyway?”
Krasier: Bites his lip angrily. “It’s my name.”
Reigna: “Did your parents hate you?”
Krasier: Stands up, looking her angrily in the eye. “I don’t have any parents, okay?!”
Reigna: Pauses a moment, her taunting smile disappearing as she stands up slowly. “I- I didn’t know.”
Krasier: “Just leave, will you?”
Reigna: Nods, slowly walking away. She hesitates before speaking. “I like fencing.”
Reigna: “You asked why I was covered in dirt.”
Krasier sits down, thinking. Reigna continues to walk away until she leaves the dungeon.
When you smile
The next morning, Guard 2 comes down to the dungeon to give Krasier his breakfast: Bread and water.
Guard 2: “Here you go, kid. Bread is what you wanted in the first place, isn’t it?”
Krasier: Picks up the hard stale piece of bread, flipping it around in his hands. “Thanks.”
Guard 2 walks away, leaving Krasier sitting on the ground of his cell.
He sits there for a few moments, staring at the wooden cup of dirty water. Finally, he knocks it over in anger, watching the liquid splatter all over the wall and the floor. He hears the door of the dungeon open, and he quickly stands up and places his forehead against the bars. Reigna walks down to his cell.
Reigna: Holds up a piece of cheese. “Hungry?”
Krasier: Scowls. “Come to taunt me, have you?”
Reigna: Smiles. “You don’t even like cheese, do you?”
Krasier: Looks at his stale chunk of bread. “I’m not crazy about it.”
Reigna: “What do you like?”
Krasier: “Why don’t you just go away, princess?”
Reigna: “Why are you covered in dirt?”
Krasier: Looks at her curiously. “Because I’m a dirty thief, and I don’t wash my face because I have no reason to.”
Reigna: Nods. “Where did you learn to talk?”
Krasier: “Excuse me?”
Reigna: “You said you don’t have any parents. Who taught you to talk?”
Krasier: Squints his eyes and leans against the wall. “Why do you care about where I learned to talk? Why do you care about anything in my life?”
Reigna: “Don’t flatter yourself, I don’t. I just want to make sure that you’re completely miserable.”
Krasier: Leans against the door angrily. “Well, in that case, well done.”
Reigna: Steps back, smiling. “It sure is easy to make you angry.”
Krasier: “Well, no-good, naive princesses make me angry!”
Reigna: “Good, I’ll be here all week.”
Krasier: “I won’t. Believe it or not, I’m pretty good at escaping places like this.”
Reigna: “Who taught you how to do that, your parents?”
Krasier lunges forward, reaching for her neck to strangle her, but she steps back before he can.
Reigna: “There it is. There’s the rage.”
Krasier pauses, taking a deep breath, trying to calm down. His eyes are still smoldering.
Reigna: “I doubt you’ll have any problem fighting me for your freedom.”
Krasier: Steps back for a second. “What?”
Reigna: Pulls out a key and unlocks his cell door, opening it wide. “Come on, let’s see what you got.”
Krasier looks at her skeptically, still confused.
Reigna drops a sword in front of him, nodding for him to pick it up.
Krasier: Slowly bends down and picks it up. “Believe it or not, I’m a little more experienced than some amateur princess.”
Reigna: “Wanna bet?”
Krasier raises his sword, swinging it at her as she jumps back and catches his blow with her blade. She looks him in the eye, biting her lip and smiling before she kicks him over hard onto the ground of his cell, disarming him.
Reigna: “That all you got?”
Krasier: Tries to get up, but she is pointing both weapons at him. “You took me by surprise, that’s all. I could’ve beat you any other time.”
Reigna: “Not sure that really even counted as an actual fight.”
Reigna: Slams door. “That’s alright. Maybe some other time.”
She smiles at him, though not as tauntingly as before.
Krasier: *matter-of-factly* “You know, when you smile, it either makes me want to rip your throat out, or ki-” He pauses. “Kill you.”
Reigna: Squints her eyes at him curiously. “Okay, thief.”
Krasier: “Yeah, see ya later, princess.”
Reigna walks away, and Krasier is seen sitting on the ground, his back against the wall. He closes his eyes and takes a deep breath, thinking.
Turn and Run
Days pass, and Krasier sits in his cell and eats stale bread. One day, he hears yelling and talking outside, and he tries to reach his cell window to see what’s going on, but he can’t. Then he hears the dungeon door open, and footsteps hurrying towards his cell.
Reigna: Runs up quickly. “You have to leave.”
Krasier: “Trust me, I’d love to.”
Reigna: Pulls out a key and unlocks the door. “We’re being attacked.”
Krasier: Looks at her in a slightly concerned, slightly confused way. “Why are you letting me go? Why not just let me rot down here?”
Reigna: Sighs. “Look, you have to go- now!”
Krasier: Bites his lip. “Okay. Thank you.”
He runs out of the dungeon as quickly as he can. He turns back once to look at her, standing there. She nods at him, grabbing a blade and smiling. He turns around and keeps running.
Scene changes to Reigna, up in her room. She stands in front of a mirror, completely dressed in a soldier uniform. Her hair is in a braid, and she has a sword in her hand. She takes a deep breath and puts a helmet on.
Reigna: “Okay, let’s do this.”
She climbs out of her window carefully and joins the soldiers down below. They are getting ready to battle the attacking army.
Scene changes to the King.
King: *Outside of Reigna’s door* “Reigna, are you doing alright in there?”
There is no response, so he carefully turns the knob of the door.
She is nowhere to be seen, but her window is open, and the curtains are blowing in the wind.
Scene changes to Krasier, just outside of the castle, running towards the ocean where his canoe is still floating peacefully. He stops, looking towards the horizon. He sees an armada of ships heading for the island.
Scene changes back to Reigna. She is breathing quickly, almost as if she is getting ready to take her last breath, but she doesn’t back down. Once the general gives the order, she’s on the battlefield with the rest of the soldiers.
Scene changes back to Krasier, but only long enough to see him standing by the ocean.
Scene changes back to the battle. It is hard to see which soldier is Reigna, as she is wearing the same battle armor as the other soldiers.
Scene changes to the armada, coming toward the island. There is a large man, covered in iron armor, holding two axes- one in each hand. He is the leader of the attacking army, his name is Eric.
Eric: “Come on, men! Let’s take this pathetic island down!”
His men cheer, waving their maces and axes in the air.
Scene changes to Reigna, struggling and fighting against the attacking army. The King attempts to stop the fight for his daughter’s sake, but there is no stopping it now.
Scene changes to Krasier. He takes one step away from the ocean, turning back to look at the fighting army.
Scene quickly changes back to Reigna. One of the attacking soldiers comes behind her. She doesn’t see him. He raises his sword.
Scene changes to the beach. Krasier no longer stands there, looking towards the horizon, pausing. There is no sign of his canoe either. A wave comes and washes away the few footprints that were on the beach.
Scene changes back to Reigna. The man behind her is about to strike his blow, but then he falls to the ground, a knife in his arm.
Reigna hears him fall and spins around quickly. She sees another soldier, one on her side. His helmet blocks his face,
Soldier: “Careful, Princess. The King would never forgive himself if you died.”
Reigna looks at him curiously, wondering how he knows who she is. Then she realizes that her helmet has fallen off and lays on the ground.
Reigna: “Please don’t tell my father.”
Soldier: Hesitates, as if he’s thinking. “I got your back, princess.”
Reigna smiles and picks up her helmet, putting it back on her head.
Scene changes to the beach. The armada approaches, and more soldiers begin jumping out in canoes and rowing to the island. Eric is in one of them. He steps out of his canoe and takes a deep breath, smiling an evil smile.
Scene changes back to the battle. Reigna and the Soldier are still fighting the attacking army, and more soldiers come from the beach. Finally, she sees Eric. He is standing near her, and somehow she knows that he is the leader.
Reigna: *To the Soldier* “Wait here,” Points toward Eric. “I’m going to end this.”
Soldier: Glances at Eric. “Hold on, you can’t fight that guy alone.”
Reigna: “Wanna bet?”
She marches toward Eric, holding her sword.
Soldier: Throws his head back and groans. “Naive Princess.”
Jump in the Ocean and Die
Reigna approaches Eric, and upon hearing her, he turns around quickly, staring at her.
She raises her sword, ready to fight, and he grins at her. He grabs her by the arm and lifts her up. She struggles, kicking and punching. He grabs her helmet and throws it to the ground.
Scene changes to the King, looking out his window. In horror, he realizes that the soldier Eric is holding up is his daughter.
Scene changes back to the Soldier. He tries to free Reigna by grabbing an ax and throwing it at Eric.
Eric catches the ax, turning to the Soldier and smiling.
Soldier looks at Eric in fear, swallowing.
Eric approaches the Soldier, tightening his grip on the ax and loosening his grip on Reigna enough to allow her to break free.
Reigna runs to the Soldier’s Side, still facing Eric and still ready to fight.
Eric: “Your island is falling, princess. Look around.”
Reigna glances around. The village is falling apart. Houses are on fire, people are running and screaming, dead bodies lay on the ground.
Eric: “You think you can save them? You think you can end this?” He Laughs. “I have already won!”
Reigna tries to jump towards him, but the Soldier holds her back.
Soldier: “We both know you can’t just kick him over.”
Reigna: *Still angry at Eric* Looks at the Soldier. “What?”
Soldier: Sighs. Slowly pulls off his helmet, revealing who he is.
Reigna: “You! It was you. I told you to run!”
Krasier: “And if I had, you’d be dead.”
Reigna: Turns and looks back at Eric. “Well, none of that matters now. We’ll all be dead by the end of the day.”
Krasier: Pauses, then grabs her shoulders. “I said you can’t kick him over. I never said you couldn’t take him down.”
They turn slowly and look at Eric. He’s ordering his army to destroy the village. Many of the King’s soldiers are running now, trying to escape and take cover in the castle.
Krasier: *Impatiently* “Any time now, princess.”
Reigna: Tightens her grip on the sword. “Let’s do this, soldier.”
They run at Eric, prepared to die. He turns towards them, smirking.
Krasier: “If we live through this, you are soooo buying me a new boat.”
Scene changes to Krasier’s canoe, floating peacefully alone in the middle of the ocean.
Scene changes back quickly to Krasier and Reigna.
Eric: “You won’t win. You are fighting an impossible battle.”
Krasier: *Annoyed* “Why don’t you just jump in the ocean and die?!”
Eric: *Laughs* “You sure are feisty, aren’t ya?”
Reigna tries to stab Eric in the arm, but he trips her with the handle of his ax. Krasier jumps in front of Reigna to prevent Eric from killing her. She stands up quickly, picking up her sword again.
Eric: “You fools don’t know when to give up. This kingdom is mine now!”
Reigna hesitates, questioning whether or not it’s even worth it to fight any longer.
Krasier: Shakes her shoulder. “Come on, princess. You can’t listen to him.”
Reigna: Shakes her head slowly. “There’s nothing we can do.”
Krasier: “Wanna bet?”
Reigna looks at him curiously. “Why do you care?”
Krasier Looks away for a minute, realizing that Eric is missing part of his left leg, and a wooden board can be seen holding his body up.
Krasier: “Don’t flatter yourself, I don’t.” He mocks her. “I’m just trying to make sure that you’re as miserable as possible.”
Krasier: “You were the hooded figure.”
Reigna: “You’re bringing that up now?!”
Krasier: Eyes Eric’s wooden leg. “Jump on his back.”
Krasier doesn’t respond. She hesitates, then reluctantly runs behind Eric.
He sees her and turns around after her, eyeing her carefully.
Eric: “Give up already, won’t you?”
Just then, his leg snaps, and he tumbles to the ground. Krasier is behind him, sword in hand, smiling a little too much for someone who just almost died.
Reigna smiles back at Krasier. She stands on Eric’s back and points her sword at him. The battle is over.
Scene changes to the castle, after the battle that seemingly came out of nowhere. The King and Queen are standing in front of Krasier and Reigna with looks of warning on their faces. Krasier smirks at them, almost making fun of them.
King: “Reigna, you are never to leave your room during a battle ever again!”
Reigna: “But dad-”
King: *warningly* “Reigna.”
Krasier: “You got busted, princess.”
Reinga shoves Krasier. The King and Queen look at Krasier, both a little surprised.
King: “You will address my daughter as ‘your majesty.’ Got that, thief?”
King: *Ignoring Reigna* “You got that?!”
Krasier nods slowly, looking down and muttering something under his breath.
King: “You may leave now, boy. As for you, Reigna, you can go up to your room and think about what you’ve done.”
Krasier: “Go on, prin-” He pauses, smiling nervously at the King. “Your majesty. Think about how you saved the island.”
King: “I said you could go now, boy!”
Krasier: Grins at Reigna, kissing her hand before turning away. “Till we meet again.”
Reigna: Laughs sarcastically before her voice turns serious. “We won’t.”
Krasier: Smiles to himself, speaking under his breath. “Wanna bet?”