[Scene 8, The Stepmother's Heart Grows Cold --
N: Narrator, M: Mayor, A: Advisor, C: Councilor, VW: the 2nd Queen, who was a Vain Woman,
MM: Magic Mirror ]
N: But without the King, Snow White's stepmother could not be brave forever.
M: The King has been gone a long time.
Has he found someone else?
A: What do you mean, someone else?
C: Busy men's hearts wander when they are under stress.
M: And war is very stressful.
VW: Do you think the King's heart would wander?
A: Nonsense. The King is nothing if he is not true.
M: But he is just a man.
And I am sure he misses the First Queen.
A: And I am sure he wishes he could be home with his family.
But I am sure he is doing his best to protect our Kingdom.
N: Certain people in the Kingdom seemed not to want the New Queen to be brave.
VW: Mirror, who is the most beautiful woman in the world?
MM: I refuse to talk any more about this.
VW: What shall I do? He won't love me any more!
MM: He'll love you just fine if you settle down and quit worrying.
VW: Why me? I didn't do anything to deserve this.
MM: It is part of you job as queen.
Please try to be brave a little longer.
VW: She is too beautiful. I'll kill her.
MM: That won't make her father love you.
VW: Why can't he come back to me?
MM: The King is presently leading a very dangerous battle.
VW: Will he win?
MM: I cannot tell you the future.
You agreed to that.
VW: Will he still love me?
MM: His heart is still true.
[JMR: Written May 2014, published 21 January 2017.]