From the audio director of Kaze: Winds of Change

Judgment Bray: Scene 1

Written by Tazel Sixpaws

One of the last cases of an average day of His Honor Harold Killicker, the panda has lost his patience after suffering through 'whiners' all day, and now has to hear the case of a kangaroo, brought to the court to answer for hopping in a no-hopping zone. A minor infraction, but the judge finds a way to make it a major one, and make an example of the latest 'whiner'.
HAROLD: Early forties. Intolerant of non-panda species, but he usually doesn't let it show except for small defensible barbs, jokes and whatever he can get away with in court. Overbearing, demanding, gruff.
GARY: Late Twenties. A victim of species profiling who had the misfortune of coming in front of Judge Killicker. Intelligent, frustrated, distrustful of 'the law' as an institution for speciesism.
HAROLD: Next Docket, VM-1433, People V. Gary Rasmussen. Charge is hopping in a no hopping zone. Is the defendant present?
GARY: Yes, your honor.
HAROLD: Oh. A kangaroo. (SOTTO VOCE) Great, a REAL kangaroo court now.
GARY: Excuse me?
HAROLD: How do you plead?
GARY: [BEAT] Not guilty.
HAROLD: Reading the depositions, a witness claims you were hopping in the crosswalk at—
GARY: Your honor, I wasn't hopping.
HAROLD: —at 4th and Fruitvale. You DO know that is a no-hopping zone because of the low office bridges over the street? You want to hurt yourself and be begging for free healthcare?
GARY: I'm aware, Your Honor, but I wasn't hopping. I was walking.
HAROLD: You're a kangaroo. You hop. You don't walk.
GARY: Sir, I was—
HAROLD: You will address me as Your Honor!
GARY: [SIGH] Your Honor, I was walking.
HAROLD: Prove it to me.
GARY: What?
HAROLD: Walk over here to the bench and back. Do it.
SFX: [WALKING STEPS]
GARY: Satisfied, 'Your Honor'?
HAROLD: Hmf. Well the witness says you 'looked like you might have been hopping'. Since that's your standard mode of locomotion, I have to go with the evidence there.
GARY: That's not fair, Your Honor! That's not evidence! They just presumed I hopped because I'm a kangaroo! It's not a black and white issue, you know! I just proved I could -
HAROLD: WHAT was that?
GARY: Pardon?
HAROLD: Was that a JOKE, son? 'Black and white'? That a dig on my panda heritage?
GARY: N-no sir!
HAROLD: No, WHAT?
GARY: Er, no, your honor! It's a standard saying! It means—
HAROLD: Well, here, your 'standard saying' just showed how intolerant you are of other species. I'll not have that in MY court! I'm finding you guilty of jayhopping and fining you one hundred dollars.
GARY: Your honor, I protest!
HAROLD: Guess what, hoppy? That muzzle of yours just landed you thirty days in jail for contempt of court. Wanna go for sixty?
GARY: [DISBELIEVING GRUNTS]
HAROLD: Didn't think so. Bailiff, take him to processing.
GARY: YOUR HONOR!!
HAROLD: And make sure he's WALKING. Don't want him hitting his head on the ceiling and begging for free healthcare. Next case!

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1 comment

  1. This is super intriguing! I can't wait to hear the rest!

    Kami Sat, 13 May 2017

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