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【书籍搬运】克莱特利之宅的传说

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翻译:sevil

剧中人物

塞奥法恩——帝国人男性,24岁,盗贼

尼利姆——波兹莫男性,20岁,盗贼

西勒纳司·克莱特利——帝国人男性,51岁,商人

多明妮蒂娅·克莱特利——他的妻子,40岁

艾尔瓦·克莱特利——他们的女儿,16岁

米奈斯提·克莱特利——他们的儿子,11岁

布景:夏丁赫尔著名的鬼屋克莱特利之宅,一楼及二楼。需要一个有双层的舞台,大部分事件发生在二楼。

黑暗。

我们能听到嘎吱的一声,踏在楼梯上的脚步声,一个男子的呼吸声。但我们仍然什么也看不到。

一个声音从上方传来。

艾尔瓦(在后)

喂?有人在下面吗?

米奈斯提(在后)

要叫醒爸爸吗?

艾尔瓦(在后)

不用……或许只是我的幻觉……

我们能看到楼上透出灯笼的亮光,一个漂亮纤细的年轻女孩,艾尔瓦,紧张地走下舞台右方的阶梯。

借着灯笼的光,我们看到一幢布满灰尘的老房子的二楼。舞台右方有上楼和下楼的阶梯。舞台左方有一座未点燃的石壁炉。其余家具有一张桌子,一只锁着的五斗柜和一个衣橱。

米奈斯提(在后)

艾尔瓦,你在做什么?

艾尔瓦

只是确定一下……你赶快回去睡吧,米奈斯提。

女孩走过桌边时,我们能看到一个波兹莫,尼利姆,动作优雅地从桌后潜行而上,小心地躲避着光线。他踏在坚实的木地板上几乎没有脚步声,悄悄地离她更近了些。她似乎没有察觉到他。

当他接近到足以撞到她时,下方突然传来哗啦一声。波兹莫顿时向后跳去,重新躲在桌子后。

女孩似乎没有留意到那个声音。尼利姆从桌后伸头看她。

米奈斯提(在后)

发现什么了吗?

艾尔瓦

没有。也许只是我的幻觉……但我还是要看看楼下。

米奈斯提(在后)

火还烧着吗?我好冷……

艾尔瓦和尼利姆同时看向熄灭已久的壁炉。

艾尔瓦

当然。你听不到吗?还在噼啪作响呢。

米奈斯提(在后)

也许吧……

艾尔瓦突然惊跳起来,似乎听到了什么我们没有听到的东西。她的注意力转向下楼的阶梯,看向一楼。

艾尔瓦

喂?

艾尔瓦举着灯笼开始下楼。一个帝国人,塞奥法恩,背着一大包东西、举着自己的一盏油灯,满不在乎地直接从她身边走上二楼。她似乎没有注意到他。

塞奥法恩

不好意思,小姐。只是偷偷你的东西。

艾尔瓦继续缓慢、紧张地下楼。现在,借着她的灯光,我们可以看清一楼。这是一间天花板很低的房间,且已经被大肆搜刮一空。她开始在房里四处查看。楼上的事件继续着。

塞奥法恩油灯暗淡的光照亮了二楼。

塞奥法恩

你躲什么,尼利姆?我告诉过你了。他们看不见你,他们也听不到你。

尼利姆不好意思地从桌后走出。

尼利姆

我没法相信他们全是鬼魂。他们看起来那么真实。

塞奥法恩

所以那些迷信的家伙们才吓坏啦。他们伤害不了我们的。他们只是在重新经历过去。鬼都是那样做的。

尼利姆

重新经历他们被杀的那一夜。

塞奥法恩

别想那个啦,除非你屏蔽词语想把自己吓死。我在一楼拿到好些东西——银烛台,丝绸,还有些金子……你拿到了什么?

尼利姆举起他的空袋子。

尼利姆

不好意思,塞奥法恩,我才刚刚要开始……

塞奥法恩

那就去照顾照顾那个柜子。这才是你来的目的。

尼利姆

哦,是啊。我有天赋,你有点子……和装备。我们来之前你添了油了吧?我可不能在黑暗中干活……

塞奥法恩

别担心,尼利姆。我保证。绝对不会有意外。

一个小男孩,米奈斯提,出现在楼梯上。尼利姆惊得一跳。男孩安静地摸下楼梯,走到壁炉前。他做出点火、添柴、拨火的动作,尽管这里没有木柴,没有拨火棍,也没有火。

塞奥法恩

我们占尽天时地利啊,伙计。没人会接近这所房子。就算他们看见了灯光,他们也只会以为那是鬼。

尼利姆开始开五斗柜的锁,塞奥法恩打开衣橱查看着里面的东西。大部分是腐烂的衣物。

尼利姆心神不宁地看向男孩。

尼利姆

嘿,塞奥法恩,他们死了多久了?

塞奥法恩

大约五年了吧。问这干什么?

尼利姆

没什么,随便问问。

此时,楼下的艾尔瓦终于查看完小房间,做出锁前门的动作。

塞奥法恩

我不是早就告诉你这个故事了吗?

尼利姆

没有,你只是说:嘿,我知道一个偷东西的好地方,那里除了鬼以外没人在家。我还以为你在开玩笑。

塞奥法恩

不是玩笑,伙计。五年前,克莱特利一家住在这里。他们都是很好的人。你看到那个女孩艾尔瓦和那个男孩米奈斯提了。他们的父母是西勒纳司和多明妮蒂娅,如果我没记错的话。

尼利姆撬开了五斗柜,开始在里面乱翻。此时,米奈斯提从火边起身,明显已经暖和够了。他站在往一楼的楼梯口。

米奈斯提

嘿!

尼利姆、塞奥法恩、艾尔瓦同时惊跳起来。

艾尔瓦

你怎么不在床上?我正要检查地窖呢。

米奈斯提

我要等你。

尼利姆

然后呢?然后怎么了?

塞奥法恩

噢,他们被撕成了碎片。都被吃了一半。没有任何人知道是谁或是什么东西干的。尽管有传言……

艾尔瓦打开地窖门走了进去。一楼的灯光消失了。米奈斯提耐心地等在楼梯口,一边自得其乐地哼着歌。

尼利姆

什么传言?

塞奥法恩放弃了衣橱,帮尼利姆整理起柜子里的金币。

塞奥法恩

数目不错嘛,嗯?噢,传言啊。嗯,他们说多明妮蒂娅老夫人嫁给西勒纳司之前本是个女巫。她放弃了那一切,要为他做个好妻子和孩子们的好母亲。但女巫们可没有那么仁慈。她们找到了她,在半夜把某种生物放进了这里。恐怖的生物。绝对是噩梦里才会出现的生物。

米奈斯提

艾尔瓦?艾尔瓦,怎么这么久?

尼利姆

诸神啊,难道我们要看着他们在我们眼前被杀么?

米奈斯提

艾尔瓦!

西勒纳斯(在后)

下面闹什么呢?别玩了,孩子,赶快睡觉。

米奈斯提

爸爸!

米奈斯提害怕地跑向上楼的阶梯,途中与尼利姆撞了个满怀。尼利姆摔倒在地。男孩似乎没有留意,继续跑上三楼黑暗的卧室。

塞奥法恩

你没事吧?

尼利姆一跃而起,脸色惨白。

尼利姆

还没事吧!他碰了我?!一个鬼魂居然碰了我?!

塞奥法恩

这……鬼魂当然能碰你。其中的一些总能。你听说过守卫墓地的远古灵魂吧?还有匕落城那个国王的鬼魂。如果他们不能碰你,那还要他们做什么?你这么惊讶干吗?我敢保证,你一定是以为他会直接穿过你。

尼利姆

没错!

西勒纳司,宅子的男主人,谨慎地走下楼梯。

多明妮蒂娅(在下)

别扔下我们,西勒纳司!我们也一起去!

西勒纳司

等等,这里很暗,让我点个火。

西勒纳司走向冰冷的壁炉,伸手向前。他的手中突然出现了一支燃着的火把。尼利姆露出恐惧的表情,手脚并用地后退。

尼利姆

我感到了,我感到了火焰的温度!

西勒纳司

好了,下来吧。

米奈斯提领着他的母亲多明妮蒂娅走下楼梯,与西勒纳司会合。

塞奥法恩

真不知道你是在怕什么,尼利姆。必须得说你令我很失望。我没想到你也这样迷信。

塞奥法恩走向向上的楼梯。

尼利姆

你要去哪?

塞奥法恩

还有一层楼呢。

尼利姆

我们不能现在就走吗?

尼利姆看着西勒纳司举着火把领路,一行三人走下一楼

西勒纳司

艾尔瓦?说句话,艾尔瓦。

塞奥法恩

看见了吧?如果你不喜欢鬼,就应该上三楼。他们四个全都在下面啦。

塞奥法恩走上楼梯。尼利姆仍站在楼梯口,看着下面三人。三人开始查看一楼,就像艾尔瓦之前那样。最后他们转向地窖门。

尼利姆

他们……四个?

西勒纳司打开地窖门。

西勒纳司

艾尔瓦?你在地窖里做什么,女孩?

多明妮蒂娅

你看到她了?

尼利姆

他们“四个”,塞奥法恩?

西勒纳司

我想是的……我看到有人……喂?

尼利姆

如果有五个鬼呢,塞奥法恩?!

西勒纳司把火把伸进地窖门,它突然熄灭了。一楼陷入了黑暗。

米奈斯提、多明妮蒂娅和西勒纳司尖叫起来,但我们看不到发生了什么。

尼利姆已经接近歇斯底里,也一起尖叫起来。塞奥法恩由三楼跑下楼梯。

塞奥法恩

叫什么?!

尼利姆

如果有五个鬼呢?!男人,妻子,女孩,男孩……和杀了他们的东西?!

塞奥法恩

和杀了他们的东西?

尼利姆

如果那个鬼也能碰我们呢?!就像其他鬼一样?!

黑暗的一楼传来门开启的吱嘎声,沉重的爪子落地声,一步一步地走向楼梯。但我们仍然什么也看不到。

塞奥法恩

怕什么。就算它能碰我们又能怎么样?其他鬼根本看不到我们。

塞奥法恩的油灯暗了下来。他小心翼翼地拨弄着灯芯。

尼利姆

如果……如果那不是个鬼呢,塞奥法恩?如果就是那个生物,而且还活着……而且五年来没有吃任何东西……

沉重缓慢的脚步声开始踏上楼梯,但我们看不到那是什么。尼利姆注意到油灯越来越暗。塞奥法恩狂乱地拨着灯芯。

尼利姆

你说你添了油的!

灯光完全消失了,整个舞台笼罩在黑暗中。

尼利姆

你保证说你添了油的!

更多脚步声传来,随后是一声极可怕、极可怕的嚎叫。两个男人开始尖叫。

幕落。

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The Legend of Krately House
by Baloth-Kul
A play about the ghostly Krately family and how they died


DRAMATIS PERSONAE
 
THEOPHON - Imperial man, 24, thief
NIRIM - Bosmer man, 20, thief
SILANUS KRATELY - Imperial man, 51, merchant
DOMINITIA KRATELY - His wife, 40
AELVA KRATELY - Their daughter, 16
MINISTES KRATELY - Their son, 11
 
Setting: The famous haunted Krately House in Cheydinhal, first and second floors, requiring a stage with a second story where most of the action takes place.
 


The stage is dark.

There is a CREAKING noise, footsteps on the stairs, the sound of a man breathing, but still we see nothing.

Then, a voice calls from above.

 
AELVA (off stage): Hello? Is someone down there?
MINESTES (off stage): Should I wake up Papa?
AELVA (off stage): No... Maybe I was imagining it...


A light from a lantern can be seen coming from the upstairs, and the slim form of a beautiful young girl, AELVA, descends the staircase at stage right, nervously.



From the light of the lantern, we can see that we are looking at the second floor of a dusty old house, with a set of stairs going up and another one going down on stage right. An unlit stone fireplace sits at stage left. A table, a locked chest, and a wardrobe complete the furnishings.

MINESTES (off stage): Aelva, what are you doing?
AELVA: I'm just making certain... Go back to bed, Minestes.


As the girl passes the table, we see a Bosmer NIRIM slide gracefully up from behind and around her field of sight, carefully avoiding the pool of light. She doesn't appear to see him as he creeps closer to her, his footsteps silent on the hard wooden floor.



When he is almost on her, there is a sudden CRASH from down below. This causes the Bosmer to leap away, hiding again behind the table.



The girl does not seem to notice the sound, and Nirim, peeking out from behind the table, watches her.

MINESTES (off stage): Found anything?
AELVA: No. Probably just my imagination, but I'm just going to check downstairs.
MINESTES (off stage): Is there a fire? I'm cold...


Aelva looks towards the long dead fireplace, and so does Nirim.

AELVA: Of course there is. Can't you hear it crackling?
MINESTES (off stage): I guess so...


Aelva suddenly jumps as if she heard something which we do not. She turns her attention down the stairs to the first floor.

AELVA: Hello?


Aelva, lantern ahead of her, begins the descent. She does not seem to notice as an Imperial, THEOPHON, carrying a big bag of loot and a lantern of his own, calmly walks up right past her.

THEOPHON: Excuse me, young lady. Just robbing you.


Aelva continues her slow, nervous walk downstairs, which we can now see thanks to her light. She looks around the low-ceilinged, thoroughly looted room as the action continues upstairs



Theophon's lantern provides the dim light for the second floor.

THEOPHON: Why are you hiding, Nirim? I told you. They can't see you, and they can't hear you.


Nirim sheepishly steps out from behind the table.

NIRIM: I can't believe they're all ghosts. They seem so alive.
THEOPHON: That's what spooks them superstitians. But they ain't going to hurt us. Just reliving the past, the way ghosts do.
NIRIM: The night they was murdered.
THEOPHON: Stop thinking about that or you'll get yourself all willy spooked. I got all kinds of stuff on the first floor - silver candlesticks, silk, even some gold... What'd you get?


Nirim holds up his empty bag.

NIRIM: Sorry, Theophon, I was just about to start...
THEOPHON: Get to work on that chest then. That's what you're here for.
NIRIM: Oh yeah. I got the talent, you got the ideas... and the equipment. You refilled that lantern before we came here, right? I can't work in the dark...
THEOPHON: Don't worry, Nirim. I promise. No surprises.


Nirim jumps when a young boy, MINESTES, appears on the stairs. The lad creeps down quietly and goes to the fire. He acts as if he's stoking a fire, feeding it wood, poking at the embers, though there is no wood, no poker, no fire.:

THEOPHON: We got all the time in the world, friend. No one comes near this house. If they sees our lantern light, they'll just assume it's the ghosts.


Nirim begins picking the lock on a chest of drawers, while Theophon opens a wardrobe and begins going through the contents, which are mostly rotten cloth.



Nirim is distracted, looking at the young boy.

NIRIM: Hey, Theophon, how long ago did they die?
THEOPHON: About five years ago. Why you asking?
NIRIM: Just making conversation.


As they talk, Aelva, downstairs, finally having searched the small room, acts as if she's locking the front door.

THEOPHON: Didn't I already tell you the story?
NIRIM: No, you just said, hey, I know a place we can burgle where no one's at home, except for the ghosts. I thought you was joking.
THEOPHON: No joking, partner. Five years ago, the Kratelys lived here. Nice people. You seen the daughter Aelva and the boy Minestes. The parents were Silenus and Dominitia, if I remembers rightly.


Nirim successfully unlocks the chest and begins rummaging through it. While he does so, Ministes gets up from the ‘fire,' apparently warmed up, and stands at the top of the stairs down.

MINISTES: Hey!


The boy's voice causes Nirim, Theophon, and Aelva to all jump.

AELVA: Why aren't you in bed? I'm just going to check the cellar.
MINISTES: I'll wait for you.
NIRIM: So, what happened?
THEOPHON: Oh, they was rip to piece. Halfway eaten. No one ever knew who or what did it neither. Though there was rumors...


Aelva opens the door to the cellar, and goes in. The light disappears from the first floor. Ministes patiently waits at the top of the stairs, humming a little song to himself.

NIRIM: What kind of rumors?


Theophon, having exhausted the possibilities in the wardrobe, helps Nirim sort through the gold in the chest.

THEOPHON: Pretty good haul, eh? Oh, the rumors. Well, they says old lady Dominitia was a witch before she married Silenus. Gave it all up for him, to be a good wife and mother. But the witches didn't take too kindly to it. They found her and sent some kind of creature here, late at night. Something horrible, right out of a nightmare.
MINISTES: Aelva? Aelva, what's taking you so long?
NIRIM: Ye Gods, are we going to watch them get killed, right in front of us?
MINISTES: Aelva!
SILENUS (off stage): What's happening down there? Stop playing around, boy, and go to sleep.
MINISTES: Papa!


Ministes, frightened, runs to the stairs up. Along the way, he bumps into Nirim, who falls down. The boy does not seem to notice but continues on up to the dark third floor sleeping porch, off-stage.

THEOPHON: Are you all right?


Nirim jumps to his feet, white-faced.

NIRIM: Never mind that! He touched me?! How can a ghost touch me?!
THEOPHON: Well... Of course they can. Some anyhow. You heard of ancestor spirits guarding tombs, and that ghost of the king they had in Daggerfall. If they don't touch you, what good are they ? Why you so surprised? You thought he'd move right through you, I figger.
NIRIM: Yes!
SILENUS, the man of the house, comes down the stairs, cautiously.
DOMINITIA (off stage): Don't leave us alone, Silenus! We're coming with you!
SILENUS: Wait, it's dark. Let me get some light.


Silenus goes to the cold fireplace, sticks his hand forward, and suddenly in his arm, there's a lit, burning torch. Nirim scrambles back, horrified.

NIRIM: I felt that! I felt the heat of the fire!
SILENUS: Come on down. It's all right.


Ministes leads his mother DOMINITIA down the stairs where they join Silenus.

THEOPHON: I don't know why you so scared, Nirim. I must say I'm disappointed. I didn't figger you for a supersitionalist.


Theophon goes for the stairs up.

NIRIM: Where are you going?
THEOPHON: One more floor to search.
NIRIM: Can't we just go?


Nirim watches as the family of three, following Silenus and his torch, walk down towards the first floor.

SILENUS: Aelva? Say something, Aelva.
THEOPHON: There, you see? If you don't like ghosts, third floor's the place to be. All four of em are downstairs now.


Theophon goes upstairs, off-stage, but Nirim stands at the top of the stairs, looking down at the family. The three look around the first floor as Aelva did, finally turning towards the cellar door.

NIRIM: All... four?


Silenus opens the cellar door.

SILENUS: Aelva? What are you doing down in the cellar, girl?
DOMINITIA: You see her?
NIRIM: All four, Theophon?
SILENUS: I think so... I see someone... Hello?
NIRIM: What if there's five ghosts, Theophon?!


Silenus thrusts his torch in through the cellar door, and it is suddenly extinguished. The first floor falls into darkness.



Ministes, Dominitia, and Silenus SCREAM, but we cannot see what is happening to them.



Nirim is nearly hysterical, screaming along with them. Theophon runs downstairs from the third floor.

THEOPHON: What is it?!
NIRIM: What if there is five ghosts?! The man, the wife, the girl, the boy... and what killed them?!
THEOPHON: And what killed them?
NIRIM: And what if it's a ghost that can touch us too?! Just like the others!


From the darkened first floor, there is a CREAK of a door opening, though we cannot see it. And then, there is a heavy, clawed footfall. One step at a time, coming towards the stairs.

THEOPHON: Don't get so upset. If it can touch us, what'd make you think it'd wants to? All the others didn't even notice we was here.


Theophon's lantern dims slightly. He adjusts it carefully.

NIRIM: Only... only what if it ain't a ghost, Theophon. What if it's the same creature, and it's still alive... and it ain't ate nothing since five years ago...


The footsteps begin the slow, heavy stomp up the stairs, though whatever it is, we cannot see it. Nirim notices the light beginning to dim from the lantern despite Theophon frantically trying to fix it.

NIRIM: You said you refilled the lamp!


The light goes out entirely, and the stage is filled with darkness.

NIRIM: You promised me you refilled the lamp!


More footsteps and a horrible, horrible HOWL. The men SCREAM.



The curtain falls.

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