Ep 23 – We Meet a God! Finally! – Residents of Proserpina Park – A Mythology Audio Drama
SCENE STARTS: (Mirai wakes up in the hotel. She’s still getting out of bed.)
MIRAI: Okay, woke up a little late but, that’s because the bed was so comfy for such a small inn!
I was thinking about Jessica last night. She was able to make a deal with a jinn. I mean, obviously after listening to Dog it seems kind of dangerous to do such a thing but, I don’t know, it does seem like a lot cooler than (whispers) lion dogs.
I’m whispering just in case, because now that I know there are creatures all around, I don’t want to offend any of them…
Anyways, I’ve got a long day ahead of me. I’m going to head out soon to search for clues on Jun-nii.
SFX: (Mirai gets off the bed, and as she does that the sound of something falling onto the ground hits.)
MIRAI: Oh right, this mask… I guess I’ll take it with me just in case… Although what could possibly happen?
SFX: (Stomach grumbles.)
MIRAI: Hmm, sounds like the answer to that is hunger! Let’s see what this hotel has for breakfast.
NEXT SCENE: (Alina and the gang are at the cafe. “Proserpina Bops” plays in the background.)
DREW: So, today’s the day.
ALINA: Are you sure you don’t want to come with, to meet Sam?
DREW: I don’t think that’s a good idea… I feel like he’ll just freak out even more if he knew his favorite barista knows his little secret.
JUN: Yeah, and the last time I met him… wasn’t that great either. You know the whole, “I know you… Do I know you?” So, let’s just take this slow, you know. I’m fine with taking a break. No more vampires please.
DOG: That settles it then. Alina, shall we go?
ALINA: Yeah… Oh I really hope he’s actually there.
NEXT SCENE: (Alina and Dog go to the park. They’re slowly walking over as Alina contemplates what to say.)
ALINA: Dog… Wait.
DOG: What’s wrong Alina? We’re almost at the park bench.
ALINA: Yeah, just, give me a second.
ALINA: It’s just… Do you think… this is enough? For Sam to forgive me?
DOG: Alina… no one can decide that but Sam himself.
ALINA: Right. Right. It’s just… I’m not used to being so… unprepared?
DOG: You’ve been coming to the park without any protection for months now.
ALINA: (laughs) You know that’s not what I mean! I didn’t realize how dangerous this place was. Now, I carry little pints of holy water and a bunch of metal…
DOG: Well, if it helps at all, I can see you’ve improved.
ALINA: Thanks, Dog. That really means a lot.
DOG: C’mon, I’ll be right there with you.
SFX: (They walk towards the bench.)
ALINA: Oh look! Okay, he’s actually there.. ugh with Terry.
DOG: Hey, they were the ones that kept their end of the bargain.
ALINA: Yeah… true. Okay, let’s do this. Sam! Terry! Cerberus… It’s great to see you all again.
SAM: Alina, hey. Dog, it’s been a while.
DOG: I’m always happy to see you, Sam.
TERRY: She said she was happy to see you.
SAM: Oh, it’s good to see you too. How has everything been?
DOG: Uh well you know, it’s been strange, living as someone else’s pet. Uh–
TERRY: That explains the weight.
DOG: Thank you, Terry. That’s great.
TERRY: She’s having such a great time, it’s starting to show up all around. Doesn’t she look a little chunky to you Sam?
ALINA: Uhhh Dog is having a great time. Living with Jun’s family. And… living as a dog. Totally normal.
SAM: Wh– what?
DOG: Everybody’s so rude to me today…
ALINA: Um, you know what? Sam, would it be okay to talk in private?
SAM: (sighs) sure. Let’s do this.
SFX: (They walk a little away.)
ALINA: Aha… So… Okay, I just wanted to say, that I’m sorry I lied to you and broke our promise. That was childish of me and I didn’t understand the full consequences of my actions.
SAM: Alina… I-It’s fine. I got a chance to listen to some of your files and… well, yeah.
ALINA: Yeah? That’s it?
SAM: I— Look, it’s (sigh). It’s kinda not really the right time for this.
MUSIC: (“Playful Peril” plays.)
ALINA: How is this not the right time? We haven’t met in so long. We have to talk about this.
SAM: Can’t we discuss this when I’m ready?
ALINA: B-but, there’s so many questions I need to know—
SAM: Again?! Alina? Why are you always searching for answers?
ALINA: But how could I not? Listen, the way you treated Jun was… I don’t know, weird! Look, I know about Junichi, but…
SAM: Who’s Junichi?
ALINA: Junichi. Uh… Junichi as in Jun’s twin brother… I’ve heard he’s been to the park before, I just assumed…
SAM: His name was Junichi?
ALINA: You… didn’t know his name? Sam? What is your relationship—
VOICE IN THE WOODS: Help!
ALINA: Did you hear that?
SAM: Hear what?
VOICE IN THE WOODS: Is anyone out there?
ALINA: There it is again! Someone’s calling for help.
VOICE IN THE WOODS: Is anyone there?
SAM: Terry! Can you come over here?
ALINA: Is it a creature? What do you think it is?
VOICE IN THE WOODS: Somebody, please help me!
SFX: (Terry and Dog join them, noticing something is off.)
TERRY: Hey, stop! Where are you guys going?
ALINA: Terry, Dog! Okay, perfect timing. I think a creature needs help in the woods.
DOG: Alina, no! We shouldn’t go in there.
ALINA: But someone’s calling for help! We can’t ignore that.
SAM: What do you think, Terry, Dog?
TERRY: If they’re this close, it can’t hurt to see what’s going on. But humans are not allowed into the woods.
ALINA: Wait what? Why not? I-I can handle it.
TERRY: The trees are too good for coverage. We don’t know what might be hiding in the woods. It’s for your own safety.
ALINA: Oh but you’re going? And Sam?
SAM: We’ll be right back Alina. Please. You can wait here with Cerberus.
ALINA: Sam… you know that is nowhere near a consolation prize for me…
DOG: How about I take the mic and you won’t miss out?
ALINA: Ugh, fine… I’ll just be by the usual bench. But Cerberus will be more useful with you guys, so… take them with you, and stay safe, okay?
SAM: We will Alina. Cerberus, can you tell where they are?
SFX: (Cerberus barks in confirmation.)
SAM: Let’s go then.
NEXT SCENE: (The group goes into the woods.)
SAM: Good call on that—
TERRY: Shh, you know she’s going to listen to this later.
DOG: Knowing Alina, she’s going to find out eventually.
TERRY: And we need to do our best to stop that! What do you think is going to happen when she finds out the origin of the you-know-what? With her personality?
DOG: Oh that’s not fair! You don’t know Alina and her friends well enough to make a comment like that!
TERRY: Ugh, and I don’t plan to.
SAM: You guys… I don’t know what you’re arguing about right now, but let’s focus on this creature?
TERRY: Fine. But talk to Alina. Tell her to stay out of the woods. She clearly wants to make up with you, and she’ll listen to what you say.
MUSIC: (“False Alarm” plays.)
TERRY: Besides, it’s the truth. You know what happened last time humans entered the woods.
VOICE IN THE WOODS: Save me, please!
DOG: There! That voice again.
TERRY: Stop. Wait a minute.
VOICE IN THE WOODS: Please come here! Oooh please, I need your help!
TERRY: Does anyone else notice anything strange about that voice?
SAM: What do you mean?
VOICE IN THE WOODS: Save meeeee!
DOG: It… it still sounds like it’s a ways off.
TERRY: Yeah that’s not possible. We’ve been walking for a while now.
SAM: What’s wrong with the voice?
DOG: But it’s true, it still sounds just as far away when we first heard it.
WEMATEGUNIS: Just… Just follow my voice! (snickers)
TERRY: (groans) Everybody relax. I think I know what this is.
SFX: (Terry starts walking towards the voice, and everyone follows behind.)
SAM: Terry, are you sure?
TERRY: Trust me. Cerberus. Go.
SFX: (Cerberus jumps into the woods to go fetch whatever creature is yelling. The Wemategunis starts arguing, saying things like “Hey, watch it!” “Let me go!” “What are you doing!” “Stop it!” etc.)
SAM: A dwarf!
DOG: Phew, nothing but a prank I see.
WEMATEGUNIS: Put me down!
SAM: Let’s go back to where Alina is first, I’m… sure she’d love to see this.
WEMATEGUNIS: Noo, that’ll ruin the fun!
NEXT SCENE: (The gang returns to where Alina is by the bench.)
DOG: Alina! We’re back. And we brought the perpetrator!
ALINA: Aww, it’s a little guy!
WEMATEGUNIS: Let go of me you beast, this is no way to help someone!
TERRY: And what exactly did you need help with, little dwarf?
ALINA: Oh! A dwarf! I thought those guys all had beards.
SAM: (laughs) Dwarves are in many cultures, but they don’t always look the same.
DOG: I think it’s specifically a Wemategunis. It’s one of the few creatures that are indigenous here.
ALINA: Indigenous… So a native creature like JD?
WEMATEGUNIS: It’s pronounced Way-mah-tah-kun-eese. And I am from the Lenape tribe, a true native creature, not like that park ranger who was born from those white monsters. Now put me down! If you know who I am, then you know I was just having a little fun!
TERRY: A little fun? Ugh, I need to tell you a story about a boy who cried wolf…
WEMATEGUNIS: Hmph! My kind has also helped people so don’t make us out to be the criminals!
ALINA: Really? How?
SFX: (Casino sounds start blaring about. Someone rolls dice and a crowd laughs until they are attacked.)
WEMATEGUNIS: One time, there was this beautiful and young gambler. Due to his beauty and charisma, he was able to convince a lot of people to join in his terrible hobby, causing the Chief of Gambling, to notice.
The Chief came down from the moon to challenge the young gambler and his friends causing them to lose everything, including the young gambler’s beautiful eyes.
Full of despair, the young gambler regrets ever having such a terrible hobby and cries out that if he could do it over, he would lead a brave and honest life.
SFX: (Up in space, the Wemategunis fetches the necklace.)
WEMATEGUNIS: And so, a Wemategunis after hearing his promise, traveled to the moon to find his eyes.
He persuades an old woman, who had the eyes as a necklace, to show it to him. He steals it and brings the necklace to the young man. Able to see again, he kept his promise and lived the rest of his life as a warrior.
SFX: (The show returns to the park atmosphere.)
TERRY: (sighs) This is great and all, but you’ve wasted our time.
SAM: I’m sure it was a wonderful story, but maybe they can help us? Can you tell us if anything has changed in the woods?
WEMATEGUNIS: Well, those fairies were being quite unruly for a bit. But just the usual territorial fights and whatnot.
TERRY: Fairies… Territorial disputes… probably the Unseelie Court. That is a problem for another day.
DOG: Well then let’s call it for today then? I need to get back to Jun.
ALINA: Oh yeah, let’s get you home. Oh my god, it’s so late!
WEMATEGUNIS: Goodbye! Come play with me again! Today was fun!
SFX: (They all walk towards the exit of the park.)
ALINA: (laughs) Wow, It’s so nice to see such a cute creature in the park for once.
MUSIC: (“Park in Twilight” plays.)
DOG: I agree. Thank goodness it wasn’t a real problem. Did the two of you get a chance to talk at all?
ALINA: Ahaha, yeah, a little bit. Sam. I know it looks like I haven’t changed, but it just feels like you’ll just disappear again… so I’m a bit nervous. But I will wait for you, whenever you are ready to talk. Anytime.
SAM: Yeah, I’d like that. But for now, can you promise me something?
ALINA: Yeah of course.
SAM: You’re… gonna to hear some rumors about the woods. Can you– can you promise to stay away from there?
ALINA: Okay… As long as you promise me something though.
SAM: Uh, what is it?
ALINA: You need to meet my friends! I’d like to introduce you to Drew and Jun. You know you actually already know Drew! And of course Jun, well, my Jun. I think he’d be happy to answer any questions you have about your Jun.
SAM: H-he’s not— I would like that.
SFX: (Terry snickers at Sam’s response.)
ALINA: Oh? Is there— Nevermind. Uh, hmm. Thank you for coming back Sam. I’m… glad I got to see you again. I’ll catch you later?
SAM: Catch you later, Alina.
NEXT SCENE: (We return back to Mirai. She finally leaves her room and finds the hotel dining hall.)
MIRAI: The big Sam and Alina reunion! I’m glad I decided to sit down and eat while listening to this. Although it was kinda ruined with that little dwarf showing up. Feels like something Junpei would do… too bad he wasn’t there for me to laugh at.
Also, not going to lie, I’m pretty impressed with the food here at the hotel. I wonder why they don’t have many guests eating here… But then again, I guess it is a remote area. Everyone else is missing out!
CREDITS: Residents of Proserpina Park is a production written and produced by Angela Yih. Directed by Angela Yih. The voice of Mirai is Vida Shi. The voice of Alina is Angela Yih. The voice of Drew is Ashley Dawson. The voice of Jun is Ben Pollizi. The voice of Dog is Sara Roncero-Menendez. The voice of Sam is G3. The voice of Terry is Molly. And the voice of the Wemategunis is Robin Regalado.
Dialogue editing by Angela Yih. Mixed and mastered by Angela Yih. Script edited by Sara Roncero-Menendez. Original music by Hoa Pham. Season 3 cover art by Molly James. Series Logo by Macy Tang. For more information about the show, please go to our website residentsofproserpinapark.com
AFTER CREDIT SCENE: (An insert where Dog and Terry were chatting.)
DOG: I hope Sam and Alina are doing okay… They both look calm so far…
TERRY: Hey, martian.
DOG: (sighs) Dog, Terry. You can call me Dog. Everybody does.
TERRY: Hm, you’re a green martian. Not a dog. Now, I want to talk about the Vetala. What else did they say about the creature?
DOG: Just that it’s in the woods! You know how cryptic they can be…
TERRY: Good. Sam and I will deal with it. Keep the rest of them out of the way.
DOG: Wait, what about me? I can help! I’ve been trying to ask the gods for information—
TERRY: You’ve been trying to get gods involved?!
DOG: You know they’re the only ones who would actually know what to do!
TERRY: Ugh, Gods are infamously temperamental, trust me, I should know, I’m related to them!
DOG: Yes, Terry, I know! But how else can we handle this kind of situation?
TERRY: I told you already. Do not underestimate humans (sighs). We’ll figure it out.
DOG: It doesn’t hurt to ask! I’ll do things my way, don’t underestimate creatures either!
TERRY: Hm, wait, what are Sam and Alina doing looking over there by the woods?
DOG: Oh no, we need to go over there now!