Elizabeth wakes up in a dank, dark cell. She looks around, wandering where she is. She tries to stand but realizes she is chained to a cold, damp wall.)
Elizabeth: Where am I? How did I get here?
( She thinks hard and tries to remember. When she can't remember, she slumps against the damp wall.)
Elizabeth: I can't remember! I don't know what I did! How long have I been here?
(She gets up and tries to pace the cell but the chains stop her and she falls.)
Elizabeth: Do I have to be chained to this wall?
(After a few hours, the sun starts setting and she hears a whisper, almost inaudible.)
Elizabeth: What is that?
(listening closely, making sure to stop her breathing so she can hear.)
Mercy: Pst! Elizabeth! Over here! (She puts her arms through the bars and motions Elizabeth towards her.) It is me, Mercy! Come here, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth: I can't, Mercy. I'm chained to this wall and can't move! Both my arms and legs are chained! (She lifts her hands to show Mercy the chains.)
Mercy: Of course you can't move with handcuffs on. Why did you get arrested?
(stunned to hear this news she drops to the ground, then slowly the memory of the night before unfolds.
Elizabeth: Oh, Mercy, you have to try and get me out of here.
Elizabeth: (starts sobbing into her hands but knows she needs to get her self together.)
Mercy: Elizabeth? Were you reading my spell books again?
(Mercy puts her head in her hands.)
Mercy: I told you not to do that where people could find you! I knew you'd be caught!
(After Mercy speaks, a man walks in and hears what she told Elizabeth.)
Man: What! You're working with the witch! I must tell! I must tell!
( He runs out of the prison.)
Elizabeth: Now you're going to be accused of witchcraft! You'll meet the same fate as I will! We'll be hanged, Mercy!
(She sobs again. After a while, she sees Mercy, who is still sitting there, shocked.)
Elizabeth: Mercy! Run before they find you! If you don't, you'll surely be hanged!
Mercy: No, Elizabeth! I will stand and face my crime.
Elizabeth: What crime! You did not commit a crime. Run before you run out of time!
(The man returns with a witch judge. He points accusingly at Mercy.)
Man: She's working with the witch! She's a witch! She should be hanged!
Witch Judge: We'll hang them when the bell rings at noon tomorrow! There will be no witches in my Salem!
(He and the man grab Mercy and handcuff her.)
Witch Judge: Throw her in the dungeon! No, in a separate one! We don't need them plotting to use their magicks against us!
(After Mercy is thrown into her cell, the two men leave, leaving her in darkness, alone.)
Mercy: What if I'm found guilty? What if they do find my spell books and........What about Elizabeth! She doesn't even practice witchcraft. What will I do?
( Meanwhile, in Elizabeth's cell, she is still sobbing for her friend.)
Elizabeth: She will surely be hanged tomorrow for this evil as will I! I'm...