The Walk

Sounds of steamships, stevedores, shouting and people saying farewells.

Pambos and his grandparents are saying their own goodbyes. The grandmother ('yayia') is adjusting Pambos's tie.

Yayia
Remember to eat well and, what you promised about the olive oil. You must keep your strength up. Make sure your landlady cooks you some of our food.

Pambos
[Hugs both grandparents]

I will yayia. I won't forget the promise.

Bapou
I don't know where that brother of yours is. He must have forgotten.

Pambos
Don't worry bapou. I am sure Lakis has his reasons. I will write to him. I will write to all of you - even you Dimitri.

Yayia
May God be with you my lovely boy. You will always be in my heart wherever you may be. Now you must go before the ship leaves.

[Loud noise of people moaning and pushing as a voice repeats apologies for pushing through the crowd and shouting the name Pambos].

Lakis
Pambos! Pambos!
Have I missed him? Has he gone!

Pambos
No, I am here Laki. Where have you been? We thought you had forgotten.

Lakis
[Panting and out of breath]
Don't be silly, it just took me a lot longer to get here than I thought. I ran the last 2 miles.

Yayia
What do you mean? You have walked all the way from work?

Lakis
I got the bus for part of the way, but mostly walked.

Bapou
But that is over 10 miles. Are you mad? Why?

Lakis
I just wanted to save every penny.

Dimitri
What for, some lovely new girl you have met?

Bapou
Dimitri please! Can you move your mind to something else for once?

Lakis
No. I wanted to save as much as I could for you Pambos. I have nearly a months’ salary here.
It is for you and your journey.
Good luck my brother. Do not forget us or our small island.
Also this is a bag of coffee. We don't want you becoming a tea drinker!

[Yayia overcome by emotion turns her back on the ship and begins to cry. Pambos looks at his brother with tears rolling down his cheeks.]

Pambos
Whatever happens to me Laki I will never ever forget what you have done for me today. I will write to you and see you soon. When I am able I will send for you.