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Market Share

by Grace Carmack 2 months ago in bitcoin

A Short Play

MARKET SHARE : A Short Play

by Grace Carmack

Cast of Characters

Man: A scruffy man in a dirty T-shirt. He may be the creator of Bitcoin.

Hillary: An employee of the public market.

Setting

A public market.

Time

July, 2019.

(A dirty public market. It is midsummer, which means three cruise ships are in town, each equipped with their own water slide. Tourists cram their six-person families into narrow corridors, desperate for a glimpse at the famed shops. Seagulls swoop in, stealing fish bits from exhausted men in plastic overalls. It’s 6pm, the sun is high, and the shops are mostly closed.)

(HILLARY has finished her shift at the bulk spice shop and is walking along the cobblestone.)

(A MAN approaches HILLARY, walking in the same direction.)

MAN

Hey! Mind if I walk this way?

HILLARY

Public road dude, go for it.

MAN

Where you goin’?

HILLARY

Home. You?

MAN

I don’t know yet, I’m visiting.

HILLARY

Oh weird. I thought you worked here.

MAN

Why’s that?

HILLARY

I don’t know, you look like a market rat.

MAN

Ha, funny. I haven’t had a job in years.

HILLARY

Lucky you.

MAN

Where do you work?

HILLARY

Spice shop, in the corner back there.

MAN

Sounds fun, do you like it?

HILLARY

Better than wearin’ a suit.

MAN

You’d look weird in a suit anyway.

HILLARY

Ah, thank you.

MAN

Want some Chambord?

HILLARY

What? No.

MAN

Too good for Chambord?

HILLARY

Are you just carrying it around in your backpack?

MAN

I’ve also got this.

(MAN produces a bottle of Macallan whiskey. HILLARY sighs.)

HILLARY

Yeah okay.

(He hands the bottle to HILLARY.)

HILLARY

Macallan. Nice whiskey. Heavy bottle.

(MAN laughs)

MAN

It’s very nice whiskey. You are holding one of four bottles of The Macallan 64 Years Old in Lalique.

HILLARY

What does Lalique mean?

MAN

That’s the crystal it’s held in.

HILLARY

Crystal?

(HILLARY pretends to drop the bottle. MAN doesn’t flinch.)

HILLARY

Did you steal it?

MAN

Nope, bought it at auction in 2010. You can have the first taste if you like.

HILLARY

No way, you go first so I know it’s not drugged.

(MAN takes the bottle, removes the top, and takes a swig. He hands it back to HILLARY who also takes a swig. She makes a face as if to say “smooth.” Beyond that, she’s unphased by the caliber of the spirit. They are standing together on the market’s single cobblestone road. They’ve paused to share the bottle. No one else in the market seems to care.)

HILLARY

So you don’t have a job, your T-shirt is dirty, and you’re drinking a bottle of designer scotch with a spice merchant at the market? What’s your deal, dude?

MAN

Have you heard of Bitcoin?

HILLARY

Yeah, sure.

MAN

I benefited early.

HILLARY

I don’t follow.

MAN

I’m Bitcoin rich.

HILLARY

Is that your name?

(MAN laughs.)

MAN

Not even close.

HILLARY

Okay, you’re rich from Bitcoins, whatever that means, and you’ve come to the market for?

MAN

I’ve been talking to people about net neutrality.

HILLARY

For fun?

MAN

Kind of, yeah! I spend my time teaching people about decentralizing the internet.

HILLARY

I don’t know what that means.

MAN

You know how people use Google as a search engine?

HILLARY

Yeah.

MAN

Alright. So Google is operating as a third-party. Google isn’t necessary to find information on the internet. But you tell me, how else would you go about finding something online?

HILLARY

Jeeves?

MAN

Another third-party. A notably worse one. Because Google prevents Ask Jeeves from committing the same crime.

HILLARY

Fine, they have a monopoly on....information. Why do you care? You just told me you’re Bitcoin rich.

MAN

I think people have the right to a better online community. And the right to generate money outside the control of the central bank.

HILLARY

So some asshole invented another currency, you got rich off of it, and now you wander around as an internet spokesperson?

MAN

No, I invented Bitcoin. I am that asshole.

(A pause. HILLARY narrows her eyes.)

HILLARY

Just to get rich?

MAN

Nah, because fuck ‘em.

(A pause.)

HILLARY

I agree with you there. But you’re still full of shit.

MAN

Alright, well, at least take this.

(He hands her what looks like a business card. It only has a web address.)

HILLARY

Nice cardstock. I’ll search this later.

(She puts the card in her back pocket.)

MAN

That’s all I ask.

HILLARY

How long have you been Bitcoin rich?

MAN

About a decade.

HILLARY

Well, I’m happy for you. Thanks for sharing your whiskey.

MAN

Want a ride home?

(MAN gestures at a black Mercedes idling along a side street.)

HILLARY

Nah, this was fun but that sounds dangerous.

MAN

Fair enough. What’s your name, by the way?

HILLARY

Hillary, what’s yours?

(HILLARY extends her hand. He accepts it and they shake.)

MAN

Most people know me as Satoshi.

HILLARY

I’m just gonna call you Bitcoin Rich.

(MAN smiles and starts walking towards the Mercedes. HILLARY waits long enough to see if he actually gets in. He does. HILLARY continues walking towards her bus stop.)

(END OF PLAY)

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Grace Carmack
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