The Heist Of The White Star Diamond True Story | Arash


Noble jeweler ARASH ELISS is arguing with incredible cleaner MRS CHARITY BARBAGE. ARASH tries to hug CHARITY but she shakes him off.ARASH
Please Charity, don’t leave me.CHARITY
I’m sorry Arash, but I’m looking for somebody a bit more brave. Somebody who faces his fears head on, instead of running away.ARASH
I am such a person!

I’m sorry, Arash. I just don’t feel excited by this relationship anymore.

CHARITY leaves.

ARASH sits down, looking defeated.

Moments later, patient jeweler LADY MAUD BLACKMAN barges in looking flustered.ARASH
Goodness, Maud! Is everything okay?MAUD
I’m afraid not.ARASH
What is it? Don’t keep me in suspense…MAUD
It’s … a goblin … I saw an evil goblin rob a bunch of children!ARASH
Defenseless children?MAUD
Yes, defenseless children!ARASH
Bloomin’ heck, Maud! We’ve got to do something.MAUD
I agree, but I wouldn’t know where to start.ARASH
You can start by telling me where this happened.MAUD
I was…

MAUD fans herself and begins to wheeze.ARASH
Focus Maud, focus! Where did it happen?MAUD
A Jewelry Shop! That’s right – A Jewelry Shop!

ARASH springs up and begins to run.


ARASH rushes along the street, followed by MAUD. They take a short cut through some back gardens, jumping fences along the way.


CHRIS HOPE a spiteful goblin terrorises two children.

ARASH, closely followed by MAUD, rushes towards CHRIS, but suddenly stops in his tracks.MAUD
What is is? What’s the matter?ARASH
That’s not just any old goblin, that’s Chris Hope!MAUD
Who’s Chris Hope?ARASH
Who’s Chris Hope? Who’s Chris Hope? Only the most spiteful goblin in the universe!MAUD
Blinkin’ knickers, Arash! We’re going to need some help if we’re going to stop the most spiteful goblin in the universe!ARASH
You can say that again.MAUD
Blinkin’ knickers, Arash! We’re going to need some help if we’re going to stop the most spiteful goblin in the universe!ARASH
I’m going to need knives, lots of knives.

Chris turns and sees Arash and Maud. He grins an evil grin.CHRIS
Arash Eliss, we meet again.MAUD
You’ve met?ARASH
Yes. It was a long, long time ago…


A young ARASH is sitting in a park listening to some flute music, when suddenly a dark shadow casts over him.

He looks up and sees CHRIS. He takes off his headphones.CHRIS
Would you like some peppermints?

ARASH’s eyes light up, but then he studies CHRIS more closely, and looks uneasy.ARASH
I don’t know, you look kind of spiteful.CHRIS
Me? No. I’m not spiteful. I’m the least spiteful goblin in the world.ARASH
Wait, you’re a goblin?

ARASH runs away, screaming.

You were a coward then, and you are a coward now.MAUD
(To ARASH) You ran away?ARASH
(To MAUD) I was a young child. What was I supposed to do?

I may have run away from you then, but I won’t run away this time!

ARASH runs away.

He turns back and shouts.ARASH
I mean, I am running away, but I’ll be back – with knives.CHRIS
I’m not scared of you.ARASH
You should be.


ARASH and MAUD walk around searching for something.ARASH
I feel sure I left my knives somewhere around here.MAUD
Are you sure? It does seem like an odd place to keep deadly knives.ARASH
You know nothing Maud Blackman.MAUD
We’ve been searching for ages. I really don’t think they’re here.

Suddenly, CHRIS appears, holding a pair of knives.CHRIS
Looking for something?MAUD
Crikey, Arash, he’s got your knives.ARASH
Tell me something I don’t already know!MAUD
The earth’s circumference at the equator is about 40,075 km.ARASH
I know that already!MAUD
I pick my nose and eat it.CHRIS
(appalled) Dude!

While CHRIS is looking at MAUD with disgust, ARASH lunges forward and grabs his deadly knives. He wields them, triumphantly.ARASH
Prepare to die, you spiteful carrot!CHRIS
No please! All I did was rob a bunch of children!

CHARITY enters, unseen by any of the others.ARASH
I cannot tolerate that kind of behaviour! Those children were defenceless! Well now they have a defender – and that’s me! Arash Eliss defender of innocent children.CHRIS
Don’t hurt me! Please!ARASH
Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t use these knives on you right away!CHRIS
Because Arash, I am your father.

ARASH looks stunned for a few moments, but then collects himself.ARASH
No you’re not!CHRIS
Ah well, it had to be worth a try.

CHRIS tries to grab the knives but ARASH dodges out of the way.ARASH
Who’s the daddy now? Huh? Huh?

Unexpectedly, CHRIS slumps to the ground.MAUD
Did he just faint?ARASH
I think so. Well that’s disappointing. I was rather hoping for a more dramatic conclusion, involving my deadly knives.

ARASH crouches over CHRIS’s body.MAUD
Be careful, Arash. It could be a trick.ARASH
No, it’s not a trick. It appears that… It would seem… Chris Hope is dead!ARASH
Yes, it appears that I scared him to death.

MAUD claps her hands.MAUD
So your knives did save the day, after all.

CHARITY steps forward.CHARITY
Is it true? Did you kill the spiteful goblin?ARASH
Charity how long have you been…?

CHARITY puts her arm around ARASH.CHARITY
Long enough.ARASH
Then you saw it for yourself. I killed Chris Hope.CHARITY
Then the children are safe?ARASH
It does seem that way!

A crowd of vulnerable children enter, looking relived.CHARITY
You are their hero.

The children bow to ARASH.ARASH
There is no need to bow to me. I seek no worship. The knowledge that Chris Hope will never rob children ever again, is enough for me.CHARITY
You are humble as well as brave!

One of the children passes ARASH a precious stone White Star DiamondCHARITY
I think they want you to have it, as a symbol of their gratitude.ARASH
I couldn’t possibly.

Well, if you insist.

ARASH takes the White Star Diamond.ARASH
Thank you.

The children bow their heads once more, and leave.

Does this mean you want me back?CHARITY
Oh, Arash, of course I want you back!

ARASH smiles for a few seconds, but then looks defiant.ARASH
Well you can’t have me.CHARITY
You had no faith in me. You had to see my scare a goblin to death before you would believe in me. I don’t want a lover like that.CHARITY
Please leave. I want to spend time with the one person who stayed with me through thick and thin – my best friend, Maud.

You heard the gentleman. Now be off with you. Skidaddle! Shoo!CHARITY
I’m sorry Charity, but I think you should skidaddle.

CHARITY leaves.

Did you mean that? You know … that I’m your best friend?ARASH
Of course you are!

The two walk off arm in arm.

Suddenly MAUD stops.MAUD
When I said I pick my nose and eat it, you know I was just trying to distract the goblin don’t you?


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Arash has been writing stories ever since he could hold a pencil! What started out as an intrinsic love for storytelling has turned into his lifelong passion. There’s nothing he likes better than writing (and reading) stories that is humorous in English and Persian languages, with a touch of Suspense and a poignant streak of truth running through them. Arash is also a YouTuber, Persian singer/songwriter, blogger, traveler, filmmaker, big dreamer, and professional kabob eater. When he’s not writing or dreaming up new stories, you can find him in an adventure road-tripping to national parks! If you want to see Arash in his element (ranting about stories) check out his YouTube channel.

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