3 Short Scenes

2013-08-15

Title: Conversation #10

Author: Peter Wood

Draft date: 13-08-15

Contact: peterwood2@gmail.com

A

Not here.

B

Why?

A

Because I . . . because you . . . because we.

B

No. That’s not why.

A

It is.

B

You’re lying. If not to me, to yourself.

A

I hate you.

B

I know. But more than that. And yes. Here. Always here. This place for that time and the way you smelled and the way I tasted and the way we moved and the way that it all crashed down around us and made us feel alive.

A

Until we died.

B

Well, yes. There’s that.

A

Destruction can only work for so long. Then it’s just destruction and emptiness. A long hollow world where the sky is grey and the sun is grey and the ground is grey and there is only a distant distant sound of blood pumping but even that is dying dying dying. And we are left here. Empty. Hollowed out by each other.

Long pause.

A

How I loved to be hollowed out by you. Emptied. Drained. Your eyes, your need. Leaving me--

B

Gone.

A

Yes.

B

Here?

A

Yes.

Title: Conversation #11

Author: Peter Wood

Draft date: 13-08-15

Contact: peterwood2@gmail.com

C

There’s a spider in my head.

D

That’s what she said.

C

That doesn’t even make the slightest sense. And I’m not joking. You think I’m joking. Not. Joking. Also, not metaphor.

D

Umm, for real? I mean, that’s not really possible right? Didn’t they do a Mythbuster’s about that?

C

I don’t know. It’s not a material spider, that’s the thing. It’s not going to show up on any kind of scan. The Doctors will never find it. But it’s real and there, even if immaterial.

D

Oh. Um, maybe we ought to get you some help?

C

Look, you asked what my secret was and I’m telling you. Now you think I’m crazy and now you’ll go away and that’s fucking why I don’t tell it to people but I thought, I hoped you were different.

D

I . . . hey, don’t . . . please. Stay. Stay. It’s . . . Ok, so you have an immaterial spider in your head. I . . . look, I can’t say I totally believe it’s real right? I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to thinking that maybe you have some kind of weird mental disorder. No, come on. I’m being honest. But that doesn’t mean I think you are crazy or bad or that I don’t want to be here.

Long pause.

D

Ok?

C

Ok.

Pause.

D

Does it talk to you? I mean--

C

No. But sometimes it sings.

Pause.

C

And I think it’s name is something like Evangeline. And I think it’s actually some kind of weird projection from a different dimension and I just hope it doesn’t hurt, being caught in my head and I think I love you.

Title: Conversation #12

Author: Peter Wood

Draft date: 13-08-15

Contact: peterwood2@gmail.com

E

It’s always been about you.

F

I love you.

E

You don’t fucking know me.

F

I love you.

E

What’s my favorite book?

F

I love you.

E

What’s my favorite color?

F

I love you.

E

Do you know how to make me feel safe?

F

I love you.

E

Do you know what makes me afraid?

F

I love you.

E

Have you ever bothered to learn the geography of my childhood? Of why I am sometimes emotionally distant and what you can do to bring me back from that distance? Of how I first fell in love or guilt operates as a factor in my life? Have you ever even asked me why I pull away from you instead of just making me feel guilty about pulling away from you.

F

I love you.

E

You don’t. You don’t even know me.

F

I love you.

Long pause.

F

I love you.

Long pause.

F

I love you.

E

Come here.

They kiss.

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