Play 04

2013-08-06

Title: Conversation #23

Author: Peter Wood

Draft date: 13-08-05

Contact: peterwood2@gmail.com

LIGHTS UP

Two people sit on a bench looking out at the ocean. There is the sound of waves, seagulls, and children playing. It is a cool fall day.

A PERSON

Do you remember the library? The head of holding hands? Holding in the silence. Not talking. Not wishing for more. Not knowing to wish for more. Just the warmth. Your hand in mine. So young. So naive.

Pause.

A PERSON

Do you remember the beach? Cold. Sleeping bag hot with out bodies. Fully dressed, of course. Unsure. I wanted more. We were older then. Knew to want more, but things were fumbling. Wrong. And so we stopped. And so. And no.

Pause.

ANOTHER PERSON

I never

A PERSON

It didn’t matter.

ANOTHER PERSON

It should have. The fact that it didn’t . . . made me mad. I mean . . . I don’t mean to be rude, but you pissed me off with your blind adoration, your “love.” It’s not like I didn’t care. I was just as young, stupid. Didn’t know what to do with such . . .

A PERSON

Adoration?

ANOTHER PERSON

No.

A PERSON

Love?

They both laugh.

ANOTHER PERSON

Intensity

A PERSON

Me neither.

Pause.

A PERSON

A lifetime ago.

ANOTHER PERSON

Yes.

A PERSON

This was going to be a different play.

ANOTHER PERSON

I know. Sorry.

A PERSON

It’s ok.

Pause.

A PERSON

You know that I’m at peace with the fact that I will always adore you. No matter our lives or circumstances. And I don’t need us to be more than what we are. Friends. Old friends. Distant friends at times.

ANOTHER PERSON

That wasn’t very poetic.

A PERSON

I know. Sorry.

ANOTHER PERSON

It’s ok. Poetry is overrated.

A PERSON

Lots of things are.

Long pause. The sound of the ocean. Seagulls. Children playing. Another Person takes A Person’s hand. They smile and look out at the ocean for a long, long moment.

BLACKOUT

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