Scene Detail

"Something blue."

From: But Not For Love
2 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Male 30s EPHRAM
Male 30s PATRICK
 
Setup:
Eleanor and Ephram, sister and brother, are both getting married on the same day. And they're each getting married to a man. With protesters, policemen and a TV news crew outside the church, inside the couples are split over what their day and their ceremony should mean, to themselves or anyone else.

Patrick, Ephram's groom, agrees with Eleanor that they all need to make a statement by getting married. But Roland, Eleanor's groom, and Ephram both just want a simple ceremony and a quiet day.

A protester outside has just thrown a rock through the stained glass window of the church, before the ceremony has even had a chance to get started, and the couples are trying to deal with it, each in their own way.

(The couples' goodbyes before going to get formally dresssed is available for viewing under the tag quote -

"There's not an ounce of romance in any one of you, is there?"

The scene immediately preceding the rock coming through the window - in which the two couples were donning their wedding finery - was a combination of two scenes available for viewing under the tag quotes -

"It's just -- the way things are going, I keep waiting for the midgets or a dancing bear to show up."

and

"Ephram and I would trade places with you and Eleanor in a second. Especially Ephram. You have no idea how much he longs to be invisible right now.")

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Scene

copyright 2006 by Matthew A. Everett


Another pool of light, where EPHRAM sits watching PATRICK, crouched over some broken colored glass, turning the rock over and over in his hand.


EPHRAM

You remember our first date?

PATRICK

When I cornered you at Joyce's party, and kept telling you funny stories because I thought you had the cutest smile I'd ever seen on another human being, and I wanted to see more of it?

EPHRAM

Not when we met. Our first date.

PATRICK

When I ran into you at Pegasus a week later, before you'd gotten up the nerve to use that party napkin with my number on it, and I took you home because I was determined to peel off that faded T-shirt you were wearing, and you were too damn shy to take it off on the dance floor?

EPHRAM

The other first date.

PATRICK

Oh, the one where we planned to be together ahead of time, on purpose?

EPHRAM

That one.

PATRICK

I remember what it felt like holding your hand in public.

EPHRAM

We had gloves on.

PATRICK

Your hand was in there. So was mine.

EPHRAM

It was dark. It was a side road. Completely deserted.

PATRICK

But there we were, walking down the street hand in hand.

EPHRAM

No skin to skin contact. Bundled up in about five layers of clothing each.

PATRICK

And I still got a hard-on.

EPHRAM

Me, too.

PATRICK

We finally let ourselves do what other people did in public when they like each other.

EPHRAM

When no one was watching.

PATRICK

Gotta start somewhere. Got to see that smile again.

EPHRAM

And then we turned the corner onto another street.

PATRICK

Restaurants, bars. People spilling out onto the sidewalk, into the street.

EPHRAM

A well-lit street.

PATRICK

Did you pull away first?

EPHRAM

We both did. Same moment. It was instinct.

PATRICK

We are nothing if not well trained.

EPHRAM

I refused to walk apart from you, though.

PATRICK

I noticed.

EPHRAM

You think anyone else did?

PATRICK

Let 'em. I wasn't gonna let anything happen to you.

EPHRAM

I didn't do it for safety.

PATRICK

I'm not saying you couldn't handle yourself.

EPHRAM

No, I mean, I know that. I did it... I was just tired of feeling alone, like I always had to carry it all myself. I wanted to be part of a team.

PATRICK

You found one.

EPHRAM

So how did we get from there to here?

PATRICK

We sent out invitations.

EPHRAM pulls a blue party napkin with a phone number carefully scrawled on it out of his pocket.

PATRICK sets the rock down and fingers the blue paper.


PATRICK (cont'd)

This was about six cell phones ago.

EPHRAM

Something blue.




copyright 2006 by Matthew A. Everett

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