"Why did you say yes? You just never seemed like the marrying kind."
|From: But Not For Love|
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 thrown a rock through the stained glass window of the church, before the ceremony even had a chance to get started. But now it seems the ceremony will go ahead after all. However, just before things get under way, Roland wants to check in with his bride...
(To track Roland and Eleanor through the events of the day up to this point, you can look at the scenes with the following tag quotes...
- "There's not an ounce of romance in any one of you, is there?"
- "It's just -- the way things are going, I keep waiting for the midgets or a dancing bear to show up."
- "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."
- "-- just you, walking down the center aisle of a church, toward me -- looking like you were getting married, to me. Does that make any sense at all?")
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Emphasis shifts to a separate pool of light where ELEANOR stands, expectantly, waiting for the service to begin.
Her phone rings. She scurries to get it, sees who it is, and answers, smiling.
ELEANORYou're going to see me in just a minute.
ROLAND appears in another pool of light, on his phone, smiling.
ROLANDWhy did you say "yes"?
ELEANORHaving second thoughts?
ROLANDNo. I was just wondering if you were.
ELEANORNot on your life.
ROLANDYou just never seemed like the marrying kind.
ELEANORI didn't think I was. Til you asked me.
ROLANDI can be incredibly persuasive when I need to be.
ELEANORI didn't take much persuading.
ROLANDAnd why was that?
ELEANORI looked at you, and I realized I'd never find a better man. And if you were in the mood to propose, I'd better snatch you up before someone less complicated caught your eye.
ROLANDI like complicated.
ELEANORThis is our day, Roland. We're the only ones the state recognizes getting married today. I take that very seriously. I feel like we're not just getting married for us. We're getting married for everyone who wants to and can't. I would never do this just to make a point. Getting married for love is the only thing that makes it make any sense. The only thing that makes it worth it. You. You are the only thing that makes it worth it. We can get married so easily --
ROLANDYou call this easy?
ELEANORWalking through my days with you, all my days with you, that makes it worth getting up in the morning. You give me the strength to fight.
ROLANDAll that passion, directed at other things and other people, I feel a little lost sometimes.
ELEANORI know. I'm sorry.
ROLANDDon't apologize. It's the woman I fell in love with.
ELEANORI'm going to work hard, every day, to steer a little more of that passion your direction. I may need some reminding.
ROLANDWhy do you think I called?
ELEANORI love you.
ROLANDI love you, too. Whattaya say we get married?
ELEANORSounds good to me.
ROLANDI'll be the one in the tux. On the left.
ELEANORMy left or your left?
ROLANDGet out here and marry me, woman.
They hang up, smiling, and fade into the dark.
copyright 2006 by Matthew A. Everett