Scene Detail

"You don't knock at home, Ben."

From: The Hopes and Fears of All the Years
2 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Male Adult: Any Age JEREMY (1998) / MICKEY (1971, 1951) / WILL (1921)
Male Adult: Any Age ETHAN (1998) / BENJI (1971) / BEN (1951) / JOSHUA (1921)
 
Setup:
1951 -
Ben and Mickey are returning, injured, from the Korean War in time for the Christmas holidays. Ben saved Mickey's life in combat. Mickey nearly lost his leg and depends on both his cane and sometimes Ben for support. Ben is estranged from his family and can't go home, even for the holidays. Mickey has insisted that Ben come spend the holidays with his family instead of being alone. What Mickey doesn't know is that his friend Ben is gay, and in love with him. They have reached the front yard of Mickey's home.

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Scene

copyright 2002 by Matthew A. Everett


MICKEY and BEN enter, army jackets buttoned up, army caps on their heads.


MICKEY is in the lead, though he has to lean on his cane. His tie is still loose around his neck.


BEN is close on Mickey's heels.


They are in a pool of light off to the side, still not having reached Mickey's house.


BEN

Hang on a minute, Mickey.

MICKEY stops.


BEN goes to straighten MICKEY's tie.


MICKEY dodges him.


MICKEY

Ben, they're not gonna care about my tie, trust me.

BEN corrals MICKEY anyway.


MICKEY gives in good-naturedly and lets BEN spruce him up. BEN speaks as he does so.


BEN

Maybe not. But you won't have to look like this ever again after you walk through that door. Be a soldier one last time. You know -- for them.

BEN's hands rest on MICKEY's tie just a moment longer than they'd need to. Then BEN withdraws.


They stand and look at each other a moment - soldier twins.


BEN (cont'd)

I'm gonna miss you.

MICKEY

What are you talking about?

(pause, no response)

Hey, I told you, no backing out now. You and me, Christmas with the folks.

BEN

No, I mean after.

MICKEY

You don't think you're gonna get rid of me that easily, do you?

BEN

War's over. For us anyway. Back to real life.

MICKEY

You're part of my real life, Ben.

BEN

That's nice of you to say, but --

MICKEY

You don't honestly miss anything about the way we had to live over in Korea, do you?

BEN

Well, no, not most things but...

MICKEY

Then what?

(pause, no response)

Our lives are just getting started, Ben.

BEN

Yeah.

BEN can only look at MICKEY. The words won't come. He couldn't say them even if they did.


MICKEY reaches out, grabs BEN's arm and gives him a shake.


MICKEY

C'mon! This is gonna be great. You'll see.

MICKEY breaks into a huge grin.


MICKEY (cont'd)

I'm home, Ben.

BEN

Yes. Yes you are.

MICKEY

Come on, my friend. In we go.

BEN

You're not going to knock?

MICKEY

You don't knock at home, Ben.




copyright 2002 by Matthew A. Everett

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