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The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
 GENEALOGY OF A KISS (A Play in One Act by Scott C. Sickles)
 Three men in a boat (Jerome Klapka Jerome)

Scene 19

SCREEN:Black letters on white background. "OCTOBER 9, 1982" SETTING:David's old apartment, USR. AT RISE:David moves and straightens things throughout the scene. Matthew stands next to him,observing.

MATTHEW Don't deny it. Admitting it is the first step to solving the problem. Face it. Deep down inside, you're a slob.

DAVID You think you read me so well, don't you? I'll have you know that as a child, yes, I was messy. I left drawers and cupboards open. I didn't pick my clothes off the floor. But, I knew what direction I was heading and I turned it around. So what, my things get a little cluttered. My life is a whirlwind and that's bound to create some confusion, so there.

MATTHEW So you're saying I'm right.

DAVID Go to-- OW! Oo. Shoulder cramp.

MATTHEW (Guides David to a sitting position and sits beside him. Starts massaging the cramped shoulder.) See how your body reacts when you try going against it's natural instincts. (Matthew massages for a moment and starts kissing David's neck. Still from behind, while rubbing David's shoulder with one hand, Matthew reaches around David with the other and unfastens one of the buttons on David's shirt and reaches inside. David's eyes get real big for a moment and he tries to say something but can't talk. Matthew's other arm moves from behind David and reaches around his waist. David tries to squirm free.)

DAVID Uh Um Matthew. Matthew, hold up. (Matthew freezes for a second and then relents.) I know it's been over a month. And I don't want you to think I'm frigid or anything. I'm just. Besides, I don't have anything here.

MATTHEW I brought it with me just in case. I know you're nervous about getting involved. You think I'm not? And I don't know where this is going or where I want it to. But, neither do you. I think we've been taking things pretty slow. Not that I mind. In fact, I enjoy this more. The encounters and weekends haven't added up to much. I know they worry you. They worry me, too. But we can work around them. Unless you don't want to.

DAVID I think I do.

MATTHEW Maybe I should come back when you know.

DAVID No. Please. I know I want you to stay.

MATTHEW Okay. So. What do you want to do?

DAVID Are you hungry? I bought some of that chili. (Matthew shakes his head.) Ohhh-kay. How about

MATTHEW (Puts an arm around David's shoulder, guides him back on the couch.) Why don't we talk about the things we'd like to do? How's that? For instance, I'd like to, I'd like to walk down the street with you and hold your hand, without anyone staring.

DAVID Me too. Let's see. I'd like to go on a picnic. We could lie together and look at the stars.

MATTHEW Then, I'd like to hold you close to me. Listen to your breathing. Be aware of the jealousy the part of me that isn't touching you feels for the part that is.

DAVID Ahem. Mm. I'd, Um. I'd like to go out for some ice cream. Real soon.

MATTHEW (whispering:) I know what I'd like to do with that ice cream.

DAVID Oh, God. You're not going to drop this, are you? (Matthew holds and kisses him again.) Evidently not. Well, I've never been seduced before. Not that I'm unseducible it's just. No one's ever bothered. (Matthew kisses him hard on the mouth.) Is my talking annoying you? (Matthew laughs.) Shut up. (David puts his arms around Matthew and they kiss.) (END OF SCENE)



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GENEALOGY OF A KISS (A Play in One Act by Scott C. Sickles)
 - Cast of Characters
 - Scene 1
 - Scene 2
 - Scene 3
 - Scene 4
 - Scene 5
 - Scene 6
 - Scene 7
 - Scene 8
 - Scene 9
 - Scene 10
 - Scene 11
 - Scene 12
 - Scene 13
 - Scene 14
 - Scene 15
 - Scene 16
 - Scene 17
 - Scene 18
 Scene 19
 - Scene 20
 - Scene 21
 - Scene 22
 - Scene 23