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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 14

SCREEN: White letters on black background. "June 14, 1992" SETTING: The set indicates that David now lives in a small apartment, USL. AT RISE: Lights come up on the set. After a second, David and Jeremy enter.

JEREMY I like it. It's tragically small compared to the house, but it's okay. Too bad I couldn't afford your old place. Lorenz would love it. Do you know what it's like to have a flesh and blood miniature of Michaelangelo's David beg you to take him back? I know you don't like him, but you didn't see him at his best. He was in one of his moods, which - I must add - he is taking medication to control.

DAVID Prescribed medication?

JEREMY No, heroin. But, he's in therapy. He said he was doing it for me. I was flattered, but I told him "Do it for yourself. Then see if you still want a relationship with me." There he was, right in my Svengali mitts, so to speak, and I encourage him to become self actualized. Am I nuts? He wrote me another poem. It's beautiful. It's also twenty six pages long in twelve point Palatino type, which we all know is my favorite font. He's such a size queen when it comes to some things. It makes me really self conscious. But, anyway, we're just talking. We're saving the good stuff for later.

DAVID Oh, look what I've received in the mail. (Gets a small stack of postcards.) Neil keeps mailing me "wish-you-were-heres" from everywhere. And look where he's been. Switzerland. Norway. Greece. I hate extreme weather. Why would he think I'd want to be in any of these places, except Greece? Even then, nude beaches with black sand are only so alluring. Sometimes, I actually consider doing it. I figure, I can if I want to. I can want to, now. Then, I feel unfaithful. What is the appropriate mourning time? Molly Dodd says, one hundred eighty nine business days. Which reminds me: read this card.

JEREMY "These are Alps."

DAVID He knows favorite lines from favorite television shows. I've never told him any of this. It's like he has some odd insight into my preferences and I feel violated. Then, he suggests something completely out of the question like badminton and I feel annoyed.

JEREMY Well, God forbid you let him get to know you.

DAVID I just don'tЙ I'm afraid thatЙ What if I do connect? What if it's the next great love of my life? Great. What happens when I get sick? Can I expect him to be able to deal with this the way Matthew and I did? Can't we just accept that I'm not ready for anything like this and leave it at that? For now, anyway. I do things we used to do together and it's like I've always done them alone. What am I going to do if I start forgetting him for a day, even days at a time. What does that say about me?

JEREMY Just because you aren't remembering someone constantly doesn't mean you've forgotten them. He meant the world to me, too. I go through my days and let him sneak up on me. It's more like a pleasant surprise than a duty. Sometimes the memories aren't so great. Arguments will pop up. The time we weren't speaking and I felt absolutely alone. I'm reliving these events like I was in Slaughterhouse-Five. And when I don't, it's okay.

DAVID That's different. You weren't in love with him.

JEREMY Let's just go. I'm starving. (They exit.) (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

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