ACT I, SCENE 1Atrise, BERNIECLEMENTSisseatedathisdeskgoing through drawers, removingfilesandplacing them ina storageboxon topof his desk.BERNIE, 65, is dressed casuallyinworn khakisand aloose-fittingT-shirt.BERNIEisindecentphysical shape, havingtraveledinpharmaceutical salesfor thirty-fiveyears,butnotwithouta slightpaunch. VERA “VEE”CLEMENTSisemptying filesfromthe filecabinetatSRintoboxes. VEE,60, is extremelypolished and is fashionably dressed in Capri’s,ashort-sleeve blouse,flats and has herhairpulledbackina ponytail.VEE isa natural beauty, notoverly made up.She findssomethinginthebackof acabinetasshe isemptying itscontentsintoa box.VEEOh, Bernie!Look what Ifound.BERNIEYes, my love?VEELook! It’s apictureof thepharmaceutical conference you attended in Tokyo. Withoutme.BERNIEIf I had known then that Iwould bepayingfor it thirty-fiveyears later, I would’vetakenyou, Vera,believe me.VEEHmm.You’resohandsome inthispicture. You’d just startedworkingfor thecompany.I don’tknowhowwemanagedtoafford theplane tickettoJapan. Cheapbastards.BERNIEI wasnew and everyonehad to paytheirown wayover. Nowbacktowork. Lessnostalgia.Morepacking.