The Rose Garden

By
David William Kirby

David William Kirby 2010

dwkglynrde5@yahoo.co.uk
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THE ROSE GARDEN
KIRBY
THE DOGBREATHS PUBLISHING

DAVID WILLIAM

The rose garden,
SCENE ONE EXT NIGHT
(PROLOGUE)
It is dark, two people wearing coats with hoods battle
against the wind and rain. They are digging a hole.
PERSON 1
Shit, watch my foot with that
spade.
PERSON 2
Nearly there.
PERSON 1
I knew I should never have worn
these heels. They’re ruined.
PERSON 1
Right, that should do it. Help me
with the body.
They both pick up a large parcel wrapped in plastic bags and
string and edge it towards the hole.
Drop your end.
PERSON 2
Okay.
PERSON 1
Be careful, you’ve splashed
evidence all over me.
PERSON 2
Sorry, but this isn’t really
something I do often. Should we say
a few words over the bugger?
PERSON 1
Let’s just get it covered. We can
do something later.
PERSON 2
Before or after we go to prison,
for life?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

2.

PERSON 1
Just let me get it covered, we’ll
deal with everything else later...
SCENE 1. EXT DAY
(9 Months previously....)
We find DANIAL CANE and his wife TERESA in their Rose
Garden, it is the end of the year and the buds are wilting
on their stems. Their small house sits behind them and a
side gate opens. RUTH, a neighbour, enters.
RUTH
Hello people, you can tell winter
is on the way, look how brown the
leaves are turning. Still, the
garden is well maintained and will
survive until next year.
TERESA
Not without Dan looking after it;
no. This time next year the soil
will be desolate, desolate and
bare. Each of these buds would have
withered and died.
DAN
Surely not, it will bounce back.
You wait and see, the garden will
look great in six months; just like
it always does.
RUTH
Are you going away then, Dan?
DAN
Not far.
TERESA
Far enough
RUTH
I’ll help Teresa while you are
gone. We’ll be okay till he gets
back, eh mate?
DAN
I might not be coming back. Not
this time.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

3.

RUTH
Don’t be silly, of course you’ll be
back. You must.
TERESA
I hate it when summer ends and
there is only darkness to look
forwards to. It’s all so
depressing, why must it end this
way?
DAN
The year, like everything, must
die. Only to be reborn again; let’s
look forwards to the birth of
spring instead of mourning the end
of summer.
RUTH
Yes, be positive...
(Teresa turns and runs towards the house)
Teresa come back.... Look Dan, you
have upset her now. Go after her.
DAN
Not this time.

SCENE TWO: INT, A CLASS ROOM, DAY
Daniel is at work. He is a tutor and a practicing
psychotherapist. Today he is giving a seminar to a group of
third year psychology students and is winding up the lesson.
DAN
So, let’s recap. Transference is
the manifestation, perhaps by the
process of recapitulation, of an
earlier event in a client’s life.
This dynamic is the result of
stimuli in the here and now. Or it
could be said to be a reaction to a
current set of transactions,
dependent on your theoretical
framework.
These transactions may be
archetypal or perhaps similar to
transactions of significant others
in the patient’s life.
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

4.

DAN (cont’d)
Counter-transference is a
manifestation of the therapist’s
past-life, the result of stimuli in
the here and now from the client,
provoking a particular response. So
Transference can play a vital role
in the therapeutic process. Being
a tool which can enable the client
to understand why they may react in
certain circumstances. Of course,
counter-transference is of little
value to the client but, as we have
seen in our role-play, can be a
useful tool for the therapist in
his or her supervision sessions.
STUDENT
What happens when a therapist needs
therapy?
DAN
Hmm, good question. I suppose
within a work setting, providing
adequate supervision, this should
not become a problem. We must all
accept that, like everybody else,
professionals are prone to problems
associated with stress and
relationships and that we too may
benefit from therapy from time to
time.
I am very aware of this and make
time to talk through my own
life-problems with someone away
from work at least once a month.
It’s good practice.
I guess we should wind up now. When
we meet next week I expect to see
examples of transference and your
own counter transference in your
journals. Yes, it’s that time
again...
(Sigh from class who then get up to leave.)

5.

SCENE 2: THE HALL AT SCHOOL:DAY
DANIEL is leaving the building when the ADMINISTRATOR
(FRANK) calls him over.
ADMINISTRATOR
I heard your students were all very
impressed by the seminar, although
some expressed confusion.
DAN
Oh, it’ll sink in eventually.
There’s nothing like a bit of
confusion to get the brain cells
buzzing. I have no doubt that when
I collect the journals again
they’ll all contain examples of the
process.
ADMINISTRATOR
Excellent.
DAN
By the way Frank, did you know that
I have moved address? I have a card
here with my new contact details,
here (Hands over card) perhaps you
could adjust the details in my
file.
ADMINISTRATOR
Thank you. Oh, East London, eh? I
didn’t think Teresa would ever move
from the country; bored was she?
DAN
Quite. To be honest, Teresa is
staying in Kent, we have decided to
have a trial separation. I would
appreciate you keeping this to
yourself.
ADMINISTRATOR
That’s sad. It’s a bit sudden isn’t
it? After all you two have been
together ages.
DAN
It’s been building up for a long
time. We have decided to do the
adult thing and try it out on our
own. I’ve rented a little flat and
Teresa is staying in the house. We
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

6.
DAN (cont’d)
will continue to keep in touch,
after all, you can’t live with
someone for twenty years and then
just walk away.
ADMINISTRATOR
You’ve left it a little late to
seek out other pastures haven’t
you?
DAN
It’s never too late to realise that
things are not ideal.
ADMINISTRATOR
Well, rather you then me, old boy.
Just let me know if this has any
impact on your classes.
DAN
No problem, I have to dash as
Teresa is visiting tonight.
ADMINISTRATOR
Give her my regards.

SCENE 4: THE STREET DAY
DANIEL is walking along minding his own business, he has a
train to catch. A young man walks towards him, they make eye
contact and DAN looks away.

SCENE 5: INT NIGHT, DAN’S FLAT
DANIEL is preparing a meal. He has the table set and is
making sauce to got with meat that’s cooking in the oven.
There’s a knock on the door and when he opens it TERESA is
waiting outside.
DAN
YOU found it alright?
TERESA
Yes, your directions were very
good. So this is the new place,
it’s smaller then I expected but,
after all, it’s big enough for a
love nest.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

7.

DAN
Don’t start.
TERESA
Is that pasta I can smell?
DAN
I’ve done beef with a pasta side
dish. Will that be okay?
TERESA
At least you wont starve, you
always were a good cook. I’ll just
have a small portion if you don’t
mind and a glass of wine.
(Some time later they are sitting with empty plates between
them. TERESA lights a cigarette)
That was lovely. I should have got
you to cook more often.
DAN
The kitchen was always your domain
wasn’t it? Right from our first day
you made it clear that you cooked
and I washed up.
TERESA
I suppose you’re right.
DAN
You knew I liked cooking but only
allowed me to have a go when you
were fed up, but by then you’d
never be hungry.
TERESA
We both made mistakes. So, are you
going to get someone to share or do
you intend a life of celibacy?
DAN
Now, come on, you promised to keep
it civil. We’ve had a nice evening
and...
TERESA
You’ve had a nice evening. I’ve
just sat her and watched you throw
your life away.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

8.

DAN
Please, not now...
TERESA
Well it’s not everyday that a
married man, a married man of
twenty years, a father to an
eighteen-year-old daughter comes to
the conclusion that it’s all been a
lie. Surprise, surprise, he
discovers that he is a homosexual.
After that little number nothing
would surprise me again.
DAN
Teresa, we have been through this
already. I didn’t just wake up one
day and decide, I’ve known for ages
but let society dictate what my
life should be. The decision was
made after months of careful
deliberation, it wasn’t easy.
TERESA
Consideration for whom Daniel?
Certainly not for me and certainly
not for your daughter. It would
have been bad enough if you left me
for another woman, but this, I just
don’t understand. I’ll never
understand.
DAN
That’s right, you don’t understand.
I’m fed up with all this arguing;
can’t we just call a truce, for
once?
TERESA
That would be nice wouldn’t it?
Just pretend that nothing has
changed? If only it was that easy
Dan, everyday I have to lie about
our separation, everyday someone
asks and what do I say?
That you have left your daughter
and me because you woke up one day
and decided that you liked cocks up
your arse?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

9.

DAN
Teresa. Please. Don’t do this to
yourself.
TERESA
...That Daniel, has not been easy
to cover up. I must admit that
without Ruth’s support I would have
killed myself.
DAN
You told Ruth.
TERESA
I had to tell someone! You have no
idea what it has been like with
this thing tearing me up inside,
not able to share it with anyone.
DAN
Well?
TERESA
She doesn’t understand it either.
Neither does LUCY.
DAN
Did you have to? It was something I
wanted to tell her in my own time.
TERESA
I told her because she asked and I
didn’t want to lie to our daughter.
I haven’t done it in the past and I
don’t intend to do so in future.
DAN
Right.
TERESA
So, have you got a fuck buddy yet?
DAN
Very droll. Teresa, please realise
that this has been difficult for me
as well.
TERESA
Good, I hope it is difficult.It
will never be as difficult as it
has been for your daughter and I;
just remember that.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

10.

DAN
I’ve been so busy with the flat I
have no idea where to start, you
know, bars and the like. It’s all a
little frightening.
TERESA
Well just don’t get caught
importuning, or get charged with an
act of gross indecency in a public
toilet. The shame would be too
awful.
DAN
I had no intention of picking up
someone in a public toilet. You
should know I have never been
sleazy, as they say. It isn’t my
style.
TERESA
Should I, who knows what you get
up to when you are out of the
house. You could be up to anything.
All I am sure of is this Daniel, I
have never really known you at all.
On that note, I’m going.
DAN
Fine, I’ll call you a taxi.
TERESA
Yes, well, happy cruising and try
not to catch A.I.Ds dear, the
neighbours would love that.

SCENE 6: INT: THE OFFICE DAY
DANIEL is sitting at his desk. His colleague MIKE is seated
at a nearby desk reading his computer screen.
MIKE
We had a call from Mrs. Bennet
yesterday about her daughter. She
thinks the daughter’s boyfriend has
been off his medication and she’s
worried about the baby. Any chance
of you doing a home visit Dan, just
to see if everything is okay?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

11.

DAN
Fine. I have a couple of calls to
make this morning and I’ll fit them
in after. I’ve seen the boyfriend
when he has come off the pills
before, not a pretty sight.
It’s inevitable I suppose when you
have to take strong medication each
day and you feel like there’s
nothing wrong with you. It’s only
when they stop using the pills that
the symptoms begin to come back.
MIKE
Schizophrenia is it?
DAN
Yes.
MIKE
Well if you think a section is
necessary give me a call and I’ll
do the assessment with you. We may
have to cancel our dinner if it
goes on too long.
DAN
Oh, I’d clean forgotten about that.
I can’t miss one of Meg’s lovely
dinners, can I, so I’ll try to
avoid a section if at all possible.
MIKE
Even if it does come to that I
suppose we could always eat late,
especially as you are living so
close these days.
DAN
Okay.
MIKE
Seen Teresa recently have you?
DAN
Last night, actually.
MIKE
How did that go, pistols at dawn
was it?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

12.

DAN
Not quite.
MIKE
So there’s still hope then?
DAN
Oh, things will work out in the
end. Change is always difficult and
I guess with time, things will be
okay.
(The telephone rings on DAN’S desk,)
Hello, Mental Health? Ah, Lucy my
love, how are you? Really, and I am
missing you too. Yes, you can come
to stay whenever you want I’ll take
the sofa and you can have the
bedroom.
Collage is okay, is it? Good, yes
I’ll keep in touch and try to get
down when ever work allows. I know
it may be hard at present but Mummy
and Daddy are being very adult
about it all, yes, we’ll talk about
it when I see you next. Okay love,
bye bye.
MIKE
Separation’s always hard on the
kids, no matter how old they are,
it always causes problems.
DAN
Yes, still kids are resilient and
she’ll get used to it, in the end.
I’m off on my visits, they’re in
the diary and I’ll call should I
need your help with the Bennets.
MIKE
If not, see you tonight about
seven.
(DAN leaves)

13.
SCENE 7: EXT: THE STREET. DAY
Dan is driving along when he sees a young couple, JOHN and
MARY BENNET pushing a pram. He pulls up beside them and
winds down his window.
DAN
John and Mary, I was just on my way
to see you.
JOHN
(Shuffling from one foot to the
other) Hello Dan.
MARY
Mum said she’d called, it’s John
see...
JOHN
I’m alright, seriously, you ask the
police or the council, they’ll tell
you.
DAN
Hmmm, why don’t you put the baby in
the back and I’ll take you home.
JOHN
Lovely. Thanks Sir, very much.
MARY
Put the baby in the back John, Mr
Dan’s giving us a lift.
JOHN
Oh, the baby, right.
(They climb in leaving the pushchair on the pavement. DAN
gets out the car and folds it down before putting it in the
boot. He climbs back in and starts the car.)
Have you seen this Sir? The baby
loves it.
( (Making a whooping sound
John holds the baby up by it’s
feet.))
Look at his face.
MARY
John, don’t.
DAN
Put your seat belts on please.
Mary, why don’t you take the baby
till we get home.

14.

SCENE 8: INT: MIKE’S HOUSE :NIGHT
Mike, MEG, his wife and DANIEL have just cleared the dining
table, they go to the lounge and relax with some coffee.
MIKE
How were the Bennets?
DAN
She’s managing well considering she
is mothering both the baby and her
boyfriend. He was away with the
fairies, as expected but I managed
to convince him to start taking his
tablets again.
I’m going to make a referral top
Kidscape to get some help with the
child. I think John needs to take
his Stellazine intravenously,
overseen by the CPN, of course, to
avoid problems in future.
MIKE
Yes.
Dan,
have
your
gift

MEG
before we forget, Mike and I
got you a little something for
new flat. (She hands over a
wrapped item.)

DAN
Oh, you shouldn’t have, what is it?
MIKE
Go on, open it.
( (DAN opens the wrap and
inside is a cuppachino maker))
DAN
How delightful, it must have cost a
fortune.
MIKE
We’re glad you like it, it was a
toss up between that and a
cookbook. Now there’s no excuse for
not inviting us over for coffee.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

15.

DAN
Thank you.
MEG
I hope you don’t mind me asking
Dan, but what on earth is going on
with you and Teresa. I always
thought you two were made for each
other, what went wrong?
DAN
Nothing went wrong with our
relationship. It’s just me I’m
afraid.
MEG
Really, what about you?
DAN
Let’s just say that we got married
too early and that I should have
played the field a little before
hitching my wagon to Teresa’s
horse. I needed to spend some time
alone before I got too old and
ended up bitter and twisted.
MIKE
Surely you’ll be more bitter and
twisted being alone as you go into
old age? It seems like an awful
risk.
DAN
It’s something I have to do, I may
return to Teresa in the end with my
tail between my legs but only time
will tell.
|MEG
She might not want you back, have
you considered that, poor thing, I
bet she’s frantic. We have our ups
and downs but I could never walk
away from all we have built up in
the hope that I’ll meet someone
better, not at our age. No, it’s
not a risk I could take.
DAN
It’s complicated. One day, when I
feel more comfortable talking about
it I will tell you everything,
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

16.

DAN (cont’d)
until then just be aware that I am
vulnerable too.
MIKE
You can rely on our support, Old
Chap.
MEG
Perhaps you’d like to come to the
Tate on Saturday? We have some
extra tickets. It’s a exhibition of
surrealist art, from Dali to Esher,
you might enjoy it.
DAN
Personally I feel that surrealism
began and ended with the Flemish
artists like Broigle. I’ve never
been into the modern art
scene, Dali is so predictable and
as for Esher, well, give me
wallpaper any day. I hope you don’t
mind?
MEG
Well we love Esher, we’ll be
enjoying it without you then, you
philistine.
DAN
You’ll be say Warhol is a proper
artist next.
MIKE
Oh, that’s below the belt. More
drinks anyone?

SCENE 9 INT: DAN’S FLAT: NIGHT
Dan is reading TIME OUT in bed. He flicks through the pages
and examines the GAY section. He uses a biro pen to put a
ring around the adverts for a couple of bars and clubs....

17.

SCENE 10: THE OFFICE: DAY
Dan is in an interview room with a client. She is crying.
CLIENT
They keep saying the dogs got
fleas, but it’s not true, I treat
that dog better then a baby.
DAN
I know you are upset but are you
sure these feelings are about the
dog, you can be honest with me.
CLIENT
It’s my mum, she’s driving me nuts.
I can’t ever do anything right and
because the dog itches it gives her
an excuse to persecute me.
DAN
This pattern of behaviour with your
mother seems to be repeating
itself. The dependence you have
upon her means that she exerts a
powerful control over your
emotional state. We’ve been here
before haven’t we?
CLIENT
Are you saying I mistreat my dog?
DAN
Forget the dog for a moment and
think about the role you play in
the relationship between you and
your mother. Isn’t this situation
very similar to the one last month
but then it was about washing up,
remember?
CLIENT
I see, so the dog hasn’t really got
fleas?
DAN
The dog is fine, it’s your mother
who has the problem.
CLIENT
What, she’s got fleas?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

18.

DAN
No, no. It’s about dependence,
well, over dependence.
CLIENT
You’re saying I need to be more
independent?
DAN
Very good.
CLIENT
Well, what about the dog? Shall I
get a flea collar...

SCENE 11, CENTRAL LONDON: NIGHT
Dan is wandering through the streets looking for a bar he
saw listed in Time Out. He eventually finds it and waits
outside for a moment observing the people who are coming and
going. The security on the door eye him suspiciously. He
takes a deep breath and enters the bar. The music is loud
and the bar is full of men in various states of undress. DAN
goes to the counter and orders a drink.
The barman smiles flirtatiously but is abrupt when returning
the change. Dan is knocked when a big lump of a man, bare
chested and wearing as leather harness, barges past. He
moves away from the packed bar and finds an area where a
group of men are eyeing each other. He tries to look
comfortable but fails.
No one pays him any attention until a large man with a beer
belly approaches and smiles. His teeth are rotten and
stained. DAN looks away. He sees a young man standing
nervously nearby and smiles
when the young man looks at him. The young man looks away
and goes to stand elsewhere. Suddenly a man stands behind
DAN and the stench of stale urine and tobacco fills his
nostrils.
OLD MAN
I’d like to piss all over you.
DAN is startled and walks away. Gulping back his drink he
leaves and finds himself back on the street panting.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

19.

DAN goes along the street towards the sound of another bar
nearby. The crowd is younger here and everyone is very
fashionably dressed. DAN goes to the bar and orders a drink,
the barman takes his money after giving him the once over;
smirking.
HE becomes aware that the other drinkers are looking at him
with wry smiles and he feels that it may be because he is
wearing shoes and a shirt where as everyone else has
trainers and more casual clothing. Someone barges him and
shrieks of laughter echo out. He knocks back his drink and
stumbles back onto the street.

SCENE 12: COMPTON ST: NIGHT
Although the street is still buzzing with people DAN feels
desperately alone and out of his depth. He leaves the street
and heads to a bus stop in Wardor St. He walks past a group
of street artists who are busy painting the tourists
likenesses and as he watches he notices a group of teenagers
standing against a wall. One is talking very loudly to the
others and turns to make eye contact with DAN.
DAN sits at the bus stop and the boy who was talking loudly,
dressed in training shoes, skinny jeans and a baseball cap
smiles at him. DAN smiles awkwardly back noticing the boy’s
long hair is dark brown and grown to his shoulders. He is
about 18 years old and after a few moments he approaches the
bus stop.
BOY
Have you got a light?
DAN
Yes, yes I have. (pulls out a
lighter from his pocket.)
BOY
Have you got a cigarette?
DAN
No sorry, I just carry a lighter
because most of the people I work
with smoke.
BOY
Oh, My name is Eddy, That’s Graham
and the other boy is Jim.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

20.

JIM
Cold isn’t it?
( (Dan notices that he is
wearing a thin tee shirt while
the others have coats on.))
GRAHAM
Are you J.P.S?
DAN
I thought they were a brand of
cigarettes.
JIM
No, Juvenile Protection, they’re
always giving us boy’s grief.
DAN
Why, what have you done?
EDDY
Nothing, they just don’t like us
hanging about on the streets. If we
get seen they take us to the nick
and lock us up all night, don’t ask
me why, I suppose it looks good on
their records. It isn’t like they
feed us or something.
JIM
Or find us somewhere to live.
GRAHAM
They just lock us up. I was banged
up for three hours last night and
when they did let me go it was
pissing down with rain and they
just slung me out in it. It didn’t
matter to them that I didn’t have a
pair of socks or any gloves.
JIM
Or a coat.
GRAHAM
I’d been out of me nut all day so I
didn’t mind.
EDDY
Tripping out of his head.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

21.

DAN
So, you three live round here do
you?
EDDY
We just wait around trying to turn
a trick, you know, to get some food
or a bed for the night, how about
you?
DAN
Oh, I’ve just broken up from a long
relationship. I came up here hoping
to meet someone, but I am new to
all this.
EDDY
Where did you go?
DAN
Oh, there was a pub on Crompton
Street, but that was awful.
EDDY
Not the leather place.
GRAHAM
Next to the coffee shop?
DAN
Yes, do you know it?
EDDY
That place is full of leather
queens and Mary’s. You’d have to be
pretty desperate to go in that meat
market.
DAN
What’s a Mary?
JIM
You know, a steroid junkie. He’s
funny eh?
EDDY
You must be new to the scene. Where
else did you go?
DAN
I went to the bar at the end, the
one in the little ally.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

22.

JIM
Shit, that place is full of Essex
Hairdressers.
EDDY
Right lot of prissy queens..
DAN
I didn’t know.
EDDY
I now all the bars up here and will
show you places where you can go
and meet people. There’s a
speakeasy that’s open after hours
and all the boys go there. It’s
quiet and there’s The Piano bar,
that’s good.
JIM
Yha, we’re going there later.
EDDY
You got any drugs at home?
DAN
Drugs? Not really, perhaps some
valium.
EDDY
I love valium, shall we go?
DAN
What, back to my flat?
EDDY
(To JIM and GRAHAM) I’ll see you
tomorrow, same place as usual.
JIM
Bring some food.
GRAHAM
And some valium.
( (They both walk off. EDDY
walks in the other direction
and calls DAN))
EDDY
You coming or what?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

23.
DAN
Oh, right.
((He takes off his jacket and
passes it to EDDY)
Put this on till we get home, you
look freezing.
EDDY
Thank you, that’s better.
( (They walk further and EDDY
whispers))
Let me make something clear before
we get to the car , you’re not
going to fuck me okay. It’s better
to say now just in case you were
expecting...
DAN
Oh, Christ I didn’t have...
EDDY
It’s best to make things clear,
eh. Saves any confusion later.

SCENE 13 EXT: DANIEL’S CARE: NIGHT
EDDY and DAN are in the car driving back to his flat.
EDDY
I could see you’re not a regular
punter. I’ve never seen you with
any of the other boys.
DAN
I suppose there’s a first time for
everything. I didn’t go up there
with the intention of picking a boy
up. I just wanted to see what the
scene, as it were, was like. After
my experience of those two bars I
wish I’d not bothered; I felt like
a fish out of water.
EDDY
I could see that. Where do you come
from, your accent isn’t London is
it?
DAN
I’ve lived in Kent with, well, with
my other half for most of my adult
life.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

24.

EDDY
Kent, that’s where the rich people
live, eh. So, you and your
boyfriend, broken up have you?
DAN
Sort of, we’re having a separation.
From my wife, I am married with a
daughter; she’s at collage.
EDDY
That sounds complicated. What’s
your name?
DAN
Dan.
EDDY
Dan, the man. I don’t supposed you
noticed but my friends followed us
and they clocked your car
registration number. If I don’t go
back tomorrow night they’ll think
something bad has happened. We look
out for each other like that. Do
you understand?
DAN
Well, don’t worry, I’m not a serial
killer. I’m a tutor and therapist,
the only thing you risk loosing
with me is your lack of insight.
EDDY
I’d find that funny, if I knew what
it was.
DAN
Insight, it’s the...
EDDY
Hang on, slow down. I know this
road. Yha, pull up here.
DAN
What here?
EDDY
Quick, give me ten quid.
DAN
What?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

25.
EDDY
Come on, I won’t run off. I know a
dealer who lives here, he used to
be a regular punter but he got a
boyfriend, a right arsehole.
Anyway, give me a tenner and I’ll
go and sort something out for us to
take back.
DAN
Like what?
EDDY
Just draw, you know, puff, dope,
cannabis.
DAN
Oh, I’ve not smoked dope since I
was at collage in the seventies. Is
it still popular?
EDDY
Are you having a laugh? Have you
got ten quid or what?
DAN
Here you are, it’s been nice
knowing you.
EDDY
Don’t drive off, I’m coming back,
give me five minutes.
( (He opens the door and gets
out the vehicle))
Five minutes, okay?
DAN
Sure...

He waits in the car for ten minutes and then looks at his
watch. Dan is about to start the car engine when he sees a
shadow approaching and the passenger door opens. EDDY slips
in and closes the door.
EDDY
Sorry I was so long but the old
boy’s on his own and felt like a
bit of company. That’s the thing in
this game, you have sex with
someone once and they think they
own you.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

26.

DAN
Did you get what you wanted?
EDDY
Er, yes. Shall we get going.
DAN starts the car engine and they move off.
DAN
You say he’s an old boy, is he
retired or something?
EDDY
No, he’s just really old.
DAN
Oh.
EDDY
About the same age as you.
DAN
Charming, I’m only forty.
EDDY
You know what I mean, anyway, we
need some cigarettes and some
papers, Rizla, If we stop at a
petrol station you can get me a can
of coke and some crisps, if that’s
okay?
DAN
Rizla, that’ll take me back.
SCENE 15: INT: DANIEL’S FLAT: NIGHT
DANIEL and EDDY enter the flat and go to the lounge. EDDY
takes his jacket off and pulls over the coffee table. He
then puts a wrap containing a small lump of hash and the
cigarette papers, the rizla, on the table.
EDDY
This is a nice place, a bit like
the flat I had in Marble Arch but
bigger. It wasn’t my flat, it
belonged to an Old Boy I met in a
bar in Earls Court.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

27.

DAN
So, are you homeless or not?
EDDY
Yes, I’m homeless.
DAN
Why did you move from the flat in
Marble Arch?
EDDY
The Old Boy got a bit too nosey.
Dan, can you make a cup of tea and
I’ll get a spliff together.
DAN
How exciting. I will have a puff
but I may not inhale, you know,
like President Clinton.
EDDY
Who?
DAN
I’m not sure how it will affect me
after all this time.
EDDY
Cool. Get the kettle on, man!
( (A few hours later they are
both sprawled across the sofa
with their feet on the coffee
table. The television is on in
the background but they are
not paying particular
attention to it))
EDDY
That’s nice hash man, I feel so
stoned.
DAN
Yes, I’d forgotten how nice it is.
All those years I’d been convincing
myself that I hadn’t really enjoyed
smoking it at collage and that it
was just a juvenile fad; what a
waste. I don’t feel poisoned like
I would had we been boozing all
night. The intoxication is
euphoric, sublime and; what’s the
word I’m looking for?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

28.

EDDY
The dog’s bollocks.
DAN
Yes, the dog’s bollocks. Euphoric,
sublime and the dog’s bollocks.
What a curious expression.
EDDY
Do all your mates use words like
that?
DAN
Like what?
EDDY
Sublime, euphoric. What do they
mean?
DAN
Well sublime is another word for
beauty and euphoria is another way
for saying high.
EDDY
Oh, so you could say that aeroplane
is flying euphorically. Or cor
blimey, what a sublime bacon
sandwich.
( (They both laugh out loud.))
That television is sublime, it’s
making me euphoric.
( (Laughs))
DAN
Okay, I get the hint. Pretension is
not attractive. I’ll tone it down a
bit.
EDDY
Dan?
DAN
Yes Eddy.
EDDY
I didn’t understand anything you
just said.
( (Laughs))
DAN
That’s hilarious.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

29.
EDDY
I can’t help being thick, I come
from a long line of dunces. Still,
it’s been a euphoric and sublime
evening. Now I have to visit the
lav, because I have a sublime shit
up my arse and in a minute I’m
going to have a euphoric crap.
( (Both fall about screaming
with laughter.))
DAN
Eddy, you are a very funny young
man.
EDDY
When I was born the doctor told my
mum that I looked funny, so he was
right.
( (|Both laugh))
DAN
What a superb sense of humour,
considering...
EDDY
Considering what?
DAN
Well, considering you have been on
the streets for some time. Some
people would loose their sense of
humour given those circumstances.
EDDY
You can’t let that get to you. You
need a sense of humour to survive
on the streets.
DAN
I can imagine. Still, you can
forget the streets tonight eh?
EDDY
How can I do that, Dan? I mean, I
might have somewhere to stay
tonight but tomorrow I’m back out
there again, in the cold.
DAN
No, you can stay here if you are
stuck. It’s not a problem, I want
you to make yourself at home.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

30.

EDDY
Really Dan?
DAN
Yes, really.
EDDY
Wow, I don’t know what to say, no
one’s every been that nice before.
Normally they want a fuck and then
get rid of you.
DAN
Well not tonight.
EDDY
I’ll have to go and let my friends
know that I’m okay tomorrow but
I’ll come back; if that’s okay?
DAN
Fine. Now, I guess we should
discuss the sleeping arrangements.
EDDY
It’s still early, we don’t have to
go to bed yet.
DAN
Really? I feel knackered myself and
beside, I thought you’d be looking
forwards to sleeping in a nice
clean bed tonight?
EDDY
Dan?
DAN
Yes?
EDDY
I think you should know something,
I have been meaning to tell you but
haven’t had the chance...
DAN
Really, what’s this, a confession?
EDDY
Sort of, you need to know that I’m
fifteen years old and that I’ve run
away from a children’s home. I
should have told you earlier but I
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

31.

EDDY (cont’d)
thought you’d not invite me back if
you knew. I’m sorry.
DAN
Oh, I’m glad you told me. I knew
you were young but I guessed about
eighteen. So, as you are under the
age of consent we should make sure
there can be no hint of anything
untoward.
EDDY
I know I look a little older but
I’m glad you understand. I think
you’ll agree that any man who
forces a fifteen-year-old boy to
have sex with them isn’t a very
nice person.
DAN
I do agree. I’ll get you a quilt so
that you’ll be comfortable here on
the sofa.
EDDY
Cheers Dan, can I have a valium
now?

SCENE 16: DANIEL’S FLAT DAY
DAN wakes as the alarm goes off and sleepily reaches over
and turns it off. He gets up and goes to the bedroom to pee
and after creeps to the lounge door to peer in. Eddy is
sprawled uneasily on the sofa deep in sleep.
DAN dresses and then goes to the lounge inspecting the TV,
the DVD player and his hi-fi equipment. He bites his lip
anxiously, looks at EDDY and then picks the telephone up and
dials.
DAN
Hello Mike, it’s Dan here. Could
you let Admin know that I won’t be
in today; I’ll be working from
home. Nothing serious but I have to
sort some things out regarding the
flat. My diary’s on the desk, if
anything important comes up let me
know and I’ll deal with it from
here. Yes, I’ll be on this number
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

32.

DAN (cont’d)
all day. Okay, see you in the
morning.
( (He hangs up and then
approaches EDDY))
Hay you, wake up. I’ve made you
some eggs and bacon and some tea.
EDDY
(Yawns) Thanks Dan, pass the tea
please.
( (He takes the steaming cup))
Make a joint mate...
DAN
It’s a little early isn’t it?
EDDY
Never to early for a spliff.
( (Eddy flicks on the TV and
DAN sits to make a joint.))
DAN
I used to smoke about half an ounce
of this a week when I was younger.
I could revise, write essays and do
all my course-work without ever
leaving my room; except for
munchies.
It seemed to make me more focussed,
better able to comprehend the
complex issues I was trying to
assimilate. I was able to totally
immerse myself in the subject,
deeply, creatively.
Summarization and precise were made
easy. I remember that my tutors
were sometime intrigued by my
conclusions, they were a little off
the wall sometimes, but they could
follow the route I’d used to get to
them. Little did they know that it
was all down to social isolation
and a lot of Moroccan Hashish.
Those were the...
EDDY
Be quiet please, I’m watching this.
( (Dan looks up to see EDDY
smiling at a Tom and Jerry
cartoon. He sits back and
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

33.
lights the joint he has
rolled.))
Sorry, I didn’t mean to be rude but
first thing in the morning I hate
a lot of noise, In my old
children’s home every morning the
staff made loads of racket to get
us out of bed. Now I can’t stand
it, it’s just the way I am.
( (DAN passes him the joint.))
DAN
Don’t feel guilty, I was going on a
bit. How long have you been smoking
dope?
EDDY
As long as I can remember, my
father smoked it and so did his
father. In fact before I was taken
into care the whole family smoked
it.
DAN
Even the baby?
(Laughs))
EDDY
Yha.
DAN
Nothing like a good old family
tradition. My family never had the
money to indulge in such
extravagancies; I suppose your
father did have to pay for it?
EDDY
No, dad was a dealer. I never had
to pay for my drugs. I did it all
when I lived at home, coke, smack,
Charlie. I even used cocaine back
then.
DAN
I thought Charlie was cocaine?
EDDY
Is it, well you know what I mean.
DAN
No wonder you were put in care. How
old were you when your parents
first gave you narcotics?
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

34.

EDDY
Never had them, just coke and
Charlie, pour me another cup of tea
please.
DAN
I see. (long pause) What age were
you when you left home?
EDDY
Sorry, I smoked all this joint.
DAN
Never mind.
EDDY
You’d better make another one.

SCENE 17: DANIEL’S FLAT; NIGHT
Much later DAN and EDDY are at the street door.
DAN
Please take this coat with you,
it’s very cold tonight and I never
wear it these days so you may as
well have it.
EDDY
Thank you.
DAN
It’s been nice having you around. I
know you have to go but I want you
to be aware that you’ll always be
welcome if you want to come back. I
have enjoyed having a bit of
company. Here’s a note with my
phone number and a small parcel for
your friends.
EDDY
( (Takes the parcel and note.)
Cheers. What’s in here?
DAN
Oh, just some sandwiches, nothing
too fussy... So?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

35.
EDDY
I’ll be off then.
( (He pauses and touches Dan’s
arm gently.))
Thanks for all you have done for
me, it’s been appreciated.
DAN
It was nothing.
EDDY
I don’t suppose you have a couple
of quid I could nick; for the train
fare?
DAN
Here’s a fiver. I might see you
later then?
EDDY
Perhaps.

They both smile wistfully and DAN feels himself becoming
emotional. He nods as EDDY turns and walks away.

SCENE 18: DANIEL’S FLAT: NIGHT
DAN is watching the news at 6pm when a knock comes from the
front door. He wonders whom it could be before thinking that
perhaps EDDY’S returned. Dan stands and rushes to the door
expectantly.
His smile changes slightly when he opens it to find LUCY
standing outside with KATE. He lets them in and closes the
door.
DAN
Lucy, what a surprise, and Kate
too, I’m flabbergasted. (He kisses
his daughter gently on the cheek
before taking her coat.) Come in,
come in...
LUCY
Kate had a job interview in the
West End today and I came along to
give her a bit of support. When we
looked at the Tube map we saw your
station was only a couple of
stops
away and decided to drop by
before we headed back.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

36.

DAN
Well, well. Let me make you some
coffee. So, Kate’s looking for
work?
KATE
That’s right.
DAN
I keep forgetting that you’re both
about to leave collage. I imagined
you’d both have pig-tails forever
but I suppose you had to grow up
eventually. What was the job for
Kate?
KATE
Only a waitress in Covent Garden;
pretty boring really.
DAN
Not at all. We have all been there.
I suppose even graduates need some
work experience before they can
call themselves professionals. So,
did they like you?
KATE
I think so, they want me to go back
and do a shift in a couple of days.
They said I should do that to see
if I like the job and the job likes
me.
DAN
Sounds like an excellent idea. It
doesn’t mean that you can’t keep an
eye out for something better or
continue with Higher Education
perhaps?
KATE
Oh, I thought you knew, I’ve been
accepted for Greenwich University
but the course doesn’t start till
next spring. I’m just filling my
time until then.
DAN
Well done, what will you be doing
at Uni?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

37.

KATE
Post Graduate Law...
LUCY
Kate wants to get called to the
Bar. She has her B.A...
KATE
I need to do a M.A before starting
formal Barrister training; I’ll be
really ancient by the time I’ve
finished.
LUCY
How old were you when you got your
M.A daddy?
( (DAN joins the two girls in
the lounge with a tray of
steaming coffee cups and a
plate of biscuits.))
DAN
It’s only instant coffee I’m
afraid. How old was I when I got my
Masters, hmm, let me see. It was
so long ago that I was in the same
class as Aristotle.
LUCY
Who’s he, a Greek oil tycoon?
KATE
Dah! It was a joke I think. You’re
father’s displaying his sense of
humour, I think.
LUCY
Just goes to show, four years at
Uni and I’m still thick as a plank.
Still, it’s good you have a sense
of humour considering...
KATE
Hmm! I need to use the loo, where
is it Mr Kaine?
DAN
Just through the hall, Kate, first
on the left.
( (KATE leaves the room
awkwardly.))
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

38.

DAN (cont’d)
Do I detect a little dolefulness in
your mood tonight darling, or are
you just menstruating?
LUCY
I don’t understand how you can be
so cheerful when Mummy and me are
so sad. Don’t you care about how we
feel?
DAN
Of course I care Darling.
( (He sits beside her and
places his arm around her
shoulder.))
Why the tears, surely this flat
isn’t that depressing?
LUCY
Don’t Daddy. It’s because we miss
you so much, I miss you. The house
is so big and cold without you,
even the garden looks neglected
since you have been gone. Mummy
lays in bed a lot of the time
crying too.
When I look at the neglected roses
I feel kind of neglected too. It’s
a consolation that you noticed my
dolefulness as it means your heart
has not completely turned to stone.
DAN
Oh, my little flower. I haven’t
meant to neglect you or the house
or the garden. It’s just that the
house was our home. Your mother’s,
yours and me. I spent sixteen
years in that house and garden
making it a place we three could be
proud of. A place where we could
call home.
I tendered the soil and planted the
seeds and watched them grow into
beautifully matured plants; like
you. Now that I am gone it is your
turn to take responsibility for it;
for them.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

39.

LUCY
So it’s my fault that the garden
looks neglected?
DAN
Of course not. I am guilty of
walking away and giving you all
that responsibility when you were
not ready for it. Although if the
truth was known, I should have
taken that action years ago, when
you were too young to have been
affect by it.
Unfortunately I was bullied by my
parents into education and then
marriage before I had the courage
to say stop, this is not what I
want. Instead I tried to go with
convention and hope that time would
bring me contentment.
I planted my seeds and watched them
grow but as they did so I wondered
what sort of flower I would have
been. Weather I would have been
happier if I’d led another life.
Now as an adult I feel so confused
about it all that finding the right
words to explain it is difficult.
LUCY
All these analogies are like
painting gloss over a wall
saturated by mould. Lets just be
honest about this Daddy, you have
decided to turn queer and fuck
everyone else.
DAN
I suppose your mother put it like
that? She was always so tactful.
Well, if only it was that simple.
The truth is I haven’t turned
anything; I’m merely trying out a
lifestyle that wasn’t available
when I was younger .
It’s a different world today.
People are free to be true to
themselves without being ostracised
or, at worst, locked up. It may be
that I will find out that this life
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

40.

DAN (cont’d)
is not for me and then I’ll come
home knowing it is where I belong.
Until then I have to be allowed to
do this.
LUCY
I hope you realise the damage you
have done. Anyway I don’t think
mummy would have you back again if
you wanted to return.
KATE
Poking her head into the
room.) Everything okay?
LUCY
Not really! I think it’s time we
left.
KATE
Oh, if that’s what you want to do?
LUCY
Before I forget Daddy, I have
something in my bag for you.
( (She reaches into her bag
and takes out a framed
photograph of herself and
mother in happier days.))
DAN
Lucy, it’s beautiful.
LUCY
You can bin it, if you want.
DAN
Never, I’ll treasure it forever.
KATE
Right, ready when you are.
DANIEL hugs his daughter before leading them to the street
door. The girls leave and he stands there watching them go
with tears welling up in his eyes. DAN then closes the door
and returns to the lounge sitting on the sofa he weeps
gently.

41.

SCENE 19: INT: DANIEL’S FLAT: NIGHT
DAN is curled up on the sofa asleep. The TV is on in the
background and the News At Ten programme is just beginning.
A faint tapping comes from the street door waking him
abruptly. DAN rubs the sleep from his eyes and goes to the
door. Outside EDDY is standing. He smiles and DAN allows him
to enter.
EDDY
I said I’d be back.
( (He gives his coat to DAN
and goes into the lounge. Dan
hangs the coat up and then
finds EDDY on the sofa with
the T.V remote control in his
hand.))
I got some more hash, if you still
have any cigarettes?
DAN
They’re in the box by the sofa,
help yourself.
EDDY
Cheers. You look a bit down, are
you angry that I came back?
DAN
No, not at all Eddy. It’s just that
I had a visit from my daughter
earlier and it struck me how little
I’d taken her into consideration. I
feel really guilty about that.
EDDY
She’ll get over it. I’d forgotten
that you were married and had a
daughter, how old is she?
DAN
She’s nearly nineteen. Although she
is older then you she doesn’t have
your emotional maturity. I guess we
over protected her; that happens a
lot with single children?
EDDY
Probably. Why don’t you make a cup
of tea and I’ll make a spliff?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

42.
DAN
I’ll make some tea but I don’t know
about smoking dope at this time of
night, I have to go to work in the
morning...
EDDY
Blimey Dan, it’s only ten o’clock.
I think you shouldn’t go to be
until you feel happier. Make some
tea and let me cheer you up a bit.
DAN
Why not!

SCENE 20: DANIEL’S BEDROOM: NIGHT
DAN is sleeping soundly. The room is dark and shadows dance
against the walls. A slight breeze makes the net curtains
billow in and out seemingly glowing with silver moonlight.
Dan’s face is pressed gently against the pillow as he
becomes aware of another body slipping between the
bed-sheets and joining him. He can feel the warm glow of
EDDY’s skin against his own and the gentle caress of cold
fingers along his hips. Dan opens his eyes and looks through
the twilight into Eddy’s soft brown pupils. He is about to
whisper furtively when a finger goes to his lips to silence
him.
EDDY slips his arm around DAN’s waist and both men fall into
a deep, relaxed sleep.

SCENE 21: INT DANIEL’S ROOM DAY
DAN opens his eyes and sees EDDY asleep next to him. His
expression is filled with anxiety and just as he is about to
get up EDDY opens his eyes, leans forwards and kisses him
gently on the lips.
EDDY
Good morning.
DAN
What’s the time; Jesus,
ten o’clock. I’ve got a
five minutes I’d better
let them know I’m going

it’s almost
class in
call and
to be late.

He gets out of bed and heads towards the telephone.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

43.

EDDY
Can’t you call in sick, go on, stay
with me in bed.
DAN
Eddy, don’t you see, I’m going to
be called a child molester for
this. Oh, Jesus, what have I done?
He pulls on a pair of trousers, picks up the telephone
receiver and dials a number.
I am so sorry Eddy, I should have
known better. I’m not a child
abuser, I don’t know why I let you
stay in the bed with me, it was a
moment of weakness. Please forgive
me.
He hears someone answer at the end of the line and speaks to
him.
Hello Mike? It’s Daniel here, I’m
still not any better and I took
some medication from the doctor
last night and it made me pass out,
hence calling you so late. Please
tell admin, tomorrow, yes I hope
so. I will mate, thank you, you
too. Take care, bye...
He hangs up the receiver and sits on the side of the bed
with his head in his hands.
When I felt you get into bed with
me last night I couldn’t help
myself. It’s loneliness, the need
for intimacy or something. I would
never behave in such an impulsive
way normally.
EDDY
Don’t worry about it.
EDDY gets out of bed naked and goes to the toilet, the sound
of his pee hitting the bowel echoes around the bedroom.
DAN
I like to think my decisions are
balanced, adult and without risk. I
don’t understand how I could have
been...
EDDY
It was me that started it.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

44.

DAN
...so foolish. I won’t be able to
live with myself....
EDDY
You were asleep, I came and woke
you.
DAN
...That’s not the point. I should
have said no!
EDDY
Don’t you fancy me or something?
DAN
That’s irrelevant. The fact is I am
a grown man, an adult, you are a
child. A fifteen year old boy. The
law forbids sexual relationships
between people of our age and I
should have said NO! I have broken
the law.
EDDY
Well I’m not going to tell them.
Are you?
DAN
No, but still. That doesn’t prevent
me from feeling guilty about it. I
have acted in an immoral and
irresponsible way, I should feel
guilty about it.
EDDY
Why’s that?
EDDY dresses and goes into the lounge followed by DAN.
DAN
Because.
EDDY
Because what?
DAN
Well, I like to think of myself as
a responsible and law abiding
person. Taking your age into
consideration I have no choice but
to say our relationship is similar
to a parental relationship.
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

45.

DAN (cont’d)
Responsible and moral parents do
not have sex with their children.
EDDY
Stop talking such shit and put the
kettle on. Where are the cigarettes
and Rizla?
DAN
I could go to prison you know. They
could lock me up for what happened
last night. My God, Teresa would
have a field day, she’s never
forgive me.
EDDY
Would it make you feel any better
if I told you I was nineteen?
DAN
Let alone what Lucy would say.
EDDY
That I was under developed?
DAN
Stop messing around. This is
serious. Child sex abuse is a
serious subject.
EDDY
Oh fuck off.
DAN
Eddy, I’ve done a terrible thing, I
am sorry.
EDDY
It’s only child abuse if there was
a child involved.
DAN
But you are a child. You’re only
fifteen.
EDDY
Der! (pulls a face) are you thick
or something? I told you, I am
nineteen so stop going on about it.
Third of the forth nineteen seventy
three, there you go, nineteen. I’m
nearly twenty. So, no one is going
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

46.

EDDY (cont’d)
to lock you up, persecute you or
batter an eye-lid; so shut up and
make a cup of tea.
DAN goes to the kitchen and makes them both some tea before
returning and placing a mug beside EDDY on the sofa, the TV
is on and EDDY is making a joint.
DAN
So, it’s true. I thought you were a
little long in the tooth for a
fifteen year old. Why did you lie?
EDDY
I just say it so I don’t have to
have sex with everyone who puts me
up. It’s a habit I suppose. Sorry.
DAN
No, I understand. You are
underdeveloped though aren’t you?
Yes,
even
last
been

EDDY
I don’t know why but I didn’t
get hair under my arms until
year. I suppose my diet has
crap.

DAN
It may have something to do with
your drug usage. All sorts of
things, nurturing, diet or the
environment can affect
endocrinology. The research into
human development is quiet clear
about the environment fostering
appropriate development. It can be
hindered by all sorts of things,
hostility for instance, absent
maternal figures...
EDDY
Do you mind if I watch this?
He passes Dan the joint he has been smoking.
DAN
I have read a lot of Klinian
Theory. That just makes so much
sense...

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

47.

EDDY
Do all the people you know talk
like that?
DAN
Like what?
EDDY
All that bollocks; I don’t
understand half of it.
DAN
Oh, sorry
EDDY
I like this cartoon, can you shut
up now; please?

SCENE 22: DANIEL’S FLAT :NIGHT
Both DAN and EDDY are watching the TV when a loud knock
comes from the direction of the front door. DAN sits up
sharply and looks at EDDY with a surprised look on his face.
He then looks at the coffee table with is covered by torn up
cigarettes and Rizla papers amid the dust and small lumps of
the hash they have been smoking.
DAN
Shit, I wonder who that is?
EDDY
You wont know unless you answer it.
DAN
Shall I?
EDDY
You’d better, it may be important.
The knock comes again and DAN opens a small wooden box
laying on the coffee table and scoops all the crumbs into
it. Another, louder knock resounds around the flat. EDDY
laughs out loud.
You’d better go and get it.
DAN goes to the door and pulls it opened. He is flustered to
find MIKE standing outside. He steps into the hall and takes
off his coat heading to the lounge.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

48.

DAN
Mike, what a surprise, what brings
you over here?
MIKE
I wondered if you had everything
you needed. I know what it’s like
to be ill and stuck in alone...Oh!
He sees EDDY on the sofa
...I didn’t realise you had
company. Is it a bad time?
DAN
Don’t be silly, take a seat. Eddy,
this is Mike, Mike, er, Eddy.
MIKE
We work together.
EDDY ignores MIKE and uses the TV remote control to turn up
the volume of the television.
DAN
Eddy’s my nephew. He’s, erm, he’s
staying to look after me for a
while.
MIKE
Oh, that’s nice; nephew eh?
DAN
That’s right, my sister’s boy.
Coffee?
MIKE
If you don’t mind.
He follows DAN into the kitchen and watches while he puts on
the kettle and ready the cups.
Meg will feel so much better
knowing you have someone to do the
errands. She suggested that you
could stay with us if you were
particularly unwell, being alone
and all that.
DAN
No need for that, thank God.
MIKE
Oh.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

49.

DAN
No, (giggles) not that. Sorry, I
meant there’s no need for nursing
as I am not that unwell.
MIKE
Oh, good.
DAN
Cuppachino?
MIKE
Very nice, thank you. How about...?
DAN
Eddy.
MIKE
How about Eddy?
EDDY
Do what? I can hear my name.
DAN
(Calling from the kitchen) Mike and
his wife gave me a cuppachino maker
as a moving in present. Would you
like one?
EDDY
No, I’ll just make another
spliff....
DAN
( (Coughs loudly and giggles
awkwardly)
Excuse me a moment...
He goes to EDDY in the lounge and shakes his head and makes
gestures to him warning not to mention the contents of the
box.
DAN then returns to the kitchen.
MIKE
I’ve never heard you mention your
sister, or her children before.
DAN
I don’t see them much. You know how
it is with work commitments and all
that.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

50.

He hands MIKE a coffee mug and they return to the lounge.
MIKE sits opposite EDDY and looks at him suspiciously.
MIKE
Are you from Kent too Eddy?
EDDY
No, Peterborough.
MIKE
Oh, I thought your family came from
Kent...
DAN
Erm, my sister moved...
MIKE
To Peterborough?
DAN
Yes, Peterborough. How’s Meg?
MIKE
She’s fine. So, are you at school
young man or have you left yet?
EDDY
Whatever.
DAN
Not very talkative...
MIKE
I suppose you must have finished
school otherwise you’d not be able
to stay here. Couldn’t commute to
Peterborough everyday could you?
DAN
It’s a bit far...
MIKE
So, what do you do with yourself?
EDDY
I like to get stoned....
MIKE
What. Not in the biblical sense I
hope? (Giggles)

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

51.

DAN
Stained, you know, wood staining.
It’s an apprentiship
MIKE
Splendid coffee Dan. Those machines
are amazing aren’t they?
DAN
I love fresh coffee.
MIKE
Why don’t you and Eddy come for
dinner on Saturday. Meg would love
to meet your...
EDDY
That sounds good. Eh Dan?
DAN
I’m not sure...
MIKE
Come on, no point staying in alone.
Both of you come and have some food
with us.
EDDY
Great Mark.
MIKE
Mike.
DAN
We might be going somewhere on
Saturday.
EDDY
Are we?
MIKE
Are you?
DAN
I nearly forgot, you were going to
show me that club Eddy, remember?
EDDY
What, oh. That was Friday wasn’t
it?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

52.

DAN
I thought you said Saturday. You
remember don’t you?
EDDY
What, that Gay club I was talking
about Heaven, it’s definitely
Friday. Have you ever been to a gay
club Mick?
MIKE
Mike!
EDDY
Why don’t you come?
DAN
Dinner on Saturday sounds great.
We’ll be there...
MIKE
Oh, great. That’s settled then.
EDDY
See you on Saturday then Mac.
MIKE
Mike.
EDDY
Mark.....
DAN
We’ll look forwards to it...
MIKE
Well, I’ll be off. Will you be back
at work tomorrow Dan?
He gets up and collects his coat.
DAN
Yes, I’ll be in tomorrow.
MIKE
Good, see you tomorrow. Good bye
Ed...
EDDY
Yha, see you Mick.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

53.

MIKE
Mike. Oh, it doesn’t matter. Bye
then.
DAN goes to the street door with MIKE.
DAN
Sorry about that, you know what
kids are like these days.
MIKE
No problem. I’m just glad that
you’re up and around okay. If you
are off for the rest of the week I
will see you on Saturday.

SCENE 23: EXT: IN THE HIGH STREET: DAY
EDDY and DANIEL are outside the bank having been shopping.
DAN
Twenty quid should do, get yourself
a nice shirt or something while I
go in here to pay these bills, I
hope Mike’s not told Meg that we
were going to a gay club...
EDDY
I thought he was going to choke on
his coffee...
DAN
It was so funny...
EDDY
I was going to ask if he was gay,
good job I didn’t.
DAN
Just behave yourself tomorrow night
when we are there, please. Anyway,
is there a club or did you make it
up?
EDDY
Of course there is. Friday at
Heaven is a great club night, it’s
wicked.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

54.

DAN
Is it a disco?
EDDY
A what?
DAN
Never mind...
EDDY
You’d enjoy it, get an E down your
throat and you’ll be buzzing off
your head.
DAN
A what?
EDDY
An E, haven’t you ever heard of
ecstasy?
DAN
That’s dangerous, isn’t it?
EDDY
You don’t believe what they print
in newspapers do you?
DAN
Well, not really.
EDDY
It’s fucking brilliant. I’ll look
after you if we ever go.
DAN
We could, I guess I would have
recovered by the following evening
to be at Mike and Megs for dinner.
If you want to go I’m up for it?
EDDY
What, are you serious?
DAN
I’d better take some more money
out. How much will we need, thirty,
forty quid or what?
EDDY
You’d better make if a hundred and
fifty.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

55.

DAN
What?
EDDY
You’ve not been out in a while have
you?
DAN
Apparently not...

SCENE 24 INT: DANIEL’S FLAT: DAY
Dan and Eddy are smoking joints watching Friday afternoon
TV. Suddenly there is a loud rap on the door.
DAN
I wonder who that is?
EDDY smiles awkwardly and watches DAN go the door. He opens
it and Teresa steps into the flat.
Teresa, what a pleasant surprise.
TERESA
Is it Daniel? I was in the West End
having lunch with Meg. She wanted a
second opinion on a coat and
mentioned your cousin, Hello...
She looks at EDDY suspiciously.
You must be Eddy, I thought after
we’d been married so long that I
knew all your relatives, it seems I
was mistaken.
DAN
Well, Eddy, this is Teresa my
ex-wife.
TERESA
So I’m relegated to the ex now, oh,
what is this?
She looks at the rizla and broken cigarettes on the coffee
table and homes in on the piece of hash.
Drugs? You seem to be regressing
darling.
DAN
That’s Eddy’s dope, would you like
some Coffee?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

56.

TERESA
Café El Marrakech Is it? So, Cousin
Eddy, although I’m his ex we’re
still married, aren’t we darling,
legally if not biblically. It
appears we were quite happy till he
got a ring on his finger but Dan’s
always liked to do things
differently. Tell me, has he put
his ring on your finger yet?
DAN
Teresa, behave yourself.
TERESA
Has anyone ever mentioned that your
cousin looks nothing like you; in
fact he bares no family resemblance
at all.
DAN
Would you like to drink this coffee
I’m making, or wear it?
TERESA
It’s hard to imagine that you share
any genes at all, unless, of course
they’re Levis.
DAN
Let’s not play this game please,
(He enters with a trey of coffee
and hands Eddy one and then
Teresa.) You know very well that
Eddy is no...
TERESA
...Relation to you whatsoever?
Imagine what a fool I felt when Meg
started to ask all those awkward
questions. Why couldn’t you just be
honest with them and say you’ve
developed an interest in young
boys; I’m sure they would be
delighted.
EDDY
Dan, if you and the old woman want
to have a row could you take her in
the kitchen; I’m trying to watch
this programme.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

57.

TERESA
Old woman, am I?
DAN
It’s a figure of speech.
TERESA
He’s really got his hob-nailed
boots under the table hasn’t he.
Excuse me love, why don’t you just
turn off the television and tell me
all about how you were dragged up
on a sink estate somewhere, I’m
sure it’s riveting.
EDDY
Dan!
TERESA
Ah, I always imagined you’d find
someone who had more then just
television to interest them, Dan,
but I know you so little. In the
days when you were interested in
women you seemed to have a little
more class.
EDDY
How can you say that when he
fancied you?
TERESA
How droll, Dan your little shit
just made an attempt at bitchiness,
you’d better tell him that he out
of his depth.
DAN
Teresa, it’s very unfair that you
turn up here unannounced and start
causing trouble as soon as you
enter. I’m not having it, now
either you stop this or I will have
to ask you to leave.
TERESA
So your open door policy doesn’t
apply to women I take it; or is it
just adults you object too?
EDDY
Dan, can’t you get this fucking
bird to shut up for a change. No
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

58.

EDDY (cont’d)
wonder you left her I’ve only been
in the room with her for five
minutes and she’s already doing my
brain in.
TERESA
This fucking bird has a name, you
little shit; and I’ll have you know
that we separated because of my
husband’s selfish hang ups. It had
nothing to do with me. Even if it
were any of your business.
EDDY
Dan, please.
DAN
Yes, Teresa, I think it would be
better if you left.
TERESA
I’ll go when I’m good and ready
thank you. Amazing isn’t it, I come
all the way up here to visit and
you’re pushing me out the door no
sooner have I arrived; it’s clear
the you treat people you have only
just met with more respect.
Oh, what’s the use, I’m going, you
and your cousin, fuck buddy, rent
boy, whatever, are made for each
other. Just get on with it but
Daniel, don’t expect me to lie
about this if I am asked. Don’t
expect collusion because as far as
I’m concerned you have made a rod
for your back with this one. I am
going to enjoy watching you beat
yourself with it.
DAN
Teresa...
She puts down the coffee and storms out the door slamming it
behind her. DAN slides on the sofa and looks glum.
EDDY
She’s got some front hasn’t she?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

59.

DAN
Hmm.
EDDY
How long were you married?
DAN
Too long.
EDDY
Tell me about it, She hates you,
was it always like that?
DAN
My parents bullied both of us into
marriage. It was a different time
back then. You were expected to
leave school, go to university, get
married and have kids. It was the
done thing.
EDDY
But you did love her?
DAN
I was in love with the idea of
being in love. Does that make
sense?
EDDY
Yha. (He reaches out and plays with
the back of Dan’s hair.)
DAN
One day we were in a restaurant,
nothing fancy, just a coffee house
really. Teresa was going on about a
Hermes handbag that she wanted to
buy. I looked over her shoulder and
saw a young man sitting at a table.
He was reading a book and I found
myself looking at his pale skin, at
his red lips and his long eye
lashes. I looked at his long fringe
that just hung over his eyes and I
heard myself saying...
EDDY
Yes?
DAN
I heard myself saying I think I
love you. The words fell from my
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

60.

DAN (cont’d)
mouth as if someone else had said
them. I think I love you, I said,
and I want to kiss those ruby lips
of yours, feel your arms around my
hips. The words just came out.
EDDY
Ha, what happened?
DAN
I looked up at Teresa and she was
smiling, she thought, ha it’s so
funny really, she thought I had
been speaking to her. Dan, she
said...
EDDY
No?
DAN
Dan, she said, you are such a
romantic. I guess I am, a romantic
but a frustrated romantic. It was
at that moment, sitting there in
that coffee shop that I realised
that I was a coward and that things
had to change.
No matter how hard, how difficult
or how many hearts go broken,
things had to change or I had no
reason to live any longer; it was
that serious.
EDDY
That’s not being a coward, Dan,
that’s having courage.
DAN
But I’d been a coward up till that
moment. I didn’t have the guts to
say that the whole of my life up
until then had been a sham, a
fruitless, deceitful and wretched
sham.
I had to walk away and try to make
things right. Even if it made every
one unhappy, every one even me. I
had to do this, does that make me
selfish

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

61.

EDDY
No, it makes you reckless I
suppose, reckless but very brave.
He leans over and they kiss.

SCENE 25 EXT: DANIEL’S CAR: NIGHT
DAN pulls his car to a halt outside a club that has a long
queue of people lining the sidewalk. He looks out the side
window and turns to EDDY
DAN
Quite a queue?
Yha,
just
this
Have

EDDY
it’ll go down soon, they have
opened up and it’s always like
just before the doors open.
you got everything?

DAN
Cigarettes, lighter, money, that’s
everything isn’t it?
EDDY
How much cash have you got/
DAN
You said seventy didn’t you?
EDDY
At least.
DAN
It seems a lot of money for one
night.
EDDY
Not between two people it isn’t. If
security stop you just let them
know you’re with me.

SCENE 26 INT: THE CLUB: NIGHT
EDDY leads DAN through a thick throng of people, mainly
young men in various states of undress. A drag queen here
and there make Dan smile as he examines their costumes.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

62.

A smoke machine is billowing thick clouds of white mist over
the heads of the dancers as a loud, bass heavy beat makes
the walls throb. EDDY leads DAN to a part of the club that
is less crowded but the music is still deafening. EDDY
starts to shout and make hand signals to be understood.
EDDY
Give me some money and I’ll sort
some pills out.
DAN
What!
EDDY
MONEY!
DAN
How much?
DAN takes his wallet out and looks at EDDY expectantly. EDY
just removes two twenty pound notes and disappears into the
crowd. DAN looks about him. Everyone appears to be enjoying
the music and some seem to be totally lost in the bead. No
one is drinking alcohol and bright bottles of mineral water
glow blue under the ultra violet light. EDDY appears from
the crowd and pushes a pill into DAN’S mouth before passing
him a bottle of water. Dan takes a swig.
That mint tasted horrible.
EDDY
It wasn’t a mint.
DAN
What?
A man comes up behind EDDY and whispers in his ear. EDDY
looks back and smiles as the man disappears into the
throbbing crowd.
Who was that?
EDDY
Just a friend.
They wander about the club and stop occasionally to watch
people dance and take in the strange sights. EDDY is known
by people every where and he stops to chat once or twice.
Someone passes him a spliff and EDDY smokes it in deep
conversation with the man before passing it to DAN.
DAN
I’m feeling really hot.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

63.

EDDY
Yha?
DAN
Slightly strange...
EDDY
You’re coming up on your E.
DAN
My what?
From DAN’s perspective the club takes on a life of its own,
distorted colours fade into patterns of colour and sound. He
sees vision of a winged horse flying above the raised hands
on the dance floor and it lands in front of him. DAN reaches
out to stroke the Horses mane only to see it dissolve into
the face of an unknown man.
Shit, sorry.
MAN
No problem.
EDDY is dancing wildly in a trance, he opens his eyes and
stares blindly at DAN, EDDY’S pupils are flaming red and
gold.
EDDY
How are you feeling?
DAN
It’s beautiful, your hair, it’s
beautiful.
The image fades into a blur and in the next instant the
house lights are coming on and a security guard is urging
Dan to leave. He stumbles into the street outside the club
and the birds are singing as the sun comes up. DAN looks
around fro EDDY but cannot find him. He smokes a cigarette
and waits but eventually goes to his car and drives home
alone.

SCENE 27 INT: DANIEL’S FLAT: DAY
A telephone is ringing and DAN is sprawled across the bed.
Sunlight is streaming into the room through the open blinds.
Dan lifts his head and rubs his eyes he reaches for the
alarm clock and sees it is 3.00pm. He gets of the bed and
answers the telephone.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

64.
DAN
Hello, oh, Eddy. I did wait for you
but... what, come and pick you up,
where are you? Hampstead, how did
you get...Okay, let me get a pen
and some paper. Bishops Ave, what
number? Okay, I’ll see you in an
hour beside the red phone box...

SCENE 28: IN THE CAR IN A LONELY STREET
Dan finds the phone box in Bishops Ave and is waiting beside
it in his car. After a few minutes a black BMW pulls up and
EDDY exits from the passenger side door. He waves at the
male driver before joining DAN.
DAN
Who was that?
EDDY
Just a friend.
DAN
Have you been with him all day?
EDDY
Don’t get jealous, it doesn’t suit
you.
DAN
I think I have every right to ask
questions, after all you left me on
my own, drugged up and out of my
head last night and then expect me
to act as if nothing has happened.
EDDY
Nothing has happened. I didn’t
leave you, we got separated. That’s
all. I did try to find you but
ended up catching a lift with those
guys.
DAN
I waited until there was no one
else in the club last night, I
didn’t see you.
EDDY
There are two exits, you must have
been at the wrong one. Does it
matter?
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

65.
DAN
I guess not.

He starts the car and they begin the journey back to the
flat.
EDDY
Can we stop and get some spliff on
the way?
DAN
I’m sorry, I haven’t got any more
money. Well not to spend on that
stuff anyway.
EDDY
I have some money.
DAN
Have you?
EDDY
Yes.
DAN
I wonder where that came from. When
you called I assumed you hadn’t
money for a train.
Look Dan,
will give
money but
and taxi,

EDDY
if you want an argument I
you one. I have a little
not enough for the train
okay?

DAN
Okay, calm down.
EDDY
You fucking started this.
DAN
Please, you don’t have to use that
sort of language...
EDDY
Whatever.
DAN
I want you to know that I don’t
care how you get your money as long
as you don’t put yourself at risk.
Okay?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

66.

EDDY
Whatever Dan, just drive for fucks
sake.

SCENE 29 INT: THE CLASSROOM: DAY
Dan is back in class teaching a small group of students.
They are listening and taking notes of everything he has to
say.
DAN
How do we recognise when a client
has reached a state of
Well-Formedness? When we are aware,
clearly and precisely aware of the
value of simple deletions,
comparative deletions and
non-specific nouns. Mary, please
give the class an example of a
simple deletion and what the
counsellor’s response should be.
MARY
Er, well, the client could say, er,
that she, er, he felt uncomfortable
in the client-counsellor
relationship.
DAN
Good, and?
MARY
The counsellor could test the value
of this statement by asking, er,
what specifically is making the
client feel uncomfortable.
DAN
Yes, could you now give an example
of a comparative deletion?
MARY
The client might say that she, er,
he’s heard of a better therapist.
That a friend is doing better in
therapy; you know. I could respond
by asking specifically what was
better? Wouldn’t this lead the
client towards a specific end
though? I’ve always understood that
we should not lead but allow
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

67.

MARY (cont’d)
ourselves to be led by the client,
at the client’s pace?
DAN
You’re right to an extent. We
should be led but to achieve a
state of well-formedness we must
question the client’s statements so
that they, and we, have total
awareness of what those statements
mean.
You don’t like me, what
specifically don’t you like, how
long have you thought this, how
would you like me to change and so
on and so forth. Test and re-test
until a state of specific
understanding had been achieved.
When the client is specific about
what they don’t like, what they
like, what holds them back and what
can move them forwards we can say
they are truly well-formed.
This is the holy-grail of therapy;
the state of well-formedness. Any
other questions?
STUDENT2
Would you say that Sharon Stone is
well formed?
DAN
I would say she is probably formed
better then your awareness of what
women find offensive. If I were you
I’d keep the sexist statements to
myself and pay more attention to
the content of your journal, if you
want to finish this course that is.
On that note I think we should
leave it there and I would like to
see your journals next week prior
to mediation, thank you.
The class pack and leave the room followed by DAN. In the
hall he meets the administrator.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

68.

ADMINISTRATOR FRANK
Good to have you back Dan, I trust
you are feeling better?
DAN
Much better Frank, thank you.
FRANK
So you’ll be joining the bridge
class tomorrow evening, Mike and
Meg are coming along and we’ll be
having drinkipoos beforehand as
usual. Bring a friend....
DAN
It may be a little....
FRANK
Good, good, see you there then.
DAN
Damn!

SCENE 30: THE ADMINISTRATOR’S HOUSE: NIGHT
Dan knocks on the door and Frank, the Administrator, greets
his and EDDY before leading them into the lounge where his
wife HILDA, MIKE and MEG are already seated.
HILDA
Daniel, how sweet of you to join us
(she gives him a peck on the cheek)
and who is this little one? (She
holds her hand out to shake EDDY’s
but he just looks at it.)
DAN
This is Eddy, my cousin.
MIKE
Excellent, excellent, Eddy, this is
my wife Meg and our host Frank...
HILDA
I’m Frank’s wife Hilda.
FRANK
So you’re stuck with the old Fogies
tonight, young man, come in, come
in.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

69.

HILDA
That’s the formalities out of the
way, who wants a drink?
DAN
I think I need one.
FRANK
Me too. Beer alright for you and
Eddy, Dan?
DAN
Beer’s fine, thanks.
FRANK
How about you Mike?
MIKE
Beer would be lovely...
MEG
I’ll have a white wine please.
HILDA
One white wine, coming up. You’d
better give Eddy a shandy Frank.
EDDY
Beer will be okay for me.
HILDA
Is the boy old enough to drink Dan.
EDDY
I’m nineteen actually.
FRANK
Leave the boy alone dear, here you
are Eddy, a nice cold beer.
EDDY
Thanks.
MEG
Do your parents know you are a
drinker Eddy?
EDDY
THEY DON’T GIVE A FU...

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

70.

DAN
....Oh, I love that picture. Is it
new?
HILDA
Yes, it’s only a print but you
can’t beat an impressionist
DAN
Monet?
HILDA
Clever you. It’s not real
unfortunately
FRANK
There are some sandwiches in the
kitchen, help yourself.
DAN
Thanks...
MEG
EDDY, are you staying with Dan for
long?
EDDY
Well...
DAN
Yes, for a little while.
MIKE
Told you, didn’t I.
MEG
Have you any brothers and sisters
at home?
EDDY
A sister and a brother, beside my
mum and dad.
FRANK
Oh, are you a close family or are
you staying with Dan because you
can’t get along?
EDDY
I get on okay with my brother Eddy,
but I row a lot with the Old man.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

71.

MEG
You’re brother is called Eddy too,
that must be confusing?
EDDY
My Dad’s called Eddy too.
They all giggle.
HILDA
Do you mean to say you’re father
and your brother are called Eddy or
have I missed something?
EDDY
Yha.
MEG
How bizarre, does your mother get
confused?
EDDY
No, only my sister Edwina...
( They all fall about
laughing.)
MEG
That’s hilarious.
FRANK
Eddy, Ed, little Ed and Edwina, how
amusing.
DAN
He’s quite a little joker really.
HILDA
Is it true Dan or is he pulling our
leg?
DAN
Ask Eddy.
MIKE
Which one?
( They all laugh again...)
A little later they are sitting around a table.
MIKE
You see it everyday in our working
practice. The result of current
government policy is at the root of
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

72.

MIKE (cont’d)
untold personal crisis. It’s a sin,
homelessness, metal illness, drug
addiction, the government is behind
it all in some way.
HILDA
More wine Meg?
MEG
Yes please. Come now boys, you’ll
be saying terrorism is all down to
the government next.
MIKE
It is, our policy’s overseas
directly affect people, no wonder
they are angry at us as a nation.
HILDA
More beer Eddy?
EDDY
Please.
HILDA
Can’t we talk a bit about something
a little less depressing. After all
we can’t change government policy
except at election time and even
then we only get more of the same
no matter who’s elected.
MIKE
I know its boring but we must
discuss these issues, after all, as
part of the public sector we are
all under attack, the government
are worse then terrorists in a way.
HILDA
But you’re ignoring our young
guest.
EDDY
I’m okay.
MEG
Eddy, how do you earn a living, do
you mind me asking?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

73.

DAN
He’s at school...
HILDA
What, at nineteen?
EDDY
I was a student, I’ve left now.
MIKE
Didn’t you say you were in the
Theater?
EDDY
No, to be honest I was a rent boy.
I’ve stopped selling my arse while
I’m living with Dan.
( They all look stunned.)
DAN
Oh, Eddy, you joker...
( They start to laugh
awkwardly.)
MEG
Eddy, you had us there.
HILDA
He did, didn’t he?
EDDY
It’s not that bad on the rent
scene, I mean, we all have to earn
a living. I had a punter once who
would give me seventy quid just to
talk to him for a few hours. Most
of the time they’d just want a
quick hand job, where else can you
earn fifty quid in five minutes?
( The all laugh a loud,)
MEG
Or two minutes in Mikes case.
HILDA
I really must, er, use the toilet,
please excuse me.
EDDY
Occasionally you’d get a kinky one.
Like the punter who wanted me to
beat him with a cane. I couldn’t
handle that, I’d much rather do a
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

74.

EDDY (cont’d)
quick wank or blow job, get paid
and then go. I’ll fuck them if they
pay more but they never fuck me...
DAN
Eddy, please, the jokes gone too
far. Please excuse his language...
MEG
I love the way you have decorated
the bathroom Frank, it’s been ages
since Mike put a paintbrush around.
MIKE
Too busy with work I’m afraid.
HILDA
More food anyone?
MEG
I was just saying about the
bathroom Hilda...
HILDA
Yes, Frank did it last week.
EDDY
I had a punter last week...
HILDA
Oh God!
((Leaves the room again))
EDDY
...He thought I’d let him fuck me
if he bought me a flash meal, no
chance...
HILDA
( (Shouts from kitchen)
Frank, can I have a word please?
FRANK
Excuse me everyone.
EDDY
I’m just not interested in being
fucked..

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

75.

DAN
Eddy please.
Hilda shouting in the kitchen can be overheard.
HILDA
I don’t care what you say, just get
him out of my house.
DAN
I think we’d better be going.
MEG
What a shame, I was enjoying the
conversation so much.
FRANK
( (Entering)
It’s getting late boys.
DAN
Don’t worry, we were going anyway.
Eddy’s had a little too much to
drink
MEG
I was hoping to find out a little
more about London’s seedy side; let
them stay Frank.
FRANK
It’s Hilda I’m afraid.
MIKE
Meg, leave it please.
MEG
Oh you prudes.
DAN
Come on Eddy...
FRANK
Lovely to meet you Eddy.
EDDY
Same here.
MEG
Yes, next time you can tell us all
about the cost of anal sex; it must
be so much dearer these
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

76.

MEG (cont’d)
days...(giggles)What with
inflation.
DAN
Bye everyone.
MEG
Oh, do you have to bugger off?
MIKE
Meg, please.
MEG
Bugger me, I’m drunk.
EDDY
Silly cow.
They head to the hall and Eddy leaves as Dan is going
through the door Frank leans towards him and whispers.
FRANK
Don’t take this personally Dan, but
it would be better if you didn’t
bring your cousin over here again.
DAN
Yes, I’m sorry. He doesn’t seem to
know when to stop, he’s not always
so shocking.
FRANK
You’d be well advised to get him
out of your flat as soon as
possible.
DAN
He’s not that bad, just young and
naive
FRANK
Well it depends on how much you
value your social life, that boy is
trouble.
DAN
Come on...
FRANK
It’s entirely up to you Dan, but if
you decide to keep him around you
then do it elsewhere. We don’t want
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

77.

FRANK (cont’d)
people like that in our house;
okay?
DAN
If that’s how you feel
FRANK
It is. Goodnight.

SCENE 31 EXT: DAN’S CAR:NIGHT
DAN and EDDY pull away from Franks house.
EDDY
I’m sorry if I embarrassed you in
front of your friends.
DAN
They’re a stuffy lot, they’ll get
over it.
EDDY
I should have shut up really. It
was the drink. It makes me a little
outrageous.
DAN
EDDY, be as outrageous as you like,
if people can’t handle you it’s
their problem. You told them that
you were not on the rent scene any
longer and it was clear that you
were exploited when you were
younger. I felt everything you said
was rather endearing and
considering my friend’s profession
they should have been a little more
supportive,
It’s not as if prostitution is
unknown or particularly rare. It
goes on in every town and city of
this country and its roots lay in
poverty and desperation. Since we
were talking about how government
cuts create poverty I felt it was a
valid contribution to the
conversation.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

78.
EDDY
I don’t understand what you just
said, but thanks.
DAN
I meant it, prostitution has been
around ever since mammals evolved.
EDDY
Who is he?
DAN
Who?
EDDY
Mammals, who is he?
DAN
Not who, but what. Mammals, you
know, Ha, human beings are mammals
so are whales and seals. They’re a
species who’s young do not come in
eggs.
EDDY
Now I’m totally confused. Lets just
go home and have a spliff.

SCENE 32:INT; DAN’S BEDROOM:NIGHT
DAN and EDDY are in bed, the lights are low and they are
sharing a pillow.
EDDY
I don’t think your friends like me
very much.
DAN
Don’t worry about them, after all,
they’re old and set in their ways.
Anything new is shocking. You’re
not the first person they have
taken a dislike too and you wont be
the last.
EDDY
Even your Ex hated my, she’s only
been here a couple of minutes
before making that clear. I guess
they can’t handle the fact that
you’re in a relationship with
someone younger then yourself.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

79.

DAN
Are we in a relationship?
EDDY
Der! I think so, after all, we’re
in bed together. I don’t understand
why your ex got so angry with me,
she doesn’t even know me.
DAN
That’s Teresa; she’s always had an
aggressive side. We used to have
some terrible arguments, it was
hell at times.
EDDY
What did you argue about?
DAN
Anything and everything I suppose.
We’ve had arguments over everything
at one point or another. We’d argue
a lot about sex.
She always wanted me to go down on
her before the act of penetration.
It was a bit of foreplay that she
had come to expect. I did it a lot
when we first got together but then
she wanted me to do it every time
to help bring her to a climax. In
the end I found it too contrived.
You know, I didn’t expect her to do
the same thing to me every time, go
through the same motions; I wanted
it to be a little more spontaneous.
This would lead to arguments, silly
arguments.
EDDY
I wouldn’t go down on her, yhk,
disgusting.
DAN
It wasn’t awful, I mean she’s a
very clean lady but it was the
formality of it all, having to
perform to a script.
EDDY
What else did you argue about?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

80.

DAN
Oh, I don’t know. Having the light
on was another thing. Teresa was a
little afraid of the dark
especially if there was a storm
brewing.
She’s always insist on having the
hall light burning all night and I
can only sleep soundly in total
darkness. We’d argue about that; it
got to the stage where I had to
sleep with a mask over my eyes.
EDDY
A mask?
DAN
You know, those little things they
give you on aircraft.
EDDY
That’s funny, only being able to
sleep with her if you had a blind
fold on.
DAN
Well I’d rather that then have a
huge row just before bedtime.
EDDY
I can’t sleep if there’s a light
on. I guess we’re similar like
that.
DAN
I guess so. Goodnight.
EDDY
Goodnight Dan.
EDDY leans across and kisses Dan on the lips gently.

SCENE 33: INT: DANIEL’S OFFICE: DAY
DANIEL is sitting at his desk perusing a client file. MIKE
sits at his desk playing thoughtfully with a pencil.
MIKE
Dan?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

81.
DAN
Yes?
MIKE
Your cousin?
DAN
Yes, what about my cousin?
MIKE
I was speaking to Meg...
DAN
Yes?
MIKE
Well, come on Old Chap. Let’s not
beat about the bush, he’s not
really your cousin, is he?
DAN
No, no he isn’t.
MIKE
You said he was because you were
afraid people might judge you
negatively?
DAN
Something like that.
MIKE
Ahhh, it’s a shame you could not
have been more honest from the
start. You see people are far more
likely to be negative about a
situation if you are dishonest
about it. It was a mistake.
DAN
Have you made your point?
MIKE
Why don’t you just let him go? I
mean, you don’t owe him anything
and in the end he will just drag
you down to his level. It’s obvious
that he’s one of life’s losers and
has little potential for growth.
You could be doing yourself some
great disservice by cluttering your
life up in that way. He may be
preventing you from forming other,
more valuable relationships.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

82.

DAN
Look, if I needed a sermon I’d have
seen a priest. As for putting him
on a lower level to yourself
socially shows clearly that your
ego is bigger then your ability to
value others. Particularly as you
have met him only twice I believe.
It appears that you are basing your
value judgements on the idle gossip
of others.
As this is the case, Mike, I do not
understand why you continue to do
this type of work. Unless of course
your work helps your ego maintain
its loftier position. A case of I’m
okay you’re not okay, which as Bern
says, is wholly unproductive for
our clients.
MIKE
I do this work because I care about
people. It doesn’t mean I have to
take them home with me at the end
of the day or feel responsible in a
parental way for them. Nurturing
dependence is not a valid
therapeutic goal so don’t start
quoting Eric Burn or any other
theoretic bullshit, it doesn’t
wash. Er, like your cousin.
( He sniggers.)
DAN
Oh well if you are going to stoop
to personal insults I’ll treat your
advice with the contempt it
deserves. In future, Mike, what I
choose to do in my private life has
nothing to do with you whatsoever.
Please mind your own business and
if that is offensive, good, it was
meant to be.
MIKE
As you wish. Just don’t bring him
to my house will you. I’ve heard
Hilda will never recover from his
choice of table conversation and
it’s not something I would like to
endure.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

83.

DAN
As you wish.

SCENE 34: INT DANIEL’S FLAT: NIGHT
Dan arrives home to find EDDY entertaining two gentlemen and
a young boy.
EDDY
Dan, you’re home. I didn’t think
you’d be in until around six. Er,
this is George and Lenny, two
friends of mine and that’s Gary.
DAN
Really?
GEORGE
Eddy wanted us to see his new flat.
DAN
Well you seem to have done that so
if you don’t mind, I have some work
to do.
EDDY
Don’t mind us.
LENNY
We wont get in your way.
DAN
Look, I don’t want to seem
uncivilised but I would like you to
leave. This is not Eddy’s new flat
it’s my old one. Eddy should have
asked me if he intended to invite
people back here particularly
during the week when I am at work.
Shouldn’t you Eddy?
EDDY
Should I?
DAN
Yes, now if you don’t mind...
GEORGE
We were going anyway, come on lads.
( The all rise and make their
way to the door.)
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

84.

GEORGE (cont’d)
You have me number don’t you Eddy?
EDDY
Yes.
GEORGE
Give me a call next time you’re in
the West End, me and Lenny will buy
you a drink. Okay Pal?
The group leave without looking at DAN. As soon as the door
closes behind them EDDY begins to shout.
EDDY
How dare you talk to my friends
like that. These are people who
have known me for a long time and
have looked after me in the past,
you had no right...
DAN
No right. That’s nice isn’t it?
You’ve been here for two weeks and
now I haven’t got a say in what
goes on under my own roof. You’ll
be having parties next and inviting
every Tom Dick or Harry you’ve ever
screwed to drop by. Perhaps you’ll
sub-let a room, who knows?
I’ve been out at work all day and
when I get back there isn’t a clean
cup in the place, the bin is
overflowing and all the ashtrays
are full. What have you been doing
all day beside entertaining old
punters?
EDDY
They’re not punters. Why should I
clean your fucking flat, if you
wanted a cleaner put an advert in
the paper. Fucking cheek, where do
you get off talking to me like
that. So I’m not allowed to have
friends now, you don’t want me to
speak to people and just sit around
her on my own all day, well fuck
you.
He picks up an ashtray and throws it.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

85.

DAN
Okay, calm down...
EDDY
Just because you’ve had a bad day
at work doesn’t mean you can come
home and start pushing me around;
making me look like a cunt in front
of people I know and trust. What
gives you the right?
DAN
Okay, you’ve made your point,
please calm down. Perhaps I
shouldn’t have been so rude...
EDDY
Fucking right, you fucking
arsehole.
DAN
You should have asked, or let me
know at least.
EDDY
Oh yes? (Hysterically shouting) How
the fuck can I do that, you were
gone by the time I got up this
morning and I don’t have a fucking
contact number. You stupid cunt,
you’re just like the rest of them,
a fucking arsehole.
DAN
Okay, let’s just calm down a
little, this is getting us nowhere.
EDDY
I don’t even know why I’m fucking
staying here with you. You’re a
fucking boring cunt who’s friends
are all arseholes, I could walk out
of here whenever I want. You’d be
sorry then.
DAN
Please, stop shouting, I’m standing
right next to you.
EDDY
You’d be sorry then wouldn’t you,
go on admit it.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

86.
DAN
Yes, I would.
EDDY
Well then.
( He sits down and begins to
cry.)
You’ve really upset me you have.
DAN
I’m sorry Eddy, I really am. Please
forgive me.
EDDY
Just make me a cup of tea.
DAN
If that’s what you want?
EDDY
Please.

Dan goes to the kitchen and leans against the sink and sighs
loudly.

SCENE 35: INT: DANIEL’S OFFICE: DAY
Dan is in an interview room with a client.
DAN
You say you were always made to
feel responsible, can you tell me
who made you feel this way and what
you felt responsible for?
CLIENT
My father said that as the eldest
girl I had to help my mother. That
was the start of it, I had kid
sisters and I had to baby-sit them
a lot...
DAN
Hm, yes, carry on.
( The client’s voice fades and
DAN stairs blankly at the
clock situated above the
client’s head. He is miles
away thinking about the row
yesterday, he realises the
client has stopped talking and
is waiting for a response.)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

87.
Yes, carry on.
CLIENT
Well should I or shouldn’t I?
DAN
If you were me, what would you want
me to say to you?
CLIENT
I suppose I would say go ahead,
how’s that?
DAN
So you have your answer.
CLIENT
Thank you, for the first time I
understand what I have to do.
DAN
Good.
CLIENT
Yes, they all need a good punch.
DAN
Erm, let’s recap. We can be
assertive without resorting to
violence, yes?
CLIENT
Assertiveness, it’s back to that
again.
DAN
That’s right. Thank you for coming
and I’ll see you again in a week.
CLIENT
Thanks Dan.

The client leaves the room and as DAN collects his papers
FRANK the Administrator looks in.
FRANK
Teresa called, could you give her a
tinkle when you are free?
DAN
No problems, thank you.
DAN goes to his desk and picks up the telephone dialling a
number.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

88.

Teresa you called?
TERESA
Thanks for calling Daniel, I’m
coming up to London on Sunday and I
need to collect the cook book you
walked off with. I don’t suppose
you are using it and it was a gift
from my mother.
I would ask you to pop it down to
me in the post but I know how busy
you are making a fool of yourself
and you know me, never one to miss
a good gloat.
I spoke to Meg yesterday, she told
me all about the dinner party, I
wish I’d been there it sounded a
real hoot, I hadn’t laughed so much
in years.
They should make a film about your
life Dan, it could be called ‘Guess
who’s coming at dinner...’ or
perhaps ‘I married a rent boy from
outta space’. So, Sunday it is,
about eleven. Bye now.
DAN
Teresa, please leave the broom
stick at home darling.
TERESA
Oh, too cha‘, I’ll only be staying
a short while. I can only hold my
breath a few minutes.
DAN
Pity you can’t hold your tongue
longer.
He hangs up and looks across at Mike who is smiling.

SCENE 36 EXT: DANIEL’S CAR: NIGHT
DAN and EDDY are driving to a club in the West End
EDDY
Have you got the money?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

89.

DAN
I’ve withdrawn seventy pounds, it’s
a fortune to spend on one night
out. I hope it’s worth it.
EDDY
You’ll be okay once you get a pill
down your throat.
DAN
I don’t want any drugs tonight, not
after last time.
EDDY
Boring...

SCENE 37 INT: THE CLUB: NIGHT
It’s hot and crowded. EDDY says hello to lots of men and all
of them ignore DAN. They walk around until they find a spot
that isn’t too crowded.
EDDY
Give me some money so I can sort
something out.
DAN
How much do you want?
EDDY
Give me forty five quid.
DAN
I don’t want anything.
EDDY
Well I can’t just buy one. Give me
the money.
DAN
How much are they?
EDDY
I told you, give me forty five.
( DAN looks at EDDY intensely
and hands over the money.)
Just wait here and I’ll be back.
Don’t wander off this time or we’ll
get lost again.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

90.

DAN
I’ll wait here.
He waits for an immeasurable time and keeps looking at his
watch. After a while he realises that EDDY is not coming
back so he goes to look for him. DAN becomes aware that some
of the men EDDY spoke to earlier are looking at him with a
smirk on their faces and he become s a little paranoid.
After three hours he goes home, alone.

SCENE 38: INT: DANIEL’S BEDROOM: DAY
It is Sunday afternoon and Dan is laying in bed with the
curtains drawn tight. The telephone is ringing. DAN wakes
and looks at the time, it’s nearly one pm he goes and
answers the phone.
DAN
Yes Eddy?
EDDY
I’m at a friend’s place, come and
pick me up please.
DAN
You have to be joking, why don’t
you stay where you’ve been all
night?
EDDY
So are you picking me up or not?
DAN
Not.
( He hangs up and goes back to
bed, the telephone rings
again. DAN goes back and picks
it up.)
Look, what do you want?
EDDY
I want you to get me but if you
won’t I’ll just have to get a
train.
DAN
What makes you think I even want
you back here after the way you
behaved last night. I think you
have a diabolical cheek taking my
money and then fucking off. Then,
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

91.

DAN (cont’d)
then phoning me and expecting me to
drop everything to collect you,
where do you get off?
EDDY
Sorry, I know I fucked up, I’ll get
a taxi, see you in an hour.
The line goes dead.
The clock on the sideboard reads five o’clock when the
telephone rings again. DAN is watching television and picks
up the receiver.
DAN
Hello, what? I’m sorry but EDDY
doesn’t live here anymore. Please
destroy this number and if you want
to see him in future I suggest you
go to Piccadilly Circus and hang
around the public toilet. Good bye.
( There’s a knock at the door.
DAN sighs and goes to answer
it. EDDY walks in to the flat
and takes his coat off.)
EDDY
Make me a cup of tea please, I’m
gasping.
DAN
I beg your pardon, what, I’m
running a café now am I as well as
a public cash dispenser? Just
collect your stuff and leave, I’ve
had enough.
EDDY
What, you can’t just throw me out,
I’ve got no where to go.
DAN
Go back to where you were last
night. I believe these belong to
you, take them and leave.
( He holds up a bag.)
EDDY
I’m going nowhere. Last week you
said I could stay as long as I want
and now you think you can just
throw me out, like a bag of
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

92.

EDDY (cont’d)
rubbish. You can’t go back on your
word.
DAN
Can’t I.
( He goes to the front door
and opens it.)
I want you to leave. NOW!
EDDY
Fuck you!
( He picks up a vase and
throws it across the room. DAN
closes the front door and
chases EDDY into the kitchen
where he is throwing crockery
around.)
I’m not going until I smash
everything in this flat.
DAN
That’s enough, stop it.
EDDY
No, I’m fed up with you speaking to
me like I’m shit, like I’m your
fucking property. You’re just like
everyone else, get what you want
and then throw me out into the
street, well I’m not taking it...
( DAN attempts to restrain
EDDY and is punched in the
face. The two struggle across
the lounge floor and
eventually Dan manages to push
EDDY out the front door. He
locks the chub and breaths
heavily.)
DAN
Now go, I don’t care where but just
get out of my life.
EDDY
I’m not going anywhere, if you
don’t let me in I’ll start breaking
windows.
DAN
There’s no way I’m letting you back
into this flat.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

93.
EDDY
Right!
( EDDY walks to the front of
the flat and picks up a rock.
He is about to throw it when a
car pulls up and TERESA looks
at him through the driver’s
window for a few moments
smiling, she winds down the
window.)
TERESA
Hello Eddy, trouble in paradise?
EDDY
What the fuck do you want?
TERESA
( Getting out the car )
I’ve come to visit my husband, if
you don’t mind.
EDDY
DAN, what is she doing here, you’ve
planned this haven’t you?
( DAN opens the front door and
runs out to meet her.)
DAN
You’ve come at a bad time, could
you come back later?
TERESA
What, and miss all the fun. No go
ahead and I’ll watch from the
roadside, should be interesting.
EDDY
Just get in your car and fuck off
you nosey bitch.
TERESA
How articulate. Dan, your rent boy
looks a little peeved.
EDDY
This is our argument, it’s got
nothing to do with you.
TERESA
It has everything to do with me
laddie, if my husband has seen you
for what you are then I am very
much involved; okay?
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

94.

EDDY
He’s not your husband anymore
remember. He doesn’t even fancy
you. In fact he thinks you are
disgusting that’s why he would
never eat your pussy. That’s right,
isn’t it Dan?
TERESA
Dan, what have you been saying to
him?
DAN
It’s not like that.
EDDY
Yes it is, He said your stinking
pussy made him feel sick.
TERESA
( (Slaps Dan across the face))
How dare you discuss me like that
with him.
DAN
Eddy, please.
EDDY
He said you were so ugly he could
only sleep with you if he wore a
blind fold; go on Dan, tell her.
TERESA
( Punches Dan in the chest)
You bastard, how dare you talk
about me with that shit.
EDDY
Don’t hit my boyfriend like that.
DAN
Calm down everyone, this is getting
us no where.
EDDY
Yes, you disgusting old slag, with
your sagging tits and make up like
a fucking Halloween witch; fuck off
and leave us alone.
TERESA
No you fuck off. Go back to the
gutter where you belong you
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

95.

TERESA (cont’d)
offensive little toe-rag. Don’t you
get the message? It’s over between
you and him, he’s seen the light at
last, you might as well go. Go
on....
EDDY
It’s you who should go.
TERESA
Dan, don’t just stand there, tell
the little shit that he’s no longer
welcome. Tell him!
DAN
Yes, Eddy, I want you to leave.
EDDY
I’ll smash that fucking whore’s car
up before I do.
TERESA
If you touch my car I’ll call the
police.
EDDY
Go on then.
( He uses the rock to scratch
a long mark in the side of
TERESA’s car.)
TERESA
Right, call the police Dan.
( DAN opens the flat door and
all three try to enter at once
ending up in a big pile on the
hall floor.)
Get off me you brute.
EDDY breaks free and pulls the telephone cord from its
socket. The telephone flies across the room and smashes into
TERESA’s head. She slaps DAN and Dan slaps EDDY. EDDY Slaps
Dan and TERESA slaps EDDY, EDDY slaps TERESA and TERESA
slaps DAN again
DAN
Would you both stop hitting me.
TERESA
This is all you fault Dan, you
gutless little shit. I only came
over for my mother’s cookbook and
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

96.
TERESA (cont’d)
now I’ve been assaulted by the rent
boy from hell.
EDDY
No one asked you to come.
TERESA
He did.
( She points at DAN)
I’ve had enough of all this, I’m
going.
EDDY
Good riddance.
DAN
Be quiet Eddy.
TERESA
I don’t have to put up with this
shit.
DAN
Teresa come back.
TERESA
If you want to speak to me you know
where I am.
DAN
( He runs into the street
after her and stops her by the
car. She is looking at the
scratch.)
I’m sorry, I’ll pay for that.
TERESA
That’s right, you will.
DAN
You should never have been pulled
into our argument, it wasn’t fair.
TERESA
I’m glad you realise that. Perhaps
you’ll post my book to me.
DAN
Of course.
( She gets into the car and
starts the engine.)

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

97.

TERESA
I told you he’d make a rod for your
back and now look. He’s upset you,
me and all the neighbours, I hope
you know what you are doing.
DAN
I’ll sort it out
TERESA
Dan, I think it may be too late for
that. Your bridges are burning and
the smoke is killing you.
She drives off.

SCENE 39 INT: THE ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE: DAY
DAN and FRANK are having supervision.
FRANK
Have you found this client
somewhere else to live temporarily?
DAN
I’ve applied to a couple of long
term hostels but no, they’re still
in the hotel.
FRANK
Well I congratulate you for getting
this far, considering the pressures
you have been under. Your honesty
has been appreciated but I can only
reiterate what I said before. The
relationship you have with this boy
must end, you can replace money but
you cannot fix emotional damage
that easily and it’s your emotions
that are at risk here, you
understand that don’t you?
DAN
Yes.
FRANK
Our next supervision is booked for
next month, the second I believe.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

98.

DAN
I have it in my diary. You know he
isn’t that bad. If I look within
myself I can recognise that I have
very strong feelings for him. I
keep thinking that if I persevere
he might change.
FRANK
All that will happen Dan is that
you’ll be dragged to his level. I
can see you are emotionally
involved and so use your
professional judgement and refer
him onward, to an agency that has
the resources to meet his needs.
They are paid to do the job, you
are not. Then perhaps you’ll regain
the integrity we all feel you have
lost recently.
DAN
Is it that serious?
FRANK
You can never see these things when
you are tied up in the centre of
them. It takes an outsider to
rationalise the situation. So, feel
good about the decision to move him
on.
DAN
Okay.

SCENE 40INT: DANIEL’S FLAT: NIGHT
Dan gets home after a long day at work.
DAN
Eddy, I’m back.
EDDY
Hello, I’ve made you some food.
DAN
I thought I could smell cooking,
wow, the flat looks amazing, you
have been busy.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

99.

EDDY
I wanted to make you happy.
DAN
Thank you Eddy, I really appreciate
that. Where’s the sheepskin rug?
EDDY
I put it in the washing machine.
DAN
Oh.
EDDY
It looked a little dusty.
DAN
Okay. What have you been cooking?
EDDY
Only eggs and chips, well I fried
the eggs and bought the chips from
the shop. They’re warming in the
oven.
DAN
Well, they smell delicious.
They sit at the table and Eddy brings in two plates of dried
chips and overcooked eggs. Dan smiles and eats anyway.
EDDY
I called that dealer, you know, the
old boy in Islington and said we’d
be over later for some spliff.
DAN
Do you think that’s wise?
EDDY
If you haven’t got the money...
DAN
It’s not about the money.
EDDY
What then.
DAN
Well, talking about drugs on the
land line, you never know who might
be listening.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

100.
EDDY
Don’t be so paranoid.
DAN
So...How much money is this going
to cost me?
EDDY
Thirty pounds should do.
DAN
Okay, just once more.

SCENE 41: EXT:

DANIEL’S CAR: NIGHT

DAN is waiting in a dark back street for EDDY. Suddenly the
passenger door opens and he slips in beside him. DAN starts
the car.
DAN
|How did it go?
EDDY
Let’s get out of here.

SCENE 42; INT DANIEL’S FLAT NIGHT
They arrive back and enter the lounge.
DAN
Thank god we’re back, I get so
paranoid waiting in those dark,
lonely streets for you. Imagine if
I got arrested I’d never work
again, well not in my current
field. And for what, a piece of
cannabis?
EDDY
He didn’t have any dope, I should
have said.
DAN
Really, all that for nothing then?
Have you still got the money?
EDDY
Er, I bought something else, he’d
just sold the last bit of hash so I
thought rather then waste the trip.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

101.

DAN
How thoughtful, so, what did you
waste my money on this time?
EDDY
Don’t be like that, I got us a
small stone.
DAN
A what?
EDDY
Don’t worry, it’s like dope but
stronger.
DAN
Eddy?
EDDY
Get a drinks bottle, a biro pen and
some foil and I’ll make a pipe.
DAN
A pipe.
EDDY
To smoke it. There’s a bottle in
the fridge.#
DAN
Eddy, in future would you consult
me before you waste my money on
drugs. I mean, what the hell is a
stone anyway?
EDDY
Get that bottle and I’ll show you.
DAN does as he is asked and watches as EDDY makes an
impromptu pipe from the biro, water bottle and foil. He
gingerly opens a cellophane wrapper and a white lump of
solid material falls to the coffee table. EDDY breaks a
small lump and places it on the pipe, lights a lighter and
inhales the fumes that are released upon ignition. He sits
back holding his breath and sighs while exhaling.
EDDY
That’s really nice. Want some?
( He places another
small lump on the pipe and
offers it.)

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

102.
DAN
No, I don’t think so.
EDDY
Whatever.
( He smokes again.)
If you’re sure, I’ll do it all if
you want even though you paid for
it.
It’ll be okay, come, I’ll show you.

DAN takes the pipe as EDDY balances a small lump on the top.
He puts the tube in his mouth and EDDY ignites the lump. He
exhales breathlessly.
DAN
Jesus, oh god, Jesus.
EDDY
Go with it...
DAN
Fucking hell, that’s strong...
EDDY
Yha.
DAN
My mouth has gone numb, my ears are
popping, Jesus, I feel really
high. It’s a bit like cocaine...
EDDY
It is just like cocaine, in fact,I
think it is cocaine.
DAN
Cocaine’s a powder.
EDDY
This isn’t, this is rock cocaine.
It’s the real thing, the big mambo,
a slice of rock heaven. This is
what real drugs are all about;
everything else is just pretend.
DAN
Is it new?
EDDY
Not really, you’ve heard of
freebasing before haven’t you?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

103.

DAN
Isn’t that how the comedian in
America blew himself up?
EDDY
I don’t know about that.
DAN
It’s all new to me, I’m happier
smoking a joint.
EDDY
So you don’t want another pipe?
DAN
Well, perhaps just once more; as
it’s so morish..
EDDY
Then we can go and get some more,
please?
Pretty please?

SCENE 43 INT THE COLLAGE HALL: DAY
DAN is walking briskly into the collage when Frank meets
him.
FRANK
Daniel, this is the third time this
week.
DAN
I’m sorry, my car won’t start in
the morning. It’s this cold weather
I’m afraid.
FRANK
No more excuses Dan, just get your
act together; please. Go and
relieve Mr Winger he has had your
class since 9.00.
DAN
Thank you.
( DAN rushes along the
corridor and bursts into his
class. The students look at
him and Mr Winger shakes his
head.)
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

104.
DAN (cont’d)
Sorry everyone. Can you all thank
Mr Winger for taking the class
until I could arrive.
MR WINGER
For the third time.
DAN
Sorry, it wont happen again.
MR WINGER
I sincerely hope not, I have my own
work to do.

He leaves the room.
DAN
Can someone let me know what you
have been doing this morning?
PUPIL
We split into groups and were
exploring creative visualisations.
Then, after break, we had a
role-play and were just discussing
it in out smaller groups.
DAN
I see. Well, carry on. There’s half
an hour left till lunch and I’d
like you to reach a conclusion
before we break. Please write it up
in your journals and I’ll review it
soon.
PUPIL 2
Sir
DAN
Yes?
PUPIL
Is creative visualisation only
useful if the client believes it
has a basis in a theoretical
framework? Is it a question of
faith; and without faith is it
useless?
DAN
An interesting question. Let’s ask
this group, what do you all think?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

105.

PUPIL 3
Surely it depends on the purpose of
the visualisation?
DAN
There are variables in any
intervention of course. Although
one thing is important for a
positive outcome and it has nothing
to do with faith.
One needs positive respect for
intervention but more importantly
intervention needs Congruence.
Congruence with the therapist will
create positive outcomes. With
congruence the client will trust
the therapist enough to establish a
well-formed position and this
well-formed position facilitates a
positive visualised outcome.
PUPIL 1
So congruence equals trust, if the
client trusts what you are they
will believe in the exercises you
set for them?
DAN
Precisely. I’m very happy with your
grasp of congruence as a concept as
in other classes it’s usually quite
a while before the penny drops.

SCENE 44INT: THE STAFF ROOM DAY
In the small staff room.
Mr WINGER and another TUTOR are having coffee and a
cigarette
MR WINGER
He look bloody awful again. Have
you noticed how much weight the
man’s lost?
TUTOR 2
I’ve heard he’s spending all his
money on some lad. Apparently he
looks like his run away from a
children’s home or something. It’s
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

106.

TUTOR 2 (cont’d)
amazing how someone you thought you
knew could become such a stranger.
MR WINGER
You don’t think he’s got AIDs do
you?
TUTOR 2
Well, he certainly batting from the
other side of the field these days.
Make sure you don’t use his cup;
you never know, do you, whether
it’s infectious?
MR WINGER
His poor wife.
TUTOR 2
Look Old Boy, between you and me,
the man should just go. There
would be more hours available for
normal people like us here if he
did the right thing. Jesus, it’s
just embarrising.
MR WINGER
I need more hours, after all
Christmas is just around the
corner.Shall we plot a bit of
intrigue, get the ball rolling so
to speak?
TUTOR 2
How about having a quiet word with
Frank? Shall I, what do you think?
MR WINGER
I’ll support you right down the
line if you do. If Frank thought
that Dan’s behaviour was reflecting
badly on the school he might be
more inclined to act.
TUTOR 2
If he’s not thinking about it
already, he might just need a push
in the right direction.
MR WINGER
Ah, well let’s get pushing.

107.

SCENE 45:NIGHT DANIEL’S FLAT:NIGHT
DAN
Eddy I’m home.
The lounge and kitchen is empty, Dan goes to the bedroom and
finds EDDY in bed.
Hay, why aren’t you up? If you’re
in bed all day you won’t sleep at
night and I have to get some rest.
The people at work are noticing.
EDDY
Oh shit, sorry I didn’t realise
what the time was. Go and make me a
drink, a tea will you please?
DAN
No I will not, it’s about time you
pulled your finger out.
EDDY
Don’t wind me up because I swear...
DAN
What are you going to do Eddy,
smash the flat again, scratch the
car?
EDDY
You really take the piss Man, just
fuck off and leave me alone.
( Throws the lamp at DAN)
DAN jumps on him and they both struggle for a while before
Eddy hits him with a large glass ashtray. Dan recoils and
falls to the floor clutching a cut on his forehead.
Sorry, I didn’t mean to do that.
DAN
Just stay away from me, I’m a
fucking emotional wreck, can’t you
see that, can’t you see what this
is doing to me?
EDDY
I suppose a rock’s out the
question.
DAN
FUCK YOU AND FUCK YOUR DRUGS. If
you want to go and score the
money’s in my wallet, just go and
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

108.

DAN (cont’d)
get out of the flat tonight. I want
you to leave me alone.
EDDY
Don’t you want me to bring it home?
DAN
SHUT UP EDDY, stop going on about
drugs! I mean, where is all this
going to end, eh, where? With one
of us dead, in prison. WHERE?
EDDY
Look I’ll make you some tea and we
can calm down and talk about it,
okay. I’m sorry, it wont happen
again.
Come on into the lounge.
( He goes to the bedroom door
and stands silhouetted by the
light.)
DAN
Leave me alone please. I just want
some time on my own.
EDDY
I’ll call you when the teas ready.
DAN
Whatever.
EDDY
Then can we go and get a rock.
He closes the door and DAN puts his head in his hands and
begins to weep quietly.

SCENE 46 INT: THE ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE: DAY
Frank is looking glum behind his desk as Dan enters.
FRANK
Take a seat please Dan.
DAN
Oh, okay then.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

109.

FRANK
It is with great regret that I have
asked you along today...
DAN
It’s like that is it?
FRANK
I have been told by the board to
give you your cards.
DAN
I see.
FRANK
This isn’t my decision Dan, I have
always had the highest regards for
you and have valued your work.
Unfortunately they have got wind of
your living conditions and I’ve
been forced to act.
DAN
Why, I’m not breaking any laws.
FRANK
That may be so Dan, but they have
lost trust in your judgement. We
work with young people here
everyday and some of them are
taking a psychological course
because they have needs of their
own. The board do not want to risk
student exploitation, particularly
as we are funded privately. You do
understand?
DAN
No I do not.
FRANK
There’s been talk. Talk about that
infernal boy.
DAN
What, they think I’m exploiting a
vulnerable young person do they?
FRANK
Sort of...

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

110.

DAN
Well do they or not?
Well?
( An awkward silence falls
between the two men.)
It’s not the board is it Frank,
this is you, isn’t it?
FRANK
Dan, don’t take this personally.
DAN
I thought so, it’s just your petty
prejudices, eh Frank. This has got
nothing to do with professionalism
has it? Go admit it.
FRANK
It’s like this....
DAN
You fucking ignorant bastard.
FRANK
It isn’t me who is in the wrong
here....
DAN
In the wrong, according to who
Frank, who God?
FRANK
Now you come to mention it,yes God,
God and society. Your activities
are wrong on many levels Dan and to
be quite honest, the thought of it
makes me sick...
DAN
Oh, it’s all coming out now eh
Frank?
FRANK
...It’s unnatural and unwholesome;
the thought of you and that boy
turns my stomach.
DAN
(Standing)
Look, the thought of you and Hilda
getting down to it doesn’t really
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

111.

DAN (cont’d)
float my boat either; but it’s not
any of my business, is it?
FRANK
Leave Hilda out of this...
DAN
...In the same way that my private
life is none of yours. So before
this argument descends into a
slanging match I will go. Happy now
are you?
FRANK
Goodbye Dan.
DAN
Oh fuck off; you two-faced twat.
FRANK
Charming.

SCENE 47: THE STREET: NIGHT
Daniel and EDDY are in a busy shopping street. People are
milling about even though it has got dark and so the two of
them do not stand out. They see a young black man standing
in a small alley.
EDDY
There he is...
DAN
Are you sure?
EDDY
Yes, I’ve scored from him loads of
times...
DAN
Fifty quid’s a lot of money.
EDDY
Well it is half a sixteenth.
( They approach the man
casually, EDDY smiles.)

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

112.
MAN
Yes boys, it’s rocking here.
EDDY
Cool brother...
MAN
What you want?
EDDY
You got half?
MAN
Sure I got half, you got money for
half, brother?
EDDY
( Nods toward DAN who has a
folded note in his hand)
See my friend there...
MAN
Put him there.
( He gestures for the note to
be placed cautiously in his
hand which is at his side. )
DAN
Give me the food first...
MAN
No brother, put him there first.
( He gestures that he should
get the note in his hand
first.)
DAN
Sorry friend, but I’m not handing
over money till I know what I’m
getting.
MAN
Stop fucking about man, either give
me the money or fuck off. You’ll
get us both nicked if you’re not
careful...
EDDY
Go on, it’s cool.
( Daniel sighs and against his
better judgement hands over
the note discretely.
The man then spits a small
wrap of something enclosed in
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

113.

cling-film onto the floor and
walks away. EDDY bends and
retrieves it. They both walk
to DAN’s car.)

SCENE 48 INT: DANIEL’S FLAT. NIGHT
They are both on the sofa and the TV is on in the background
although both EDDY and DAN are fixated on the pipe they have
manufactured and the large rock sitting next to it.
EDDY
( Exhaling a cloud of smoke.)
That’s beautiful, really, really
beautiful.
DAN
For fifty quid it should be.
EDDY
Here, I’ll get a pipe for you
together.
DAN
Slow down please Eddy. Now that I’m
not working we are going to have to
stop smoking this stuff. We can’t
afford it.
EDDY
I suppose you’re right.
DAN
We’ve spent nearly a whole months
pay in a week, my cards are maxed
out and I’ve even started on my
savings.
EDDY
Really?
DAN
We’ve gone a little crazy this
week.
EDDY
Oh, it’ll sort itself out in the
end.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

114.

DAN
Hmm, I hope you don’t mind...
EDDY
What?
DAN
I called my sister and asked if we
could stay with her for a few days,
you know, just so we’re away from
London for a while. I think it will
be good for us both.
EDDY
Really?
DAN
Yes.
EDDY
Where does she live?
DAN
In the country, you’ll like it.
EDDY
Boring....

SCENE 49 INT: IN DAN’S SISTER’S HOUSE:DAY
DAN’s sister, Paula invite them both into her house and
close the door behind them. The house is very originally
Tudor, with large black beams in every room and white lime
plaster on the walls. Paula leads them into the kitchen and
puts the kettle on, a small girl, CHARLIE, follows them
DAN
Hello Charlie, how’s my favourite
little girl then?
CHARLIE
Uncle Danny’s here...
PAULA
Yes, it’s uncle Danny.
Come in both of you, hell Eddy,
it’s nice to meet you.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

115.

EDDY
Yes, hello.
PAULA
Dan, you’ve lost a lot of weight,
have you been ill or something?
DAN
No, it’s not that noticeable is it?
PAULA
Yes it is, I don’t think I’ve ever
seen you so thin. I’d better make a
point of fattening you up. Cup of
tea?
DAN
Yes please.
PAULA
Eddy?
EDDY
Yes please, five sugars please.
PAULA
Sweet tooth eh? I suppose you’ve
lost weight because you haven’t got
a woman cooking for you everyday.
EDDY
He doesn’t need a woman....
PAULA
Do you cook then Eddy?
EDDY
Not really. I just meant that Dan’s
not on his own....
PAULA
I know that. Look, while the
kettles boiling follow me and I’ll
show you your room. Come on, this
way.
( She walks to the door and
beckons for them to follow,
Upstairs a small landing has
four door coming off from it.)
This is my room, that one is
Charlie’s and this is for you and
Eddy.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

116.

DAN
Thanks.
PAULA
That door is the bathroom Eddy,
okay love?
EDDY
Thanks. I don’t know how long we’ll
be staying, eh Dan?
DAN
It’s taken us so long to get here
I’m not going to even consider the
drive back for a couple of days at
least.
PAULA
I had the trees in the garden cut
back last week so you have a lovely
view of the village green and
church steeple from your window...
CHARLIE
Are you staying with us now Uncle
Danny?
DAN
For a while Darling...
CHARLIE
Can you play computers?
( They all look towards EDDY
who smirks with embarrassment)
EDDY
Depends on what games you have.
PAULA
That’s an idea. Play with Charlie
on the computer Eddy please, Dan,
unpack your case and then come to
the kitchen. I’ll have a drink made
by then.
DAN
Okay.
( She smiles and as Charlie
leads EDDY into her room to
play Paula goes back
downstairs.)
( A few moments later Dan goes
into the kitchen and sits at
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

117.

the bar next to a steaming cup
of coffee.)
PAULA
Did I tell you that George and I
have finally thrown the towel in?
DAN
No...
PAULA
It’s been on the cards for months.
DAN
You seem to be coping well.
PAULA
It’s a case of having too I’m
afraid. I’m still getting my
allowance every week so it’s only
the company I miss. The little
bugger...Oh I’m sorry I didn’t
think.
DAN
Shut up, (Laughs) Oh dear, so what
happened with George?
PAULA
Probably found a newer model, you
know how it is? You’ve had the
same problem. Oh, er, I mean,
similar, oh shit, I don’t know what
I mean really.
DAN
It was another woman?
PAULA
Yes, her name is Sunshine for God’s
sake. Who ever calls their child
Sunshine, never heard of such a
ridiculous thing.
DAN
Her parents were probably hippies
or something.
PAULA
Nigerian.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

118.

DAN
Nigerian hippies?
PAULA
No, just Nigerian. It was one thing
knowing he had a bit on the side
but finding out she wasn’t even
white made me even more confused
and angry.
DAN
Confused?
PAULA
Yes, the mans the biggest fucking
racist I’ve ever know. It was
niggers this, niggers that, bloody
hypocrite. If only she’d heard him
that night the car broke down in
Brixton the last time we were in
London, she wouldn’t touch him with
a stick.
So, have you seen Teresa recently?
DAN
Not recently. The last time we did
meet we had a blazing row. It was
awful.
PAULA
You poor thing. Was the young one
involved in that?
DAN
Yes.
PAULA
Oh dear. I’m not going to get all
judgemental Dan but I do want to
know if you are happy?
DAN
Sort of...
PAULA
It’s been worth all the heartache
then?
DAN
Sort of...

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

119.

PAULA
Oh, what are we like eh, me and
you? I suppose everyone’s told you
that you’re making a mistake eh?
DAN
That’s right.
PAULA
I’ll shut up in that case although
I’m unsure how it will all turn
out.
DAN
In more tears I suppose.
PAULA
You said it honey...
( She puts some small plates
on the table with food to
nibble.)
Call the kids please Dan, if you
can get them off that bloody
machine, lunch is ready...
( A few moments later Charlie
and Eddy join them.)
PAULA
Help yourselves boys, there’s
plenty there.
EDDY
This is lovely, thanks.
DAN
Delicious.
PAULA
So Eddy, how long have to know that
you were gay? You don’t mind me
asking, do you?
EDDY
I don’t mind.
PAULA
So?
EDDY
Oh, I’m not gay.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

120.

PAULA
Really?
EDDY
No, not really, I’ll sleep with
punters if there’s something in it
for me but really I guess you could
say I’m Bi. I’ve had more long-term
girlfriends then boyfriends.
DAN
You’ve never told me that.
EDDY
You never asked. I prefer girls,
unfortunately they don’t prefer me.
DAN
Oh?
EDDY
If I could find a girlfriend I’d
not be living with you, would I?
PAULA
So basically, you’re saying you are
just using Daniel?
EDDY
No I’m not.
PAULA
Yes you are, that’s exactly what
you just said.
EDDY
Oh, whatever.
DAN
I understand, that if you are
young, admitting how you do
actually feel can be very
difficult. I don’t think Eddy is
quite there yet.
PAULA
Really? So you sleep together then?
DAN
Yes.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

121.
EDDY
Yes.
PAULA
Well that certainly makes you
bi-sexual. Straight men wouldn’t be
able to perform, so to speak.
DAN
Precisely.
EDDY
Hm, I suppose you’re right, I’m
confused. I would like to have a
relationship with another woman, if
I could get one.
( Paula smiles at him.)
PAULA
Be careful what you wish for.

SCENE 50 INT: PAULA’S BEDROOM: NIGHT
Paula is in bed, the room is dark and the curtains are
billowing gently as a breeze blows into the room. She opens
her eyes and looks towards the window before catching her
breath as her covers are pulled back.
PAULA
What are you doing?
( EDDY slips into the bed
bedside her and places a
finger to her lips.)
Eddy?
( He attempts to kiss her but
she pushes him away.)
Get off me, what do you think you
are playing at?
EDDY
Come here, I know you want me.
PAULA
Get out of my room at once.
EDDY
Don’t mess around.
PAULA
You’ve got a nerve. Get out of here
before I do something I’ll regret.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

122.
EDDY
Don’t be like that, you want it, I
want it.
PAULA
I do not want anything from you,
GET OUT.
EDDY
Be quiet or you’ll wake Dan up.
PAULA
You bastard. Get Out of my bedroom
before I start screaming and wake
the whole house.
EDDY
You fucking frigid bitch, I thought
I was doing you a favour.
PAULA
OUT NOW!

.
( EDDY shakes his head and
leaves.)

SCENE 51: INT: THE KITCHEN: DAY
Dan goes into the kitchen and finds Paula giving Charlie her
breakfast.
DAN
Morning Sis, hello Charlie. You
okay, I went out like a light last
night, best nights rest I’ve had
for ages.
PAULA
I’m glad someone slept okay.
DAN
What’s for breakfast?
PAULA
There’s some coffee on the go, help
yourself. Is the other one awake
yet?
DAN
Not yet, he normally sleeps in but
he did ask if we could go home
today.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

123.

PAULA
I think that’s a good idea.
DAN
Really?
PAULA
Dan, it’s lovely to have you here
and you’re welcome whenever you
want.
DAN
Yes?
PAULA
Yes, but...
DAN
What’s wrong?
PAULA
Nothing. I just don’t want you to
bring Eddy here any more. I’m sorry
Dan but I can’t cope with him, not
at the moment.
DAN
Has something happened?
PAULA
No.
CHARLIE
I don’t want you to go Uncle Dan.
PAULA
He frightens me Dan, seriously.
DAN
Frightens you. That’s a bit strong.
PAULA
Just trust me, I don’t like him and
I don’t want him around Charlie.
Please don’t take it personally.
DAN
Of course not.
CHARLIE
I don’t like Eddy either.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

124.

DAN
Sorry, I didn’t realise.
PAULA
Let’s not say anything further as
you have decided to go. Just forget
that I said anything...
DAN
Look if something has happened that
I need to know about?
PAULA
Nothing has happened, you heard
Charlie, that’s good enough reason
to ask that you get him out of my
house. Isn’t it?
DAN
Yes, you’re right.
PAULA
Have some cornflakes, I’ll get your
bags from the shed.

SCENE 52: EXT: THE CAR GOING DOWN THE MOTORWAY:DAY
Dan and EDDY are driving at speed.
EDDY
Thank god we’re going home.
DAN
Hm, I don’t know why but Paula
couldn’t wait to get rid of us.
EDDY
The bitch.
DAN
Don’t talk about my sister like
that.
EDDY
Well she made it obvious that she
didn’t like me from the moment we
got there. What with her and your
wife no wonder you turned queer.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

125.

DAN
I think you upset her by implying
that you were using me until
something better turned up.
EDDY
Yes, sorry about that, it all came
out wrong. You don’t understand,
being in a family situation always
makes me feel wound up, it’s
because I was brought up in local
authority care.
DAN
Really. When did you see your
family last?
EDDY
A long time ago, I was pushed from
pillar to post all the time because
most foster families didn’t know
how to handle me.
I look at a kid like Charlie, with
parents who love her and everything
she needs and it makes me feel
emotional...
DAN
I didn’t realise.
EDDY
I’ve never felt loved by anyone.
Even foster parents used to make it
clear to me that they were just
doing it for the money.
DAN
Have you tried to contact your
birth parents?
EDDY
No, I don’t even know where they
live.
DAN
How about your sister, was she in
care as well?
EDDY
Yes, we both were and my elder
brother...

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

126.

DAN
Big Ed?
EDDY
Yes.
( Dan smiles and looks out the
windscreen for a moment.)
It isn’t funny....
DAN
I know, sorry. Have you asked your
social worker for your families
contact number?
EDDY
Yes, she wouldn’t tell me. She said
that they didn’t want to see me.
DAN
That’s awful.
EDDY
That’s why I appreciate what you
have done for me Dan, you’re the
first person who ever did anything
for me because you cared.
( He begins to weep gently.)
DAN
Don’t cry...
EDDY
It’s true, you wouldn’t even have
sex with me that first night I
stayed. Most people would have
thrown me out right then and
there...
DAN
Eddy, I hope you know by now that
I’m not like that.
EDDY
I do. I really do appreciate the
way you look after me.
DAN
Well thank you, I’m glad you
appreciate it.
EDDY
Can we get a rock on the way home?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

127.

DAN
Eddy, you’re a bad influence.
EDDY
But you love me really, don’t you?
DAN
I suppose I do...

SCENE 53INT: DAN’S FLAT: NIGHT
Dan and Eddy are sitting on the sofa next to the coffee
table, Eddy is smoking a long drag on a crack pipe. He holds
it in before passing the pipe to Dan. Dan loads it with more
of the small stone.
EDDY
Hurry up, I’m waiting.
DAN
Wait a moment, I’m having my go.
EDDY
Come on, come on...
( Dan takes a deep inhalation
and holds the fumes in before
letting them out in a long
stream.)
DAN
That’s really nice...
EDDY
Let me have some...
DAN
It’s so morish this stuff. Isn’t
it?
EDDY
My turn.
DAN
Here you are...
( He passes the pipe and Eddy
loads it up and smokes.)
I could smoke this all night, pity
it’s almost gone.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

128.

EDDY
Let’s get another one.
DAN
Not tonight.
EDDY
Please Dan, just one more.
DAN
Look, we’ve spent fifty pounds
already Eddy, I haven’t got that
sort of money anymore now I’m not
working so let’s try to control
it.
EDDY
How much money have we got?
DAN
Please Eddy, stop it.
EDDY
How much?
DAN
No more, I said STOP!
EDDY
There’s hardly any left, right, if
you’re not going to get any more,
I’m having what’s left.
DAN
You’re not.
EDDY
Come on, please, just one more?
DAN
It’s always one more, then there’ll
be another one and one after that,
where is all this going to end
Eddy, you’re putting us in the
fucking poor house.
EDDY
DON’T DO THIS TO ME!
DAN
What, what am I doing.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

129.

EDDY
You’re torturing me...
Come on, what do you want me to do,
I’ll go and earn some money on the
street if you want, I’ll go and rob
someone, I’ll do anything, please,
just one more.
DAN
I don’t want you to do anything, GO
ON, HAVE THE LAST PISSING PIPE! I’m
not bothered anymore.
EDDY
PLEASE DAN!
DAN
I’m not budging, I’ve said what I
want to do and you are just going
to have top deal with it.
EDDY
Don’t be like that.
DAN
Like what?
EDDY
Like a cunt.
( He kicks the coffee table
away and the gear, pipe and
mirror smash to the floor.)
DAN
Eddy, you’ve fucking cut me.
EDDY
Well, do what I want.
DAN
You bastard, look I’m fucking
bleeding because of your fucking
stupid strops. Why do you keep
doing this?
EDDY
You’re the counsellor, you tell me.
DAN
I hate you sometimes, do you know
that?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

130.

EDDY
Give me some money and I’ll go,
come on, I’ll go right now, IF YOU
HATE ME SO MUCH.
( EDDY stands and grabs a long
sliver of glass from the
floor, he holds it up like a
knife.)
Give me some money or I’m going to
kill you.
DAN
Put that down Eddy.
EDDY
Give me some money Dan!
DAN
Look at what’s going on here, we’re
both a little wired and it’s
getting out of hand.
EDDY
Give me some money!
DAN
Calm down before you do something
you regret.
Put the glass down and look at
what’s going on here, please.
EDDY
Stop all the bullshit Dan! GIVE ME
SOME MONEY, NOW!
( There is a struggle and they
both roll on the floor for a
short moment. In another EDDY
is pushing the glass blade
towards DAN’s neck. Then they
turn and all is still.)
( DAN pushes EDDY off him and
sees blood on his shirt.. The
flat is quite.)
( DAN listens but the glass
has penetrated EDDY’s chest
and there is no life left. He
goes to the kitchen and stands
there looking at the body
before phoning Teresa.)

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

131.

TERESA
Hello
( There is silence on the
line)
Hello, is anyone there?
Dan is that you?
Come on speak to me, what has
happened.
DAN
Teresa?
TERESA
Dan, what on earth is wrong?
DAN
Please come over, don’t tell
anyone, come now.
( The line goes dead.)

SCENE 54 EXT: THE ROSE GARDEN DAY
The sun is shining and the birds are singing. Daniel and
Teresa are planting a new rose bush. Ruth comes through the
gate and approaches them.
RUTH
Daniel, I thought I saw you. I hope
you appreciate how nice the garden
looks.
TERESA
I told you he’d come back one day,
didn’t I?
RUTH
I hope you’re not thinking of
leaving again?
TERESA
I shouldn’t think so, he’s had the
shock of his life, haven’t you?
DAN
Yes. It was a mistake I don’t want
to repeat.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

132.

RUTH
Men, they can never look after
themselves properly.
That’s a nice bush, have you just
planted it?
TERESA
Me and Dan did it last night, after
he got back.
RUTH
It’s lovely isn’t it, it’ll make
this corner of the garden really
come to life.
You’ll look at that in a few years
and remember this day?
DAN
You can say that again.
TERESA
We’re going to dedicate it to an
old friend of Dan’s...
DAN
Are we?
TERESA
Yes, we’ll call it Eddy’s bush.
RUTH
That’s nice, you can remember him
with it.
TERESA
We all can.
The sky is blue and the all appears good in their world, for
the time being.....
The End
C: THE DOGBREATHES PUBLISHING
COPYRIGHT DAVID WILLIAM KIRBY

2010