Part two of The Twist in the Tale series. Part one was When Shall We Dance Again?


(Light rises on Emma sitting on a settee flipping through a catalogue with an armchair on one side and a coffee table in front of her. Sebastian enters.)

 

Sebastian

What the hell are you doing here?

 

Emma

Do you think they all come in leather?

 

Sebastian

My wife is over there; she made me come over to say hello.

 

Emma

Hello.

 

Sebastian

This isn’t –

 

Emma

(Interrupting) If you think I have nothing better to do than follow you around all the live-long-day you really are deluded.

 

Sebastian

Then why –

 

Emma

Shockingly not that many aircraft hangers of furniture in this city. If you and your wife happen to be at this one it’s not my problem.

 

(Sebastian sits.)

 

Sebastian

Christ. (Pause) Are you laughing?

 

Emma

We’re adults. Why don’t we behave like it? (Pause.) What do you think of mauve?

 

(Enter Eric.)

 

Eric

All the way to BHS for a toilet, can you believe? (Pause.) Oh, hey, Sebastian, right?

 

Sebastian

Do I –

 

Emma

My friend Eric. His nephew broke my settee.

 

Eric

That piece of junk –

 

Emma

(Interrupting) It wasn’t junk, it was well loved.

 

(Eric sits beside Emma and puts his arm over the back of the settee.)

 

Eric

This is comfy.

 

Sebastian

Emma and I were just chatting about… upholstery.

 

Eric

Not the fucking leather thing. Did she tell you about the time –

 

Emma

(Interrupting) Not the –

 

Eric (Cont’d)

– she got stuck to the leather seats in my beamer. That sound –

 

Emma

(Interrupting) Twat.

 

Sebastian

I should get back to my wife. You know what women are like.

 

Emma

Dicey.

 

(Pause. Sebastian exits.)

 

Eric

Client of yours?

 

Emma

His wife is. Very anxious to have him off her hands she is.

 

Eric

Affair?

 

Emma

Worse. Boredom.

 

Eric

But you like him. (Pause.) Or you like his bank balance.

 

Emma

Neither is objectionable. How about teal?

 

END


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