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"You were there. And I was there. And suddenly - Im exploring another country - Because I could."

From: The Morning After The Morning After
2 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Male Adult: Any Age GUS
Male Adult: Any Age DREW
 
Setup:
Drew never considered himself bisexual before.

But when he meets his gay gym buddy Gus outside the gym for a drink, one thing led to another and - now two days later they've got a night, a day and another night of fooling around in Gus' bed behind them.

So the morning after their first morning after, it's probably time to have a talk.

CASTING NOTES:
Race, disability, age " all completely open - please feel free to mix it up. It's not an all white world anymore, let the stage reflect that.

In fact, if you want to change the names and gender and make it two women instead of two men, Im OK with that, too.

If theyre young, it means one thing.
If theyre older, it means something else.

Have at it.

The following is the full ten minute play.
 

Scene

Copyright 2017 by Matthew A. Everett




DREW and GUS.

Two guys. In bed. Daylight.

GUS, wide awake.

DREW, asleep, clamped around Gus like an octopus, face somehow buried in the crook of Gus' neck.

DREW stirs, then resettles.

GUS grins.

GUS blows on Drew's hair.

DREW swats at the air unconsciously, resettles.

GUS blows on Drew's hair again, more creatively and mischievously.

DREW swats at the air a bit more consciously, resettles.

GUS playfully sticks a finger in Drew's ear.

DREW bolts awake, flounders, falls out of bed.


GUS

Good morning.

DREW only half-heartedly scowls at Gus, crawling back into bed.


DREW

Good morning.

GUS

Sleep well?

DREW

Until very recently, yes.

Pause.


GUS and DREW look at each other.
OK. Now what?


GUS

So.

DREW

Yeah.

GUS

That happened.

DREW

Yes. Yes it did.

GUS

And kept happening.

DREW

Well, when you're on a roll...

GUS

All night, through the next day...

DREW

Into the next night...

GUS

And here we are.

DREW

The morning after.

GUS

The morning after the morning after.

Pause.


DREW

We were really good yesterday at not talking.

GUS

Yes we were.

DREW

Can we go back to that?

GUS

Indefinitely?

DREW

I'm a little afraid of what I might say.

GUS

Because - ?

DREW

Because I have no idea what I might say.

GUS

And that's a bad thing?

DREW

How many conversations have we actually had?

GUS

Well --

DREW

That didn't involve bench presses or leg presses or squats or deadlifts?

GUS

The gym is the only place we see each other.

DREW

Til the night before last.
'

GUS

So, none then.

DREW

Until the other night, and right now.

GUS

You're not going to claim you were drunk this whole time.

DREW

No. No, I knew exactly what I was doing.

GUS

Yeah, I'll vouch for that.

DREW

You also knew exactly what you were doing.

GUS

So the problem is - ?

DREW

I like you.

GUS

And that's a problem because - ?

DREW

I don't want to screw this up.

GUS

We're on the same page there, buddy.

DREW

I have no idea what I'm doing.

GUS

I beg to differ.

DREW

(is it possible to be bashful?)

Yeah. OK. Thanks. But -

GUS

You meant the talking part.

DREW

Before I met you I was straight. -ish.

GUS

You still are.
Wait, you never - ?

DREW

With another guy, no.
Unless you count jerking off with my best friend back in high school.

GUS

Oh hell no, everyone does that.

DREW

OK then.

GUS

Wow. I'm flattered.

DREW

You should be.

GUS

Wow.

DREW

OK, don't get too impressed with yourself.

GUS

I honestly was not trying to get you in bed. I swear.

DREW

You didn't want to?

GUS

Oh no, I wanted to. But it was a gym buddy fantasy thing. Back of my head. Not a conscious strategy. I don't actively recruit straight guys. It's too much work.

DREW

So you invited me out for a drink because - ?

GUS

Because I wanted to invite you out for a drink.
I like you, too.
I like your sense of humor. I like your politics. I like that you're aware of weird old TV shows like "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd."

DREW

That is pretty gay, though, isn't it.

GUS

I don't think you need to worry as much about accidentally giving that impression anymore.
You're also not hard to look at.

DREW

The way you look at me.

GUS

Oh please tell me I wasn't totally perving on you at the gym this whole time.

DREW

No, not that look. I've seen that look. Not from you. Never from you. This wasn't that look.

GUS

Good.

DREW

You look at me a lot like - like you're trying to figure me out.

GUS

I'm still trying to figure you out.

DREW

But like it's fun. A challenge. Like you're going to like how it turns out. That you won't be bored.

GUS

I like starting my day with you. At the gym.
I wondered if I'd like ending my day with you.

DREW

Me, too.

GUS

So I figured it couldn't hurt to grab a drink with you.

DREW

You don't know the first thing about beer, by the way.

GUS

I don't drink much, I'm a lightweight.

DREW

We could have done coffee, you know.

GUS

Coffee seemed too much like a date.

DREW

Oh.

GUS

Didn't want to freak you out.
The bar is a bit more - communal. Crowded. Noisy.

DREW

Why a sports bar?

GUS

Hey, I like that bar.

DREW

I do, too. It's just -

GUS

The least gay place I could think of.

DREW

You didn't want to freak me out.

GUS

Exactly.
I wanted it to be - a drink. Just a drink.

DREW

Well, we managed to screw that up.

GUS

Yes, we did.

DREW

So.

GUS

Yeah.

DREW

Now what?

GUS

Up to you.

DREW

Really?

GUS

Really. This was kind of unexpected for me, too, you know.

DREW

(genuinely wondering if it's even possible now)

Can we go back?

GUS

If you want.

DREW

It's just -

Pause.


GUS

(trying to be helpful)

Yeah?

DREW

We just got to a point in the conversation -
The way I looked at you, the way you looked at me -
I mean, I'd thought about it.
You.
Before.

GUS

You had?

DREW

I had.

GUS

I'm honored.

DREW

You should be.
I mean, I never -
Anyway.
You were there. And I was there.
And suddenly -
I'm exploring another country -
Because I could.

GUS

And now you want to go back home again.

DREW

Actually, no. Not really.
I like it here.

GUS

I like it here, too.

DREW

So.
We try?

GUS

We try.

DREW

So. I guess eventually we need to take this out of the bedroom.

GUS

I can make breakfast.

DREW

Breakfast sounds good.

GUS

Can't be expected to survive on energy bars and water.

DREW

Not with all the - activity - going on.

GUS

Yeah.
Now?

DREW

In a minute maybe.

GUS

OK.

DREW

Is it weird - that I'm suddenly not sure what to do with you when we put our clothes back on?

GUS

That's kind of standard weird for where we are.
So I guess that makes it normal.
You dress up nice, by the way.

DREW

I didn't overdo?

GUS

For just a beer? Maybe.
For a first date, you were perfect.
It was part of the reason I knew I was in trouble.

DREW

You looked good, too.

GUS

Yeah?

DREW

Yeah.
You look pretty good without any clothes at all, too, while we're on the subject.

GUS

You made that pretty clear already.
But thank you.

DREW

We're suddenly very polite.

GUS

Yeah, that's weird. We need to stop that.

DREW

Get over here and give me a kiss, you big dumb gym rat.

GUS

Sweet talker.

DREW

Now kiss me again.

GUS

Breakfast.

DREW

Breakfast can wait.

They'll be at this a while.

Lights fade.

End of play.







Copyright 2017 by Matthew A. Everett

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