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"OK, not that you're not lovely and all but... he's not dead, right?"

From: Leave, or The Surface of the World
4 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Male 20s TYSON
Male 20s JONAS
Male 20s NICHOLAS
Male 20s SETH
 
Setup:
Seth is a young Marine serving during wartime. Nicholas is his civilian longtime companion who waits back home. In addition to the strain on their relationship caused by distance and absence, they must hide their love for one another behind code words and secret identities because of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the United States military.

Seth's mother Anne assists them by providing the cover of a woman's handwriting for Nicholas' daily letters, but Nicholas and Seth's resolve is starting to weaken.

Jonas, another young gay Marine in Seth's unit just coming to terms with his identity, forms an intense bond with Seth overseas.

Tyson, a former Army soldier who got fed up with "don't ask, don't tell" and didn't reenlist, now works alongside Nicholas, providing temptation as well as a reality check.

When Seth returns home for an unexpected leave, with Jonas at his side, and post-traumatic stress following him from the battlefield, old relationships are tested, and new ones bloom.

For examples of Jonas and Seth's connection, check the other scenes available here online under the pull quotes...

"Because I'm willing to talk. To help. Just not here. In the middle of a gay porn scenario."

"Be kind to animals. Kiss a Marine."

For examples of Nicholas and Tyson's connection, check the other scenes available here online under the pull quotes...

"If I used what they taught me in the Army, I'd just demand the letter from you at gunpoint."

"I'm not martyring myself. I'm not dying, for crying out loud. It's just sex."

The scene just prior to this between Seth and Nicholas which sets up the concepts underneath this scene is available here online under the pull quote:

"If I'm killed in the line of duty, three Marines will come to my parents house."

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Copyright 2011 by Matthew A. Everett








Emphasis shifts and

TYSON walks out of another part of the dark, in the present.

SETH recedes into the dark of Nicholas' memory as NICHOLAS continues walking by Tyson's side.


TYSON

I thought you'd be running full out by now, or at the very least skipping.

NICHOLAS

There's no point in rushing home. Seth told me when he'd get in. He's never early. Half the time, every time he's coming home on leave, there's some delay or other.

TYSON

You really could concentrate that last hour or so at work?

NICHOLAS

I've gotten remarkably good at distracting myself. Waiting at home, fidgeting, with nothing to do, that I'm still not good at.

JONAS appears, dressed in either a USMC T-shirt of some kind, or the C-Class uniform that Marines wear when visiting home - something other than his haircut that will clue other people in immediately to the fact that he's military. He is preoccupied, distracted by his surroundings, doesn't see the other two at first.


TYSON

Did you order up a spare Marine?

NICHOLAS

No.

TYSON

So I take it you don't know this guy?

NICHOLAS

No.

TYSON

You know you shouldn't be freaking out right now, right?

NICHOLAS

Right.

TYSON

He's not in full dress. There's only one of him.

NICHOLAS

There isn't a van parked with the engine running.

TYSON

Breathe.

NICHOLAS

Could you ask him?

TYSON

Howdy, stranger.

JONAS sees them.


JONAS

Hi.

(recognizes NICHOLAS immediately)

You must be Nicholas.

NICHOLAS

Oh crap.

TYSON

Breathe.

JONAS

I've seen your picture. Seth told me all about you.

TYSON

OK, not that you're not lovely and all but... he's not dead, right?

JONAS

Dead?

TYSON

Seth.

JONAS

What? Oh God, no. Nothing like that. He's just inside.

NICHOLAS

Good, 'cause now I'm gonna kill him.

JONAS

Changing.

NICHOLAS

The one time I actually say out loud, "Oh, he never gets in early..."

TYSON

(to JONAS)

You do realize that a Marine waiting on someone's doorstep is never a good thing. Except in a porn film.

JONAS

I felt weird hanging out inside someone else's house. Sorry.

NICHOLAS

Before I pass out, someone should probably...

TYSON

Breathe.

JONAS

Seth!

SETH

(offstage)

What?

JONAS

They're here!

SETH

(offstage)

Shit!

JONAS

I think you'd better -- (get out here.)

SETH, transformation not completed, not quite military, not quite civilian, enters at a run, barefoot.


SETH

God, sorry. I really thought I beat you home for once and I could -- (get out of this uniform.)

SETH tries to approach NICHOLAS.

NICHOLAS evades him a moment, wired.


NICHOLAS

Jesus!

SETH

Pup.

NICHOLAS

Give me a heart attack, why don't you.

SETH

I'm sorry. Really, truly. I didn't mean to -- (frighten you).

NICHOLAS takes SETH's face in his hands and kisses him.

The two of them show very little sign of coming up for air.

TYSON and JONAS figure this would be a good time to introduce themselves.


TYSON

Tyson.

JONAS

Jonas.

TYSON

Nice to meet you.

JONAS

Same here.

NICHOLAS and SETH surface for air.


SETH

Damn, I'm sorry. This is Jonas. He's in my unit.

NICHOLAS

This is Tyson. He's in my - library.

NICHOLAS and SETH start kissing again.


TYSON

And I think that's my cue to --

JONAS

Yeah, Seth, your Mom's setting up that room for me so I'm just gonna --

SETH

You guys don't have to leave.

TYSON

Yeah, we do.

JONAS

Yeah. I know the way back. No worries.

TYSON

I'll go with you.

JONAS

See you --

TYSON

Later. Much later.

TYSON and JONAS are gone.


NICHOLAS

How did you get in?

SETH holds up a key.


SETH

You still haven't changed the locks on me.

NICHOLAS

You kept the house key with you.

SETH

All around the world with me. It's the one little piece of you I don't have to explain to anyone.

NICHOLAS

Why didn't you tell me you were bringing someone with you?

SETH

I didn't bring him. He just... came along.

NICHOLAS

Well there's still plenty of time between there and here to pick up a phone, isn't there?

SETH

I didn't know how to bring it up.

NICHOLAS

Why? Any friend of yours --

SETH

I know. See, then you would have insisted he stay with us.

NICHOLAS

So? There's plenty of room.

SETH

I don't want to share you, or our home. Call me selfish.

NICHOLAS

So you told your mother.

SETH

Yeah.

NICHOLAS

Cause you knew she'd insist on having him stay with her.

SETH

Exactly.

NICHOLAS

Seeing that guy --

SETH

Jonas.

NICHOLAS

Jonas. It threw me. I thought for a second I'd lost you.

SETH

You don't have to worry about other Marines.

NICHOLAS

Don't I?

SETH

Not Jonas.

NICHOLAS

You never brought home strays before.

SETH

He has no family.

NICHOLAS

He's an orphan?

SETH

They don't accept him. Won't accept him.

NICHOLAS

Not like you do.

SETH

Like we do.
OK, I can see the wheels turning up there. What's that look all about?

NICHOLAS

Are you OK?

SETH

Of course, I'm OK. I'm here. You're here. How else would I be?

NICHOLAS

You just seem...

SETH

Seem...?

NICHOLAS

Squirrelly.

SETH

Well it takes some time to adjust.

NICHOLAS

Right.

SETH

But...?

NICHOLAS

Nothing. You're here. You're safe. That's all that matters.

SETH

All in one piece.

NICHOLAS

I plan to conduct my own full, personal inspection.

SETH

So we should probably get on that.

NICHOLAS

Yeah. We probably should.
You're not going to critique the way I make the bed, are you?

SETH

If I have time to notice how you make the bed, you're not welcoming me home properly.

NICHOLAS

You trying to give me a case of performance anxiety or something?

SETH

Shut up and kiss me.

SETH and NICHOLAS walk off together, hand in hand.






Copyright 2011 by Matthew A. Everett

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