GUILTY by Joel Kaye
HERMAN AND GERTRUD STAND EITHER SIDE OF THE STAGE, EACH HOLDING A GLASS
- HERMAN Oh, look! There she is.
- GERTRUD Oh, it’s him.
- HERMAN Always the guilty look.
- GERTRUD I shouldn’t have looked at him.
- HERMAN Because she knows it is forbidden.
- GERTRUD Oh, well. A non-committal smile.
GERTRUD SMILES AT HERMAN
- HERMAN With that look she’s trying to pretend it’s nothing.
- GERTRUD He’ll come over, and what will I say?
- HERMAN One day I may say what’s on both our minds.
- GERTRUD If only I hadn’t encouraged him previously.
- HERMAN I don’t suppose she’d ever dare.
- GERTRUD Then I wouldn’t be feeling like this now.
- HERMAN She daren’t say, but the look says it all.
- GERTRUD I feel hot.
- HERMAN I’ll be delicate. There are other people around. I’ll say, You look a little warm. Shall we step outside?
- GERTRUD It’s so difficult in this room, with everyone else here.
- HERMAN Then we could both give way to the passionate, unspoken desire that burns between us. At last!
- GERTRUD But I must tell him what a bloody bore he is, going on and on about nothing every time we meet.
HERMAN WALKS OVER TO GERTRUD
- HERMAN I know you have something to say to me.
- GERTRUD Oh yes! At last.