By Simon Vinnicombe
I’m going to ring him that evening. I’m not likely to write down something down. i would no longer even say whatever. simply hearken to him breathe.
Lucy and Jim are on my own. To the realm they appear to be doing o.k.: they've got jobs, pals, goals (well, kind of). yet within they're drowning. until eventually their likelihood assembly on a London evening bus results in a determined look for redemption, every one throughout the different. unavoidably, although, their hopes for salvation are dashed as deep-rooted insecurities upward push to the surface.
City Love is an unflinching examine the opposing human wishes for companionship and self-destruction. Sharp observations rework the mundane into the epic during this grim, witty and agonizingly actual play that may pierce the guts of somebody who has ever been in love.
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He smiles. She looks at him. They leap into bed together. They disappear under the covers, frantic movement beneath the duvet, breathless, giggling. A still breathless Lucy emerges from the duvet at the bottom of the bed and slides out. She laughs. § An arm appears from under the bottom of the duvet cover. Lucy is hauled back under the covers. She shrieks with laughter. § Jim starts to do some press-ups. This lasts a while. Jim Dinner tonight. I’m an actual grown-up. Taking a woman. For a meal.
I hear people all day. Never more than ten feet away from other people. Frustrated people. Angry people. Lucy It occurred to me that each time I flush the toilet hundreds of people are doing the same thing at the same time all within a mile radius of me. People. Everywhere. Jim I loved you. Lucy I love you. Jim Can I just . . Can I take a minute. Because . . Lucy I can’t ring my mum. Can’t ring my brother. Can’t ring anyone. Cos it wasn’t just me preparing for a life with you. It was them too.
I say I’m going to take my coil out and try for a baby. § City Love Text_Formatted 27/08/2013 12:27 Page 41 Act Two 41 Lucy moves to Jim. She touches him. He almost flinches. Jim A baby? Lucy I tell him it takes couples our age an average of eighteen months to get pregnant. And then there’s nine months more. Jim So, like. Two years? Two and a half? Lucy kisses Jim. It’s odd. Awkward. Stiff. He tries to respond. They undress as little as possible in order to have sex. Socks still on, etc. It looks what it is, perfunctory.
City Love by Simon Vinnicombe