City Love by Simon Vinnicombe

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By Simon Vinnicombe

I suppose like asking him to stick. To by no means depart this room. yet i do know that quickly he'll go away and...
I’m going to ring him that evening. I’m unlikely to jot down whatever down. i would now not even say something. simply hearken to him breathe.

Lucy and Jim are by myself. To the area they appear to be doing okay: they've got jobs, associates, objectives (well, kind of). yet inside of they're drowning. until eventually their probability assembly on a London evening bus ends up in a determined look for redemption, every one during the different. necessarily, even though, their hopes for salvation are dashed as deep-rooted insecurities upward thrust 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 genuine play that may pierce the center of someone who has ever been in love.

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They smile at us as we walk down the canal holding hands. They must know. Lucy He talks to strangers. All the time. Helps women with over-sized suitcases up mountainous stairs. Plays with kids running into our legs at restaurants. And he’s wonderful with all of them. People like him before he even opens his mouth. Jim Take her to the zoo and fall asleep on our tiny patch of grass in Regent’s Park. Steal a kiss in the aquarium by the penguins. Chase her down halls of the Portrait Gallery. We drink warm wine on Parliament Hill on a tartan woolly rug.

He stands and moves away from her as if nervous that she may hear the following. § Jim I can’t look into those eyes any more. I can’t even kiss her any more. City Love Text_Formatted 27/08/2013 12:27 Page 44 44 City Love The idea of. I want the lights out now. If she knew. I don’t feel excited about any part of it. Her skin. Her touch. Makes me feel dead. I picture someone else when I’m. Just to get aroused. Because my body is that dead now. The minute we finish I can’t get far enough away. I know I have to look at her now.

I’ve hurt the one person who I loved completely. Why do I hate her for loving me back? Animal. Animal. Animal. § Lucy (types) I never want to see or speak to you again. Jim reads the message on his laptop. He stands. He falls to the ground. He weeps a little. He thinks about typing. He shuts down his laptop. City Love Text_Formatted 27/08/2013 12:27 Page 47 Act Two Lucy starts to rip at her bedding. Hurling covers, etc. to the floor. She picks up her My Little Pony and starts to rip at it. She tears down the pictures from the wall.

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