[DAN and EMMA kiss. She stops him.]
EMMA: Can I ask you a question?
EMMA: Are you just using me to get over her?
[Silence. Dan picks up his glass of wine. Smells it. Sits. He doesn’t look at EMMAjust stares at the floor.]
If you are, just tell me. I’d understand. I mean, it’s understandable. I mean, I wouldn’t judge you or anything. How could I? After what you’ve been through. How could anybody? I just need to know what to expect here. I need to know what we’re doing. [Pause.] So … what are we doing? [Pause.] Dan?
[Pause. EMMA sits next to him. She touches his hand or his knee. DAN continues to stare at the floor.]
Talk to me. [Pause.] Do you want me to go?
DAN: No. No, I don’t want you to go. I don’t know. I don’t know what we’re doing.
DAN: I mean, how can I
EMMA: I’m sorry.
DAN: I can’t even
EMMA: I shouldn’t have
DAN: It’s not even real, you know? It’s like it didn’t even happen. I wake up in the morningevery morningand I can’t remember if it was just a bad dream, a really bad dream, or ... and then I look and she’s not there next to me … the pillow’s empty … maybe she’s just in the bathroom … maybe …
EMMA: I shouldn’t have brought it up.
EMMA: It’s none of my business.
DAN: She left a note. Did you know that?
DAN: She left a note that she was doing it for me.
EMMA: Oh my god.
DAN: For me. Because she knew I didn’t want her anymore.
EMMA: That’s horrible.
DAN: What’s horrible is it was true. I didn’t want her. I was ready to walk away and she knew it. I was gonna wash my hands of the whole fucking thingfind some sane girl and start oversomeone who didn’t play mind games all the fucking timesomeone who didn’t question my every motivesomeone who didn’t scare the hell out of me. You know, there were times I was actually afraid she might kill me. My own wife. I was afraid she might poison the milk or stick me with a steak knife in the middle of the night. Honest to god. I was afraid to go to sleep. [Pause.] Sometimes, I think the only reason she didn’t is she knew this would hurt more. This would stay with me. [Pause.] If you want to go
DAN: I know I’m kind of a head-case right now.
EMMA: Who wouldn’t be?
DAN: I just don’t want to think about it. I keep seeing her in that pool of blood … the way I found her … with her wrists and … it was all over her nightgown … the one I’d bought her for Christmas … her eyes were all glassy … like you see in the movies … like a dead fish … like a dead fucking fish with its wrists slit, but it’s my wife, and it’s real, and I can’t get that picture out of my head. I want it to go away. I want it to go away like a bad dream, but
EMMA: It will.
DAN: It hasn’t yet.
EMMA: Trust me. It will.
[She kisses himthen takes the wine glass from his hands and places it on the table.]
EMMA: You know what you need? A little distraction.
[EMMA kicks off her shoes.]
DAN: A distraction?
DAN: What kind of distraction?
EMMA: The good kind.
[EMMA begins to unbutton her dress.]
DAN: What are you
[She puts a finger to her lips seductivelydon’t argue.]
DAN: I … I don’t know if it’s really the right
EMMA: I got you all worked up asking stupid questions when it wasn’t any of my business, and now I’m gonna make up for it.
DAN: You don’t have to
EMMA: I’m a big girl, DanI know what I’m doing. [She kisses him.] Can I borrow your shower? [He nods.] Give me two minutes.
[She exits to the bedroom. Silence.]
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