#254: Holding Hands

A short piece for all genders.

[Pause]

[A reaches over and squeezes B’s shoulders]
[They smile, maybe giggle a little.]
[B reaches over and begins to grab A’s hand.]

A: Don’t…

B: What?

A: Just…

B: What?

A: Just don’t…please

B: Are you ok?

A: It’s just…

B: It’s just what?

A: It’s just…

B: Just what… What is it?

A: I can’t…

B: What is it?

A: It feels a little bit…

B: A little bit what?

A: Inappropriate…

B: Inappropriate?

A: Yeah, you know…

B: Inappropriate?

A: I don’t feel it’s appropriate – it makes me feel… uncomfortable.

B: Really?

A: Yes. I’m sorry. I just…

B: Ok.

A: I’m sorry.

B: It’s ok…

A: I’m sorry. I don’t want to make you feel…

B: No. No. It’s ok. Honestly.

A: Look, I’m sorry. I just don’t do that kind of thing.

B: Alright…

A: It’s not just you. It would be same with anyone.

B: Anyone?

A: Yeah…anyone. I don’t do that…

B: Alright…

[Pause]

A: I’ve offended you now.

B: No, it’s ok. I understand.

A: I don’t mean to offend you.

B: You haven’t.

A: I really am sorry. It just feels weird.

B: Nobody minds.

A: I know they don’t. I just…

B: I know… you can’t…

A: I just don’t want everyone to see.

B: I know…

A: …

B: Don’t worry about it.

A: But I am.

B: Look, you either hold my hand or you don’t. It’s not the end of the world!

A: Sorry.

B: Can I do this?

[They put their hand on A’s knee.]

A: Not really…

B: But I can kiss you.

A: Yes.

B: In public?

A: I suppose. As long as it’s…

B: …not too long?

A: Yes. And not too romantic…

B: But I can’t hold your hand.

A: No.

B: Ok.

A: Are you ok with that?

B: Yes.

[A kisses B on the cheek.]
[B smiles.]

B: Thank you.

[A smiles.]

[END.]

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