[A room in an urban nightmare. JERRY sits on a wooden stool. He is hunched over and has difficulty breathing. MARY’s on the other side of this small room with a pot and a flame.]
-Is it beans again, Mary?
-Bring the salt and pepper over
-I managed to get some bread, Jerry.
-Well done. Where was that?
-You’re not going to like it
-I don’t mind the bins now. As long as it was wrapped
-We’re not beggars.
-We’ve still got this place.
-Don’t you forget it, Mary!
-I need the stool to reach for the plates
-My least favourite part of the day. Could we keep them on the floor?
-You know we can’t. They have to be high up.
-Give me a minute
-Take your time. Although it is only 4 days til Christmas
-Oh shush. Could you hold under my elbows?
-Oh thank you dear.
[MARY helps JERRY to stand. She is too weak and he collapses.]
-Ow. Oh no. Owww.
-I’m so sorry. Are you ok, Jerry? Is it your knees?
-They’re getting worse.
-Will you help?
-Shall we go back to the chair?
-What about the plates?
[JERRY lies on the floor, while MARY retrieves the plates.]
-We could have dinner down here
-On the floor?
-Is it comfy there?
-It’s easier than the stool. My back is breaking
-I think it’s your knees that will break you first.
[JERRY looks offended, but then he breaks out in a smile and then laughter. Uncontrollable laughter. MARY looks puzzled, but then joins him on the floor and starts giggling herself.]
[Through the laughter, we hear…]
-I love you, Jerry.