#93: Scenes from an Emotional Life (Part 4)

IRIS:
are you going to take your clothes?

FREDDY:
they need to dry

IRIS:
could you take them out the machine and hang them up?

FREDDY:
I thought you were going to do it

IRIS:
only if you weren’t here

FREDDY:
you said you’d do it
while I was at work

IRIS:
but you’re not at work

FREDDY:
I got off early

IRIS:
yes

beat

I’m not spelling it out

I shouldn’t have to

it’s a washing machine
there is no need to be afraid

are you worried you’ll get it wrong?

FREDDY:
don’t be ridiculous

IRIS:
do you know how it works?
did you forget
do you want me to go over it
how each individual part functions
what makes it choke
on soap
and detergent
how it shakes
and agitates
do you understand
how much water tumbles through
every drum
every load
read through several microcontrollers
a small computer on a single integrated circuit
containing
processor core
memory
programmable input/output peripherals

do you want me to go on?

FREDDY:
You think you’re clever

IRIS:
it’s better to hang it up
that’s the clever thing to do

FREDDY:
I don’t like you today, Iris

IRIS:
I love you too

IRIS kisses FREDDY

IRIS:
I forget

FREDDY hangs up laundry.

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