In The Beginning of The End, Troy confronted Alex about trust in their relationship. It didn’t go well . . .
Alex, a 32-year-old Teacher
Marlon, a 30-year-old Car Mechanic
It is the morning after the night before
Alex has gone to Clapham Common, knowing that it’s where Marlon goes to Jog.
He hides behind a tree, and watches Marlon run his usual circuit, then steps out as he approaches
Marlon looks startled to see him. He hesitates, then turns and runs away
Alex takes after him
ALEX: Marlon stop!
Marlon stops running. Alex walks towards him then rushes him, knocking him to the ground, and sitting on top of him
MARLON: Get off me
ALEX: Start talking
MARLON: What you on about?
ALEX: Don’t act the fool
MARLON: I said get off me
ALEX: What you been saying to Troy?
ALEX: I swear if you don’t stop . . .
MARLON: What you gonna do beat me?
ALEX: Stop acting crazy
MARLON: (He stops struggling, and smiles) I like you sitting on me, it’s like old times
ALEX: (Grabbing him by the throat) why did you do it?
MARLON: (Pushing his hand away) Man gone crazy for true!
ALEX: What made you say that to him?
MARLON: Is this about that little boi you’re seeing?
Alex raises his fist to strike but Marlon being stronger flips him over and ends up sitting on him
MARLON: I was always stronger than you. You should try going to the gym yourself, instead of sending your boi there to beef up.
ALEX: Tell me why you lied to him?
MARLON: (Leaning in, as if to kiss him) You’re horny when you’re angry. You’re outta of shape, but I still would
ALEX: Get up!
Marlon doesn’t move
ALEX: Why would you do such a stupid thing?
MARLON: Remember how we used to be?
ALEX: That was in another life
MARLON: I remember how you liked the ting, liked it good
ALEX: That was then, this is now
He struggles, eventually Marlon gets off him and tries to help him to his feet. But Alex pushes his hand away
MARLON: Is this what love do, make a man mad?
ALEX: You’ll never know what love is
MARLON: I think I’m glad
ALEX: Stop fucking around and tell me why you lied to Troy?
MARLON: Because I could
ALEX: You twisted fuck!
MARLON: Eh, eh language. It wasn’t like that.
ALEX: What was it like?
MARLON: I said it as a joke
ALEX: Who jokes like that?
MARLON: We were talking about the wedding, and I said it wouldn’t stop me having fuck buddies. And he said like who? So, I said fuck buddies like Alex! It was just a joke but his face, his face was a picture! I knew it burned him
ALEX: And you enjoy hurting people
MARLON: I swear, as god is my witness it was just a joke. But his face . . .
ALEX: If you knew he was hurt why didn’t you tell him the truth?
MARLON: I was in shock
MARLON: Shocked that I enjoyed having that power over him
ALEX: What has Troy ever done to you?
MARLON: I know, me and you dun from time, and here was this boi still believing that we were doing a ting
ALEX: No, you fool, it’s not because he thought we were still doing a ting
MARLON: Then why him face drop so?
ALEX: It’s about trust, it’s one of his big things. Why am I even trying to explain?
MARLON: Because love turn you fool, It’s why you’re here early marnin
Alex turns and starts walking away
MARLON: Wait up
He follows after Alex
ALEX: (Half speaking to himself) all night he was building up to it, and I didn’t even think about you, why would I? He kept fishing and going round and round, and I’m such a dick I didn’t catch on.
MARLON: What you talking about?
ALEX: You, you fucking idiot you’ve ruined everything
MARLON: Language! I can’t broke up what’s already broken
ALEX: What’s that supposed to mean?
MARLON: It means don’t come running to me crying if your man don’t trust you
ALEX: I’m here because you told him a fucking lie
MARLON: Can we stop with the language?
Alex walks up to him so that he’s in his face
ALEX: I’ll stop with the language when you stop fucking with my relationship
MARLON: For the last time, it was a joke
ALEX: Yeah, we’re both in hysterics
MARLON: What you gonna do?
ALEX: What am I going to do?
MARLON: I’ll talk to him when I next see him in the gym
ALEX: Thank you! At last we’re getting somewhere. What you going to say to him?
MARLON: That it was a joke
ALEX: Could you just expand on that a little bit please
MARLON: That it was a joke, and that we are not fuck buddies, although we were
Alex looks at him and shakes his head
MARLON: You never complained
ALEX: Bye Marlon, carry on with your jogging, or whatever else you do to keep your mind off sex
MARLON: That’s the difference between us
MARLON: I’m not uptight about sex. I was never “we can only have sex here” or “at this time”. Or when “Mr Alex has finished his school work”
ALEX: You finished?
MARLON: Man, I ain’t even started
They pass a park bench. Alex, sits down
ALEX: What is wrong with everyone?
MARLON: Maybe it’s not everyone, maybe it’s you
MARLON: I just want you to know that if you ever want to start up again
ALEX: Yes, I’ve got the message. Oh, by the way how is Dwayne the man you’re about to marry?
MARLON: Don’t try that bullshit, Dwayne knows what he’s getting into
ALEX: Course he does, what was it Troy said? Something about not eating at the same table or at the same lunch time or something stupid
MARLON: Some people too clever for dem own good
ALEX: (Standing up) Just promise me you’ll talk to Troy
MARLON: And get you off the hook?
ALEX: To clear up the mess you’ve started
MARLON: I might
ALEX: You will
MARLON: What’s in it for me?
ALEX: Do you never stop?
MARLON: I remember when you didn’t want me to
ALEX: Oh, please
MARLON: What you too nice now?
ALEX: Just drop it Marlon! I’m with Troy
MARLON: If he already thinks you’re messing around doesn’t that cover us?
ALEX: Are you serious?
MARLON: Like a heart attack
ALEX: There is no us, just forget it
MARLON: One last time, it will be like a wedding present
Do you remember this?
He unzips his tracksuit top to reveal his pecs, and washboard stomach
MARLON: I’m even more chiselled now
ALEX: Are you for real?
ALEX: After all I’ve said?
MARLON: Maybe because of everything you’ve said
ALEX: I don’t get it
MARLON: You over think
ALEX: I’m talking about saving my relationship, and you’re talking about having sex
MARLON: You confuse things, as if everything is linked to everything else
ALEX: It’s called trust Marlon, go and look it up
MARLON: I call it how to complicate tings by pretending we’re doing the right ting
ALEX: And the right thing to you is always doing what you want?
MARLON: I know what I like and how I like it?
ALEX: You haven’t changed one bit
MARLON: It’s my way
ALEX: Even if people get hurt?
MARLON: I’m not responsible for people
ALEX: Shall I unzip now, so we can do it out here in the open?
MARLON: You can come back to mine. Watch me shower, what happens, happens
ALEX: I’m gone! Stay away from me and Troy
MARLON: I thought you wanted me to bail you out
ALEX: I changed my mind. I don’t want anything from you
MARLON: Maybe your boi’s playing you. Making noise about you messing around when maybe it’s him. Have you thought about that? I know dem games, played them myself.
MARLON: Does it really matter who we have sex with as long as we’re honest about it?
ALEX: (Stopping and turning) that’s what he said
ALEX: The guy I want you to stay the fuck away from
Alex continues walking back to his car
MARLON: You know your trouble Alex?
Alex gives him the finger without even turning around
MARLON: You swear too much