Read: Mother knows best?

Troy, a 27-year-old Actor

Mother, a 59-year-old Clinical Psychologist

It is the morning after the night before. Troy arrives at Mothers, looking for tea and sympathy.

Instead Mother opens a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. 

 

MOTHER:  Baby gurl it’s fine that you didn’t call

 

TROY:      I wouldn’t normally just drop in like this

 

MOTHER:  (Pouring Troy another glass of wine) Mother understands

 

TROY:      I knew you would

 

MOTHER:  You know that I’m here for you young ones

 

TROY:      You must think that I’m a mess

 

MOTHER:  I see someone hurting

 

TROY:      I’m more angry than anything else

 

MOTHER:  You’re angry that you’re hurting

 

TROY:      I just feel stupid. I’m sorry to burden you

 

MOTHER:  There’s no reason to apologise

 

TROY:      I’ve been babbling since I arrived

 

MOTHER:  Is it any wonder

 

TROY:      He just wouldn’t speak to me this morning which is a bit rich? He’s the one messing around behind my back and he decides to cold shoulder me?

 

MOTHER:  So, take me back to the fight last night

 

TROY:      Well, it wasn’t quite a fight, I was asking him about Marlon, and he was denying it. Then when I finally came out with it he went quiet. Just totally clammed up, if that isn’t a sign of guilt I don’t know what is? The more I tried to get him to explain himself, the more he went into himself

 

MOTHER:  And he didn’t try to defend himself?

 

TROY:      No

 

MOTHER:  Or blame Marlon?

 

TROY:      No

 

MOTHER:  I see

 

TROY:      When I got up this morning I thought, he’s slept on it, and has had time to gather his thoughts. Now we’ll talk it through, but he gets up, showers, and is out the door without a bye or leave?

 

MOTHER:  Poor baby, I can see why you’re upset. You know I had a feeling this morning that something was going to happen. You know how I get that dull pain between my temples. Plus, Mercury is squaring Saturn, in Capricorn.

 

TROY:      Is that bad?

 

MOTHER:  I’m afraid it is

 

PAUSE

 

TROY:      I feel sick

 

MOTHER:  Have you eaten?

 

TROY:      No, I came straight over as soon as Alex left

 

MOTHER:  Then it’s no wonder you feel sick, drinking Mother’s medicine first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Let me rustle you up some breakfast

 

TROY:      No, I couldn’t eat a thing but don’t let me stop you

 

MOTHER:  I’ve already had my expresso, and 5 Marlboro lights

 

TROY:      (He feigns a smile) guess it’s clear that me and Alex are over

 

MOTHER:  That’s not for me to say dear

 

TROY:      You can’t expect us to carry on after what he’s done?

 

MOTHER:  I expect you to do what’s right for you

 

TROY:      I’m not sure I know anymore

 

MOTHER:  Did I ever tell you about the time I attacked my first boyfriend Jim, with a knife?

 

TROY:      My god!

 

MOTHER:  Okay, it wasn’t quite an attack more a threaten

 

TROY:      Was he cheating like Alex?

 

MOTHER:  Worse, but hold on, we don’t know that Alex, is cheating?

 

TROY:      It’s what Marlon told me. I wish to god that I’d dreamt it, but I heard it from the horse’s mouth.

 

MOTHER:  And Alex denied all knowledge of having gone out with Marlon?

 

TROY:      He said that it was just ‘a thing’

 

MOTHER:  I need another glass to help me think straight

 

                     He pours himself another glass and offers to refresh Justin’s glass but Justin refuses

 

MOTHER:  Don’t be afraid to feel what you’re feeling. You might need to rebalance your root chakra

 

TROY:      All I can feel is anger

 

MOTHER:  Good, it means you care. But I’m still intrigued as to your piece in the puzzle

 

TROY:      How do you mean?

 

MOTHER:  I wanna know what’s going on for you?

 

TROY:      For me?

 

MOTHER:  Yes, it’s interesting that you picked last night to start such an important conversation

 

PAUSE

 

MOTHER:  Work with me, we all know that Alex is a stickler for going to bed early, and yet you decide to have a heavy discussion

 

TROY:      You don’t know him. Sometimes I have to wait until he has finished all his school work, and unwinds before I can get any sense out of him

 

MOTHER:  You’re missing the point

 

TROY:      Surely the point is my boyfriend has a fuck buddy that he forgot to tell me about

 

MOTHER:  MMmm

 

TROY:      MMmm? Mother you’re supposed to be on my side

 

MOTHER:  And I am, which is why I’m trying to get you to observe your actions

 

TROY:      I was trying to get to the truth!

 

MOTHER:  True, but we need to pick our moments

 

TROY:      Anyone would think that it was all my fault

 

MOTHER:  It takes two to Tango

 

TROY:      I’m the one whose……..

 

MOTHER:  Try some active listening, I’m just saying that maybe the situation could have been handled differently

 

TROY:      Fine. I could have handled it better. But it’s done now, finished, game over

 

MOTHER:  And here’s something else to consider. Maybe it’s for the best

 

                     Troy looks stunned at what Mother just said

 

TROY:      Do you think so?

 

MOTHER:  I do

 

TROY:      Wow, I wasn’t expecting that

 

MOTHER:  No, you were probably expecting the poor Justin speech, about what a dog Alex is, and how he’s disrespected you

 

TROY:      I thought maybe….

 

MOTHER:  And what a bitch Marlon is for doing that behind your back. Then we’d probably go on and decide to completely blame Marlon and get Alex off the hook. No, I think Marlon, and Alex have done you a favour

 

TROY:      Really?

 

MOTHER:  Yes

 

TROY:      Why?

 

MOTHER:  Where do I start? Well for one Alex is way too old for you

 

TROY:      There’s seven years between us that’s not…..

 

MOTHER:  Plus, you’ve always said that Alex is your first serious boyfriend

 

TROY:      That’s true but……

 

MOTHER:  So, it’s obvious

 

TROY:      What is?

 

MOTHER:  That you need to play the field a bit before settling down

 

PAUSE

 

TROY:      You really think so?

 

MOTHER:  Absolutely

 

TROY:      (Disappointed) oh

 

MOTHER:  So that’s that settled.

 

TROY:      Erm….

 

MOTHER:  You said that you were staying at Tunde’s tonight well that’s a good move. Get away from Alex, don’t spend another day under the same roof as him

 

TROY:      But….

 

MOTHER:  No buts chile. Move out, and don’t look back

 

SILENCE

 

MOTHER:  Are you sure you don’t want any more wine?

 

PAUSE

 

TROY:      I’m speechless

 

MOTHER:  There’s really nothing else to say

 

TROY:      Move out?

 

MOTHER:  Immediately

 

TROY:      I was just going to stay at Tunde’s, and

 

MOTHER:  And have Alex come running after you and beg you to come back? No, listen to Mother, Mother knows. Leave him!

 

TROY:      But what about Alex?

 

MOTHER:  What about him?

 

TROY:      He’s no good on his own

 

MOTHER:  Well he should have thought about that before he started messing around behind your back

 

TROY:      I don’t think you’re being fair

 

MOTHER:  I’m only going on what you’ve told me

 

TROY:      Yes, but there’s more to Alex than that

 

MOTHER:  He’s a cheater, a two-timing adulterer

 

TROY:      Don’t say that

 

MOTHER:  But you said………..

 

TROY:      I said a lot of things. Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m saying let alone thinking. I feel confused. He’s not perfect I’ll be the first to say that but he’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I’ve learned more from him in our first six months than all the other guys I’ve known put together. Yes, he’s got his ways, but he doesn’t mean any harm. He doesn’t even know what he’s doing half the time he’s so caught up with his school work. He really cares about those kids, and I care that he cares. Who’s going to care for him if I move out? Who’s going to make sure that he remembers to eat when he has all that marking to do? Or take him away for a weekend to recharge when he’s exhausted? No, you’re wrong Mother, normally I respect your judgement but this time your way off beam. I know that our situation looks bleak but there’s got to be a way forward. I’m not going to throw away our five years together fuck buddy or no fuck buddy

 

MOTHER:  Are you quite finished?

 

TROY:      Yes, I think I’ve said all I want to say. I can’t believe this, normally you’re so empathetic, and yet here you are hating on Alex! Well I’m not having it. Not until I’ve got him to open up, and fully heard his side of the story

 

MOTHER:  Well, if that’s how you feel

 

TROY:      It is

 

MOTHER:  Fine

 

TROY:      I’ve taken up enough of your time

 

MOTHER:  If you say so

 

TROY:      I’ll get me coat

 

                   Troy leaves the room to get his coat

 

MOTHER:  (Quietly to himself) mother you’re a genius!

 

                    Troy returns

 

TROY:      I’m going then

 

MOTHER:  Okay hon

 

TROY:      (Searching his pockets) Have I got everything?

 

SILENCE

 

TROY:      Did you really mean all those things you said about Alex?

 

MOTHER:  What things are those dear?

 

TROY:      That I should leave him immediately

 

MOTHER:  No

 

TROY:      Then why……

 

MOTHER:  I needed to know how you really felt about him. You arrive here this morning saying that you hated him. Then you end up by defending him. You wouldn’t even join me in trashing him

 

TROY:      You deliberately….

 

MOTHER:  I deliberately wanted to know how you felt, and it seems to me honey child that you still love that man. And when we love someone as fine as Alex we need to fight for them

 

TROY:      But…

 

MOTHER:  No buts! Go and talk to him, go and hear his side. Then decide if your relationship is worth saving

 

TROY:      (Relieved, and close to tears) mother, I don’t know what to say

 

MOTHER:  Sometimes words are not necessary. Now hug Mother and run along

 

They embrace, and Troy exits

 

MOTHER:  (Smiling to himself) I think that deserves another glass of wine. My work here is done

 


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Troy doesn’t have a recent thumbnail because:
 A) He’s wanted in seven states
B) He looks like Quasi-modo
C)  He’s shy
D) He’s an aspiring writer who prefers to be invisible so that he can people watch