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Doing Well Together
by Alosha Robinson
Doing Well Together
by Alosha Robinson
Cast of Characters:
Dwave is very unsure. Dwave badly hopes they’re doing at least an
okay job, they hope they’re nice and talented and useful. Lately,
Dwave is really wondering why they’ve never done a single thing in
Renny is really dying. Renny feels horrible, and they also feel the
corners of their life caving in on him without asking permission.
Lately, Renny can't really see what's the point, and sometimes that’s
pretty funny to them but usually it just makes them want to lay in
bed but not fall asleep.
Baper is working hard. Baper has thought a lot about the best way to
live, and they are mostly satisfied with the complex but sensible
formula they’ve learned to funnel his humanity through. Lately, Baper
thinks they’ve been helpful, and they hope someone would tell them if
They say misery loves company,
but I think everyone loves company.
The First Scene
DWAVE and RENNY are playing their favorite ball
game with a big bright round red ball. They catch
the ball, they toss the ball, it is absolutely the
thing that friends like them do.
RENNY is laying on his back on his mattress. Their
are boxes of meal strewn around him. He catches
the ball from the bed, still on his back.
For me, my experience has just become this horribly
blurry, ache. Incessant blaring, bleating. And I’m also
always slouching, and smell like garbage and tar ever
since it started. Is it really like that for you? Sorry
if I’m having trouble believing that.
Well, I don’t know! You should shower sometime, buddy,
that’s easy, that’d definitely help.
Oh no yeah, I don’t imagine I’ll ever be taking a
What? Being, um, being serious? Is that a decision
you’re making right now?
Yes. I believe so.
That’s what you want? Never again?
Is it just ’cause I keep, like bossing you around?
Sorry, I can stop asking you to clean yourself-- I just
think it would make you happy.
Oh no, what you say doesn’t make a difference to me. I
just don’t see myself showering.
Oh. Okay. That makes sense I think. That makes sense.
DWAVE has the ball. He thinks about that. He says
a thing that’s a part of the game as he throws it
RENNY catches it. He looks down at the ball, hugs
it to his chest.
You knew you weren’t supposed to catch that. Why did
You out-smarted me again.
Don’t say that, just don’t stretch your arms out next
RENNY stretches his arms out, still holding the
ball. He retracts his arms. He stretches them out
again, retracts them.
Is it that easy? Just don’t do the thing you’re not
supposed to do?
Throw it back.
No. I like to just hold it. Why don’t we just hold
everything silently more?
RENNY laughs. He lays with ball hugged to his
I know that would be easier for me.
But you wanna keep saying what you were saying? About
the feeling of everything being hopeless, and the
corners of your life curling in, caving in lazily to
Suffocate me, not destroy me!
Don’t quote me irresponsibly!
--It’s a joke but the verbiage, I’m-DWAVE
Right, no, yeah, I know, just let me-- I’ve been trying
to tell you how, that I think the idea of everything
you’re saying is all, it’s all relatable. sympathize,
or empa-- empathize-able, which one? You know what I
mean. I smell horrible too, buddy, you know? I haven’t
showered in a bunch of days, keep forgettin’ to wear
socks, and the terrible posture, also! I feel
embarrassed about myself.
I think you look fine.
Thanks, but um, I just-RENNY
Pretty funny, I puked up blood this morning. Bright
red, like a crayon.
Yeah, well.. sorry, sorry man. That’s not funny, it’s..
that’s terrible. Where’d you do it at?
I did it into one of my old shirts. I threw it away
already, it was too flashy for me I never wore it
It’s definitely horrifying that’s still happening, but
it seems like we’ve kind of, um, kinda started coming
to terms with that sort of stuff, now, haven’t we? In a
RENNY laughs not loud.
Or-- how is it for you?
No, yeah, I’m acquainted with it-- it’s still just
blood leaking from my body against my will. Hard to get
completely used to.
Yeah. I guess I’m just trying to look at it from a more
positive angle. Or at least a neutral one. Whenever it
seems like things are going bad with me and the love of
my life, I just try to always keep in mind that we’ve
been there before.
No, I appreciate that perspective. That’s nice.
It’s, you know. I don’t know, it’s healthier than being
negative all the time, at least. From a mental
Sure! Here’s to good health!
RENNY lays in silence, still, thinking. DWAVE
studies RENNY to see what’s up.
I’m, uh, I’m actually kind of worried about how things
are going with the love of my life.
RENNY throws the ball errantly. DWAVE doesn’t
attempt to catch it.
Can you-- can you just take a shower.
Fine. Fuck you.
Cool. Sorry I’m bossing you around again-- is there
something I can do to help you?
I don’t know. I shouldn’t have said fuck at you,
Wait. Does it seem like the only thing I ever ask you
is if I can help you?
Huh, that’s an interesting observation. Now that you
mention it, it does seem like that’s the only thing
I’ve ever heard you say. Why don’t you go ahead and do
something for yourself?
DWAVE sits down at a table, starts working on a
letter he was writing with a quill and ink.
Thanks again for buying me this workspace, by the way.
It’s working great for me.
I’m glad to hear that! It’s not necessary to keep
Dwave? I’ll tell you what sounds lovely right now.
If I give you money, would you do me a favor?
Would you go out and buy some gravy?
You think you need gravy right now, Renny?
Oh, no-- the gravy is for you. The gravy was always
intended to be a gift for you-- what, you don’t want
DWAVE looks at RENNY and thinks about him. He taps
his quill on the paper.
What’s a good word for "sorry"?
Other than sorry?
I don’t know. I think that might be one of those words
that only has one word.
(studying his letter)
I need to change it up. Looks repetitive.
DWAVE thinks about it.
That sounds weird.
"I’m ridden with guilt"?
I’ll just use sorry, it works.
What is it you’re so sorry for?
Kinda having problems with the love of my life.
Right, I recall you saying that!
RENNY starts wriggling up from the bed. DWAVE
RENNY takes off his shirt, turns his back, puts on
a towel. He looks down at his skin.
I think my flesh might be rotting.
(not looking up)
Might have to scrub hard once you get all sudsed up.
I’ll leave it alone. I’m almost certain there are
horrible things beneath my surface, I don’t want to
accidentally expose anything to me.
Hey. Sorry, I don’t wanna be-- is there any way I could
read this to you real quick first?
Well I’m about to take a shower. Like you wanted.
I know, that’s why I said real quick. I just want
input, it’s not long.
Sure, read it.
I can just wait until you shower, I’m being selfish.
No, I’ll hate myself if I don’t hear it this instant.
Please read it to me, I want to listen.
Okay. I was in the wrong too, we both---. Okay, it’s
"My beautiful darling,
I’m really sorry. Whenever we’re apart, I forget
exactly how I feel about you, and I’m real sorry
about that. When we’re hanging out, I always feel
like we should be together all of the time,
because that way I can keep knowing the exact way
how I feel about you, which feels excellent-- but
I don’t want to spend the time we’re actually
spending in the same place so busy thinking about
us that I’m not even there with you, but that
seems like the only time I’m ever able to.
Sorry, but part of me wonders aggressively if I
shouldn’t probably know how I feel about you even
when you’re not in the same place as me. Even if
you’re gone for every forthcoming year, I feel
like I should. Right? Please tell me.
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