A Game Called Happiness

A Game Called Happiness

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Dru: A twenty-nine year old woman, married to Taylor. Sweet and caring with a child-like innocence in her outlook on the world.

Taylor: Dru's husband of two years, thirty one years old. Deeply emotional and has a strong sense of right and wrong, though he doesn't always acknowledge it.

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(Dru is sitting on the couch in the living room doing a puzzle in the newspaper and humming quietly to herself. Taylor enters in a rush from SL, briefcase in hand with a coat slung over his arm and his tie loose and askew with a wild look on his face.)

Dru

Taylor?! (Stands as she sees him) Taylor, honey, what's wrong? I thought you were gone for the weekend… your flight left hours ago…

Taylor

(Drops the briefcase and coat and walks over to her quickly, grabbing her up in a hug)

Dru. I'm sorry; I don't know what I was thinking… I just got caught up and next thing I knew--

Dru

(Leaning back to look into his face, confused) Taylor, what are you talking about? What's wrong, what happened? Are you alright?

Taylor

No! (Lets her go abruptly and sits on the couch, forehead in hand) No I'm not alright. I'm anything but alright, I'm horrible, evil, nasty…

Dru

(Sits next to him, obviously puzzled, and puts her hand on his shoulder) Taylor, sweetheart, tell me what's wrong, you're scaring me…

Taylor

(Turns to her with a guilt-stricken look and takes her face in his hands) I'm sorry Dru, I'm so sorry… I love you so much… more than anything, more than life itself… How could I have been so stupid…?

Dru

Taylor? (Her hands move gently to his wrists, holding his hands against her cheek)

(Taylor pulls her to him and kisses her lightly on the forehead, before sighing and closing his eyes letting his hands drop from her cheeks)

Taylor

I've wronged you Dru… so terribly… I don't know what I was thinking. Baby I love you, I do, but I've been so stupid…

Dru

Taylor, tell me what is going on right now… Please, tell me I'm getting the wrong idea…

Taylor

No Dru… you don't have the wrong idea; I just wish you did… (Buries face in hands again) She worked with Sineman and Brooke

Dru

(Leans back, stunned and wide-eyed) No… You mean… All the flowers and the passionate kisses and love-making--

Taylor

My way of covering the guilt…. Proving to myself that I still loved you and only you… That it was just a fling, a minute lapse in sanity… (Turns to her again, grabbing her shoulders) And it was, I'm here now. I know how stupid I was--

Dru

(Stunned and dazed, continuing) All those long nights at work… the business meetings in the middle of the day…. Your trip this weekend… (Brow furrows and she looks at Taylor finally) All of those were--

Taylor

Lies, yes… And I can't tell you how sorry I am… I feel so shitty… I don't want to hurt you... I never meant to hurt you Dru, I love you..

Dru

I lo-- (Closes her eyes and covers her mouth, barely holding back the hitch of a sob)

Taylor

(Wraps his arms around her and pulls her to his chest) I'm sorry. I'm so sorry, love. I never meant for this to happen… I never wanted any of this… (Rocking with her) She was beautiful and made me feel powerful and different… I didn't love her… she was cold and harsh, but she made me want her… It was only lunch the first time I swear; we were discussing a contract between the companies… That wasn't a lie, it was only lunch… But then lunch lead to dinner, and dinner lead to drinking… and that went to--oh God I was so stupid… She just had my brain in the palm of her hand, all my common sense right along with it… I never should have gone with her back to her apartment I know that, but something in me just wouldn't say no and I --

Dru

Stop… (Pushes herself away and stands up) I don't want to hear it…Don't tell me, I don't want to know… (Walking around dazed, talking oddly calmly with a dreamlike quality to her voice) That's right… I don't want to know… I… I don't care. I don't care what you two did together… I don't care how guilty you felt, or how thrilled or secretive you felt when you were with her… or how dirty you felt afterward…

Taylor

(In background) But Dru-- (Reaching for her again)

Dru

I don't care because… because you came back… That's what this is all about right? Our relationship? Its all about honesty…right? Well… it's ok… I forgive you… After all… We've been married two years, and you still chose me over her… That has to mean something right? I know that might seem naïve but… I don't care. It's ok… You confessed and I'm ok…I don't care, don't want to know the details…Now… (Exhales and smiles weakly, tears in her eyes as her voice shakes) Now let's just talk about the weather or something and act like you never broke my heart… Let's play a game of pretend… A game called… happiness… (Her smiles falls and she brings shaking hands to her mouth to cover it)

Taylor

Oh Dru… (Stands up and crosses to her to take her in his arms again) We don't have to pretend. I am happy… Happier than I ever could be… Happier than I should be. I deserve to be yelled at, screamed at, beaten and thrown out… But you didn't do any of that… I love you Dru, I love you so much…

Dru

(Wraps her arms around Taylor and smiles weakly up at him, tears streaming down her cheeks)

I love you too Taylor, more than anything…

Taylor

I'm so sorry sweetheart (Whispered as his own eyes water)

Dru

I know…

(He kisses her gently; cradling her head in his hands, then touches his forehead to hers)

You're so stupid sometimes you know that…? (Dru laughs weakly pressing her head into his shoulder, which quickly turns into a sob and her legs give out causing her to slump against Taylor who slowly lowers them both to a kneeling position before sitting and pulling Dru into his lap)

Taylor

More stupid than you know… What did I do to deserve you, even after all this? (Kisses the top of her head as she cries against his chest and closes his eyes, holding her tight to him against him)