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"We were particularly impressed by the vivid world of the play and by [the] characterization and dialogue."


"No, Tony, you're afraid! You have no idea what it's like to be desperate."

 

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An Excerpt from The Naz, by Tim Marks

© 2003 Tim Marks. All rights reserved.

Act I, Scene Seven

It is the next morning. John Delaney sits in the study with a file on his lap. Robert Gomez enters in his wheelchair.

Gomez

You got breakfast okay, John?

John

I ate, yeah!

Gomez

The others are eating now. I could never eat after a skinful.

John

Yeah, but you're not me, are you, son?

Gomez

Are you going to get violent, John? Because I can't have that.

John

I don't beat up cripples, but maybe it's time I started!

Gomez

Of the three, I would have thought you would be least affected by the file. Most of it is public record.

John

That doesn't mean you have the right to it.

Gomez

Of course it does. How can I help if I don't know what you need?

John

There's personal stuff in here about my family. You didn't get that from public records.

Gomez

I could afford to be very thorough, so I was. I paid a company to find out all there was to know about you and the others. I had to be sure you were the right John Delaney.

John

You could have found that out with a fucking birth certificate. There's a file on Charlie Hoban there, why?

Gomez

I was interested in finding out what happened to him. What's interesting, John, is you never read his name out to Sean.

John

Do yourself a favour, Gomez, and don't confuse what I did with my being allied with you. I did it for Sean.

Gomez

If you say so.

John

I might change my mind about beating cripples if you keep acting like I'm in this with you!

Gomez

There'll be no violence, John. No matter what.

John

I take it you've people to stop it, you've people to do everything else for you.

Gomez

I'm trying to get my mind clear on things, John. You might do the same if you were in my position.

John

What position is that, exactly? Because from where I'm sitting, you seem to be doing alright for yourself. You've everything a man could desire - you've people to wipe your arse!

Gomez

Things aren't as they seem.

John

Hold on a second while I pull out my violin. Will a quick verse of "Nobody's Child" do you?

Gomez

You remember that song too?

John

I remember a lot of things, which is why I'm here, but just how much do you remember? And what exactly are you trying to forget?

Gomez

I am trying to remember everything. Do you think all the things I have have bought me peace?

John

Not sure I care! They've bought you the ability to lord it over people like me, something I'm guessing you never had in the Naz.

Gomez

Is that what you think I'm trying to do? You could not be more wrong. I want to make things better for us.

John

Why "us"? Why not everyone else you spied on?

Gomez

Because you're the ones who need it the most. The others are all pretty settled in their lives. Ryan's a vicar, he turned his back on Catholicism, joined the Church of England. He's married with two kids, lives in Suffolk, as far as I can tell he doesn't still wet the bed. Charlton is gay, in a long term relationship, he's a book editor. Sam gets married a lot, he lives in America, as far as I can tell he makes his living liberating things from people, antiques mainly. Tony Doone is an engineer, he's had some mental problems, but he's on medication which he takes religiously, something that pleases his second wife.

John

So we're the fuck ups you feel sorry for?

Gomez

I'm not going to try and change your mind John, not with words anyway. I understand you're in danger of going back to prison?

John

If it's in my file it must be true!

Gomez

I can help. A reference from me, coupled with a job and settled housing, would go a long way to getting you probation.

John

There's no fucking way I get probation!

Gomez

A good lawyer, and someone like me showing an interest in you. Come on, John, how many times have you seen the sons of the rich go free for doing exactly the same thing you were arrested for? Theft and vandalism, John. We can make reparations, replace what you stole. What Judge is going to send you down after you do that?

John

You think you have me by the balls, don't you? Do you think another two year inside will kill me?

Gomez

It will be two years plus the remainder of your last sentence, which is another three years. I'm serious about giving you a job, or, if you can't find anything with my organization, then I'll do all I can to get you placed somewhere else.

John

And what is it you think I'm qualifed to do in a computer company?

Gomez

You could run a warehouse, be involved in despatch, there's security.

John

So menial shit then?

Gomez

No! I'd see you were trained as a manager. This is not just me doing you a favour. You're smart and resourceful. You did well at school if you remember. Let me help, John?

John

And all I need do is cooperate with you?

Gomez

Well Jo...

John

Don't get me wrong - I've no problem with doing that. I don't want to go back inside, but I don't know what it is you want.

Gomez

Just as I said: help me with remembering. No matter what you decide to do I will help you. I just need one less person to justify myself to this weekend.

John

What about Sean? Do I tell him about Charlie? Because that don't feel right to me.

Gomez

I think he should know, but I'll leave that up to you.