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MEL’s bachelor apartment on Jarvis Street. It is a not particularly luxurious sixties style sofa and chair and coffee table. MEL, CINDY and HADDON stagger through the door. They are drunk and giggling.

MEL. I’ll never forget it.

CINDY. MEL, don’t.

MEL. Why not.

CINDY(gigglilng too) It’s not nice...

MEL. What’s not nice.

HADDON. That little fit wasn’t nice.

MEL. It wasn’t a little fit.

HADDON. What was it then?

MEL. I don’t know.

HADDON. I’ll tell you what it was, a conniption!

CINDY. What’s a conniption?

MEL. It’s bigger than a fit.

HADDON. No, this is him. (He goes into the centre of the room) I don’t care (he acts very effeminate, with a lisp) I don’t care if your name issss Petra Burka!. I don’t care who your mother issss! Thesssee figuresss are not ROUND! They are not ROUND they are EGG SHAPED!

MEL(laughing) Yeah, well, what does he know about eggs. (He sits on the couch with CINDY, HADDON sits in the chair.)

CINDY(hitting him) Mel!

MEL. What?

CINDY. That’s not nice.

MEL. What’s all this stuff about being nice all of a sudden.

HADDON. Auntie Ozzie is not NICE. Auntie Ozzie is a nelly old queen!

CINDY. Haddon, that’s awful.

HADDON. Well it’s true isn’t it?

MEL. It sure is.


MEL. He gives real men like us a bad name. REAL MEN figure skaters.

HADDON. That’s what I mean.

MEL. Honey, can you g et us some scotch?

CINDY. Sure. Where is it?

MEL. In the liquor cabinet. In the kitchen. (He points, drunkenly)

CINDY. Oh yeah, sure. (She goes off. Pause, they sit together on the couch for a minute.)

HADDON. This is serious.

MEL. This is very serious.

HADDON. She’s going to go and take figures with her mother.

MEL. And Ellen can’t teach figures.

HADDON. Well she can teach them. Of course she can teach them.

MEL. But not like Auntie Ozzie.

HADDON. Not like Auntie Ozzie. You won’t see Petra at East York anymore.

MEL. That’s for sure. What a blow to East York.

HADDON. It doesn’t matter. Ozzie can get anybody he wants. I mean who knows she might even come back to him. But I don’t think so. Not after that performance. (He gets up.) I mean he skipped. He literally skipped over to the boards, like this... (He gets up and does a little effeminate dance waving his arms.) PETra! PETra!. Look at this EDGE!. Come look at this EDGE right NOW!

MEL(in hysterics) That’s priceless. That’s really priceless Haddon. You do him
really well.

HADDON(more flouncing) I hope not TOO well. Skipped! Skipped!

MEL. Stop it, stop it, I can’t stand it! (They collapse together on the couch laughing. HADDON starts to tickle him. ) don’t do know I’m ticklish no, I can’t take it when you do that-- Haddon NO. Stop no ---

HADDON. What. (he stops.)

MEL. I’m serious. Don’t do that.

HADDON. Why not? (He launches an another attack) why NOT


CINDY (standing at the door with the drinks, smiling). What’s going on?

MEL. Haddon’s tickling me. Stop it. Stop it. I said stop it.

HADDON. No, I won’t I WON’T

MEL. No no...I can’t take it

CINDY(good naturedly laying the drinks down) He turns into jelly when you tickled him.

HADDON(stopping suddenly) He certainly does.

CINDY (sitting down in the chair with her drink). Sometimes he cries like a baby when you tickle him.

HADDON. Yes. (pause) How do you know.

CINDY I know. (She and HADDON hold each other’s gaze for a moment. HADDON launches a surprise attack.)

HADDON. All the more reason to DO IT!

MEL AGHGHG! (They roll around on the couch together for a minute. CINDY watches them goodnaturely but warily.) I won’t sit down. (He gets up.) I won’t sit there anymore. (He gets up and sits on the arm of the chair with CINDY and takes a drink.) Haddon does a wicked Auntie Ozzie imitation.

HADDON . Well he was my teacher.

CINDY. He was?

HADDON. Oh yes. For ten years.

CINDY Ten years. Wow.

HADDON. That’s one way to put it.

CINDY. He taught you everything you know?

HADDON. Well, almost everything. (An uncomfortable pause.)

MEL. So.


MEL. So. We’ve got some news.


MEL. Cindy and me.

HADDON. Oh. News. That’s nice.(Pause, giggling into his drink) Did he pin you?

CINDY. What?

HADDON.Did Mel pin you.

CINDY. What exactly do you mean.

MEL. I think he means like at school, when you’re going with a boy, when the boy really likes you, he gives her his school pin.

CINDY. Oh. Is that what you mean?


CINDY. Well , not exactly.

MEL. Yes exactly. Yes I pinned her.

CINDY(hits him). MEL!

MEL. Well I did. What I’m trying to say is -- well Cindy and I have decided to become (Pause)

HADDON. You mean, ice dance partners?

MEL. Yes. (pause) We’re going to go into the Ontario finals next year.

HADDON Ahh. (Pause) Well. (Pause) When did you come to this decision.

CINDY. Just last night.

HADDON. After last night when you were practicing together.


HADDON. I saw you donig the Paso Doble.

CINDY. Oh, I didn’t know you were still there. I thought we were alone.

HADDON. No, I saw you.

CINDY. Oh. (Pause.)

HADDON. Well, that’s big news.

MEL. Yes, it is.

HADDON. Ahh, Well. (Pause.)

MEL. You don’t seem very happy.

HADDON. Well I’m just surprised.

MEL. We thought you would be, didn’t we honey?

CINDY. Yes, we did.

HADDON(pause) And drunk...I’m a little drunk.

CINDY. We’re all a little drunk.

HADDON. Yes. (Pause) Well, it’s an interesting decision.

MEL. Don’t you approve?

HADDON. I didn’t say I didn’t approve. (trying to be tactful) But we were talking about Mickey Lamantia.

MEL(embarassed) Yeah, well, we were.

CINDY. You didn’t tell me that.

MEL. We weren’t seriously considering her.

HADDON. We were, actually.

MEL. No we weren’t.

HADDON. I thought we were.

MEL. Well we’re not now anyway.

HADDON. I don’t think we should completely dismiss Mickey.

MEL. HADDON. I TOLD you. It’s going to be CINDY and ME. ME and CINDY.

HADDON. Well you seem to have made your decision.

MEL. Yes we have (putting his arm around CINDY) Micky’s all wrong anyway.

HADDON. What’s wrong with Mickey?

MEL. She skates like a boy. (He giggles) She looks like a boy too.

HADDON. She’s very athletic.

CINDY. You mean I’m not? (Pause. MEL gets up and paces.)

HADDON. I didn’t say that. I simply said she was athletic. And precise. She’s a very precise skater. (pause)

CINDY. And I’m not?

MEL. Mickey’s only sixteen years old.

HADDON. All the more reason. All that potential. If she can skate like that at sixteen, then --

MEL. She’s too short.

HADDON. You should have someone short.

CINDY(she stands up). Are you saying I’m too tall?

HADDON. I’m not saying that Cindy. I’m just saying I think Mel should dance with someone who is short.


HADDON. It makes him look taller. More in control.

CINDY. And you don’t think he’s in control with me?

HADDON. Cindy, I don’t understand why you’re being so sensitive. I’m just being a professional. That’s why they call people like me professionals. Because that’s what we are.

MEL. Look, I’m going with Cindy, and that’s that, allright?

HADDON. Allright. (Pause) Jesus, I don’t know what everyone’s getting so irritated about.

MEL. Well I don’t think you’re being very nice.

HADDON. I’m just looking at all the options. It’s nothing against Cindy. But if you’ve made your decision, that’s fine.

MEL. We’ve made our decision.

HADDON. And there’s no going back on it.

MEL(firmly) NO. (Pause.)

HADDON. And you want me to be your pro.

MEL/CINDY (together) Of course

MEL. Of course we do.

HADDON. That’s what I thought. Well of course I’ll be your pro. I’d love to prepare you for the finals.

MEL. Good. That’s great.

CINDY. Yes, Haddon, I’m honoured. (pause.)

HADDON. Well then, I hope you won’t mind

MEL. Mind what --

HADDON. Excuse me MEL, but I didn’t finish my sentence.

MEL. Sorry.

HADDON. It’s allright.

MEL. You were saying.

HADDON. I was saying, I hope you won’t mind if a make a little suggestion.

MEL. A suggestion? (He looks at CINDY) No, I don’t think so. Do you mind Cindy?

CINDY. Well -- no.

MEL. No, we don’t mind.

HADDON(irritated by this confab). Good. Well I just have a little suggestion, just to get things rolling. Cindy, I hope you won’t mind?

CINDY. Well no.

HADDON. I mean if I’m going to be your coach, we might as well start now.

MEL. When we’re all completely drunk.

HADDON. Well if you don’t want my advice --

MEL. I didn’t say that --

CINDY. No Haddon, no, I mean sure, if you wnat to give me some advice, sure, I’ll take it. I’m sure we’d both like to hear any advice you’ have.

HADDON. Okay.(pause) Well before we even start, taling about the skating, Cindy, I think you should do something about your hair.

CINDY. My hair?

MEL. What about her hair?

HADDON. Don’t you know?

MEL. No, I don’t know. What’s wrong with her hair.

HADDON. Well it’s all wrong.

CINDY. What’s wrong with my hair.

HADDON. Well, it’s too high, for one thing.

CINDY. To high?

HADDON. Yes, it should be flat.

CINDY. Flat.

HADDON. Yes flat. The way it is it generally ads to your...tallness.

CINDY. Oh, I see. (pause)

MEL. I don’t.

HADDON. You don’t?

MEL. No, I think her hair is fine.

HADDON. Well, it’s not.

MEL. Anyway, she just got it done.

HADDON. I can see that. It doesn’t matter.

MEL. It was done by Joseph Bobyk.

HADDON. Oh, I see.

MEL. Yeah, he does all the stars.

HADDON. I know who he is.

CINDY(weakly). He does all the hair for Spring Thaw.

HADDON. I know what he does.

MEL. Listen Haddon --

HADDON. I don’t really care who did her hair. The point is that it’s wrong and she should get it fixed.

MEL. Haddon, I’m telling you --

HADDON. Unless, of course, you want your future dance partner in the Senior Ontario Figure Skating Finals to look like a poodle. (pause)

CINDY(aghast). A....poodle?

HADDON. Yes, a poodle.

MEL(angry) Jesus Christ, Haddon.

CINDY. You think...(She stands up) you think my hair makes me look like a...a poodle?

HADDON. Yes, Cindy, I do.

CINDY. Well then maybe...maybe you should think about Mickey Lamantia for a skating partner then, because(near tears) at least she doesn’t that! (She throws down her drink and runs out)

MEL(running after her) Cindy Cindy --

CINDY(offstage) Leave me alone! (Door slam, tears behind the door. Long Pause. MEL stands with his back to HADDON.)

MEL. Well Haddon.


MEL. You’ve really done it now.

HADDON. Sorry.

MEL. Are you?


MEL. I don’t think so,

HADDON. How do you know?

MEL. Because... well because... that was....not a very nice thing to say. (pause)

HADDON. It was the truth. (pause)

MEL. You know what?


MEL. What you said sounds like....(he turns) it sounds like something Auntie Ozzie would say.

HADDON. Are you serious?

MEL. Yes.

HADDON. I don’t think he’d ever say anything like that.

MEL. You know what I mean.

HADDON. I don’t think I do.

MEL(turning around) Why are you being so mean to her?

HADDON. I’m not being mean, I’m just --

MEL. Cut the CRAP Haddon. You’ve never liked Cindy.

HADDON. That’s not true.

MEL. Yes it’s true. From the first time I met her you’ve been saying things about her planting little doubts in my brain --

HADDON. I don’t mean to --

MEL. Yes you do. You’ve been deliberately trying to break us up, and not just as skating partners, but as a couple.

HADDON. You’re crazy.

MEL.No I’m not.

HADDON. Yes you are. (MEL suddenly takes a somewhat athletic leap across the coffee table and lands on the couch beside HADDON. He pushes him down on the couch and climbs on top of him, so that he is straddling his chest.) Hey what are you --

MEL(covering his mouth) I know what you’re up to. I know what’s on your mind. I know what you want. You want this don’t you. (He thrusts his pelvis in HADDON’s face.) You want this, don’t you? (HADDON shakes his head, terrifed) Come on say it. I want to hear you say it. (He slaps HADDON’s face with his free hand) Say it. (slap) Come on. (slap) I want to hear you say it. (slap) We both know it. We both know what you want. (slap) I want to hear you say you want it. (slap) Now I’m going to take my hand away, and you’d better tell me you want it, or you’re going to get slapped again, you hear me? You hear me? (HADDON, wimpering, nods yes. MEL slowly takes his hand away.) Now say it.

HADDON. lies there panting, looking up at MEL.)

MEL. I knew you did. (For a moment, MEL sort of waves his pelivis in HADDON’s face. HADDON looks up at him, frightened and aroused. Time seems to stop for a moment.) I just knew it. And you know’re never going to get it. Or then again, you might...if you’’re a really good boy, and you’re really nice to Cindy. You hear me? You hear me?


MEL. Good. (He climbs off of him, and stands with his back to him.) Now get the fuck out of here. (HADDON sits up, shakes his head, and looks at Mel.)

HADDON. Mel --

MEL. I SAID GET THE FUCK OUT. (HADDON slowly stands up and slinks out the door. Pause. The bedroom door opens and CINDY carefully pokes her head out the crack.)


MEL. Yeah.

CINDY. What happened.

MEL. I gave him what for.

CINDY. What did you do?

MEL. I told him not to insult you again.

CINDY. You didn’t have to do that.

MEL. Yes I did.

CINDY(after a pause) Well, it wasn’t a very nice thing for him to say --

MEL. No, he was being a sarcastic prick.

CINDY. I guess he was a bit. (Pause) Are you okay?

MEL(snapping out of it). I’m fine.

CINDY. Are you sure? You just seem a little.

MEL. What?

CINDY. A little vulnerable, or something.

MEL. I’m not vulnerable.

CINDY. Okay I just.

MEL. I’m not fucking vulnerable.

CINDY. I’m sorry.

MEL. Come here.(He grabs her violently, and kisses her.) Oh honey.

CINDY. What is it?

MEL. Oh honey. (He picks her up and carries her over to the couch)

CINDY. What are you doing --

MEL. Oh shit. (He rips open her blouse, starts to kiss her breasts as the lights dim). Oh honey. Jesus honey....fuck.....fuck...honey...oh...honey