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And if you were to enter Marlowe's room today, the fact that it is occupied may not be at first clear. Papers on the desk, yes. Books everywhere, some open and others bookmarked, yes. Bed made neatly, yes.

But occupied?

This is because Marlowe is on the ground, back against the wall and (ink-stained) hands pressed together against his mouth as if he is praying.

He isn't, of course.

He is, however, staring out into space with his eye slightly narrowed and very obviously not seeing anything in the room.

Date: 2007-10-23 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] literallyrotten.livejournal.com
"Good grief," says Darren.

Marlowe. Marlowe is writing.

"Look at you."

Date: 2007-10-23 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] no-sin-but.livejournal.com
"I read somewhere, a quote. 'And then you have that poor bloke, rolling around on the ground for days, searching for the right word'." His tone is faintly disgusted.

Date: 2007-10-23 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] literallyrotten.livejournal.com
"You could write on the bed. Be easier on your back."

Darren cannot really hide his pleasure at this turn of events.

Date: 2007-10-23 05:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] no-sin-but.livejournal.com
A quick grin.

"I'm writing at the table. I'm thinking on the floor."

Date: 2007-10-23 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] literallyrotten.livejournal.com
"The difference, I take it, is crucial?"

Darren tucks a pillow under the side of his head so he can peer down at Marlowe. Can't help but return the smile.

Date: 2007-10-23 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] no-sin-but.livejournal.com
There is a long pause.

"Yes."

Date: 2007-10-23 06:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] literallyrotten.livejournal.com
"Yes?"

Catlike, Darren stretches and settles back against the pillows.

"Wonderful. What are you writing?"

Date: 2007-10-23 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] no-sin-but.livejournal.com
Marlowe lets his head fall back against the wall. Still watching him, though.

"A play where all the characters have stories and no names."

Date: 2007-10-23 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] literallyrotten.livejournal.com
"Sounds interesting. Do I know anyone in it?"

He writes people he knows.

Date: 2007-10-23 06:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] no-sin-but.livejournal.com
Amused,

"But they could change."

Date: 2007-10-23 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] literallyrotten.livejournal.com
"Tell me when they change too."

It's Christopher Marlowe. Writing.

Date: 2007-10-23 06:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] no-sin-but.livejournal.com
"What happens if I say 'no'?"

Date: 2007-10-23 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] no-sin-but.livejournal.com
A little more serious now,

"It's..." He gestures, frustrated. "Too soon. Things too new, too uncertain, too fluid - I know not what the king is doing, nor how the world works, for it's not...this world. Something else. Everyone has a story, but it's not always their own..."

The last line is obviously important, the way he says, but he doesn't know why.

Date: 2007-10-23 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] literallyrotten.livejournal.com
"It'll be good."

Darren already wants to read it.

Date: 2007-10-23 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] no-sin-but.livejournal.com
"You and Miniver." It's half exasperated, half fond.

Date: 2007-10-23 06:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] literallyrotten.livejournal.com
"It'll be good," he repeats. It will be.

"Try not to leave me too naked, do."

Date: 2007-10-23 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] literallyrotten.livejournal.com
"If I end up in it. Try not to-"

Darren shrugs.

"Did you ever read my copy of No Exit? The Sartre?"

Date: 2007-10-23 07:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] literallyrotten.livejournal.com
"Plays can strip people."

It's true.

Date: 2007-10-23 08:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] literallyrotten.livejournal.com
"I think that one's special, because it reveals more about the audience than the characters. That doesn't quite make sense. It's just interesting to watch."

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