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Write What You Know pt. 2
Penny (Barber) is lying on the couch when young Liz (Jordan) enters the living room, coffee cup in hand. "When did you get in?", Liz asks, with Penny's suitcase visible in the foreground. "Late. I didn't want to wake you", Penny replies. "You never answer my texts", Liz complains.
"I was busy. You know how these reading tours are", Penny responds. "You know how I hate how you lie to me", Liz stresses. Penny insists: "It's the truth". "You're a terrible liar", Liz says. "Okay, you got me", Penny admits, sitting up on the couch. "Who is she?", Liz asks. "She's some girl", Penny says. "A fan?", Liz inquires. "My books helped her grieve her parents", Penny claims. "She sounds young", Liz says.
"Not younger than you are", Penny retorts. "Am I not enough?", Liz asks. "You're my everything", Penny states, leaning over to kiss Liz, but Liz turns her head away, saying: "Then why the other women?". "Yeah, I never lied about it...", Penny begins, but Liz interrupts: "You do lie!". "I started lying about it to protect you. Do you see them? Are they here? Are they in my house?", Penny protests. "No, but you write about them though", Liz points out. "It's not the same, okay, I don't know them and I don't care about them. I love you and I couldn't do that to you", Penny insists.
"Why can't we just be normal", Liz pleads. Penny laughs and says: "We're never gonna be normal". "Well, why can't we try?", Liz asks. "'cause I'm not going to be a little housewife. We're not going to play house", Penny declares. "That's not what I'm saying. Don't put words into my mouth", Liz insists. "Isn't it though? You want me to give up everything I'm working for and just stay home with you", Penny complains. "All I'm asking is that you stop sleeping with other people", Liz responds. "You know what. You don't like it, you can leave", Penny says coldly. Liz gets up and leaves the room, followed by Penny.
Liz is packing clothes into her travel bag when Penny enters the bedroom and says: "Don't be impulsive Liz". "You're the one who told me to leave!", Liz exclaims. "I didn't mean it", Penny insists. "Well it doesn't matter, does it? You're not gonna change", Liz maintains. "Do we have to go through this every time that I leave here?", Penny asks angrily. "You don't get it, do you?", Liz asks. "Enlighten me", Penny says sarcastically. "I love you. I love you so much that it hurts. It feels like I'm burning up inside", Liz proclaims.
"I love you too", Penny insists. "Not in the same way...", Liz begins. "How can you say that?", Penny asks. "Are you serious?", Liz asks. "I'm the first person to admit I can be a little cold", Penny says. "Yeah, but you're pretty hot when it comes to warming up to young, hot strangers", Liz mocks. "That's different", Penny states. "Is it? Wasn't I just one of your girls?", Liz says. "Did they live here with us right now? No!", Penny declares. "Why can't you just try?", Liz asks. "I didn't know it meant that much to you. I thought...", Penny begins. "I told you", Liz insists. "I thought you were just being idealistic", Penny claims.
"I want to spend the rest of my life with you, but if it's gonna be like this I'd rather just leave", Liz relates. Penny takes Liz by the shoulders and announces: "I want you to stay". "Really?", Liz responds. Penny nods, saying "Yeah". She takes the bag away from the bed and returns. "I've behaved badly. No more other women, okay. I promise", Penny says, sitting down on the bed next to Liz. "I want you to come with me on my next trip", Penny declares. "Really?", Liz wonders. "I should have asked you a long time ago", Penny says.
"That means everything to me", Liz responds. "I should have invited you earlier. I was just afraid", Penny admits. "Afraid?", Liz wonders. "We have our little life here, you know. I can be myself with you, but what happens if you see me with the rest of the world?", Penny asks. "I love all parts of you", Liz says. "Even when I'm naughty?", Penny asks. "You make me mad sometimes, but I still love you", Liz says. Penny rubs Liz's arm and says quietly: "I wrote a book".
"Really? About?", Liz wonders. "You", Penny says. "Really?", Liz asks. "I finished it last night. I'll let you read it soon", Penny says. "Why didn't you say anything?", Liz asks. "What if you didn't like it?", Penny wonders. "I love everything you write", Liz states. "I'm not used to feeling vulnerable", Penny says. "You are with me", Liz asserts. "Because you're my muse. I can't lose you", Penny says, and the women kiss repeatedly, fondling each other's breasts. Watch the romantic scene unfold...
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