Thanks for reading! Here's an EXCERPT from THE FRIENDS I'VE NEVER MET
INT-ONLINE, PUBLIC DISCUSSION ROOM
This café-like room looks like the private chat room, only
it’s larger, and it has a brightly lit, large, revolving
glass door at the back of the room. There’s a warmly-lit
coffee bar in the corner of the room and behind it a woman,
MODERATOR, wearing all-white, is serving three
people different types of fancy coffees. 10
LURKERS--people of all walks of life--come in and out of the large glass revolving door and sit in white chairs farther
back from the sofas. From time to time, they glance at the
main group that’s talking or go to the bar to order a drink,
but they don’t ever jump into the conversation.
The group sits in a cosy circle of modern white sofas and easy chairs. They have laptops on their laps, but
they look in each others’ eyes, enjoying a regular
You have to appreciate what you’ve got. I don’t think I told her enough, and now she can’t hear me. And now I have to let her go.
She can hear you Frank. She can hear you.
FRANK starts to cry. He grabs a tissue.
Would someone please lighten things
up in here? I’m being such a
You’re only a downer if you see yourself as a downer.
OK, I’ll do what I can to lighten things up here, but I can’t promise very much after we were just Dr.
Phil’d to death by my younger sister.
Are you challenging me here? Because, trust me, I know how to lighten things up. Are you ready for this?
ALEXIS reads this, grins, puts her hand up to her mouth.
Sex in the movies. Why is it that people always carefully tie up bathrobes afterward? I mean, really, who puts on a bathrobe after they've been naked with someone?
FX: As everyone laughs, their laptops simply vanish.
Actually, I wear one. I don't want anyone staring at my big arse as I
waddle to the bathroom.
JACK walks through the revolving glass door at the back of the room.
Big arse? Did someone say big arse? That's my cue to log in.
And who has a long chat with their lover afterward?
JACK flops down on a sofa beside ALEXIS.
Yes that one's a little silly. It's obviously a technique to establish
character. This character usually just cuddles and falls asleep.
Jessica, I'm a little confused. I thought you ladies wanted the chat. We men are real tired after sex. We do the chat because we think it's what you want. Now you're telling us it's not what you want?
Maybe I'm not the norm, but no, I don't want the chat. I work hard
during sex, too. I want the snuggle. And the "That was Amazing." And the ice cream, after
we've had a rest. But no, I don't want the chat.
I agree. I figure, if the guy has enough energy to chat me up after, he didn't do his job right.
You ladies are harsh tonight!
No, we're telling it like it is. You hate when we play games. This is what women want. Are you guys paying attention?
Paying attention? Hell, I just called my assistant in to take notes!