Long Nights Short Mornings

Synopsis: James breaks it off with Katie, but feels bad about it. He doesn't like hurting people. At least he's seeing Monica tonight, she's always fun. He doesn't connect with her though, not like with Sarah - but they're just friends. He was close with Natalie too, until she moved to LA. That reminds him, he's going to work with that actress, Anna something. She's probably too famous to talk to him though. And besides, Lily should be back soon and he really wants to see her. Sometimes he misses Lorraine, but thinking about her just makes him sad. Whenever he feels lonely, he texts Rapunzel - that's not her name, he just can't remember it. He should really delete her from his phone. But he can't.
100 min


Hey, Katie.

How you been? Sorry,

it's been a while,

I've been really busy.

Oh, yeah. That's okay.

I've been busy too.

I'm good.

How's the new job?

It's good.

I mean, it's moma. So...

You know, but I'm really

just tearing tickets and...

Pointing directions,

it's not exactly curating.

You think you'll stay?

Yeah, maybe, we'll see.

How have you been?


Good. I was kind of

all over the place.

I was out of town for a while.

Then just really busy trying to

keep up with everything.

Well, that's good, right?


Listen, Katie...

The reason I wanted to meet

with you...

Oh, I just I felt like

I needed to tell you...

And I'm sorry I haven't been around a

lot, I haven't been avoiding you.,

or anything, I promise.

It's just...

I don't think

we should see each other,

or whatever, any more.

You know it's just...

And I'm just

in such a weird place right now,

in my life, and I feel like

things are going a certain way

that I need to nip it in the bud

before it gets too serious, you know?

And listen, honestly,

this has nothing to do with you.

Or, wait, I mean.

That isn't what I mean.

What I mean is...

This isn't because there's something wrong

with you or something I don't like.

All right, there isn't.

I mean, I like you.

I really do.

And you're smart, and fun,

and funny. Beautiful.

And I'm basically being a selfish idiot

right now and if you told me that

I'll regret this

and I'm making a mistake,

I probably wouldn't argue

with you.

Yeah, but that's part of

what I'm saying.

You know,

since we get along really well,

and haven't been any problems or anything,

I just think it's going in a certain way.

In a certain, more serious way.

And that's the natural thing

to happen, it's just not...

Where I want to be going

with my life right now.

More coffee?

We're fine, thanks.

I'm sorry.

What were you saying?

I just, uh...

I didn't say anything.

I didn't ask you to be

in a relationship with me.

I didn't put

any pressure on you even.

I know. And you weren't clingy

or possessive.

Or anything bad. I know.

You know, but that doesn't mean the

seriousness wasn't there, it was creeping up.

I don't think you can deny that. It just

creeps up after a certain amount of time.

Yeah, but I don't understand. Can't

we just keep the status quo?

I don't think

there is any such thing.

Things are changing all the time

and I can just see...

Our trajectment in this

is not where I want to be going.

I don't want to be

in a relationship.

I'm not asking you to be.

But you want to.

Says who?

I'm sorry.

I don't mean to... Put feelings

on you I just think...

That we've gotten really close really

fast over the past few weeks so...

I don't want to be close.

With me.

No, with anyone.

But how can you say that?

You can't just remove me

from this like that.

You, you don't want to be

with me.

You don't know everybody.

You haven't met everybody.

If you meet someone tomorrow,

fall head over heels with her,

and want to be with her.

I guess.

I doubt it.

I'm looking for a very specific

thing, I know what it is, or...

You know...

Gonna know when I see it and...

I don't see it.

A thing?

Come on, you know what I mean.

No, I don't, James.

I really don't. I...

Is it love?

Are you looking for love?

Do you know that word?

Now, that's what I'm trying

to avoid.

Somebody being in it

with me, anywhere.

But if you were...

If you were, like,

in love with me...

You wouldn't stop yourself.

You couldn't.

- I guess that's true.

- Yeah.

- What do you want me to say?

- I want you to shut the f*** up.

I want this conversation

to never have happened.

But since it has happened, since we

can't go back in f***ing time, I...

I want you to talk to me

like a man.

Throw me in the garbage

like you want to, instead of...

Talking around it, and acting

like you're doing me a favor.

I want you to tell me

that you don't love me,

or like me all that much really.

And that you never will.

I don't. I never will.


Katie, wait.

I need to go to the bathroom.

Go, bro. Go, bro. Go, bro.

Oh, sh*t.






You found me.

Thank, god. I was so scared.

It's okay.

Everything's gonna be okay.

Goddamn it.

There should be sign that says,

"no f***in'."

- You guys need to get off my f***ing

bus right now. -Whoa, sorry.

I'm sorry. Okay, really,

I apologize.

- But, we're newlyweds.

- What?

Look, please don't kick us out. We're in the

middle of nowhere in the middle of the night.

It's dangerous.

All right? Please.

You can't f***.

We're not... we're not f***ing.

Okay? We're...

Look. Hey, look,

I'll sit over here.

Okay? I'm sitting over here.

Okay? Is that okay?

All right, I guess so.

- Come on.

- I'm fine.

Hold on.


- Are you serious?

- I must have left them upstairs.

Damn it.

I'm sorry.

Not out here.

- It's not lady-like.

James, no!

We're not f***ing outside

on the street, okay?


Fine, I'll climb

the fire escape.

James, no. You're crazy.

Where's your place?

It's far.

Well, can't you call someone?

Who, it's four in the morning.

Hold on, I got a missed call.

- Yeah, it's from me.

- No.


It's me. Sorry, I was out.

I'm locked out.

Are you home?


I'll be right there.

Sorry, dude.

Gotta go to bed.

I can't go adventuring with you for

another hour to find your place.

So my friend lives

around the block.

Call me, seriously. Please.

You're adorable.

Oh, f***.


So do I know this guy?

No, I just met him.

He's really hot though,

and smart.

I mean, he looks smart. I haven't

talked to him that much.

But he invited you.

Yeah, true.

Enough. He told me

where he was going.

That's why you're here.

We're stopping by.

So I don't look so desperate.

But you are desperate.

But I don't have to look it.

Just act like

you're my guy friend.

Don't let him think

you could be my boyfriend.

Could you, like,

act gay or something?

How, you want me

to suck his dick?

No, that dick is mine.

Here's my dick. And I'm gonna

take a dick for you.

- How's work?

Will is such an a**hole.

- He showed me a picture of his

dick the other day. -What?

- Yeah. -What, like, he

sent you a dick pic?

No, he said, "hey, come here,

I want to show you something...

On the computer," and I go

over there, and it's his dick.

He starts laughing.

I was horrified.

That's sexual harassment,

you know?

Yeah, I know.

Oh, really who has the time?

Anyway, it's just a dick.

If he tries to rape me

or something,

I'll stab him.

Right in the neck.

- I've been practicing.

- Oh, okay.

Whatever, he's so gross.


- Who you f***in'?

- Come on, I don't kiss and tell.

But, do you f*** and tell?

Or that.

That reminds, guess who I

ran into the other day.

- Who?

- Guess.

Just tell me.


Oh. How is she?

She seemed good.

She wasn't too happy to see

me though, I don't think.

Yeah, why not?

- You two were always friends.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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