“A Kiss Anyway”
Written by Joe Janes
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(Lights up on Gary walking Ruth home after a first date.)
RUTHOh, here I am. Home, sweet, home.
GARYWell, there you go. I had a great time, Ruth.
RUTHMe, too, Gary.
(Gary leans in to kiss her.)
(She receives his kiss. Although the intention is romantic, the kiss itself is brief. More than a peck, but no tongue! Gary moves his head back to where it was pre-kiss. They look at each other for a moment. Gary looks quizzical. Ruth is politely smiling.)
GARYI’m going to do that, again, if you don’t mind.
(They kiss. Slightly longer than last time. They finish pretty much the same, with Ruth politely smiling.)
GARYI feel like we just shook hands, but with our lips.
RUTHThat was my “you seem like a nice guy, but I’m not interested” kiss.
GARYOh. So, you don’t want to go out, again?
(Ruth leans in to kiss him.)
GARY (continuing)I can take a hint, Ruth. Goodnight.