Hannah is stood by some railings, looking over. SR is a ramp leading down towards the audience. She is sobbing gently. Sound of gentle water lapping.
Harry walks past, swinging from a can.
HARRY (Loud) Hey there, lovely lady! Why the tears?
Hannah wafts him away.
HARRY (Quieter.) Hey, no, seriously, babe. Why the crying?
She turns away.
He sidles up and nudges her.
HARRY Come on love? What’s up?
She looks down.
HARRY I come here sometimes. When I need to get away from it all. Have a bit of a think. Not very often, obviously, cus thinking’s hard. I’m more of doer than a thinker! A lover not a fighter. But, yeah, it’s good down here. Watch the old Thames lapping up. And lapping down.
She looks up.
And sometimes (He throws the can over) it can take my troubles away with it.
Points after the can.
Bob. Bob. Bob. And now it’s gone.
What would be your problem, love? What do you want to throw away?
HANNAH My boyfriend. He – Starts sobbing.
HARRY Hey, hey, it’s alright.
HANNAH No it’s not.
HARRY Well, then, let’s make it alright. You got anything of his?
She rummages in her purse. Takes out a key ring with a fabric horse on it.
HANNAH He gave me this.
HARRY Well then. This is him. (Takes the keys off and hands them back to her.) This is him and all his shitty, not okay, behaviour. What do you want to say to him?
HANNAH I want to say. . .
HARRY Go on.
HANNAH Fuck off Gary!
HARRY Go on.
HANNAH You’re a stupid twat, Garry, I can’t believe you’d go with her and I wish you’d fuck off and die.
HARRY Yeah, that’s it!
HANNAH And you were rubbish in bed, you’ve got a tiny cock and pimples on your arse and I fucking hate you Garry Spence!
HARRY Yeah, alright, that’s done it. Now throw it away.
HANNAH grabs it from him and chucks it into the water. They both watch it bob away. She seems lighter.
HARRY I know a story about a horse. (She looks at him. Pause.) N’ah it’s silly
HANNAH Aww, go on.
HARRY N’ah, you wouldn’t like it. It’s one of them fairy stories. Kid’s stuff.
HANNAH Tell me.
HARRY Alright, well in olden times, there was this magical horse, right?
HANNAH Like a unicorn?
HARRY Like a unicorn. But less horny.
HARRY It’s this beautiful horse right. Fit and lively. And women, when they see the horse, they just can’t help themselves, they just want to get their leg over it.
HARRY It’s not funny! They take one look at this horse with it’s flowing – what they call it? Yeah, mane – it’s got this flowing mane (Tosses his head) and these women see it and they just want to go for a ride.
HARRY Look, I’ll show you. Bends slightly. Get on!
HARRY Hop on, I’ll show you! Piggy back! Well, horsey back!
HANNAH You’re mad, you!
HARRY Come on, let’s go for a ride.
She jumps on.
HARRY And then this horse goes for a ride, right! And it’s the most amazing ride these women have ever had. I mean this horse can keep it going for hours (running round the stage.) Up and down, up and down, it’s got stamina. (He jolts her up and down. She squeals.) And they fucking love it! Time of their lives! And the horse keeps on going until, eventually – (he stops at the top of the ramp.)
HARRY Yeah what?
HANNAH What happens then?
She play slaps him.
HANNAH Once they’ve gone for this looong ride. Then what happens?
HARRY What do you think happens?
HANNAH Well, if this horse is like any boys I know after he’s had his ride he dumps them of his back and runs off.
HARRY Oh no! Not this horse!
HARRY Oh no! He sticks with them, the women who ride him, till the ends of their lives!
HARRY He takes them to a river. And they look out at it.
He starts to walk down the ramp.
HANNAH Then what happens?
HANNAH What happens when he gets to the river?
HARRY Oh! Then –
He is nearing the bottom of the ramp.
HANNAH (Squealing with delight.) Look, out you nutter! You’re getting your shoes all wet!
HARRY Then – he goes right up to the river.
HANNAH (Laughing!) Careful! Don’t slip!
HARRY Then he takes them right down to the water’s edge.
HANNAH You’re crazy you!
HARRY And then he jumps in. With them on his back. And he drowns them. And he eats them.
He jumps forward. Blackout.