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All characters in this publication are fictitious and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. And Hannah, as always. Days are where we live. They come, they wake usTime and time over. They are to be happy in: Where can we live but days? Ah, solving that questionBrings the priest and the doctorIn their long coatsRunning over the fields.
But, it is the same withany life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it and think how different its course wouldhave been. Pause, you who read this, and think for a long moment of the long chain of iron orgold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the firstlink on that memorable day.
Just the little bit around you. Probably got a little flow-chart somewhere orsomething. She sniffed. They settled again on the pillow. Forty orsomething. She got this a lot, posh boys doing funny voices, as if there was somethingunusual and quaint about an accent, and not for the first time she felt a reassuring shiver ofdislike for him. She shrugged herself away until her back was pressed against the cool of thewall.
All those possibilities. Fucking hell. She peered up at him through her fringe as he leant against the cheapbuttoned vinyl headboard and even without her spectacles on it was clear why he might wantto stay exactly this way.
Eyes closed, the cigarette glued languidly to his lower lip, the dawnlight warming the side of his face through the red filter of the curtains, he had the knack oflooking perpetually posed for a photograph. He had one of those faces where you were aware of the bones beneath the skin, as if even hisbare skull would be attractive.
A fine nose, slightly shiny with grease, and dark skin beneaththe eyes that looked almost bruised, a badge of honour from all the smoking and late nightsspent deliberately losing at strip poker with girls from Bedales.
There was something felineabout him: Gratifyingly his hair wasterrible, short at the back and sides, but with an awful little quiff at the front. Whatever gel heused had worn off, and now the quiff looked pert and fluffy, like a silly little hat. Still with his eyes closed, he exhaled smoke through his nose. Clearly he knew he wasbeing looked at because he tucked one hand beneath his armpit, bunching up his pectoralsand biceps. Where did the muscles come from?
Certainly not sporting activity, unless you 8. Probably it was just the kind of good health thatwas passed down in the family, along with the stocks and shares and the good furniture. Handsome then, or beautiful even, with his paisley boxer shorts pulled down to his hip bonesand somehow here in her single bed in her tiny rented room at the end of four years ofcollege.
Who do you think you are, Jane Eyre? Grow up. Be sensible. She plucked the cigarette from his mouth. Any kids? You sound insane, she told herself. Do try not to soundinsane. So do you. I like wine and fags. The burnt out nightlights and desolate pot plants, the smell of washing powderon cheap, ill-fitting sheets.
Nothing here wasneutral, everything displayed an allegiance or a point of view. Security, travel, nice food, good manners, ambition;what was he meant to be apologising for? He watched the smoke curl from his mouth.
Feeling for an ashtray, he found a book at theside of the bed. Theproblem with these fiercely individualistic girls was that they were all exactly the same. Another book: Silly bloody fool, he thought,confident that it was not a mistake he would ever make. He hoped to be successful, to make his parents proud and to sleep with more thanone woman at the same time, but how to make these all compatible?
He wanted to feature inmagazine articles, and hoped one day for a retrospective of his work, without having anyclear notion of what that work might be. He wanted to live life to the extreme, but withoutany mess or complications. He wanted to live life in such a way that if a photograph weretaken at random, it would be a cool photograph. Things should look right. Fun; there shouldbe a lot of fun and no more sadness than absolutely necessary.
Tonight, for instance, wasbound to have repercussions: He shouldprobably get out of here as soon as possible, and he glanced at his discarded clothes inpreparation for his escape. With the possibility of sex anddrugs in a small yellow tin he felt hopeful again, and decided that he might stay a little longerat least. In the bathroom, Emma Morley wiped the crescents of toothpaste from the corner of hermouth and wondered if this was all a terrible mistake.
Forever probably. He washardly likely to ask her to go to China with him, and besides she was boycotting China. Dexter Mayhew. So why was she being so stroppy and sarcastic?
Shesaw the dawn light at the tiny bathroom window. Scratching at her awful hair withher fingertips, she pulled a face, then yanked the chain of the ancient toilet cistern and headedback into the room.
She peered overher spectacles and pulled the mortar board down low over one eye. I like the jaunty angle. Now take it off and come back to bed. Thirty quid this cost me. Dexter grabbed at a corner but she swiped at him with the rolled-up certificate before sitting on the edge of the bed, folding her spectacles and shrugging offher gown.
He had one last glimpse of her naked back and the curve of her breast before theydisappeared beneath a black t-shirt that demanded unilateral nuclear disarmament now. Nothing was less conducive to sexual desire than a long blackpolitical t-shirt, except perhaps that Tracy Chapman album.
They drove back to Leeds. Dad thinks hotels are for toffs. He allowed her in, sliding one arm somewhat awkwardly beneath her shoulders,kissing her neck speculatively. She turned to look at him, her chin tucked in. Cuddling was for great aunts and teddy bears. Cuddling gave him cramp. Best now to admit defeat and get home as soon as possible, but she was settling her head onhis shoulder territorially, and they lay like this, rigid and self-conscious for some time beforeshe said: Sorry about that.
What, together? There seemed little chance of that. They lapsed into silence again. They had been talking, and kissing, for the last eight hours, and both had that deep, wholebody fatigue that arrives at dawn.
Blackbirds were singing in the overgrown back garden. Ask me in the morning.
Why, have you? Pleased with his answer, she curled closer into him. Nothing tomorrow. No deadlines, no work. She was in no way prepared. It was as if a fire alarm had gone off in the middle of the nightand she was standing on the street with her clothes bundled up in her arms.
How would she fill the days? She had no idea. The trick of it, she told herself, is to be courageous and bold and make a difference. Notchange the world exactly, just the bit around you. Go out there with your double-first, yourpassion and your new Smith Corona electric typewriter and work hard at. Change lives through art maybe. Write beautifully. Cherish your friends, stay true to yourprinciples, live passionately and fully and well.
Experience new things. Love and be loved ifat all possible. Eat sensibly. Stuff like that. And so far the first few hours of independentadult life had been alright. Perhaps in the morning, after tea and aspirin, she might even findthe courage to ask him back to bed. She wondered if there were condoms in the mustard tin.
February , Vince, a hairy-backedChemical Engineer who had blown his nose on her pillowcase. Happy days, happy days. It was starting to get bright outside. Dexter could see the pink of the new day seepingthough the heavy winter curtains that came with the rented room. Careful not to wake her, hestretched his arm across, dropped the end of his cigarette into the mug of wine and stared upat the ceiling. Not much chance of sleep now. Instead he would pick out patterns in the greyArtex until she was completely asleep, then slip out and away without waking her.
Of course leaving now would mean that he would never see her again. He wondered ifshe would mind, and presumed she would: But would he mind? He hadmanaged perfectly well without her for four years. Why had he not noticed her until now? He examined her face as she slept. She was pretty, but seemed annoyed by the fact. Her bottled-red hair was almost wilfullybadly cut, alone in front of the mirror probably, or by Tilly whatsername, that loud, large girlshe shared this flat with.
Her skin had a pallid puffiness that spoke of too much time inlibraries or drinking pints in pubs, and her spectacles made her seem owlish and prim. Never mind that, back to her face. There was a slight greasy sheen on the tip of her small,neat nose and a spattering of tiny red spots on her forehead, but these aside there was nodenying that her face — well, her face was a wonder. Smooth, pink mottled cheeks, pillows of flesh that lookedas if they would be warm to the touch. Best to leave quietly, and noreunions.
Move on, look to the future. Plenty more faces out there. But as he made his decision, her mouth stretched open into a wide smile and withoutopening her eyes she said: This bright new day that awaits us.
Saturday all day. Me and you, I mean? How are you? And how is Rome? I have enclosed a crudely photocopied leaflet so thatyou can see what a classy number it really is. I really, really think we canchange things, Dexter. I mean they had loads of radical theatre in Germany in the Thirties and lookwhat a difference that made. There are four of us in the cast. When we started STC Sledgehammer Theatre Co-operative we werereally keen to set up a progressive theatrical collective with none of that ego-fame-getting-on-the-telly-ego-showing-off bullshit, and just do really good, exciting original political devised work.
But the problem with democraticegalitarian collectives is that you have to listen to twots like Sid and Candy. Poor old Sid can barely chew his curried beef slice, keeps missing his mouth.
Whenthe time finally comes for her to put some clothes on and go on stage one of the kids usually wolf-whistles or something and in the mini-bus afterwards she always pretends to be really affronted andfeminist about it.
Am Iranting? Are you in love with her yet? I can see younow, giving her that look where you clench your jaw and play with your lips and ask about hercareeeeeer. Emma Morley turned the page face down as Gary Nutkin entered, skinny and anxious, and itwas time for the pre-show pep-talk from the director and co-founder of SledgehammerTheatre Co-operative. In the doorway, Gary Nutkin cleared his throat; pale and razor-burned, the top-button ofhis black shirt fastened tight, a man whose personal style icon was George Orwell.
Gary continued. Interaction is great. Retaliation is not. Fifteen minutes, please! Sid began his nightly warm-up now, a murmured incantation of I-hate-this-job-I-hate-this-job. Beyond him sat Kwame, topless and forlorn in tattered trousers, hands jammed inhis armpits, head lolling back, meditating or trying not to cry perhaps. Emma turned back to her reflection in the crackedmirror, plumped up the puffed sleeves of her Empire line dress, removed her spectacles andgave a Jane Austen sigh.
The last year had been a series of wrong turns, bad choices, abandoned projects. Therewas the all-girl band in which she had played bass, variously called Throat, SlaughterhouseSix and Bad Biscuit, which had been unable to decide on a name, let alone a musicaldirection. There was the alternative club night that no-one had gone to, the abandoned firstnovel, the abandoned second novel, several miserable summer jobs selling cashmere andtartan to tourists.
At her very, very lowest ebb she had taken a course in Circus Skills until ittranspired that she had none. Trapeze was not the solution. The much-advertised Second Summer of Love had been one of melancholy and lostmomentum.
Even her beloved Edinburgh had started to bore and depress her. Living in herUniversity town felt like staying on at a party that everyone else had left, and so in Octobershe had given up the flat in Rankeillor Street and moved back to her parents for a long,fraught, wet winter of recriminations and slammed doors and afternoon TV in a house thatnow seemed impossibly small.
What happened to yourdouble-first? But every now and then, there was Dexter Mayhew. Large, s, with faded rugs and large abstractcanvases and ice in the drinks. Drinking gin and tonics in wicker chairs, looking at theview, she had thought of The Great Gatsby.
Had she really satat their table, eating their food and calling his father a fascist? That night she lay in the guestbedroom, dazed and remorseful, waiting for a knock on the door that clearly would nevercome; romantic hopes sacrificed for the Sandinistas, who were unlikely to be grateful. And then he was off travelling again, broadening his mind yet further. So they were pen pals Letters, like compilation tapes, were really vehicles for unexpressed emotions and she wasclearly putting far too much time and energy into them.
In return, Dexter sent her postcardswith insufficient postage: Sick as DOG this morning. Shortlyafterwards he had taken her to a Peter Greenaway double-bill, waiting until four hours inbefore reaching across and absent-mindedly placing his hand on her left breast as if adjustinga dimmer switch. They made Brechtian love that evening in a stale single bed beneath aposter for The Battle of Algiers, Gary taking care throughout to ensure that he was in no wayobjectifying her.
Then nothing, not a word, until that late-night phone-call in May, and thehesitant words, softly spoken: And Sledgehammer was to be a new kind of progressive theatre co-op, with shared intentions, a shared zeal, a written manifesto and a commitment to changingyoung lives through art.
She packed her rucksack, said goodbye to her sceptical mum and dad, and setout in the mini-bus as if heading out on some great cause, a sort of theatrical Spanish CivilWar, funded by the Arts Council.
But three months later, what had happened to the warmth, the camaraderie, the sense ofsocial value, of high ideals coupled with fun? They were meant to be a co-operative. I-hate-this-job-I-hate this-job, said Sid. Emma pressed her hands against her ears, and asked herself somefundamental questions. Why am I here? Am I really making a difference? What is that smell? Where do I want to be right now? She wanted to be in Rome, with Dexter Mayhew.
In bed. Three syllables. No need to hit me though.
They lay in a tangle of cushions on the terracotta floor of his tiny room, having given upon the single bed as inadequate for their needs. His room in theCentro Storico was dull and institutional, but there was at least a balcony, a foot-wide silloverlooking a picturesque square that, in a very Roman way, also functioned as a car park.
Each morning he was woken by the sound of office-workers breezily reversing their cars intoeach other. But in the middle of this humid July afternoon, the only sound came from the wheels oftourist suitcases rumbling on the cobbles below, and they lay with the windows wide open,kissing lazily, her hair clinging to his face, thick and dark and smelling of some Danishshampoo: She reached across his chest for the packet onthe floor, lit two cigarettes and passed him one, and he shuffled up onto the pillows, lettingthe cigarette dangle from his lip like Belmondo or someone in a Fellini film.
He had neverseen a Belmondo or Fellini film, but was familiar with the postcards: They kissed again, and he wondered vaguely if there was some moral or ethicaldimension to this situation. Of course the time to worry about the pros and cons of sleepingwith a student would have been after the College party, while Tove was perching unsteadilyon the edge of his bed and unzipping her knee-length boots.
Even then, in the muddle of redwine and desire he had found himself wondering what Emma Morley would say. Even asTove twirled her tongue in his ear, he had conducted his defence: Besides, Emma was a long way away at this moment,changing the world from a mini-bus on the ring road of a provincial town, and what was allthis to do with Emma anyway?
He shifted his body to a cooler patch of terracotta, peering out of the window to try togauge the time from the small square of vivid blue sky. Goand revise. Test me now. Present continuous. Why not, hethought? I am twenty-four years old, financiallysecure, healthy. The attraction of a life devoted to sensation, pleasure and self would probably wear thinone day, but there was still plenty of time for that yet. How is La Dolce Vita? Well take them off, you look ridiculous.
Did you get thebooks I sent you?
Primo Levi is a fine Italian writer. And how is teaching? That would just be so. Must go now. Bottom of page looms, and in the other room I can hear the thrilling murmur of ouraudience as they throw chairs at each other. Six months in a Transit on the M6 with a Desmond Tutu marionette on my lap. I mightgive that one a miss. In the meantime, I have to choose whether to sign-on in Leeds or sign-on in London.
Big red glasses, strident views, sideburns? Are youcoming back to London soon? Maybe we could be flatmates? Too late to scribble it out now, but how to sign off? Rather than arrive straightaway, Dexter took a moment to sit amongst thetourists on the steps of the Pantheon and watch as the waiter approached and picked up herashtray, startling her. With no apparent idea what had been said, the waiter neverthelessgrinned and flirted back, then walked away, glancing over his shoulder at the beautifulEnglish woman who had touched his arm and talked incomprehensibly.
Dexter saw all this and smiled. That old Freudian notion, first whispered at boardingschool, that boys were meant to be in love with their mothers and hate their fathers, seemedperfectly plausible to him.
Everyone he had ever met had been in love with Alison Mayhew,and the best of it was that he really liked his father too; as in so many things, he had all theluck. Often, at dinner or in the large, lush garden of the Oxfordshire house, or on holidays inFrance as she slept in the sun, he would notice his father staring at her with his bloodhoundeyes in dumb adoration. Fifteen years her elder, tall, long-faced and introverted, StephenMayhew seemed unable to believe this one remarkable piece of good fortune.
At her frequentparties, if Dexter sat very quietly so as not to be sent to bed, he would watch as the menformed an obedient, devoted circle around her; intelligent, accomplished men, doctors andlawyers and people who spoke on the radio, reduced to moony teenage boys. He would watch School-friends too, even the cool complicated ones, would turn into cartoons around Alison Mayhew,flirting with her while she flirted back, engaging her in water fights, complimenting her onher terrible cooking — the violently scrambled eggs, the black pepper that was ash from acigarette.
She had once studied fashion in London but these days ran a village antiques shop, sellingexpensive rugs and chandeliers to genteel Oxford with great success. She still carried withher that aura of having been something-in-the-Sixties — Dexter had seen the photographs, theclippings from faded colour supplements — but with no apparent sadness or regret she hadgiven this up for a resolutely respectable, secure, comfortable family life.
Typically, it was asif she had sensed exactly the right moment to leave the party. Dexter suspected that she hadoccasional flings with the doctors, the lawyers, the people who spoke on the radio, but hefound it hard to be angry with her. And always people said the same thing — that he had got itfrom her. Even now, as she sat in her washed-out blue summer dress, fishing in her immensehandbag for matches, it seemed as if the life of the Piazza revolved around her.