Pete is an imaginary friend of a schizophrenic person, a fictive character that has not his creator’s faults, he’s always mentioned in some situations that ‘he would have known better’ and ‘realized better’ and ‘done better’, ‘done the right thing’ and so on; ..so much so that, although the others do realize that Pete is a fiction of his imagination – some start to look up to him.
Bob and Jim are sitting on the doc with the feet in the water, just staring at the water, stars and moon. Sounds of the night are clearly heard now and then breaking a contrast in the very mute atmosphere.
After a while, in which both were jut gazing straight ahead, Jim moves his sight a little towards the moon first, then at Bob, then ahead again, and – like realizing something, turns again to Bob:
Jim – Bob?
Bob – Yes?
J.– Would you be Pete?
Bob, turning his head just a bit and looking slightly in another direction to think, says after a while:
B.– I don’t know.. it depends..
J.– On what?
B.– (Turning his head a bit again) Well.. is he rich?
J.–(After pondering a bit) Suppose he is..
B.– Way richer the me or just a bit rich..?
J.– Suppose way richer..
B.– Is he athletic..? I mean the silhouette.. you know?
B.– I don’t mean if he’s very sport-ish or muscle packed but.. you know, if he’s fit enough.. like, not looking like a slob or anything.. not fat or thin as a reed, but also with some shape in his body..
J.– Well, say he’s athletic, you know, got the muscles but just the right amount.. nothing too fancy but.. just enough.
B.– And the face? Is he handsome?
J.– Yeah, he’s handsome.
B.– – More hansom then me?
J.– Well.. would you like him to be?
B.– (thinking a bit) Dono’..
J.– Say he’s just the right way you’d appreciate it the most.. you know.. like.. just so much more or the same amount of hansom.. -ness as you’d like him to be..
B.– And he’s smart yes? I mean, he knows things, read a lot and.. stuff..
J.– Aahh, yes! He’s the smartest, very sharp mind indeed, very vigilant..
B.– Well.. I wouldn’t mind being Pete then.. wouldn’t be so bad I suppose.. might actually enjoy it I think.. at lest for a while you know.. to see what it’s like, you know? .. to be Pete..
Both are silent for a few seconds. Then Bob continuing;
B.– I mean wouldn’t you?
J.– (after taking his time) I dono’..
B.– I mean if he’s way richer.. and still down to earth, and.. and a good fellow, and all clean and mannered..
Jim doesn’t answer and Bob looks surprised, and in a way trying to justify him self,:
B.– Wouldn’t you? I mean.. say he’d have it all, all you can want, be all you would like to be..
Jim still seems in doubt and doesn’t answer.
B.– Well? Would you? (like a cry for solidarity)
J.– It’s true I suppose.. I do have a lot of things that I.. could have done better.. ways I could have been better I suppose.. I have done many mistakes.. I guess because I did’t know any better or.. because I was distracted by other things.. there are still so many things I don’t know, that I.. wish I knew. Somehow it seams I just can’t wrap my mind around all of these things..
It’s silence for a few seconds when Jim suddenly continues
J.– But there’s nothing like being with my baby.. somehow I don’t see Pete with my baby.. the thought disturbs me. It’d be like cheating or taking an undeserved shortcut.. But then I think we have our own version of Pete, a better us, to which we try to head towards and gradually become.
B.– Well.. it was just a hypothetical question (getting upset like a child almost about to cry out, offended), I mean you started and asked me in the first place!
Again a few seconds of silence when Bob looks upset at Jim which keeps staring at the water. Suddenly Bob, upset stands up and leaves after exclaiming upset:
B.– You twat!
Actually I was fluctuating between different endings in Jim’s answer. I’m not happy with this current ending. In one of the versions Jim gets jealous on Pete (left a bit of possible interpretation but barely) and starts to feel insecure. In another version he realizes he doesn’t want to be anything like Pete but I did not want to portray a man who is conscious enough to think that ignorance could be a bliss and also accept it as his fate. I’ll possibly update the ending. But it will still be with Bob getting upset and leaving, just that now, his reason for being upset and calling Jim a twat is not obvious or well build.
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Can you believe it? The nerve!
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