Teti-à-Tête (With Tony) #10

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Tati as TATI

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Tony as TONY

 

ACT 26 SCENE 11
PAGE FLIPS & FLIP-FLOPS

 

Tati is sitting on a branch high above the ground. She’s almost hidden from view by the tree’s foliage. The only reason Tony can see her at all is because her legs are dangling beneath it in the open air. Tati’s left flip-flop dangles from one big toe, and Tony steps aside so that he doesn’t get a flip-flop slap between the eyes.

TONY: Hi, Tati! What are you doing up there?

TATI: What? What did you say, Tony? I can’t hear you.

TONY: Well, don’t expect me to climb all the way up there, thank you! I don’t wish to slip and break my neck!

TATI: Oh, I’ve always known you were a lazy, old, weak-as-piss arse!

TONY: And I love you too. Sheesh. The question stands. What are you doing?

TATI: Don’t try to muddle me with your loosey-goosey gnomology! Answer me this: How long has it been since we released our last book?

TONY: Erm… October 2016, I think. And what do gnomes have to do with you being up a tree?

TATI: Timber!

Tati slides down the tree trunk like it’s a fireman’s pole.

TONY: How the hell did you do that without getting splinters everywhere?

Tony gingerly touches the tree.

TONY: Nope. It’s not been greased or anything…

TATI: You’re a master of the runaround, Tony! Gnomes and splinters are foreign to my question!

TONY: Well, never mind the fact that you completely ignore mine…

TATI: I ask you, have you put together our new book yet?

TONY: YES! I have, okay? God!

Tati thrusts ‘One Pulse’ under Tony’s nose.

TATI: And where is it? I’ve reread ‘One Pulse’ a dozen times! I remember every line and every poem by heart! Don’t you think it’s time I had something new to read?

TONY: You read your own work all the time? Wow. Talk about narcissistic…

Tati is completely surprised at this.

TATI: Don’t you read our books, Tony? Please, you mustn’t tell me that you’ve failed to buy them!

TONY: Why would I buy the books that I’ve helped to write? That doesn’t make any sense!

TATI: I knew it! You’re a tight bastard! You don’t want to support young, promising poets!

TONY: How will it help us if we buy our own freaking books? We’re not gonna get rich that way!

TATI: No? Strange. I was certain it would be the most sure way.

TONY: No! A thousand times no! We need to sell these books we write to other people. That’s the only way this money-making thing will ever work. Frankly, I’m surprised I have to explain this to an accountant. You are an accountant, right?

TATI: What? What did you say, Tony? I can’t hear you.

Tati becomes transparent, and her voice distant and low.

TONY: I’m standing right beside you, woman.

Tati disappears with a soft hiss, like the bubbles that pop over a glass of lemonade. Tony looks more irritated than surprised about this.

TONY: Is she ever going to listen to me someday?

Tony rolls over to his other side and mutters in his sleep.

TONY: Such a crankypants! The manuscript is ready. The cover is ready, dammit. What more does she want?

He smacks his lips between snores.

TONY: ‘Nothing to read.’ Tsk tsk!

Tony doesn’t suspect that in exactly five minutes he will wake up because of a flip-flop slap between the eyes and a wauling Tati. Poor thing!

Yes, Dear Reader, this is all just Tony’s dream but our new book is not.

 

 

PS: By the way, one half of Unbolt Me celebrates their birthday today. In honour of this, we have prepared a little surprise for you over on our Patreon page. Don’t worry, entry is absolutely free!

 

by TETIANA ALEKSINA & TONY SINGLE
© All rights reserved 2018

20 thoughts on “Teti-à-Tête (With Tony) #10

  1. Hi Tony & Tati! Wow, it must be well over a year since we last comment box talked! My Happy Birthday wishes and best wishes for mega-success re your book. Oh… btw… thanks for the like on my story! Uh… I do have just one question…

    Are you sure this was only a dream? True… as always… you do have a clever, humorous writing style… BUT this post could also, quite easily, be a transcription of an actual conversation… I mean… it is that well written! Great post!

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    • I guess I’m doing OK… after all… the last time I checked, our worldly skies are still free of mushroom clouds… of course, the day is still young. So, how’s life been treating you? Re dreaming about dreaming… hmmm… is that anything like seeing mirrored reflections of mirrors… going onward into infinity?

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  2. As brilliant, witty and funny as always. Great post! I have just started to read your new book and I am liking it very much. Will send you my feedback. Until now I have been able to post my very short comment of One Pulse: Cradle 2 Grave on amazon Spain (seems to be the only way):

    https://www.amazon.es/review/RGQSB41PQ8COY/ref=pe_1653011_66412171_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

    Moreover, I have tried to post the extensive and much better review of Mooreeffoc on amazon, but I cannot see it being accepted yet. I hope they will publish it. 🍀
    Meanwhile I have posted it on my blog:

    https://momentsbloc.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/a-review-of-mooreeffoc-a-book-by-tetiana-aleksina-and-tony-single/

    Liked by 3 people

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