Once and Again
Edifice Wrecked

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Edifice Wrecked

It's dark at the construction site, now, but those feisty protesters haven't given up; they've changed their chant, though, to "People. United. Will never be defeated." Rick pulls up across the street and strides toward the construction gate, not deterred by the boos and jeers from the crowd. He finds David at work in the trailer and lays into him: "We were both under pressure, David. But to just leave like that!" David tells him that he should just go back to the office. There's a warning edge in his voice. Rick says that he didn't appreciate David's leaving the meeting. David snorts derisively and responds, "Oh, you didn't 'appreciate' it? And you think I actually care at this point whether you appreciate it?" Rick makes his surprised "o" face for a few seconds and then manages, "What is this, David?" David says, "This is me being as clear as I know how to be with you." "Oh, this is you making a point. This is you taking a stand. Well, how courageous of you!" Rick snots. "Shut up!" David barks, chucking his pencil on the drafting table. "No, really, how gutsy of you, David! Go ahead, stand up. Stand up for the homeless kids that we're offering a bigger and a better home --" "Oh, and bigger is better, right?" "And stand up for Frank Lloyd Wright who's...who's dead!" David grits that he's standing up for himself. Rick stops and looks at him. There's silence for a second before David turns and disgustedly announces, "I quit!" Rick makes his surprised "o" face again, looking like he's about to have a seizure. "Right now? Today?" he finally stammers. David says that it's over -- that's it. Rick can't believe that David is leaving just like that, with no warning. David says he's been trying to warn Rick for months; Rick just didn't want to see what was going on, and David has needs, you know? He needs to feel attractive and appreciated, and Rick's so busy with Miles all the time -- doesn't he think that David could use a kind word or a night out every once in a while? Okay, he doesn't say that, but this seriously feels like a marriage that's falling apart. Heavy. David says he doesn't know what drove him to it -- "Maybe it was that last turtle anecdote?" -- but he's had enough. He says he doesn't believe in what they're doing, and he doesn't believe they should be doing it, "and to paraphrase e.e. cummings, 'There is just some excrement I will not eat.'" Rick's Adam's apple stops bobbing, and he goes in for a shot, demanding, "So is that why you sold me out to Christy? Huh? You figured 'I'm out of here. I may as well trash him. That'll end things!'" David looks at him for a moment and then says, "Actually, no. I did that just to hurt you." Rick looks wounded as David continues, "See, that's the part of this equation that you don't seem to get -- how disappointed I am in you." David makes for the door, and Rick turns, pleading, "David!" David holds up a hand and tells Rick not to do this. Rick says he "can't do this alone." David levels him with, "Rick, you've been doing it alone," and then pushes open the door. Rick takes a few deep breaths, looking shaken.

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