Fiction, Monologues, Plays & More
by Mark Bate
She sat in my smoky neon-lit office wearing her usual leather coat, waiting for me to take her out, just like the faithful wife I pretended she was.
I knew no one’s all bad, but she came the closest. There she was, like always, tucked under my desk like she was waiting for mass, a good way to get you on your knees but a long wait for the payoff. Nestled next to a bottle of cheap booze, she was easy on the hands and even easier on the eyes, a forgotten soft spot gift from my mixed-drunk ex-wife. Nobody, but nobody, ever understood matters of the flesh better than she did. She had hard steel where most women had a heart. You knew when you heard that heart hammer your last destination ticket was punched for good. And when she stared you down with that shiny cold dark gaze, you couldn’t find a prayer in a bible. She’s called out many a man’s name, sharp, short cries of ecstasy, painting their secrets with fast lipstick on grimy walls. For me she’s always good luck, the kind of luck that gives you a deck with six aces and memories of her smoking in my hands after a long night out. The only woman I ever met who meant exactly what she said when she shot the breeze. I loved her with all my heart, but every love story has an end, and damned if she wasn’t gonna write the ending her way. So when I found myself alone with her in my dingy one room office, she ran her cool fingers through my hair, and did as she always has… and gave me the long kiss goodnight.
Mark Bate, who resides in Southern California, started writing as a standup performer. Later evolving into a staff writer for sketch comedy shows like B-Movie Bastards, The Comedy Bunker and the late night soap opera Ambition. His contributions to serial theatre shows in Los Angeles have included UFO: Undeniably Funky Objective and Kung-Fu Jesus for Sacred Fools Theatre as well as various monologues performed for Eclectic Voices. Recently, he has completed two full-length plays: I Love A Rainy Night and Ghostwriter.