Broken Mug

INT. KITCHEN – EVENING

TIM (25, looks like the kind of guy who licks his finger before turning a page) sits at the kitchen table. He has some newspaper spread out in front of him on which sits pieces of broken pottery, glue, and a pair of tweezers. He is very carefully gluing a large mug back together.

MARK (25, looks like a young Ted Danson) enters and plops down into a chair across from Tim.

MARK
Are you really spending your Friday night gluing that mug back together again? How did Louise manage to break it this time?

TIM
A bird flew into the window and startled her. What about you? What are you doing home so early?

MARK
I broke up with Maggie.

Tim pauses his repairs and looks up at Mark.

TIM
Are you kidding me? Another one? What ridiculous thing was it this time?

MARK
It’s not ridiculous, she always said LOL. If you find something funny, laugh, don’t speak an abbreviation to me. I couldn’t be dealing with that.

TIM
You are unbelievable.

MARK
What?

TIM
You always do this. What was your problem with the one before her?

MARK
She called me Marky. What do I look like a member of the funky bunch? You know I hate the cutesy talk.

TIM
And the one before her, Rebecca?

MARK
Big teeth Beccy? Well she had big teeth. But okay I see your point.

TIM
No no, let’s keep doing this. The one before her, the blonde, what was your issue with her?

MARK
She had a pet fern. Plants can’t be pets. Come on, would you have really put up with that?

TIM
And the one before that, the cook?

MARK
Her favourite food was asparagus. That one speaks for itself.

TIM
Mark, relationships take work. It’s a lot like me and this mug. To stay together it needs patience and effort. You don’t just go throwing it out the moment things aren’t perfect.

MARK
Well to borrow your analogy I think your mug, much like an imperfect relationship, is left with cracks in it, and causes everything you drink from it to taste faintly like glue.

TIM
Wait, what’s the glue in this analogy?

MARK
The point is if something’s broken sometimes it’s better to buy a new one, simple as that.

TIM
Well Louise and I have been dating for three years and we’ve never been happier and it’s all due to us having patience and effort.

MARK
Fair enough, but you should know Louise hates that mug and has been smashing it on purpose.

Tim’s face turns to one of shock. Mark leans in.

MARK (CONT’D)
For me that would be a deal breaker.

Tim looks down at the pieces of the mug.

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