Enron by Lucy Prebble

Scene 2: Afterparty

In a corporate boardroom, high up, Skilling and Roe finish having clothed, quick sex.
Roe I've been thinking about mark-to-market.
Skilling That's … concerning.
He is doing his trousers up. Roe is pulling down her skirt and straightening herself.
Roe Essentially, we are deciding what our own future profits will be.
Skilling No. The market is. You want to have this argument now?
Roe All I said is, we get to decide the profits. Why would that be anything but a good thing?
Skilling Right. But you're wrong.
Roe Spiky.Look at you! Look at your face!
Skilling What?
Roe You just changed is all.
Beat.
Roe I'll bet you were a real serious kid. My oldest is like that.
Skilling Not … really.
Roe You know, I read that it's better to hire people who were bullied at school. Cos, you know, they want it more. They've got inbuilt competition.
Skilling I wasn't bullied! I got things quicker. When you get things quicker, you begin to resent people who don't.
Roe You thought you were special.
Skilling No, hey, I was drunk when I told you that stuff … I don't want to get on the couch about it.
Roe Oooh! 'Whatever.'
Skilling You know what, we accept that some people are prettier than other people and their lives are probably easier, and we accept that some people are funnier – but if you're smarter, you're supposed to walk around like you're shamed by it. Like everyone's viewpoint is equally valid. Well, it's not, some people are fucking idiots.
Roe (laughs) Not here.
Skilling No, not here. Exactly.
They look out of a window over Houston.
Skilling I love a workplace at night. No banality.
Roe Before the market opens. The world waiting.
Beat.
Skilling We need to talk about a thing.
Roe Ohh! Ken told you.
Beat.
Skilling (lying) Yeah.
Roe Yeah. I like how you bring it up after you screwed me …
Skilling / What did he say to you?
Roe I'm not gonna break that confidence. But if you think when I'm president, you're getting special favours –
Skilling Wait, Rich is leaving?!
Roe Shit.
Skilling You're getting President?
Roe You said you knew!
Skilling No!
Roe You are a real son of a … I can't / believe –
Skilling I was gonna say Susan and I have separated.
Beat.
Roe Oh my God!
Skilling Rich is leaving Enron?
Roe Do I need to feel guilty?
Skilling Has Lay offered you the job?
Roe I can't be the cause of a marriage break up –
Skilling I can't believe he's going.
Roe We've only had sex three times.
Skilling Rich is leaving (!) And it's four times.
Roe Yes, Rich is leaving. And I had sex with you three times.
Skilling That is wrong, but –
Roe One, South America. Two, after the SEC announce- / ment. Three –
Skilling / You forgot the plane.
Beat.
Roe How are you defining sex?
Skilling Sex. Penetration.
Roe We didn't have penetrative sex on the Enron jet! We fooled around. I went down on you.
Skilling That's penetration! I was penetrating your –
Roe Oh my God, well if you want to throw that in …!
Skilling I don't want to throw anything in (!) It doesn't matter, nothing will be penetrated any more.
Roe When did Susan leave?
Skilling Has he offered you the job?
Roe That's none of your business. When did your wife leave?
Skilling I left. She left. But I – left.
Roe I hope I'm irrelevant.
Skilling You are entirely irrelevant.
Roe Good.
Beat.
Skilling Will I have to call you Madam President?
Roe Come on, how old are you?!
Skilling I'm forty-two.
Roe Yeah.
Skilling Oh God.
Roe Stop it. You're Harvard, you're McKinsey, you're running a whole division. You're just having a mid-life / (crisis).
Skilling It's not that.I just, don't think this is the world I want to live in.
Roe Don't talk that way.
Skilling I don't mean …I've just been thinking. Waking up at night with all these ideas.Ideas for here.You know, maybe every extraordinary thing that's ever happened was conceived by a man alone in a room at four in the morning.
Roe I think most acts of depravity too.Look, don't get all … I'm sure you've got ideas. I'll talk to Ken –
Skilling He doesn't get me. I didn't grow up on a farm.
Roe smiles.
Roe And you're a godless atheist.
Skilling I'd like to be the other thing. Be nice.
Roe It is nice.
She picks up her underwear and puts it in her handbag.
You gonna go home?
Skilling shakes his head.
Skilling I'm going back to work.
She eyes him.
Roe As an addendum, can I just say, previously you had an incentive equal, I believe, to mine for not disclosing this. I'd like to stress that this and the other three occasions, or four if you're gonna be a high-school girl about it, are not to be discussed or recounted at any future date. And it will not be happening again.
Skilling Wow.
Roe You got a Kleenex? I appear to be running.
Skilling gets a tissue out of his pocket. Roe takes it and gently wipes all the way up her inner leg, wiping off the ejaculate that has run down her thigh.
She tosses the Kleenex away deliberately casually and confidently strides from the office.
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