M. Scott Ault Online

A Divorce in Four Parts..
    I've always thought of Life as a process of divorce. We start and evrything we see.. everything we touch.. consume.. is a part of US. We *own* everything that we know. Then.. slowly.. by degrees.. as we grow older.. we divorce ourselves from the masses.. from the things.. until we realize we are truly nothing but our selves within the cosmos.. within the planet.. it's a concept that I've dealt with for decades. Now, I'm putting it in to Shortie Form...

Chapter One
    Le Divorce
    or.. A little boy sees his Father in a new light.
    The Father arrives in a huge moving van (huge to a 7yr old).. backing it up in to the driveway. He is standing beside Mother who flings a thin glass at the tire of the vehicle. Even at 7yrs young, he sees that as a useless and futile act. Mother, then, ushers The Boy in to the house by the back door and locks it. She tells him to go to his room.. at that time, Father appears like in a horror movie in the back door window.. tries for entry and fails.. so he punches his fist thru the door. The Boy sees all this.. and Mother, again, tells The Boy to go to his room.. he goes in to the kitchen and hunkers down.. hearing the arguement.. and feeling (this is hard- it's an internal thing) that his Father wants to hurt his Mother.. MEMORY- father.. love, care and kindness.. carrying The Boy in his arms.. they walk to the basement of A House.. Father opens a door and points to a crib.. father says "This is where you used to sleep when you were little" .. The Boy is small enough to be easily carried in Fathers arms so.. not much bigger than Crib sized. **Father's voice is~ if this makes sense~ sort of HDR audio.. his voice is both clear and muffled since it is heard with ears and heart.. within and through bodies. And it's the timbral transferrence that dials The Boy up to know LOVE. When WE come back from The Flashback, the voices are muffled.. hard to hear distinctly.. but it's a lot of aggro tones and the boy is sitting there.. hunkered down in the kitchen. Hiding.. but not wanting to be too far from THEM.

Characters:
    The Boy- 7 yr old- ish.. blonde hair.
    The Father- 30ish, brown hair
    The Mother- 30- ish, brown hair
    The Uncle- 30ish, any hair colour.
Locations:
    Laneway, back of house
    Garage
    Kitchen
    Basement.

Chapter Two
    Secret Agent Man
    or.. Childhood double dealings .. double snitching..
    Post Divorce settlement.. Mother sends The Boy to spend selected weekends with The Father. On arrival, Father is distant.. takes BOY to Do Things.. while out and about, Father buys The Boy things he shows marginal interest in (handheld radio.. ski jacket..) and sporadically asks about Mother and her habits.. specifically, does she ever have guys over.. is there a special guy in her life? At the end of the weekend, The Boy is dropped off at his Home.. and mother grills him on Fathers lifestyle and spending habits.. is there a woman.. anything and everything.
    An Aside.. The Boy decides to run away.. throws all his belongings in to a duffel bag and heads to the front hall.. mother says "He wont want you.. he already has a new family."
Characters:
    The Boy- 10 yr old- ish.. blonde hair.
    The Father- 30ish, brown hair
    The Mother- 30- ish, brown hair
    Shop Worker- OPEN
Locations:
    House
    Apartment in Multi Story Building
    Shop
    Basement.

Chapter Three
    The Iron Maiden
    The Boy sees MOTHER in a new light
    At 15, The Boy wants to go to rock concerts.. his musical taste is ecclectic to say the least and his older brother has been going to concerts since he was about 15 so.. why not? Boy asks Mother if he can go to see this amazing band.. Mother says no. Boy is frustrated.. every time he wants to do something that his older siblings did at his age.. he's rebuffed and the request is refused. So, in retaliation he purchases two tickets to see the worst heavy metal band coming to town. He tells Mother that he's over at a friends place for the evening.. and goes off to the concert with a friend. When he comes home, Mother says she went to friends house to check up on him and.. his friend didn't live there and it was all a lie. Where were you? A concert.. *SLAP*

Characters:
    The Boy- 15 yr old- ish.. blonde hair.
    The Friend- 15ish, open attributes (?)
    The Mother- 30- ish, brown hair
Locations:
    Kitchen
    Concert?? Archive Footage?

Chapter Four
    The Irony of...
    In dim light do we see truths?
    At 15ish The Boy decides that he doesn't want to go to University.. he wants to go to community college and explore a more artistic path in life. This means ending High School at grade 12 instead of going on to grade 13.. Mother retorts with "You are GOING to University!!!"

Characters:
    The Boy- 15 yr old- ish.. blonde hair.
    The Mother- 30- ish, brown hair
Locations:
    Bedroom

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