Short Synopsis

SHORTLY AFTER WORLD WAR II

AN OLDER MARRIED COUPLE

EXPERIENCES AN UNUSUAL NIGHT…

A NIGHT THAT HAS YET TO REVEAL

HOW THE WAR HAS AFFECTED THE

TWO OF THEM.



Synopsis

SHE WAS WOKEN UP BY A NOISE. HER

HUSBAND IS NOT IN BED WITH HER, SO SHE

LOOKS FOR HIM IN THE APARTMENT. AS SHE FINALLY FINDS HIM IN THE KITCHEN HE

OBVIOUSLY IS HIDING SOMETHING FROM

HER. SHE LOOKS AROUND AND DISCOVERS

BREAD CRUMBS AND THE KNIFE.


THE KNIFE HE HAD USED TO SECRETLY

CUT A SLICE OF BREAD. HE HIDES A BITE OF THE BREAD IN HIS MOUTH. ONE CANNOT TALK PROPERLY THAT WAY. BOTH ARE AWARE OF THIS EMBARRASSING SITUATION. BOTH ARE BARELY CAPABLE TO STAY SANE. THIS IS THE MOMENT OF TRUTH. SHE FEELS LIKE KILLING HIM. HE WOULD PREFER TO BE SOMEWHERE ELSE; HE CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT HE IS DOING.


WHEN DID ALL THIS START? WHEN DID THE

LOVE BETWEEN THEM VANISH? HER NAKED

FEET PLASH ALONG THE HALLWAY. THEY GO BACK TO THE BEDROOM. BACK IN BED, HE STILL HAS BREAD IN HIS MOUTH. SHE ACTS LIKE SHE IS SLEEPING. HE CONTINUES TO CHEW QUIETLY. THEN THE BLANKET OF HABITS COVERS THEM. THE NIGHT COMES TO AN END.


THE NEXT EVENING SHE OFFERS HIM AN

ADDITIONAL SLICE OF BREAD, NOT WITHOUT HAVING TO THINK ABOUT HIS BETRAYAL. THE BURDEN OF LAST NIGHT LEAVES HIM LOOKING AT THE BREAD IN SHAME. SHE PUTS AWAY THE KNIFE AND SITS NEXT TO HIM. SURVIVAL HAS TO DO WITH STICKING TOGETHER. LOVE AND WAR; THIS IS A CONTRADICTION IN ITSELF.

TRUST IS BASED ON SHARED GUILT.

BERLIN 1946

© 2014  Ahmet Tas

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