London. Life.

“What’s news?” asked Kellen, accepting the glass of red wine that Niall had poured for him.

“I went to the theatre last night…” replied Niall. “Gently Down The Stream, at the The Park.”

“Any good?” asked Kellen.

“I don’t think it would be your kind of thing…” replied Niall.

“Too high-brow?” asked Kellen.

“Maybe...” shrugged Niall. “But really just not interesting enough.”

“It was a gay thing?” asked Kellen.

“Obviously…” confirmed Niall. “Sort of an inter-generational relationship, combined with an extended history lesson.”

“Maybe you’re right…” nodded Kellen. “I’m not sure that inter-generational relationships are my thing.”

“Thanks very much!” laughed Niall. “Did I put you off them?”

“No, it’s not that…” smiled Kellen. “Well, maybe a bit. Who knows. I don’t seem to be much good at holding down any sort of relationship.”

“Relationships are over-rated…” shrugged Niall. “Are you following the Jussie Smollett drama?”

“Obviously…” nodded Kellen.

“What’s your point of view?” asked Niall.

“I don’t know…” shrugged Kellen.

“That’s not like you?” smiled Niall.

“I know…” agreed Kellen. “It’s just that I really can’t wrap my head around it.”

“I know what you mean…” nodded Niall.

“I was so horrified when the attack was first reported…” explained Kellen. “I’ve always loved his work - right back to The Skinny.”

“I know, right?” exclaimed Niall. “Such a good film!”

“When the reports started to emerge speculating that maybe there was more to it, I just assumed that Jussie was obviously telling the truth…” continued Kellen. “I mean, who would stage something like that? How could anyone expect that the truth wouldn’t eventually come out if it was staged?”

“Seems like the truth is coming out…” nodded Niall.

“I just... I don’t know…” shrugged Kellen. “What was he thinking? He’s just completely blown up his career. For what? I don’t get it.”

“Even if he had gotten away with it, what would that have achieved?” asked Niall. “What was the objective of the entire exercise?”

“Just doesn’t make any sense…” sighed Kellen.

“What are your plans for the weekend?” asked Niall.

“I don’t know, nothing major…” replied Kellen. “I’m trying not to spend any money. Things are a bit tight this month.”

“Everything okay?” asked Niall. “Need to borrow something?”

“Thanks, but I think I’ll be okay…” replied Kellen. “It’s just that I underestimated how much those flights to Australia were going to cost me. I just need to have enough to scrape through the rent payment at the end of the month. I should be okay.”

“Well, let me know…” said Niall. “You know that I’m always happy to help.”

“Thanks…” smiled Kellen. “I appreciate it. But I’ve got to start behaving a bit more like an adult.”

“You’re so cute when you try and act like a grownup…” grinned Niall.

“Fuck off!” laughed Kellen. “Fuck all the way off!”