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  • Ray and Robyn are watching TV in the evening. On the television is a man talking about the space programme, and the moonlandings.

    RAY
    Some people believe that it wasn’t real. That it was set up. By a studio. Did you hear that?

    ROBYN
    Yeah.

    RAY
    Did you hear that?

    ROBYN
    Yeah. I heard. What do you think?

    RAY
    Well. I gave that a lot of thought, because that could of been true.

    ROBYN
    What, that it was fake.

    RAY
    Ya. But I thought about it all, and I thought, no.

    ROBYN
    That it was real.

    RAY
    Ya.

    ROBYN
    Are you sure?

    RAY
    Ya. I’m sure. Because if that was set up in a studio someone’s gonna find out at some point, and that would be stupid.

    ROBYN
    But what if they all said they’d keep it all a secret?

    RAY
    You can’t keep that kind of thing a secret, not for ever.

    ROBYN
    Why can’t you keep that secret forever? Why is that different from any secret?

    RAY
    Well because there’s always somebody who’s gonna talk. From what I know about people, they...you can’t trust a lot of people. A secret can’t remain secret forever. Somebody always finds out. The only person you can trust to keep a secret is yourself.

    ROBYN
    But that’s what a secret is - you don’t tell anybody.

    RAY
    Ya. But you see, that’s a real secret. A secret that you tell somebody, you gotta trust them.

    ROBYN
    And you can’t trust anybody.

    RAY
    It’ll come out somewhere.

    ROBYN
    Have you got secrets?
    (Pause.)

    RAY
    Yeah. Yeah.

    ROBYN
    Real secrets, or secrets that you tell everyone?

    RAY
    No, real secrets. Real ones. That I don’t even tell you.

    ROBYN
    Hmm. Why’s that?

    RAY
    Because they’re secret. And because if I told you, you might want to tell somebody else.

    ROBYN
    I wouldn’t tell somebody else.

    RAY
    I know you wouldn’t. But you might want to, and I don’t want to lumber you with that, you see. That wouldn’t be fair.

    ROBYN
    Hm. Has mom got secrets?

    RAY
    I don’t know.

    ROBYN
    Have I got secrets?

    RAY
    Well you’d gotta tell me.

    ROBYN
    I don’t think so.

    RAY
    Good. I think most people have secrets really, but if you don’t that’s good. Because secrets are a burden.

    ROBYN
    Why?

    RAY
    Well because I think you know inside yourself that they shouldn’t be secret.

    ROBYN
    So you gotta tell someone.

    RAY
    Hm?

    ROBYN
    So then you gotta tell someone.

    RAY
    Well yeah, that is logical. But then it wouldn’t be a secret.

    ROBYN
    Well that’d be good.

    RAY
    That would be...yeah. If it was a perfect world, that’d be good. In a perfect world. But it’s not perfect because it’s got people in it. And if you could trust all those people there’d be no need for secrets, but you can’t. It’s very important to know that. It’s very important for you as a girl to know that.

    ROBYN
    Ok.

    RAY
    Don’t trust too many people. You can trust me. And I can trust you.

    ROBYN
    Uhuh. But you can’t tell me your secrets?

    RAY
    I could. But I won’t because it wouldn’t be fair. And that’s our secret. Ok?

    ROBYN
    Ok.

    (Pause.)

    I talk to the tree. It’s not really a secret, I just haven’t told anyone yet. And I guess no one else is there. Apart from Dog, and he doesn’t really care.

    RAY
    Do you talk to Dog?

    ROBYN
    No because he can’t talk. He’s a dog.

    RAY
    You don’t know he can’t talk do you? Just because you can’t understand what he’s saying.

    ROBYN
    I guess he can talk like a dog.

    RAY
    Ya. Do you think dogs talk to each other.

    ROBYN
    Yeah. I suppose.

    RAY
    That’s interesting. Because you can’t really understand...well sometimes you can. You can tell if he’s excited. And you can tell if he’s /

    ROBYN
    Scared.

    RAY
    Ya. And if he’s looking for food. If he needs feeding. Do you think he has different words for that?

    ROBYN
    Well he barks doesn’t he.

    RAY
    Ya. And he does bark different for different things.

    ROBYN
    I can’t speak that language though. Does Dog have secrets? Does Dog think in words?

    RAY
    Well I don’t know.

    ROBYN
    We can’t ask him.

    RAY
    Nope.

    ROBYN
    Because we can’t know what he’s saying.

    RAY
    Ya. And if he knew what you were saying, would he tell you his secrets?

    ROBYN
    I guess. Maybe me, or you. Maybe not mom.

    RAY
    No. Do you tell mom your secrets?

    ROBYN
    I’m not sure if I have any, but I don’t think I’d tell her anyway.

    (They sit quietly.)
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