Act III, Scene 1

Nightclub. Tables: a) Gothboy and Catty Goth b) Artsy Goth (with a sketchbook) c) Cai, Sindi, Metal Girl and Fetish Girl.

(Karla is at the bar. Cai walks up beside her.)

Cai:
I like your outfit.

Karla:
Oh... thanks.

Cai:
Have you thought any more about our conversation?

Karla:
(sighs) I don't know.

Cai:
So where is your worse half tonight anyway?

Karla:
I don't know.

Cai:
Fancy that, huh? (squeezes her shoulder and goes to sit down)

Sindi:
Cai, are you hitting on Karla?

Cai:
Yeah. Why, are you jealous? (other girls laugh)

Sindi:
I'm not jealous. I was just asking.

Cai:
Well, the answer is yes. Don't get all defensive.

Sindi:
I'm not. (gets up to get a drink)

Metal:
What's her problem?

Cai:
I don't know. She's kinda got a crush on me, but she's not being as mature about it as she thinks she is. Kinda gets on my nerves.

Fetish:
Why does she suddenly have a crush on you? (teasingly) Have you done anything naughty with her, Cai?

Cai:
Nah. She's too closed-off. Kinda like she won't tell me what she wants and then gets pissed off at me for not knowing. For all I know she thinks she's going out with me or something.

Metal:
I hate it when girls act like that.

Fetish:
Oh, me too!

Karla:
Hi Sindi.

Sindi:
Hi Karla.

Karla:
How's your night going?

Sindi:
Fine. Yours?

Karla:
I don't know. Okay. Have you seen Adam lately?

Sindi:
Um, not since you told him not to talk to me.

Karla:
Huh. Well I haven't seen him much either.

Sindi:
(shrugs) I don't know anything about it. Cai can vouch for my whereabouts.

Karla:
That's nice. Do you like him?

Sindi:
Who, Cai? He's a friend. Why?

Karla:
Have you been with him?

Sindi:
How is that any of your business?

Karla:
I was just wondering because, well... I am a little curious about him. I just want to make sure he isn't lying to me about who he has and hasn't been with.

Sindi:
Okay. So what did he say about me?

Karla:
That you're just his roommate. And, well, to be honest, he also said that with the way you hide your feelings, he thinks it would cause too many problems if he did anything with you.

Sindi:
(rolls eyes) Uh huh.

Karla:
What is it?

Sindi:
I was with him once. But whatever. I don't 'have anything' if that's what you're worried about.

Karla:
(awkwardly bemused) Well then. Thank you for the information.

Sindi:
You're very welcome. (starts to walk away and stops.) I thought you didn't like him. Cai, I mean.

Karla:
I don't know, okay? Why, are you going to tell Adam or something?

Sindi:
I thought you guys were done. Cai told me Adam cheated on you again.

Karla:
(sighs) In a way it wasn't as bad when it was with you. I know you and Adam were friends for a long time. So if he's with you but says he still loves me, it makes me angry, obviously, but I can understand a little bit. Whereas if he just sleeps with some slut that he barely even knows...

Sindi:
... it kind of makes you wonder about the love thing?

Karla:
Yeah. I still want to give him a chance because I know inside he's just a confused little boy. But... I think maybe he just doesn't understand how it feels to be cheated on.

Sindi:
Yeah. Maybe. (goes back to Cai's table)

Cai:
Hey. Did you have it out with her?

Sindi:
No, we were civil.

Cai:
Goth girls being civil to one another? How novel. (Metal Girl and Fetish Girl snicker)

Metal:
Heh... that's a good one! (Artsy Goth approaches. Metal Girl and Fetish Girl turn to talk to her)

Sindi:
What's that supposed to mean?

Cai:
(shrugs) You're all the same - meowing and playing games. No offense.

Sindi:
Excuse me? When was I playing games? Has it occurred to you that if you weren't so fucking hard to read I wouldn't have hidden my--?

Cai:
Sssh! God Sindi, will you chill out? Why do you have to always take things so personally?

Sindi:
Well, if you don't want me to take things personally, maybe you shouldn't run me down when you talk to other people!

Cai:
Bah. Whatever Karla said, I'm sure it's not true. I mean, it's Karla, right? You worry too much. (Karla makes eyes at him from across the club. He notices and gets up.)

Sindi:
Where are you going?

Cai:
Just walking around. Relax! (As Cai moves away, Metal Girl and Artsy Goth go back to the Artsy Goth's table, leaving Sindi and Fetish Girl alone.)

Fetish:
So how are you?

Sindi:
Fine. You?

Fetish:
Fine. Except I think this vinyl makes my butt look fat.

Sindi:
It looks fine to me. (jokingly) I'd take you home.

Fetish:
Hmm? (snickers awkwardly) Yes, well... Didn't you used to go out with Esmerelda?

Sindi:
Yes, that was me. Why, do you still see her around? Is she still denying it?

Fetish:
Yes and yes. (chuckles)

Sindi:
I don't understand why people deny who they've slept with. (looking at Cai) I mean, it's going to get out eventually.

Fetish:
Dear. (leans close to Sindi.) Cai denies everything. Even the most obvious things. Don't take it personally. He has a girlfriend in another city. He's just trying to keep things under control for the odd time she comes to visit.

Sindi:
Really? I didn't know that.

Fetish:
We all pretend not to. (rolls eyes) Men. If they're weak, I see no reason not to take advantage of them.

Sindi:
Weak, huh...

(Cai and Karla appear to be whispering to one another. Then they go back to their separate tables.)

Karla:
(To Gothboy and Catty Goth) I'm not feeling very well. I think I drank too much too fast. Cai has to get up early for a game tomorrow anyway so he's going to drive me home.

Gothboy:
Okay. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Catty:
Be careful he doesn't do anything, you know, Cai-like.

Karla:
(chuckles) Yes, I will. Goodnight. (exits)

Cai:
I just remembered that I have a game tomorrow morning.

Sindi:
You do?

Cai:
(quietly) I know you don't like her, but don't be a pain, okay? (To Fetish Girl) So I guess I'll see you next week. (To Sindi) You have everything you need, right?

Sindi:
I'm fine. I come prepared now.

Cai:
Okay. See you later or tomorrow or whatever.

Sindi:
Um, can I talk to you for a minute... alone?

Cai:
(reluctantly) Yeah, I guess. (They go aside.) What?

Sindi:
Why didn't you tell me that you have a girlfriend?

Cai:
What the fuck is this all of a sudden?

Sindi:
I'm just wondering. I mean--?

Cai:
What does it matter? Are you jealous?

Sindi:
Cai, I'm not mad at you for having a girlfriend. I'm just wondering why... ?

Cai:
Because I don't want you trying to 'save' me the way you try to 'save' Adam, okay? Just because I sleep around on her doesn't mean I'm all confused and distraught like he is.

Sindi:
You don't have to get defensive, Cai. I never assumed--

Cai:
Of course, you probably think I'd be happier with you, since I guess you're so much better than Karla and my girlfriend and every other girl, right?

Sindi:
No! Cai, I just think that you can't blame me for not being totally open with you when you're not...

Cai:
So what the fuck do you want? Public acknowledgment? Am I supposed to go tell everyone everything? Am I obligated to let you hang off me?

Sindi:
I'm not saying that.

Cai:
Well could you hurry up and explain what you are saying then? I'm trying to leave here.

Sindi:
Oh... (sighs, a little choked) never mind.

Cai:
Yeah, it's probably better that way. Just a bit of advice, Sindi: You'd better fucking come to terms with the fact that you don't own me. If you ever want to do something with me again, stay out of my affairs and don't bring this up any more, alright? (she nods) Anyway, I'm going now. Goodnight.

(exit Cai. Fetish Girl goes to sit with Metal Girl and Artsy Goth. Sindi sits back down by herself. Enter Gelal, in the shadows)

Gelal:
I see you're alone again.

Sindi:
Do you never give up?

Gelal:
You'll lower your guard eventually. Despite your trepidation, I sense the slightest trace of curiosity in you. It's understandable: human emotions are almost always mixed.

Sindi:
Well, I happen to hate people who give mixed messages, so if you think you're getting any, I'm not sure what part of 'leave me alone' I should clarify for you. Or are you one of those idiots who think that girls always really mean 'yes' when they say 'no'?

Gelal:
Only in the depths of despair could you consent to me.

Sindi:
I can't imagine being that depressed.

Gelal:
Can't you?

(enter Adam. He approaches Gothboy and Catty Goth)

Adam:
Hey. How's it going?

Gothboy:
Okay. Haven't seen you out in awhile.

Catty:
You just missed Karla.

Adam:
Did I? Where'd she go?

Gothboy:
She wasn't feeling well.

Catty:
She got a ride home with Cai.

Adam:
Cai?

(The two goths shrug. Adam stands awkwardly for a minute, then goes over to Sindi's table. They look at each other for a moment. Gelal still hovers behind Sindi.)

Adam:
I guess you probably don't want to talk to me, huh?

Sindi:
I don't know. I'm a little curious, since you're sleeping around anyway, why you aren't sleeping around with me. But I guess it doesn't really matter.

Adam:
Aw, don't remind me. It was a stupid mistake!

Sindi:
Are you ever going to stop making those mistakes?

Adam:
I'm scared to death that I've made too many already. Sindi, did Karla really leave with Cai?

Sindi:
Yeah. Why? Do you think there's something--

Adam:
What? Is there something going on?

Sindi:
I don't know. I'm just his roommate.

Adam:
He hasn't said anything about Karla, has he?

Sindi:
Not really.

Adam:
Not really?

Sindi:
Adam... we were friends, but I am friends with Cai too... sort of... It's not my place to...

Adam:
Sindi, if Karla left with Cai... I mean, did he pick her up? I need to know!

Sindi:
Adam... who cares?

Adam:
What do you mean, who cares? I care!

Sindi:
If you care, why the fuck were you sleeping around on her in the first place? God, you're such a hypocrite...

Adam:
So she did go home with him then?

Sindi:
I don't know! Maybe, I guess. Adam, at this point what difference does it--

Adam:
Sindi, it makes a difference - it makes a difference! Fuck... dammit, I should have gotten here earlier... Karla... oh, why is she doing this?

Sindi:
(sighs. Gelal chuckles.)

Adam:
Sindi, wait, obviously you know where Cai lives...

Sindi:
No. Adam, absolutely not...

Adam:
Sindi, come on! Karla... she'll regret it if she does it. I know what she's like! I've gotta stop her if I can!

Sindi:
Adam, did she ever stop you? Give me a br--

Adam:
Sindi, please, please--

Sindi:
It's too late, Adam. Confront her about it tomorrow!

Adam:
It might not be too late! She usually takes awhile to... um... you know... get herself...

Sindi:
I don't care - I don't want to know about it!

Adam:
Sindi, it's an emergency. Please! Come on! I'll owe you forever - I'll do anything you want! Please--

Sindi:
No! Look, you fucking idiot: why the hell should I help you ruin your life? Why is it not blindingly obvious to you that this relationship is not worth saving? You fucked around on her and now she's fucking around on you! So fucking end it then if you don't like it! Idiot!

Adam:
Sindi... (turns away, getting emotional. Turns back.) Okay. I'll end it.

Sindi:
Bullshit, Adam. I'll believe it when I see it.

Adam:
No, really - you will see it. If I catch her cheating, she can't deny it. So it won't be just rumors circulating around the bar, driving me crazy. I'll know for sure. I'll know... (choking)... that... that it has to end... because she doesn't...

Sindi:
Adam....

Adam:
Yeah, that's it - if she doesn't love me, I want to know. I have to see. Come on Sindi. (Sindi shakes her head. Adam kneels.) Please Sindi, help me. Help me, please!

Gelal:
(sarcastically) He wants to know the truth. He wants to mend his vacillating ways! Isn't that noble?

Sindi:
Adam, I really don't think it's a good idea.

Adam:
Sindi... I know I've been a horrible friend...

Sindi:
I'm tired of hearing your stupid apologies!

Adam:
... but listen: I want to fix that. Maybe... well, it's probably too late for Karla... but it doesn't have to be too late for us. If I can just see that things are over, I can... I'll be done with her... and then it can be like it was... between us, I mean...

Sindi:
I don't know Adam. I really don't know.

Gelal:
Do you really believe him, Sindi? Will you crawl back to him the way he crawls back to Karla?

Adam:
Sindi, please...

Sindi:
Adam, I... look, maybe... um, I mean, what if he did just drive her home and you're getting upset about nothing?

Adam:
Sindi, it's Cai! He could even be doing her in his car, for fucksakes! I hate that fucking bastard! If he even touches her I'll kill him!

Sindi:
Well Adam, he doesn't like you either, so I can't exactly--

Adam:
He's a skank - a filthy skank! He's lower than... (frustrated sound) Dammit, I may not be perfect but I've been more straight with my girlfriend than he's ever been with his!

Sindi:
Hmm. It seems that I'm the last person to know that he has a girlfriend.

Adam:
Yeah, well, it's not like he acts it! I at least have a conscience.

Sindi:
Uh huh. So you're morally superior to Cai because you spend more time moping? (Gelal laughs)

Adam:
No! Sindi... look Sindi, all that aside, I'm serious about what I said. I want to be friends again. I just can't get out of the trap I'm in. Don't you want to help me break free? I told you, if I could just finish things with Karla...

Sindi:
... Adam... I don't think Cai will be too impressed if I...

Adam:
So? What do you need him for? He's a jerk! Have you gotten anywhere with him?

Sindi:
I... (sighs) I-I don't know.

Adam:
Well, either way, you don't sound very happy about it.

Sindi:
Well, he did save my... (stops herself)

Adam:
Huh?

Sindi:
Oh, nothing. I...

Adam:
Please Sindi. Please. I need your help.

Sindi:
... okay. Okay, okay... (stands up) I really think this is a bad idea. And I really don't want to do this. But I'll do it on one condition.

Adam:
What condition? Name it.

Sindi:
If you catch Karla cheating, it's over between you and her and we go back to talking to one another like normal people. Promise you'll do that and I'll take you to Cai's place.

Adam:
Okay, okay, I promise.

Sindi:
Okay... (Gelal shakes his head. They head toward the exit. Sindi waits by the door for Adam to say goodbye to his friends. Gelal pursues. Sindi murmurs.) Adam's probably right about Cai. Cai has no respect for me! I can't believe he thinks I play the same stupid games as Karla does! God. Why does everyone want to be with her?

Gelal:
Given that they do, why do you want to be with them? Are you as susceptible to Adam's lies as she is? Why do you waste your time with the very trivialities that you despise most?

Sindi:
I thought I told you to leave me alone! God!

Adam:
(noticing) Sindi, are you okay?

Sindi:
I'm fine. Let's go get this over with.

(Sindi and Adam exit. Blackout.)

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