Act III, Scene 3

Outside the hospital.

(Sindi is alone. Enter Gelal.)

Gelal:
And how is Cai?

Sindi:
He'll pull through. He already regained consciousness while I was at the hospital with him. Unfortunately he spent most of the time he was conscious ranting about how stupid I was to bring Adam home.

Gelal:
I warned you.

Sindi:
Whatever... look, I'm not interested in talking to you right now, okay? I mean, I've pretty much screwed up all my friendships and my living arrangements and my sexual prospects in one stupid night. Do you find all of this funny or something?

Gelal:
No, only tedious.

Sindi:
Oh, it's tedious is it? Are you bored? What exactly would amuse you then? If I killed myself, would you enjoy that?

Gelal:
That would only add to the monotony of my eternal existence, Sindi. It's taken me this long to find you - to choose you. So it would hardly be in my best interest to have you slip away that easily.

Sindi:
I'm so flattered that you care.

Gelal:
Yes, well, you understand then: even though my motives are twisted, my interest in you is sincere.

Sindi:
Why am I so special? I mean, it seems to me that I betrayed Cai tonight even though I 'didn't mean to.' So aren't I just as bad as...?

Gelal:
You are only human, darling. Such flaws only fuel our urges to destroy your kind. But as to why I've chosen you over your pathetic friends: it's because, whether you want to or not, you understand me. I know you've been thinking about the question I asked you.

Sindi:
What question? Like I care...

Gelal:
Which do you prefer: a dull, incompetently-wielded blade in the back--

Sindi:
I don't want to think about blades right now...

Gelal:
--or the clinical precision of prolonged, surgical torture? The latter may hurt more but it requires far more skill.

Sindi:
I can't believe you're still on about that. Do you think you're turning me on or something?

Gelal:
(laughs) You're the one who was wishing you were in Karla's place earlier.

Sindi:
That doesn't mean I'd want you in Cai's place!

Gelal:
Fair enough. But you certainly have more of a chance with me than you do with Cai or Adam at the moment.

Sindi:
I'm not interested! How many times do I have to tell you to leave me alone!

Gelal:
Well, since you feel that way, why don't you take out your mirror and banish me? (smugly) Oh, I forgot: you left it at home in your hurry to get in the ambulance with Cai, didn't you?

Sindi:
My cab will be here soon... (moves away from him, still glaring. He says in place, looking at her.) I'm sure you have better, more evil things to do than just stand around talking to me. Or is that all you have the balls to do right now?

Gelal:
Bold words. Do you mean to provoke me?

Sindi:
(ignores him for a moment, seething) You... look, if you're going to do something to me, just do it and get it over with, okay?

Gelal:
Hmm, yes, well, now that you have no one left to support you I suppose the suspense must be killing you. Or perhaps I should say, the anticipation.

Sindi:
So you are just another insecure asshole who thinks that 'no' means 'yes'?

Gelal:
Hardly. I know that 'no' means 'no' - I just don't care. And despite your terror of me, I know there is a part of you that finds that refreshing.

Sindi:
I don't know what you're talking about!

Gelal:
I mean, look at self-deceit that lies within Adam, and Karla, and even Cai. Compare that with how honest I'm being with you.

Sindi:
Will you just stay out of my personal problems?! God...

Gelal:
I find it very interesting that at this very moment, you hate Adam more than you hate me.

Sindi:
Mind your own business!

Gelal:
Don't you realize what that implies, Sindi? You hate betrayal even more than you hate the prospect of your own destruction! Admit it!

Sindi:
Go to hell!

Gelal:
If I'm wrong, then tell me what you do hate most!

Sindi:
No! I don't want to talk to you anymore!

Gelal:
In your heart you know...

Sindi:
Stop torturing me!

Gelal:
I live to torture you. Now answer me!

Sindi:
Fuck you! Leave me alone! Why can't you leave me alone? Damn you... (breaking) You wanna know what I hate? I hate you! I hate you, and Adam, and Karla, and Cai! I hate the fact that we're all just idiots who make ourselves miserable! And I hate the fact that no one anywhere will ever be happy, including me, because we can't do anything right! That's what I hate! All the pain and all the betrayal and all the people who cause it! Okay? I hate it all. Including myself! There, are you fucking happy? (crying) Oh, go away... leave me alone...

Gelal:
I've told you before, Sindi: you are alone.

Sindi:
(hysterical) Then leave me! Leave me - go away, damn you! What do you need me for? Nobody else needs me! Nobody cares! Why would they? God, I don't even understand what's wrong with me... but it must be something awful if no one will... (sobbing) oh... why? God, why...?

Gelal:
Sindi, look. (takes off his mask. She stares - he is beautiful.)

Sindi:
Oh... my... God.

Gelal:
Surprised? I thought I told you that I was an angel once. (advances on her)

Sindi:
Stay away... oh God, stay away...

Gelal:
Long ago, I spoke words not unlike yours: God, I don't understand what's wrong with me. But it must be something awful, for You to send me so far away from You...

Sindi:
Oh... God...

Gelal:
Come here.

Sindi:
No... don't...

(He seizes her. She tries to struggle but collapses, crying)

Gelal:
Sssh. You'll cry yourself out before I've even begun.

(She shakes her head, tries to push him away. He kisses her. She struggles harder, agonized by his touch. But gradually the pain overwhelms her and she struggles less. He disengages and takes off his gloves.)

Sindi:
(gasping) Please... you're hurting me... I c-can't stand this...

Gelal:
I know. (reaches for her)

Sindi:
(recoils) No! I-I'll faint...

Gelal:
No you won't.

(Grabs her by the throat and continues. Her suffering is evident. When he pulls away this time, blood is running from her mouth.)

Sindi:
(losing coherency) W-what are you... d-doing to me?

Gelal:
Oh darling, I've hardly done anything yet. Yet I can already feel you shaking against me. And when I look inside you I know all the vile, degrading things that you feel. There's no terror or agony that you can keep secret from me.

Sindi:
Y-you enjoy it... d-don't you?

Gelal:
Very much so, Sindi. More pleasure than I've felt in millennia.

Sindi:
R-really...?

Gelal:
Yes. Without the slightest of misgivings.

Sindi:
I-I know... it's... j-just like you s-said...

Gelal:
Yes. I deliver what I claim. Just as you prayed someone would. So I am your angel.

Sindi:
Y-... (nods weakly)

Gelal:
(smiles - despite himself, he's touched) Oh Sindi, how sweet you are. You see? I told you that you understood me.

(Again they kiss. He relinquishes his hold on her but she does not break away. Eventually he stops her.)

Gelal:
People will see you here before long. Shall I take you somewhere more private?

(She nods. He picks her up and exits)

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