Act III, Scene 4

Outside the club.

(Sindi is sitting on the curb, head lowered. She has blood on her hands and face, claw marks, torn clothes, her coat wrapped around her. Enter Adam and Karla.)

Adam:
Are you sure this is a good idea, Karla? I'd rather not run into Cai.

Karla:
We don't have to talk to him if we see him. Besides, when I talked to him on the phone he said he wasn't going to press charges, since technically it was an accident.

Adam:
Yeah. Well, still... (sees Sindi.) Sindi? Is something wrong? Sindi? Hello? (She looks up but her eyes are vacant. Adam sees the blood on her face.) Holy shit! Sindi, what happened to you?

Karla:
Oh my God. Were you in an accident?

Adam:
Looks more like someone attacked her. Sindi, what happened? Sindi? Please, say something!

(Sindi shakes her head and opens her mouth a little. Adam cries out and recoils.)

Karla:
What? Adam, what?

Adam:
Oh my God! Her tongue... (gags)

Karla:
Oh my God. Give me your phone. I'll call an ambulance... (He does so)

Adam:
Maybe you should tell the police to come too.

Karla:
Yeah, I will. (She exits)

Adam:
Sindi. Sindi, look at me. You were attacked, weren't you? Who did this to you? Do you even understand what I'm saying? Sindi? (no response) Oh Sindi... oh my God... I'm so sorry about everything. I'm sorry... (he tries to hold her. She pulls away.) Sindi, what is it, what's wrong? Were you--?

(enter Cai and Fetish Girl. He sees Sindi right away and gestures for Fetish Girl to go into the club ahead of him. Adam backs off as Cai approaches)

Cai:
Sindi? Where have you been? I know I said I wanted you to move out but you didn't have to just disappear. You... (realizes) Sindi, what happened to you?

Adam:
Cai, somebody attacked her. She... she can't talk...

Cai:
What do you mean, she can't talk?

Adam:
She's... got no tongue.

Cai:
Whoa. Sindi, what--? (he tries to touch her. She pulls away and shakes her head.) Holy shit. What the hell happened to you?

(Sindi undoes her coat a little, reaches inside and pulls out Gelal's mask. She hands it to Cai.)

Cai:
(gasps and takes the mask from her) Oh my... He... it was him? (she nods slowly. Cai covers his face.) Oh... no... Sindi...

Adam:
Cai? What's--?

Cai:
Sindi, can you write down what happened? It was after you left the hospital, wasn't it? (she nods) You didn't have the--? (she nods) How badly cut are you? I didn't think they could... Can I see--? (He reaches for her. She recoils and looks away) Please, Sindi: how can I help you? (she shakes her head) Seriously Sindi, anything I can do for you... anything! (shakes her head, makes a gesture of cutting her wrists. Cai gasps and catches hold of her.) Sindi, no! No...

Adam:
Cai, do you have any idea what happened to her? I mean, she's a strong girl - aren't you Sindi? I can't imagine what could have happened to make her... like this.

Cai:
(sighs, fingering the mask) Yeah... well...

Adam:
Um Cai, what is that?

Cai:
(makes a face - he's surprised that Adam can see the mask) What does it look like?

Adam:
(shrugs) I don't know. A mask? So? Why does she have it?

Cai:
(sighs again) Because it belongs to a guy who was stalking her.

Adam:
A stalker? Are you serious? You mean, like, some disturbed--?

Cai:
Yeah. That's part of the reason she moved in with me. I didn't think it would get this serious though...

Adam:
That's totally... God, that's awful! (Sindi covers her face) Sindi, you... err, did he... um, how badly... uh... have you been...?

Cai:
(rolls his eyes) Adam, just shut up. Look at her: The answer is obviously 'yes'. Leave her alone.

Adam:
Cai! Don't be such a fucking-- (frustrated sound) How can this be happening? This can't be real! God... Sindi... Cai, if she was being stalked, how come she only told you? Didn't she go to the police? She never told me about it!

Cai:
Adam... look... it's complicated, alright?

(Enter Karla)

Karla:
They're on the way. Is she... oh, Cai.

Cai:
Don't sound too thrilled.

Karla:
(points at the mask) What is that?

Adam:
It might be evidence. Right Cai?

Cai:
It's kind of hard to explain. (separates himself from the others a little)

Adam:
Cai, you're going to give that to the police, right?

Cai:
Of course. What the hell else would I do with it? (to self) Adam can see this. So can Karla. It's not just me and Sindi. This is physical now. Maybe that means the demon is physical too. I wonder if that's what he was expecting...

(blackout)

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