Act II, Scene 2

Cai's apartment.

(Sindi is sleeping on the couch, just barely waking up. Enter Cai.)

Cai:
Good morning. How do you feel?

Sindi:
A little better, I guess. Thanks for letting me stay here.

Cai:
No problem. It's the least I can do. (chuckles) I'm not always an asshole.

Sindi:
(sighs) It's nice that someone isn't.

Cai:
Do you have something you want to talk about?

Sindi:
Well... not really. I mean, I think I've heard you say already that Adam and Karla aren't worth worrying about.

Cai:
Why? Are you involved in that mess?

Sindi:
Less so now than I was, I guess. (pauses, considering.) Adam and I have been friends for a long time. But because of Karla he doesn't want to talk to me at all anymore. I just don't understand it. I mean, I've been a good friend - at least I think so - and from all the complaining he does, it doesn't seem like he's very happy with her.

Cai:
He's no loss. But of course, if you're friends with him, you don't feel that way.

Sindi:
Uh huh. But I guess it doesn't really matter what I feel. He doesn't want to talk to me anymore - we were just at the cafe talking about that before... well...

Cai:
Yeah. Before you collapsed.

Sindi:
Um... yeah. (pause) Um, Cai... I don't know if this is going to sound weird. But um, you saw someone else there, didn't you? A man in a mask who attacked me?

Cai:
Hmm. So you do remember.

Sindi:
Cai! You can see him?

Cai:
(makes a face) Can you?

Sindi:
Cai, are we the only ones that can see him? What is he? What the hell is going on?

Cai:
You know, amongst my detractors at the bar I have a reputation for having done way too much acid when I was younger. And as far as what I'm about to say goes, all the role-playing I do probably won't boost my credibility either. (chuckles) Nonetheless I think he's a demon. (shrugs, as if this is normal)

Sindi:
A demon? Like, for real, or do you mean that in some sort of gaming sense?

Cai:
No, I mean it for real. I've seen him before, and other ones too. They're always hovering around and whispering to people. I've never seen one actually attack someone like that before though.

Sindi:
I don't even understand what he did to me. How it could hurt that much. I don't think he even did anything other than just touch me... did he?

Cai:
That's all I saw. It looked pretty awful though. Damn, I'm glad I figured out that mirror thing early on when I started seeing them - they've never gotten a chance to touch me. (laughs self-consciously) Demons! Goddamn... I should never have got into black metal, I should have stuck with industrial from the start.

Sindi:
So... when they see their reflections... it makes them go away?

Cai:
Not in any kind of permanent, total sense. But yeah, they'll go away for awhile. Why - do they bother you a lot? That one in particular?

Sindi:
Yeah. I mean, he's the only one I've seen - thankfully. I've been afraid for awhile now that he was going to attack me. I wanted to call the police but, well, obviously...

Cai:
Yeah, I know. Don't waste your time.

Sindi:
I just don't understand, why me? I mean, I haven't done any drugs, I've never role-played and I always thought I was pretty stable. Err, not to say that you... or that role-play games...

Cai:
(sarcastically) You're on to my 'devil-worshipping' ways, are you? (Sindi freezes, unsure if she's offended him). Whatever, I don't care. Anyway, what I'm thinking here is that they don't want me to see them, but for whatever reason I can. Whereas you normally wouldn't be able to see them, but for some reason this particular one wants you to see him.

Sindi:
But why me?

Cai:
Honestly, I don't know. Did he say anything to you? I thought I saw him talking to you at the club.

Sindi:
Well... I don't know, he says he's 'interested' in me... and well... you know what people usually mean when they say they're 'interested' in someone... (shudders)

Cai:
And he won't take 'fuck off' for an answer, huh?

Sindi:
He seems to be pretty persistent. I mean, even if he was human I'd be afraid of him. And if he's not human... Cai, do you know how I can make him go away? For good, I mean?

Cai:
If I knew how to make them go away for good, I'd make them all go away. But unfortunately I only know that seeing their reflection will scare them off for a little while. Beyond that... (shrugs) I have noticed that as I get older, I see fewer and fewer of them. That kinda suggests to me that maybe they're avoiding me, at least to an extent, because normally they don't like being seen by people. Either that or my body's slowly cleaning out all the drugs. But I really don't know.

Sindi:
I see. (pause) Cai, um... I really appreciate you letting me stay here. And I don't want to impose. But would it be at all possible--

Cai:
--for you to stay longer? (she nods) Actually, it's funny you mention that. My roommate just told me she was moving out to live with her boyfriend - like that'll last. Nonetheless, I am kinda looking for a roommate. I don't know you that well, but I know that you're not a crack addict or anything.

Sindi:
I don't know. My rent is supposed to go up pretty quick here. It might not be a bad idea. Are you sure it would be okay?

Cai:
We can give it a try - I mean, if you don't pay rent, I'll kick you out, it's really pretty simple. Or if you get sick of my lifestyle, hey, I understand.

Sindi:
Your lifestyle?

Cai:
(laughs) Come on. I'm sure you've heard stories. But whatever. (shrugs) So what do you think? Do you want to give it a try then?

Sindi:
I'd love to. Thanks so much. (hugs and kisses him)

Cai:
Uh, yeah, no problem...

Sindi:
What? Is something wrong?

Cai:
Well, just don't get too attached to me.

Sindi:
Cai, you saved my life. I can't help but feel a little bit attached.

Cai:
Yeah, I guess so. But don't worry, feelings go away in time. Heh. (Draws away from her.) Yeah, I'm sorry, I've got to get to work. If you want to stay here some more, I'll go dig up some keys for you.

Sindi:
Okay. Thanks Cai. (He exits) Feelings go away in time? What's that supposed to mean? Well, he never talked to me much at the bar. And I never talked to him, because I thought he was hard to read. I guess he could save my life without really liking me. (sighs) I want to be friends though. Without Adam I don't have anyone. Well, if we see each other all the time, maybe I'll grow on him.

(enter Cai)

Cai:
Here. Don't be inviting anyone over that I hate. You know, like Adam for example. That's the only big rule. Oh, and don't worry about your stalker too much - they don't come out in the daytime.

Sindi:
Okay, thanks.

Cai:
See you later.

Sindi:
See you. Bye.

(exit Cai. Blackout.)

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