SCENE 13 FROM “THE PARTY” BY D.A. MEDINA
Small clean kitchen in a downtown hotel in the middle of winter in San Francisco, cigarettes fill the ashtray as Antonio rolls a joint, Mireya is dancing to house music, It’s 3 in the morning and they are both a little drunk.
Antonio: You asked me earlier how you cut people off so easily…you know (lights the j and inhales deeply) In my heart…you know, what I mean… people I have loved. Whatever you were there…you fucking remember
Mireya: (still moving her hips to some trance music) Yes – I did- I was (laughing) how can I help you?
A: I have been up late…thinking and writing until the early morning…
M: (still dancing) …like always
A: A valve …I use it. I mean I fucking have it!
M: (interrupting) Valve? Wait…ok go…(they both start laughing)
A: Yes love…please let me finish- OK in my mind there is a valve…fuck! This sounds so fucking stupid (Mireya is looking him in the face as he stares out his small window) I turn it in my mind, I mean when I’m trying to disconnect baby…see? this sounds so lame
M: Please …(grabs her drink) I have to hear this…
A: (Looks Mireya directly in the eyes intently and gravely) When I turn the valve shut I have no feelings for that person anymore, I don’t need to speak with them…I just do not care about them anymore no friendship, no coffee, no updates…none of that. My own Father, I shut the valve on him, I don’t hate him, I don’t care it’s like….
M: I mean I’m sorry Antonio…you know how I feel about you, you are my best friend…
A: (shrugs and forces a fake smile) You know the sad part Mireya?
M: (slowly) Hmmm?
A: I have never been able to open the valve once I have closed it…it’s a damn curse! It’s like a mechanism just like writing….it just is…I have been proud of that! ….for so many years (looking down)
M: Baby…I love you (smiling drunk)
A: Yes Mireya…let me finish, I always thought…..shit Why am I spilling my bullshit all over you?
M: because you love me (smiling and still moving to the beat)
A: (smiling with his eyes) umm I have always thought it was a just a tool or a way of strength to deal with life’s sorrows and…you know… let downs…disappointments , sounds so cheesy right?
M: No its not cheesy baby…I mean …I am not so strong
A: Part of it is because I am a Libra…
M: Holy fuck! You lost me
A: Libra is the only inanimate sign…inanimate means…
M: (interrupts) I know what inanimate means, without life? The scales?? The balance and order all that bullshit…are you saying…(Antonio is shaking his head yes) …you feel like you don’t have life? Fuck Antonio you are one the most…
A: (cuts her off) Yes I am saying that is exactly how I feel ….. or don’t feel.
M: (takes a long drink, sits up in her chair, grabs his face..) Well then you are lucky baby! I wish I could do that.
A: Yeah (takes a long drink and looks down)
M: So…I mean I have known you in the biblical sense of the word ( Antonio laughs)
A: Hey fucker that’s my line!
M: I mean we have been friends and lovers for so many years….why haven’t you… Why are you telling me this Antonio?
Long pause… Camera is on Mireya’s face
A: Well this is the fucked part…Mireya…two…two reasons…I’m telling…you (sits up in his chair and clears his throat) I have cancer in my bones…. I have cancer Mireya…(looks up at Mireya) Jack ass doctors…they say I got like 6 weeks…(Mireya is sobbing, Antonio holds her long hair in his lap)
M: I…I love …(crying softly she loses her voice…)
A: Don’t you want to know the other reason?…Mireya?
M: (barely audible) Sure mi amor
A: (lifts her head from his lap and holds her face)Because Mireya , I could never turn the valve on you my love…(Mireya weeping uncontrollably) That’s why I always called you….(his voice cracks)…I mean I tried to…but I couldn’t do it baby, I have always loved you…from the start
Mireya crying loudly as Antonio holds her in his lap….Antonio looks out his small window as the rain begins to fall….END SCENE