CHARACTERS: Helena George Chuck TAGPO: Kwarto sa Hotel Sogo, Recto; Kasalukuyan Pagtaas ng telon, makikita na si HELENA at GEORGE na nakaupo sa higaan sa Hotel Sogo. Mahabang katahimikan bago magsimula ang unang diyalogo. HELENA I think you should know. I’m a lot prettier than you. GEORGE I think you should know that I don’t care. HELENA Isang tanong lang, George. Bakit? GEORGE Bakit? HELENA Bakit? GEORGE Bakit? Kasi maganda ako, Helena. Mas maganda sa ‘yo. HELENA Hayop ka. Katok. HELENA (cont’d) Pasok. Papasok si Chuck. HELENA (cont’d) Hello, baby. CHUCK Hi, Helena. George. HELENA George and I were just talking about how much we had in common. GEORGE Hayop ka, Helena. Tatayo si George at pupunta sa bintana. CHUCK (lalapit) George, I - HELENA - Will do nothing. Hindi ba, Chuck? GEORGE Hindi ba, Chuck? CHUCK Tigilan niyo ako. Naguguluhan na ako. HELENA It was never that difficult to begin with, baby. I’m your wife. Asawa ako. Ako legal wife. GEORGE Yet, he cheated. Because you’re so perfect. HELENA He cheated with me to realize that there are people far, far worse than those he can sleep with every night. GEORGE He cheated because there was so much more in life than someone like you. CHUCK Wala ba akong masasabi rito? HELENA AND GEORGE Shut up, Chuck. CHUCK Tama na! HELENA Baby, let’s go home. Itigil na natin ito. GEORGE Chuck, stay. Please stay. HELENA Uwi na tayo, baby. GEORGE Chuck, stay. HELENA Baby. GEORGE Chuck. CHUCK Hindi ko na kaya. Tama na. HELENA Ako, may claim over him. He’s my baby. Ikaw, sino ka ba? GEORGE Ang claim mo sa kanya ay nasa papel. Ako, I can claim his heart. HELENA I can claim his son. Two versus one. Lalaban pa? GEORGE I can claim his dick. CHUCK Guys... HELENA AND GEORGE Shut up, Chuck. HELENA Paano tayo magkakasundo rito? GEORGE Hindi pwedeng pagandahan na lang. HELENA Hindi. Hindi pwede. GEORGE Obviously talo ka na. HELENA Gago. GEORGE I’ve taught him so much, and I’ve learned so much from him. I love him. He loves me. I can be with him forever. HELENA I’ve been with him for so long and I’ve become one with him. We have a family. We can be together for so long. GEORGE Passion. HELENA Commitment. GEORGE May tatlong aspeto ang pag-ibig. Passion, commitment and intimacy. I won one, you won the other. HELENA So it’s a battle for intimacy then? GEORGE Yes. HELENA And how do we decide that? GEORGE We have no other option, ayt? HELENA Oo. We have to ask him. GEORGE Chuck... HELENA Baby... HELENA AND GEORGE You have to choose. HELENA Who stays? GEORGE And who goes? CHUCK Mahirap. Mahirap malagay sa posisyon na ito. Intimacy ba kamo ang hanap niyo? Intimacy? Kanina ako pinaka-intimate? Sa totoo lang, bago ang araw na ‘to, hirap ako pumili. Pero ngayon, alam ko na. Helena, I love you and I love your son. George, I love you and I love your dick. But, when push comes to shove, mas pipiliin ko ang taong kinikiliala ako bilang ‘Chuck’ at hindi lang bilang ‘baby.’ I’m sorry, Helena. I’m really sorry. HELENA I see. Choices have been made. Decisions are final. I was voted out. Be that as it may, this is not over. Ikaw at ikaw, kayong dalawa, you haven’t seen the last of me. Hindi pa ito tapos. Mahaba pa ang daloy ng kwento natin. Aalis si Helena. GEORGE Face it. Hindi lang siya kasing ganda ko.