At a subway station in Washington Heights. CARLOS hides behind a column, waiting for CLAUDIA. She enters the train's platform. The sound of an approaching train is heard. CARLOS runs toward the girl and tries to snatch her shoulder bag. The train stops at the station. CLAUDIA screams. CARLOS pushes her against the wall, covers her mouth with his hand and brings his face close to hers, giving the impression that they are kissing. The train leaves the station. Once again, CARLOS tries to snatch her shoulder bag.
CLAUDIA: What do you want?
CARLOS: You know what I want.
CLAUDIA: If you take my books, I'll have to pay for them at the end of the semester. You know how strict they are at school with these things.
CARLOS: Let me have the other thing.
CLAUDIA: I know who you are. I've seen you bothering the teachers in the hallways.
CARLOS: Get ready to die. (CARLOS pulls CLAUDIA with all his strength. He pushes her next to the edge of the platform where the trains pass.)
CLAUDIA: I lied. I've never seen you.
CARLOS: Son of a bitch, give me what you sell and I'll leave you alone.
CLAUDIA: Mother fucker! Shit thief.
CARLOS: Why don't you scream?
CLAUDIA: Because I don't want to hurt you.
CARLOS: Then, why did you scream a while ago?
CLAUDIA: I thought you wanted to kill me?
CARLOS: Don't be an idiot!
CLAUDIA: Common thief!
CARLOS: Scream and call the police so they'll find out what you're carrying in your bag. (They struggle. A train approaches. CARLOS pushes CLAUDIA toward the rails. She holds
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Publication information: Book title: Cuban American Theater. Contributors: Rodolfo J. Cortina - Editor. Publisher: Arte Publico Press. Place of publication: Houston, TX. Publication year: 1991. Page number: 116.
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