FRANCES: I know you better than you know yourself. Tonight, you have behaved very different from any other night. Why?

CARLOS: What do you mean?

FRANCES: For the first time since you have been with me, you have asked me about my feelings, about my past. Why?

CARLOS: You're getting old. I want to help you.

FRANCES: Are you planning to leave me when you graduate from high school?

CARLOS: That's too far away yet. We have to wait another month and a half. I don't know what I'm going to do, grandmother spider.

FRANCES: Are you in love with this girl?

CARLOS: Stop that shit. I'm too young to be in love. I don't even know what love is. Why don't you explain it to me?

FRANCES: Believe me! The first time I realized what love was, was when I had to go to the morgue to identify Richard's corpse. There, I realized that I had loved him very much and that I had lost the only chance I ever had to tell him how I felt.

CARLOS: Is that why you started in the business?

FRANCES: You are asking too many questions. (Blackout.)


Scene VI

SERGEANT MEDINAapprehends MAURICIO and ELENA. He puts handcuffs on their wrists.

CLAUDIA: (Sobs.) What am I going to do without you, Father, Mother? What am I going to do? I have no one but you! I'm lost! Oh, God, what am I going to do?

MAURICIO: Pray to God. He will help.

ELENA: You are a big girl, darling. We'll be out soon. I didn't know that there was cocaine in our apartment. Who knows who brought it here. Someone wants to harm us.

CLAUDIA: I'm staying home until you return.

MAURICIO: Who is going to take care of the girl? She is a virgin. Who is responsible for her virginity?

SERGEANT MEDINA: Mrs. Thompson, a social worker, will be here promptly. She'll take care of your young girl. But the

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