CLAUDIA: It's an ugly word.
CARLOS: It seems ugly to you because it reminds you of the beast inside you.
CARLOS: I think you're right.
CARLOS: Then why did you call me an animal a while ago? Why did you call me a donkey?
CLAUDIA: Because you don't know how to control your instincts.
CARLOS: Then for my next reincarnation, I'll ask the universe to send me back as a horse or a panther, they fuck whenever they feel like it.
CLAUDIA: You're so gross!
CLAUDIA: (Looking at her watch.) I have to go. It's later than I thought.
CARLOS: What are you going to do for Easter week?
CLAUDIA: Pray for your soul.
CLAUDIA: I have the soul of a nun.
CARLOS: If that's true, then stop masturbating.
CLAUDIA: How did yo know?
CARLOS: (Grabbing her left hand.) Mother of God! You're growing a callous! (CARLOS and CLAUDIA burst out laughing as they embrace. Blackout.)
At FRANCES WASHINGTON's apartment. She is talking on the phone with SERGEANT MEDINA. CARLOS, wearing a baseball uniform, has a bat in his hands as he makes believe that he is playing ball.
FRANCES: As I told you, Sergeant Medina, remember that the girl is innocent. She is a mere victim of her parents. The poor little one must be ashamed to be a witness to so much lack of respect for society, for everything that is part of our American traditions. I learned about it through a boy that lives in the same building that she does. Great! I'm grateful! Those five hundred dollars will suit me well. I'm proud to be conscious of honor, ethics, and responsibility to our country. To my name and address, you could add that I'm registered with the Department of Children's Welfare to assist those little ones who are abandoned or