Scene 2: Rose and Tamin’s apartment: the kitchen
TAMIN: So what’s the prognosis?
FX: Rose can be heard cutting ingredients on a chopping board, sound of water running then Rose turns the tap off.
ROSE: (Sighs) I just want to concentrate on making this dinner, we can talk about that later.
TAMIN: How was Michael when you saw him?
TAMIN: What does that mean?
ROSE: (Exasperated) Don’t even start that with me Tamin. I’m really not in the mood; I just want this to be a nice evening.
TAMIN: I really can’t understand why you still go to him. You work with so many other doctors, much better than him I am sure, yet you…
ROSE: (Sighs) He is one of the best
TAMIN: (Insistent) Yeah but there are others, why do you always have to run to him with every problem
FX: Rose stops chopping up the ingredients and turns to stare at Tamin
ROSE: (Defensive) I don’t run to him with every problem! He is a doctor; I am his patient, that’s all
TAMIN: (Emphatic) Yeah then you ended up sleeping with him, not really my definition of patient doctor relationship
ROSE: (Angry) That was a long time ago!
TAMIN: Why are you so defensive?
ROSE: (sighs) Tamin I am too tired for this. I have to cook this meal, and if you aren’t going to be helping then you can just leave
FX: Rose continues cooking chopping up ingredients
TAMIN: You want me to leave? You haven’t invited Michael over here have you? (Uncertain) Have you?
FX: Rose stops chopping up the ingredients
TAMIN: (Concerned) Rose? Rose are you all right? I’m sorry. I didn’t mean that.
ROSE: (Breathless) Just give me a minute, dizzy spell (breaths heavily)
TAMIN: (frantic) Rosy? What’s wrong? You look pale, what did they say at the hospital? Is everything okay?
ROSE: (tearfully) As if you care
TAMIN: (Confused) What?
ROSE: (angrily) You heard me! As if you care! The minute I get in all you want to hear about is Michael this and Michael that! You know what, why don’t we save time and you and Michael can get together, and leave me the hell alone.
TAMIN: Rose I’m really sorry, I didn’t mean
ROSE: (Exasperated) O you never mean to do anything and yet here we are having the same argument over and over again. I’m with you, not him, can’t that be enough
TAMIN: It is. It is enough for me Rose, I just…
ROSE: (Starts off calmly then gets louder.) You just what? You don’t trust me? Have I ever, ever done anything to make you doubt me? No I haven’t! I’ve been faithful to you and only you! Yet still every time I see him, you start with the 21 questions and you know what I’m done! I’m just done with this!
TAMIN: (Softly) Rose – I’m really
ROSE: Yeah I know, you’re sorry, you’re always sorry. But you know I’m tired of arguing, just tired Tam
TAMIN: (softly) I am always sorry, I just its being with you Rose. I don’t know how I got so lucky. I am just waiting for you to see this and run off with some one way better, than a struggling director, your perfect rose, how can I compare
ROSE: (Jokingly) Yeah I am pretty perfect
TAMIN: (Laughs) And modest too
ROSE: (laughs) Tamin, you are the best thing in my life, since ever, I’m not going anywhere (pause) well…
ROSE: (Overly cheerful) I really can’t wait till you taste this meal; you’re going to love it!
TAMIN: (Confused) Okay
ROSE: Better start on this chicken hey; you know how fussy Megan gets when her food is late
FX: Rose begins to frantically chop the vegetables, she opens the cabinet and pulls out some spices, noise of blender can be heard as she blends the ingredients together.
TAMIN: (Clears throat, hesitant gentle voice) So Rose, are you going to tell me what happened at the hospital, I mean you look sick, I’m worried about you.
ROSE: (Sighs) O Tam, I will tell you…
ROSE: When I tell you.
FX: Tamin sighs, sounds of Rose cutting increasing.