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8. AT THE FRONT DOOR OF SANDRA’S APARTMENT

Sandra opens the door, and outside stands her burly father (50), with a thick moustache, wearing Mafia sunglasses, and sharply dressed.

SANDRA

Hello Father, come on in.

Thomas turns toward the door, barely understands much of the conversation due to the distance, and, as he perceives that he is going to be seen, becomes self-conscious and rolls the wheelchair out of Sandra’s father’s line of sight.

Behind Sandra’s father appears a man, who doesn’t look very trustworthy. He is her father’s henchman. Sandra knows him, and nods in his direction without speaking.

FATHER

What’s a cripple doing at your place?

SANDRA

Don’t talk like that about him. He was involved in an accident and I was dressing his wounds.

FATHER

You know that these kind of people only bring trouble ...

SANDRA

Please !

FATHER

I’m just telling you – so be careful!

SANDRA

What did you come for?

FATHER

I wanted you to hear it from me ... Your mother and I have had a falling out. I’m moving my things to the beach house. You know how to reach me. This, of course, doesn’t change our relationship. Feel free to call me whenever you need to.

Her father leaves and Sandra is saddened and stunned. It seems that this time it’s for good.

9. IN THE LIVING ROOM

THOMAS

What did that guy want?

SANDRA

That was my father. It seems as if he’s leaving my mother.

SANDRA (to herself)

Damn it!

THOMAS

I’m sorry for what I said. Maybe I should go ...

SANDRA

It’s alright . . .maybe it’s better for both of them. You know, with my parents, I sometimes had the feeling that they were leading separate lives. My father is mainly focused on his business. He seems content, even without my mother. I wonder, sometimes, if my mother doesn’t feel left alone. I mean, she keeps herself busy with her friends, and traveling, and clubs . . . but, . . . Do you know what I mean?

Thomas doesn’t understand.

THOMAS

Sure.

SANDRA

Where do you live? I’ll take you home.