Make Him Swim Scene 22

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SCENE 22: POLLY GENERALIZES

INT. DINER-MORNING

Chai hugged Tawat’s mom as he steps out of her truck. He then went inside the diner where his mom is working. Polly, saw everything from the diner window. Chai went directly to his booth where his mom drops a small plate of bagel and coffee.

POLLY

The prodigal son is back.

Lem’s looking for you.

What’s going on Chai?

CHAI

Nothing’s going on mom.

POLLY

Why so touchy?

Actually you look

tense. Are you hiding

something from me? ‘cause

I’m your mother, I’ll get

to the bottom of everything,

you know me.

CHAI

I’m not tense.

No one’s tense here.

Do I look tense?

POLLY

Then why did

Lem rushed here,

worrying and all

that?

CHAI

I’m not Lem, why

don’t you ask him?

Besides I have no

idea how you knew

him. Did he

say anything else?

POLLY

No, he’s just looking

for you. Chai, I’m a

diner waitress,

of course I know

your friends and

everyone you associate

with and why you talk to

them. All I need to do is smile

ask them what they

diner want provided they

tell me what I need to

know about you.

Anyway, I gave Lem

the keys to our house.

CHAI

Why did you do

that? He can be right

now going through

my drawers,

checking for my

bloody underwears.

POLLY

I need to make

sure you’re back

home tucked in

safely, apparently

you’re not.

Polly suddenly grabbed the shocked Chai by his neck.

POLLY

Speak up, I’m the

mother here. Tell me

what’s going on?

CHAI

How can I answer

your question when

I’m dead? (coughs)

Polly realized that everyone’s looking, she quickly release her hands from Chai’s neck.

POLLY

Sorry, I just got

carried away. Here

drink this (forces Chai to

drink the coffee)

I knew everything Chai.

Lem said you stupidly

jumped in that

abandon pool.

CHAI

I slipped. It was

an accident.

POLLY

And Tawat

is he an accident too?

CHAI

Tawat who?

POLLY

I don’t know.

Lem mentioned

something about

Tawat who’s dangerous

and all that.

CHAI

There’s no Tawat.

I don’t know anybody

by that name.

You probably just

misunderstood Lem.

Too much coffee and

bagels and diner smell

can cause such forms

of hallucinations.

POLLY

I just hope that

you’re using protection.

Tell me you’re charging

her.

CHAI

Charging who?

POLLY

The waitress who

just dropped you off here.

CHAI

Oh her. We’re

just talking.

POLLY

Is that how you call

it now, just talking?

She’s a waitress Chai

and quite older than me.

You should never

give away anything free.

She’s not poor. She earns

as much tips as I do.

CHAI

Mom, I have no idea on

what exactly

you’re talking about.

POLLY

And on Lem. Chai,

you gotta understand that

I’m new to this.

I don’t know how two

guys do it. But safety

matters not only for

your sake but for Lem’s

as well. When you use

protection, none of you

can get pregnant.

CHAI

Mom, I’m not doing

anything with Lem.

Nobody’s gonna get pregnant

anytime soon.

I’m hungry, and I’m not

feeling this stale bagel,

can I have those pink

cupcakes please?

POLLY

Pink cupcakes?

What’s up with you?

You hate pink and

you hate cupcakes.

When did you start

liking them?

CHAI

The cupcake or Lem and

the waitress that you

claim to be as older than you?

POLLY

This is about Mili right?

She’s a loser, she needs to

either pop that baby out herself

or just you know, find a new

baby daddy.

CHAI

Mom, I’m gay and

she’s my best friend.

Can I just please

have my pink

cupcakes?

POLLY

Chai are you sure

that she’s not

pregnant?

CHAI

If she is, then that’s

not mine.

POLLY

Chai, I want you

to think really carefully,

because you know,

when a man loves a

woman, he will first kiss

him and then the thingy

happens.

CHAI

You mean first kiss her

before the thingy happens?

POLLY

Exactly.

CHAI

Mom, I’m not stupid

I know what sex is.

POLLY

Pink cupcakes then?