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Stained Sand: A Play

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What happened when Chie meets CK after the death of his ex girlfriend?

CHARACTERS:

CK
CHIE
CHOLO
CHIE’S FRIEND


SCENE 1

CK is sitting by himself in a dark room. The only light present is focused on him. He is crouching, looking at his hands. Sounds of murmurs and funeral music can be heard.  

VOICEOVER 1

Condolences, CK. I know how much you loved Hannah.

VOICEOVER 2

I’m so sorry for your loss. If you need anyone to talk to. Nandito lang ako.

VOICEOVER 3

Hannah was one of my best friends. I know how you feel. I’m here for you.

The murmurs get louder. All of them trying to comfort CK. The light turns on and he is in his bedroom with CHOLO beside him.

CHOLO

Uy pare, okay ka lang?

CK

Ah. Oo. Sorry. Ano sinasabi mo?

CHOLO

I’m telling you, let’s go to the beach this summer! Baka being busy would help you move on from Hannah. Plus, may itinerary na ako.

CK

I don’t that’s a good idea. I feel bad, gago.

CK puts his head in his hands.

Kasalanan ko to.

CHOLO

CK, hindi mo to kasalanan.

CK

But if i had been a better boyfriend then she wouldn’t have done this.

CHOLO

It’s not your fault so stop blaming yourself. Baka may mga issues lang si Hannah na ayaw niyang malaman mo. She made the choice already, and it’s no fault of yours.

CK remains quiet.

It’s been a month, CK. Maybe it’s time for you to move on

CK

A month is a short time.

CHOLO

Kaya nga, huwag mo na pahabain. Sige naaa. Please? Give it a chance. I hate seeing you like this.

CK

At paano kung walang mangyari?

CHOLO

Meron yan. Trust meeee. Malay mo, makahanap ka ng summer fling. Please, CK? Just give it a try. If pagbalik natin dito sa Manila at walang nangyari ililibre kita ng pagkain for a week straight.

SCENE 2

CHOLO and CK are sitting on the side of the beach bar. The area is open and not too crowded.

CHOLO

Uy yung isa parang tinitignan ka.

CK

Baka ikaw kasi.

CHOLO

De de de de. Sayo nakatingin.

The girl approaches CHOLO and whispers in his ear.
CHOLO turns to CK.

Uy. ano. Uhhh. May kunin lang ako.

CK

Sige. Go lang.

CHOLO and the woman leave. CK laughs and shakes his head. He stands up to leave.

He notices a woman in black in one of the tables. He approaches her.

CK

CHIE?

CHIE turns away from her friends and looks at CK.

CHIE

CK, ikaw ba yan?

CHIE stands up.

I haven’t seen you in so long.

CHIE’s friend

Uyy Chie. Sino yan? Pogi ah.

She looks at her friends then at him.

Ah. Uhm. Can we talk outside?

CK

Ah. Wag na, baka abala lang.

CHIE’s friend

No, no, okay lang!

CHIE nods. She and CK head outside.

SCENE 3

They are walking on a beach.

CHIE

It’s been a while since we’ve last seen each other, noh?

CK

Mhm. Four years na ata nung nakipagbreak ka sa akin.

CHIE laughs.

CHIE

Grabe!

CK

Totoo naman.

CHIE

How are you? Ano na nangyari sayo after graduation?

CK

Well… nag soul searching ako.

CHIE

Weh? As in… nagtravel ka?

CK

Ah, if you can call it that.

CK laughs.

CHIE

Di nga?                    

CK

Yeah, nga. Tapos a friend who works at an advertising agency offered me a job. Eh, I took literature naman. How hard could it be? I read words. People use words to get people to buy things. You know what I mean??

CK rolls his eyes.        

I was so wrong. I had to analyze stuff!

CHIE

Don’t you analyze stuff in Lit anyway?

CK

Analyze words. Gago I had to analyze...

CK pretends to looks around as if someone was trying to eavesdrop.

CK whispers.

… Numbers…

CHIE laughs and hits him lightly on the shoulder.  

CHIE

Gosh, CK!

CK

Eh, ikaw naman? Ano balita sa’yo? You wanted to be a professor, right? So ano na, legendary prof ka na ba?

CHIE

Sadly no. However, naging teacher naman ako.

CK

Talaga? Anong subject?

CHIE

Hulaan mo.

CK

Feel ko… literature tinuturo mo ngayon.

CHIE shrugs.

CHIE

Pwede rin. Pero di lang lit.

CK

Ano?? Ummm. College English?

CHIE

Pwede rin.

CK

Ha? So ano nga?

CHIE

Lahat.

CK

Lahat?

CHIE

Math, English, pati na rin Science.

CK

Huh? Pa’no yun?

CHIE

Preschool teacher kasi ako.

CK

Ahhh… preschool teacher…

CHIE

Sige lang.Tawa ka lang.

CK

Ba’t naman?

CHIE

Kasi imbis na prof. Preschool teacher lang ako.

CK

Di naman yun nakakatawa. Mahirap kaya magturo ng bata. Tsaka mas cool pa yung pagiging teacher kesa sa pag-aanalyze ng numbers.

CHIE

Kamusta na pala sila ti—

CHIE’S FRIEND approaches them.

CHIE’S FRIEND

CHIE, uwi na tayo. Lasing na si Jhemerlyn. Baka magsuka pa siya dito tapos mag bayad pa tayo.

CHIE

Ah sige! Teka lang!

CHIE looks between CK and CHIE’S FRIEND.

CK

Ano pa hinihintay mo? Your friend needs you.

CHIE

Yeah. Um. It was nice seeing you, CK. Catch up uli tayo sometime.

CK

Yeah.

Chie turns to leave but before she can, CK calls out to her.

Oo nga pala. Okay lang ba kunin number mo? It would be nice to have a college friend around.

CHIE shrugs.

CHIE

Yeah sure!

CHIE gives CK her number. CHIE’S FRIEND pulls her away.

CK is left alone, looking at his phone.

SCENE 4

CK and CHOLO are hanging out by the porch of their rented beach house.

CHOLO

Chie? Parang familiar yung name.

CK

Girlfriend ko bago kay Hannah.

CHOLO

Ahhh. That Chie. Oo nga, nagkwento ka about her a couple of times. The one that got away ba yan?

CK

Yung hindi na’ko kinausap after nagbreak kami. Basta mga apat na taon ko na siya di nakikita at kagabi. Gago. She was there.

CHOLO

As in sa public? Kinky naman.

CK rolls his eyes.

CK 

Seryoso ako. I haven’t seen her in four years and on e one time I go to the beach because you wanted me to, I see my ex out of all people!

CHOLO

Di’ba sabi ko sayo makakalimutan mo si Hannah ‘pag sumama ka sa’kin, and you did!

CK

Why her out of all people?

CHOLO

Baka sadyang siya’y buhat ng...

CK

Ng?

CHOLO

Teka nag-iisip ako ng maganda na quote.

CK pushes CHOLO roughly.

Aray! So what now? Is she taken na?

CK

Dunno. ‘Di ko natanong.

CHOLO

Seriously, CK? You meet the old love of your life after how many years and you didn’t even bother to find out if she was taken.

CK

Weird yun gago. Ah basta! Binigay naman niya yung number niya.

CHOLO claps his hands.

CHOLO

Ayunnn! I knew you didn’t have weak game, bro.

CK

This isn’t a game, man. Just two friends catching up.

CHOLO

More like two old lovers meeting once more under the blazing heat of the sun only to find love in one another again.

CK

Nah dude. She’s for sure through with me. It was a bad break-up.

CHOLO

So ano plano? You have her number, now what?

CK

I was thinking of inviting her to lunch, maybe dinner. Or do you think that’s too weird?

CHOLO

I mean, if binigay niya number niya sa’yo baka go signal yun.

CK takes his phone from his pocket.

CK

Sige, sige. How should I ask her?

CK types something on his phone. Cholo snatches it and repeats it out loud.

Hey Chie. It was nice seeing you again. I was wondering if you want to grab a bite sometime.

CHOLO looks at CK.

CHOLO

Dude, you sound like a chick. Loosen up and make it more casual.

CK

Edi ikaw na.

CHOLO

CHOLO reads out what he’s typing.

Uy! If free ka, wanna grab a bite? There’s a restaurant na must-try dito.

CK

Sure ka ba diyan?

CHOLO shrugs.

CHOLO

Well, it’s too late na. I hit send.

CK hits CHOLO on the shoulder.

CK

Di ka man lang nagsasabi! Asshole.

CHOLO looks at CK’s phone.

CHOLO

Uy, she replied na.

CHOLO reads it out loud.

Oh is this CK?— Onga no di mo man lang sinabi na ikaw yung nagtext.

CK groans.

Sorry eh my friends and I have plans until 9pm.

CHOLO turns to CK.

Awww may sad emoji naman though so okay lang. At least genuinely feels bad about it.

He proceeds to continuously read.

Baka you wanna have a drink na lang after?  If wala ka plans.

CHOLO stands up.

Uy gago! She invited you for a drink. Alam na.

CK rolls his eyes.

CK

Ano ba. I told you, this is just two friends hanging out. No big deal.

SCENE 5

Later on, CK and CHIE are sitting on one of the tables in a beach bar.

CK

Sure ka di ka pa pagod? I thought you had plans the whole day.

CHIE

Don’t worry about it. What’s a better way to end a day than in a bar with a friend?

CK smiles. CK and CHIE both take sips from their drinks for a while.

CK

San kayo nakastay? Sa hotel ba? Sinu-sino mga friends mo? Friends from work?

CHIE shakes her head.

CHIE

Gosh, I would kill myself if I had to spend another day with the people at work.  

CK

Bakit naman?

CHIE

Imagine mo kaya, halos mga nanay at lola mga kasama ko!

CK and CHIE laugh.

They’re my high school friends. We’re renting a beach house diyan sa tabi-tabi. Kayo ba?

CK

Cholo—this guy from work— and I are renting one din but it’s a bit further back there. Siya nag-organize ng buong trip na ito para sa akin.

CHIE

Oh, para saan?

CK

Sobrang stupid niya na reason. Pagtatawanan niya lang ako.

CHIE

No I won’t! Promise.

CK

My girlfriend recently… broke up with me. Tapos feeling ni Cholo na makakamove on ako if pumunta ako dito.  

CHIE

Ba’t kayo nagbreak? If it’s okay to ask. Baka naman sobrang personal niyan.

CK

Hmmm… let’s just say different interests lang talaga. Eh ikaw ba? Any reason why you’re here?

CHIE

Actually, same tayo. My boyfriend just broke up with me so my friends thought it would be nice to have some beach, booze, and boys.

CK

Did I hear that right? Siya yung nakipagbreak sa’yo? Why?

CHIE shrugs.

CHIE

Wala siyang time for me. Career over love life ata. Basta. Di niya ako priority.

CK

Bobo siguro yang ex mo.

CHIE

Bakit?

CK

Eh binitawan ka eh. He doesn’t realize your worth.

CHIE

Lahat naman ata ng ex ko bobo.

CK puts a hand on his chest.

CK

Aray. Sakit nun.

CHIE laughs.

CHIE

We weren’t exactly the best couple.

CK

Toxic ako noon.

CHIE

Di naman.

CHIE says this in a sarcastic manner.

CK

I know it was my fault. I was immature.

CHIE

Maybe the fact that you’re admitting that you’re immature means you’ve matured enough. Saka, it wasn’t the fact na you were immature. It was the fact na you were possessive.

CK

I was, noh?

CHIE

You would never let me out with my friends. Pag di ako nagrereply, galit na galit ka. You intimidated away all the other boys in my life and they were just my friends.

CK

I was… jealous and insecure. I loved you and I was afraid to lose you to someone else. Dahil dun, naging ganun ako.

CHIE

You acted like you owned me. I’m a person, CK. Not a pet.

CK sighs and looks down. The mood between them is awkward and sad.

Let’s talk about something else. You look really batak na ah.

CK

And you look the same. Beautiful as always.

Chie laughs.

Chie

Mangbobola ka talaga

CK

Di kaya honest lang.

CK and CHIE sip their drinks.  

Alam mo, namiss kita.

CHIE

Hmmm? Bakit naman?

CK

Wala. You were one of the most important people in my life and I hurt you to the point that you left me. Yun din nangyari kay Hannah—yung ex ko.

CHIE

Sabi mo naman na different interests kayo pareho. Minsan that can’t be helped talaga. May chance ka pa naman to be a better .person for next person you’ll date.

CK looks at Chie sincerely.

CK

Sa’yo ba? May chance pa?

CHIE hesitates.

CHIE

CK…

CK shakes his head.

CK

I shouldn’t have asked. Alam mo ko naman ang sagot.

CHOLO holds out his drink.

Cheers na lang. Here’s to the reunion of CK and CHIE.

CK and CHOLO are walking on the sand, both a little tipsy. They are both giggling and holding on to each other.

They arrive at a beach house.

CHIE

Thanks for bringing me home.

CK

Of course. Mas gusto ko na safe ka.

CHIE

So this is goodbye?

CK

Can I tell you something first?

CHIE

Ano?

CK

Ever since you broke up with me, I couldn’t stop thinking about you. Sobrang… natauhan ako. I changed for the better.

CHIE

Buti naman.

CK

Pero I wish I changed na agad when we were still together. Nawala ka pa tuloy sa buhay ko.

CHIE

Well, I’m back.

CHIE smiles. CHIE and CK look at each other for a while.

CK

Baka ikaw nga ang miracle na kailangan ko sa buhay ko.

CK and CHIE lean in for a kiss.

SCENE 6

There’s a loud knocking at CHIE’s beach house door. CHIE rises from her bed and opens the door only to see CK.

CHIE

Ba’t ka—

CK

Saan ka galing? Buong gabi di ka nagreply. You’ve been avoiding me lately. Ever since we kissed.

CHIE

I wanted space. Naging clingy ka masyado and that kiss was wrong. I don’t want to get involved with you anymore. Masaya makipagcatch up sa’yo pero yung kiss na yun… it shouldn’t have happened.  

CK

San ka galing kagabi?

CHIE

I was out with my friends. Nagparty kami. Bakit ba?

CK

Ba’t di mo man lang sinabi?

CHIE

Wala naman ako obligation sa’yo para sabihin lahat ah. You’re not my boyfriend.

CK forcibly enters the beach house.

CK

Siguro may ibang lalake kang kasama dun no? Siguro nakahanap ka ng bago? Hinihingi ko lang naman sa’yo ay communication at honesty.

CHIE

Bakit? Ano ba tayo?

CK

Tayo.

CHIE

Ano pinagsasabi mo? Hindi tayo. You’re acting like how you were back in college. Kala ko ba nagbago ka na?

CK

What do you call all those late night talks? Our kiss?

CHIE

Friends do late night talks! At ilan beses kong sinabi! We were both drunk.

CK

Akala ko I meant something to you.

CHIE

Akala ko alam mo sagot kung may pag-asa ka pa sa akin. Wala, CK. Baka kung nagbago ka talaga, meron pa but look at you! Acting all possessive. Tao ako. Hindi ako papayag na maulit yung dati.

CHIE’S FRIEND appears.

CHIE’S FRIEND

Ano nangyayari?

CHIE

This asshole was just about to leave.

CK

Wag mo to gawin sa akin.

CHIE

Ang ano?

CK

Wag mo ako iwanan.

CHIE

Ano pinagsasabi mo?

CK

I loved you.

CHIE

CK, ayaw na kita makita. Maybe this behavor is what also made your ex break up with you. Tapos magtataka ka kung bakit ka iniiwan.

CK roughly pushes CHIE against the wall.

CK

Gusto mo pala maging katulad ng ex ko ah? Sabi mo yan.

CHIE

Ano? Anong maging katulad ng ex mo?

CK

Hindi kita bibitawan.

CHIE’S FRIEND

If di ka aalis, tatawagan ko ang pulis!

CK moves away from CHIE.

CK

Ginusto mo to.

CK storms out of the beach house.

CHIE slides down to the floor and starts crying. CHIE’S FRIEND goes to her. CHIE hugs CHIE’S Friend and cries into her shoulders.

Scene 7

At CHIE’s beach house.

CHIE’S FRIEND

Sure ka magiging okay ka lang?

CHIE

Oo. Nakalock naman lahat ng bintana at pintuan.

CHIE’S FRIEND

Ayaw mo na lang sumama? At least hindi ka mag-isa.

CHIE

Baka makita ko pa siya if lumabas ako. Tatlong araw na siyang hindi nagpaparamdam. Dito na lang ako. If may nangyari tatawagan kita.

CHIE’S FRIEND

Eto talaga si Kassie, lalalabas mag-isa tapos magpapalasing.Sige sunduin ko na siya para makabalik agad ako.

CHIE’S FRIEND leaves.

CHIE is left alone. She is reading reading on the couch when someone calls her phone. She looks at it. She sees that it’s CK. She ignores her phone. It continues to ring. Finally, she gives up and picks it up.

CHIE

Ano?

CK [ON THE PHONE]

Chie, I want to apologize for the way I acted. Totoo nga. Akala ko nagbago ako pero hindi pala kaya gusto ko sana bumawi. I’m sorry na tinakot kita. I’m sorry na ginawa ko lahat yun sa akin. Please give me another chance but as a friend. Ayaw talaga kita mawala sa buhay ko.

CHIE

How do I know na hindi mo ako sasaktan?

CK [ON THE PHONE]

I promise Chie. Please.

CHIE sighs.

CHIE

Uuwi na kami bukas ng umaga at di na kita makikita kahit kailan. Kaya sige, okay lang. I forgive you but please, stay away from me.

CK [ON THE PHONE]

Puwede ba kita makita for the last time?

CHIE

Saan?

CK [ON THE PHONE]

If okay lang sa’yo.

CHIE

Asan ka ba?

CK [ON THE PHONE]

Nasa labas lang ako. I have flowers, wine, and some chocolate. I really want to say sorry.

CHIE

Gaano ka katagal na nasa labas?

CK [ON THE PHONE]

Kakadating ko lang, bakit?

CHIE sighs.

CHIE

Sige.

CHIE puts down her phone. She goes to the door. She opens it and it is CK standing by himself with no flowers, chocolates, or wine in sight.

Ha?

CK pushes CHIE inside and locks the door behind him.

CK

Aalis ka na pala ah?

CHIE

Ano to? Kala ko sorry ka. Anong gagawin mo?

CK

Sorry sana ako pero iiwanan mo ako eh.

CHIE

Uuwi na kami. I can’t stand your presence anymore. I don’t feel safe around you.  

CK

Dapat lang.

CHIE

Bakit ka nandito?

CK

To make you stay.  

CHIE

Ayoko nga diba. Leave me alone. Umalis ka nga dito. Tatawagan ko ang pulis.

CHIE reaches for her phone but CK goes to it first and throws it against the wall. The phone gets smashed into pieces.

CHIE starts to get visibly scared.

CHIE

CK. Stop.

CK

Araw-araw ako naghihintay sa labas. Waiting for this opportunity to be alone with you. To tell you how I really feel.

CHIE

Ano gusto mo?

CK

I want to make you stay.

CHIE

You can’t. I want to leave. I want to leave because of you.

CK

Lahat na lang kayo iniiwan ako. Hindi ko pinayagan si Hannah iwanan ako pero pinilit niya. Ayan tuloy. I made her stay.

CHIE

Kala ko wala na kayo? I thought you broke up?

CK

Break kami. Pero never niya ako iniwanan.

CK looks up.

I know she’s watching over me.  

CHIE

CK…

CK

Gusto mo malaman how I made her stay? Madali lang yun. All it involved was a little “accident”, onting acting at lahat sa kanila naniwala na wala akong kinalaman kung bakit tumalon si Hannah mula sa 19th floor ng condo namin.

CHIE starts breathing heavily.

CHIE

Wag mong sabihin… Please. Leave me along. Please.

CK

Oh ano? Gusto mo ba rin matulad sa kanya?

CHIE makes a move to run but CK catches her and pins her down on the couch.

CHIE

TULO—

CK covers her face with a pillow. Chie starts to struggle.

CK

Pinili mo maging katulad nilang lahat. MAtulog ka muna, okay? When the sun rises, everything will be okay.

CHIE continues to struggle.

Mahal kita, Chie. This is the only way we can be together. Tama nga si Cholo. Ngayon, makakamove on na ako kay Hannah.

CHIE stops struggling.

CK holds the pillow against her longer just to make sure. While doing so, he looks around. He finds a bundle of rope tucked at the side of the room.

CK

Convenient ah. And here I was, ready to convince people na nalunod ka lang.

CK gets a pen and paper and starts writing. He leaves the paper on the table. He goes to CHIE’s body.

Lights go out.

CHIE’S FRIEND [VOICEOVER]

Nakalagay sa sulat niya na hindi niya na kaya maging malungkot buong buhay niya. Plano niya daw talaga itapos na dito para kahit papaano, nakasama niya kami bago umalis.

Bait hindi ko napansin? Sana sinabi niya na lang sa akin.

Scene 8

CK is sitting by himself in a dark room. The only light present is focused on him. He is crouching, looking at his hands. Sounds of murmurs and funeral music can be heard.  

Voiceover 1

I heard what happened about Chie. She was your college girlfriend no? I’m so sorry CK.

Voiceover 2

I’m sorry for your loss. Mabigat siguro sa pakiramdam mo.  

Voiceover 3

Naging classmates ko kayo ni CHIe noon. I’m sorry sa nangyari. Condolonces.

CK

Bakit?

Bakit lahat sila iniiwan ako?

END SCENE








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