Maryia Bialkovich

WOMAN (in a low whisper) Is he gone?

BYSTANDER I don’t know. 

Headlights illuminate the wall again. No figure of a man can be seen. 

WOMAN (at the same time) Why are you here? 

BYSTANDER (at the same time) Who are you? 

Both chuckle quietly.

BYSTANDER I don’t know if it’s better to leave now or in the daylight.

WOMAN But what’s going on? 

BYSTANDER (smiles looking at the Woman) Funny. 

WOMAN It’s kind of tense. 

BYSTANDER (smiles again) You bet. So what do you think: now or at dawn? 

WOMAN To be honest, I don’t understand what’s going on. 

BYSTANDER It’s not about understanding, it’s about acting. We’ll understand later. (To the Woman) So how long have you been here? 

WOMAN I wish I knew. 

BYSTANDER   I get you. Sense of time has been warped completely. 

WOMAN You think if we go now someone can… 

BYSTANDER I don’t think so, I know so.

WOMAN But what can they…

BYSTANDER Pretty much everything.

WOMAN What do you mean by “everything”? 

BYSTANDER I mean, everything. 

WOMAN Did they do it to you, too?

BYSTANDER It’s very humiliating for a man to discuss this. 

WOMAN Oh. Sorry, I didn’t mean to.

BYSTANDER What about you?