Scene: Ocean Shores High School cafeteria, lunch period. Ramón José Jiménez is sitting with his "best homies", Otto Rocket and Twister Rodriguez, while they wait for Ramón José's little sister, Rosita Jiménez, Otto's girlfriend, Clio Rodriguez, who was Twister's prima, and his girlfriend, Reggie Rocket, to join them.
Clio and Reggie: (both girls cover their boyfriends' eyes with their hands): Guess who?
Otto and Ramón José (taking their hands and kissing them): What's up babe? ¿Qué pasa chiquilla? (Ramón José says that to Reggie)
Clio: The senior class is putting up Romeo and Juliet as our school play for this year! Rosita, Reggie and I are all auditioning!
Ramón José: Otto and I think you two would make fine Juliets. But Chola girl? She's more into sports than all of that.
Imagine doing classic literature!!!
Rosita (bites her bottom lip and looks down): You know I've always like Shakespere, Cholo boy. I probably won't get a part anyway.
Twister (shyly): Don't say that, Chola girl, you'd make a beautiful Juliet! (notices everybody at the table giving him a weird look) I mean,
you're really talented. I'm sure you'll get a great part. I mean... where's the Squid anyway? (nervously starts to play with his fork)
Rosita (Rolls her eyes): Where else? Off with Sherry, as usual. They'll meet us at the Shack after school. (Reggie nods in agreement at Rosita's annoyed tone of voice)
Clio: Ro, Reg and I will be late though, 'cause we've got auditions.
Otto: Good luck babe, I can't wait to see my leading lady on stage (wiggles his eyebrows)
Ramón José: Break a leg out there, Regina. (winks at her and gives her a hug and a kiss on the lips for luck)
Clio: Flattery gets you everywhere, Otto Rocket (gives him a quick peck on the cheek as she stands up to leave)
Reggie: Babe, you can let go of me now (Reggie attempts to break free of Ramón José's embrace as she joins Clio)
Twister: Buena suerte Ro. I know you'll do great.
Rosita: Gracias Maurice, I think I'll need it (Rosita catches up with Reggie and Clio)
(The girls leave. Twister rests his head on the table, embarrassed)
Ramón José: Bro, you have a thing for my hermana, esé? (A/N: Esé means homeboy in spanish)
Twister (turning red while Otto notices): NO! I was just trying.... to make her feel better. You two were going on and on about Clio and Reggie definitely getting the part, you were making her feel bad FOO!
Ramón José: Since when did YOU care if she felt bad.
Twister: Of course I do, she's a good friend!
Ramón José: Well you do know that if you hit on her, Otto and I would have to pound you.
Otto (whispering to Ramón José): Me? no, no, no, no. this is all your idea. You can leave me out of this. I'm tired of always getting involved in your plans to hurt Twister.
Ramón José (whispering back to Otto): Come on vato! If you care about Rosita, then you can help me.
Otto (whispering back to Ramón José in shock): WHAT?! Of course I care about Rosie. she's like a little sister to me!
Twister (getting annoyed and nervous): Hey, I didn't pound you two for asking Reggie and my cousin out! and if you two would stop bickering at each other...
Ramón José (getting up to leave with Otto on his heels): Relax bro, I was just kidding. Anyway you were right, she's just a good friend.
Twister (to himself): Yeah, a good friend... a good, beautiful, sweet, smart... friend. With a gorgeous body to match.
At the Shore Shack later...
Sam: Hey guys, sorry I missed you at lunch. Sherry and I were just busy... working on scenery for the senior play.
Twister (smirking): Right...
Ramón José (smirking): Is that what you call it?
Sam (blushing): What?!? Er.... where's Ro, Reg, and Clio?
Twister: Auditioning for the senior play.
Sam: Really? They're all trying out for Juliet?
Ramón José and Otto: Yeah. Reggie and Clio are going to be the hottest Juliets the school's ever seen bro. (he and Otto look at each other and fist bump)
Sam: Well, I'm surprised and impressed, Ramon Jose and Otto. Never thought you two'd be so mature about it.
Ramón José and Otto in unison: Mature about what?
Sam: The fact that Reggie and Clio want to play Juliet. You do realize that there are quite a few kissing scenes in the play.
Ramón José (look of horror while Otto attempts to mellow him out): SQUID! WHY didn't you tell me earlier foo! Oh dios mío, now I'm gonna have to watch my girl glomp on another guy on stage! Not cool vato.
Twister: Cheer up, Ramón José. Maybe she won't get the part.
Sam: Yes, there is a distinct possibility that Rosie or Reggie could get it.
Ramón José: Chola girl? Por favor, she'd never be able to play that girly role. Now, Regina, I could see playing Juliet.
Sherry: Well I just saw her audition, and she was fantastic. The best one there.
Twister: Really? Rosita did that well?
Sherry: Yup. Ramon Jose probably has nothing to worry about. I don't think anyone could have beat that audition.
Ramón José: Rosita? Hmmm....I guess I never thought of her that way...
Sam: Well, lots of guys have, you know.
Twister (in a disturbed tone): Lots of guys??
Sam: Yeah, even your brother, Twist. Don't tell me you haven't noticed how he looks at her.
Ramón José and Otto in unison: LARS!!! NO WAY! YOU KNOW HOW HE IS WITH GIRLS!!!!
Twister: YEAH! IF HE DOES, HE PROBABLY JUST LIKES HER BECAUSE SHE'S HOT. He doesn't care about how smart she is, or how sweet, or...(he breaks off when he notices the other four are giving him weird looks again)
Enter Rosita, Reggie and Clio
Rosita: Hola guys! What're you all talking about?
Twister: The play... how'd the audition go, Chola girl?
Rosita: Well, it went okay. Reggie and Clio will probably get the lead though.
Reggie: Are you kidding, girl? Clio and I did NOT know you could act so well! Come on, let's hit the waves. I'm determined to beat at least ONE of the Jiménezes in SOMETHING today (runs her fingers through her boyfriend's spiked up hair teasingly).
Clio: Yeah! You've got some serious acting skills, chica.
Ramón José: Beat a Jiménez? No way, no how. (Grabs his board and chases his girlfriend across the beach towards the ocean while Clio and the others follow, Twister lagging behind)
Twister: So, Rosita's audition was good, huh. Well I knew she could do it. That girl can do anything once she puts her mind to it.
Rosita: Maurice... you coming?
Twister: En un minuto, Chola girl.
Rosita (grabbing his hand, dragging him towards the others): Vamonos, you're missing a great swell!
Tito: Have a good time, little cuzzes. (to himself) I wonder how long it'll take for those two to realize what's going on. Ramon Jose Sr.'s not gonna be happy.
The next day, Ramón José, Reggie, Otto, Clio, Twister, Rosita and Sam are all walking towards the bulletin board to check the results of the audition. Rosita, Reggie and Clio are definitely nervous. So are Ramón José, Otto and Twister, but for different reasons.
Ramón José (to himself): Man, if Regina gets the part I'm gonna have to whomp whoever plays Romeo. Hope Rosita gets it.
Twister (to himself): I know she really really wants this part. Pero why do I feel funny at the thought of her kissing a guy on stage?
Oh dios mío... I don't really have a thing for my best homie's hermana... do I? (aloud) No se preocupe Ro, everyone says you did fantástico . I'm sure you'll get the part.
Rosita (nervous smiling): Eso espero. I've never really done anything like this before.
Reggie: CONGRATULATIONS, GIRL! I KNEW YOU'D GET IT!!!! (She and Clio give her a group hug. All three girls squeal excitedly)
Ramón José and Otto: YOU TWO DIDN'T GET THE PART??? Er... I mean... aw... you two didn't get the part?
Reggie and Clio in unison: Can it, Ramon Jose, Otto. We're playing Juliet's Nurse and Lady Capulet.
Twister (suddenly uncomfortable): So who's playing Romeo?
Sam and Otto (both scanning the list, and giving Twister pitying looks, they know Twister has had feelings for Rosita for a very long time now): Angel.
Rosita (shocked): Ángel?
Ramón José: Guess it worked out perfectly for you huh, Rosita? (smirks, while Otto shakes his head in disbelief at him)
Rosita (punches him hard on his bicep): You WOULD bring that up. I'm never gonna live that down, am I? It's been five years foo!!!
Ramón José: Rosita and Ángel, sitting in a tree.... vato, estás bien?
Twister (suddenly flushed and appears to be grinding his teeth): Huh? Sí Estoy bien vato. Hey escucha I've got to go report to Mr. Craft
about the AV club before class, so I'll catch up with you all later okay?
Twister (to himself, as he rushes in the direction of the teachers' lounge: Oh dios mío... not only is she kissing a guy, but she's kissing
ÁNGEL. Príncipe Ángel! I can NOT catch a break. Hope Mr. Craft is around, and Mrs. John también. I wanted to ask them something.
Later that day, during the first rehearsal...
Ángel Chávez: Hola Ro. Nunca pensamos que estaríamos trabajando juntos de esta manera, eh? (Hey Ro. Never thought we'd be working together like this, huh?) (suave smile) I didn't know you were into classic theatre. Makes me glad I tried out.
Rosita (slightly uncomfortable and unsure of how to react): Sí, I've always liked theatre. Guess you could say I've got eclectic tastes.
Ángel: Well, Miss eclectic tastes how about we-
Twister: Hola, Chola girl!
Ángel: Rodriguez! ¿Qué estás haciendo aquí? (What are you doing here?)
Twister: I thought I'd film the play, and rehearsals también to make a complete DVD for the school to release. It would raise funds,
and I'd get the experience of making and editing a proper film (inwardly) and I get to keep an eye on you, pendejo.
Rosita: Eso es fantástico Maurice! We'd totally be working together!
Mrs. John: Places everybody. Let's start with rehearsal now. Maurice, would you like to set up your camera in front of the stage,
or will you be filming backstage?
Twister: I'll set up one front-stage, and bring one with me backstage. That way I'll be able to get more footage. (inwardly) Of the booty, curves, and boobs. (grins wickedly)
Rosita (in a whisper, as Ángel begins to say his lines on-stage): It's so awesome that you're here Maurice. I feel so weird being involved
in something like this for the first time. You being here makes it all so much less foreign...
Twister (looks straight into her eyes): Glad to be here, Ro.
They both look into each other's eyes, feeling this weird sense of contentment and connection, when...
Ángel (giving them a hard glare): Rosita, don't you think we should be rehearsing our scene now. Act 1, scene 5?
Rosita (snapping out of it): Por supuesto, Ángel. (Heads up to the stage, with Twister slightly flushed, and very angry working on the camera)
Ángel: If I profane with my unworthiest hand. This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand.
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
Twister (inwardly): HE'S GONNA KISS HER!!!
Rosita: Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much. Which mannerly devotion is this? For saints have hands which pilgrims do touch
(touches his hand and the two of them place their palms together) and palm to palm is holy palmer's kiss.
Twister (seeing red): Ay no... No puedo creer que tenga que sentarse aquí y ver esto. (Oh no... I can't believe I have to sit here and watch this.) Why don't they just get a room already!
Ángel: Have not saint's lips, and holy palmer's too?
Rosita: Aye sir, lips that they must use in prayer.
Ángel: Oh then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do, lest my faith turn to despair.
Rosita: Saints do not move, though grant for prayer's sake.
Ángel: Then move not, while my prayers effect I take (leans in to kiss her, just as his lips are about to touch hers...
Mrs. John: Hold on now Romeo. We'll have no actual kissing until opening night.
Ángel: ¿¿Qué?? ¿¿Por qué no?? (What?? Why not??)
Mrs. John: Because I don't want the PTA coming after me about encouraging the actions of a pair of hormone ridden teenagers.
Twister (inwardly): I love you Mrs. John.
Mrs. John: Okay, guys anyway I think we've done enough for today. Make sure you get your lines for Act 1 memorized over the weekend.
Ángel: So, Ro, you want to get together to practice the lines over the weekend?
Rosita: That would be great! It's so much easier to practice the lines when you're reading them out to someone? ¿Cómo es Domingo?
(How about Sunday?)
Ángel: No puedo hacer que sea Domingo, ¿qué hay de la noche del Sábado? (I can't make it Sunday, what about Saturday night?)
Twister: She can't make it Saturday, it's Tito's birthday dinner, remember? Reggie and Otto invited her.
Rosita: Oh yeah! What about Friday?
Ángel: I'm busy Friday también. I guess we'll just have to go at it alone for this weekend. It's a shame, I was looking forward to practicing
this scene some more with you (winks and heads out the door)
Twister: If you don't mind, Ro, I'll be glad to practice with you tonight.
Rosita: Tú-tú haría? ¿No tienes planes? (You-you would? Don't you have plans?)
Twister: Nah, Ramón José, Otto y Sammy probablemente será salir con Reggie, Clio y Sherry de todas formas. (Nah, Ramon Jose, Otto and Sammy will probably be heading out with Reggie, Clio and Sherry anyway)
Rosita: Haha sí! We should totally hook up... that would save us the embarrassment of being the eighth wheels all the time.
Twister (blushing): Haha yeah we probably should. Anyway I'll see you tonight Chola Girl, or should I say Julieta?
As they are walking home...
Rosita (inwardly): Ay dios mío... why did I have to say that? He must think I'm a total kook!
Twister (inwardly): She was just JOKING! So WHY did your heart have to skip a beat when she mentioned hooking up with you?? Chávez is better looking, Lars is older and more popular with girls... ay dios mío... I just hope I don't make a dweeb of myself on our date tonight...espere it's not a date!!! When we run lines tonight I mean...
That night, Twister takes particular care to shower, dry himself off and get dressed, leaving his backwards hat behind for once, and wearing a pressed polo with jeans. Rosita, too, decided to shower and dry herself off and wear a Sexy Blue White Floral Elastic Off The Shoulder Short Sleeve Casual Crop Top with a Sexy Black Mesh Overlay Mini Skirt paired with 4 inch Black Open Toe Ankle Strap Single Sole Nubuck Heels and finishing off her look by curling her hair and carefully applying waterproof mascara, blush, smoky black eye shadow to make her bright brown eyes pop and Maybelline's Color Sensational High Shine Lip Gloss in Gleaming Grenadine.
Ramón José has already left for his date with Reggie when she lets him in, taking in his much improved grooming.
Rosita: Muy guapo, Maurice. Someone might think you were playing Romeo for real here. (Twister hears 'Romeo y Julieta' by Romeo Santos playing in the background, because Rosita had brought her waterproof i-Radio and I-Phone SE downstairs before Twister came over)
Twister (nervous laugh; he'd been staring at Rosita from the moment she opened the door.): Te ves hermosa Rosita. (You look beautiful Rosita)
Rosita (blushing): Gracias... so you want to come in, so we can start?
Rosita: Okay, um, so you have to look at me, and start off the way Ángel did on-stage, okay?
Twister: Ummm... okay... (looks deeply into her eyes) If I profane with my unworthiest hand. This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand. To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
Rosita (gazes deep into his eyes too): Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much. Which mannerly devotion is this? For saint's have
hands which pilgrims do touch (touches his hand and the two of them place their palms together) and palm to palm is holy palmer's kiss.
Twister (starting to get nervous by now, but can't tear his eyes away): Have not saint's lips, and holy palmer's too?
Rosita: Aye pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer (they don't break eye contact for a second).
Twister (moving closer): Oh then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do, lest my faith turn to despair.
Rosita (in a whisper): Saints do not move, though grant for prayer's sake...
Twister (also in a whisper): Then move not, while my prayers effect I take (on impulse, he cups her face in his hands and kisses her,
she willingly returns the kiss)
After several minutes, they pull back, giddy smiles on both of their faces
Twister: Um Ro....
Rosita (smiling at him): We'll talk when we finish the scene. Read your next line.
Twister (blushing furiously): Oh sure... Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged.
Rosita (mischievous grin, because she knows what's coming): Then have my lips the sin that they have took!
Twister (confused): Sin from my lips? Oh trespass sweetly urged! (breaks into a grin as he reads the next line)
Give me my sin back again! (He kisses her again, more surely and passionately than before)
After they pull away reluctantly...
Twister: Man, this Romeo dude sure was smooth.
Rosita (raising an eyebrow): Apparently, he's not the only one.
Twister: Ro, I... I've been wanting to do that for a long time now.
Rosita: How long?
Twister: So long, I can't remember ever not wanting to do that. Eres increíble Rosita Jiménez. I think... I think... Creo que estoy enamorado de ti. (I think I'm in love with you)
Rosita (a teasing smile on her face): Maurice... No creo que me siento de la misma manera. (I don't think I feel the same way)
Twister: Tú... no lo hace? (You... you don't?)
Rosita: I don't think I do... but I know I do.
Twister: I'll get you for that Rosita Jiménez (starts to tickle her)
Rosita (screams): NO! (He carries on tickling her, as she tries to defend herself by punching his sides. In the process, he pulls her close and kisses her)
Twister: Te amo Rosita Jiménez.
Rosita: Yo También te amo, Maurice Rodriguez. (They look into each other's eyes, oblivious of Ramón José Sr., Rosita's father, standing behind them)
Ramón José Sr.: How was rehearsal, guys?
Rosita (blushing): Well... papi, we kind of have something to talk about.
Ramón José Sr.: I figured as much. You're too young to date, mija.
Rosita: I'm already a senior, daddy. And you've known Maurice his whole life.
Twister: Sí...Ramón José Sr. ...Mr. Jiménez...Ramón José Sr. ...Siempre me ha gustado Rosita, y moriría antes de que yo la lastimé.
(I've always loved Rosita, and I'd die before I ever hurt her)
Ramón José Sr. (frowning slightly): Well, Rosita, you'd better see him out mija, and Maurice, I DO know where you live mijo.
Twister (gulps): Sure... Nos vemos Ramón José Sr. (See you Ramon Jose Sr)
Rosita: Maurice... you won't care when I have to do scenes with Ángel, ¿verdad? Quiero decir, No puedo bajar repentinamente fuera de la jugada. (would you? I mean, I can't suddenly drop out of the play)
Twister: I get that...I'll be honest with you, No me gusta. (I don't like it) But at least you guys won't have to kiss during rehearsal.
And I'll be there to make sure he doesn't try anything.
Rosita: Maurice, I'm sure he won't anyway. No tienes nada de qué preocuparse. (You've got nothing to worry about) This Chola girl is all yours.
Twister: And that's just the way I like it (wraps his arms around her slender waist and pulls her close for a kiss)