September 18, 2002
Cristian: Hey. Natalie, wait a second. Why did you take off like that?
Natalie: Please, just leave me alone. I can't take this anymore.
Cristian: You can't take what?
Natalie: Any of this. It's killing me. Don't you get it? I'm in love with you.
Cristian: You're in love with me?
Natalie: Never mind. Forget it.
Cristian: Whoa, whoa -- hold on a second.
Natalie: I'm sorry. I really -- I shouldn't have said that. I know that was the last thing that you wanted to hear.
Cristian: Well --
Natalie: It's okay. You don't -- you don't have to say anything because I know that you -- that you don't feel the same way about me.
Cristian: No, Natalie. No. That's not true.
Natalie: I don't understand. What isn't true?
Cristian: I'm talking about what you just said -- about the way I feel.
Natalie: I know that you care a lot about me, but -- and I'm glad you're my friend.
Cristian: I'm more than a friend, Natalie. A lot more.
Natalie: You don't have to do this.
Cristian: Yes, I do.
Natalie: You don't have to try and make me feel better.
Cristian: That's not what I'm doing here. Look, I got to admit, it's a little confusing and I didn't expect you to say that to me.
Natalie: I didn't even -- I didn't mean to. It just came out, all right? Just forget that you ever heard it.
Cristian: I can't forget it. I don't want to forget it.
Natalie: How can you say that? You don't -- you told me that you wanted me to find someone else.
Cristian: When did I say that?
Natalie: The other night outside your apartment. You said you wanted me to find someone else and be happy with them.
Cristian: Yeah --
Natalie: Okay, I get it. It's all right. You were trying to be nice to me, and you were trying to let me know that you were not interested.
Cristian: No, Natalie, I only said that because you were on date.
Natalie: Except I wasn't on a date.
Cristian: You weren't?
Natalie: Rex made that up. He was -- thought he was protecting me.
Cristian: From me?
Natalie: It is so hard to be around you. Rex knew that, so he was trying to help. Oh, God, Iím feeling really stupid now. I -- I did go along with it -- you know, making you think that I was on a date. That's -- that's why I asked Chad to the party tonight. But -- I don't want Chad. I mean, he's nice and all. But the only person that I want to be with -- maybe you should go back in there --
Cristian: No, no. It's okay. You can say it. Because the only person I want to be with is you.
Natalie: What?
Cristian: I'm in love with you, Natalie.
Natalie: What did you just say?
Cristian: I said Iím in love with you. I have been for a while.
Natalie: I -- I can't believe you just said that.
Cristian: Neither can I, but it's the truth.
Natalie: Yeah, but what about Jen? You're with Jen.
Cristian: I know. I know, and I never expected this to happen. Jen and I -- we -- we were happy, and I don't know why things changed. But these feelings for you just -- they snuck up on me.
Natalie: Yeah. I know what you mean.
Cristian: You know, when I first met you, I pretty much thought you were a pain. Natalie: I was a pain.
Cristian: But not anymore. It's like one day everything changed and I didn't mind being around you. I liked it.
Natalie: I can't -- I can't believe this is happening.
Cristian: And pretty soon I started looking forward to seeing you and missing you when you were not around.
Natalie: Oh God, I missed you, too.
Cristian: And throughout that whole lousy time with your mom, I kept telling myself, "Cristian, you're just being a good friend." No way. Deep down, it was a lot more than that.
Natalie: When I first realized my feelings for you, I -- I imagined that it just couldn't work, that there was no way you felt the same way I did.
Cristian: And then when we were at your house -- you know, when we kissed -- I knew. Suddenly it just all became clear. I was in love with you. And I didn't know what to do. I mean, I kept denying it. I kept telling myself that these feelings weren't real, but I couldn't. Just like tonight.
Natalie: What happened tonight?
Cristian: When I saw you running out of the party and I saw the look on your face, I didn't even think. I just wanted to see you. And then I knew that I loved you.
[They kiss passionately]
Natalie: I have wanted you to kiss me like that for so long. I mean, those other times --
[Scene ends]

[Next scene]
Cristian: We didn't know how we really felt.
Natalie: I thought they were mistakes for you. I thought you regretted every kiss.
Cristian: Uh-uh. The only thing I regretted was not telling you how I really felt, you know, when we were at the Bayberry Inn.
Natalie: Oh, god, I wanted to be with you that night so much, more than anything in the world. I just -- I never thought that I could be.
Cristian: And I wanted to make love to you. The only reason I didn't was because --
Natalie: Because of Jen. So, what about Jen? What do we do about her?
Natalie: So, are you -- are you still in love with Jen, too?
Cristian: I care about Jen. Probably always will. And the last thing I ever want to do is hurt her.
Natalie: She's been really terrific to me lately.
Cristian: But I'm not in love with her. Not anymore. I'm in love with you, Natalie. I want to be with you.
Natalie: I want to be with you, too, but --
Cristian: I know, I know. It's a mess.
Natalie: What are you going to do?
Cristian: What can I do? I have to tell her the truth.
Natalie: You're going to tell her that you don't love her anymore?
Cristian: Well, I have to. I mean, it's not right not to. I mean, for our sakes, too, but mostly it's not fair to Jen.
Natalie: It's just that I -- I know what it's like to love someone and they don't love you back -- how much it hurts. I don't want to do that to Jen.
Cristian: Yeah, I know. Neither do i.
Natalie: Why does this have to be so hard?
Cristian: It's all my fault.
Natalie: No, it's not your fault. You're trying to do the right thing.
Cristian: So are you. You don't want to hurt Jen, either.
Natalie: I just feel so horrible. I'm getting what I want because Jen isn't.
Cristian: Natalie, that's not your fault, either.
Natalie: It feels like it is.
Cristian: That's because you're a good person. You are.
Natalie: Yeah, but so is Jen. She went out of her way to be friends with me, and now Iím taking her boyfriend.
Cristian: Natalie, you have to know that this -- none of this is your fault. You didn't ask me to fall in love with you.
Natalie: But I wanted you to. I wanted it so much.
Cristian: Yeah, so much that you pretended to be on a date and you acted like you didn't care about me. Look, Natalie, this isn't anyone's fault. Just happened. I have to find a way to make Jen understand that.
Natalie: Yeah. I don't know how you can.
Cristian: I will. I'll find a way to make Jen understand that you're the one I love and not her.

[Scene ends]

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