September 4, 2002
Cristian: Wait a minute. Natalie's out on a date?
Rex: That's what I said.
Rex: A guy. That's what great-looking girls do, remember? They go out with guys.
Cristian: What's with the attitude, man?
Rex: It's not attitude. You seem to be hard on understanding. I just wanted to be clear.
Cristian: I got it.
Rex: Good. See, I'm watching out for my sister. Sheís happy. Sheís moving on with her life. She's going out with a great guy.
Cristian: Yeah, but who? Who's this great guy she's going out with?
Rex: Why do you care so much?
Rex: What business is it of yours who Natalieís going out with? I mean, you're not her brother. You're not her boyfriend. Youíre some guy with a girlfriend of his own.
Cristian: So you're not going to tell me who Natalieís out then? Fine.
Rex: Good, because I'm not going to. Natalie has had a rough enough life. She doesn't need somebody like you making it any tougher.
Cristian: What do you mean someone like me?
Rex: Somebody hanging around, complicating things.
Cristian: Well, did Natalie say that?
Rex: Hey, look, Natalie may have had a thing for you once, but after what happened, her mom getting in trouble, her stepdad getting shot, she sort of took a different look at things, you know?
Cristian: So what are you saying? That she doesn't care?
Rex: Well, why else would she be out with -- well, out on a date? She's through being deprived, with settling for second best. She wants to have fun. She's finally ready to enjoy her new life, and why shouldn't she? I mean, she's fun, gorgeous, and rich. She can have any guy she wants. Why should she settle for a bartender with a girlfriend?
Cristian: Hey, look, Iím not asking her to settle for anything.
Rex: Right, because you two are just friends, except when you pretend to be more than that, when you pretend to care about her.
Cristian: Friends care about each other.
Rex: Friends also want what's best for their friend, even if it means giving up a little something on the side. And you want what's best for Natalie, don't you?
Rex: Okay, sis, you don't have to worry about Cristian Vega anymore.
Natalie: Jen? Jen, it's Natalie. Are you home?
Cristian: Natalie, it's good to see you.
Natalie: I didn't think you were going to be home.
Cristian: Then why did you come here?
Natalie: To see Jen. Someone from Break Bar said she'd be up here, but she's not.
Cristian: She probably went out, then. What was so important?
Natalie: Oh, nothing. A school thing.
Cristian: Maybe I can help.
Natalie: No, you know what? It's not a big deal. It can wait.
Cristian: You want to come inside and wait? I don't think she's going to be long.
Natalie: No, actually, I'm in a rush. Someone's waiting for me downstairs.
Natalie: I better go.
Cristian: Yeah, you don't want to keep whoever it is waiting.
Cristian: Natalie, wait.
Natalie: What is it?
Cristian: There's something I need to tell you.
Natalie: What is it that you want to tell me?
Cristian: It's just that you're my friend.
Natalie: You're my friend, too.
Cristian: Right. And I want you to be really happy.
Natalie: I'm glad.
Cristian: So I hope that one day soon you'll meet a really great guy who will treat you right and make you feel special and give you everything you want because that's what you deserve.
Natalie: Actually, I think that Iíve already met him.
Cristian: Well, hey, that's great. I'm happy for you.
Natalie: Because you're my friend.
Cristian: Absolutely. I'm sure you're in a rush to get going, so you don't want to keep that great guy waiting.
Natalie: No. No, I donít.
Cristian: Have a fun evening.
Natalie: You, too.
Natalie: I don't want anybody else. I've already found that really great guy.
Cristian: Why shouldn't she go out on dates? She's allowed.
Natalie: He obviously doesn't want me. Except as a friend.
Cristian: Why shouldn't she meet some great guy that'll treat her right, make her feel special? That's what she deserves and a lot more. It's none of my business, anyway. We're just friends. Yeah, Cristian, keep telling yourself that and maybe one day you'll actually believe it. I got to get out of here. Natalie. What are you still doing here?
Natalie: Um -- I had to make a phone call and fix my makeup.
Cristian: What are you talking about?
Natalie: I'm going to be late.
Cristian: No, wait, hold on a second. Natalie, you're not making any sense. What is it? Why are you crying?