ROSA (furious) You are making
me lose my temper.
KIP Lose it. (Pause) I’d like
to see what you do when you lose your temper. I bet you’re cuter than ever.
ROSA (trying to contain herself)
KIP (quieter) Sorry. It’s
how I am. Disgusting.
ROSA All right . . . let
us suppose you are. But I have to warn you, Kip, if things go on like this . . . you
may be expelled.
KIP So: if you have to expel me . . . expel
ROSA Don’t think I’m joking, Kip . .
. The situation is serious. The committee I chair —
KIP That Expulsion Committee should
take care. If I’ve got to take the blame for someone else, I can take it like
the best of them. But when you treat me badly, I’m really bad. The worst.
ROSA I know you’re a very good
person. I know that, Kip. You can do without things when other people need them.
You’ve often proved that . . .
KIP But when they treat me badly . . . when
they do something unjust . . . if they really wind me up . . . (Raises
his voice) when they’re driving me mad . . .!
ROSA Calm down. I’m talking hypothetically.
Kip, I’m not threatening you.
KIP (becoming restless. He gets
up, clenching his fist) Well . . . that Expulsion
Committee . . . they’re . . . pieces of
shit, man. In the other schools when they expelled me, they said: ‘Into the fucking
street, you lout. There’s the door. You’re out on your arse.’ None of this messing
about. And what pisses me off most, is it’s the worst teachers and the most
two-faced students who are putting their classmate in the street . . . Judases!
ROSA Don’t take it like this, Kip.
You are a very intelligent student. And you know it. And you’re generous,
brave, sincere. That’s not in question.
KIP But . . . I’m
a bastard. Right? I’m wrong in the head. Fucked up. Go on! Say it! (Lighting
a cigarette butt) That’s right, too . . . for sure. I
know better than anyone I’ve lost it.
ROSA Let us stick to the point,
KIP (new change, smiling) Kip.
It’s Kip or Twisted. ’Cos if you don’t call me what I want . . . I
won’t answer. (Half-joking) And I won’t talk without my lawyer present.
ROSA Since you came to this school five
months ago, after you were expelled from the one before . . .
KIP Which had no Expulsion Committee,
by the way.
ROSA (losing patience) You
want me to stop talking?! (Pause) Since you came to this school, you
have been a constant source of conflict, Kip. You’ve clashed with teachers, and
been aggressive. You’ve had fights with several students, and even injured some
of them! We have formal complaints about you from parents. And what’s more . . . as
if that weren’t enough, you have made a female student pregnant.