LAST DANCE SCRIPT
INT. SCHOOL, PRACTICE ROOM – NIGHT
Only a few lights in the room are on. EMIL (20) and AGATHA (19) is seen standing next to each other in the center. Emil is wearing training clothes while Agatha is wearing a ballerina dress, looking ethereal in it. DANSE MACABE (by Camille Saint-Saëns) is playing in the speaker. Emil’s arm is wrapped around Agatha’s waist and the other holds the back of her head while Agatha’s hands are placed on his shoulders. He gazes into her eyes adoringly, his lips suppressing a smile. She gives him a weak smile.
Meanwhile, a girl wearing a hoodie is seen intently observing them through the small glass window of the door.
FLASHBACK: INT. PRACTICE ROOM – DAY
Emil (8) is sitting in the corner of the room while a few other kids are on the other side of the room, not minding him. His knees are pushed to his chest while burying his face on his arms. A girl (7) approaches him and sits in front of him. He moves his head up upon realizing her presence. He glares at her.
Dun ka nga. Ayaw kita dito.
(Sighs) Bakit galit ka sakin? Ayaw mo ba ‘kong partner?
Ayaw kong bagong partner! Di kita kailangan.
Pero sabi ni teacher
Emil doesn’t let her finish her sentence and storms out of the room. Agatha stays where she sits but her eyes follows him until he’s gone. She continues staring at the door and frowns.
INT. SCHOOL, COVERED POOL AREA – NIGHT
The covered pool area is dimly lit, only the pool lights that are still on are the source of light. A girl (19) whose hair and clothes are drenched, is seen lying near the pool. Her face is not revealed yet. She remains on the cold floor as she moves her head to scan the place, her eyes giving no expression. After a moment, she finally decides to sit up. She gives one final look around then at her black hoodie and thights that are soaked wet. She then stares at the pool again. Then she presses her palm against her head, as though trying hard to recall a forgotten memory.
INT. SCHOOL, LOCKER ROOM NEAR THE POOL AREA – NIGHT
The girl comes across a group of swimmers about to get changed, but they ignore her. She just gives them a blank stare and passes by them.
INT. SCHOOL, HALLWAY – NIGHT
The girl is seen alone in the dark hallway walking aimlessly. She stares at the floor wondering why her shoes are not leaving wet prints despite it being wet too. A guy from the far end of the hallway approaches her direction. She stops in her tracks when she hears the echoing footsteps. She looks at the guy who seems to be in a hurry as he walks in a fast pace towards her but he just passes by without even glancing at her.
She gives an awestruck expression that will turn into confusion. She turns her head to her back to look at him, his back facing her. She sees the words “SWIMMING TEAM” printed at the back of his jacket. But he continues to walk away, unaware of her staring.
She finally breaks the long staring then turns to a corner heading towards the practice rooms. She stops in front of the ballet practice room.
FLASHBACK: EXT. BUS – DAY
Emil (15) and Agatha (14) is seen sitting next to each other on a two-seater bus. The entire bus is filled with ballerinas and danseurs busy celebrating a successful performance except in the row where the two is. Emil sat by the window, his hair being blown by the wind. He hums to the tune of Danse Macabre.
Meanwhile, Agatha just quietly studies the side of Emil’s face. She gives him a smile even though he doesn’t see it, before she leans back to her seat and closes her eyes.
Miss Faye (early 30’s), their ballet master, approaches them enthusiastically and sits in the empty seats adjacent to them.
Kayong dalawa, iba din kayo ha. Gusto ko kayong i-congratulate kasi ang galing niyo kanina!
Emil turns his head to look at her while Agatha opens her eyes and just smiles to herself.
Nagtataka nga ako kung paano niyo nagagawang magkaroon ng maayos at magandang performance kahit mula noong mga bata pa kayo hanggang ngayon ay di kayo nagkakasundo.
Agatha finally looks at her while Emil keeps his mouth shut.
Kaya nga po e. Nakapagtataka kung paano namin nagagawang magmukhang may connection sa isa’t isa tuwing nagsasayaw kahit…
Di naman maganda, e. Para sakin kulang pa.
Emil gives Miss Faye a small, forced smile then plugs his earphones and pretends to sleep. Agatha on the other hand gives an apologetic bow. Miss Faye just shrugs and pats Agatha’s shoulder then returns to her seat.
INT. SCHOOL, PRACTICE ROOM – NIGHT (CONT’D)
The girl reaches for the door knob but hesitates to open the door.
(To herself, in a soft voice) Bakit ako nandito? Hindi ko alam kung saan ako papunta. Pero dito ako dinala ng mga paa ko.
EXT. FLASHBACK. SCHOOL, STAIRWAYS NEAR ENTRANCE – DAY
The clouds are spread across the sky. The wind blows through Agatha’s (16) hair. Her face is against her palms as she sobs. Random people are just passing by her.
Meanwhile, Emil (17) exits the building, holding a bottle of juice in one hand. He notices Agatha in the stairways. Her shoulders move up and down from crying. He walks a few steps towards her, hesitates for a while, and then continues walking up to her. He hands her the drink while shyly looking away.
(Clears his throat) O, sayo na. Di ko pa naiinom yan. Ayoko ng matamis.
Agatha confusedly looks at the drink Emil is handing to her then at him who was still looking away. Upon realizing that she’s still not grabbing the drink, Emil turns to her. He attempts to look at her eyes but feels awkward so he diverts his eyes to his feet instead. He throws the drink at her lap.
May nagsabi sakin na nakakagaan daw ng loob ang matatamis. Might just help a little.
Emil then walks away. Agatha gets the drink from her lap and just stares at it. Meanwhile, Emil stops in his tracks and decides to go back to Agatha and sits beside her. She just lets him. They both sit in silence.
‘Wag mo na isipin yung mga nasabi ni Miss Faye kanina. Maniwala ka na lang na magaling ka.
(Grins) Anong meron? Bakit mo to sinasabi ngayon? Di ba wala ka namang paki sakin? Sus, ayaw mo nga akong partner e.
Nung mga bata pa tayo nun. Tagal na kaya nun. Pero di naman talaga ako galit sayo. Kinailangan ko lang na maging ganun, lalo na dahil alam kong magiging partner kita nang matagal. Mahirap na. Pano kung isang araw palitan na naman nila ang partner ko?
Agatha chuckles and takes a sip of her drink.
Ang labo naman nito. So kaya ka madalas kang galit sakin dahil ayaw mong masanay sakin dahi ayaw mong isang araw baka palitan na lang nila ako. Pero ayaw mo naman sakin. Ano ba talaga?
Emil rests his head against his fist while he looks at her.
Nasanay na ‘kong iniiwan ako ng mga taong malapit sakin. Yung tatay ko sumama sa ibang babae at mas pinili yung anak nung babae niya kesa sakin. Yung nanay ko naman sinukuan agad ako. Ayun naghanap ng ibang makakasama. Nagkaron ng bagong anak at kinalimutan na ako. Kaya napunta ako sa tita ko, ta’s sa isa pang tita ulit, ta’s isa pa ulit; palipat-lipat. Di ko na nga alam kung ilang beses ako pinagpasa-pasahan. Ano bang meron sakin? Bakit walang gustong pumili sakin? Yung una ko naman naging partner, nalaman kong gusto niya magkaron ng ibang partner. Di nagtagal, iniwan nya na din ako. Tapos, unti-unti nang nagsilayuan ang mga tinuring kong mga kaibigan. Bata pa ako noon pero tandang-tanda ko ang lahat. Yun yung pinaka-ayaw ko sa lahat… Ang hindi ako ang inuuna. Ang hindi ako ang pinipili.
Ah. Hindi mo kakayanin kung may panibagong mang-iwan na naman sayo kaya ikaw na mismo ang lumalayo?
Pero anong nangyari sa una mong partner bago ako?
Emil stares straight into her eyes.
SILENCE follows. Agatha awkwardly laughs trying to lighten the atmosphere of their sudden serious conversation. She playfully slaps his arm.
Wag ka mag-alala. Ako, di ako mawawala. Hanggat wala sating nababalian ng paa, magiging partner mo ko nang pangmatagalan. Oo, pramis. Pangmatagalan.
She gives him an assuring smile.
Magsasayaw tayong dalawa hanggang sa manghina na ang mga tuhod natin dahil sa katandaan.
Talaga? Papanindigan mo ba yan?
INT. SCHOOL, PRACTICE ROOM – NIGHT (CONT;D)
The girl finally decides to open the door and enters inside, her face still not being revealed. She finds Emil all alone. The instrumental is still playing in the background. Agatha wasn’t there in the first place. Her image was just Emil’s imagination.
The girl takes a few steps towards him.
FLASHBACK: INT. SCHOOL, PRACTICE ROOM – NIGHT
The room is dark and quiet. All lights are off but a few windows are open. Agatha (17) and Emil (18) is seen lying next to each other on the floor, sharing earphones. Their figures are barely seen as the moonlight shining through the windows is the only source of light. Agatha’s eyes are closed while Emil gazes at her solemn face. He shifts his body to the side so he is completely facing her and continues to watch her. He beams at her.
INT. SCHOOL, PRACTICE ROOM – NIGHT (CONT’D)
Emil is still unaware of the presence of the girl. He wraps his arms around the air as if he’s holding somebody. He briefly closes his eyes and takes a deep breath. He opens them and says:
Sayaw tayo, Agatha. Kahit sa huling pagkakataon.
And then he starts dancing a pas de deux, a dance for two, even though he’s all alone. The girl just watches him do all these. But then she feels a sudden PANG in her chest while watching him. Her expression cannot be seen as her hoodie is still covering her face. She falls into her knees as she tries to understand what’s happening to her while bearing the pain she feels as she clutches her hand to her chest.
FLASHBACK: EXT. SCHOOL, COVERED POOL AREA – NIGHT
The pool area is already closed but Agatha (19) and Nathan (21) found their way to sneak inside. The lights are off but the pool lights are still on. They are sitting next to each other with their feet submerged in the water. They are both wearing training clothes. Agatha’s head is resting on Nathan’s shoulder while he speaks.
Alam mo bang may namatay na dito noon?
Di nga? Gawa-gawa mo lang siguro yan e.
Totoo nga. Dito sa pool na to. 12 years ago ata yun nung may nalunod na bata dito. Sabi nila aksidente lang daw.
E ba’t ganyan tono ng boses mo? Parang di ka naniniwala sa kwento mo. Di ka ba naniniwala na aksidente lang yun?
Di ko din alam. Iba kasi ang kwentu-kwento noon sa swimming team. May nakakakita daw na isang batang lalake ang tumulak sa batang babae na namatay dun sa pool. Pero kinabukasan hindi na pumasok yung nakakita. Di na nalaman kung totoo yung kwento o hindi.
Nathan caresses Agatha’s hand then intertwines it with his then puts them on his lap.
Sino naman yung batang lalakeng yun? Taga-dito din ba siya?
Before Nathan could reply, Emil enters the scene.
Kanina pa kita hinahanap. Nandito ka lang pala.
INT. SCHOOL, PRACTICE ROOM NIGHT (CONT’D)
The girl continues clutching to her chest with her knees on the floor, while Emil continues dancing, still unaware of her. After a while, her face is finally revealed.
The girl in hoodie is Agatha. Her eyes widen in surprise as she starts to remember everything. Tears start falling down her cheeks. The pain in her chest starts to hurt even more.
Naaalala ko na.
INT. SCOOL, COVERED POOL AREA – NIGHT
The scene in the pool area continues. Both Agatha and Nathan turns their head to the back upon hearing Emil’s voice.
Emil doesn’t show any expression but his eyes dart to Nathan, not keeping his eyes off him. He mockingly stares at him in a subtle way.
Tension starts to build up but the silence is disturbed by the ringing of Nathan’s phone. Nathan fumbles for his phone inside his pocket. He hesitates to answer it but Agatha nods in assurance. He gives Emil a look then excuses himself. Agatha proceeds to take her feet off the water and wipes them with a towel.
While putting her shoes on, Emil sits beside her.
Kanina pa kita hinahanap. Pinuntahan kita sa girl’s dormitory pero wala ka. Ba’t mo ba kasama yung lalakeng yun?
Wala lang. Gusto ko lang makita si Nathan.
At kailangan niyo pa talaga tumakas para lang magkita dito? Bakit? Kayo na ba?
Agatha sneers, still looking away from him. But before she could reply, Nathan goes back, interrupting her.
Okay ka lang ba dito? Aalis muna ako saglit. Kailangan ko lang puntahan kapatid ko sa girls’ dorm. Babalik din ako.
(Smiles) Okay lang ako. Mag-uusap lang muna kami ni Emil.
Nathan exits. Agatha and Emil continues their conversation in the bleachers.
Ano naman kung kami na?
Mahal mo pa ‘ko di ba? Akala ko ba mahal mo ko?
Pagod na ko, Emil. Tagal ko nang nagmamahal sayo pero hindi mo naman nababalik. Ayoko nang maghintay sa hindi sigurado. Maybe it’s time to give my heart to someone who loves me back. At si Nathan yun, Emil.
Emil clenches his fists to his sides then aggressively stands up and goes straight to Agatha. He immediately wraps his hand around her neck tightly, trying to choke her. He looks at her furiously. Shock and fear is seen in Agatha’s face. She helplessly tries to remove his hand. To add more pain, he drags her by the neck near the pool.
(Grins) Siya na ngayon mahal mo, ha? Akala ko ba ako? Ako pa rin dapat e. Ito na o, mahal na kita. Ba’t di mo naman ako hinintay?
(While trying to grasp for air) Hindi… mo ko mahal… Hindi mo… ‘ko minahal…
Tears start to pool Agatha’s eyes. But Emil looks at her mercilessly and wraps his hand around her neck tighter. Agatha eventually falls into her knees, looking more agonized and helpless as she finds it harder to breathe.
Gusto ko, ang inuuna. Gusto ko, ako ang pinipili. Pare-pareho lang kayo. Sige! Iwan niyo na kong lahat. Magsama-sama kayo.
Emil chokes her harder, images of a young girl (7) (who was his first dance partner) being choked by his the 8-year old Emil shows up in Agatha’s face from time to time, until she’s almost not breathing anymore and then he throws her into the pool. She tries to fight for her life. But shortly after being thrown, she becomes too weak to try harder to fight for her life. So she just lets herself drown.
Emil just coldly watches her body become lifeless. No sense of guilt or remorse in his face.
INT. SCHOOL, PRACTICE ROOM – NIGHT (CONT’D)
Agatha remembers everything now. She takes a few steps closer to Emil. She wants to ask him, shout at him, and curse at him but she can’t. He can’t see her. So she just stands there as her eyes follow him as he continues dancing until he trips and falls, ending up sprawled in the floor. Agatha looks at him with wrath which eventually melts into pity then desperation.
He doesn’t move and just stares at the ceiling. He starts laughing, loud enough to echo in the hallway, until his voice faints. He gives no expression as he stares into nothingness but a tear escapes his eye.
(Mumbling) Gusto ko, ako naman inuuna. Gusto ko, ako naman pinipili. Yun lang naman e.
He repeats this over and over again until his voice fades and the screen also starts to fade to BLACK.
Only Nathan’s voice screaming Agatha’s name in grief is heard in the background.
The sound of sirens is heard next, then a slam of a door being forcefully opened.