Lights Flashing and Disco Music fading away. Marga stops dancing and narrates.
Marga: And if while clubbing, Scotty offers me a bump or two of cocaine, nothing crazy. I told myself, say yes to the coke, forget the past, water under the bridge. I would say yes and start over with this generous Old Gay Miami Rich Cuban who I became obsessed with in third grade. When Scotty became the first kid at our school, Immaculate Conception, to be sent to the Spanking Machine.
We had a sadistic nun — I know that’s redundant. Her name was Sister Kevin Williams. She had a kink She liked to swing boys around by their neckties for any reason. And Scotty gave her a reason. I don’t remember why — but he sassed her “Sister you’re just jealous.” Sister Kevin Williams charged Scotty and yanked his necktie with all her might. But on this day, Scotty was wearing a clip-on. It took four kids to help her back to her feet and we saw a wisp of hair slip out of her wimple.
Nun: “Agamemnon Perez Jr. let’s take a visit to The Spanking Machine.”
Marga: Since first grade we had all been threatened with “a visit to the Spanking Machine.” None of us had never seen it except in our nightmares. We didn’t see Scotty again until he reappeared after school, in the yard. He seemed different then, like a real man. A legend. All the kids mobbed him like paparazzi.
As Mob: “Agamemnon, is the spanking machine like Sister says?
“Agamemnon — Is it like a chair? Did they strap you in. How fast does it spank?”
“Agamemnon, does the spanking machine have sticks or little hands? I thought I heard it once.”
“Agamemnon — Does it make copies too?”
Marga: Scotty waved them off and said
Scotty: “I can’t talk about the Spanking machine. You don’t want to know. You don’t want to see it. And My name is not Agamemnon. It’s Scotty.”
Marga: Then he looked over their heads and saw me, the tallest girl in 3rd grade. At the rate I was growing I woulda been 6 feet tall by graduation with a basketball scholarship. But I worried I’d get too tall to find a husband. So I willed myself to stop growing. I’m the same height now as I was in third grade. Which made it easy for Scotty to notice me.
Scotty: “Margaret! Where have you been all my life?”
Marga: No one had ever called me Margaret before. It wasn’t my name. But When Scotty called me Margaret – a name as plain as Margarita is beautiful… I found myself. Margaret, an American name, a forgettable name, Margaret an ordinary name perfect for my new life as Scotty’s partner in crime.
We did some terrible things to strangers growing up. But we were just kids, see, and it was a different time then. It was easier to get away with terrible things. People were so dumb. Not like we were a terrorists. We just did little terrible things. We were terriblists. We were just trying to play. We didn’t have video games.