“Las Aparicio” recap: Episodes 31-38

On to episode 35, where we pick up more or less where we left off.

Aurelia: (opening narration) We all know the story of the girl that one day dared to discover what lay beyond the mirror. To enter that zone, which seems absurd to us, inspires respect and fear, because there is always the risk of losing oneself. Or worse, finding oneself; discovering ourselves in the one that inhabits the mirror’s home and realizing that the distorted image, absurd and backward … is actually ourselves. That can help us understand, but it can also scare us. It can make us love or reject.

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Later, we meet up with Julia and Mariana again on the balcony and Mariana is telling Julia everything she doesn’t want to hear.

Mariana: Her name is Gaby. She’s a marine biologist. She’s very different from all the girls I dated before.
Julia: Biologist? (laugh) Are you in love?
Mariana: In love? I don’t know. It’s a tough word. It’s more like … she supported me during a time when I felt … well,
very abandoned.

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I love the body language. Mariana’s all, “I met a cute girl. Hee.” And Julia’s all, “Please, God, get me out of this conversation.”

Mariana: She’s so radically different. She’s all reserved and timid and a total closet-case. She lives with her parents…

How much does Julia not want to hear about Gaby? Let me show you:

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Mariana: … but she’s pretty awesome. I feel something really strong for her.
Julia: Well, I’m really happy for you. Really.

And by that she means, “I don’t know this Gaby but I am stabbing her repeatedly in my head with a sharp object.”

Mariana: Thank you.

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Sigh. I love that look. It says and asks like a billion things at once: “I’d dump Gaby in a second for you. Why did you come back from Spain? What aren’t you telling me?”

So she chooses one of her many questions.

Mariana: Why did you come back?
Julia: I don’t know. Being over there, in the apartment with Armando, I realized that I couldn’t start a new life without first closing the loops on my old life. That’s why I’m back.

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Julia: But anyway, now that I’m here and you’re also here, I suppose we’re going to just see each other like always, no?
Mariana: Yes. Like always.
Julia: Good.

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And on that note, Mariana takes her leave.

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These two should win an award for always saying exactly the opposite of what they want to say to each other.

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