The next time we see Julia, she’s in her kitchen cooking and her mother drops in. Their housekeeper, Aurelia (who, by the way, is also our narrator), is there too. Aurelia asks why Mariana left iso late. Julia says that Mariana had a prior engagement, which seems strange to both Rafaela and Aurelia because it was the middle of the night.
But Julia follows it up by saying that Mariana was meeting Dani (her ex) and that they were probably getting back together. Aurelia then goes on to say that she doesn’t really know how lesbians “do it” – although she tip-toes around the particulars of what she means, so it takes Julia a couple of seconds to get what Aurelia – and her mother, who joined in – are talking about. Julia gets all defensive and says, “If you’re so curious, why don’t you ask Mariana? What would I know about it? After all, she’s the gay one.” And walks off. Aurelia and Rafaela just look at each other.
Later on, we see Julia arrive at Armando’s house/apartment/brothel/whatever. He’s in bed, naked, and I throw up a little in my mouth at the memory andtheygoontohavesex. Sorry, it was difficult to get that out.
Moving on, we later see Mariana cleaning up in her apartment when Julia arrives. Julia looks all down and depressed and awkward and Mariana’s attitude is a mixture of passive-aggressiveness and casual nonchalance. Julia first apologizes for not showing up that day to help her cook, but Mariana says it wasn’t a problem, while moving all around the apartment cleaning stuff up. Julia follows her and asks if Mariana wants to talk about what happened. Mariana replies, “Nothing happened. We drank too much. And I clarified that the one that likes women is me not you. And that’s it.”
Julia explains that she feels awful and that when she feels awful she always goes to Mariana to talk about it. But she doesn’t know who to talk to when what she feels awful about involves Mariana. Mariana tells her to go talk to Armando about it, since, after all, she has to listen to all her stories about him.
Julia: I did go see him today, actually.
Mariana: And what? You slept with him and after you came you felt empty inside, no?
Julia: How did you know?
Mariana: Your face.
And then Mariana touches her face and notices there’s a hickey on Julia’s neck so she goes to touch it but Julia sort of bats her away and then they stand really close to each other and Julia looks like she’s going to BURST WITH FEELINGS.
Julia: I’d rather be with you than with anyone else in the world, what do you think that means?
And we see that look in Mariana’s eyes that sort of hope mixed with fear mixed with uncertainty, but it’s over in a flash because they’re swiftly interrupted by another female voice. And here we meet Dani, Mariana’s ex, who is her ex no longer. Ah, lesbians. And Mariana welcomes dear Dani with a kiss and Julia just looks like she wants to crawl into a hole and die, but she’s forced to swallow it all up and pretend she’s happy that Julia and Dani are back together. But it’s quite obvious that she’s not happy at all.
Later, we’re back in Armando’s abode and we see Julia sitting at the edge of the bed and Armando is behind her, kissing her neck, and she’s staring off into space, imagining Mariana and Dani together.
When Mariana and Dani kiss, she turns and kisses Armando
To say that I love this show is an understatement. It’s awesome.
Ingrid Díaz is the author of Alix & Valerie, a professional blogger and non-recovering coffee addict. In her college days, she was a purple-haired LGBT rights activist. These days, she aims to change the world one lesbian love story at a time. You can read some of her work at www.midnightisland.com.