Manny hard: Whoa. I’m gonna need you to not to talk to my cousin like that, lady.
Crystal nostrils flare.
Crystal warns: Don’t call me “lady”, young man. It’s Crystal. Or Nurse Matos to you.
Manny snaps: Whatever. My cousin is obviously in hysterics so maybe you should be soothing her instead of snapping at her. Better yet, go check on Max. She’s in this room right here with Nicky.
Crystal swallows hard: She’s in that room? Alone? With Nicky?
Manny: Yeah. He won’t leave her side. Anyway, you should-
Crystal firm: Tell Nico Jr to step out of that room this instant. Right now. Away from that girl. I will tend to her. Alone.
Manny stares at Crystal for a long time in silence, an intimidation technique he’d learned from his father. Nicky was right…there was something off about the woman. Crystal stares right into the young man’s penetrating gaze. Manny had never met anyone who could hold up to his intense staring. He looks away first.
Manny softly: I’ll tell Nicky to leave the room.
Crystal small smile: Good, thank you. I can see to her by myself.
Manny: I’m sure you can. I’ll sit in there with you. Until the ambulance arrives.