(Part Three of “Dancing with the Devil”)
Written by Joe Janes
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Chet, late 20s
(Lights up on Mannie from “Better Than Money” at the counter of a fast food restaurant. Chet stands behind him. Sumi, in uniform and headset, hands him a “to go” bag of food.)
SUMIBurger, fries and a cola. That’s four dollars and thirty-six cents.
(Mannie counts the money out on the counter and Sumi puts it in the register except for one bill.)
SUMI (continuing)Sixty-four cents is your change and… (She hands him the one “bill” and opens her arms. Mannie hugs her over the counter. He takes his food and leaves.) Have a nice day, Mannie.
MANNIEYou, too, Sumi!
SUMIHi, Cutie, what’ll it be today?
CHETWell, I will have a cheeseburger, fries, and a small coke.
SUMIWe have a special today. For just fifty cents, you can get a hot fried apple pie dessert treat.
CHETGee, I don’t know-
(Sumi freezes, lights shift, Devil and Angel, and Tyler, a nice guy hand puppet, appear on Chet’s shoulders.)
DEVILGo for the pie, Chet. They fry it. Hot fried pie, it doesn’t get any better than that.
ANGELYou summoned me here over pie?
DEVILYes. Chet is watching his weight –
CHETNo, I’m not.
DEVILChet should be watching his weight and, excuse me, who are you?
TYLERHi, I’m Tyler.
ANGELWe were on a date.
DEVILI didn’t realize it was “Bring A Date” to work day.
ANGELWe were on a swan boat ride. I couldn’t just leave him. I don’t want to mess things up with you, Tyler.
DEVILI see. Now, you care about messing things up.
CHETGuys, I’m in a hurry. I really don’t need this, right now.
DEVILShut up, Chet.
ANGELDon’t tell Chet to shut up.
DEVILOkay, look. Maybe I just wanted to see you one more time before your transfer went through. You look good.
ANGELThanks. So do you. Really.
TYLERMaybe I should wait back at the swan boat.
ANGELDon’t go anywhere, Tyler.
DEVILLooks like someone’s a little halo whipped, right, Chet?
ANGELUh! You always have to try to piss me off, don’t you? Look, I’m sorry things didn’t work out. You need to move on.
DEVILYeah. I know. You’re right. Sorry you got dragged in to this, Tyler. You better take care of her.
ANGELLet’s go. Good-bye.
(They leave. The Devil sighs.)
CHETYou going to be all right?
DEVILI don’t know.
CHETYou want some of my apple pie?
(Lights change back.)
SUMIWould you like the hot fried apple pie dessert treat?
CHETDo you recommend it?
SUMIIt’s fried pie. What’s not to like?
CHETThen, yes, I would (looks at tag), Sumi. Cute name.
SUMIThanks. (Writes on a napkin) I’ll bring your order out to you as soon as its ready and, hey, here’s my phone number so you can call me and we can go hang out or something.
CHETYeah. Sure. I will. Thanks, Sumi.
(He starts to leave)
SUMII like your parrot!