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LET'S JUST GRAB A QUICK DINNER...


Sasha, Amy and Mara convene on a street corner.

SASHA

Hi, hi, hi! Air hugs!

MARA

Pretend kiss!

AMY

Smiling under my mask!

SASHA

Look at you! Cute coat...

MARA

This? It’s not even real down!

SASHA

Really? It looks plush…

MARA

Swear! I got it online. I'm buying all my clothes at Ikea now.

AMY

Love it. But the gloves are real leather?

MARA

These? I assembled them myself!

SASHA

But you’re warm…

MARA

Soooo warm... And stain resistant.

AMY

I mean, it’s not even that cold out!

SASHA

It's downright pleasant. OMG -- Is that Simone eating inside???

AMY

I would never be caught dead eating inside.

SASHA

It would have to be hailing.

AMY

Or, like, much windier.

MARA

Or maybe, like, a light drizzle, because, I mean, your hair does look ah-mazing lately.

They pause.

AMY (whispers)

Should we??

SASHA

No! It’s so liberating to eat outside! Like, can we keep this going forever?!

MARA

Think we can get that table by the heater?

AMY

Which one? In the tent or next to the tent?

MARA

It’s definitely warmer in the tent, but outside the tent has better air flow.

AMY

True, but inside the tent, they have the plexi.

SASHA

Oh, I love the plexi.

MARA

Really?! It always feels very prison-phone-chic to me…

AMY

Well should we wait to get a bubble table?

MARA

You mean the yurt?

SASHA

The yurts freak me out.

MARA

Doesn’t matter, the yurts go quickly – you need to book them, like, weeks in advance.

AMY

Ok, whatever – now I’m starting to get cold – should we just take a table in the spillover tent?

SASHA

The back tent? Aren’t we front tent people?

AMY

It’s Covid – you’re wearing running sneakers to dinner, Mara is in a Home Depot puffer – can't we just adapt?

SASHA

But it’s depressing over there. I prefer the main sanctuary.

MARA

You’re less likely to get hit by a speeding car on a side street.

SASHA

But it’s dark - we’re more likely to get mugged.

MARA

Good point. Ok, so ix-nay on the accessory tent. Grand ballroom it is, as long as we don’t sit near that flapping tarp.

SASHA

And far away from those errant propane tanks.

AMY

Ok, guys, now I’m legit starving – we need to sit… it’s getting colder by the minute.

SASHA

Think they have soup? I could go for something warm and rich, but without any dairy.

MARA

Me too. This coat is soup-retardant.

AMY

We should check the menu.

They whip out their phones.

SASHA

Hmmmm, I remember this menu being better...

AMY

How could they only have one soup? Should we ask about specials?

SASHA

Let’s just go someplace else.

AMY

Ok, but where?

SASHA

I don’t know. Let’s think. Where can we get a table?

MARA

Tent or no tent?

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