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Tom-Yum Tuna Sandwich

This afternoon while going through my fridge,I found some cans of tuna. I was hungry so I decided to have some tuna sandwich. It’s really simple and absolutely yummy!!

Ingredient
1 can of plain tuna
1 can of tom-yum tuna
mayonnaise
2 tomatoes
1/2 onion
1-2 green chilies
cabbage
salt
pepper
few slices of bread

We need to chop up a bit some of the ingredients before mixing them in the blender. You can start with the cabbage by finely chopping it and then just leave it to soak in some hot water. When the cabbage starts to turn slightly greener than before, drain the water and sprinkle a pinch of salt, mix well.

Once you’re done with the cabbage, you can start dicing the onion, tomatoes and chilly into chunks. After chopping them put them in the blender along with a pinch of salt, some pepper, 1 can of plain tuna and 1 can of tom yum tuna. Then add ample amount of mayonnaise so that the mixture is not dry. Start the blender at a low-speed at first then increase the speed later on. Make sure that all the ingredients are mixed really well. It doesn’t need to be absolutely smooth but everything must be finely chopped. This might take up to 2 minutes.

Now you’re tuna spread is ready. Take two slice of bread and spread the mixture on both the slices. On one of the slice place some cabbage and sprinkle some pepper on it. Sandwich together and enjoy your tom-yum tuna sandwich.

Enjoy!!!

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Refreshing Avocado Soup

Avocados can be used as substitute for meats in sandwiches and salads because of its high fat content(mostly monounsaturated fat). Some studies have also shown that it helps to lower blood cholesterol levels. Few weeks ago I had found out a recipe for making avocado soup somewhere while surfing the net. This refreshing avocado soup helps to beat this summer heat a bit and of course its healthy too. It’s really simple and requires no cooking at all because we basically mix everything in a blender until smooth. the ingredients required for this soup can be easily bought anywhere in the grocery stores.

Ingredients:
1 cucumber
1-2 avocado
2 green onions
1/4 cup of fresh mint
1/2 cup yogurt
1 1/2 cups of water

Since this soup requires no cooking, basically we are just going to mix all the ingredients in the blender. But before blending them, first we need to chop them.

We can start with the cucumber by dicing 1/3 of the cucumber and chopping into chunks the rest of it. These chunks are going to be put in the blender and we’re going to use the diced one to garnish our soup.Unlike the cucumber the other ingredients (mint, onion and avocado) just needs to be chopped. We just need to chop them a bit, that will be enough. After finishing chopping all the ingredients, now we need to put them in the blender.

Now the next step would be adding the water and yogurt. First measure 1/2 cup of yogurt and 1 1/2 cups of cold water and pour into the blender and start mixing all the ingredients. At the beginning, put the blender on low-speed and later increase its speed. We need to make sure that everything gets totally chopped up and then made absolutely smooth. This might take up to 2-3 minutes.

Now the soup is ready and don’t forget to garnish it with the diced cucumbers just before serving. We can have it right away or we can also chill it in the fridge for up to 3 hours before serving. This soup has a very beautiful color along with its many health benefits.

Enjoy!!!

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Chocolate Raisin Cookies

I had been wondering about combining chocolate and raisin. Well i had tried a lot before i came up with this recipe. The raisin and chocolate flavor just match up with each other and the combination is just yummy!!!! I hope you’ll like this Fudge Chocolate Raisin cookie.

INGREDIENTS
1 cup flour
1 cup chocolate drink powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
2 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon chocolate spread
50 gm raisin

METHOD
Step 1: Mix sugar and butter along with 2 tablespoon full of milk.
Step 2: Add vanilla extract and chocolate spread.
Step 3: Add the egg into the mixture.
Step 4: Now add the dry ingredients (flour, chocolate drink powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt) into the mixture. if you want to use unsweetened coco powder then you’ll have to use one extra cup of sugar.
Step 5: Beat until the batter is moistened. then stir in the raisins and mix it. leave the batter for 10 minutes. do not put it in the fridge. you can also toss in some chocolate chips because you can always make a chocolate cookie more chocolaty.
Step 6: Now your batter is ready. scoop the batter by the teaspoon full onto the baking pan. leave enough space between each cookie for them to spread.
Step 7: Bake for about 8 or 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned. actually if you are using microwave then it wont take longer than 5 minutes. for microwave you just have to bake it for 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 8: Let the cookies cool on room temperature then your chocolate raisin cookies are good to go!!!


      ENJOY!!!!

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Recipes

 

One Act Play: Teen Angel

Cast of Characters

PEGGY: A teen who has found herself on a mission after her death.

GABRIELLA: The guide upon the stairway to heaven.

ALICE: Manager of a 50’s diner.

KATE: Shy teen who is in love with RICK.

DAVID: A mysterious man who offers to help PEGGY in her mission.

RICK: A teen who has lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

HEATHER: An obnoxious teen who continually picks on KATE.

Heather’s friends – one or more girls play Heather’s friend but don’t have any lines.

                                                                                                                                                                      

We started working on with our play, the “Teen Angle” by D. M. Bocaz-Larson.

This play is basically about a girl named Peggy who gets a chance to help those she left behind. Peggy’s helping Rick to get over her which she is unaware of. So while figuring out what she’s been sent to do she meets Kate.

Peggy who is sent to earth after her death to complete a task that she left behind when she died but she isn’t aware about who she is supposed to help. David is another soul, perhap a bad soul, who tries to lead her astray. Eventually Peggy finds out that she’s been sent there to help Kate and Rick. Rick is peggy’s boyfriend. Peggy helps Kate to cheer up rick. Meanwhile she realizes that she has to let go of Rick and free him so that Kate and Rick can be together. When she finally frees Rick, she is given her wings as she completes her task. The play ends when David and Peggy accept their love for each other and Gabriela, the angel, gives a new mission for David and this time Peggy gets be hid guide.

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KATE:

Kate’s a teenage girl who works in the 50’s diner as a waitress. She is shy and loves a guy named Rick. After her mother’s death she’s been living with Alice who’s a friend of her mother and also the manager of the diner. Kate is in love with Rick. But Rick loves Peggy whom he lost in a car accident while drag racing. Ever since the car crash he had been grieving on Peggy’s death. Kate wants to help him cheer up and for that she takes help from Peggy. Heather is another teenage girl who continuously pricks on Kate but no one does anything about it as heather’s family is very rich and powerful.

While rehearsing for the play I had a lot difficulty. The first one was to act. Since I’m not good at acting, it’s been really hard on me. The second one would be the dialogues. My dialogues weren’t that long. It was short just like a part of conversation. But it was more the less same all the time so during the rehearsals I messed up with my dialogues most of the time. Lastly we had a major problem about the timing. Originally the play has transition over two scenes the heaven and the diner with the help of light. Since we couldn’t use the lighting we had trouble in making the transition. since I couldn’t find the pink dress so i wore a gray dress.

Despite the difficulties it was enjoyable. The most enjoyable moment was when we were practicing for a particular scene. There’s this scene in which we had to shout and freeze but we couldn’t freeze. All the time we ended up laughing. I had a very good experience during these few days. Knowing that acting isn’t my forte, trying hard to act was fun.

The Play

Time and Place

Early 1950’s at a diner.

[Note: Music is used throughout the show. The play can be done with recorded music or more ambitious productions can be done with live music and actors singing the songs. Depending on your type of production, please observe copyright restrictions when using songs]

(MUSIC: “Last Kiss” by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers. Music slowly fades as cars racing are heard. Honking is heard and then a crash. Screams. Music builds and then fades)

(Lights come up on PEGGY, a young teenage girl who is in white, sparkling robes. She is standing before a white, sparkling staircase leading to a passage through a cloudy background. GABRIELLA, a woman in white steps forward from the passage and is at the top of the stairs. Her clothing looks similar to PEGGY but GABRIELLA has wings)

GABRIELLA

I see you’ve arrived. I almost thought you weren’t going to make it. Modern medicine certainly creates a lot of uncertainty in my work these days.

PEGGY

Where am I?

GABRIELLA

You’re climbing the stairway to heaven.

PEGGY

You mean that…

GABRIELLA

You’ve crossed over…

PEGGY

I’m dead?

GABRIELLA

You could say that.

PEGGY

But what happened? I don’t remember… anything.

GABRIELLA

Souls are made to forget the pain and sorrows of life, especially the end. It’s better that way.

PEGGY

But I remember so little about my life. I remember that my name is Peggy and that I like vanilla ice cream…

(Pauses and struggles to remember. GABRIELLA comes down the stairs)

GABRIELLA

Your memories are selected carefully. Too many earthly memories really mess with eternal bliss.

PEGGY

But it seems like I’m forgetting something. I hate that feeling. You know, like you know you have to do something but you can’t remember what and you know you’ll get in big trouble if you don’t do it…

GABRIELLA

Peace, Peggy dear. There’s nothing to worry about now.

PEGGY

I suppose not…

(Something still seems to bother her)

GABRIELLA

(Studying PEGGY)

I see what they mean…

PEGGY

What who mean?

GABRIELLA

I was sent to help guide you.

PEGGY

Guide me? Into heaven?

(Points to stairs)

The way looks pretty clear.

GABRIELLA

It appears so, but nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

(Motions to stairs)

Perhaps I should illustrate. Try going up the stairs.

PEGGY

(Looks at GABRIELLA funny, shrugs, and heads to stairs. PEGGY stops at the bottom step and can’t seem to go any further)

I want to… but can’t.

GABRIELLA

You’re not ready yet.

PEGGY

That doesn’t mean that I’m going to… you know where…

GABRIELLA

(Smiles)

Fortunately, no. You lived a good life and have few blotches on your record. You shouldn’t fear going anywhere but heaven. But…

(Pauses)

…there’s always a “but” isn’t there?

(PEGGY looks worried)

You will need to earn your wings.

PEGGY

Earn my wings?

GABRIELLA

You can’t enter heaven without wings. So each soul must earn them. Now some people earn them in life with good works and good deeds… Mother Teresa for example. Her soul had the most amazing wings when she arrived…

PEGGY

So I didn’t do anything good in my life?

GABRIELLA

You were a good person or you wouldn’t be here. But wingless souls are often wingless for a reason. Even good people make mistakes in life. So good people are given a chance to earn their wings despite problems in life.

PEGGY

Sounds fair. I only wish I knew I knew what I’d done.

GABRIELLA

It’s better not to know anything about your past life. It will only make earning your wings more difficult. Let me give you a warning… your memories are there, but don’t go seeking them. They will only lead you down the wrong path and will keep you from earning your wings.

PEGGY

What happens if I don’t earn my wings?

GABRIELLA

You will earn them. I know you will.

PEGGY

Why? Can you see the future?

GABRIELLA

No, but I can see your heart and I have faith that you will succeed.

PEGGY

(Suddenly determined)

So what do I need to do to earn my wings?

GABRIELLA

There is some unfinished business in your past life that must be resolved. You will be without memory and will appear as a stranger to those who once knew you. Discover the problem and help to fix it. That will earn you your wings.

PEGGY

I have a feeling this isn’t going to be as easy as you are making it sound.

GABRIELLA

Actually it is quite dangerous.

PEGGY

Then why send me?

GABRIELLA

Because we know that you are the only one that can fix the problem.

PEGGY

And what is the problem?

GABRIELLA

Unfortunately, we’re not sure.

PEGGY

This isn’t going to be easy.

GABRIELLA

I need to leave you with a warning as well.

PEGGY

Leave me? You’re leaving me? But we just met.

GABRIELLA

Don’t worry, Peggy. I won’t be far away.

PEGGY

I feel so overwhelmed… no memory… trying to solve a problem I know nothing about… And you mentioned a warning?

GABRIELLA

You must be careful. Keep your memories buried. If one tries to seek the past, she can become trapped in it and become a lost soul.

PEGGY

A lost soul?

GABRIELLA

A lost soul is a person whom some people know as ghosts.

PEGGY

I could become a ghost?

GABRIELLA

(GABRIELLA goes up stairs)

Only if you are not careful. Remember, you are someone else now. No one will remember you. No one will recognize you. But if they do… then you could be lost.

PEGGY

How will I know what to do?

GABRIELLA

You will know. Only you know the way.

(Reaches to of stairs)

Good luck, Peggy.

(Exits and lights fade to a spotlight. PEGGY steps into the spotlight and now is in common street clothes [which actress wore under white robe]. PEGGY looks around into the darkness and sounds can be heard. Faint and unrecognizable at first. Then the sounds grow stronger. Lights come up across the stage on a 50’s style diner. 50’s music is heard now. Waitresses, bus boys, cooks, customers are in the diner. PEGGY watches from her spotlighted area)

SONG: “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and his Comets

ALICE

(Older waitress who managers the diner)

Clean up on table 7.

(Looks around)

Where is that girl?

KATE

(Rushes in. KATE is a teen about PEGGY’s age)

Sorry. I’m on it.

(Lights slowly fade on PEGGY)

ALICE

Where were you anyway?

HEATHER

(Snotty teen who is a customer sitting with friends)

Watching Rick no doubt.

(Her friends laugh)

ALICE

Rick? Who is Rick?

KATE

Nobody.

HEATHER

Nobody? He’s only the man of Kate’s dreams.

KATE

He is not.

HEATHER

You should see Kate when she’s around him. Serious puppy love.

ALICE

Hurry with that cleanup, Kate. I need you to go get a jar of pickles out of the pantry.

HEATHER

(As KATE comes near she drops something on the floor in front of her so she steps in it)

Ooops. Better clean that up too, Kate.

(Friends laugh and Kate looks upset and slowly bends down to clean it)

PEGGY

(Enters and helps KATE)

Here, let me help you.

KATE

Thank you.

PEGGY

No problem.

(They clean it up and stand)

Hi, I’m…

(Realizes she needs another name)

Pamela.

KATE

I’m Kate.

HEATHER

And we’re hungry. Where’s the food, Kate?

ALICE

Hurry up with the pickles, Kate.

KATE

Okay.

(KATE rushes off)

HEATHER

(Gets up and looks at PEGGY)

So who are you? I haven’t seen you around before.

PEGGY

I’m new in town. I sort of dropped in.

HEATHER

Well, you better learn quickly who are the right people to hang out with and who are the wrong people.

(KATE enters with jar and gives it to ALICE)

That girl over there is the wrong people.

(Points to friends)

We, on the other hand, are the right people.

(KATE comes with food for HEATHER and friends. HEATHER sits and looks at meal. ALICE exits)

PEGGY

So what makes someone the right people?

HEATHER

You know, the people with the right families, the right cars, the right friends…

(Looks at food)

Kate, what is this? I ordered Cheddar cheese not Swiss. I swear this place is run by a bunch of retards.

(HEATHER eats it anyway)

PEGGY

Obviously, not the right personality.

KATE

I’m sorry, Heather. I’ll get you another one.

HEATHER

Look, I’ve been waiting here long enough. Now you’ve gone and ruined it. I’m not paying for it.

KATE

But Alice will take it out of my paycheck.

HEATHER

That’s what happens when you get the order wrong.

PEGGY

(Picks up ticket)

Says here on the ticket that you ordered Swiss.

KATE

I swore you said Swiss.

HEATHER

(To friends)

Girls? Did I say Swiss?

(Friends shake heads no)

See. I have witnesses.

KATE

Fine, Heather. Okay…

(KATE exits upset. PEGGY gives HEATHER a dirty look and follows. Lights fade on diner and come up on KATE who is crying)

PEGGY

Kate? Are you okay?

KATE

I’m sorry. I shouldn’t be so upset. I should be used to it by now.

PEGGY

Used to what? Being abused? I don’t think anyone should get used to it.

KATE

Every week she comes in here and does that. She orders something, says I get it wrong and then it comes out of my paycheck.

PEGGY

That’s not fair. Doesn’t your boss do anything about it? She’s right there.

KATE

Alice doesn’t want to make Heather mad either. Heather’s family is very powerful and no one wants to cross her.

PEGGY

That girl needs to be put in her place. She’s a spoiled brat who…

(KATE is staring with an exciting/scared expression)

KATE

Oh, my gosh.

PEGGY

What is it?

KATE

It’s Rick.

PEGGY

Who is Rick?

KATE

He’s only the cutest guy in school.

PEGGY

You like him?

KATE

Of course. Every girl does.

PEGGY

So he’s not your boyfriend?

KATE

(Laughs)

No, he doesn’t even know I exist.

(Saddens)

He’s more Heather’s type anyway. He’s the right kind of people. I’m not.

PEGGY

From what I can tell, you’re the right kind of people.

KATE

Well, you’re the only one who thinks so. I’m the wrong kind of people, from the wrong side of town, with no car and no father. I’m a big loser.

PEGGY

I’ve only known you for a few minutes, but I can tell you are a good person, who is a hard worker, and you care about others. That makes you the right kind of people in my book.

KATE

Thanks… what did you say your name was again.

PEGGY

(Struggles to remember the name she said)

Uh… Paula.

KATE

Nice to meet you, Paula. I better get back to work.

(KATE exits)

PEGGY

(Looks off stage where Rick would be)

He is cute.

(Frowns)

He looks so sad though.

DAVID (voice)

That’s because he lost someone recently.

PEGGY

(Turns)

Who are you?

DAVID

(DAVID enters and is wearing a nice black outfit. He’s close to PEGGY’s age)

I’m David. I’m here to… guide you.

PEGGY

You were sent to help me?

DAVID

You could say that. These missions can be hard, especially when you are new. A helping hand is often appreciated.

PEGGY

It will be for sure. I have no clue what is going on. I only know I’m supposed to help someone, but how or who is a mystery.

DAVID

That’s why I’m here now. We would never want to leave you alone to flounder. For example, the whole name thing. Pamela? Paula? You really need to settle on one.

PEGGY

I used two different names didn’t I? Shoot. I couldn’t remember what I said the first time.

(Frustrated)

My brain feels like scrambled eggs. Why can’t we be allowed to remember anything?

DAVID

I see the forgetfulness is really bothering you. Perhaps you should be allowed to remember.

PEGGY

But I thought…

DAVID

The most important thing is that you succeed. If having your memory will help you succeed, then I think it might be better that you know everything.

PEGGY

(Looks back toward Rick)

That guy, Rick, looks so sad. Who did he lose?

DAVID

His girlfriend. She was in a car accident. He was driving.

PEGGY

How horrible. How did it happen? Was he drinking?

DAVID

It’s so easy to blame it on alcohol, isn’t it? This time, no. He was drag racing.

PEGGY

Racing… some other guy. They were only playing around. Racing for fun.

DAVID

Then a truck pulled out in front of them. A Mac truck to be exact and smack. Good-bye, girlfriend.

(Smiles at PEGGY)

You look as if you remember it somehow.

PEGGY

(Staring. A bit stunned)

Poor guy. He still hasn’t recovered from the loss, has he?

DAVID

He’s the best looking guy in school. He won’t be lonely for long.

PEGGY

So who am I here to help? Kate or Rick?

DAVID

What about Heather? Maybe you’re here to help her.

PEGGY

Heather is beyond my help.

DAVID

I would have to agree.

PEGGY

So you don’t know who I’m helping either? Doesn’t anybody know anything up there?

DAVID

Completely and totally annoying, isn’t it? But don’t worry. I’ll help you figure it out.

PEGGY

Thank you so much.

DAVID

You better get back in the diner. I have a feeling you’ll be needed.

PEGGY

Thanks.

(PEGGY exits)

DAVID

(Pulls out notebook)

Subjects appears receptive and open to suggestions. Memories near surface.

(Closes notebook)

This will be an easy one.

(Exits and lights go black. Lights come up on diner. HEATHER calls over KATE)

SONG: “The Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley

HEATHER

Kate, you didn’t take the burger off my bill. I’m not paying for any of this now.

KATE

Heather, you have to pay your bill. You can’t keep coming in here and getting free meals.

HEATHER

What’s this? Have a little backbone now do we? Sorry, Kate, but I’m not paying!

ALICE

(Enters)

What’s going on out here?

(PEGGY enters too as KATE and HEATHER get into a shouting match)

KATE

Heather won’t pay her bill.

HEATHER

She got my order wrong.

KATE

She keeps saying that so she doesn’t have to pay.

HEATHER

If this retard would ever get it right, then I would pay.

KATE

I always get it right. You’re trying to cheat me.

PEGGY

(Shouts and waves arms)

Everyone stop yelling!

(Everyone freezes except PEGGY)

Oh, my gosh. What happened?

(Looks at everyone who still aren’t moving)

I can freeze people? But how do I get them back?

(Thinks)

How about… start!

(Everyone is yelling again)

HEATHER

I want this girl fired.

KATE

I want her arrested.

PEGGY

Stop!

(Everyone freezes again and PEGGY smiles)

I’m going to like this.

(Looks at everyone)

Now, how do I stop this?

(Grabs a cracker off table and puts it in HEATHER’s mouth)

Start!

HEATHER

(Tries to speak but can’t because of the cracker. Spits out cracker)

What the… how did that happen?

ALICE

Heather. Why don’t you and your friends go ahead and go. Lunch is on me.

HEATHER

There, now, someone’s being reasonable.

(Motions to friends who get up)

Let’s go, girls.

(HEATHER and girls exit)

KATE

Alice, I…

ALICE

I’ve never seen you like that before. Yelling at Heather like that.

KATE

I’m sorry. I sort of lost it.

ALICE

You don’t know how many times I’ve wanted to yell at that girl myself.

KATE

What?

ALICE

Someone needs to take that girl out in the alley and slap her around.

KATE

So you’re not mad? You’re not going to fire me?

ALICE

You’re the best worker I’ve got, Kate. And I know you weren’t wrong. But unfortunately, we have a business to run and we can’t go around telling off customers… especially ones with powerful parents.

KATE

It’s so unfair.

ALICE

Welcome to adulthood.

(ALICE exits. KATE sighs and sits)

PEGGY

(Goes up to KATE)

That was brave of you, Kate. That was great how you stood up to Heather.

KATE

If it was so great, then how come I feel like someone punched me in the stomach.

(DAVID enters. He sits at a table behind them and watches)

PEGGY

It’s not easy standing up to people. But sometimes we need to draw a line in the sand and refuse to budge anymore.

KATE

Thanks. Pamela right? Or was it Paula?

PEGGY

Or call me Peggy. Whatever you want?

KATE

Peggy? Hey, that was Rick’s girlfriend’s name.

PEGGY

Rick’s girlfriend?

KATE

Yeah, she was killed in a car accident. Rick was driving. He feels so horrible about it. I wish I could do something for him.

PEGGY

(Distant)

Me too.

KATE

Can I get you something? I assume that’s why you’re at the diner.

PEGGY

(Checks her pockets)

Actually, I… uh… seem to have forgotten my money.

DAVID

I’ll get it.

(They both turn and notice DAVID now)

Give us two specials.

KATE

Coming right up.

(KATE exits and shouts order)

Two hunks of cow and make then oink.

PEGGY

Two hunks of cow and make them oink?

DAVID

Bacon burgers. I speak diner-esse.

PEGGY

I can’t believe I wasn’t given any money. Lucky you were here.

DAVID

I live to serve.

PEGGY

Something is bothering me.

DAVID

Rick?

PEGGY

Yes, and the whole thing with his girlfriend. Her name was Peggy, just like me.

DAVID

Amazing coincidence isn’t it?

PEGGY

I’m not sure it is. What if I was that girl? What if Rick was my boyfriend?

DAVID

It would make your task more challenging for sure.

PEGGY

Why can’t I remember anything? This is so frustrating.

DAVID

Relax. Your memories will return in time. I think they will definitely help in this situation.

PEGGY

But no one will recognize me will they?

DAVID

No, you look totally different to them.

(Pauses)

But you’re still very beautiful…

PEGGY

(Coyly)

David? Are you flirting with me? Is that allowed?

DAVID

Probably not… so back to business. I can tell something else is on your mind… do share.

PEGGY

It doesn’t seem fair…

DAVID

What’s that?

PEGGY

Why did I die so young?

DAVID

I’m new at this too, but this is my understanding. People are taken for three reasons: either they have accomplished what they were made to do, or they are so bad that they can’t be fixed and they need to start over… or they simply need more angels.

PEGGY

I guess I fall into that last category, because I obviously didn’t accomplish what I needed to do. That’s why I’m here now.

(Still distant)

DAVID

What else is on your mind?

PEGGY

If Rick was my boyfriend, then I must be here to help him. But instead I seem drawn to Kate.

DAVID

It does seem odd.

PEGGY

Then you think I’m barking up the wrong tree?

DAVID

(Gets up)

Try talking to Rick. I think a guy who lost his girlfriend in a car accident needs you a lot more than some girl who is being picked on by bullies.

(Tosses a $20 on the table)

Keep the change.

(He exits as KATE enters with food)

KATE

Your friend had to go?

PEGGY

Yeah. Want to have his burger?

KATE

Alice would yell at me for eating with a customer. I’ve been in enough trouble today.

PEGGY

Heather is quite the trouble maker. I’m glad you didn’t get fired over it.

KATE

Alice was a good friend of my mom. Actually kind of raised me, because mom was always so sick.

PEGGY

Your mother passed away.

KATE

Three years ago. I’m doing alright now, but it was sure hard at first. Alice really pulled me through.

PEGGY

You’re lucky to have her.

KATE

I am…

(Smiles)

So was that guy your boyfriend?

PEGGY

Who? David? No, he’s…

(Thinks to herself)

A friend. He’s here to help me.

KATE

Help you?

PEGGY

Uh… help me get settled in.

KATE

He’s cute… but not as cute as Rick.

PEGGY

You really like Rick don’t you?

KATE

He’s not like the other guys at school. He has always been so nice to me. I really got to know him at the hospital when my mother was sick. He volunteers there…

PEGGY

(Thinks)

Because he wants to be a doctor.

KATE

Yeah, how’d you know?

PEGGY

(Frowns)

Lucky guess.

KATE

After his girlfriend died in the car crash, he’s been so sad. I wish I could cheer him up like he did me in the hospital with my mom.

PEGGY

Maybe you can.

KATE

But I don’t know how. I can’t even cheer myself up.

PEGGY

I’ll help you. We’ll make it our mission to help Rick be happy again.

KATE

Okay, let’s do it.

PEGGY

But first, I need to eat my burger. I’m starving.

KATE

And I need to do some dishes. But I get off soon. We can start planning Operating Help Rick.

PEGGY

Roger that.

KATE

(Laughs)

Thanks.

(Exits. Lights go black)

PEGGY

What happened to the lights?

(Lights come up on stairway to heaven. GABRIELLA appears at the top)

GABRIELLA

Peggy, we need to talk.

PEGGY

Is something wrong?

GABRIELLA

You must be careful. You memories are coming back to you. You must bury them or be lost.

PEGGY

But David said…

GABRIELLA

David… that is the other problem.

PEGGY

What’s wrong with David?

GABRIELLA

He is not one of us. He has been sent to lead you astray.

PEGGY

You mean he’s… a bad guy.

GABRIELLA

More like a bad spirit. You must not listen to him. He is trying to trap your soul. You must be careful. Good luck, Peggy.

(Starts to go)

PEGGY

Wait! That’s it. That’s all you’re going to tell me. This is too hard and now I have a bad spirit after me. You’ve got to help me.

(GABRIELLA is gone and lights fade to black. A spotlight comes up on PEGGY alone. DAVID appears in the shadows behind her)

I can’t do this alone.

DAVID

You’re not alone, Peggy.

PEGGY

Stay away from me.

DAVID

I don’t mean you any harm, Peggy.

PEGGY

I don’t believe you. Go away.

DAVID

I’ll leave you for now. But I will be close. If you need help, don’t hesitate to call.

(DAVID fades into the shadows)

PEGGY

Is this what a lost soul feels like, because I’ve never felt so lost before…

(Lights fade on PEGGY and come up on diner)

SONG: “Angel Baby” by Rosie Hamlin

(Lights come up on KATE in diner with ALICE)

KATE

Goodnight, Alice.

ALICE

You sure you’re okay closing up alone?

KATE

It’s not a problem.

(Smiles)

You have a date tonight.

ALICE

(A little embarrassed)

Nosey, aren’t we?

KATE

Sorry. Have fun with… whatever you’re doing?

ALICE

Thanks. Goodnight.

(Exits and KATE is alone cleaning up)

HEATHER

(Enters with friends)

So girls, who is our conquest for this week?

(Looks outside)

What about Rick?

(Looks at KATE)

Oh, but that’s right. Kate loves Rick doesn’t she?

KATE

Can I get you something, Heather? We’re closing soon.

HEATHER

(Looks around)

Hey, did Alice leave you here all alone? Just you and Ricky boy out there all alone. Why is he always sitting out there anyway?

KATE

This is the last place he was before he was in that car accident. It was the last time he saw his girlfriend alive.

HEATHER

(Sarcastic)

How tragic. Poor Ricky boy all dark and brooding about his loss. Maybe he could use someone like me to cheer him up. That okay with you, Kate?

KATE

(Trying not to get angry)

Do you want some sodas?

HEATHER

I know you’ve got it bad for him. I see you out there giving him free sodas and fries.

(Knocks some cups on the floor)

KATE

I just cleaned the floor.

HEATHER

Oh, dear. Clumsy me.

(Knocks some straws on the floor. Her friends laugh and do the same)

KATE

Please stop.

HEATHER

(Starts tossing napkins)

What are you going to do? Get your boyfriend to stop me?

(HEATHER and friends start trashing the place)

KATE

No, don’t.

HEATHER

Oh, look. Special order for Kate.

(Throws some food on KATE)

Want some ketchup with that?

(Squirts KATE with ketchup. KATE stands there and starts to cry)

Night, Heather. Been fun.

(HEATHER and her friends laugh and exit)

RICK

(Enters)

Kate?

(Sees her)

Are you okay? What happened?

KATE

(Crying)

Nothing.

RICK

I could see Heather and her friends messing up the place from my car. Did they hurt you?

KATE

No.

RICK

I’ll help you clean up.

KATE

No, it’s okay.

RICK

Do you want to call the police? I’m a witness.

KATE

No, we can’t. Heather’s parents will really let us have it if we do that.

RICK

I’m not afraid of her parents.

KATE

But Alice is. They could have Alice shut down.

RICK

I guess they could. It’s not fair is it?

KATE

No…

RICK

Some people have all the power and the rest of us have to suffer so they can have it. I guess that’s why we suffer. We’re meant to suffer. We’re the bungled and they botched.

KATE

The what?

RICK

(Helps KATE clean up)

I’ve been reading Nietzsche. He says most people are the bungled and the botched, going through life suffering. Heather and her family are the Uberminche. The super race.

KATE

That sounds like Hitler.

RICK

Hitler studied Nietzsche too.

KATE

Well, Hitler wouldn’t be in here helping me clean up.

RICK

I never said I liked it or agreed with it.

(Smiles and helps her with cleaning up food off her face)

Beside, us bungled and botched need to stick together.

KATE

Thanks, Rick… for helping.

RICK

Any time.

(Pause. They look at each other a moment)

I like to help out nice people and you’re nice people.

KATE

Thanks, Rick.

RICK

Can I get you anything else?

KATE

No, that’s fine. I can get the rest.

RICK

See ya, Kate.

(KATE smiles and goes back to cleaning as lights fade on diner. Lights

come up on PEGGY)

PEGGY

Poor, Kate. I wish I could do something about those girls.

DAVID

(Enters)

I think it is more important to help Kate and Rick.

PEGGY

What are you doing back here?

DAVID

Have you noticed that you’re stuck?

PEGGY

What do you mean?

DAVID

You’re stuck… stuck between realities. Neither on heaven or earth… only watching.

PEGGY

(Scared)

How did I get stuck?

DAVID

The minute you felt lost, you were stuck. It’s like the afterlife’s flypaper.

PEGGY

Why are you helping me, David? Are you here to stop me? Aren’t you the bad guy?

DAVID

It’s strange, but I want to help you.

PEGGY

But you’re not supposed to, are you?

DAVID

I don’t know. I don’t seem to be bound by any rules that I know of.

PEGGY

I can’t trust you, David. Anything you say could be a lie.

DAVID

Look. I’m about as clueless as you in all this. I’ve been sent here too for some reason but I’m not quite sure why. I thought maybe it was to help you. I do want to help you.

PEGGY

I want to trust you, but I’ve been warned not to.

(Sighs)

Beside, I don’t even know what I’m doing here anyway.

DAVID

I think you’re here to get Rick and Kate together.

PEGGY

Rick and Kate?

DAVID

Can’t you see it? Kate is madly in love with Rick. Rick needs someone…

PEGGY

I guess…

DAVID

You still love Rick, don’t you?

PEGGY

I do… I’m trying to bury the feelings but I can’t.

DAVID

It’s okay to love Rick. But you have to decide if it’s okay to let him love someone else.

PEGGY

That’s not up to me.

DAVID

Maybe it is.

PEGGY

What do you mean?

DAVID

Maybe he can’t love someone else until you release him.

PEGGY

You don’t think he can love someone else until I let him.

DAVID

He is bound to your spirit until you release him.

PEGGY

I hate to admit it, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about.

DAVID

I read a lot of philosophy… Plato, Socrates…

PEGGY

(Remembering)

Rick read stuff like that too.

DAVID

Release him, Peggy.

PEGGY

I don’t know if I can.

(Lights fade and come up on KATE in diner. PEGGY enters)

PEGGY

Hi, Kate. How are you?

KATE

(Cleans)

I had a hard night. Heather and her friends trashed the place.

PEGGY

How come you’re not upset? I’d be furious at them.

KATE

Because something good happened.

PEGGY

What?

KATE

Rick helped me clean up.

PEGGY

He did, huh?

KATE

He is so nice.

(Pauses)

Do you think he…

(Stops. Embarrassed)

…never mind.

PEGGY

(Kindly)

What? Tell me.

(KATE shakes her head no)

Do you think Rick could like you?

KATE

But I know he can’t. He still loves Peggy.

PEGGY

Peggy is dead. He needs to move on.

KATE

He loved Peggy so much. He still has all these pictures of her on his dashboard. It’s like a little shine. I don’t think he’ll ever get over it.

PEGGY

(Encouraging)

Let me help you, Kate. I’ll help you get Rick.

KATE

You’d help me?

PEGGY

Sure.

KATE

How?

PEGGY

I knew a guy exactly like him once. I know how to get his attention. You up for it?

KATE

Yes.

PEGGY

Then let’s get to work.

(Lights fade to black)

SONG: “Earth Angel” by the Crew Cuts

(Lights come up on DAVID alone and lost in thought. PEGGY enters)

PEGGY

David?

DAVID

I think I’ve made a big mistake.

PEGGY

What do you mean?

DAVID

I’m afraid memories are as much my enemy as they are yours.

PEGGY

Are you remembering something about your life?

DAVID

I think so.

PEGGY

What are you remembering?

DAVID

I was in a car accident…

PEGGY

Anything else?

DAVID

I was drag racing. Right out there.

(Pause. PEGGY is silent)

We came up on a curve. I cut the other guy off. There was this truck. Both of us swerved into each other and then the truck hit us…

(Upset. He stops. PEGGY doesn’t know what to say. DAVID turns angry)

I shouldn’t remember… I can’t. I must stop remembering.

PEGGY

You were the guy that crashed into Rick. I remember now.

DAVID

(Upset)

No, don’t remember, please. We can’t or we’ll be trapped here.

PEGGY

That must be why you decided to help me. You feel guilty.

DAVID

Guilty is a form of memory. Why do I have to feel this way? Make it stop.

PEGGY

I think it’s too late for me. I remember too much.

(Turns back to diner)

But that’s not going to stop me from doing what I’m meant to do.

(Lights come up on diner with KATE getting ready. KATE’s in a nice dress and sets up a booth with food and candles during the following)

DAVID

I wish I could help… I don’t seem to be able to do anything. My memories are like a weight on my whole body.

(Crouches down as if in pain)

KATE

You have helped me, David. More than you know. You were sent on a mission to stop me, but you ended up helping me instead. Thank you for your kindness.

(Pats DAVID on shoulder)

Wait here. I’ll be back. I won’t leave you alone.

(Lights fade on DAVID. PEGGY enters diner)

SONG: “Sea of Love” by Phil Phillips with the Twilights

KATE

(KATE sees PEGGY)

Hey, Peggy. How does everything look?

PEGGY

Wonderful. You look great too?

KATE

I wore pink like you said.

PEGGY

I heard that Rick loves pink.

KATE

I’ve got his favorite food. And you thought he’d like this perfume.

PEGGY

He’ll love it.

KATE

Here he comes.

PEGGY

Good luck, Kate.

(PEGGY exits and RICK enters)

RICK

Hey, Kate.

(Looks at table all set up for him)

What’s this?

KATE

That was so nice of you to help me clean up the diner, I wanted to return the favor.

RICK

It was no big deal.

KATE

And you bought me lunch at school yesterday.

RICK

You forgot your lunch money.

KATE

And you helped me study for my history test.

RICK

I’m good at history.

KATE

I wanted to do something for you.

RICK

(Starts to cry)

Nobody does anything nice for me.

KATE

Oh, Rick. I didn’t mean to upset you.

RICK

I’m such a baby.

KATE

It’s okay to cry.

RICK

Not for a guy. We always have to be tough. But when you hurt inside…

KATE

I think it’s brave to cry. Most guys wouldn’t dare cry. It takes a lot of courage.

RICK

I try to hold it back, but the tears hit me all of the sudden. I guess it’s the pink dress, the perfume, the music. Peggy would have done something like this for me.

KATE

I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to upset you.

RICK

No, it’s fine, Kate. Thank you.

(Dries his tears)

Peggy and I loved this song. We dreamed of going to the sea together. We said we’d get a boat, maybe even a house boat and live off the sea.

(Smiles at KATE)

Thank you for all this, Kate. You’re sweet.

(Gives her a kiss on the cheek. KATE is thrilled)

I shouldn’t have done that. Sorry.

KATE

It’s okay. I didn’t mind.

RICK

But Peggy… I still love her.

KATE

It’s okay to love her still.

RICK

It’s been almost a year since the accident and I can’t stop thinking about her. Will the pain ever stop?

KATE

I lost my mom. It hurt for the longest time. I didn’t think I’d be able to stand it… I didn’t think I’d be able to go on without her. When you lose somebody you love, it’s like you lose a part of yourself.

RICK

Yeah. It’s so hard. Does it ever get better?

KATE

A little…

RICK

Sorry to be a wet blanket.

KATE

No, you’re fine. I don’t mind. I like talking like this.

(They smile)

I’ve got dessert too. Chocolate malts.

RICK

Once again… my favorite. It’s like you can read my mind.

KATE

I’ll be right back.

PEGGY

(Enters. Watches RICK a moment as he picks at his food)

Stop.

(Time freezes along with RICK. PEGGY goes up to him)

Rick… this is so hard, but I have to let you go.

(Goes up to him)

I love you so much and I know you love me, but there isn’t a more perfect girl than Kate for you. Take good care of her.

(Touches his cheek)

I release you, Rick. You are free.

(Backs away. Struggles with tears)

Start.

(RICK goes back into motion. Gets a strange look on his face and touches his cheek where PEGGY had touched it)

KATE

(Enters)

Here’s a chocolate malt, extra thick.

(Music plays. Blueberry Hill)

RICK

Do you want to dance?

KATE

Now?

RICK

Sure. Why not?

KATE

Okay.

(She goes up to him shyly. He takes her in his arms and they dance. Lights come up on PEGGY and she watches a moment. Lights fade on diner. DAVID enters)

DAVID

You did it.

PEGGY

I did.

(Turns to DAVID and takes his hand)

How are you?

DAVID

It was weird. I was overwhelmed at first by all the memories and then suddenly I was okay.

PEGGY

The same thing happened to me.

DAVID

The only problem is that I don’t know how to leave here now. I can’t find the doorways to the other side.

PEGGY

I think we’re trapped, David. We’re lost souls now.

DAVID

Looks like we both accomplished our missions. You helped Rick and Kate and I made you into a lost soul. But we’re still stuck here.

PEGGY

At least we’re not stuck here alone.

DAVID

I can’t think of a nicer person to be stuck with.

PEGGY

So what do ghosts do for fun anyway?

DAVID

Haunt things I think.

PEGGY

You think we could find a nice ship to haunt. I’ve always wanted to go on a sea cruise.

DAVID

Then let’s find you a boat.

(Hear SONG: “Teen Angel” by Mark Dinning)

Oh, I love this song.

PEGGY

Me too.

DAVID

Want to dance?

PEGGY

I’d love to.

(Lights fade as they dance)

GABRIELLA

(Appears on Stairway to Heaven and watches PEGGY and DAVID dance. She smiles at them as DAVID dips PEGGY and they laugh. After a moment she speaks:)

I hate to interrupt you but…

PEGGY

You’re back? But I thought I become a lost soul. I broke the rules. I have me memories.

GABRIELLA

Yes, you did break the rules. And David, they’re not too happy with you down below either.

DAVID

Are they ever happy down there?

GABRIELLA

Hardly ever.

DAVID

Did you come tell us that we’ve become lost souls? Because I think it is obvious.

PEGGY

I can’t think of a better person to be lost with though.

GABRIELLA

I’ve come to tell you that you’ve found a loop hole in the rules.

PEGGY

A loop hole?

GABRIELLA

Lost souls are trapped by their memories, but they also have unfinished business. The two of you took care of your unfinished business. You, Peggy, not only let Rick go, but you helped him to find happiness in the process. And you, David, helped resolve a problem you caused for Rick… taking his true love away.

DAVID

It’s the least I could do.

GABRIELLA

The people downstairs aren’t too happy about it.

(Rumbling from below)

Quiet you.

(Rumbling stops)

But you’ve made the people upstairs very happy.

DAVID

That would be a first.

GABRIELLA

I call it just in time redemption.

DAVID

Redemption. Me?

GABRIELLA

And both of you have found something that always tugs at our heart strings up here…

DAVID

Killer dance moves?

(Does a little spin)

GABRIELLA

No, you’ve found love.

PEGGY

(Takes DAVID’s hands)

I know I have.

DAVID

Me too.

GABRIELLA

So, Peggy. You have accomplished your mission. You have earned your wings.

(Heavenly lights and sounds. GABRIELLA or other ANGELS can put wings on PEGGY)

DAVID

(Smiles at PEGGY)

So how many of you can fit on the head of a needle?

GABRIELLA

And for you David…

DAVID

No pitchfork in my future huh?

GABRIELLA

No, I’m afraid you have a second chance.

DAVID

I was afraid of that.

GABRIELLA

I have a mission for you now.

DAVID

Another mission?

GABRIELLA

And Peggy will be your guide.

DAVID

Now I’m liking this.

GABRIELLA

You two are a good team.

DAVID

So… before I go, do I get a little peak upstairs?

GABRIELLA

It is against the rules.

PEGGY

Perhaps you can find a loop hole?

GABRIELLA

Perhaps I can. Come on.

(PEGGY takes DAVID’s arm and they follow GABRIELLA up to heaven).

END OF PLAY

 
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