The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
SETTING: Pinecroft Restaurant, a group of four friends, IAN, KATIE, DARREN, and NORA making the all-important ice cream flavor decision. All four hold menus, scrutinizing them and discussing the options.
KATIE: [Reading from menu] Frozen pudding? What’s that?
NORA: [Excited] Oh I’ve had it before, it’s really great! It’s like chocolate ice cream, but thicker. It’s basically frozen chocolate pudding.
KATIE: That sounds good, I’ll try that.
WAITRESS: Have you guys decided?
IAN: I’ll have the Brownie Fantastic.
NORA: I’d like a slice of blueberry pie with bear claw ice cream.
KATIE: [Confidently] I’ll have the frozen pudding, please.
WAITRESS: [Writes down orders and leaves] OK.
A few minutes later, the WAITRESS arrives with a bowl of pastel-yellow ice cream studded with darker-colored splotches. She places it in front of KATIE and leaves.
KATIE: [Surprised, looks at NORA] Chocolate ice cream, huh?
NORA: [Shrugs] The frozen pudding I had was…
KATIE tries a small scoop of the ice cream. Expressions of surprise, puzzlement, and revulsion cross her face as her friends watch avidly. She tries another scoop, including what looks like an orange candied piece of fruit. The same expressions, but stronger, cross her face again.
KATIE: Whew. This is AWFUL. Want to try some?
IAN: [Tentatively takes scoop from KATIE] OK…
IAN tentatively mouths the ice cream. Expressions of surprise, puzzlement, and revulsion cross his face as her friends watch avidly.
IAN: Wow, that is awful! It tastes like… like..
KATIE: How is this pudding?
DARREN: It’s more like bread pudding.
NORA: Or fruit cake.
KATIE and IAN: That’s exactly what it is!
KATIE: It’s fruit cake ice cream. Oh my gosh. [Gingerly scoops out more frozen, candied, faux-fruit bits and drops them into her empty water glass.]
WAITRESS: [Passing by] Is that not what you were expecting?
KATIE: Well… er…
WAITRESS: Because honestly I was surprised when you ordered it. Normally only people over 70 order that.
KATIE: [Thinking to herself] So much is explained!
WAITRESS: Would you like something else?
KATIE: Well, um, yes. Could I have a scoop of bear claw instead?
WAITRESS leaves. The four friends animatedly discuss the idea of fruit cake ice cream, and what crazy person might enjoy such a horrific concoction. WAITRESS returns with a bowl of chocolate ice cream studded with chocolate-covered nut bits and caramel swirls. KATIE accepts it happily.