Customer 2: I’m starving - I could eat a horse.
Customer 3: Huh, judging by the look of this place you probably will be eating horse
Waitress: (To Customer 1) There you go then. Enjoy your prayers and have a nice day.
Customer 1 Thanks. Goodbye (takes tray of food and moves off a few paces, kneels down and bows head to pray but very soon stands and walks off - meanwhile action is continuing)
Waitress: Can I take anyone’s order please?
Customer 2: Yes please.
Waitress: Welcome to Prayer Prince, how can I help you?
Customer 2: I’d like a God-bless-mum-burger please.
Waitress: (Turning to yell behind in manner of all burger bar staff) Got any Bless-mum-burgers ready out there Darren? (To customer) Anyfink else?
Customer 3: Yes, I’ll have a large Help-me-with-my-exams with Make-sure-I-get-the-right-questions Dip.
W: Large Exams with Right Questions Dip, right?
C2: That’s right, and a side order of Help-sick-Granddad.
W: Any Bless-Granny to go wiv that?
C2: No thanks.
W (Yelling to rear again) One Sick Granddad on the side, hold the Granny! (To customer) Anyfing to drink?
C2: Yes, please; I’ll have a medium Instant Satisfaction; still - no ice.
W: (Collects food and drink and loads tray) There you go then; one Bless-Mum with Exam-Help, Granddad on the side and medium Instant Satisfaction…
C2: It is still is it - the Satisfaction?
W: (Opening top of drink and peering inside) Yeah, it’s still all right - completely flat. (Recites in a bored voice) Fank you for calling at Prayer Prince and do come again. Have a nice pray! (Calls out) Can I take anyone’s order please?
C2: Can you see an empty table anywhere?
C3: Well, there’s one over there; he’s just got his order and sat down so he’ll be going in a minute….(pause)...There, he’s finished already.
(They both kneel down as if to pray and after a very short interval stand to leave.)
C3: (To C2) That was quite nice, wasn’t it, but, to tell you the truth, I’m still a bit hungry. (Exit)
W: Can I take anyone’s order please?
Waiter: Good evening Sir, Madam. Are you ready to order?
Man: Yes, I think so. Have you decided, Darling?
Woman: I haven’t quite decided on the Entrée, but I can decide as we go along.
Wr: Very good Madam. Would you like anything from the hors d’oeuvres menu? As you can see, Chef has put on an excellent range today. May I recommend the Adoration Surprise, perhaps?
M: Mmm! Sounds good … er … what is it exactly?
Wr: Well Sir, it’s tender appreciation on a bed of awe steeped in worship.
Wm: And what’s the surprise?
Wr: Beg pardon, Madam?
Wm: You said it’s called Adoration Surprise - why the surprise?
Wr:: Ah, I see! Well Madam, the surprise is that so few people try it.
M: Oh, right, I’m with you; well I’ll have that to start, I think.
Wm: Yes, and for me.
Wr: Very good Sir, Madam. And to follow?
M: No problem there, the Confession for me! … er … but it is real isn’t it?
Wr: (Shocked) Oh yes Sir! We only ever use true repentance here.
Wm: I’d like to try that too, but I’m not sure I could manage a whole one on my own. Could I share yours?
M: (Uncertain) Well…yes…I suppose we could share Confession - it says you can in the menu…Waiter?
Wr: Indeed, Sir - a mutual confession is very much recommended by the Proprietor.
Wm: I know what I want for the main course - I’ve been looking forward to it all day: Praise and Thanksgiving with Gratitude!
M: Great idea! And for me too. Well done.
Wr: Thank you Sir, Chef will be pleased.
M: Er… No, I meant the Praise and Thanksgiving - I’d like it well done please.
Wr: I do beg Sir’s pardon. And for dessert?
Wm: Earnest Petitions for me please.
M: And I’ll have the Intercessors’ Delight.
Wr: Excellent choices! Now, anything to drink?
M & Wm: (Together) Water of Life, of course.
(Waiter exits and Man and Woman bow their heads.)
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