Anne Herridge

Sharing God's heart through poetry, prose and prayer

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Characters

Jim

Jim’s wife                                        

Tim Hortons server                    

Supermarket cashier                 

Lunch restaurant server

Govt. Service Agent (Grace)

Govt. Service Staff  

 Govt. Service Centre clients in line up

Bank Clerk 

Bank Customers 

 

SCENE 1: CAR INTERIOR

 

JIM is frantically searching for change to pay for his coffee at the Tim Hortons window. The SERVER hands him his coffee.

 

JIM: Sorry…just looking for the last quarter…

SERVER: It’s OK Sir. The car in front paid for your coffee today!

JIM: (Looking up, surprised, and towards the car in front driving away) Oh! Awesome, thanks!

 

We notice the licence plate on the car in front as it drives off. It is UR K1NG. The car also has an Alpha and Omega bumper sticker. Jim squints at these, puzzled, and the car drives away.

 

SCENE 2: INTERIOR: LARGE SUPERMARKET

 

JIM is at the checkout with loaded cart, watching his purchases ring up a $300+ total on the till.

He sighs and opens his wallet).

 

CASHIER: Oh sir, there is no charge. Somebody left a signed blank cheque for you to pay for your shopping today!

JIM: You’re kidding, right?

CASHIER: No sir! I have the cheque right here…someone by the name of Lamb…

JIM: Lamb? I don’t know any Lambs. What’s the first name?

CASHIER: It’s just initials sir. Looks like T.H….E? Lamb

JIM: T.H.E. Lamb? Is there an address on it?

The cashier shrugs and shows him the cheque. He frowns.

JIM: That’s my address! That doesn’t make sense. This is a joke, right? Someone living with me in the name of Lamb has paid for my groceries?

CASHIER: Sir, I need to take the next customer…it’s fine.

JIM: (Looking confused) OK..well if you’re sure!

 

SCENE 3 EXTERIOR: LARGE SUPERMARKET PARKING LOT

 

JIM is seen running with his cart out towards his car where his WIFE is waiting. He waves frantically.

 

JIM: Honey! START THE CAR! They said it’s PAID FOR! I think it’s a mistake! Start the car! Let’s get outta here!

 

SCENE 4 INTERIOR: RESTAURANT

 

JIM and his WIFE have just finished lunch. A SERVER is starting to clear their plates.

 

JIM’S WIFE: Honey we shouldn’t really eat out so much. You know we (whispers) can’t afford it!

SERVER: Can I get you anything else?

JIM: No, thanks. Just the bill please.

SERVER: (Reaching into her pocket and pulling out a till slip) Oh, there’s nothing to pay sir, it’s been taken care of already.

JIM: Again? By whom? This has to be a joke!

SERVER: The credit card slip has the name of Emmanuel

JIM: Emmanuel? Honey do we know any Spanish people?

JIM’S WIFE shakes her head, confused.

JIM: (Looking around to make sure nobody is watching, and whispering) In that case can we see the dessert menu?

SERVER: Of course sir.

JIM: (To his wife, clearly confused) EMMANUEL?

 

SCENE 5 INTERIOR: GOVERNMENT SERVICE CENTRE COUNTER

 

We see the government signage over the counter to set the scene.

 

JIM: (Handing over his driver’s licence to the AGENT and looking slightly ashamed) I’m here to pay some tickets. There’s um…a few.

AGENT: (Typing on keyboard whilst checking his driver’s licence) I can see that sir. Let’s see, we’ve got: Driving contrary to restriction without corrective lenses… $109 and 3 points on your licence.

Failure to obey a police officer… $109 and 2 points

A right turn from the wrong lane …$368

Failure to yield… $167

Distracted driving… $370

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