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A little bit of sauce goes a long way
by Julie Michaelson
09/29/09
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Then, He commanded
the multitudes
to sit down
on the grass.
And
He took
the five loaves
and the
two fish,
and looking up
to heaven,
He blessed
and broke...
the loaves.
[Matthew 14:19]
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(Peter holds out
the baskets, which he
finds on the grass:
they're filled with little glass
bottles.)
"What's THIS,
Lord?"

[SMILE!]
"Just pass them out
to the crowd,
Peter."

"Certainly,
Lord......
but, what
IS it?"

[CHUCKLING SOFTLY.]
"It's,
hm....
something,
that goes very
well,
with fish."

(Stares down at all
the little bottles.)
"But...
what IS it,
Lord?"

[SMILE!]
"It's a type
of seasoning;
it's very tasty."

(Sets baskets down.)
(Pulls out one of the bottles.)
(Turns it upside down.)
(Squints, with impatience.)
"I don't UNDERSTAND?
What does one....
DO with it,
Lord?"

[SMILES!]
[TAKES THE BOTTLE
FROM PETER'S HAND.]
"Here,
Peter."
[TWISTS THE CAP OFF.]

(There's a slight POPPING
sound.)
(Peter nods,
and laughs.)
"AH!
I SEE!
AH!
YES!
THANK YOU,
LORD!"

[CHUCKLE!]
[PATIENT NOD.]
"You're
very welcome,
Peter."

(Picks up the baskets,
again.)
(Motions to the other
disciples.)
"Here:
BROTHERS!
TAKE THESE!
PASS THEM OUT!"

[SMILE!]

(Dip a finger into
one of the open bottles.)
(Puts it to his tongue.)
(Nods, appreciatively.)
"What is this,
CALLED,
Lord?"

[SMILING AT THE CROWD.]
[NODDING, JOYFULLY.]
"It's called...
tartar sauce."

"Taaaah...sissss?"

[INTENT GAZE.]
"Slowly, Peter:
TAR-TAR.
SSSSSS...AUSSS."

"Tarssssssssis."
(Impatient grimmace!)
"I can't SAY it,
LORD!"

[LOVING SMILE.]
"That's alright,
My child.
It's a different
language."

(Squint curiously.)
(Whisper.)
"This isn't from
those people,
of the land....
from where...
the SUN SETS,
IS it?"

[NOD, SMILING!]

(Thoughtful pause.)
"They make such good
food, Lord."
(Sad shake of the head.)
"It's a shame......
they waste all that
oil....
pouring it into the
front of their chariots."

[BURST OUT LAUGHING!]
************************
Now those
who had eaten
were about
five thousand men,
besides
women
and children.
[Matthew 14:21]

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