THE BICKERSONS EAT SUSHI

CHARACTERS

MAE: 8 years old

MATT: 10 years old

MOM: 41

DAD: 42

 

 

MATT:

Why is it called sushi?

 

MOM:

Because it’s raw.

 

MATT:

But, what does it mean?

 

MOM:

Means it’s not cooked.

 

MATT:

But what does sushi mean?

 

 

MAE:

Yeah. What does it mean?

 

MOM:

It’s Japanese for sushi.

 

MATT:

Huh? Can we search it up on your phone?

 

DAD:

You don’t need the phone.

 

MAE:

I think it means disgusting, puke, sick stuff.

 

MATT:

Cause you never try anything, Mae. You eat chicken nuggets all day long.

MAE:

I have sweet and sour chicken!

 

MATT:

Whatever. I have real sushi. Real Japanese sushi stuff.

 

MAE:

Cause you’re disgusting.

 

MATT:

You’re disgusting-

 

MAE:

You-

 

MOM:

ZIP!

 

(The Bickersons exchange evil looks. Matt indulges in his “real” sushi while Mae enjoys her sweet and sour chicken.)

 

DAD:

Did you know you could eat that flower on your plate, Mae?

 

MAE:

Whaaaat?

 

MOM:

You can. It’s an edible orchid.

 

MATT:

It’s poison.

 

MAE:

Is it poison?

 

DAD:

No. It’s garnish.

 

MATT:

What’s garnish.

 

DAD:

Stuff they put on the sides of plates.

 

MAE:

The Japanese people call it garbage?

 

DAD:

Garnish. G-a-r-n-i-s-h.

 

MATT:

Oh my God, Mae. Yeah, the Japanese guys put poisonous, garbage flowers on plates so you die when you come and eat here.

 

(Mae has had it.)

 

MAE:

WELL HOW WOULD I KNOW!? I DON’T SPEAK JAPANESE?!

 

(They all laugh.)

 

So…

 

I can take a bite of this flower?

 

(Mae looks to Mom and Dad for approval and to ensure that it’s not a poisonous Japanese garbage flower. The family watches. She inspects the flower, smells it, looks through every petal and then shoves the entire thing in her mouth. She chews vigorously with her eyes tightly shut. She opens her mouth to show the family how amazing and brave she is. She moves around the table with her mouth open as wide as it can go, showing the orchid has been completely devoured. Matt is in awe.)

DAD:

Awesome, Mae!

 

MOM:

Mae, that was sweet.

 

MATT:

Wow, Mae. Yer crazy.

 

MAE:

Now, I eat sushi too!