A seventh power outage at a restaurant

Evening. A restaurant. Ask and Embla sit to eat. Ask: Did you see how much blood came out of that man’s face? Embla: He hit his head hard. Ask: He passed out; maybe from the heat. Maybe from something else. Embla: Hush! That’s dangerous to say in public. Ask: It’s...

A fifth power outage at a restaurant

A man sits at a restaurant table. A woman sits across from him. The power goes out. They sit in darkness. Man: I was walking to the garden today with my hoe on my shoulder. I was thinking about spinach and carrots when a group of cyclists cycled up the road. The road...

A sixth power outage at a restaurant

A man stands outside of a restaurant near a vacant table. After a moment, the waitress approaches. Waitress: Sir, I’m going to have to ask you to retake your seat inside; the cook has turned on the soup signal, so all customers are kindly asked to retake their seats...

A fourth power outage at a restaurant

A fourth power outage at a restaurant. A man and wife sit in a restaurant in Europe. Man: Oh, thank god, we can fly to Iceland this summer without regard for covid restrictions; the old normal is back in Iceland. I vote we go there immediately and spread our money...

A third power outage at a restaurant

A restaurant. A man and woman sit at dinner. A bluejay perches on a chair nearby. Man: I had the funniest dream last night. Woman: Did you write it down? Man: No; it was so funny that I was sure to remember in the morning. I woke up at three thirty and thought, Oh,...

A second power outage at a restaurant

A restaurant. A man and woman sit at dinner. A cat sits on a chair nearby. Man: Do you remember the last time we were here? Woman: The power outage? Yeah. Man: Why did we return? Woman: I recall a heated discussion some moments ago—what time is it? Man: Seven thirty;...

A power outage at a restaurant

A restaurant. A man and wife sit at dinner. The electrical output in the kitchen overloads the circuit and the lights shut off. The couple sit in darkness for a moment before speaking. Man: I wonder how much of a discount this will be? Woman: It depends if you flip...

Could Care Less

A man and a woman drive around town. A: I could care less where we eat.B: Oh, good, I was worried we would fight; god, I’m tired of fighting.A: I just don’t want Italian.B: I thought you said you didn’t care.A: I said, I could care less.B: I thought...