Food Fight

CHARACTERS
Carrot 37. Evil carrot who wants to take over the world.
Strawberry 28. Strawberry who really loves democracy.
Brussel 29.A timid brussel sprout that follows Carrot’s every lead.
Mandy 9.Girl who wants to see a fruit or vegetable.
Mary Lou 42. Mandy’s overweight mother who loves T.V.
Helen 35. A hypnotist television broadcaster.
Madame Pineapple 56. A hypnotist pineapple who is really relaxed and peaceful.

FOOD FIGHT
ACT 1, SCENE 1
It is the year 2049. There are two people sitting on a couch in front of a T.V. There is a mother, Mary Lou, and a daughter, Mandy. In front of them is a table with all sorts of junk food piled on top of it. There are two cans of coke and of big bottle of Pepsi. There is a bowl of popcorn and bags of candy: gummy bears, skittles, kit kats. The mother is very fat and wearing a dress that is too small for her. Her dress is white with flowers but there are many stains from meatballs falling on her and stains from all sorts of spilled soda. Mandy, who is much cleaner than her mother is wearing a plain pink t-shirt and blue pants. Mandy looks as if she is trying to make a decision.

MANDY
Mommy, I’ve been thinking about something. And I… well I mean…I’d love it if I could see a fruit or a vegetable! Fruits and vegetables sound so interesting.

MARY LOU
(Gasps and clutches her heart.) Oh… Mandy! Never say the v or the fr word again!

MANDY
How come? I know fru-sorry, the fr and v words are forbidden to eat, but what about being able to see one?

MARY LOU
Fr’s and v’s are disgusting! Humans gave up on eatin ‘um back in 2013.

MANDY
How do you know they’re gross if you’ve never tasted one?

MARY LOU
The meat industry of ‘Health of Today’ channel announced it on T.V. The president from the board of health of meat delicacies declared that v’s were makin everyone weak ‘cause they didn’t have enough protein and we should only eat meat and everything except v’s. He said they cause diseases. All of us decided that if there isn’t a point in eatin a certain type o’ food, ya shouldn’t. Stores stopped sellin’ fr’s and v’s and you can’t find a carrot or strawberry anywhere anymore. Now we take vitamins that contain the only good stuff in fr’s and v’s.

MANDY
I know, but I don’t see why I can’t even see a fr or a v.

MARY LOU
Should I call the therapist, honey? You’re saying all these crazy ideas.

MANDY
No, mom! I was just saying a thought I had.

MARY LOU
All right, but next time you say something like that…

ACT 1, SCENE 2
A carrot is sitting at a table watching T.V. He’s wearing a bowtie and a suit. Carrot is the leader of the fruits and vegetables and he’s supposed to make sure that the humans eat a right amount of vegetables and fruits. While watching the T.V, he’s taking notes about what kind of food the people on the television are eating. Carrot looks angry at the food choices they make. He calls in his assistant leader and advisor, Strawberry. Strawberry rushes in. Strawberry wears a blue jacket. Strawberry has 3 pens and a notepad. He has two pencils and an eraser.
CARROT
Strawberry, I’m very disappointed in myself. I am the nutrition leader of fruits and vegetables and I am supposed to be the wisest of us all, yet the humans have stopped eating us.

STRAWBERRY
What do you mean, Carrot? Why would anybody want to give up on us? Our job is to feed nutrients to the people of the world and we do that very well. We give humans fiber and nutrients.

CARROT
It doesn’t work that way, Strawberry. It’s the meat and the sugar industries! They’ve ruined us! The meat industry runs television broadcasting commercials. The meat has a high tech hypnotist, the best in the world! She has told all the humans that they shouldn’t eat fruits or vegetables, only meat and sugary foods. I don’t know how to stop the hypnotist. Her name is Helen.

STRAWBERRY
Well, I don’t know. Just think of an idea on how to fix the problem of humans not eating fruits and veggies. You’re supposed to be the leader. (Strawberry rolls his eyes and leaves.)

(Carrot’s scratches his head and gets up. Carrot walks over to a stool and sits down. He rubs his eyes and makes some notes on a piece of paper. He calls in Strawberry.)

CARROT
I’ve got it, Strawberry. I think I’ve got it! It is time, my dear friend. It is time for all the people in the world to see that we matter too! Not just meat and sugar! We are the vegetables… and the fruit. We need to show those kids how to eat properly! No more sprite, coke, gummy bears and chocolate for them! No more of this junk. This is how we are going to get humans to eat fruits and vegetables. I was talking about Helen before, and I realized that all we have to do is capture her, and make her talk about fruits and vegetables instead of meat and fatty foods. These greedy, hamburger, french fries, pizza, soda, candy corn, cheese loving children will sit down at the dinner table, expecting to be fed food that will make them fat and…and… even more fat. But no. The people who watch T.V in the household will see Helen advertising fruits and veggies, and they’ll eat us. But I need your help. I am planning to take over completely. No one will argue against me. People will listen!

STRAWBERRY
Carrot, taking over is not a good idea. The world should live in a democracy, not a dictatorship. People should be able to choose what they eat, not have us choose for them. I know you have ideas and such on how the world should be, but telling people what to do isn’t going to make this a peaceful world.

CARROT
Strawberry, stop talking. You’re just an assistant and don’t you forget it. I’m always coming up with the plans, remember? Like the plan I made to send veggies into space, so they could find us a planet to live on.

STRAWBERRY
They never came back! I didn’t like that idea either. We should be able to share the world with everybody else.

CARROT
That’s not the point. Now listen, Strawberry. This plan is very well thought out. I am having Dr. Broccoli, our top scientist in the lab, mix together some juices from all the food groups. Maybe some chicken broth or something for protein. He’ll be making one fruit and one vegetable that has all the food groups in it. This way, the kids get what they need and we get what we want. So, humans will only eat fruits and vegetables.

STRAWBERRY
But ruling over food choices isn’t what I want! I want peace and-

CARROT
Not everything is about you, Strawberry.

STRAWBERRY
(sounds annoyed.)Carrot, this plan is just not making me happy. Besides, how come you want to keep kids so healthy? Like I said, everyone should make their own choices.

CARROT
I never told you before, but what humans eat affects us. You know how we have the dead fruits and veggies shipped off for humans to eat. Well each fruit or vegetable that one human eats gives us more power and energy to keep feeding humans. If the humans stop eating fruits and veggies we don’t have energy and we rot, we shrivel and we die. Now, Strawberry. I’ve sent all the vitamin A fruits, and all the vitamin C vegetables out to take over every store in North America. Then, once they’re done with that, they’ll go onto the rest of the world. And finally, you and I, we’ll take over everyone, not just how they eat. We can make them our slaves! I always thought it might be fun to have people serve me whenever I want.

STRAWBERRY
You’re crazy!!!!! You can’t take over the world. You’re a carrot! I know you want to make sure people are eating correctly but you don’t have to conquer the Earth to do that! I can’t help you. It’s one thing to tell people to eat vegetables; it’s another to force them. And when I said you would come up with a plan, I only meant to change people’s attitudes towards us and eat the fruits and veggies a little more. You would definitely not make a good leader.

CARROT
Strawberry, you’re not listening. It’ll be you and me, best friends. We’ll be helping people by taking over. They’ll be healthier. They’ll be happier.

STRAWBERRY
We aren’t even that great friends! Besides, it doesn’t seem right. People should be able to choose what they eat. If someone loves meat, you’ll be taking meat, what they love, away from them. I’m not going to be the one that does that, and neither are you. I won’t let you! I’ll peel you!

CARROT
Look, Strawberry. I didn’t tell you this, but you’re an important part of my plan. You know as well as any other fruit or vegetable that you are a rare type of strawberry. You know that you have powers of persuasion. You know that because you are the freshest and most aromatic fruit ever that you can make people do what you want. So why don’t you use your power to help me?

STRAWBERRY
And how am I supposed to make humans hear me, telling them what to do? I would never do that.

CARROT
Humans can’t resist you. They look at you and say ‘Wow, that fruit looks fresh. Wow, that fruit smells good.’ So, all you gotta do is talk into a microphone, they’ll hear you. They’ll listen. I’m telling you, it’s a superpower. Even though, people don’t eat fruit nowadays, you still look fresh, and still have the power.

STRAWBERRY
So, what you’re saying is…I have a power that makes people do whatever I want? And everyone just listens to me?
CARROT
Yeah, well humans at least. Not vegetables and fruit because we don’t eat each other. Humans eat us. At least, they used to. If they see a food so perfect, such as yourself, even though they don’t eat fruit anymore, you still have the power. As long as you say that you want them to eat fruit and vegetables, they’ll listen. You have a power and I need you to use it.

STRAWBERRY
Well, why won’t having Helen the T.V. hypnotist change what she says work?

CARROT
Part of it will. But I need you to convince Helen to help us. You just complete my world domination. What about it? You gonna help me?

STRAWBERRY
No way! I’d rather be turned into a strawberry smoothie before I help someone who wants to take over the world.
CARROT
I really could turn you into a smoothie. I have a blender.

STRAWBERRY
Then who would be able to complete your plan? (Strawberry is satisfied. He knows Carrot can’t kill him but can’t make him do anything he doesn’t want to.)

CARROT
Oh Strawberry. Silly, silly little berry. I have my plans. You will be doing what I want you to, whether you like it or not.

STRAWBERRY
Oh yeah? How?

CARROT
I suppose I could have Madame Pineapple hypnotize you.

STRAWBERRY
Stop it, Carrot. Stop it right now! Or else… or else… I’ll make you into a salad. Yeah that’s what I’ll do.

CARROT
I need you to talk to Helen for me.

STRAWBERRY
NO! (Strawberry runs away.)

CARROT
Brussel Sprout! (A brussel sprout walks into the room.) Make sure that Strawberry doesn’t get away from us. He’s not smart but he does have a superpower of influencing people.

BRUSSEL
(Talks in a deep voice.) Yes, sir. Do you want me to stop him now?

CARROT
Yes, of course.
BRUSSEL
Oh. Sorry sir, I wasn’t sure. It’s just that, well I mean… I’m gonna go.

CARROT
Thank you, Brussel. We need Strawberry.

BRUSSEL
But what if he doesn’t agree to come back?

CARROT
I’m sure he won’t want to. However, when I gave you this job I thought you would think up solutions to problems. And this is a problem, now isn’t it Brussel?

BRUSSEL
Yes, but… sorry sir. I’ll do better next time.

CARROT
Good. Let’s go. (Carrot and Brussel leave.)

ACT1, SCENE 3
Strawberry is running, looking over his shoulder to make sure Carrot isn’t following him. He has entered the human world and Strawberry bumps into a lamppost. Strawberry falls down on the sidewalk. Nobody notices him, because he is a small strawberry. Mandy is walking on the sidewalk. She is looking down at her feet when she notices Strawberry. She looks closer at him and Strawberry lies very still. Mandy looks up at a billboard with a picture of steak and a strawberry on it. The strawberry has a big X through it and the steak has a checkmark. Mandy looks back at Strawberry and gasps. She picks him up and squints. Mandy looks around her, then takes Strawberry and continues home.

MANDY
(Whispers.) You’re a struwbarry, aren’t you? (Mandy pronounces strawberry wrong because since where she lives doesn’t talk about fruit, she doesn’t know how to pronounce it.)

STRAWBERRY
No! I’m a strawberry! Pronounced STRAW-BER-REE.

MANDY
Whoa! You vibrated! That’s crazy!

STRAWBERRY
What are you talking about?! I didn’t vibrate! I talked! Wait a minute. I’m so much smaller than you. Maybe you just can’t hear me. CAN YOU HEAR ME?!

MANDY
(Looks worried.) You keep vibrating. Are struwbarrys supposed to vibrate? Wait, why am I talking to a vegetable?

STRAWBERRY
I happen to be a fruit! And it’s pronounced STRAWBERRY!

MANDY
I guess I’ll take the struwbarry home. I wanna do some research on you, okay struwbarry? (Mandy leaves with Strawberry. Carrot and Brussel walk in as they are leaving. Carrot and Brussel don’t see Mandy and Carrot.)

CARROT
Brussel, I keep having this feeling that Strawberry is near, but he’s not!

BRUSSEL Well, sir… I don’t know. Maybe we should stop looking for now… or you know…uh… whatever
you want. You’re the boss. Maybe if you want to rest, I could give you a massage or something. Or, whatever you want.

CARROT
Brussel, stop. Please. You’re acting like an idiot. Stop trying to make me happy with you.

BRUSSEL
Sorry, I just thought… I mean, well… never mind.

CARROT
Yeah, never mind. Come on, let’s go.

BRUSSEL
Listen, boss. Um, well can’t we give Strawberry a headstart or something?

CARROT
A headstart? What do you think this is? A game?

BRUSSEL
No, but, uh, I kinda agree with Strawberry that the world shouldn’t be ruled by a bunch of vegetables and fruit.

CARROT
You what?

BRUSSEL
I…agree with Strawberry.

CARROT
Oh. Well, if that’s what you think, then you’re not the loyal guard I thought you were. You know, it’s a shame, because I was gonna promote you to the position of Strawberry’s job.

BRUSSEL
(Gulps.) You know what? Let’s go find Strawberry right now! No stopping! Cause I totally…uh, agree with you.

CARROT
Oh, how wonderful.

BRUSSEL
I agree. You’re just the best boss anyone could ever have, because you’re the carrot, you know, the veggie, the nutritious-

CARROT
Brussel, stop rambling.

BRUSSEL
Right. I agree. I was rambling. Silly me.

CARROT
Don’t agree with everything I say, okay.

BRUSSEL
Right. Sorry. (Brussel and Carrot leave.)

ACT 1, SCENE 4
Mandy is in her room with Strawberry. He is standing in a glass case. In Mandy’s room there is a computer, a T.V, a comfy small couch that is red. The computer is sitting at a desk with lots of books on it. Mandy is sitting at the chair at the desk. Mandy is looking up facts about strawberries on the computer. However, it is not giving her any results because she keeps typing in “struwbarry” instead of strawberry. She is getting very frustrated. Meanwhile, Strawberry is pounding on the glass, screaming to be let out. Since Mandy can’t hear him, she pays no attention.
MANDY
Ugh! I can’t find out anything about you, struwbarry! And I really don’t wanna ask my mama if she knows if struwbarries vibrate.

STRAWBERRY
LET ME OUT! I am trying to save you from a carrot who wants to take over the world!

MANDY
You know, it’s not that fair. People should be able to choose what they eat. I mean, you look so delicious and fresh! It’s like you have some power.

STRAWBERRY
I do, I do! And I agree with you!

MANDY
The only reason why I’m not eating you is because I wanted to be able to see a real vegetable, and I doubt if I’ll see another.

STRAWBERRY
I’m not a vegetable!

MANDY
Hmm, when you vibrate, it’s almost like you’re talking.

STRAWBERRY
That’s right! Yes! Keep going…

MANDY
But that’s ridiculous! You don’t talk, and even if you did, I wouldn’t be able to hear you.

STRAWBERRY
…and stop.

MANDY
I wish I could let you out of that glass case so I could get a better look at you. But, if I dropped you and my mom found you somewhere on the floor… no, it’s too risky. She might call the therapist. Oh boy! The therapist would put me in a mental hospital or something. I mean, nobody here eats vegetables. I don’t really know why. There’s this lady on T.V named Helen, who’s always talking about how great meat and sugar is and how bad fruits and vegetables are. Everyone who watches T.V kind of gets hypnotized. I don’t really watch T.V, though.

STRAWBERRY
FRUIT!

MANDY
I could just ask my mom if struwbarries vibrate. It wouldn’t hurt, would it?

STRAWBERRY
Why ask me? You don’t seem to consider my opinion much. After all, I try to save humans from world domination and a dictatorship but all you do is say that I’m vibrating! (Mandy leaves.)

ACT 1, SCENE 5
(In the living room, Mary Lou is sitting on the couch eating cake and hamburgers.)

MANDY
Hey mama.

MARY LOU
Hey darling, how ya doin? And while your talking, hand me anotha’ hamburger, will ya?

MANDY
I’m fine. (Brings a hamburger to Mary Lou.) But, actually I came downstairs to ask you a question about vegetables.

(Mary Lou chokes on her hamburger and starts coughing. Mandy hits her on the back a couple times to stop the coughing. Mary Lou takes deep breaths.)

MARY LOU
Didn’t I tell you not to speak that word?! If someone heard… well, they would put ya in a mental hospital or somethin’.

MANDY
I was saying the same exact thing to my stru- never mind. I wanted to know if struwbarries vibrate.

MARY LOU
You mean the stra…the st word? They’re a fruit and they don’t vibrate. Now run along, I got T.V to watch. I’m on episode thirty of ‘Crazy Cookies’, episode Oatmeal Raisin.

MANDY
Right, I’ll… (Looks out window and sees Carrot and Brussel on the street)(whispers) it’s more vegetables! I have to get them! (Mandy runs out.)

ACT 1, SCENE 6
Strawberry is still pounding on the glass case to get out and screaming at the top of his juices and seeds when Mandy enters her room again. Strawberry looks over at her and realizes that she has two vegetables in her hands. When Strawberry looks closely, he sees that the vegetables are Carrot and Brussel. Mandy brings Carrot and Brussel over to the glass case with Strawberry in it and drops them in. She sits at her computer and continues to research stuff about fruits and vegetables.

CARROT
So, Strawberry. We meet again.

STRAWBERRY
I saw you an hour before this girl trapped me.

CARROT
(sighs) Now, Strawberry, I’m asking you nicely one more time. Will you, or will you not help me takeover the world and control everyone and their food choices?

STRAWBERRY
Never! I haven’t changed my mind one bit!

CARROT
Then I’ll have Madame Pineapple hypnotize you. Brussel, I’ll work out a plan to get out of this little girl’s house and you keep an eye on Strawberry.

BRUSSEL
Yes, sir! Whatever you say, sir.

CARROT
Yes, well I suppose I’ll have to think of a plan to get us out of here. It’ll have to be in the night so people don’t see us, yes?

STRAWBERRY
I’m not going with you.

CARROT
What, you’re just gonna stay here until this girl’s mother finds out she’s been keeping a fruit in her room, and then throws you out?

STRAWBERRY
No… I’ll, I’ll figure out something.

CARROT
There’s no use arguing. You’re coming with us. But we can’t do anything now so let’s get some sleep while we can. (They all lie down and fall asleep.)

(Mandy is sleeping and Carrot, Strawberry and Brussel wake up. Mandy is talking in her sleep.)

MANDY
(In her sleep.) NO! No, I can’t let you take my vegetables away! … A struwbarry is a vegetable not a fruit. Please…

CARROT
As long as the girl is asleep, we can escape.

STRAWBERRY
But how?

BRUSSEL
I thought…um, you weren’t coming with us.

CARROT
Of course he is. He just thinks that somehow, he’s going to sneak away at the last minute and we’ll have to come after him again.

BRUSSEL
Oh, right.

STRAWBERRY
You shouldn’t think that I’m gonna come with you without a fight. And I will escape you. Just wait.

CARROT
Sure.

STRAWBERRY
I’d rather have all my seeds popped out than help you.

CARROT
Yes, Strawberry, I understand. However, I happen to be stronger, bigger, smarter, and better than you. You won’t be escaping this time.

BRUSSEL
Uh, boss. The girl’s window is open.

CARROT
Ah, good. Here’s the plan. We push the glass box we’re in over the table. The glass will break, and then we climb down her house from the window, and then continue on to get to the vegetable and fruit headquarters. Once we are there, we take Strawberry, to Madame Pineapple. She hypnotizes him and he tells Helen to tell the world to eat fruits and vegetables. Now, Brussel and Strawberry, push the glass case!
(Carrot, Brussel, and a little help from Strawberry, are able to push the glass case over the table. It smashes to the ground and is broken. Carrot, Brussel and Strawberry climb out.)

BRUSSEL
Now we climb out the window?

CARROT
Yes.
(They all climb out the window.)

ACT 2, SCENE 1
(Carrot, Brussel and Strawberry are in a room with a pineapple. The pineapple is wearing a dark purple robe with little gold stars on it. She is sitting on a chair that is purple velvet with the same pattern of gold stars. The chair looks almost like a throne. In front of the chair is a long wooden table. There are three chairs but one of the chairs has a purple sheet covering it with a brown pillow on the seat. There is a crystal ball in the middle of the table. There is also a turban placed in front of Madame Pineapple’s seat. The turban is purple with a small sparkling crystal in the front of the turban. Strawberry is trying to escape but Brussel is holding him firmly so he can’t run away.)

MADAME PINEAPPLE
(Is really relaxed and talks calmly all the time.) Please, sit down, my friends. Get comfortable. Let yourself relax. Imagine you are floating. Close your eyes. Just-

CARROT
Madame!

MADAME PINEAPPLE
You sound tense, Carrot. Relax your root tip and imagine the happiest moment of your life. What did it feel like? Was it-

CARROT
Madame Pineapple! I need your help to hypnotize Strawberry. He has powers of persuasion and he’s the only one that can get humans to listen to us, but he won’t help. If you hypnotize him, he’ll listen to me. Can you help?

MADAME PINEAPPLE
Of course, Carrot! Brussel, will you please lead Strawberry over to the chair with the sheet over it.

STRAWBERRY
How dare you! Madame Pineapple, I’ve met you before and you seemed like a very nice fruit. But here you are, helping this monster! He is a dictator.!

CARROT
Strawberry, please, will you be so kind as to be quiet?!

STRAWBERRY
Brussel, let go of me! Please?!

BRUSSEL
Sorry, Strawberry. I gotta do what the boss says.

STRAWBERRY
But he doesn’t even care about you. If you release me, you and me could make sure that Carrot doesn’t get away with this!

BRUSSEL
Strawberry, he’ll pick off my leaves!
(Brussel leads Strawberry over to the chair. Madame Pineapple walks over to the chair.)

STRAWBERRY
NOOOOOOO!
(Strawberry hears a voice in the distance. It is Mandy’s voice. The vegetable and fruit kingdom is actually located in a garden. Mandy is walking past the vegetable and fruit kingdom.)

MANDY
I can’t believe I lost my vegetables. (sniffs.) They were so special!

STRAWBERRY
(Wrestles out of Brussels grasp.) Girl! Mandy! Whatever your name is! I’m here! (Sees microphone on a shelf and grabs it.) I’m HERE!

MANDY
Struwbarry! You do talk!

STRAWBERRY
Yes! Pick me up Mandy. Listen to me. (Mandy picks Strawberry up.) Sorry Carrot. I’ll tell Helen not to say that we’re bad, but I can’t tell her to just say to eat veggies and fruit.

MANDY
Helen on T.V?

STRAWBERRY
Yes, she works at the T.V station. Do you know where that is?

MANDY
My mama showed it to me.

STRAWBERRY
Let’s go then!

ACT 2, SCENE 2
Mandy and Strawberry are at the T.V broadcasting station. Helen is sitting on a blue swivel chair. She is a very thin woman wearing a black blazer and a skirt. She is wearing a white shirt. Helen swivels her chair around to face Mandy and Strawberry.

HELEN
So… you’re a…fruit. (Speaks slowly and says each syllable clearly.)

STRAWBERRY
That’s right! And I’m here to make the world fair. (Strawberry is still speaking through the microphone.)

HELEN
Mmm… I don’t like you.

STRAWBERRY
Oh.
HELEN
You make me…annoyed. I advertise meat, not fruit.

STRAWBERRY
I know, however, I just need you to say on television that people should also eat fruits and vegetables.

HELEN
Something about you makes me want to say ‘yes.’ But… I’m a hypnotist. I stay strong.

STRAWBERRY
Please???!!!!!!
(Strawberry runs over to Helen and begs on the floor. Helen sniffs the air and smells Strawberry’s wonderful aroma and gets in a trance. Carrot enters with Brussel and Madame Pineapple.)

CARROT
Stop right there, Helen! You are going to tell the world that I am their new leader and they will listen to me!

HELEN
(squints at Carrot.) No.

CARROT
No? Why?

HELEN
I only listen to the Strawberry.
MADAME PINEAPPLE
Don’t worry, Carrot. Relax. Breathe in the soothing air. Mmm.

CARROT
Do something!

MADAME PINEAPPLE
I will hypnotize Strawberry now.

STRAWBERRY
Wait, what?
(Madame Pineapple makes some motions in the air above Strawberry’s head. She snaps her fingers. Strawberry gets glassy look in eyes, starts swaying.)
MADAME PINEAPPLE
Strawberry is now hypnotized.
HELEN
Yes.
CARROT
You’ll say what I said to do?!

HELEN
I’ll say what Strawberry… said to do.

STRAWBERRY
(Now hypnotized.) Good. Say the words.

CARROT
Madame, you can un-hypnotize Strawberry. His job here is done. (Strawberry gets un-hypnotized: Madame snaps fingers again.)

HELEN
I’m on air now. Good evening citizens of Earth! Tonight I have to say something very special. You should eat fruits and vegetables. That’s right, fruits and vegetables. You’ll love them! I’ll be back in a few. (Turns to Carrot.) Done.

CARROT
Done? You’re not going to tell them that I’m the new leader of the world? You said you would!

HELEN
No.

CARROT
Yes! You said that you would say what I told you to.
HELEN
No. I said I would… say… what Strawberry said to. He didn’t say… that…

STRAWBERRY
You’re right! I didn’t! Oh, and now the world is good and fair!

CARROT
NO! Madame, hypnotize him!

MADAME PINEAPPLE
Maybe you should have a skin peeling session. I’ve heard it’s a wonderful way for carrots to relax.
CARROT
No, it kills us!

MADAME PINEAPPLE
I still think it would be good for you.

MANDY
I don’t care what just happened as long as my struwbarry still loves me.

CARROT
Oh, nobody cared about you anyway!

MANDY
(Sniffs.) Well, look who’s acting raw today.

STRAWBERRY
Thank you Helen.

HELEN
I advertise meat, …and fruits… and vegetables.

STRAWBERRY
Yes, yes you do.

ACT 2, SCENE 3
It is at Mandy’s house. Mary Lou is now wearing a clean white T-shirt and black pants. She is in the kitchen with Mandy.

MARY LOU
Huh.

MANDY
What is it, mama?

MARY LOU
I was thinkin’ of makin’ hamburgers tonight…

MANDY
Oh. (Sighs.)

MARY LOU
But now I’m thinkin’ of makin’ soup…

MANDY
Oh… (Looks interested.)

MARY LOU
I think that’s what I’m gonna do. Yeah, and you know what? Ever since Helen on T.V said fruits and vegetables were good, I’ve had such a cravin’ for ‘em.

MANDY
Me too, actually.

MARY LOU
So, I went out to the ‘quick-stop deli’ to get fruits and veggies. I wanna try the vegetables out in the soup, if it’s all right with you, darlin’?

MANDY
I’d love that!
MARY LOU
I’ll put in a carrot. (Holds up Carrot.)
CARROT
Mandy, you gotta save me! I don’t want to be eaten!!!!!!!!!!

MARY LOU
Hmmm, are carrots supposed to vibrate?

Eva Alarcon, Age 12, Grade 7, MS 51 William Alexander, Silver Key

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