(scene opens in dining room not Carrot’s. Family party in progress, mostly adults around the table)
Beta: (takes empty chair, downs the last of a bottle of root beer)
Cousin K: You drank it all?
Carrot: I thought you liked root beer.
Beta: I do. Just that it was super flat. I went to take off the cap and it just fell off like someone had opened it.
Aunt T: It’s a good idea not to drink bottles that have already been opened.
Husband: That’s someone cracking it open at the store, taking a drink and putting it back.
Me: Or putting something inside of it.
(new scene in grocery store refrigerated aisle)
Me: (looking at prices of small juice bottles) It says three for five – did you want to try the cranberry flavor? Get an OJ, apple, and then cranberry?
(Carrot reaches up to get the cranberry juice)
Beta: Wait! Look at the lid.
(camera close up on broken seal)
Beta: We probably shouldn’t drink that. See? I can learn! (laughs stupidly)
Me: Your father would be so proud of you. You just might live to see adulthood.