The 3:57: REMEMBERING, Episode Four – Fitting In

Teaser – Chris has run out of luck and is leaving the diner when the manager says, “I have an idea.”

Full Transcript –

Remembering, Episode #4: Fitting In

Original Date: 22 April 2020

Hello. This is . . . The Three Fifty-seven.

[The 3:57 Theme plays]

My name is William Spear and I am the Host of The Three Fifty-seven. The current series is titled REMEMBERING.

And this episode is called FITTING IN. Chris has run out of gas, has no money, and is inside a diner.

And now Episode Four of REMEMBERING.

[Remembering Theme plays]

The manager refused to lend money for gasoline and Chris turned to leave.

“However,” continued the manager, “I have an idea. Our dishwasher is out sick. If you work for us tonight, we will pay you, fill your car with gasoline, and give you dinner.”

Chris replied: “How about if I do that, wash the floors, help open the restaurant in the morning and you let me sleep here tonight.”

“All that?” asked the manager.

“All that,” said Chris.

“Agreed,” said the manager. They shook hands.

Chris went to work and the dishes and floors were cleaned by midnight. Dinner was a few plates of hamburgers and a mountain of french fries; ordinary food for most people.

But for the teenager it was the first meal in months not picked from a garbage can.

A gourmet delight.

Bed was a cushioned booth in the diner. With heat! For the orphaned and homeless teenager used to sleeping rough, a five‑star hotel would not have been more comfortable.

As promised, Chris got up early the next morning and helped open the restaurant. Floors were mopped and dishes were washed from the breakfast customers.

The manager was impressed with the teenager’s work. When Chris finished, a job was offered, with meals, and new clothes.

And a place to sleep!

Chris agreed, took the gasoline to the car, and they talked about the job. The Odyssey was pleased and scratchy music poured from its radio.

The teenager worked hard at the diner. Wages were earned and meals were regular.

Chris met many people in and out of the diner. Some knew of the teenager’s home town and asked to pass along a “Hello” or “Hope you are well” to relatives and friends. A few even gave gifts to take back.

The teenager wrote down notes and packed everything into the car.

One day when they were out driving, the Odyssey said, “We must talk.”

[Remembering Theme plays]

You’ve just listened to Episode Four of REMEMBERING. The series music, What A Way – The Prelude, is through the courtesy of Semaphore.

The Three Fifty-seven is an anthology of comedy, drama, and supernatural stories. Theme music is Not On The Bus . . .

[The 3:57 Theme plays]

. . . by U. S. Army Blues.

The Three Fifty-seven is Written and Produced by William Spear.

Thank you for listening.

Author: William Spear

William E. Spear has written for audio since 1994. His book, "Lit Between the Ears, Volume One: Chekhov, O. Henry, Spear and Tarkington On the Air," was released on July 31, 2006. He founded Two Plus Plus Productions LLC in 2006 and is President. He founded Hunterdon Radio Theatre in 1999 and has written over 15 plays since. Spear's work has been broadcast in New York and New Jersey and his plays have been published on web sites across the country.

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