The crowd staggered in with enough time to get their snacks and find a seat in the screening room. Souvenirs later!
"Say, Pete! Mind standing over by the Photo Spot for just a sec? I've gotta make sure that everything's set correctly, or I'll never get everyone done in time. Say NUMMIES!"
"Oops, I missed the top part of your head." Silver was having a bit of trouble with her tripod, but Pete's a patient fella. Besides, he knew Kelly probably wasn't here for the popcorn. "One more time. Say NUMMIES!" Click flash. "Gotcha! That's great, Pete! Thanks bunches!"
Kelly was in raptures. She'd come early to get enough snacks for showtime, but she never expected to find Wetzel's Pretzels at the Star Wars celebration! "We brought those in just for you, Kel. We thought about dying them blue and green, but it seemed a shame to mess with perfection. And I just finished making the butter dip, so it should be nice and warm." No hard decisions for Kelly today!
As soon as Silver said "Gotcha", the popcorn maker popped on (pun intended) and Pete was drawn in like a ship in a tractor beam. "Hey, Jill! Is it okay to help myself? I can't wait one minute longer! Mind if I put some extra butter on top? Thanks! Wow! Everything looks great!" Munch munch. "Just a little more butter, I think." Munch munch. "See ya later, Jill! I'm gonna find a good seat before the crowd arrives. What? Oh, a good seat is the one right in the middle of the theatre." Munch munch. I hollered after him to come back for free refills. That boy's popcorn isn't going to make it to the opening credits.
"Oh, Zale! Your glasses are so you, so . . . Sorgie looking! Are they new? You look wonderful! Nope, we don't have any kelp shakes, but this Grogu green shake kinda looks like one. No, Silver's running the register right now, so just give her the money. And don't forget to have your photo taken before you leave. Trudy's going to run the photos in today's edition of the Islandshire Gazette. Enjoy the flick, and May the 4th be with You!"
Sun-Ho and Masami wanted to check out quickly, hoping that all the aisle seats weren't taken yet. They tried to get Silver's attention, but she was talking to me. Best not to interrupt. (They are very polite and kind. Besides, as owners of the Fruit Smoothie Stall on the Island, they know the value of patience in a customer.)
"Oh, Jill! I think it's going to be a success, don't you? Look at the crowd, You'd better do a head count to make sure we have enough seats in the theatre. I've got to get back to the register! Oh, Lillian, that Cara Dunecake matches your shirt so well, maybe you should just walk around with it for everyone to see." Giggle giggle. "Are you ready to pay, Sun-Ho? Sorry to keep you waiting. Here's your change. Enjoy the movie, and May the 4th be with you!"
Harold and Eliot almost bumped into Alice Maud Mary, who just smiled and decided to take her popcorn and get away from the crush. Harold looked around at the crowd and ran to find his friend (who was looking for him). "Hey, Eliot. Ready to check out and find a seat?" "Yep." "I hope that all the back seats aren't gone yet. Every time the two of us go to the theatre, somebody hollers for the 'tall guys in the front' to slouch in their seats. Maybe if we sit in the back, we can sit however we want." "Good idea." "What'd you get to eat and drink, Eliot? Oh, good. I wanted to try one of those Space Travel Sticks. Wanna split everything in halfsies and share? That way we get a little bit of everything." "Sure. And it's on me."
"Oh, Lillian! That cupcake looks scrumptious! It's a what? A Cara Dunecake? Ha ha! Those girls are so clever! I'd love to stay and chat, but I just finished a special-order, cast iron well pump for Harold, and I'm STARVING! Save ma a seat when you go inside, and I'll find you. Pardon? Oh, somewhere towards the side, where my eating won't interrupt the movie. I'll make sure to buy only soft food." Lillian left to find seats, wondering what soft food was, while Mina made her way to the counter.
"What's the total, Silver? I'm paying for both of us."
Trudy blew in like the Razor Crest going into warp drive, afraid she was too late to get a good seat. She liked to sit in the center towards the front but always seemed to be stuck with an aisle seat. "Oh, Trudy! You're the first Sorgiesicle customer of the day! Did you taste it yet? They're OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD!" I'd been waiting to use that line since we'd opened. "Hope you get a good seat. Don't forget to have your picture taken afterwards. And May the 4th be with You!"
"Um, good question, Trudy. We'll get the photos over to you the minute we close. Excuse me while I help Mina with her snacks. I'll see you just as soon as we're done taking pictures. Now, Mina, have you made up your mind yet? Well, the Mandalore Munchies are very popular, and the Droid Doughnuts are a good choice. You take another look, while I help the boys with their popcorn. Boy, that machine has hardly stopped popping since we opened. Why does popcorn taste so much better at the theatre?"
Henry and Vesey were doing just fine on their own, though. "No, thanks, Jill. We're got it covered. Mina looks like she needs some help, though. Hey, Vesey, you grab the butter and I'll shake the salt. One, two, three, go! Munch munch. "Nope, more butter!" Squirt squirt. "Hey, Jill! Is it okay if we use up the last of the butter? Oh, swell. Thanks."
At the first sound of the opening-theme music, the earlybirds made a dash to find their "good" seats and I refilled the butter container. Isn't that Harold the handsomest thing you've ever seen? Eliot dearly loves his "fellow chappie". They're best buds.
"Whoa, Mina. That's quite an order. But I wouldn't be a good friend if I let you take all those sweets without insisting that you eat this healthy galactic macaroni-and-cheese. A little protein goes a long way with a hard-working girl like you. Now, give me that list again. Ha! Hang on a minute. You can't carry all that stuff to your seat without some help. Wait a minute. I've got an idea. Back in a minute."
"Jill, you're the best! That's just perfect! I'll be sure to return the bin after the movie. Have you got room in there for one of those pretzels, too? Great. And some butter dip, too, please. Has Kelly seen these yet? Oh, good. Now, do you have any other 'soft food' that I've missed? You know . . . non-crunchables. I'm really starving, but the well pump took longer to finish than I expected, and I didn't want to miss any of the showtime. I figure that if I get soft food, no one will have to listen to my crunching and slurping through the movie. Boy, I hope Lillian got good seats for us. Yeah, she's saving one for me. Somewhere out of the way, where my eating won't bother anyone. Again, thanks for the bin. And may the fourth be with you!"
"Hey, man! The girls just told me that we're the last ones in. I've got my Sorgiesicle and Mando Chocolates. Be quick about it, or we won't get good seats." Benny liked to sit in the front row.
Benny turned to Silver and asked, "Is Mina going to sell stuff during the movie?" Silver just smiled and explained about the well pump.
George and Fletcher couldn't decide what to buy, but Benny was breathing down their necks. They picked up what was in front of them, having agreed to take a better look after the show. "Hey, Jill. Mind if I take one of these empty popcorn cartons? Thanks. Now I'd like 5 or 6 of those green Droid doughnuts, if you don't mind. We'll be back for some different stuff later. George, come on. We're gonna be late. Benny's already gone in."
"Hi, Silver! Great place! I think she said there were six in there. And I'm paying for George's pretzel and drink, too. We're in a hurry, and Benny's already gone looking for seats. Hope the Force is with us. See ya later!"
The Theater is full, the credit music is playing, and Silver and I get to take a quick break.