Granny Smith's Macintosh Market

The Area's (World's?) Only Computer-n-Fruit-n-Vegetables Store!

Mayor Charlotte Cliff is examining the cantaloupes, discussing the relative merits of ripeness-detecting methods with Granny Smith. Charlotte, it seems, trusts the smell-the-melon technique, while Granny puts her faith in the rap-on-the-melon-and-evaluate-the-sound test. They could go on for sometime, but are interrupted by the entirely-too-hearty sound of...

RAD
Why Aunt Charlotte! What a pleasant surprise!
CHARLOTTE
Hello Rad. Your "sincere" tone needs some work.
RAD
Noted. It is a coincidence, though, isn't it? What are you doing here?
CHARLOTTE
Sniffing fruit. And you?
RAD
Well, I saw that terrific Powerbook 190cs you bought for Anais and I thought, maybe, I'd get one, too...
Granny Smith's eyes light up at the mention of a sale.
RAD
Unfortunately, it's a bit beyond my means right now.
Realizing that Rad is not a serious shopper right now, Granny moves away to leave the Cliffs their privacy.
CHARLOTTE
Too bad. It's a fabulous machine. And I'm surprised you can't afford it-- they just dropped the price on it again. Even with 16 meg of RAM and a 28.8 modem card it's under 2 thousand dollars.
RAD
It's been a tough year for budgeting funds. I've figured out what I'll need to do next year, but meanwhile, I'm tapped until June. But that laptop sure would be a help for exams... I don't suppose you'd front me the two grand for a month?
CHARLOTTE
Well, Rad, I'll tell you... If I didn't know that you didn't just happen upon me here since my secretary called to tell me that you were at the office looking for me and she told you where I was... If I didn't know you're trying to raise enough to pay off your gambling debts because Carly already told me you hit her up for money... If I didn't know you were lying scum with a serious problem that's gotten completely out of control... I still wouldn't give you the money.
RAD
I never could fool you, could I?
CHARLOTTE
I shared a womb with someone just like you, remember? I know all the tricks and lies and I even know this incredibly disingenuous crap of letting me know how smart I am for what it is. I love you and appreciate all your many charms and talents, Rad, but I'll be damned if I'm going to help you ruin your life before it's even begun.
RAD
I don't mean to sound disingenuous or melodramatic or whatever, Aunt Charlotte, but if somebody doesn't help me out here, it's not going to be a question of ruining my life. It's going to more a question of having a life.
CHARLOTTE
There's only one thing I can suggest, then. Go talk to your grandmother. She can authorize an advance on your trust payment. Of course, there will be ramifications.
RAD
Great. Either Thor ends my life or Grandmother makes it not worth living.
Rad is truly dejected as he walks away from his aunt empty-handed and desperate, considering the very few options left to him. He perks up, though, when Charlotte calls out:
CHARLOTTE
Rad! Wait!! I can't let you go without giving you something...
The young man turns and runs back to her, his hand extended for... the box of luscious strawberries she puts in it.
RAD
Fruit?! That's it?!?
CHARLOTTE
You have some important decisions to make, you shouldn't make them on an empty stomach.
He sighs and leaves again after letting her place a loving kiss on his forehead. She watches him with concern as he climbs in his car and drives away.

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