The Chicken Kitchen
INT. KITCHEN – AFTERNOON
(Doorbell rings) (WS)
CHEEP (Sirhindi) (young, white feathered and chubby chicken, hops towards the door and opens it) She calls her father in
Enter father CLUCK (Mohammad) (brown and beige coloured hen that is taller than CHEEP and walks with his legs span too far apart)
CLUCK AND CHEEP together lift the dinner delivery they just received and place it on the counter. CHEEP tells her dad she believes she’s responsible and able enough to peel, skin and stuff the dinner.
CHEEP (ZI – MS)
(Unwrapping the package)
Father, I do believe that I can in fact clean up and set up dinner tonight. I will not mess up this time. I understand exactly what to do: shave, clean, marinate,
stuff and cook. Simple.
CLUCK shakes his head and pushes CHEEP away from the package.
It’s not that I don’t trust her, she’s my little chick. It’s just that…she really never does anything quite so perfect and I am A MAN OF PERFECTION!
Dinner is the most important meal
To our family and you know what? With CHOPS pregnant and all, I really wish not to piss her off or not mess up dinner at the least
(pause and look up and back at camera)
CHEEP insists and pushes CLUCK away and then lays her upper body all over the dinner till he leaves like a little child.
I CAN DO THIS DADDY trustttttt me!
After giving the death stare making all attempts of and threatening her, he finally gives in and walks away shaking his head at the floor.
I want to prove myself. My father doesn’t trust me.ONE TIME I MESSED UP DINNER and put the wrong marination
And now it’s forever in my reputation that I will mess up. NOT JUST DINNER THOUGH, anything, father doesn’t trust me with anything… every things all
(Mocks fathers voice)
No you can’t do it right you’ll mess up oh remember that time you messed up this or that
CHEEP excitedly unwraps the whole platter of meat and begins to follow through with the procedure she memorized all week to prepare, and be ready for this day.
(Taking blade and scraping hair off the dinner meat)
Shave, shave, the dinner is shaved.
Grace, grace, do it with grace
(Switching to the knife)
Eyes, eyes, take out the eyes
Be careful not to cut too much oh knife!
Ears, Ears take off the ears
Cut, Cut, cut the fat cut cut
Breast breast, the boneless breasts
(Taking liquid bottle of seasoning she pours
it all over the dinner meat)
Pepper and salt,
Pepper pepper and salt
(CHEEP takes a knife and cuts the rear end of the meat open and starts to take out the insides in order to stuff them)
(Looking down at hands and frowning)
Well you can say I did mess up here…
(Pause and look up)
I didn’t know any better to be
honest, Father always said Clear out the inside…I didn’t know he mean
just the poop I thought he meant clear them ALL
Cheap takes out all the insides of the meat and lays all the organs in a row. She is on her final two and CLUCK walks in to check up on her as he did not hear stirring in the kitchen for quite some time. He sees the organs lined up on the counter and is furious because CHEEP has now taken out the main part of the dinner
(Grabbing CHEEP and pushing him to the side)
REMEMBER HOW I TOLD YOU THAT YOU CANNOT DO THIS? WE ONLY GET ONE OF THESE DELIVERIES ONCE A WEEK AND
YOU MESSED IT UP. YOU MESSED IT U ONCE AGAIN! WHAT WILL YOUR MOTHER DO TO ME! AND WHAT WILL SHE SAY!
OH LORD! OH LORD! OH HENS! OH HEAVENS!JUST GO SIT DOWN IN THE LIVING ROOM!BE AWAY!
CLUCK instructs CHEEP to go to the living room and stay there for the remainder of the evening while he tries to sort out an arrangement for what to eat tonight.
Usually, any other dinner I would not mind and I would not snap at her either but the thing is that it bothers me when I tell her you know you cannot do this and then she insists and whatever I said happens anyway
CHEEP heads towards the living room and sits down on the cloth sofa and turns on the TV
(Looking down still at her bloody hands)
I didn’t mean to do it. The bones and everything are so fragile I know that and that was on my mind constantly
All I ever heard father say was oh
(mocking voice once again)
Take out the inside and clear it so I did
(Looks up at camera and smiles)
CHEEP is sitting on the sofa and talking to her Father but looking at the TV and not turned around to the kitchen
Maybe next time I can do better I will just cook a meal tomorrow myself and it won’t be a human even though that’s the best meal and all it’s my favourite
Maybe Dad gets mad because it is his favourite too he wouldn’t be so angry if I threw out vegetables those are just gross.
What is my favourite meal?
Human Stir-Fry, Human with parmesan,
Garlic and some herbs maybe even some grilled Human, CHOPS likes that the best though
We had that on our first date Some grilled human with a side of sautéed mushrooms
We even had some green fresh cut grass and sunflower seeds and a wonderful glass of dirty pig water vegial oil
Now we only get it one a week, delivered at the house the government apparently wants to
(hand motions for quotations)
“Manage” the intake after the whole flu and stuff they even started adding things to the human meat to make them fatter, plumper
INT. LIVING ROOM
CHEEP and CLUCK sitting together on the sofa
I even heard that when they’re raising them in the human farms they can’t even stand up and walk
It’s so funny this one time we went on a class trip and-
(CLUCK glares at CHEEP as if to shut up)
CLUCK alone on the sofa again
Those were the days everything was calm and good used to be able to go out every day with CHOPS
The scene ends with CLUCK in the kitchen looking around for something and cleaning up the organ mess that CHEEP has left on the counter. The human lays kneeling and laying with its right cheek against the counter and CHEEK on the sofa in the living room dozing off the sleep
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