INT. MR. R’S MANSION–KITCHEN–DAY
Caryn and Flora are trimming and washing a bed of fresh, spring greens over the sink when the door swings open and MISS A., a stunningly beautiful actress in a white, flowing sundress, prances in.
Oh, fabulous! I’m famished.
Flora can’t help staring.
Um, can I help you?
He said I’d find you here. What are you making?
He’s here? He’s back from–
She is cut off by the door swinging open again. Mr. R enters, visibly tired from his travel, but smiling warmly at Miss A. He nods to Caryn without taking his eyes off of Miss A.
Caryn, I see you’ve met my houseguest.
She was just helping me find lunch.
Caryn puts down the greens and wipes her hands dry.
Would you like a salad?
Brilliant. Just some lettuce.
Perhaps a light dressing. That’s all.
Mr. R. gently puts his hand on Miss A.’s sleek, exposed back and leads her to the door.
She doesn’t eat much.
They are almost through the door as Miss A. calls back.
Her giggle is muffled when the door swings closed again. Flora can’t help giggling herself.
Do you know who that is?
Caryn takes some bottles with Chinese writing out of the cabinet.
My daughter has seen all her movies.
I might have seen one on an airplane or something.
She drizzles a little from each bottle into a small bowl. Flora resumes cleaning the greens.
Caryn whisks the vinaigrette with a vengeance.
2 Tablespoons peanut or olive oil
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar (or to taste)
Whisk all ingredients together.
A small amount of sesame oil adds tremendous depth to this vinaigrette. It needs nothing more than an assortment of baby greens to accompany it.