Jesus: ...and that's what people never really get about the New Testament, is that half the time I was just being sarcastic, and the other half I was --
Elvis: Ah, shit. Here comes freakazoid. Don't look now, man... Don't look...
Jesus: Which freakazoid?
Elvis: Nah, Charlie. Ah, shit, he sees us. Great, he's walking over... Oh, hey, Charlie. What's happening man?
Jesus: What's up, Chuck?
Manson: Hi Jesus. Hey Elvis. Nothing much. I recorded a new CD. You guys wanna come over tonight and listen to it? Maybe we could get some wine or something. Hang out.
Elvis: Um, well... I don't know if I wanna drink tonight...
Jesus: Yeah, I've got kind of a big day tomorrow, bunch of... stuff to do. Sorry, Charlie.
Manson: What's funny, Elvis?
Elvis: Huh? Oh, nothing, man. I was just... I was just thinking about something else.
Manson: Oh. Well ok, maybe some other time then... (mumbles something under his breath).
(long, awkward silence)
Jesus: So, Charles. Your new CD. Is it just, like, you on acoustic guitar?
Manson: Oh, no, no, not at all. I'm not doing that folk stuff anymore. No, It's total synth-pop this time. I've got this one song “My Brain is the Dragonfly That Flies Through the Fire of My Brain”, and it's...
Elvis: That's a really long title, man.
Manson: That's not the title, Elvis. That's the whole song. It's got a real heavy bass beat.
Jesus: Oh, so it's more modern sounding then?
Manson: I guess you could say that. It's kind of timeless sounding, I think.
Elvis: Hm. So you got a drummer?
Manson: No, I use a drum machine. It's a really nice one, though.
Elvis: A drum machine? Oh. So it's all just you then? You just dubbin' tracks?
Manson: Yeah, mostly. I got Michael doing some back-up vocals on one of the --
Elvis: Michael who?
Elvis: That guy? Oh, well I definitely don't wanna hear that!
Manson: Why? What's wrong with Michael Ja... Ohhh. Yeah. Right. Forgot about that. Sorry.
(another awkward silence)
Jesus: Well, it's getting a little late...
Elvis: Yeah, we ought to head out, I guess.
Manson: Oh, ok. Well, hey Jesus, maybe I'll drop by some time. I had this vision the other day, and you were in it. It was pretty heavy. I thought maybe we could talk about it, or meditate on it or something.
Jesus: Um, sure Charles. Why don't you call first, though, ok? Been really busy lately. Lot of stuff going on.
Manson: Oh, yeah, sure, no problem, man. I know how it is. Hey Elvis, y'know, if you ever wanna jam sometime, or just hang out and shoot the shit...
Elvis: Yeah, sure man, we'll see. Catch ya later, Charlie.
(they walk away)
Elvis: Man, that cat's a fucking freak. And a half.
Jesus: No kidding. He marches to the beat of a different kettle of fish. Did you see the way his face kept twitching? He's not as bad as he used to be though.
Elvis: Yeah, he's really mellowed out a lot. I guess we all have. Hey, man, that was funny when you said “sorry Charlie” - like that tuna fish commercial.
Jesus: I know, that was funny, wasn't it? I almost cracked up myself.
Elvis: Were you trying to be funny? Or was it just --
Jesus: No, it just popped out that way. I'd never thought of it before. “Sorry, Charlie”...
Elvis: What was that other thing you said... You said something else that was funny...
Jesus: Did I? I don't know...
Elvis: Oh yeah – You said “What's up, chuck”.
Jesus: Why's that funny?
Elvis: You know, like “up-chuck”. (makes a barfing noise)
Jesus: Oh yeah... up-chuck. That is funny.
Elvis: Man, you're like an accidental comedian or something.
Jesus: So, I guess he's hanging out with Michael Jackson these days...
Elvis: Yeah. That's gotta be a weird scene. Jesus.
Elvis: No, I'm just saying... Jesus.
Jesus: Oh, like “Jesus”, the expression. Right.
(They stop. Elvis lights a cigarette.)
Jesus: So what do you want to do tonight?
Elvis: Well, he was talking about wine, and that kinda' got me thinking...
Jesus: I'm way ahead of you, Elvis.