A man lies on a lounge, covered in pizza boxes and cans of soft drink. A pounding headache and a lost will, he lies there with his eyes closed, he has given up. A knock on the door. He groans to himself and turns himself over, pizza crumbs falling to the floor. Another knock on the door. "Leave me alone!" He yells. He coughs and sighs again. "Open the door, Pierre..." A woman's voice reponds.
With a light grumble, he slowly stands up. He sees his reflection in the mirror, an overgrown beard, bags under his eyes and stained clothes. He grumbles, walks to the door and opens it. A woman storms through the door, shoving Pierre aside.
"Look at this place! Look at you!" She starts picking up trash from the floor. "Pierre, it's been months, it's time to pick yourself up!" This woman is Pierre's manager, Penelope. From his rise to one of the world's greats in food to his eventual downfall in the last world championship, she has been there through it all.
Pierre collapses on the sofa again. "Leave. Me. Alone." He turns his back to her. "Pierre..." She softly says. "GET OUT!" He screams.
"No, Pierre. It's not over!" She pulls out of her pocket a sheet of paper, walks over and shoves it in his face. "Look!" She yells.
Pierre glances at the paper. His mind still foggy, he slowly reads, "Underground street food fight. 7:00PM Tuesday. Something to prove... Prove it in the arena..." He throws the paper to the floor. "I'm done, Penelope. I'm out..." Penelope picks up the paper and hands it back to him. "Do you remember what you promised me, Pierre? You promised me, we'd go to the top together! Just because you were beaten once, doesn't mean..." Pierre drops his head and sighs. "Penelope, stop." Penelope, hope still alive in her heart, shouts, "Pierre. This street food fight... if you win... you get another shot? Do you understand! Another shot against John Murphey!" Pierres eyes suddenly light up. "What did you say?" He whispers. "Another shot!" Pierre suddenly has a flash back to his last battle... the defeat. A name flashes in his mind and a fire is lit in his heart. John. Murphey!
"I'm in." Pierre immediately stands up and walks off to take a cold shower. Penelope smiles to herself and takes out of her bag a handful of salted caramel popcorn. "You've earnt it, Penelope!" She says to herself and takes a bite, a huge grin upon her face.
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This recipe comes from Jess out at foodyville.com! We've made some ratio changes, but be careful, once you pop, you really can't stop!
Salted Caramel Popcorn
Prep Time: 00:10
Cook Time: 01:10
2 cups of brown sugar
125 grams of butter
½ cup of glucose syrup
1 tsp of salt
½ tsp of baking soda
1 cup of popping corn (unpopped popcorn)
¾ cup of vegetable oil
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