So, here we sit on this counter watching the nice old lady doing dishes. Rancho is getting impatient and elbows Hector and says, “Hey man, we need to get out of this jar.” Hector elbows Emilio and says, ‘hey man, we need to get of this jar, you got any ideas?” Emilio elbows the pepper squished up against him and says, “Hey man, we need to get out of here. You got any ideas?” But that pepper just sits there and doesn’t respond. Emilio leans forward and says, Rancho, I got no clue man.
With that the nice old lady puts down the dish cloth she is using and lifts up the jar of Jalapeno’s, opens up the refrigerator door and puts the jar on the second shelf where there are lots of other groceries. She shuts the door. With that the peppers are sitting in total darkness. Oh no, cries Rancho, “Where the heck are we now?”
After a few minutes the peppers begin to feel cold. Within a few hours the peppers are so cold that they can barely move or speak. The only thing they can move is their eyes. Rancho is using his eyes to try and get Emilio and Hectors attention but it is not working. He gives up and decides that they are just going to have to wait for the old lady to come back and get them out of this place.
Suddenly the door opens and the nice old lady takes a container of some white liquid off the shelf right on top of the Peppers. Rancho is hoping she takes them too but she does not. She shuts the door and they are once again in total darkness.
A little while later the lady opens the door again and light fills the space. Rancho see’s that the lady is putting the white liquid back and she is sliding a bowl of these round red things right next to them. She shuts the door and the space is totally black again.
A minute later they hear this little high pitched voice calling out in the darkness. Hello, hello, is there anybody else here? The peppers hear this voice but they cannot answer as they are just too cold. Sometime later the door opens again and the lady takes both the bowl of red round things and the pepper jar out and places them on the table.
It is bright and sunny and warm on the table. The peppers see the old lady and her white haired husband at the table and they both sit down to eat. The lady takes one of the red round things out of the bowl and starts slicing it. Rancho turns to see look of sheer fright on the face of another one of the little red round things.
The red round thing see’s Rancho looking at her and he winks his eyes to acknowledge her fear. Rancho feels the jar being lifted and the next thing you know, the old man is sticking a fork in the jar and pulling out one of the peppers to the right of Emilio. Geez, that was close.
The couple finishes up their meal and begins cleaning up. All that Rancho can think about is getting close enough to that little red round thing to talk to her. He got his wish because the next thing he knows, he feels the jar they are in being lifted up again and being put back onto that second shelf in that cold box where they have been for days. They were not alone though as the bowl of red round things were placed right next to them and with that the door is shut and the space goes black.
Rancho calls out, Red Round thing, Red Round thing, are you there? A little high pitched sweet voice comes back, I am here. Rancho asks what is your name and what are you? She replies my name is Tilley and I am a tomato. Ah, a tomato Rancho replies. Well you sure are.
How did you get here in the house of the old lady and man Ranchos asks? Tilley says, “I was on my vine and my grower picked me, washed me and put me the table where all the others go and never come back from again.”
The lady saw me there and brought me here. What are you and where did you come from? Well, I am Rancho the Jalapeno Pepper and these are my cousins Emilio and Hector. All the peppers take off their hats to Tilley and they are all very happy they made a friend.
Tilley asks, how long have you all been here?
Emilio says, we don’t know, we just don’t know. Tilley wonders if what happened to the other tomato will happen to her and asks Rancho if he is afraid.
Rancho says we are going to find a way out of here before anything bad happens to any of us. Do you want to come with us Tilley? Tilley says, oh yes, oh yes. Rancho says next time they open that door and take us out of here and put us on a counter or a table, we have to figure out a way to get out of this jar. Tilley says, maybe I can help you somehow. With that they started getting really cold again and it was getting hard to talk. They agreed the next time they were out of the cold box they would take action.
Stay tuned to find out what happens next to the Jalapeno Cousins and their new friend Tilley the Tomato.