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FIRE     4'2m0f Two of Aaron's priests are killed: picky, picky

AARON --- (enters, paces floor)

ELEAZAR - (enters, hesitates) Hi, Dad. How ya doin'?

AARON --- Eleazar, come in and sit down. (points at one of two 
chairs DC)

ELEAZAR - The guy out there says, (imitates with deep voice) 
"Aaron wants to see you." All serious like, you know? (sits)

AARON --- Eleazar, I have to ask you to do something for me. 
(sits)

ELEAZAR - Say, Dad, I was looking for Nadab. Do you know where 
he is?

AARON --- We'll talk about your brother, later, son. Right now I 
need to ask you....

ELEAZAR - He owes me money, Dad. Did he tell you not to tell me 
where he is?

AARON --- Eleazar, please! I need to ask you something.

ELEAZAR - Okay, but if you know where he is, I need to know. He 
told me he'd pay me back yesterday.

AARON --- Eleazar!

ELEAZAR - Geez, Dad, chill out. I'm listening.

AARON --- Eleazar, I need to have you work a double shift in the 
Tabernacle today.

ELEAZAR - A double shift?! Dad, this high priest stuff is really 
cutting into my social life. The other guys are getting all the 
cute babes.

AARON --- Please? This is kind of an emergency. Nadab can't do 
his regular shift today and...

ELEAZAR - See? I knew it. That shlimeal will do anything to 
avoid paying me what he owes me.

AARON --- Eleazar, I need to know if you can work extra hours 
today. Now, I've already asked your brother Ithamar and he'll 
work extra hours too. But I need two priests on duty today.

ELEAZAR - So, what excuse did Nadab give? No, let me guess. 
(imitates) "Oh, I'm terribly ill." He's always pulling that.

AARON --- He's dead.

ELEAZAR - He's what?

AARON --- He's dead.

ELEAZAR - (sniff, sniff)

AARON --- Eleazar! I didn't think you'd take it this hard. You 
weren't very close to your brother. 

ELEAZAR - (sobs) Now, I'll never get my money back.

AARON --- Everybody mourns in his own way. Well, I hate to 
interrupt your grieving, son, but I need to know if you'll work 
your brother's shift at the Tabernacle today.

ELEAZAR - Why can't Abihu work the shift?  I know he's not the 
brightest guy around. But being a priest isn't exactly nuclear 
physics. All you have to do all day is burn up offerings. 
(pause) What.

AARON --- Abihu is dead too.

ELEAZAR - (sniff, sniff)

AARON --- Eleazar! I had no idea that Abihu meant that much to 
you.

ELEAZAR - (sobs) He owed me money too.

AARON --- (stands) You'll have to excuse me now, son, I have to 
arrange for the burial of your brothers. Can I count on you to 
work a double shift at the Tabernacle today?

ELEAZAR - (stands, moves to exit) Sure, why n.... (stops, turns 
back) Hey, wait a minute. How did both of them die?

AARON --- Well, actually, son, they were struck dead by the Lord.

ELEAZAR - God killed them?

AARON --- Yes.

ELEAZAR - What did they do? Did they worship idols, steal 
something, kill someone, what?

AARON --- Unauthorized use of fire.

ELEAZAR - Excuse me?

AARON --- They used the wrong fire to burn up the offerings. 

ELEAZAR - The wrong fire?

AARON --- The wrong fire.

ELEAZAR - There's a different fire than the fire that burns 
stuff up?

AARON --- Son, when I taught you how to burn up sacrifices, I 
taught you the sacred way to light the fire. Your brothers chose 
to ignore what I taught them and it cost them their lives.

ELEAZAR - (snaps fingers) Dad!

AARON --- What?

ELEAZAR - Is my brother Ithamar working the early shift today?

AARON --- Sure, why?

ELEAZAR - I have to talk to him about fire, right away! 
(exiting) He owes me money too.

AARON --- (shakes head, exits) Family ties. Tugs at your heart.


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