The following is part of the back story I developed for the narrator in my short story “Mephibosheth“.  Birk Sproxton, who led the creative writing class at the Red Deer College in 2002 (where said story emerged) gave us a character assignment to generate a life for the narrator and to write a story in a voice decidedly not our own.

ReWriting Chat Group 29/09/02
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23:27:45

speedlick: So dreamer… you’re in a wheelchair?

23:28:11

2dreamer: Yep.

23:29:16

speedlick: Why didn’t you say anything about it before?

23:30:05

2dreamer: It never came up in our conversation before.  Why, does it suddenly change things?

23:31:57

speedlick: No, I’m just glad I didn’t tell any of my handicap jokes.

23:33:12

spideyeyes: Sure, speed.  You’re the real sensitive type.  But I can see why he might not have said anything speedy.

23:35:44

loader_62: Why’s that?

23:37:17

spideyeyes:  Sometimes we just don’t want to tell people things.  Anyway, what’d he of said?  “Hey guys, I’m 2dreamer, a balding baby boomer, and by the way I’m in a wheelchair?”  A little mystery is a good thing.  Did you know that his real name isn’t dreamer loader?  Is loader your real name loader?

23:39:48

loader_62: Ok, spidey, you’re having too much fun.  I think it is interesting to know you’re in a chair there, dreamer.  A little personal note to add to our profiles of you.  Funny you say that, though spidey, because I don’t picture dreamer as balding.  Maybe short and chubby, but definitely with a full head of black hair.

23:42:32

speedlick: Baby boomer?  C’mon spidey you’re way off.  He’s definitely not in his 60’s!

23:44:14

2dreamer: Don’t forget the big Elvis chops and the hair lip.

23:45:26

speedlick: Okay, what else?  What do you guys think about skin color?

23:46:19

spideyeyes: Latino.  I bet you used to be an amazing salsa dancer.

23:46:51

loader_62: No way you guys.  He’s black.  I’d put money on it.  Denzel on wheels.

23:48:33

speedlick: You’re all wrong.  He’s definitely a red blooded Caucasian male.  Trailer trash.  Kid Rock, wife beaters, beer stains, big belt buckles.

23:49:08

spideyeyes: He? Male?  You sure?

23:50:11

loader_62:            I think so.  If he isn’t now, he definitely used to be one.

23:51:39

speedlick: Yes.  dreamer definitely has a penis.

23:53:22

loader_62: At least you want him to, eh speedy?  Actually,  I think you’re right on this one.

23:54:19

speedlick: So shoot man, that must mean you can’t “do it” any more?

23:55:11

2dreamer: It’s funny how that’s always one of the first questions I get asked.  Can you still have sex?

23:56:06

speedlick: Well, can you?  C’mon man, you can tell me.

23:57:21

spideyeyes: Speedy, you’re sick man, you’re really sick.  Leave the guy alone.

23: 58:16

speedlick: What?  It’s a totally relevant question.

23:59:02

2dreamer: No worries spidey.  All I’m going to say is what doctors say.  Any muscle that isn’t worked will atrophy.  Do you think I’d let it atrophy?

24:00:17

speedlick: Would anyone?  See, I told you spidey!

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Mephibosheth by Andrew Kooman
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