Monday, July 30, 2007

Entry #35

Miss James
by Canterbury Soul


I have nothing much to say, Peter. I mean, how wonderful could my life be when I was named after a comic character?

You see, my man of old back in Webster was a big fan of this superheroine that has the ability to fly and create auras of different colours with power. I mean, come on, what kind of a weird character is that? And just because I was born a female, he gave me that stupid name, Halo.

Halo? I mean, “HELLO?” How many people had actually heard of this comic character? Nine and a half out of ten people associated my name with this bright circle round the heads of some holy bastards. What did I get?

“Hey! Look at that chick with prick, HALO JESSE JAMES!”

Now I can laugh with you, Peter. But I wasn’t laughing then. I mean, look at my name! A freakish superheroine and a fucking male outlaw combined. Can you blame me for having this little gender identity crisis?

Yes, I was wrong to check her boobs. I mean, I myself had none even when I reached 21, so I asked her if I could see what I had been missing. It was my first time for Pete’s sake (not you). Should he be so mean to me? Was it necessary for him to drag me into the woods and shoot me?

Enough! Don’t wanna cry. Can you open the gates now, Peter? I’d like to see how God looks like.

13 comments:

Jaye Wells said...

This character has a great voice and I love the humor. Wonderful twist at the end.

Katherine Napier said...

This is a great job of giving a complete sense of him through his own speech, right down to the use of "how" instead of "what". Thanks for sharing a good capture.

SzélsőFa said...

I'm not sure I understood it, but it nicely portrays a cynical and bitter, angry man (?).

Victor J. Banis said...

Okay, I'll admit I got a bit muddled, but the writing is fun, and I like the ending.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Brilliant bit of satirical writing, CS - loved it!

Marie said...

Really good. Enjoyed the humour and loved the twist.

angel said...

mwaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahaaaa, very cool, nice li'l twist!

JLB said...

Love the final revelation of Peter - no pun intended. :)

andrea peck said...

Wow, this is really creative. I don't think it is a bad thing that I had to read it more than once to figure it out.

c.s. said...

thank you all for your kind remarks! will do better the next time. :)

Victor J. Banis said...

Congratulations on your win - nice story. Can I offer a teeny bit of advice. As a writer, you want to do everything you can to establish name recognition - Canterbury Soul is cute, but too coy. If you don't want to use your real name, make one up. Just a suggestion.

jason evans said...

I really liked this idea. Tremendously original. The character's voice came through strongly.

High marks!

Congratulations on the Honorable Mention! Very well deserved.

c.s. said...

thank you, Victor! a pseudonym...hmm...sounds fun to have one. i'll think about it. thanks!

thank you, Jason, once again! Hats off to you for all the work put in to run a competition like that.