OK, so check this out! Know who got to pick the prompt this week? THIS KID!
Hell yeah, I’m a suck up! But whadda I care, as long as I walk outta here with my 4.0, BITCHES!!!
So anywho, I’m pretty sure that we all knew I would go with either Lewis or Adams. And, as the prompt had to be the fourth line from page 144, Adams eventually won (sorry Clive, but every single one of your books seemed to have a real suck line, prompt-wise, at this exact location.)
All that verbal cacophony aside, and with the somewhat insane task of placing the prompt sentence somewhere within the 4th line position only (4, 8, 12, etc., etc.), here is my response to this week’s Master Class 2013, as pulled from Douglas Adams’ piece of genius “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.”
Please let me know if you like it!
As he normally did, Leonard walked into the room, unannounced and unnoticed.
The children were busily sucking off the teat of the flat screen, slowly turning bloated and blue from the poison of mediocrity and “lowest common denominator,” while the tube of boob slowly drained their life force. Similarly, Leonard’s wife sat ignoring him, giving all her attention instead to a smaller screen, held by one hand and stroked lovingly by the other. She gave this device the sort of attention that would have had a boy on the cusp of manhood running home in order to change his soiled trousers. Saddened by seeing his world in such an alien state – one that, had he actually been paying attention, would have realized had been corroding like this for years – Leonard walked over slowly to the wall. Limply at first, followed by a more forceful attempt, he pulled the hard plastic plug of the television from the socket, causing the children to almost fall to their faces, as if the very light from the screen had been a physical thing that they’d been leaning on up till then.
As was normally the case, it was only when he pulled stunts such as this, that his wife seemingly remembered they shared the same house, space and life, and immediately thrust the entirety of her personality into exploding her reign of anger upon him, screeching, “Now what in the fuck did ya that for? Ain’t you got no common sense, love? Ya stupid fucker, plug it back in!” Leonard knew the attack was coming, but it still hit him like a brick when it did. The only solace was his amusement over her continued use of the word “love.” It was a habit started when they first met and she meant it, but now just a disconcerting reminder to him of what once was. The fact that at times she would call him this, all while cursing the very flesh used to make him, caused him to giggle uncomfortably inside.
The children also knew the attack was coming, and as such simply stayed put until the venom and spit had flown. Once they knew the coast was clear however, they too joined in with their mother hen, verbally pecking at Leonard’s soul with insults and complaints.
Gathering what little self-worth was left, Leonard stiffened as he meekly chirped aloud, “Now listen lovelies, we can’t keep livin’ on like this, as livin’ on like this ain’t very much like livin’ at all.” But even before the words had finished dribbling forth, he saw the steely gaze from his wife, and realized his mistake – he should have kept his mouth shut, stayed in the background, hidden.
“Plug. It. Back. IN!!!!!”
Things had been much better when he had been hidden.
“PLUG IT! BACK IN!!!!”
The tone in her voice alerted Leonard to the idea that the words she growled no longer meant what you would normally think they did. No, this time “plug it back in” could have been read more accurately along the lines of simply, “die, you turd.” It was a common enough phrase for Leonard to hear from her as well, just one normally stated with the actual words being used to express the idea.
Slowly looking about the room, Leonard realized his error. His life was no longer his own. He had been beaten out by technology and – again had he been paying attention – his own indifference. His wife had taken to her, her phone as a lover. His children had left his lap, for that of the flat screen’s. And he, well, he had allowed it all to pass while apparently off in some cloud of his own.
Defeated, Leonard fumbled about as he plugged the television back in, thrusting the hard plastic plug once more into the electric vagina that had become the life source for his kin. Shortly thereafter, the children returned to their previous state, one that even a zombie would see as unbecoming. And his wife, after muttering one more “Ya stupid fucker,” returned absent-mindedly to the task of jacking off her handheld lover.
And, as he normally did, Leonard walked out the room, unannounced and unnoticed.
Much to my surprise, today’s track was actually posted on Youtube by my friend and former DJ for Buffalo NY’s “premier” Punk Rock club, The Continental… enjoy!
Leonard walked out the room, unannounced and unnoticed. And as he stepped out of that place a simple thought landed safely in his mind: the real life was out there, waiting for him.
Nice Ela! Perfect way to turn my story’s frown upside down!
I liked everything about this, the nuance, the rhythm of it. I even liked the tension he stirred.
sometimes you need more than a breeze to shake you, sometimes it has to storm. I like Ela’s ending, he should walk away knowing there is “more”
If Leonard comes back at some point in a future post, I guess we can see if his epiphany had a lasting affect or not – cool?
Poor guy. I especially liked:
“…while cursing the very flesh used to make him, caused him to giggle uncomfortably inside.”
Thanks! I hoped it came out as uncomfortably as I had intended.
Interesting piece. I think we all have days where we feel like Leonard, though hopefully not with the abuse.
True, and sadly I did draw somewhat upon the experience of a person that I used to know, as a template for Leonard’s dilemma.
Thank you Nelle, I really appreciate your constant support =)
Man…it is a tightrope walk, every day. We all love our media here, and it’s great, but you have to watch for when it tips into zombie eyes apathy. Too often, sometimes. This actually hit pretty close to home in regards to my kid, so I think I’m gonna go make him turn off the Xbox ;)
Right? My kids xBox just broke, and as only they and the ex play that muscle-softening mind-numbing device, the ex can buy the next one!
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