Seven Parts: I. How About a Smaller Weapon; II. That Intermittent Rewards Thing; III. The Badness of the Aftermath of Badness; IV. How About Some Women in a Cave; V. A Spy from the Man Tribe; VI. How About some Men in a Boat; VII. Evil Men-Like Creatures in Caves.
Seven characters in search of a story: Art, Bert, Cris, Dave, Eddie, Frankie, Greta. Plus one guy who texts through Part I and departs in Part II, and one totally absent character: Mikey, who may or may not be bringing lunch.
Around a table. Talking. Cross-talking. Talking over. They’ve been at this awhile. They’re getting hungry.
Part I: How About a Smaller Weapon?
Art: We can’t have a kid killing his mother with a machine gun.
Bert: OK. How about a smaller weapon?
Cris: I don’t think the weapon is what’s bothering him.
Bert: What? The mother part bugs you?
Dave: How about somebody else’s mother?
Eddie: Or an evil step-parent?
Frankie: An evil supernatural step-parent.
Eddie: Or maybe another relative? An evil supernatural cousin.
Frankie: Or an evil supernatural twin.
Greta: Or an accident?
Bert: Accidental killing. Dogs him around, makes him do things. Drinking, smoking, compensating.
Art: Nothing involving a machine gun is accidental.
Cris: Increasingly desperate and fucked-up compensating.
Eddie: Oooh. Same flashbacks over and over.
Greta: And over… What? I didn’t really say anything, I’m just writing down whatever you guys say.
Dave: What if flashbacks changed in slightly different ways until they became the story and the present ceased to exist because it was in the future?
Greta: Are you high? Continue reading