A Conversation with a Character
A character sits on a chair. She swings her legs back and forth, scuffing the tips of her sneakers on the floor. They squeak like Styrofoam, and I wince. I hate that sound.
"Are you planning to sit there all day?" I ask her.
"Could be," she says. She sticks a lollipop in her mouth. I have no idea where she got the lollipop. "Are you planning to write my story yet?"
"Could be," I say. "Have you developed a personality?"
"Ouch," I say. "Harsh."
She shrugs and looks around my writing room. "This place is a wreck. You should clean it. And your books are not alphabetized."
I look at her suspiciously. "You want me to write, don't you?"
"I want you to write MY story. Not that." She pokes the lollipop at my computer screen.
"But I don't know your story yet," I say.
"That's because you haven't written it yet."
I can't argue with that logic.
She offers me the lollipop. It has some cat fur stuck to it, but it's green apple flavor. So I take it, stick it in my mouth, and start typing.
When I look back, the character's hair has turned brown, and she has antlers. She says her name is Annie...