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I really hope I can do this. It may be the first literary accomplishment I can actually be proud of.
It's basically a fleshed out version of a weird/dumb idea I had when I was 15. The backstory is that it takes place in a sort of alternate dimension that exists beside our world, and while we can't see or interact with its inhabitants, they can see and interact with us to an extent. They were created by this alien (named Mark) who was stranded on Earth long, long ago and got bored. He created these other people to monitor the brains of the developing hominids (eventually just Homo sapiens), and they kind of evolved culturally alongside normal humans. I don't know...I'm not good at condensing these explanations. Anyways, the other people are called Spectricks while we're called Tangicks. The whole brain-monitoring thing is called mind-hopping, which occurs while Tangicks are asleep, and while Spectricks don't HAVE to mind-hop, they're naturally inclined to. Some mind-hop and have part-time jobs to pay for luxuries, but it's not necessary to have a job at all, since Spectricks can subsist without food or water, and are given shelter by Mark. Also, Spectricks don't die, but rather they can go through a rebirthing process which they call...Rebirth (their memory gets erased, their appearance slightly altered, blah blah blah frickity blah).
Anyways, the actual story's about this Spectrick named Jeremy Fendel. He's an ex-comedian with a hat fetish and lots of friends from touring around the world. And stuff and stuff and stuff. He used to mind-hop but then something happened and he became depressed because of it, but he got better. He got a job at a candy store, but he feels unfulfilled and wants to try mind-hopping again, but unfortunately he ends up falling in love with his Tangick this time. Not good. It's told in the first person, and I'm having fun with it. I love how after a while, the story almost writes itself.
I used the eLouai Candybar Doll Maker to have a visual representation of my characters. These are most of the characters, and the information that I've revealed about them so far.
Jeremy. Main character. 132 years old. Usually wears his precious top hat, but I could only find a fedora, which is fine too. He dresses fancy on top, casual on the bottom. First works as a candy shop employee, then as a bus driver.
Larax. Jeremy's best friend of many years. Teaches Spectrick Introductory classes and a few specialized classes on the history of entertainment and comedy in both the Tangick and the Spectrick world. Can't stay still unless he's asleep (which he is...a lot) or singing.
Aaron. Good friend of Jeremy. Full time mind-hopper. Lives in a treehouse. Has a crush on Chad.
Chad. British actor. Met Jeremy in London while he was on tour, but lost contact with him. After 8 years, they were recently reunited.
Alyssa. Not yet featured in the story. Teacher. Unable to return Jeremy's love.
Trekker. Approx. 1 year old. Still in Introductory classes. Very shy, especially around Jeremy.
Short, meaningless excerpt:
I drunkenly got up and put my arm around one of the dressed up Dully’s mannequins and began proclaiming my love for Bavarian cheese and other random subjects, even though I’d never met said mannequin before. “You know…..you know what I like about coffee tables??? First of all, firstly, they’re RARELY rude to company. Secondly, they KNOW how to peel a banana correctly, UNLIKE SOME PEOPLE,” I eyed Aaron and Becky angrily, making them erupt into fits of giggles. “Finalastly, they never jump on top of you, yelling loud enough for the neighbors to hear that they’ve finally conquered the great Mt. Jeremy.”
The mannequin stared straight ahead which, in my inebriated state, made me quite frustrated.
“FINE. You know what, I don’t even WANT to talk to you. I wish there was a coffee table here…it’d listen to my problems.”