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Ludlum'sDaughter14 10-17-2017 05:45 PM

Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
We've had some discussions similar to this idea, but I ran across a picture on my computer with this question, and I thought it could generate some new and interesting, or at least entertaining, conversations. :D

"If you could spend the day with a fictional character, who would you choose?"

Parameters for answering this question:

1. This can be a character that Dirk has played OR another character in a show/movie that Dirk was in.

2. To make this different than other threads, answer the question as if you have a non-romantic relationship with this character. Platonic friendships are good, yo. :cool:

3. Describe the setting: would this character be entering your world and daily life, or would you be entering his? Or would you meet up somewhere entirely new to both of you? Feel free to imagine more than one scenario if you want to.

4. Share why this day would be awesome. Would it be because of the character's personality, or the adventures you would have together? How would you decide what you both would do? Would you draw each other out of your comfort zone? How would the day begin? How would it end? Would you talk or write at all afterwards, or would you part ways with nothing but good memories at the end of the day? You can answer any, all, or none of these questions.


Take it away, y'all.

LittleMonkeyDog 10-18-2017 01:25 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
I love a challenge, but this proves to be harder than I imagined :p
So I'll need some more time to come up with something.

Flygirl 10-21-2017 07:00 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
I have to go with Murdock on this one... big surprise, huh?! ;)

So, we'd spend the day flying to different tiny airports in little po-dunk (is that how you spell that?) towns and we'd cause all sorts of shenanigans together.

I have to write more later. I can see this being a long story. :D

Ludlum'sDaughter14 10-21-2017 09:30 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
You guys are really enjoying keeping me in suspense, huh? :D I'm looking forward to seeing what you all come up with. And a day with Murdock sounds like a winner anytime. :cool:

Vballspieler 10-21-2017 10:53 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ludlum'sDaughter14 (Post 27050)
We've had some discussions similar to this idea, but I ran across a picture on my computer with this question, and I thought it could generate some new and interesting, or at least entertaining, conversations. :D

"If you could spend the day with a fictional character, who would you choose?"

Parameters for answering this question:

1. This can be a character that Dirk has played OR another character in a show/movie that Dirk was in.

2. To make this different than other threads, answer the question as if you have a non-romantic relationship with this character. Platonic friendships are good, yo. :cool:

3. Describe the setting: would this character be entering your world and daily life, or would you be entering his? Or would you meet up somewhere entirely new to both of you? Feel free to imagine more than one scenario if you want to.

4. Share why this day would be awesome. Would it be because of the character's personality, or the adventures you would have together? How would you decide what you both would do? Would you draw each other out of your comfort zone? How would the day begin? How would it end? Would you talk or write at all afterwards, or would you part ways with nothing but good memories at the end of the day? You can answer any, all, or none of these questions.


Take it away, y'all.

1. I have some ideas, but i'll come back to this one...

2. Before I answer this, I have to say that I see some Bahston in your writing...

3. The character would be entering my world.

4. Any or none of these. Ok. The day would begin with the sun rising in the east. We would meet, complete our project, and finish the day on the deck with the sun setting in the west. All the other stuff would depend on our moods.

;)

Ludlum'sDaughter14 10-22-2017 06:15 AM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Vballspieler (Post 27071)
1. I have some ideas, but i'll come back to this one...

2. Before I answer this, I have to say that I see some Bahston in your writing...

3. The character would be entering my world.

4. Any or none of these. Ok. The day would begin with the sun rising in the east. We would meet, complete our project, and finish the day on the deck with the sun setting in the west. All the other stuff would depend on our moods.

;)

You're just taunting me now. :p :))

Vballspieler 10-22-2017 10:18 AM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ludlum'sDaughter14 (Post 27072)
You're just taunting me now. :p :))

Not intentionally. A bonus.

This is my second time answering the question.....the internet just doesn't like me.

Vballspieler 10-22-2017 10:35 AM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
UPDATED:

1. I have some ideas, but i'll come back to this one...

I would have to say a character like Jake appeals to me. I believe he is the same personality type, but not sure if that is good or bad.

2. Before I answer this, I have to say that I see some Bahston in your writing...
Friendships are very important. Romantic or non-romantic - you should at least be friendly to each other.

3. The character would be entering my world.
As I am most comfortable at work and am there quite often, this would be the connection. I chose a profession that I love and am good at.

4. Any or none of these. Ok. The day would begin with the sun rising in the east. We would meet, complete our project, and finish the day on the deck with the sun setting in the west. All the other stuff would depend on our moods.
As I am an introvert and love kids, my most pleasant adventures would be simple ones. An outing together, playing games, helping with homework, domestic chores....all can be fun and relaxing. Winding down the day with a drink and watching the sunset seems just about perfect to me. Calm, peaceful, and relaxing.

;)

Ludlum'sDaughter14 10-22-2017 11:44 AM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Vballspieler (Post 27074)
UPDATED:

1. I have some ideas, but i'll come back to this one...

I would have to say a character like Jake appeals to me. I believe he is the same personality type, but not sure if that is good or bad.

2. Before I answer this, I have to say that I see some Bahston in your writing...
Friendships are very important. Romantic or non-romantic - you should at least be friendly to each other.

3. The character would be entering my world.
As I am most comfortable at work and am there quite often, this would be the connection. I chose a profession that I love and am good at.

4. Any or none of these. Ok. The day would begin with the sun rising in the east. We would meet, complete our project, and finish the day on the deck with the sun setting in the west. All the other stuff would depend on our moods.
As I am an introvert and love kids, my most pleasant adventures would be simple ones. An outing together, playing games, helping with homework, domestic chores....all can be fun and relaxing. Winding down the day with a drink and watching the sunset seems just about perfect to me. Calm, peaceful, and relaxing.

;)

Finally, a straight answer. :))

I can see a day with Jake being a very pleasant one. If I'm reading this right, it sounds like you're envisioning maybe working on a house project or financial paperwork together and then spending time hanging out afterwards. And preteen kids are just getting to the age when you can hold more involved conversations and do really fun activities with them, outside or inside.

I think having the same personality type would be an asset in your friendship - this semester I've been getting to know a couple classmates who are the same type as I am, and we all get along really well and have great conversations. Usually people of the same type who are both mature thinkers will understand each other better because of the similarities, but they will also appreciate the different experiences and approaches to life that make the other person unique. So I think you and Jake would have a good time together. And a relaxing (non-romantic ;)) sunset on the deck sounds like the perfect end to the day. :)

Ludlum'sDaughter14 10-22-2017 11:48 AM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by LittleMonkeyDog (Post 27059)
I love a challenge, but this proves to be harder than I imagined :p
So I'll need some more time to come up with something.

If I gave you a week with a different character each day, would that make it easier or harder? ;) >:)

LittleMonkeyDog 10-22-2017 03:13 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ludlum'sDaughter14 (Post 27076)
If I gave you a week with a different character each day, would that make it easier or harder? ;) >:)

Nice !!! I really like this challenge. A lot. Not sure if it would make things easier or harder ... but I'm so willing to try this :p
Let's do this :D

Vballspieler 10-22-2017 10:03 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ludlum'sDaughter14 (Post 27076)
If I gave you a week with a different character each day, would that make it easier or harder? ;) >:)

Upon further review, I'm game, too.

Michele Ann 10-23-2017 03:53 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ludlum'sDaughter14 (Post 27076)
If I gave you a week with a different character each day, would that make it easier or harder? ;) >:)


One week, yes

Ludlum'sDaughter14 10-23-2017 07:22 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by LittleMonkeyDog (Post 27077)
Nice !!! I really like this challenge. A lot. Not sure if it would make things easier or harder ... but I'm so willing to try this :p
Let's do this :D

Okay, so this was originally meant as a joke to see what kind of reaction I could get from LMD's crazy side, but obviously, LMD, your reaction was even better than anticipated. ;) Due to the collective enthusiasm, I think we should officially open up this new challenge. :)

So...

7 days.

7 characters.

7 non-romantic stories to tell.

In the words of my dear friend and colleague Mr. Holmes, "The game is afoot."

Ludlum'sDaughter14 10-23-2017 08:06 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Here's a non-exhaustive list of credits if you need ideas. Remember, this character could be *anyone* from a movie or show that Dirk has been in, not just the character he himself played. And you can pick multiple characters from the same movie/show if you so desire, especially since you won't be, ahem, getting close to them. ;)


Georgia, Georgia
Sssssss
Chopper One
W
Battlestar Galactica
Scavenger Hunt
Ruckus
The Georgia Peaches
Underground Aces
Mark of the Devil
Body Slam
The A-Team
Trenchcoat in Paradise
Blue Tornado
Official Denial
The Feminine Touch
Alaska
Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Goldene Zeiten
Earthstorm
Recon 7 Down

Vballspieler 10-24-2017 01:24 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ludlum'sDaughter14 (Post 27081)
Here's a non-exhaustive list of credits if you need ideas. Remember, this character could be *anyone* from a movie or show that Dirk has been in, not just the character he himself played. And you can pick multiple characters from the same movie/show if you so desire, especially since you won't be, ahem, getting close to them. ;)


Georgia, Georgia
Sssssss
Chopper One
W
Battlestar Galactica
Scavenger Hunt
Ruckus
The Georgia Peaches
Underground Aces
Mark of the Devil
Body Slam
The A-Team
Trenchcoat in Paradise
Blue Tornado
Official Denial
The Feminine Touch
Alaska
Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Goldene Zeiten
Earthstorm
Recon 7 Down

What about guest appearances? Can we use those characters, too?

Ludlum'sDaughter14 10-24-2017 03:06 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Vballspieler (Post 27082)
What about guest appearances? Can we use those characters, too?

If you want to :)

LittleMonkeyDog 10-26-2017 01:47 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Okay. Ready. Set. Here we go.

Day 1 - character 1:
My fictional character = Lieutenant Starbuck of Blue Squadron
My friends and I were all Cadets at the Flight Academy on board of the Galactica. We had studied very hard for the past couple of years and had all made the choice to become Viper pilots. We were extra motivated to start this week, since we would get training from the very best pilots on board of the fleet. They were all part of Blue Squadron and off course we all knew who they were: Captain Apollo, Lieutenant Boomer and Lieutenant Starbuck.
We started our training with some theoretical sessions from the three pilots. While my friends couldn’t stop swooning over their good looks, I kept focusing on what they were actually trying to teach us. They were all very experienced pilots and I was eager to learn from the very best. So I listened intently and asked as much questions as I possibly could.
After the theoretical part of the day, there was a small break. My friends were still busy talking about the guys and giggling like school girls. I started to feel the odd one out and started to wonder why my friends wanted to become pilots in the first place. Were they just looking for excuses to get close to these guys? Was I the only one who really wanted to learn how to fly and was stoked to be taught by the best pilots of the entire fleet?
“Are you already daydreaming about what it’s like to fly a Viper?”
I was startled and didn’t realize I had indeed been daydreaming. My giggling friends had all left me standing in the middle of the room to get something to drink and I hadn’t noticed that Starbuck came up to talk to me. I turned a shade of red and felt completely embarrassed.
“Oh, I’m sorry,” he said. “I didn’t want you to feel uncomfortable. I just wanted to tell you that I admire your dedication to become a pilot. You’ve been very focused before and asked just the right questions. You kind of reminded me of myself when I was about your age.”
Somehow I started to relax as he talked to me and I told him just how badly I really wanted to become a pilot. We had a very nice talk, but I could see my friends getting slightly jealous that I was talking to Starbuck. I had heard all about his flirty reputation before, but I also knew he was dating Cassiopeia, one of our medtechs. I always thought they looked very cute together as a couple and so I wasn’t about to start flirting with Starbuck. Instead, I found it very nice to be able to just talk to him about flying. We ended up talking all through the break.
The second part of our training was virtually learning how to fly by using a computer program. Basically we had to use the knowledge we just learned that very morning. Since my friends had been doing nothing but pay attention, they ended up failing their first flying tests while I succeeded.
“You’re acing these tests,” Starbuck said. “I was right from the start. You are truly meant to become a pilot. Apollo and Boomer both agree with me. You’ll go far. You might even make it to Blue Squadron very soon.”
I thanked him for the lovely compliment and said I would be eager to learn how to fly from the very best. He mentioned that I would be rewarded for my hard work and said he would be honored to teach me some more flying techniques.
By the afternoon, we were divided into small groups. Some groups got more theory at first and my friends were all send to that group. Some groups were doing more virtual training, but I was allowed to really fly my very first time in a Viper. Only three students were allowed to do this and we all got our personal instructor. My instructor was Starbuck and so I got to spend a fantastic afternoon learning all sorts of techniques and tricks from him. I was super excited to be able to fly by myself while he shared his experience as a pilot with me. This was by far the best part of my training. As we finally headed back to the Galactica, I was dead tired but very grateful. We became great friends ever since that day and Starbuck has been guiding me as a pilot ever since.

Ludlum'sDaughter14 10-26-2017 06:23 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Love it, LMD! A detailed story with realistic interactions that lead to a good friendship by the end. Starbuck would be my first choice too. ;) Very nice :D

Vballspieler 10-26-2017 10:23 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Day 1: Character 1: Kyle Hanson.

As the sun was rising in the east, I woke up in my bed and got dressed for my job at the office. It was to be a normal day. Normal accounting tasks to keep me busy. On my way to lunch, I bumped into a guy walking to the nearest diner. It turns out his name was Kyle.
As we were waiting in line to be seated at the diner, I asked him what brought him into town. He was really quiet and responded with a shrug. The hostess came over to us and said that she only had one table available and asked if we would mind sharing. Seeing no objections from either of us, she led us over to the table to have lunch together. This was beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Here’s one of our adventures together…

One weekend, we decided to go camping. As Kyle preferred the outdoors, it seemed the most sensible solution. We started the weekend by cooking fish over the campfire and drinking a beer. We sat in silence, enjoying the sounds of nature. As the sun was setting and the temperature began to cool off, we decided to settle in our sleeping bags and get some sleep.
The next morning, we rose to a clear blue sky and warming temps. We decided to have some oatmeal for breakfast and then go on an adventure hiking through the woods. As we were about half-way down the trail, we ran into a family who was also camping. The young girl ran over to her father and hid behind his legs. She peeked out at Kyle while her father was explaining about losing their fishing poles in the river. Kyle walked over to a tree, pulled out his knife, and fashioned a spear. Then he went to the river to go fishing. The father joined him and together they spear-headed two fish. The mother and I cleaned the fish for supper and cooked them over their campfire. The three of them were very hungry and devoured the fish.
When we were cleaning up, I noticed some marshmallows and asked the young girl if she had ever toasted a marshmallow before. She shook her head no. I found two forks with the kitchen utensils and brought them over to the fire along with the bag of marshmallows. I showed the young girl how to put a marshmallow on the fork and hold it just right over the fire to get the marshmallow nice and gooey, and just a bit toasted. She pulled the marshmallow off and put it in her mouth. Her cheeks puffed out like a chipmunk and she giggled as she ate the marshmallow.
Once the marshmallow was gone, she walked over to Kyle and asked him to tell her a story. He looked at her for a couple of minutes and then finally nodded his head. She climbed up on his lap and laid her head on his chest. He looked uncomfortable for a moment, and then began to rub her back in a soothing motion.
He said that a couple of years ago he met the A-team while he was in a town in South Dakota. They helped him out of a jam. He asked the young girl if she had ever heard of the A-team. She said, “yes, Murdock is my favorite. He’s so goofy.” As Kyle told her more details from his encounter, her eyes drifted close. Soon she was fast asleep. He carried her over to the family’s tent and laid her inside. Then he came back to the fire and joined the rest of the adults who were having a drink. After finishing the drink, we hiked back to our campsite. It was a relief to finally be able to lay down and relax as we both drifted off to sleep.
The next day, Kyle woke up at the crack of dawn. He packed up some of our supplies and waited for me to awaken. Then we hiked back over to the other family to share our stuff. The young girl was sitting next to her mother. She smiled and waved at Kyle when she saw him walking towards her. Since it was almost noon, we prepared a feast with the combination of supplies. There was lots of laughter as we ate and got to know each other better. In the early afternoon, Kyle said we needed to get going and plucked a dandelion from the ground to give to the young girl. He gave her a hug as he said goodbye and we headed back to our campsite. It was time to pack up and head to our individual homes. It was a great weekend. I couldn’t believe it was over already!

Ludlum'sDaughter14 10-26-2017 10:34 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Awesome, VBS! I know you say you're not a writer, but this is really good. Kyle is strong and silent with a soft side, and you portrayed that well. I'm jealous that you got to go camping with him. ;)

LittleMonkeyDog 10-27-2017 12:19 AM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ludlum'sDaughter14 (Post 27103)
Awesome, VBS! I know you say you're not a writer, but this is really good. Kyle is strong and silent with a soft side, and you portrayed that well. I'm jealous that you got to go camping with him. ;)

She (VBS) does say that, but I have to disagree. I love this story! So heart warming. Can't wait to read her second one.

LittleMonkeyDog 10-27-2017 12:22 AM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ludlum'sDaughter14 (Post 27100)
Love it, LMD! A detailed story with realistic interactions that lead to a good friendship by the end. Starbuck would be my first choice too. ;) Very nice :D

Thanks :)

Vballspieler 10-27-2017 11:27 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Day 2 – Story 2: Inspired by Starbuck

Once upon a time, there were two people who walked into the accounting office aboard the Battlestar Galactica. Only a few privileged people knew exactly where the office was. It was kept confidential for safety reasons. They were discussing the situation their best friend had gotten himself into.
Apollo walked over to my desk and said “Hi. I was hoping you could do us a favor. Starbuck is being held for non-payment of his debts by the owner of the chancery on the Rising Star.” I replied, “I heard, Apollo, but I don’t know what you expect me to do about it. You know that Starbuck likes to gamble.” Cassiopeia looked at Apollo, then at me, and said “We know. He’s Starbuck. But we just can’t leave him there! Can’t we work something out?” I thought about it for a few moments and then said, “give me two hours and then I will meet you at the shuttle launch. I have an idea that might work.” Cassiopeia smiled and said, “I knew coming here was a good idea.” Apollo agreed and walked out of my office with Cassiopeia.
With a short time to prepare everything, I commed the bridge and asked if I could have an audience with Commander Adama. He agreed that we would meet in his chambers in one centar. I got busy preparing the documents I would need for my meeting. I turned to my computer and began typing.
Fifty centons later, I was on my way to Commander Adama’s quarters. I had a folder with all of my documents. I knocked on his door and was granted access. Adama looked at me and said, “I hear we have a situation. What has Starbuck done and how do you propose to solve his dilemma?” I laid out my paperwork and explained my idea. He agreed and signed where I indicated on one of the forms. Then he looked at me and commented, “I hope the owner of the chancery on the Rising Star has agreed to this plan.” I grinned and said “he will. I’m sure of it.” I looked at my watch and excused myself from Adama’s quarters. It was time to meet Apollo and Cassie for the shuttle.
When I got to the launch area, sure enough, there was Apollo pacing. Cassie was sitting quietly on the bench, encouraging Apollo to calm down. “Starbuck’s been in worse situations. You’re his friend. You watched him get himself into impossible situations. He always survives. Why should this time be any different?”
I walked through the doorway and greeted them, “Is our shuttle on time?” “Yes,” said Apollo, “the next shuttle to the Rising Star is on time. It will be here any centon.” He was right. The shuttle docked, and we were free to board within five centons. We got clearance to launch, so we buckled up and enjoyed our trip over to the Rising Star. Apollo looked at me and asked if I could share the details of my plan. “Soon,” I said. “Really soon.”
Once we docked at the Rising Star, all three of us got off. We made our way to the bar. “Wait here,” I instructed. “I’ll be back in a centon.” Apollo and Cassiopeia looked at each other and sat down at the bar. “We might as well enjoy a drink,” Cassie said. “This could take a while.”
Some time passed before I returned. I was successful. The owner had agreed to my plan. Now to get Starbuck on board. “Ok. All set here. Off to the prison barge we go,” I remarked as I walked up to them.
Once we boarded the next shuttle, Cassiopeia sat next to me and insisted I tell her my plan. “Don’t worry, Cassiopeia. This won’t hurt him… much.”
Starbuck looked up from his bunk when the Apollo and Cassiopeia walked in. “Hi, guys. Just hanging around. How about you?” Cassie sighed and said “Starbuck. You could at least sound like you care about missing your patrol.” “Oh, I do. I really do care.” Starbuck replied. “Hi, Apollo. Miss me?” he said with a mischievous grin. “I know Boomer loved the extra duty while I was slaving away here.” Apollo glared at him. “We brought someone to help you,” Apollo said as he and Cassie parted. “Guten Tag,” I said to Starbuck. “It’s good to finally meet you.” He stared at me for a centon and then asked, “how can you help me?”
“Well”, I said, “you have a problem and I have a solution.” I looked at Cassiopeia and Apollo and asked them to give us a minute. They left the room, closing the door behind them. Starbuck walked over the door and gave me a quizzical look, “Yeah, watcha got?”
“It’s this simple, Starbuck. I have an agreement to garnish part of your wages to pay off your debt to the Chancery. Every time you get paid, part of your wages will go to the owner. All you have to do is sign some paperwork.” I handed him the pen and a stack of papers. “if you don’t understand any of them, just let me know.”
Starbuck took the pen and glanced through the paperwork. He looked at me. “Are you sure you have enough? The manual for my Viper is thinner.” He read through the first few papers. As he was signing the promissory note, he remarked, “I feel like I’m signing my life away.” Once he was done, he handed the paperwork and the pen back to me and said “thanks. I was getting a little restless in here. It’s just not like flying my viper.” I nodded and summoned a guard. I told him, “I have the signed agreement in my hands. I will fax a copy over to the accountant on the Rising Star and then Starbuck should be free to go.” I looked at Starbuck and said, “I’ll be right back.”
I faxed over the copy and nodded to the guard. He opened the door and Starbuck walked through. Cassie ran over to him for a hug and Apollo gripped his shoulder. As they were embracing, I snuck out the door.
The next day, Starbuck walked in to my office carrying a bouquet of flowers. He handed them to me and said, “you left before I could properly thank you yesterday.” I accepted the flowers and said “you were busy with your friends. Next time you run into trouble, you might ask for help before you end up back in the brig.” He smiled and said, “does that include you, too?” I smiled back and said “yes, of course.”
And that was the beginning of a life-long friendship……

LittleMonkeyDog 10-28-2017 02:52 AM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Wow, VBS. You're really good at this !!! What a great idea. Once again I loved it.

Ludlum'sDaughter14 10-28-2017 10:40 AM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Thoroughly enjoyed this story, VBS! For a non-writer you look suspiciously like a writer in disguise. ;) Starbuck would be lucky to have your accounting skills on his side.

LittleMonkeyDog 10-28-2017 12:58 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Ludlum'sDaughter14 (Post 27118)
Thoroughly enjoyed this story, VBS! For a non-writer you look suspiciously like a writer in disguise. ;)

Yes, she sure does.

LittleMonkeyDog 10-29-2017 03:25 PM

Re: Survey: A Day With a Fictional Character
 
Day 2 - character 2:
My fictional character = Robert Steves - Abduction of Innocence
I had set my alarm clock really early that morning, so I’d be able to talk to him. My father was a very successful business and his work often took him away from home for several days. He was always working and even when he spent time with my mom and me, it still felt as if he wasn’t there.
Mom stayed at home to take care of me and the house and I was a model student so I would get into one of the precious universities my dad wanted me to attend. Only the best were good enough. He was merely interested in my grades, but not so much in me as a person. I was sixteen and not allowed to do much of anything remotely fun like the rest of my friends. And I was about to change that!
I hurried downstairs and saw my dad sitting at the breakfast reading his newspaper. Mom was busy slaving away in the kitchen.
“You’re up early today,” mom said while emerging from the kitchen with the food.
Dad looked up from his newspaper and I quickly ran over to him to hug him.
“Hi darling,” he said. “Your mother is right. You are up very early.”
“There’s just one thing I wanted to ask you, dad.”
“Oh I see. Is it anything school related?”
“No, not really. You see, dad. There is this huge party this weekend and all of my friends will be there. Can I go too, dad? Please?”
“You know what I think about these parties and I still think you’re way too young to go.”
“Too young? Dad! I’m sixteen. How am I ever supposed to get a boyfriend if I’m not allowed to go to these parties?”
“That’s just it, sweetheart. You don’t need a boyfriend. Not now anyway.”
“But all my friends have one.”
“And you will have one as well one day. Just not now. My answer is no.”
I almost jumped up from my chair in anger making it fall down as I did. I kept yelling and screaming that I wasn’t a baby anymore and that he should stop treating me like that. He tried to argue, but I just didn’t let him. I was super angry with him, so I just kept on yelling for a bit before I stormed out of the room and up the stairs to my bedroom.
I was still mad. It was just so unfair. I deserved to have fun! So I decided right there and then that I wasn’t going to let my dad stop me from having it. I would just sneak out of the house and go to the party anyway. I started preparing everything in detail and told my friends I would be there. I was so excited.
The night of the party, I pretended to have a bad headache so I could get up to my room early without being disturbed. I started getting ready as soon as I was up in my room and waited until my parents would head up to bed. I knew with the stressful job he had, dad always went up to bed early enough and mom would follow him. I listened intently until I was sure they had gone to bed. That’s when I tiptoed out of my room and down the stairs. I put on my shoes as soon as I was into the living room and all but ran to the garage to get my bike.
I felt free as a bird and couldn’t wait to start partying with my friends, but I didn’t like to ride my bike on this deserted road out alone in the dark. I decided to just suck it up and just go as fast as I could. Suddenly, I’ve noticed car lights behind me. I was pretty sure the car would pass me by, but got alarmed somehow when it didn’t. It kept on following me at a safe distance.
The situation was starting to freak me out. I tried to take a different route and still the car kept following me. I was getting really scared by now. If only I had listened to my dad none of this would have happened. Tears were starting to fall and blurred my sight when all of a sudden the car swerved and blocked my route. I screamed on top of my lungs. I couldn’t make out much, but I heard the car door open so I assumed someone was getting out of the car. My heart was pounding by now. I heard footsteps coming closer and closer but I remained frozen. I just couldn’t move. I had no idea what to do and so I just closed my eyes.
I was pretty sure the person who had been in the car must have reached me by now, but nothing had happened. I peeked through my eyelashes only to find someone very familiar looking standing in front of me.
“Dad?”
I ran up to him and just starting hitting him on the chest with both fists while I was yelling and screaming on top of my lungs how I hated what he did to me and how scared I was. He just pulled me into this really big hug without saying so much as a word and all of my pent up emotions were released.
“I’m so sorry, dad,” I managed to utter in between sobs.
“I think you’ve learned your lesson, young lady. Next time you really want to go to a party like that, just ask me to drive you. Okay?”

Ludlum'sDaughter14 10-29-2017 05:18 PM

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Wow, I liked this one, LMD! Really cool idea to take the daughter's perspective. Now I want to watch the movie! :)

Vballspieler 10-29-2017 08:16 PM

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I really like it, too. I must see this movie sometime.

Vballspieler 10-31-2017 08:55 PM

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Updated to match the movie and added the rest of the story.

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Day 3 – Story 3: Jake Barnes

One-day Jake walked into the school for parent-teacher conferences for his two kids, Jessie and Sean. After the daring rescue his kids had done for him, he was proud of them and was certain this conference would be nothing but positive. He met with all the teachers and walked away with the feedback he was expecting. Things had turned around for him and his kids. They were relating better than ever.

When he walked into his house, he noticed that Jessie had already started supper. She was very dependable that way. Almost, too dependable, he thought, worried that she was giving up her childhood to take over his wife’s duties. She needs to get out more with her friends. I’ll have to bring it up tonight after supper.

“Hi honey, I’m home” Jake said as he walked over to the table. “This looks almost good enough to eat.”

“Dad,” Jessie whined as she walked over to take a seat at the table, “stop teasing. I just wanted to make you proud of me.”

“I am, honey, but we need to talk about that after supper. I want you to do normal teenage girl things and not stay here and take care of me and the house.”

“But mom did it. I’m just trying to help out since she’s not here to take care of us anymore.”

“Where’s Sean?” Jake suddenly asked. “Surely, he knows it’s time for supper.”

“Out with Nick. They said they were doing guy-stuff,” Jessie answered as she rolled her eyes. “They said I wouldn’t understand, and they would be back soon.” As soon as the words were out of Jessie’s mouth, the door opened, and Sean walked in. “I’ll be there soon, dad. I just need to wash up.”

The meal was pleasant, and Jake told the kids about the feedback from the parent-teacher conferences. “Just like I expected. All A’s and everyone said that you were always polite and friendly. I’m very proud of you. As a reward, I thought we could discuss an outing for each of you with one of your friends."

Sean exclaimed, “there’s a concert that I want to go to. Maybe Nick and I could go together?”

“When is it?” asked Jake.

“Friday night” replied Sean.

“I think that can be arranged. How about you, Jessie?” asked Jake as he turned her way. “Is there anything you have in mind?”

“Maybe I could go stay over by my friend Kaitlynn? Her mom invited me last week when Kaitlynn and I came back from canoeing.”

On Friday night, Jake dropped Sean and Nick off at the concert. “Ok, call me when the concert is over, and I will pick you up.” “Oh, dad, I forgot to tell you, Nick’s parents agreed to let me stay over there. They will pick us up after the concert. See you tomorrow,” Sean said as he and Nick climbed out of the vehicle.

Jake then drove Jessie over to Kaitlynn’s home. As he parked the car, Jessie said, “you don’t have to walk me to the door, dad. I’m grown up now.” She hopped out and walked up to the front door. Jake got out of the vehicle and followed his daughter up to the front door. He knocked on the door and waited until I opened it to let him in. “Hi, I’m Kaitlynn’s mom. Are you ok?” I asked when Jake just stood there. “You look a little lost. Why don’t you come in and have a drink? The girls are down in Kaitlynn’s room, probably talking about boys and checking out the DVD collection.”

I led him to the counter between the kitchen and dining room, offered him a stool, and grabbed two bottles of water from the fridge. As I set a bottle of water in front of him, I remarked “it’s not easy, is it? She’s growing up. Both of your kids are. Teenagers already…” He looked at me and sighed, “yeah, they are. I thought it would be easier if their mom was alive, but…” Jake said as he shrugged his shoulders and opened up the bottle of water.
I opened my own bottle and sat down next to him. “One day at a time. That’s all you can do…. And find a friend to share your fears with…or drown your sorrows together. It’s how we all deal with teenagers,” I said with a light laugh. Then we toasted with our bottles and drank thirstily….

LittleMonkeyDog 11-02-2017 05:48 PM

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What a great ending to the story! Yes, it is nice to share your sorrows, hopes and worries about your kids with other parents :)

LittleMonkeyDog 11-02-2017 05:50 PM

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Day 3 - Character 3:
My fictional character = Col. Alex Long (Blue Tornado)

My fictional character = Col. Alex Long (Blue Tornado)
Being in my final year, I had to come up with a subject for my thesis. Since I had always been interested in alien encounters, I knew I wanted to write about that subject. I had already done lots of research about the subject and spend numerous hours on end in the library doing extensive research. I found lots of theories and speculations, but I also really wanted to get in touch with someone who had a real-life experience. Looking for reliable sources was the hardest part and I was starting to get restless. I decided to talk to my professor about it.
I told him all about my theories and research and how I had tried to find a reliable witness of some sort, but failed miserably. He was impressed by the work I had done. He told me he once had a student, Isabella, who had been just like me. She was very eager to prove that alien encounters were indeed possible and she had also done an extensive research on the matter. While doing research in the library, she met an F16 pilot called Colonel Alex Long. My professor explained how he had had a weird experience with bright lights while on a mission with his best friend. The both of them had been blinded by these odd lights and his friend had crashed. Alex had barely survived and was determined to find out what had happened. My professor told me that the two of them were currently living together at the nearby military base and that he was willing to ask Isabella whether she would help me.
I was super excited. Isabella was thrilled when she heard about the research I had done and she said she was sure that Alex would want to help me as well. She invited me over to the house to talk things over. I thanked my professor and hurriedly made my way over to the base to meet up with Isabella. She opened the door and invited me into the cozy house they lived in at the base. When we entered the living room I immediately noticed the antique baby crib. She explained that she and Alex had recently had a baby and also said that he was on a mission for now but would return later that evening.
While the cute little baby slept peacefully, Isabelle and I gently talked about my research over coffee. She got her own research paper and we were able to exchange a lot of info. She also told me the story about what had happened with Alex and his friend and I was intrigued. We talked some more and she insisted that I stayed with them to have supper since Alex would be home by then.
He did arrive home late that afternoon. Isabella hugged and kissed him and also explained to him who I was and why I was visiting. Alex was happy that I showed interest in the subject. The cute little baby had woken up by now and while Isabella was feeding their daughter, Alex told me exactly what had happened to Philip. I was amazed at what he remembered about the day of the accident. He told me how the military had tried to accuse him of the accident at first and how he was not willing to think of it as an accident. He said he knew somehow there was more to the story. So when he finally convinced his superiors to investigate the matter with cameras, they encountered the same lights on that mission and one of the F16 flew into the mountain. Even though he had clear evidence on tape, his superiors still said it was a natural phenomenon and they refused to believe his theory. I could tell that Alex was still very upset about this.
Isabella brought the baby to us and handed it to Alex. He smiled at his baby daughter in his arms and gently rocked her. I just had to smile. Isabella told me how Philip had also had a wife and two kids at the time and how Alex wanted to do everything he could to help them. She explained to me how he had gone up the mountain with Philip’s dad in search of answers and how he had stumbled onto Philip. Somehow the beings had not wanted to harm him, but had somehow rescued him from his plane as it has crashed. She explained how Philip had no idea how he had made it, but that he was grateful to be alive. Philip couldn’t remember much of what had happened to him while he was missing at first. Alex had brought him back home safely to his family. A couple of days later, Philip started to remember what had happened to him and he had long talks with Alex about it. Their superiors were happy to have Philip back in one piece, but they didn’t want to believe what the two friends had to say about what had happened. Isabella recalled how both Alex and Philip had been frustrated and mad about the whole situation. Furthermore, they were forced to keep their little alien theory to themselves if they ever wanted to fly F16’s again …
Isabella noticed my sudden hesitation and reassured me that both Alex and Philip had never given up on their theory and would gladly help me with my thesis. It had been several years since the incident and they decided that everyone had a right to know what had happened at the mountain. So I ended up not only spending the evening with Alex and Isabella, but they also invited Philip and his wife and kids over so we could talk about everything that had happened. I was thrilled to get all the info from them and we decided then and there to stay in close contact.

Vballspieler 11-02-2017 07:12 PM

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Awesome. Can I read your thesis?

Will Philip and Alex still be able to fly their F-16s once your thesis is published?

LittleMonkeyDog 11-03-2017 01:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Vballspieler (Post 27151)
Awesome. Can I read your thesis?

Will Philip and Alex still be able to fly their F-16s once your thesis is published?

You sure can, my friend :))
I would make sure they don't lose their jobs over this.

Vballspieler 11-10-2017 08:24 PM

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Day 4 – Character 4: An audit of the A-team

Hannibal walked into the apartment where Face was currently residing. “Face,” he called. “Guess what my lawyer gave me this morning? It has your name written all over it.” Hannibal hands Face the letter. “The IRS? Really? As if Decker on our trail isn’t enough heat.”

“Hannibal” says Face as he takes the letter, folds it in two, and puts it into his inner coat pocket, “Relax. I got this. I can charm any auditor and make all our troubles go away.”
After Hannibal left, Face pulled out the letter and read it. It said:
Quote:

NOTICE OF AUDIT
April 1, 1984
Attention: Lt. Templeton Peck
Upon reviewing your current tax return, we have decided to conduct an audit of all your tax returns for the previous 3 years. Please have all documentation supporting your entries available within ten days of this letter. An auditor will meet you at this address……… at 9 am.

One week later….

Face walked into the hotel with his briefcase. He was meeting the auditor in the conference room in the Beverly Wilshire hotel. When he got to the conference room, he noticed that there was a table and two chairs, but no auditor. As I walked into conference room, I greeted Face. “Good morning. I am Racquel Sevigny. I will be conducting your audit. Let’s get started.”

LittleMonkeyDog 11-11-2017 03:41 PM

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Do go on. Can't wait to find out what he'll try to do to convince Racquel there's nothing going on. LOL. Love the character's name btw.
FYI, VBS, been writing part of mine on the train to Amsterdam ;)

Vballspieler 11-11-2017 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by LittleMonkeyDog (Post 27178)
Do go on. Can't wait to find out what he'll try to do to convince Racquel there's nothing going on. LOL. Love the character's name btw.
FYI, VBS, been writing part of mine on the train to Amsterdam ;)

Very nice. Was hoping to work on it until I got home late. Freezing rain and black ice did not a speedy commute make. I can't wait to read yours. Mine may come in pieces.

The name is courtesy of Flyngirl.

Vballspieler 11-16-2017 09:16 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Vballspieler (Post 27172)
Day 4 – Character 4: An audit of the A-team

Hannibal walked into the apartment where Face was currently residing. “Face,” he called. “Guess what my lawyer gave me this morning? It has your name written all over it.” Hannibal hands Face the letter. “The IRS? Really? As if Decker on our trail isn’t enough heat.”

“Hannibal” says Face as he takes the letter, folds it in two, and puts it into his inner coat pocket, “Relax. I got this. I can charm any auditor and make all our troubles go away.”
After Hannibal left, Face pulled out the letter and read it. It said:


One week later….

Face walked into the hotel with his briefcase. He was meeting the auditor in the conference room in the Beverly Wilshire hotel. When he got to the conference room, he noticed that there was a table and two chairs, but no auditor. As I walked into conference room, I greeted Face. “Good morning. I am Racquel Sevigny. I will be conducting your audit. Let’s get started.”

“My first question: what entity type are you filing under? I am trying to figure out whether you should be filing as a partnership, sole proprietors, or as a corporation. It is just not clear on your tax return and will clearly impact the length of this audit.” I walked over to the table and indicated that Face should have a seat in the other chair. “Well,” he said smiling, “I filed as partnership. We paid all of our taxes… as you should have seen on our returns.” He sat down, leaned back in the chair with his arms crossed, and smiled.

“Yes, I saw that you paid the social security and FICA on your 941 returns. You do know that social security is part of FICA, don’t you? Therefore, you have overpaid those taxes.” I looked at him as I sat in the other chair at the table, placed my bottle of water on the table, and opened my briefcase. “Do your teammates know that you overpaid your taxes? Are you skimming money from all those jobs you and the others got paid for over the past 15 years? I understand you received both cash payments and interest in the profits when the clients couldn’t come up with your fee. That’s an awful lot of cash to keep track of.” Face leaned forward, smiled, and said, “I invested the profits for the group. We have many interests. I oversee all of them, especially the ones with the ladies.” He winked as he finished the last sentence, thinking this might soften me up.

“I am not amused, Lt. Peck. You seem to think that you and the rest of the members of your team can do whatever you want, regardless of whether or not it is legal, and we will just look the other way. I assure you, we will not. Now,” I said as I set the notepad I had taken out of my briefcase on the table, “answer these questions.” I read off a list of questions prepared by my team in preparation for this audit. “How many businesses are you part owner of? Where are the Schedule K-1s that should accompany the 1065? I see in my notes that in prior years, you had a restaurant in Chinatown that you claimed to be part owner of. Where’s your inventory list from that restaurant? You can’t just put the income on the form without the details. There’s $50,000 listed as earnings on the form. Are you expecting me to believe this is the income you are claiming for the whole team?” I set my pencil down on top of my notepad and looked over at Face. “Really, Lt., with all those business classes you took, you should have taken a tax class. This would be much easier for both of us then.” I stared at Face, waiting for him to answer the questions I had just asked. I was pretty sure that what he was going to tell me wasn’t going to be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. It was going to be a long afternoon sorting out these details…

LittleMonkeyDog 11-17-2017 12:02 PM

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LOL. She's good !!! She's really good !!! Giving Face a hard time :p Can't wait to read more.


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