A serial writer’s notebook ~ from the pen behind Lore of the Underlings, an episodic epic…
From the very inception of the Lore I was sure that it had to have comic relief and a slew of comic characters — fools, buffoons, wiseguys, you name it. And there’s been such a long, storied history of them to draw upon for inspiration. The gravediggers of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The assistants in Kafka’s The Castle. The droids who star throughout Star Wars, R2-D2 and C-3PO. Statler and Waldorf of the Muppets. I could go on and on…
Anyway, here’s a little exchange between two of the Lore’s very own. It’s Boxbo and Ixit from Episode 6, which I’m writing right now:
The sentry stood there awkwardly, stuck, gawking at the yellow and black of the battle bat in his leathered mitt.
But the wait staff barely missed a beat. It was back to the music of brew, bread, and meat. The rhythm of the heat.
Boxbo and Ixit tailed the action and wagged their tongues, panting, in reaction.
“Who knew you could teach a hell hound new licks!”
“Let alone get one to bow.”
“Cowed into submission, all sheepish now.”
“What’s the matter — cat got your tongue?”
“No, you dumb cluck. Look!”
The two fellows fell all over each other, awed at seeing what they saw. Then they tumbled down like dominoes.
Do you have any favorite fools?