Archive for November 29th, 2011

29th November
written by amber

Mellow Yellow

Rick tripped and punched a comic. He stumbled on the steps outside the Laugh ‘Til You Die Club, put out a hand to stop his fall, and the hand connected to the chin of a departing yuckster.

Well, of course, he didn’t really trip but overt violence was not in his repertoire. Accidental assault was more his style. He was a comic himself, a comic of good humour, ironic observation of this modern world, self-deprecating homilies, mild complaint and faint praise.

The comic he punched was one of the new breed of Brutalists whose schtick was to tight-focus on one single unwitting victim, cyber-stalking the poor schmuck, exposing all their foibles and all-too-human failings to very public and completely unwarranted ridicule and caricature. But this particular comic, this WikiPunker, had picked the wrong patsy.

Rick’s little sister, Patsy, a blameless girl who managed a homeless shelter and ran fund-raisers for autistic cats, had attracted the internet humour-hound merely by winning an award. “Edmonton’s Jewel of Caring.”

WikiPunker had not known that Patsy’s brother Rick was a superhero of sorts, an easy-going stand-up comedian by night, a noble avenger of the down-trodden by day.

Thus Mellow Yellow did smite WikiPunker and it was good.

The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story for every day of the year and posted on this website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012. Stories must be a minimum of 200 words. Please help me by adding first line suggestions in the Comment section of any story.

Thank you to Rick LeBlanc for this first line. Hope the arm heals soon, Rick!