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“We just stand here?”

“Sure. Stand here. Be casual. Half-smile kinda deal. I’m gonna enjoy my vest, but you didn’t bring one.”

“Decided against it right before I left the house.”

“Can’t go with you there. Vest is the key. Keeps your torso toasty.”

“Bobby?”

“Yup?”

“How long do we stand here?”

“Until he’s done writing.”

“What?”

“You may have kind of wandered into a weird neighborhood. What do you know about semi-fictionality?”

“I know it’s not a thing.”

“Well, hate to disagree again, but it is. You’re in it.”

“We’re not real?”

“We are. But not us. Look up the Theory of General Narrativity.”

“Can you give me the short version?”

“The story is the only constant.”

“None of this makes sense.”

“Well, no, not if you explain it.”

“So anything could happen?”

“Course not. I would never, you know, karate chop you out of nowhere. Not in my character. Character is the only constant.”

“You said story was the constant.”

“Character is story.”

“It sounds like you’re making this up as you go, Bob.”

“Huh. How about that. Oh, hey: we should get out of the road.”

“Why?”

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“Because Lillian Monster’s electric race car doesn’t make any noise until it hits you.”

“WE DEMAND VEGAN PARKING SPACES!”

“Did you hook up a loudspeaker in your car?”

“IT RUNS ON SOLAR POWER!”

“Sounds right. You wanna get lunch?”

“YES, BUT I’M A VEGAN!”

“Yeah. You’ve mentioned it.”