“Plato and a platypus walk into a bar* . . .”
First day warm enough to sit out side the café. Leaning on the table, chin resting on my hands. Staring into the distance beyond my coffee cup.
“Plato and a platypus walk into a bar . . . .”
“Ok, Gordon.” I gave a resigned sigh. “Let’s get this joke over with. So . . .”
“Not a joke – it’s that philosophy book I was talking about yesterday.”
Gordon was slouched down in his chair, long legs stretching in the sun.
“You seem to be in another cosmos today.”
Sighing again, I said “It’s the mmlm tale weaver prompt this week. Nothing creative is popping.”
Gordon sat up, “Let me help.” I groaned.
“Thanks for the confidence – so what’s the prompt?”
“Bedtime Stories for Grown-up Children”
Gordon closed his eyes, “Ah, adult literature. . . Flora looked at her reflection in the mirrored ceiling. The chamber, still redolent with the musky scent of their urgent (or ardent) love-making, was washed by moonglow. The same glow illuminated her coal black hair, fanned across her breasts. In the king-sized bed, the prince stirred beside her, his mouth . . . “
“Stop,” I said, laughing and shaking my head.
“But you said it was bedtime stories for grownup children, and I’d say Flora and the prince were both consenting adults.”
“Gordon, I don’t want to write about adults in bed. It’s a bedtime story FOR not ABOUT grown up children!”
Gordon, miffed, sat quietly for a minute or two, then: “Okay, well, if the story is for mature audiences” – I shot him a look – “it wouldn’t always end happily ever after.”
Gordon was on a run: “I mean, 3 little piggies brick house: subprime mortgage. The 7 dwarves: working at Walmart. Rapunzel: got a buzz cut; and donated her hair to an organization that makes wigs for chemo patients. The prince and princess: an acrimonious divorce and bitter custody dispute. Peter Rabbit: confronted by Farmer McGregor on the Dr. Phil Show about his carrot addiction. Peter, Peter: won the lottery, and finally moved out of the pumpkin. Sleeping Beauty: narcolepsy. Hansel and Gretel: popular line of DYI products. And, oh yeah – the old lady with too many kids: a reality program on the ‘shoetime’ channel.”
The page in my journal, boldly proclaiming Tale Weaver 11 – b’tsguc – remained blank. Very blank.
“Hey Gordon,” I asked, pushing my chair away from the table, “want another espresso?”
Written for Mindlovemisery’s Tale Weaver Prompt #11: Bedtime Stories for Grown Up Children
* Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein