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Other Days

February 8, 2017

Tired man waking up in the morning

Some days are a little rougher than other days. Getting out of bed, or waking from a binge watching coma on those other days can be a struggle. It felt mucky there in the swamp of self-pity, a hangover of the soul. His mind was already consumed with each step of each task for the day and beyond, and in-between. Things that needed to be done and those which should have already been.

He re-planned it all again, it felt like a giant tome of great enlightenment lay over his body, weighing him down; challenging him and chastising him simultaneously. There was no doubt in his mind that procrastination was the clasp, insecurity the padlock on that book. Opening it was enticing, but avoiding failure was much simpler process.

He closed his eyes and breathed deeply in threw his nose, hefty out from a mouth full of aweful breath. Counting in his head, he promised himself he would pick a number to get up on. 34, 35, 36, 37, get up. 38, 39, get up. Another big breath and he flung the pilled, faded blanket aside and shut up off the mattress on the floor.

Steps for today’s activities played over in his head with minor revisions and complete re-writes.


Supporting Character: Clara (Young Wife)

February 28, 2014

Clara is under-educated, and grandly naive, but her intentions are mostly pure. She takes directions and follows the role set in front of her, mostly for lack of being able to make her own. She is very submissive, and susceptible to suggestion. She is a worker bee. She most commonly responds to stress with tears, which she knows will likely get her out of trouble, and spoiled with something frivolous. Her mother was a Ute Indian and her father an Irish immigrant who came to Utah to seek labor in the mines and settled in Provo, where natives that lived along Utah Lake had recently been displaced. Her mother was raped and murdered, along with other Ute women who took up residence with white immigrants, by Mormon’s disguised as Paiutes, stealing horses, and even going as far as kidnapping some of the village children to shroud their savage theatrics. Her father, his brother, and sister-in-law raised her, so she grew up along-side cousins who took a dominating role. Her father drank heavily but was kind, though he became withdrawn more and more over time, showing her little affection. She fancied adventure but lacked the courage to find it. She wishes secretly for a whole new life, but when confronted about her involvement with Sebastian, she becomes vehemently defensive of her role within the family.

She reminds Sebastian of a girl he grew up with that was younger than him, whom died by trampling of horse and carriage in Penn. He was always protective of her as she had an abusive father, and though they never did anything about it, they would talk about plans of running away to some far off, exotic place. He was shocked to see how much pain the loss of the daughter caused her father – this made him ponder on the duality of man, and how people could destroy what they held so dear. This angered him deeply, and as an abused child himself, it darkened his soul and embittered his future endeavors. He is a rescuer to satisfy his own loss and loneliness, while creating a hierarchy of sub-ordinates to help his ego battle his super-ego. Her presence in his life depicts his lack of control and his attempts to grasp at it through manipulation. If he is scorn or rejected by Margaret (who he seeks approval from desperately), he always has Clara to fall back on, or abuse emotionally to boost his own self-esteem.

Supporting Character: Margaret (Eldest Wife)

February 28, 2014

Margaret has become confident and does not mince words now that she knows all too well what she is up against with Sebastian. She was brought up in a modestly strict environment, which was utilitarian for the most part – minimal frills. Though her father is wealthy, he is also very conservative and frugal to a fault. There wasn’t much to say about her mother, as she was present physically, but rarely emotionally – she was strict within reason, showing minute affection to the children. She was closer to her colored house labor than her parents. Her education was thorough, home schooled by her mother. This transposes in her role as mother, head sister-wife, and her waning tolerance of Sabe. She is of mind (like Sebastian’s mother) to continue learning throughout life, even when Sebastian attempts to keep materials away from her, beyond those she uses to teach the children. Her heart does not reside in the valley or within the scope of country life. She longs to return to the city, if only she could find a way to undo the life she had been swindled into. But, a divorce or separation would tarnish the family name – unacceptable. She was caged by a wolf.

For Sebastian she serves a dual purpose of a segregate mother to himself, and as a vessel to coerce his way into the Mormon culture and into her father’s vast pocket book. When he fled the east to escape bad business practices and staggering, life-threatening debt, Margaret had been seven months pregnant and widowed. She hadn’t been able to conceive before her late husband passed away suddenly and without warning – never knowing about the child. Sabe was a few years younger than her, and when they met he played the part of love-swooned courter with perfection. He was handsome and full of ambition, and made an impression with her parents, her father’s business associates, and the church. He always knew what to say (even when caught in unsavory scenarios). Her parents not only blessed the marriage, but her father brought him into the family business. After some failed ventures, a lost (and expensive) bid for a political seat, and the immersion of personal ‘quarks,’ as her father put it, he was granted an allowance and a parcel of land 2 days south of Provo in the Utah valley for growing cattle and tobacco. Her father thought it best suiting to his personality to be more independent and away from perspective investors. Margaret, however, knew much more about the darkness inside Sabe, and had found herself with a grown child (besides their other children), who was susceptible to tantrums and fits of rage, followed by regret and lavishing.

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