The fact that this week’s assignments must involve two characters constrains to a certain extent what assignments can be completed. This one looked interesting (I enjoy writing about food-related things), and certainly was a go for involving multiple characters. I looked around the characters, and found some extra company. We are a go.
“Good Evening Walter, and…Sally, I am quite glad that you were able to join us. You certainly make the conversation…easier”
“Absolutely! There aren’t a lot of people who stuck around following the apocalypse! How could we pass up such a rare invite?”
“Walter says ‘good day'”
“Excellent. Please…come in and make yourselves…comfortable. Dinner will be set momentarily.”
“If you will please…come to the table. I must apologize that I was unable to procure Walter’s…usual dietary needs. As you see, we have…rare venison, venison brain, antelope brain, rare moose, and preserved apricot.”
“Wow, how did you manage to obtain all of this?”
“When you spend as much time…wandering as I have, both in the woods and online, you learn how to obtain such things even in the most…desperate of times.”
“Walter is dissatisfied that you were not able to find any human remains.”
“Well, Walter and his friends were quite…efficient at depopulating the area. I am afraid I have no experience or knowledge in obtaining such fare.”
*Walter sits down and piles food from the brain platters on his plate, Sally and Morlium take seats.”
“So…tell me Walter, how has the swarm been…getting along”
“He says that so much of the human population has left, the swarm is considering moving to another location.”
“Ahhh…it is sad that I may not be…seeing more of you in the future. What direction will you be headed?”
“There is a stronghold of survivors north of here they might visit. I visited once, but they asked me not to come back. They have a lot of people there.”
“Ah yes. I heard they were fencing off farmland to plant crops. I understand they are…not open to zombies”
“They are planning a sitin, just walk up to the place and try to get in until they are served. Personally, I think they are insane for trying.”
“Ah yes, classic…civil disobedience. Well, I hope that not too many of you die during the…sitin”
“He says there is nothing better to do, things have been pretty slow around here”
“Indeed, who want’s to live forever? I certainly didn’t.”
*Walter hurls plate onto floor
“Ahem…It would appear…that you are done for the evening, yes Walter?”
“Yes, I believe he is”
“Thank you Sally for…joining us this evening, I apologize that our conversation was not more…pertinent to you.”
“Yes, well it wasn’t exactly pertinent to you either. Walter has a way of dominating the conversation. Thank you for putting up with him.”
*Walter and Sally leave out the front door, Morlium returns to the modem to continue his digital travels. Later that evening, human survivors raid the building and make off with the meat and the leftover preserves.
First, I very much dislike labeling speech in all-speech exchanges. Fortunately, Morlium pauses periodically during long sentences, and Walter is a zombie, so the characters are easily identifiable without the labels.
The difficult thing about bringing together characters is the dynamics of the interaction. Since I am the one who created Morlium, my bias is of course to make him the dominant character simply because I have a stronger handle on what his character is. In this case, I tried to compensate for this bias by having the topic of conversation be more relevant to the guests.
Keeping in character was quite easy. Morlium is in his element as a very formal host, though one who works to accommodate some of the more repulsive traits of his guests. From reading the descriptions, sally seems somewhat bubbly in speech, while Walter would be quite intelligent. I tried to combine these as best as possible, but really only Sally can speak, so I had a hard time specifically ascribing some traits to each character.
As for the ending, Walter is a Zombie, what more would you expect? I always have to pay some homage to the classic stereotype, and homage to Walter and sally’s presence in an apocalyptic world.