Thursday, July 23, 2009

Free Write 1

Free write- A word from the dictionary can inspire a lot.

Mantilla-Woman's scarf for the hair and shoulders.

Don't know why but i picture a woman with her back to the audience, so we can't see what she looks like exactly but she is tall, slender, with a waist that shapes her body like an hour glass. She stand next to train, not just any train but one of those old fashion steam trains. Her read scarf is wrapped around her head covering her hair and it pulled tightly around her neck. Its not just any read its scarlet, bright as any scarlet scarf can be. It makes her stand out from the crowd of gray charcoal dresses and suits. Why she stands next to the train I don't know is she waiting for a loved one to get off, is she trying to decide rather to run away. She could have a small suitcase and she is trying to decide rather to leave the home she has always loved and seek new adventure in the unknown or to cash in her ticket and return to the quite life, the simple village where her mother is hoping to marry her off to a Baron who is almost 30 years her senior. She doesn't love him, but the man she did love died in the war. The Baron is rich to be sure but with out love what kind of life can that be, she asks herself. We can not see her face, so we don't know if she is sad or if she is happy. All we know is she is standing the on the platform, the conductor is calling "all aboard" and now she must decide rather to run or stay.

Everyone has to decide to run or stay. We can't actually stay still, life will come to us. If we stay we do nothing. So one must run into the future or liver out the patterns of the past.

If she is to be a heroine, a great one she would run away into the unknown and embrace a new life. No great heroine given the option to run returns home, not if returning home meant she would have to marry a man she does not love. That is why Charlotte Lucas is not the heroine of Pride and Prejudice because she married Mr. Collins, Elizabeth Bennett is the heroine because she settles for nothing but the very best in life. She marries Mr. Darcy, she marries for love. I am not trying to say all heroines must fall in love. Heroines can be heroines in their own right. (But isn't love the greatest motivation of all.)

This woman, tall and slender could have never known what it is to love a man. Maybe her parents died and she is not of age to be on her own so she must go live with an aunt and uncle. If that was the case I think she be wearing a black scarf to show mourning. No she is definitely wearing red. Not a red dress though. But her red scarf makes her stand out from all the crowds of gray and tan that shuffles around her. She is standing still as what seems like the world is passing by. No one really notices her either, which is odd because on most days she would usually make a man's head turn but today on this platform she is just standing there waiting to decide.

She doesn't have long to wait because once again the train conductor is calling "all aboard." She must go. She must pick up her tiny suitcase with only two dresses nicely (delicately) folded in it. She must pick it up and walk, no run to catch the train and take this journey. But all I can see is her standing. Why doe she stand? Doesn't she know that her ticket is only good for this train and if she doesn't get on this train and if she doesn't get on it she will have no hope for a life. (A life that means something.)

Go! I want to yell.

But I can't make her move as the writer, the creator of this image I can't make her move.

Maybe she is waiting for her love. He didn't die in war, no he is still alive, they promised they would run away together. She is waiting but he isn't showing up. Now she is nervous. Is he going to come for her, he promised he would, he promised he would so why isn't he coming. Maybe the Baron bribed him off. Maybe this love of hers was a servant to the Baron, maybe his whole family was and if her love runs away with her, he will fire his who family. It makes since if his mother or sister is sick and the Baron pays for the doctor and the medicine. Her love should be something like Joe, or Kelby.

She is trying to see his face. His face his clear to me. He has light chestnut hair with a little curl that touches that touches his right eye brow. His eyes are a soft blue that makes you able to see the whole world in them. Very romantic. She used to be just friends with him, they would push each other in the river bed but one day as they are pushing each other he kisses her. It is a soft kiss but it sends butter flies to her stomach. The next day her gives her a daisy, which is her favorite flower. Most people would only see it has a common weed but she sees it has freedom because daisies just grow where ever they chose, they are wild and live solely but nature. No rules to follow, no propriety to observe. (Her name should be restricting sounding. When you hear it you know know she is being "caged" up.)

I have only seen the movie but in "Tuck Everlasting" Winnifred says she needs a new name one that is not overly used. She is referring to her name being called by her mother. What is a good "restricted" name? all the names I like (Emmy, Daphne, and Fiona) all sound too freeing. Fiona is pretty but I know I got that from the The Tea Rose.

Martha is too old fashion. Ugh! I would hate to give my heroine an old fashion sounding name.

Charlotte is pretty but not too old fashion, makes me think of the character in "sex and the city" refined and proper.

Maybe her family was once rich but now they have to marry off their own daughter to regain some wealth. How could a girl run away from that. Rose from "Titanic" did. One must follow ones heart over ones pocket book she says relieving her mind.

"All aboard!"

What will she do? Kelby is not coming. She knows that now.

Her name could be Fiona, I like it. Fiona Harrington and Kelby James.

She has auburn gold hair it used to be long and curly but now it is chopped short in hopes no one will recognize her. She has gray eyes that sparkle when Kelby walks in the room and shine like stars when he kisses her with out warning. Though now, standing on the platform her eyes are red from all the tears you can not see the gray eyes.

She thinks"Life isn't suppose to be like this."

Life is suppose to have a happy ending. She picks up her suitcase, makes her way through the crowd like a never ending maze. He heart pounds faster, her pace quickens with excitement. And just before the train leaves she climbs on. The conductor with his Walrus like mustache smiles at her and tells her he is glad she made it on. She can't smile back but as soon as she sits down she undoes the scarf and we see for the first time what a beauty she is.
What it is...
What I pictured

Not quite the same is it? Oh well funny what you can think of when you simply find a word in the dictionary.

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