“Mindyyyyy!” Sindy yelled. “There’s a … giant shark! … in my bedroom!”
“Well of course,” Mindy said, walking in. “That’s Meg.” (More)
Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.
Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include Squatching It and Minnie-Winterization. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….
“Meg?” Sindy said.
“Short for Megalodon,” the shark said quietly. “I’d offer to shake hands but my fin is in the next room.”
“You … talk?” Sindy asked.
“Of course she does,” Mindy said, helping her sister unpack her suitcases. “She’s had like a million years to learn. You kinda expect she’d pick up a few things.”
“Closer to two million,” Meg said. “But that’s not much difference in human terms.”
“Wait a minute,” Sindy said. “You’re a ghost? Shouldn’t you be in … I dunno … the water?”
“Yes, and yes,” Meg replied. “But this used to be an ocean. Then those tectonic plates moved … and now I live at your sister’s house.”
Sindy looked at the translucent shark, trying to find a reason to remain skeptical despite the obvious facts in front of her. “So do you, you know, eat people? Like in the movies?”
“Not on my diet,” Meg said. “You hadn’t evolved yet then. I eat fish.”
“That’s why I bought the fancy poles and stuff,” Mindy added.
“I wondered,” Sindy replied.
Mindy had never been interested in fishing when they were children, but now spent every weekend out on the lake. She even wrote a local fishing blog.
“Speaking of,” Meg said, looking at Mindy. “I’m kind of hungry. I missed lunch while you were picking her up at the airport.”
Sindy looked out the window at her sister’s 15-footer. “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
Meg sighed. “I really, really hate that line.”