Saturday, April 11, 2009

WAG, part 7

This one is people-watching with a twist. Observe a stranger and sketch a brief background for them, including a secret. Then describe why they are in that particular place at that particular time (where you ran into them) and how it will affect their future. Feel free to be creative, but don’t forget to describe the concrete reality that made you pick them in the first place! (Thank you to Christine Kirchoff for this week’s WAG topic!)

He is probably six foot four inches tall, although it is hard to tell because he's sitting down in a small uncomfortable chair, his long jean clad legs sticking out. Shopping bags surround the chair within easy reach. He is older, balding, his dark hair cut short. His wide shoulders unapologetic as he leans the chair against the wall. Loud dance music plays as women cut in and out around him, hangers and clothes in hand. Clearly he waits for someone outside the dressing room. Is it his wife? His girlfriend? His daughter? Hard to tell. He wears dark sunglasses, his attention on the I-phone in his hands.

I imagine he waits for his wife as she tries on clothes. Some part of his attention is on the door to the dressing room. The rest is involved in a game on his phone. Secretly, he'd rather be with his buddies, drinking beer, watching sports. But he figures, he'll do his time here at the mall and make his wife happy. He leans forward, puts his elbows on his knees, studies the small screen on his phone and smiles. He just won an on-line golf tournament.

A lovely woman comes out. Her brown gaze on him as he looks up, stuffs the phone in his pocket and stands. He tells her she looks great in the dress. No, he doesn't mind if she tries on just one more. She goes back into the dressing room. He shrugs off his lies, sits down and starts a new game. Hopeful he'll be paid back with a little lovin' tonight. Newlyweds.


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Cheers!

10 comments:

Jessica said...

Ooh, I love to people watch and guess what they're really like behind the face. What their life is like too.
Great idea!

Kathryn Magendie said...

yes, what Jessica said! :)

Nixy Valentine said...

I like this one! I could really picture him. Great job!

Iain Martin said...

Nice job, Nancy; I could see that guy pretty easily and it looked like he was about to fall off the chair. Newlyweds, indeed; a married guy couldn't afford an iphone. : )

Gunnar Helliesen said...

Hehe, as a guy I have to say I immediately felt very familiar with the situation. A fun read!

Mickey said...

This made me laugh. I bet his wife knows.

SueO said...

Beautiful imagery on this. It really put me in the scene. I was there, smirking when he lied to his wife.

J. M. Strother said...

Been there. Done that. Well, not with an iPhone. Just the chair and lots of time on my hands.

You did a great job of setting the scene and bringing the man to life.
~jon

Christine said...

Nice piece. The guy sounds handsome. I wonder if he noticed you watching him. Its interesting to see people reaction to that.

Cheers Nancy.

Cora Zane said...

LOL! Poor guy! I can almost feel his pain. At least he has his cell phone to keep him busy. ^_^ Great job, btw!