[The Story] Shave and Bathe

Now that I’m writing bi-weekly updates to “The Story,” I dredged up an interesting realization: why not write about some of the scenes that float through my imagination? It’ll be good practice for the real thing! Throwing characters into hypothetical situations can help build context for how they’ll act in other scenes. Like a movie playing on repeat, what if these scenes are already swimming around in your imagination? Let’s start with an innocent one:

Spoilers?: Minor (rough scene walkthrough)

Let’s decrease the awkwardness with context.

Trishna (left) and John (in the bathtub) had chatted online for years before finally meeting up. After John has a particularly bad fight with some foster parents, Trishna’s father and brother Fearghal (right) agree to pick him up and the family takes him in. Though her parents sat in on a number of their instant messenger conversations, they’re still cautious about this boy they just brought in, so Fearghal hangs around just in case John does anything funny. By this point in the narrative, it’s more or less certain he won’t.

This scene takes place immediately after being taken in.

John has just arrived at the Lanchester family farm in rough shape. He’s malnourished, suffering a minor bout of pneumonia from the scenes surrounding the bad fight, and hasn’t bathed in too long. Trishna is, perhaps, understandably clingy over meeting her best friend for the first time in person and seeing him in such terrible health. She means well. This doting clinginess manifests most awkwardly when Fearghal helps get John into the bath to wash him up and she wants to help. Or at least, hang out and chat with John.

Fearghal relents, with certain stipulations to let her hang around.

The main stipulation would be that John wears some swimming trunks, or they arrange a way for him to remain “decent,” so that John and Trishna can chat without any stirring hormones making things awkward. Of course, Pollyanna doesn’t have much of a concept or care for human decency. She’s more curious than anything at this human that she’d heard in phone calls over the years. In this scene, as it quickly played in my imagination, Pollyanna rests her snout on the bathtub rim to the bemusement of everyone.

My imagination hasn’t fully filled in the design of the bathroom.

Trishna will have her own bathroom on the first floor of the family house. It was most likely built specifically for her upon her parents finding out she would have accessibility needs. Though seemingly benign, this would inform certain design choices, such as an easy transfer point for Trishna to move into the bathtub and guard rails. I haven’t built any of the set pieces for the Lanchester Home yet, in part because LEGO sets are expensive, and also because it will be easier to build in reality once it’s built in my imagination.

Essays like this might seem uneventful…

Why not just start writing?

I think it’s better to practice before performing.

Endtable:
Quotes: None
Sources: My imagination.
Inspirations: Laying down to sleep after a particularly deep shave and bathe session, the scene just rushed in.
Related: Essays building “The Story.”
Picture: Explained in-line.
Written On: May 27th
Last Edited: May 27th
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