I have a problem. In my original draft, I decided that George Belt, the narrator, would have a girlfriend. It seemed like a good idea at the time. George was supposed to be at the end of his 7th year of school when the story begins. He finds his girlfriend the following year.
It sounds OK, except that the girlfriend I created for him is much too advanced for George at such a young age. The reason that she is much too advanced (apart from the fact that she is obviously so much more worldly in regard to romance) is that she will shortly make a decision that will change the rest of her life. The decision involves her departure from their hometown and her coupling with a charismatic character who was almost mystically transformed after an unfortunate accident at the end of a basketball game.
George’s girlfriend’s name is Marie. I had decided years ago that Marie is more suited to be the girlfriend of someone older and more experienced than George. So I will now give Marie to someone else. It will either be Ivan Stetler or Crab Dorsey. My first inclination was to link her with Ivan, but Crab is closer to her age. Not only that, but his character and Marie’s will make for some interesting chemistry.
That’s it. It will be Crab and Marie, sittin’ in a tree, K – I – S – S – I – N – G, first comes love then comes . . . No, there will be no marriage for Crab and Marie. It’s just not in my deck of cards.
Don’t worry about George, though. He’ll never miss Marie. He only remembers what I let him remember. But I’ll be thoughtful and let him have a little romance of his own. There is a girl in town named Louise Lightfoot . . .
Taking Marie away from George makes my job pretty difficult. She was in his mind quite a bit, and his romance with her initiated some of the action that takes place throughout the story. I’ll have to deal with it as I work my way forward through the tale. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Oh, the old time basketball player in the photo with these posts is none other than Fuzzy Vandivier of Franklin, Indiana. Fuzzy played high school basketball a few years after George Belt did.