Last night in my writing class, we had an exercise in character-building. We were presented with a list of people, places, or things to describe from various viewpoints. It was from the viewpoint we would build the character. We couldn’t just say “I am a child at a campsite” – that would be too easy. Below is my exercise. I had to describe a car’s interior from the viewpoint of a…well, I hope you can figure it out. Happy Friday! 🙂
Vanilla. She had to pick the most horrid scent in the pack. As soon as I open the door, the smell hits me with enough force to make me take a step back. That’s probably why she picked it. To keep me away. Everything about this car I’m sure was chosen as a repellant to keep me away. She claims it’s the good gas mileage, but I know it’s to keep me from driving it. But, here I am, forced to get behind the wheel because mine is in the shop and they didn’t have a loaner for me.
I let the seat back as far as it’ll go. I manage to get in, but I know it’s going to take the jaws of life to pry me out. At least it’s clean. She knows I can’t stand a dirty car. Smooth gray leather seats shine from the leather treatment from its last trip to the detailer. Not a speck of dust on the dash and the floor mats are freshly vacuumed. I do a double take. When in the hell did she get Hello Kitty floor mats? I yank the pink sunflower from the tiny dash-mounted vase. I’m not driving around anywhere with a pink sunflower. I want to toss it out the window, but she’ll never let me hear the end of it if I do, so I put in the glovebox instead.
I fire up the ignition and immediately crank up the AC. As soon as I do, I start to gag. This woman’s got vanilla air fresheners attached to the vents and now the smell is burning my nostrils. That’s it. I’m going to get a rental. There’s no way I can be seen driving around town in this for the next few days. I barely fit, there’s a pink flower in it, and it smells like the inside of a Dairy Queen. So not pimping.
ADDED: Are you able to tell:
1. Who the character is?
2. What the relationship is between the character and the car’s owner?
3. BONUS: what kind of car is it?
I will answer in the next post…