By: William G. Muir
Day 3: Create a fictional character and describe them in 500 words or less.
The town of Glen Falls was familiar with Eric Watts. In the summer of 1984 he became the town’s unofficial hero. That was the summer he saved the Parker boys when the old auto parts factory caught on fire and burned to the ground.
At 6’1 and 205lbs, the 16 year old with the dirty blonde hair was just what the towns people imagine of a hero. This image was only enhanced by the clusters of freckles on his cheeks and the dimples in his smile. They made him appear a few years younger than he was.
The people of Glen Falls ate that kind of stuff up.
Not long after the rescues the townsfolk started circulation a petition to have the high school football coaches name Eric as the starting quarterback for the upcoming season. It didn’t matter that Eric had never played one minute of football, or any sports, in his life. They wanted him to represent Glen Falls when the team took to the field.
Eric was an awkward boy socially, and didn’t have a speck of any natural athletic talent. The attention that he received that summer was hard for him to deal with. All he ever wanted was to play his guitar. But that had become difficult after his father was laid-off from the steel factory. For weeks his father stayed at home collecting his unemployment checks. Any time Eric tried to practice around the house his father would shout at him and threaten to smash his guitar.
On the day of the fire Eric had decided he was going to take his guitar and head on down to the abandoned industrial park. He would surely find a nice quite place to hangout there.
When Eric arrived at the industrial park he met up with the Parker boys. They told him they had been spending the summer hanging at the park and that they were planning on going into the auto parts factory. They had found a generator and one of the robots was still operational.
Eric decided he would join them, and that was the beginning of his dark secret. The Parker boys each brought along an oil lamp. The generator might be working, but the electrical wires to the lighting had been stripped.
The fire had been Eric’s fault. When the Parker boys went to turn on the generator they left two of the lamps with Eric. When the power came on the robot arm reached out for Eric. He jumped out of the way , knocking both lanterns over. The fire spread quickly.
Eric called out to the Parker boys, but they had trapped themselves in the generator room. He had to save them. He knew this was his fault.
He tried to tell the truth, but nobody would listens. It was after this incident that he pulled away from everybody.