Picking Up Girls: John’s Method
He wanted to talk to the girl sitting by the pond. But she looked Asian so he was unsure if she would understand him.
Impulsively, he walked up to her.
“Hey, erm…do you speak English?” he started. “I’m John. I saw you were alone so I-erm, do you understand what I’m saying?” he broke off.
She had turned to look at him but gave no indication whether she understood.
He pointed to himself. “I’m John,” he spoke, excruciatingly slow. “Can I have lunch with you?”
“Solly, my Engrish bad,” she finally replied with a heavy Asian accent. “You want eat lunch? But no money?”
“Er…no, I-” he started but someone interrupted him.
“Excuse me, do you know where is the toilet?”
“Oh, go straight and turn left. You can’t miss it,” the girl replied.
Then turning back to John, she asked. “Solly, what you want?” she resumed her previous speech.
This prompt took quite long for me to complete, not because of the lack of ideas. Instead, I have too many! Most of them lead to nowhere in the end but finally, I settled with this idea.
The next step is actually to stop being verbose – I have a tendency to dramatise things through words, adding a lot of unnecessary details but this exercise is perfect for me to get straight to the point without losing any important parts. Or at least I don’t think I missed any important parts.
In any case, I kinda like this story because to me, it portrays three things – male chauvinism, racial discrimination and disrespect for personal space and personal time (I guess it’s actually four?). If nothing else, it reads funny, it reads like me and it is straight to the point with no frills.
If you are interested the prompt is linked below.
Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN
Here’s how it works:
Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE
Here are some suggestions:
- An answering photo
- A cartoon
- A joke
- A caption
- An anecdote
- A short story (flash fiction)
- A poem
- A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
- An essay
- A song—the lyrics or the performance
You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:
- Your creative offering is indeed yours
- Your writing is kept to 150 words or less
If you post a link in the comments section of this post I’ll be able to find it
If you include Crimson’s Creative Challenge as a heading, WP Search will find it (theory)
If you tag it #CCC others should be able to find it by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)
Prompt: Crimson’s Creative Challenge #25