Still Day 25. Still 64 pages, 30,219 words. Still Vappu.
When you accidentally fall down a wiki rabbit-hole, only it’s a wiki you’re writing yourself about your own characters and mythology.
Enjoy this little snippet, which I cannot in good conscience call an Easter Egg.
I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends.
Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages?
I am Hatboy.
So that happened.
It did. You all saw it. It’s canon now.
I feel like telling Rowling to hold my beer. “Oh, one of your characters is gay?”
Still waiting for you to retcon Waffa in some diversity-inclusive way without doing any of the hard work of writing it into your story. You continue to fail to disappoint!
Waffa was a highly privileged white guy with a staggeringly huge inherited fortune, they’re the most oppressed minority of all.