Monday, September 27, 2010

No I in Threesome

When I was born and lived in Cork I was from Cork and that was simple. When I briefly lived in Birmingham I was the Irish boy and kids at school asked me if I was in the IRA, or knew anyone in the IRA. I was seven, so I probably said I did. And when I lived in Tanzania I suffered the odd Irish joke from my Australian friends, but I could laugh those off because I recognised them as re-badged Kerryman jokes that Irish people had written in the first place. Coming back to Ireland after three years abroad was the hardest adjustment of all because of the Antipodean mishmash of an accent I'd picked up and the fact I didn't own a polyester Ireland shirt or a sega Megadrive made me more of a foreigner than ever.

Life got easier, but deep into my teenage years I still harboured fantasies of my family moving to America. Anywhere in America would do, though I reckoned Californian sun might work best for my greasy, troubled skin. I'd negotiate the cliquey, hierarchical minefield of U.S. high school and win. Girls would be blown away by my adorable accent and my roguishly, anachronistically Colin Farrellish looks. Yeah, and the jealous jocks would keep their distance because ofmy biting Irish wit and the assumption I was IRA; a notion I would take few steps to relieve them of.

I'd become a sporting superstar and have a college scholarship sewn up within days of arriving, due to my single-handed transformation of the "soccer" team's fortunes. This, I was confident, was the most realistic element of my fantasy, not due to any great skill on my part, but by sheer dint of my not being American - and therefore inherently superior with the ball at my feet.

Despite the attentions of most of the popular girls in school, including the icily beautiful Shelley Aryanski, my heart would be set on Naomi, the awkward art student whom I knew would be a stone-cold fox if only she'd take off those thick-rimmed glasses of hers. I'd capture her fragile heart by playing Damien Rice songs on a ukulele and pretending I'd written them. With the new strength she found in me she'd overcome her bulimia and her sculpture would really flourish.

I'd garner the devotion of the nerds through my powerful and outspoken stewardship of the school newspaper, and the black crowd would have my back after an impromptu rap-off saw me proclaimed "the illest, chillest honky muthafucka since Vanilla Ice", such was the impact of my mad skillz. 'A-Dogg' was how they would choose to address me from then on.


Jessica and Liz: strong swimmers
Naomi and I would hit a bit of a speedbump after word of me banging both of the twins from Sweet Valley High in Frankie Lopez's hot tub during a party to celebrate the team winning the championship after I scored seven goals in three minutes to beat our cross-city rivals 7-6 got back to her, courtesy of the bitter, spurned Shelley Aryanski. Naomi dumped my cheating ass initially, but she soon came around after I tearfully reminded her from beneath her bedroom window that it's not hard to fall when you float like a cannonball.

And then one day, perhaps as we were making our way to be crowned Prom King and Queen, Naomi and I would encounter Chuck Logan. Chuck had been captain of the soccer team and an A grade student before my glorious arrival. Now he was a high school dropout slinging crystal meth for a living. "Oh look, it's the Irish fag and his fag-hag" he'd sneer to his crackhead buddies, who definitely carried an air of menace. And I, I'd whip a can of Lynx Africa out of the back pocket of my Ralph Lauren suit trousers, and spray it against the flame from my lighter to form a blowtorch to scorch the skin off Chuck Logan's face. As he lay writhing acridly on the ground I'd douse the rest of his body in Lynx Africa and then take the cigarette out of my mouth and say "No, this is a fag, ya fuckin' eejit!" as I calmly flicked it onto him and watched him burn. Then I'd force-feed his charred remains to Shelley Aryanski for being a meddling bitch.

16 comment(s):

Radge said...

It's like seeing what happened after the credits rolled on Teen Wolf, without the all-over body fur but.

Andrew said...

Super, that'll do. To be honest, I've no idea what I was trying to do with this post, it's just one of those ones I write late at night when I can't sleep.

Radge said...

Wrote one of those myself last night, though mine lacked the epic nature of this.

Oh, and I mean epic in its true sense, not its bastardised Twitter sense.

Tessa said...

Agreed. It's epic alright. But I'd rethink the "writhing acridly" bit; just can't picture it somehow. When ca we expect the MTV pilot?

Andrew said...

Perhaps not 'epic' in the Twitter sense, but surely only epic in length when compared to a tweet.

The MTV pilot will be along as soon as they pony up the dough. But if those bastards think they can compromise on my artistic vision by cutting out the gratuitous violence they can think again.

Jo said...

Heh, Teenwolf.

There's nothing like a good revenge fantasy, Andrew.

I too would have another look at 'writhing acridly'. It gave me pause to wonder how one does that.

Andrew said...

Alright, alright, I know what I said! I probably wouldn't use that phrase if I was trying to win a short story competition but, y'know, if I can't be slightly playful with language here then where can I be?

Red Leeroy said...

If those turkeys over at the blog awards don't nominate this for best blog post next year then there is something wrong. Bravo.

Conan Drumm said...

'Writhing acridly' is absolutely perfect, it has it all - pathos and pungency, smoking hot, charred, but still alive.

In fact it's a gloriously Grand Guignol fantasy, as befits a man from Corkingham.

Andrew said...

Red Leeroy - thanks, you're very kind. Though if anything I write makes it as far as the shortlist stage of the blog awards then I'll post a video of myself singing an Abba medley dressed only in a pink thong and a smile. Also, this post appears to have led two of my google reader subscribers to drop me, so I'm not sure that your appreciation is shared. Mind you, there's a kind of perverse pride to be taken from causing such an adverse reaction.

Conan - Cheers. I had to look up 'grand guignol' to find out what you were talking about. It's a generous comparison, but I'll take it.

Annie said...

I liked it, a lot.

Kitty Cat said...

"I'll post a video of myself singing an Abba medley dressed only in a pink thong and a smile"

Heh heh heh. So when does nominating begin exactly?

Andrew said...

Thanks, Annie.

See, Kitty Cat, the beauty of my promise/threat is that you could nominate to your heart's content, but unless you have some sway with Mulley and his lackeys it wouldn't go any further than that.

Red Leeroy said...

Are you saying the blog awards are a FIX ??? my god, why wasn't I told about this before ?!!

Au Lapin Blanc said...

They are a fix?!

*weeps*

Andrew said...

Y'know, I don't necessarily think they're fixed, just that anyone who has publicly expressed an anti-Mulley sentiment could never win one. Which is fair enough, it's his game and his rules.