When Writers Go Bad: Prologue
A.N.: I'm assuming everyone knows at least the basic (or at least musical version) plot lines of Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. If you don't, email me and I'll tell you everything you'll ever need to know and way more than you'll have ever wanted to know. Oh, and there is a difference between Shadow and Shadow13. Shadow13 is myself, Shadow is my character. The two are not to be confused.
Once upon a time there was a woman named Baroness Emmuska Orczy, and she was the author of several books, not the least of which was one called The Scarlet Pimpernel. This story became so popular that several movies were made of it, including a very nice Broadway musical.
Once upon another time, there lived a man named Victor Hugo, who was a supremely talented writer, and wrote many books, including Les Miserables. His book was also a smash success, had several movie versions, and a musical.
And finally, on another time again, there was a man named Gaston Leroux, and he, too, wrote several books. Though this one wasn't popular in France, it was popular in the U.S. and it was called The Phantom of the Opera. In case you haven't noticed a pattern, it also had several movie versions as well as a musical.
And now, we start getting into the heart of the story:
Once upon a time there was a girl named Emily, and she grew up to be a rather odd teenager ( fifteen, to be precise). This was partly due to massive amounts of show tunes and classic literature, but that's not the point.
This girl, whom nicknamed herself Shadow13, had read all of these books before seeing the musical (except Les Miserables, which she saw then read) and was passionately in love with each.
To prove how mentally odd she was, she can be divided into three moods/personalities. They are as follows:
Shadow, the smart and mentally tortured one, Lita, the romantic, fiery tempered one, and Ellen, the odd, sugar high one.
Shadow13 was also a writer, and so, wrote herself her own story about her own castle on a cloud, and there locked herself away with her three alter egos to write fanfiction, original fiction, and work on a fantasy novel she hopes to one day finish. It was a very good life.
The castle's servants were all plot bunnies that had formed inside her brain to either develop, reject, or what have you.
Now, three of Emily's favorite books and fan fiction genres were – of course, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. She read quite a bit of fanfiction in all three categories. Unfortunately, there are quite a few writers who do not like certain characters, and then proceed to bash their characters to bits and rip them to shreds until they are nothing like the original character to begin with.
One day, Shaodw13 simply could not stand it anymore, and that is when the evil plot bunny was born!
"Someone should protect them!" she raged at her three alter egos, who weren't listening, because they were playing "Extreme Pong," on one of the game consuls Shadow13 bought to shut them up.
"Uhhnnn....." Ellen responded brainlessly, trying to move her paddle to the right place. Shadow13 didn't notice they weren't listening, and continued her rant.
"Someone ought to write them a place where they can be happy, and have good endings, and never be smashed to pieces again!"
"Yeah, sure, that's great," said Lita carelessly, who smashed the little digital ball across the screen. Shadow was pretending to read a book, but had been drawn in to the game as well.
"You know what, I think I'll do that!"
Shadow, who was the only one who'd been vaguely listening to this tirade, raised an eyebrow. "Why?"
"Because I thought of the idea. Yes, yes! It'll be perfect!"
And suddenly, without anyone giving it a second glance, a plot bunny popped into the room, wiggling it's pink nose, and twitching an ear. Randomly appearing plot bunnies were a regular occurrence within the castle.
Shadow13 paid it no mind, and clapped her hands excitedly. "I'll get started on it right away!" she cried, and raced out of the room to her keyboard to begin typing. The plot bunny that had just been born followed her, which was another natural occurrence. Whenever Shadow13 wanted to write a story, she snatched a convenient plot bunny and tried to see if it was the one she was looking for.
Stretching, the three alter egos left the room to go and get something to drink.
"I have a feeling something bad is going to happen," Ellen said, eyes wide, glomping Lita's arm.
"Why?" Lita asked through gritted teeth, trying to get the leech like girl off.
"Because!" said Ellen, rolling her eyes. "Listen to the evil sounding music playing!"
Lita then turned to find one of the castle's music bunnies playing a violin in an evil sounding way. "Hey, you! Clear off!" she shouted, waving her arms at it. The music bunny looked rather miffed, but hopped away. "See? Nothing to worry about."
"Okay, miss I know everything pants-" Ellen began.
"Actually, that would be Shadow," Lita interrupted, right before Shadow whapped her upside the head.
"Don't make me sick my dog on you."
"I'll get my dragon first!"
Ellen waved her arms in the air to stop the two from fighting, which they did often. "Guys! What about the random and convenient thunder storm?"
"Well," explained Lita. "We are in a castle on a cloud."
"Which really doesn't make sense, since a cloud of water vapor could never sustain something as heavy as-"
"Oh, shut up, Shadow, no one asked for your opinion anyway," Lita snapped. "I'm starving. Let's go get lunch!"
Shadow and Ellen looked at each other and shrugged, and because Ellen forgot things easily, the ominous music and random thunderstorm were cleared from her mind.
Now back to Shadow13 and the plot bunny:
Once inside the computer room, the door conveniently locked, so that only the plot bunny and Shadow13 were inside, it happened.
The plot bunny morphed into a terrifying, huge (well, okay, not huge. Larger than normal bunny size) black bunny beast, which attacked Shadow13 as she sat down to type, and took possession of half her brain. It wasn't quite big enough to take control of all her brain, so she was prone to act completely normal, and then start randomly bashing her head against the wall, or some such thing.
Well, the plot bunny, being evil, twisted the idea that had spawned it and made Shadow13's reasonably okay idea evil and twisted and bad.
Cue ominous music.
To Be Continued......