I chose “Found true love. Married someone else” by Dave Egger for many reasons. I felt if I chose a topic that could go in many different directions than I would be able to create a better short story. I also wanted to make sure that if I get stuck or I feel like I have nothing else to write that I could easily change my short story concept. My original concept was about two people who fall in love in the wrong place at the wrong time. They both lived on a plantation, so they got married and lived happily ever after, just kidding. It involves a white woman and a black man who, of coarse, will never end up together because of racism. Her parents are plantation owners and white so they obviously didn’t approve, not that she could tell them because he would have been tortured and killed. But then I realized that my concept needed a lot of work. I didn’t want to write about some sappy love story because I don’t even know how to and that just sounds awful. However it is still about love, but I changed it, now in the story she is supposed to be marrying another man. Though she doesn’t really love this man, hence the quote above. The sole reason for her to marry this man is to help support their families struggling Plantation because of the war that had just broke out and soon following the abolishment of slavery. Then on top of everything, all white people in the South are trying to bring back slaves, including his and her parents. The idea came to me naturally because all of the racism that is still happening in the world today. As I am writing everything down to make my short story diagram I have to keep changing everything in order for every particular event to work in the story. Sometimes a character has to have a certain traits or action to go along with a scene. Most of the time I have to keep changing the setting and the plot just to make sure that it fits all together. Based on the events in the story, I always make sure the characters revolve around them. Then based on what’s happening in the story and how the characters act, I add in the background.
This year during fair I was extremely busy with two jobs, so I only got to walk around for one day and a few late nights. I don’t like anyone in my family except my brother, so he is always the one who picks me up and drops me off at work. After work we usually walk around the fair, and you know hes my big brother so he buys me everything I want, food, stuffed animals, and we go on a few rides together (the last one takes a lot of begging). This year has been exactly the same except one thing, I was being bullied. All throughout the school year this guy kept bothering me. I tried ignoring his Petty name-calling and his friends who would laugh at me and talk behind my back. Honestly it really didn’t bother me that much because I have thick skin and I have been raised not to care what people think of me or others. I would normally just walk away or keep my mouth shut so I didn’t do anything I later regretted. But then fair came around and he started to harass me there. He would walk behind me and yell things at me with his friends. When my brother was around he would still walk behind me but he was dead silent. One night in particular, I had just got off work and I was standing outside the stand I was working at. My brother was running late, so of coarse I was alone waiting for him. While I was waiting, my brothers friend Billy came over to me with the guy who had been bullying me. The guy who had been bullying me was a football player so he had lots of friends including my brother. Nothing happened at the time, and the bully left before my brother got there. This time I had enough. When my brother finally got there, I told him about it. I expected him to freak out, but he didn’t. He just stared at me for a while, then took me home. A few days later, the guy who bullied me wouldn’t even look my way, let alone pick on me. I didn’t know why nor did I really care, but later on I found out that my brother had a “talk” with the guy. I think it is safe to say that having a big brother has its perks.