Conversations with Christopher: Quartz Shares a Grumble

(Quartz sits in a chair, feet not quite hitting the front, but he refuses to be in a smaller seat than Christopher. Happily, Christopher isn’t very tall, even though he’s too tall as far as the dwarf is concerned.)

Quartz: Hmmph. Not sure why I’m here, talking to you. Again.

Christopher: Maybe because we’re in the same situation? Our stories are on hold until the scribbler finishes Wind Me Up, One More Time.

Quartz: How does it feel, eh? Guessing you’re not used to this. Being put on hold.

Christopher: Yes, I am. We’ve talked about this before, remember? Right here.

Quartz: Right, right. Guess I’m still having trouble believing it. You’re from the scribbler’s beloved Omphalos and Shadow Forest, the big series she’s poured her life into.

Christopher: Yet you’ve resurrected yourself with our scribbler’s imagination, made yourself popular with readers. You’ve even claimed a regular blog, or a regular part on her blogs, too.

Quartz: You have, too, sort of. Look at you now.

Christopher: Yes, although I’m starting to feel like a talk show host from the scribbler’s world. Where had my story gone? When will I rejoin it? Is the scribbler thinking of these things at all?

Quartz: You’re preaching to the abandoned. The abandoned talk show host, no less. Maybe we should do something about it, eh? Shake up the scribbler’s imagination a bit-

(A red curtain appears behind the dwarf and the shadowling.)

Theodora: (One can hear her behind the curtain.) Growwr.

Grace: (Her voice also comes from behind the curtain.) Theodora says no shaking things up until our story is finished. That goes for you, too, scribbler.

Theodora: GROWWR!!

Grace: Do you know how long we’ve waited for our story to finish? Much longer than Quartz or even Christopher have been around!

Quartz: (grumbles) Ruddy bear.

Christopher: I thought you liked her.

Quartz: Aye, I respect her stubborness. She’s still a ruddy bear.

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Thank you.

Christopher: Looks like we’ve got no choice but to wait.

Quartz: Right. (He glares at the curtain but says nothing.)

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Theodora says thank you.

(The red curtain disappears.)

Quartz: You should thank me. Aye, I’ll wait. What choice have I got?

Christopher: At least we have these blogs. You’ve got another Secondary Characters Speak Out at the end of the month.

Quartz: Right. That I’m not looking forward to. (He shudders.)

Christopher: Why not?

Quartz: You’ll see.

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