BEELZEBUB AND BARBIE
"So who's your hero?"
"You know I don't do heroes."
"Yea I know, but just do one for now. Just pick a name."
"Yea, someone you admire, that's hero-like."
"But not a hero."
"But not a hero."
I stuck my tongue in my cheek and thought. There was a sigh from the other side of the table.
"Jeez, it's not a life/death choice. It's only a name!"
"Hey, I'm thinking! I'm giving your question a gravity it probably doesn't deserve.”
He rolled his eyes, yet again.
"Ok. I've chosen a name."
"You asked for a name. Someone I admired. I gave you a name."
"But Beelzebub. Where the hell did that come from?"
"Oh, ha ha!"
I shrugged. "You asked for a hero. That spiritual entity has had one of history's longest negative campaigns aimed against them, and yet..."
"And yet he's still hanging on in there. That shows tenacity, if nothing else. I admire tenacity."
He stared at me as if I were some weird unidentifiable plastic toy out of a cereal packet. "You know you're nuts right?"
I shrugged. "Doesn't stop Beelzebub being a hero of mine."
"You said you don't do heroes."
I shrugged again. " I changed my mind. I like the game. So who's yours?"
He looked bewildered. "My what?"
"Hero. Who's your hero?"
He let out a long deep breath. "Fuck knows now. Beelzebub? Jeez."
"Play the game. I showed you mine, now you show me yours."
He sat, stared, ruminated, then smiled mischievously.
"Ok, got one."
"Barbie? You serious?"
"Hey, that piece of weird emaciated plastic has been vilified for decades, and yet..."
"She still manages to hang on in there. Yea, I get you."
He smiled disarmingly. "I guess we both have unrealistic expectations."
"In our heroes."
Wasn't quite sure what he meant, but as there was a definite glint in his eye, I decided not to pursue. I frowned. "Game over I think."
"Fun while it lasted."
His eyes sparkled. "Think I found out a little more about you though. Filled in some of the character gaps, so to speak."
"Yea, and I found a little more about you as well. I think Barbie filled in a chasm of detail."
We both snorted, then smiled.
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