On February 1, Revolver launched its most ambitious WANTED contest to date. We asked writers to create a fictional character and apply to a real job. The job? A 3-month prompt-based SERIAL PROJECT on Revolver. The editors have now narrowed it to down 2 finalists. What follows are their characters’ answers to the third round of questioning.
Please enjoy the following answer while the editors at Revolver deliberate.
Tiffanie Brumpton, a.k.a., Brump
What are your strengths? Weaknesses? Go into detail.
Brump doesn’t care for interview mind games. You’re not really listening to my answers, you haven’t been all along, or you’d know not to ask. So I’m not repeating myself – you’re clearly clueless – except to say that my main strength and weakness are one and the same. A classic applicant response, right? Show how your weakness is actually a strength? A fierce wolf in passive sheep’s clothing?
In my case it’s actually true. It’s Bubble, my girlfriend, who is both. And a wolf is involved. Bubble had a companion wolf, snow white with gorgeous green eyes. Willa was her name. Willa was elegant, though rangy, as wolves can be, and Bubble was always seen leading Willa around town, with not so much as a leash or collar. Willa was completely harmless under Bubble’s spell, like nearly everyone who met her.
One day they were in Haight-Ashbury and witnesses say a sunburnt, middle-aged tourist freaked out at the sight of a wolf on the streets of San Francisco. Her companion, a stubble-faced fat guy in sweats, pulled out his concealed carry. Willa reared up to protect Bubble.
A single shot went through both their hearts. The couple fled the scene and have never been found.
Yes. Bubble’s been gone five years now.
That’s why the police are unnerved when they see me coming to a job. They hear me talking with Bubble, introducing her, carrying on as if she was there in the flesh. I know she’s physically gone, but she’s very much with me, every moment of every day. Some might call it a weakness that I’m haunted by a ghost accompanied by a phantom wolf.
In my unending grief, it’s Bubble’s spirit that gives me the strength to bear her loss, to go on.
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