A few posts ago, I mentioned Larry the Hamster. Those of you who personally know me from high school days probably got that reference, but the rest of you would have been confused. So here is my high school life, in comics.
See, my two best friends from high school and I had this thing for drawing little comics with both real people and a couple iconic fictional characters that we referred to often. We did it to deal with bad situations, to have conversations, and just for fun. I mean, we spent all of elementary and middle school playing imaginative games, some of which gave birth to story ideas for me. It's in our nature to be like that.
I was the progenitor mostly of the storylines and the real people, although the others contributed their own twists. LaPriel, though, of ye blog, was the master of iconic, imaginary characters. We had quite a few of them that were often referenced, and these characters have bled into my life outside of Priel and my little world. So who are ye yonder characters?
Well, we had a few.
I suppose this whole thing began in middle school, although some of it came from elementary. We had always had these specific characters that we talked about. There was Peter, who we blame still for unfortunate gaseous incidents, and Simon, who was the carpenter. I don't know why Simon came to exist, honestly, but he did. We also integrated some celebrities into these things, naturally.
Then in middle school, Freddie appeared.
Don't judge that too much. LaPriel would tell me I'm doing it wrong. But that's the general image. Freddie was LaPriel's "boyfriend" in middle school, and the first imaginary character that actually had an image. I don't really remember why Priel decided to create Freddie, but I mean, it was middle school, so fake boyfriends are pretty much understandable. Freddie had this whole story arc that ran through eighth grade, at which point Freddie left LaPriel for his picture soulmate Fredrickalina, and Freddie vanished from our lives.
About that time, I began the comic streak that continued for all of high school, and in other moments when we've been around each other. The reason was a boy (isn't that the reason for everything?), who I at the beginning of this, was angry with. So I started drawing comics where unfortunate things happened to him, known as the James Comics. From there, me and my friends all began appearing in the comics, with other real people and fictional characters and such.
Then ninth and tenth grade came around, and I had a few classes I hated. As such, we began encountering some special monsters. The one that stuck around was the Math Monster, pictured above. You'll notice he's made entirely out of numbers. Four zeros for eyes, a seven for the head, an eight for the body, and four ones for arms and legs. The Math Monster still comes around and attacks me once and a while. This last year, Peeta Mellark had to save me from the dear Math Monster a few times.
And that brings us to Larry the Hamster. Honestly, that's a really terrible drawing. It does not properly depict the evil crazy wildness that is Larry the Hamster, otherwise known as Larry the Man-Eating Hamster.
Larry came about, from Priel, mostly because... I think because she got really angry at men partway through high school, for which she has good reasoning. I mean, every girl has their moment of anger towards men, I think. I've had it. And Larry is the hamster for you in these cases. He was designed to eat up all the guys who made us upset.
Larry is huge. Like 8 feet tall. And he eats people, but only the people Priel tells him to. He used to have a little brother, who was adorable, but, um, the little brother mysteriously disappeared. It's possible Larry ate him too. Larry has become such a big part of our lives, with such a rich backstory and relationship with us that we use him as threats and such for everything. Larry was even my fake boyfriend for a while in high school. In fact, we all use Larry so much that my friends in online writing communities know about and refer to him. Don't you, guys? ;)
Thanks for hanging in for that explanation of my friends and our imaginary life, haha. Come back next time for some of my favorite poems. :)
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. More than anything, stories are my life.
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