I asked Uncle Charlie to send me a list of ten things. I committed to write a
story involving each item. Among the most outlandish entry was "Falling ten feet
out of bed." The challenge to good fiction as opposed to non-fiction, is that
fiction needs to be believable. I think I did a pretty good job of finding a
logical reason why a person would fall ten feet from a bed; (rotted second floor
Jig Rajan from the novels and a totally new fiction character,
Danny are the protagonist. The young bachelors work for Danny's aunt at a small
TV and radio shop in Escanaba, Michigan.
They hear a commotion in a
back alley and rush in to rescue a Mexican migrant worker about to be beaten by
a pair of racists. Danny, a reluctant hero, is pictured here resting on a trash
can shaking and trying to calm down from the nauseating adrenaline rush.
The pair learn of the biased and illegal treatment of many migrant farm
workers. They decide to do some amateur investigative work with the help of the
aunt to bring the landlords to justice.
It is up to the diminutive,
brown skin Jig to try and get hired as a migrant worker. The real Mexicans know
his Spanish is insufficient, and those who hire day workers can see his smooth
hands were not accustom to harvesting fruit and vegetables.
once an aspiring men's fashion designer, coaches Jig on modeling. He dons his
tightest pair of jeans and and an open floral print shirt. He struts about on the same corner as the other day workers. He is eventually hired as a pool
boy by the wife on one of the wealthy landlords. It turns out that one of the thugs he and Danny ran off in the back alley is their son. He gathers a team of men
with ax handles and rope to put an end to Jig's snooping around.
short story, Ten Things
is in the book by the same name, TEN THINGS: BIRCH CLUMP VILLAGE READER 4