Prompt number 4 on the 30 Day Writing Challenge is…
Create a character off the top of your head and write a short history of him/her. Oh yes! You know how I love to create characters :)
Simon Jones is 48 years old. At 6 foot 2 he carries his obesity well, but has a habit of highlighting his beer belly by tucking his shirts into his trousers. A history teacher, he has been working at the same comprehensive school for 16 years. An only child he was close to his mother, living with her until her death 2 years ago.
He appears to be an arrogant man, loving nothing more than the sound of his own voice. But this is just a huge front for his insecurities and low self esteem. It has been years since he has had a date and he is beginning to resign himself to a lonely existence.
His almost jet black hair has lost it’s shine and is highlighted with random grey streaks. He has recently found the first grey hair in his unruly eyebrows. As a child he was bullied at school and threw himself into the many history books his father collected. He found it comforting to imagine himself in another era, away from the constant taunts from the other boys because he wore glasses. As an adult, with his first pay check he became a contacts user.
In his spare time he enjoys completing jigsaw puzzles (which isn’t as much fun since mum died) and stamp collecting, something he’s been doing since a child.
Today will be an interesting day for Simon. At school this afternoon he will see a boy being bullied, which reminds him of his own tormentors and he will flip, slapping the bully across the face.
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Awwww, poor Simon. I imagine him being frog marched across the playground in front of the pupils staff and parents :(
Any ideas on how Simon can have a happy ending?