Friday, May 29, 2009

Character of the Week: Candy!


Today, I'd like to introduce our fiesty Goth resident: Candy!
Candy, we'd like to know all about your world:




You know me as Candy but my parents christened me Daisy! Can you believe it? Like I was a cow or something!! I felt suffocated with them in that little row house in the suburbs of Birmingham. As though I was old already. No choice but to plod through life like them. School was the same, until I discovered painting. It was like escaping through a keyhole into another world. I won awards. Teachers praised me.
.

My parents grumbled I was wasting my time. Then I met Brian. He looked like Adam on American Idol. He made me up, had my hair cut and colored, got me pierced with rings, studs and hoops, and helped me buy clothes. We were a cool couple and now people paid attention to me. I actually scared them! I was different and tough. I still am. I ran away to live with him in London. He didn't look like Adam anymore. Again I felt trapped. Going nowhere.

Then Mother called. "Your Great Aunt in America needs help. Close to dying, I 'spect. Got no heirs and must be nearing ninety. Play it right and you'll get everything."
'Course, Mum figures she'll get her slice. The whole family hates Great Aunt Alex 'cause she wore red at Grandfather's funeral. I'll go.
What if I can't stand her? What if she doesn't die? I don't even know what she looks like!
Probably lives in a dump! How do I get that money out of her? I don't want to change my Goth look. What if she hates me? I'd really appreciate any advice. I've never been to the U.S before. What's it like there? What should I do or not do?



81 comments:

DESTINY said...

Candy,

I foresee a long road ahead for you, but you shall find your way and blossom.

It is your Destiny.

Anonymous said...

Lurker here. Greetings, Candy. I've always wanted to know what Goth is exactly.

candy said...

Thanks, Destiny. Y'a know once my destiny seemed so bleak, but by running off with Brian I changed it, I hope... How solid is destiny and if it's so easy to change what does "destiny" mean?

Candy said...

Anonymous - of course I only know my own type of Goth and there are many different forms of it, although the trappings are much the same. For me it was escape from the ordinary. rebellion against my parents and stuffy relatives ( as you can imagine they went bonkers) - and hiding behind this tough and frightening- to- a -lot of people exterior. No one noticed me before but now when I go anywhere people move out of my way. I feel different, not scared anymore. And it got Brian to like me. Sometimes I think it's because I look so much like him . Yeach, that's kind of weird!
I guess this doesn't really answer your question but, except for the appearance, Goth is kind of a nebulous thing.

DESTINY said...

Candy,

One may not change Destiny. One can avoid it or walk within it, but it can not be bargained with.

Your fiery and independent spirit, that which you think sets you apart, is your blessing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Candy


Shadow

Christine H said...

Dear Candy,

I live in the U.S. Near Philadelphia, in fact. Americans are all about independence and freedom. We have a lot of Goth teens here. You will probably fit right in, and they will probably love your accent.

However, I would like to encourage you to think about something. You have re-invented yourself to please Brian and to hide your sensitive side. While you are in America, why not, just for the heck of it, try reinventing yourself another way and see what happens? What if you changed your hair back to its normal color (or just let the black grow out) and tried "acting" the role of a normal teen for a while? Just wore jeans and regular clothes, and tried to be friendly instead of scary, to see how people react?

Americans are extremely friendly, we have none of the British reserve. You may find yourself "taken under the wing" of some kind-hearted girls at school who want to help you fit in. You never know! You might even find a boy who is nicer to you than Brian.

Your Aunt sounds like a cheerful, independent person if she wore red to a funeral.

(That is an American thing to do, by the way. My mom's friend's husband died and she (the widow) wore bright yellow to show how happy she was that he was in Heaven and that they had a wonderful life together.)

You might want to keep an open mind and just get to know her. Don't think about the money; think of her as someone who might be a good, wise friend.

I hope it works out!

Candy said...

Hi Shadow, I'm glad you're here. What are you doing today?

candy said...

Hi Christine H. Thanks for your advice and information. Actually I am twenty now, so no more school but I'm glad Americans are so friendly. Philadelphia sounds a nice place but my great aunt's in San Francisco. I think that's a long way away?
I don't know if I want to go back to being ordinary. I feel safe like this . It does scare me though to think that not many older people are Goths. I've got to stay tough so as not to be hurt and I don't want to like this aunt 'cause she's going to die. anyway. When I get her money then maybe that will be my armour and I can reinvent myself around it.
You sound a kind lady How's the puppy?

Christine H said...

Dear Candy,
Yes, San Francisco is as about as far from Philadelphia as you can get! I was there once. Beautiful city. Rainy climate, though. You should feel at home there if you've been living in London.
Sorry about the misunderstanding about your age. Of course you are out of school! But perhaps you will still find some friends.
Armor can trap you as well as protect you. Don't forget that! It not only keeps the bad people out, it keeps the good ones out as well.
I still think you should give your aunt a chance. She may be feeling like you - that no one likes her except for her money. A little kindness might gain you not just her favor, but her friendship.
The puppy is great! It's been a bit of a strain with him nipping our older dog - who really has no interest in fighting with him - but I got some rawhide chews to keep him busy and have been playing fetch with him a lot. He could play fetch all day! My arm feels like rubber. LOL!
Thanks for asking.
There are so many lovely things to see in San Francisco. I was only there a couple of days, so I didn't get to see much. I think the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory was my favorite, though!

Candy said...

Sounds good, Christine, I love chocolate!
OH, I'll be nice to great Aunt, whatever she's like.I can't go back home empty handed!

Don't we all hide behind masks? As the years pass don't they grow thicker until the tender, open, being we began as becomes hidden completely. Perhaps a crack forms sometimes to let someone see inside, or the person tears it off himself and is then scorned for the honest nakedness revealed.
When I was a little kid I thought lorry drivers were fabulous and I planned on marrying one. I remember, at this time, I had a recurring dream of standing by the road watching a huge, red vehicle roar by.The driver was always movie star handsome but to my perennial shock his face peeled off, revealing another, and then another and another. Finally I knew the last one would be shown and I awoke screaming, knowing it would be terrible. I never saw that last face. Weird eh?

Troubadour said...

You can follow the American Teen Girl Dream and move to the Pacific Northwest to fall in love with a Vampire.

I have traveled the world, starting in the year 1287. America is an interesting place, especially these days when the cultures mix more openly.

I suspect your Aunt lives in a nice place, if she has significant wealth.

I'll swing by your Aunt and see if I can glimpse her fate. I am quite good at finding out when someone will die.

Anonymous said...

I still don't get Goth. Maybe that's as close as one can get to an explanation.

Thought it related to music?

Anonymous said...

Hi Candy

I'm okay. I picked you for this week.


Shadow

shy said...

"Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life."

~Robert Southey

Anonymous said...

If I wore bright yellow to a funeral, it wouldn't be to celebrate my husband's life!

Anonymous said...

Hi Candy

I just read your dream. That sounds scary.

If you are scared, you can call me.

Shadow

Anonymous said...

Hi Candy

You don't have to call me though.

If you don't want to.

Shadow

Anonymous said...

Hi Candy

Don't call Brian though.

Shadow

Aidan said...

I spend all day every day wearing masks--pretending I can't see into people's heads, pretending I don't notice them noticing me, pretending I know more than I do.

Sometimes I just want to say fuck it. Maybe we should plan a day to do that together, huh, Candy?
It'd be easier if I didn't have to do it alone.

Kaelin said...

Everyone wears masks.

Candy said...

Oh Troubador, I would love it if you could check on my great aunt! Can you see what kind of person she is as well as if and when she's going to die? If so I could prepare my approach. If you could see if she has enough to make this all worth while, I'd appreciate it too! Of course, maybe your powers only see death things but that's good. I don't want to know about mine though, please.

Anonymous said...

Hi Aidan,

Are you there? Can I ask you a question?

Shadow

Candy said...

Shadow, I'd certainly call you before I'd call Brian!
You are a love. Now go off and have some fun. talk to some of those nice kids at school. It'll soon be vacation; what will you do then?

Candy said...

Aidan, sometimes we just have to do things by ourselves, and my project is one of those. Maybe after I'm rich we'll get together and have a party, eh?

By the way, do be careful what you say to Shadow. He's such an innocent and maybe a tiny bit simple. He needs a big brother.

Aidan said...

Shadow,
Ask away, bro.

Candy said...

Kaelin, may I ask what's under your mask? To be honest, I'm a bit scared of you. You're always so sharp. Is there a softer "you" underneath?

Aidan said...

Yeah, Candy, you're right. Not like my cousins would let me out anyway.

Ms. Fettleston said...

Dear Ms. Candy,

Hello, dear. How very interesting to learn more about you. You are a painter, my dear? Do you have any paintings that you could show us? I do love art, Ms. Candy, and I am sure that your art is especially lovely.

It is so difficult to be young, isn't it? One doesn't quite know what to do with oneself. Yet it can be so exciting as well. A special trip to San Francisco! How wonderful.

I went to San Francisco once. It was quite educational. The people there dress very differently, dear. One isn't always sure if you are being addressed by a woman or a man. This can be rather disconcerting, since one doesn't quite like to ask, you know. So, I'm sure that wearing red to a funeral would be quite tame there.

Have a lovely day, Ms. Candy.

Sincerely,

Ms. Fettleston

Anonymous said...

Hi Aidan,

Would you ask Candy if she...

You know.

I can't ask.

Shadow

Aidan said...

Mrs F! Good to see you back around here.

Aidan said...

Shadow,

I think she's a little old for you, bro.

Forget women for awhile. I have. You know, you and I should hang out sometime, just us guys. Do you surf?

Candy said...

Anonymous = To be honest, some Goths would call me a poser because I wasn't born that way but changed for a reason. Brian is a real one. Always different. Loves black and hard metal music. That's why he stopped me painting because he didn't like the colours. Most real Goths are kind and don't think a lot about what they look like so their clothes reflect their inner darkness.
Personally I found them boring and the music too loud. Too much booze and dope in our group. I tried, but just got sick.

Anonymous said...

Hi Aidan,

I don't mind that she's old. I think she's pretty.

I don't surf. That would be fun, though.

Shadow

Pure fiction said...

Hi Candy,
Is Brian really as horrible as he sounds? You must love him a little to have been with him all this time. Won't you miss him when you go to San Francisco?


(PS: I got a bit confused in the last post - I thought you already had gone)

Kaelin said...

You have no reason to fear me, Candy.

My mask is violence. I have become my mask.

I am an assassin for Sentinel and they need me. I'm the best they've got. I can't afford softness or my enemies will use it against me.

Aidan said...

Hey Candy,

Kaelin's wrong. His mask is not his violence. It's his tattoos and scars. It keeps most people away from him because he's scared to let them get very close to him.

But Kae would never hurt you. He's gentle. Little kids like him.

You have to understand what he's been through. Like, he had to cage fight when he was undercover with an enemy cell. One time he had to kill another Sentinel ranger to maintain his cover. Kae did it so quickly the ranger barely felt it.

Aidan said...

Shadow,

She is pretty. But I think she might mind that you're younger.

I'll have Marc and Jason teach you to surf. According to them, I suck.

It's still fun though.

Ms. Fettleston said...

Dear Mr. Aidan,

How lovely to see you as well, dear. I do hope your war is going well?

Sincerely,

Ms. Fettleston

Candy said...

Hi, Pure Fiction,

No, Brian is not horrible. Just a big disappointment really. He was my first love. so handsome and dramatic. But after living in that awful basement apartment, having him come home too drugged out to be loving anymore. Me earning food and rent working at that crummy pub while he lay around smoking etc. all day. Then when he hated my paintings ... I just started feeling sad all the time. I guess he was just a dream really - but he did get me away from home.
You know I don't miss him at all. I thought he made me into a somebody but to him I was just another piercing. Still a bit of an empty place inside though.
Yeah, I am in San Francisco now. Still at the airport. There's this weird guy lurching toward me, he looks like he;s got something really wrong with him. Jeez, I hope he's not the one who's supposed to meet me!

Aidan said...

Mrs F
About as well as can be expected, thanks for asking.

Aidan said...

Candy,

Brian is wrong about your paintings.

Candy said...

Oh, Kaelin, I do understand about that softness thing. It feels good to have a strong friend like you. I would like to be a one of those little kids. Where were you born? I think you told us but I forget,

Kaelin said...

Aidan and I were born in England, at our family house in Henley. We didn't stay there for very long, though. Our parents took us to Canada and then at two our mother took us to Colorado to protect us from Sentinel and our dad.

He's older by a couple of minutes.

Aidan said...

In everything but Sight, Kaelin is my big brother, though.

Kaelin said...

Oh, and Aidan's right, Candy. You are pretty. Drop the makeup and hair and be you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Aidan,

Okay. Do you think she'll wait?

I'd go surfing.

Shadow

Aidan said...

Shadow,

She might, man. I don't know. She's one of those with a bunch of jumbled up paths and she's up in SF and I'm down south, so we're not all that close to each other.

Aidan said...

Hey Candy,
Wanna know what big, bad Kaelin's doing right now?

He's playing with a stray kitten out on the beach.

Anonymous said...

Awwwww. That's so cute.

Candy said...

Aidan, you're being so good to Shadow. surfing would be great for him. Loosen him up a bit.
I've been to Henley. They had a regatta there; such a beautiful place with the river and all. Can you and Kaelin ever go back? Is your house still there?

Aidan said...

We use the house sometimes, but more times we're out in Dover at Council House. I've only been there in winter.

Shadow's cool. I don't think he's any more tense than I'd be if I couldn't see myself in the mirror.

Hey, I wonder if he can see his reflection in water. Shadow?

Marc said...

Oh yes, that would be an epic tragedy if Aidan couldn't see himself in the mirror.

Jason said...

He never washes his face or combs his hair anyway. What difference would it make?

Marc said...

Hey Candy, you ever get out of the airport yet?

Candy said...

Hi, Marc,

That weird guy I told you about was the lawyer who arranged everything. I spoke to him on the phone in England and he sounded normal. I mean he has something seriously wrong with him. All uncoordinated, his mouth works funny when he talks. I'm so pissed at my Aunt sending someone like this to pick me up. Surely he can't drive! But I have to follow him - he's got my knapsack. What else can I do?

Kaelin said...

Call me, Candy, if you need help. I can be there in less than an hour on the jet.

Christine H said...

Candy, he might be fine but just have a disability, like cerebral palsy. Be nice! I'm sure he's got a taxi waiting.

We can't all be young, strong and perfect.

Anonymous said...

Hi Aidan,

I don't know.

Maybe I can look when we surf.

Shadow

Maxwell said...

Okay.

So if you want help with Aunt dying, I help you.

I make bomb, go boom.

Or I make poison. Go ACCKKKKK.

Or I make cage for big snake. Go ACCKKKK again.

Or I make trap with bear. She fall in it. Go bye-bye.

You let me know. Then we split money.

Anonymous said...

You guys are nuts.

Anonymous said...

How much money does your aunt have anyway?

Aidan said...

Hey, where's the band? They must be on the road.

Mira said...

Hey Aidan,

They are. They're on a road tour, while their writer is taking a two week vacation.

They'll be back!

Nevin said...

Hi, Candy! I'm sorry we haven't been around much. Bo has been behaving badly on our tour and Ricky has been upset with all of us. It makes me depressed, but I'm trying to keep my spirits up.

Good luck to you in San Francisco. I'd be happy to help you out if I can. Remember that you have friends in America!

Ricky said...

I'm not mad at you, Nevin. I just wish you'd tell me when you see Bo or the others doing things they shouldn't. Like the naked pool party in Pagosa Springs. You could've warned me.

Candy, if you get the chance to make it to one of our shows, we'd love to see you. We're in Albuquerque tonight, then Las Cruces and El Paso. Just tell your rich aunt to buy you a plane ticket. I'll put you on the guest list.

Candy said...

Maxwell, I sure don't want any of your kind of help, thank you. You think I want to spend my life in jail?
Also, it's enough that my mother will want some of whatever I get without sharing it with someone like you. You'd just go out and buy more explosives anyway. Not good!

I have no idea how much money she has. It's just what her/my family thinks. Krikey, she may live in a hovel and be on welfare for all I know. These thoughts are really upsetting!

Hey Troubadour, have you found anything out yet?

Bo said...

Candy, sweetheart, do as Ricky said and come to one of our shows. If you can make it for tonight, I've got some fun lined up for after the show, and you can come along.

After tonight, we're back on the road.

Kalila said...

And after this minute, Bo, you're coming to rehearsal. Quit flirting with Candy and let her get settled in America. This crazy country was hard for me to figure out and I'm over 2,000 years old. Imagine what it's like for her.

Hi, Candy. Enjoy San Francisco, ignore Bo, and don't even think about moving in on my Ricky. Leave my human alone, and we can be friends.

Maxwell said...

Candy

You change your mind, you know where to find me.

I only take 40%.

I have bomb for your mother too, if you want. No charge.

Candy said...

Kalila, thanks for letting your band visit. I wish I could get to a show sometime. Don't worry, I'd never move in on Ricky. I think of them all like brothers. I never had brothers or sisters so really like imagining thats what you blokes are.

Oh, criminy,this weird guy has taken me into the parking garage and is stopping by a red
Farrari. Surely not - but he has a key and is beckoning me around to the other side (the wrong side ). Is he really going to drive it? Is he laughing at me? I guess I have to get in. He must be kidding... O gosh, he's starting the engine...

Aidan said...

My uncle has a Ferrari. It's pretty cool. He won't let me drive it though.

Christine H said...

Uh, Candy don't get in... run!!! Find the nearest policeman, airport security guard, anyone official-looking and ask for help!

Candy said...

But, Christine, this chap can drive! I almost forget his disability as we swerve in and out of traffic. It's thrilling to hear the roar as we leave others in our dust. And he feels really safe. Look, there's San francisco !. What a cool city with all those white high rises clustered over there. We're headed for some bridge. something about a Bay is all I gathered from the sign we zoomed past. Whee!

Josiah said...

Candy it sounds like you're headed toward Sausalito ... that is if you're going across San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Or - maybe he said the Bay Bridge? That would make sense. The airport is in South San Francisco and you take the Bay Bridge to get into the city.

I assume you know the drinking age here in the US is 21, so unless you have a fake ID, you won't be able to get into the bars. But there's lots of great (and also dangerous) stuff down in the SoMa (South of Market) and the Tenderloin. Have fun, but be alert. San Franciscan's move fast.

When I go there I like Muir Woods and Stinson Beach. (they're across the GG Bridge.)

Candy said...

It was the Bay bridge we roared across. Mike, that's his name, doesn't say much but I can see he's enjoying himself. Where the heck are we going? Am I being kidnapped? I thought she lived in the city! I've heard there's a slave trade.If I'm murdered no one will notice! I didn't even ask for Id from this weirdo! Idiot!
At least Nevin and the others are in this country. That makes me feel better. And Kaelin. If I can get a message to him.I should have called a policeman like Christine said.
We're going through a tunnel."We're nearly there." Is that what he said? But where is there?

Candy said...

It's bedtime. Hard to stay awake with the time change and all. Thanks for talking to me. You're all really great and the best family I've got .
Ta ta for now

Kaelin said...

Like I said, I'm less than an hour away by air.

Mira said...

Candy! You can't leave us here. Where did you go? A tunnel? Sausilito? Marin? Muir Woods? Where?

Somewhere safe I hope!

Thanks so much for a lovely character of the week - it was wonderful getting to know you.

Candy has selected Ms. Fettleston to be next week's character of the week. Ms. Fettleston, please contact me at your convienence.

Marenya said...

Candy,
When I said it wasn't fair that no one but me had been kidnapped, I didn't mean I wanted someone ELSE to get kidnapped.
May Heaven watch over you.

Christine H said...

Oh, wonderful! Mrs. Fettleston! I'm so sorry I'll have to miss next weekend. It's my son's birthday and we are having all his friends over, and my mother and grandmother might be staying with us as well.