I've mentioned a few times in the past how I love to follow stories. The whole arc that comes with watching a group of characters grow and develop over time, however short, is worth every moment we spend absorbed in the fable. Over the last few years I've let my love of books and stories fall by the wayside as I adapted to life in Japan but, as time goes on, I find myself longing for the warm embrace of a well-written piece of work where one or more characters are presented with a challenge that they must overcome. The story doesn't need to be written in a novel format, either. Any medium will work, from novel to short TV series, so long as the story fulfills some very basic needs.
With the number of remakes that are gracing the movie theatres lately, I've been thinking about which movies should be next in line for a complete and utter rewrite. One series that I have enjoyed time and again for reasons I have yet to understand is the Fast & Furious franchise1. There really is no story to speak of, so it shouldn't be too difficult, either. All we need is a bunch of guys with muscles and attitude problems, women with luscious bodies and seductive voices, and a boatload of sexy sports and muscle cars from all over the world. Who knows, maybe the characters will even have a few lines to say to each other!
I've been on the beat a long time and seen a lot of strange things with the RCMP, but nothing quite as strange as this. The first case started nine weeks ago. A woman was found unconscious in a park in Steveston next to the public library. She didn't know how she got there, or when she might have lost consciousness. While this might not seem strange in a part of Canada renowned for its thriving drug community, the woman was found nude from the waist up and painted with a thick water-based paint. She was effectively a work of art left in the park.
Every morning starts the same way. The alarm goes off, I get out of bed, and make my way to the bathroom. It's been this way for as long as I can remember, and it was a good way to start the day. There has been a recent addition to the morning routine, though. One that is both interesting and scary at the same time: the daily weight measurement.
The canyon stretched on for what seemed like an eternity, and The Traveller has been following the broken earth for just as long. Stretching out to the horizon both ahead and behind the wandering individual, the massive scar that bisected the continent was impassible. Having an insatiable desire to cross this chasm to reach a promised destination, The Traveller set out to find a bridge or the origin of the crack ... a place where it would be possible to cross the impasse and reach the goal.