As I write this, I have a cold and I’m not at my best, so I’m stealing an idea from a writer friend, Elle J Rossi. On her Facebook page, she asked an improv question last Friday: “You’re standing in the middle of your living room. You need a weapon and you need it NOW! What do you grab?”
There were a lot of great answers. I said, “A bronze candlestick holder, about ten inches tall.” Actually, I just measured it, and my candlestick is six inches tall, but I have a pair, and I would use both as weapons.
Mary Hughes said, “Cat. Many pointy ends.” The one problem I can foresee with this is that first you have to catch the cat.
Another mutual friend, Morganne MacDonald, who is a Kung Fu weapons expert, said, “Tonfa, sai, bo, tecchu, kama, a sword, a sgian dubh, a pen….they’re all in my living room.”
I love that answer! I sometimes have a pen in my living room – but not the others. Darn. One of the replies was from someone who said he had five handguns in his living room, “always at arms length.”
I might have a character in a future book have something like that. Obviously, you can learn a lot about people by their answers. (I’ve learned that Mary’s cat is much more docile than mine!) So in the interest of learning more about you, if you were in this situation, what would you grab?