What Would You Do?

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?

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10 Responses to What Would You Do?

  1. Fun post! I would say the skillet that I cook cornbread in. That thing is stout. LOL.
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  2. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Edie! Hope you’re feeling better soon!!

    The best story I heard was in a self-defense class. A murderer was attacking women in a neighborhood, up to and including in their home. I don’t remember all the details but essentially the woman had had her nails done that day and when the murderer attacked her, instead of freezing or running, she brandished her long, blood-red nails and attacked him like she was insane! It put him off long enough that she was able to run to safety.

    I wouldn’t really throw my cat. 🙂
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    • Edie Ramer says:

      Mary, that is a great self-defense story. In a mystery that I read years ago, a man who thought he was in danger, fell on the ground and faked a seizure, which scared away the persons trying to harm him. I could do that.

      I’m glad you wouldn’t throw your cat. lol

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Edie,

    Sorry to hear you aren’t feeling to good! I have a loose brick in my fireplace – that would work. lol. Firepoker would also be good! 🙂
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  4. I hope you’re feeling better, Edie! I saw that post by Elle 🙂

    I don’t really have anything dangerous in my living room. Maybe the large black glass vase on the mantel piece *g*
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    • Edie Ramer says:

      Michelle, that could do some damage! I have a few other items I could use, including a heavy pottery vase that my son made in art school. That would hurt more than the candlesticks, but the candlesticks are easier to grab and throw.

      And I am feeling better. Thanks for asking!

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