All Stories, Literally Reruns

Literally Reruns – You won’t believe it by Rohit Arora

Rerun number two from Joy.

“This is it.” I say. “That’s what happened.”

Had I been sitting opposite from this man myself, I think I would have gone: ‘Oh right, sure. Thanks for clarifying that!’ and would’ve gotten the hell out of there.

This piece has a very entertaining unreliable narrator. Unreliable because, well, they are clearly out of their mind. I think the length of the piece is perfect for this narrator: short and not so sweet. The narrator is all over the place and claims they aren’t very good at storytelling, yet it is very clear they enjoy doing it. The detailing the narrator uses, especially at the start of the story, makes it all the worst when you finally come to discover where they are and what’s happening. The fact that the narrator was arrested for speeding is a detail that just drives (ha!) the point home on how disconnected they are. The ending gives me a strong feeling that they can’t wait to tell another story.

Reading this piece gave me chills. It’s sentences like ‘I didn’t like her saying please to me. I never like women saying please to me. I feel like, you know, I am some sort of chauvinist. Oppressing them.’ that just makes me loathe the narrator so much (in a good way). It wouldn’t have surprised me if the narrator would’ve followed up with: ‘Well yes, I murdered her! But she asked, and I was a perfect gentleman about it.’ Yuck!

Now the question remains: Does the narratorbelieve their own stories? I would personally like to believe they do. For the narrator to have imagined and heard the girl ask them to (ahem) “make love to her” is in a way better than the alternative. Then again, is there even a lesser evil in this case? Probably not.

Questions for the author:

Q. The narrator seems to have a passion for storytelling. Do you see them as someone who would’ve turned out differently if anyone would’ve just listened to their stories to begin with?

Q. This story was posted quite some time ago. Have you written any murder-themed stories since?

Joy Florentine

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You won’t Believe it

3 thoughts on “Literally Reruns – You won’t believe it by Rohit Arora”

  1. Joy–
    This is another outstanding piece that you have brought back onstage. I look forward to reading Rohit’s replies to your questions. That happens sometimes. Some authors rather answer in the comments box, or take a little time to respond. Good work again.

    Leila

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  2. Hi Joy,
    A brilliant choice and I hope that Rohit gets back to us with the answers to your questions.
    Leila’s Sunday Shoes are difficult to fill, but you are doing a sterling job!!
    Hope that you are having another few looks into the back catalogues and come up with some more Re-Runs!
    We can’t thank you enough!!

    And Rohit – I enjoyed seeing this getting another airing. I hope that you are still writing.

    All the very best folks.
    Hugh

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  3. Joy, your observations regarding the narrator are definitely on the mark. He’s definitely off in the noggin and contemplates the situation accordingly. It takes a streak of insane imagination to write about murder and the delusions that go with it. I wonder how many writers feel that they have a dark and loony side to them. Looking forward to reading the answers. 🙂

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