Wednesday Story Day – AKA Hump Day.

Librarian signing her memoirs with stamp.

Librarian signing her memoirs with stamp.

Wednesday story day again and last week we were treated to a situation where Bob’s mother managed to confuse Robert. He is an alternate personality created by Bob. Robert’s sole function is to protect Bob from the psychological ravages inflicted by his mother. Robert seemed a little confused about his identity and called out to Bob for help. Let’s join the two.

“Bob’s not going to come to your aid.”

“Why not?”

“Because he is afraid of me. That’s why.”

“I’m not afraid of you.”

“Then why call for Bob?”

“I just need some questions answered that’s all.”

“Like what questions?”

“You raised a doubt in my mind about the future.”

“The future? Your future you mean?”

“Yes, I guess so.”

“Maybe I can help.”

“I don’t trust you. Bob has told me so many things you have done to him that I hate you.”

“Do you think Bob told you the truth?”

“Of course. Why would he lie? After all, I was there for some of it.”

“You were there?”

“Yes, Bob and I used to trade places when he was feeling especially vulnerable. Anyway, it doesn’t matter. I need to get on with protecting Bob and the best way is to shut you up for good.”

“You need to shut up Bob’s mother.”

“Yes, that’s right. Bob’s mother.”

“Take a close look Robert.”

“Oh my god. You’re Charlotte.”

“That’s right. You still think I need shutting up?”

“B─but I don’t understand.”

“It will take some time Robert. Do you have the time?”

“Oh, my gosh.”

23 comments

  1. And that’s how the ‘alter’ in ‘alter ego’ becomes a verb instead of an adjective!

    1. Great comment. Thanks Keith.

  2. Interesting twist. Charlotte seems to have her hands full. Then again, I’m not really sure what she is any more.

    1. I think Charlotte is a constant. I’m not sure what Bob is anymore. Wait, I’m the author.

      1. I guess my question is what is her job. She began as an editor, but now she’s more of a psychologist or therapist. So I wonder who the real Charlotte is.

      2. Good question. I think I will let her tell you next week.

  3. oooh a mystery wrapped up in an enigma!

    1. Yes. I wonder where this is going to end up.

  4. Charlotte is back! Now what will Bob/Robert do???????

    1. “Tune in next week,” as they say

  5. Phew! I was pretty sure that was Charlotte and I was worried. Nice twist John.

  6. Yes, a nice twist indeed. … Hmmm… Is Charlotte what she appears to be — (other than when they think she’s Bob’s mother)… Is she an alter ego in a wig? Or maybe a government spy, perhaps from the Library of Congress or the Government Printing Office? 😀 You’re much better at this, John. So I will leave it in your expert hands. Besides — i have to deal with enough split personalities working for the government!!! 😀 Hugs!

    1. I think you are a saint. (Working for Gov.)

  7. This tale is twisting and turning all over the place, John! Well written and most captivating — makes it hard to wait a full week for the next installment!

  8. Intriguing – but not good to come into the middle of something like this. Must go back and read previous entries…

    1. Actually you can hang around and read the next one. (next week)

  9. I don’t know if Robert has the time, but we sure do..and looks like we’ll need it! Nice, John.

  10. Great twisted tale.

    1. Glad you liked it.

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