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The Imp of the Perverse Kind of Looks Like a Jawa

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:50 pm
by Douglas Hackle
Whenever she told me she loved me my response was always: “I know.”

She thought this was Han-Solo-sexy early on. But nine years, three kids, and one terminal cancer diagnosis later, she was ready for “I love you.”

How I longed to tell her those words, but my compulsion prevented me. When at last I overcame it, I was too late.

Then a new impulse held me in irrational thrall: to freeze my children in carbonite.

At least before I lowered them into the chamber, I said to them the three words I was never able to say to her.

Re: The Imp of the Perverse Kind of Looks Like a Jawa

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:18 pm
by HailToTheChimp
I like the mix of SW reference silliness and effective tragic drama. It's always impressive when a piece of this length conveys emotion effectively.

Re: The Imp of the Perverse Kind of Looks Like a Jawa

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:17 pm
by Douglas Hackle
Hey, thanks.

I've been fascinated by "the imp of the perverse" idea ever since reading the Poe story of the same name many moons ago. And I've always sort of got a kick out of Han Solo's famous "I know" line in Empire. What's more, I've been told by more than one woman that his utterance of the line was swoon-inducing in its super-sexy, super-noncommittal, super-unreciprocated way. So this drabble was written as a ridiculously uncalled-for fusion of that SW reference with the Poe idea (I believe "the imp" concept might actually predate Poe, but I always associate it with him.)

In truth, I wasn't really going for "effective tragic drama" or even "effectively conveyed emotion" with this one, but if that's what you got from it, that's awesome. Gotta love those unintended side effects--the good ones at least. And who the hell cares what I was going for anyway? :)