In “These Are the Fables” by Amelia Gray, the main character tells her boyfriend, Kyle, that she’s pregnant outside a Dunkin’ Donuts in Beaumont, Texas. The Dunkin’ Donuts is on fire and they have to leave before the police get there because there is a warrant out for his arrest. They start driving to the Rio Grande but have to stop at a Days Inn in Corpus. The woman goes to get ice machine but gets stopped by a young woman who is looking for the room that the singer Selena was murdered in. She goes back to the room and goes to sleep. The acute tension is all the chaos in the scene, them needing to get away before the police find Kyle, she tells him she’s pregnant, and she is vomiting. The chronic tension is that they are 40 something, have different addictions, and can’t seem to take care of themselves.
The two things I highlighted were actions and thoughts. I highlighted actions because it shows the two main characters’ relationship. The actions show how Kyle reacted to the news of her pregnancy. I also highlighted the main character’s thoughts because they show what she is like and how she thinks.
Something I would like to imitate in my writing is how chaotic and real the story seems. I also like how the title was a quote from the very end of the story.
- What does the Dunkin’ Donuts catching on fire add to the story? The Days Inn?
- How do the settings affect the story?
- What does the long list of things Kyle lists add to the story?