Mabel stood frozen with disbelief in the recording studio. How? How could this be? How could he be an eraser?
“Mabel, mi amor, stop your silly writing and come away with me. We’ll travel the world as we imagined and see all the beautiful things there are to see.” He tried the door knob but it was locked.
Mabel’s mind reeled. She had to shake off this betrayal this unimaginable betrayal, and think! Think fast! “Carlos, I can’t believe you’re here. I can’t believe this is real.”
“Yes, mi amor, in fiction all things are possible.” He picked up a chair and hit the Plexiglas trying to break his way in.
Mabel put on her headphones and started speaking.
“The door was welded shut and there was no way for the betrayer to enter the room. The glass could not and would not break. He could not reach her.”
And the door was sealed shut, thwarting Carlos’s attempts at entry.
“Why do you keep us apart, my darling? I’m mesmerized by your beauty and can only do as you ask. I will protect you with all that I am and all that I have. I could not bring harm to you.” Carlos reached out with his velvet voice and silken words. His big brown eyes showed a warmth and sensitivity. His broad shoulders and well-muscled form offered comfort and security.
Mabel wanted to believe him. She longed to be held in his arms and to feel safe. He was handsome, caring, smart and she could tell all her thoughts, hopes and fears to him. He kept her secrets and listened to her without interruption. He shared her dreams of traveling and adventures. He was her hero and… He was her creation. Her dream man. He wasn’t real.
Mabel closed her eyes and spoke again into the microphone.
“The beautiful woman said, ‘Carlos, I no longer lover you. We can no longer be together.’
Carlos clutched his chest. ‘Mi amor, you are breaking my heart. I cannot live without you.'”
Mabel watched Carlos mimic the actions in her narrative. She continued.
“‘Carlos, I cannot save you. I must go on with my life without you.’
Carlos said, ‘I’m dying without your love. I will die and return to dust.'”
And with her final words Carlos fell to the floor, lifeless, and turned to dust. Mabel spoke new words and opened the door.
“In fiction all things are possible. Brilliant!”
Once more Mabel put on the headphones and began speaking into the microphone. “Once upon a time there were wondrous creatures great and small, magical and not. They happily lived in wonderful books teaching lessons and having adventures. One day, a terrible magician appeared and tried to take away the stories. He made evil beings called erasers and sent them out into the world of stories to destroy them and the characters who live there. But one day, the evil magician made a terrible mistake and a narrator learned how to control them…”
To be continued…..