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Poem: "Not Mine"
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kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: December 19th, 2011 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder what the little girl will remember of this afternoon, later.

How the bogeyman goes unnoticed while walking down the street, even a few houses, with a crying toddler, I have no idea. Do people perceive him as an unremarkable human, just not notice ...? (Nor would "long white silk" hair have occurred to me as a likely feature.)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 30th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

>>I wonder what the little girl will remember of this afternoon, later.<<

Feel free to bring that up in a later fishbowl!

>>How the bogeyman goes unnoticed while walking down the street, even a few houses, with a crying toddler, I have no idea. Do people perceive him as an unremarkable human, just not notice ...?<<

Magic. Most of the mystical creatures have some ability to conceal themselves. The bogeyman is one of the more able and adaptable examples. Also, don't underestimate the tendency of people to see what they expect and not give a shit about other people's problems.

>>(Nor would "long white silk" hair have occurred to me as a likely feature.)<<

He's all white, actually, the color of freshly burned ash. No, he's not based on any specific rendition of a bogeyman; this is just how he showed up. He's tall and thin and spooky.

kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: December 30th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Noted!

He's all white, actually, the color of freshly burned ash.
That's not what I imagined at all. Next you'll tell me he doesn't wear a hat, either. Humanoid?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 30th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

>>That's not what I imagined at all.<<

That's okay. Monsters don't necessarily appear the same way to everyone.

>> Next you'll tell me he doesn't wear a hat, either.<<

... sometimes?

>> Humanoid?<<

Humanoid, yes: one head, two arms, two legs, mostly human shape. He does have those sharklike teeth, though.
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: December 30th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Apparently not. I'm not sure if anything'd been mentioned before that would've prompted or contradicted my notion of him as dark/shadow colored.

Head, torso, two arms, two legs which it walks on, arranged in roughly the human layout is about all I expect for "humanoid". Doesn't have to pass for human to someone who's actually *looking*.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 30th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>>I'm not sure if anything'd been mentioned before that would've prompted or contradicted my notion of him as dark/shadow colored.<<

I think his pale coloring has been mentioned once or twice before, but not in so much detail. He does rather play against the stereotype; I think that's part of his charm. And we do have the lurking shadow to cover the far end of the spectrum.

>>Doesn't have to pass for human to someone who's actually *looking*.<<

True, and there seem to be a few humans who can see through the glamour.

kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: January 5th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Feel free to bring that up in a later fishbowl!

That seems not to've been necessary ...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I just didn't want to blow it earlier, since "The Girl He Brought Home" wasn't published yet. I hope you like it.
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