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The Greatest Story Ever Written: Chapter One (1 Viewer)

fisherking

Senior Member
I arrived at LAX late Saturday afternoon. The flight was not unpleasant, aside from the usual small disturbances involving the Middle Eastern passengers, whom were beaten and bound, so as not to evoke fear from the fairer skinned travellers. I, being of dark hair and complexion, might have easily been mistaken for Arabic, yet I was allowed to go undisturbed, for, as one of the crew said to me, "Even if you are a terrorist, sir, to lose our lives to one so dashingly handsome and brilliant of mind would be an honor, not a tragedy." I assured the captain that I am a man of peace, unless you cross me, and all were safe in my presence.

Upon disembarking the aircraft I checked my cell; there were 842 unheard messages. It seems that my one night stand with Jessica Biel affected her more than I realized. "Damn," I said to myself, "Time to change my number again." I deleted the first couple of messages, but stopped on the third, hearing a male voice.

"Wow, sir, I can't tell you what an honor this is! My name's Pete Carroll and I coach the football team here at USC, uh, that's the University of Southern California, and my friend Will Ferrell gave me your number and said you'd be in town. I can't begin to tell you what an honor this is! Anyhoo, I was wondering if you'd do me the honor of giving the pre-game speech to my team this afternoon. I don't know, these kids seem to have lost focus a little and I can't think of anyone better to re-instill the winning attitude than you, sir."

Of course I would do it. There is nothing more rewarding in life than helping youngsters down the right path, and few things help people, both young and old, more than hearing me speak. I would have to put my original reason for being in the City of Angels, the Michael Vick story, on hold for awhile. I'm sure you're familiar with the Vick story of which I'm referring; that is the grand opening of Tasty Pit, the new Korean barbecue restaurant co-owned by Vick and the rapper DMX.

I called my new agent, Karl Rove (who I was able to lure away from his previous job with promises of unlimited power and intellectual stimulation), and told him to get me the gig.
K-Ro (pronounced "crow"), as he preferred to be called, informed me that kickoff was only a half hour away and he was sending a limo.

I arrived at the locker room ten minutes before kick-off, without a prepared speech but enthusiastic; these kids would remember this moment the rest of their lives and I would make it worth every second. I stood outside the door as Martha Stewart finished her warm-up set.

"Now remember, in order for my home recipe breath freshener to work, you have to take it at least thirty minutes after ingesting alcohol, but if used correctly, no police officer can detect the scent on you. Now get out there and kill those motherfuckers!"

The applause was deafening as Martha exited the locker room. She slipped her phone number in my shirt pocket and gave the international "call me" sign as she brushed past me. Before the noise died down I slipped through the door and stood before them. The din grew higher momentarily before my eyes told them to sit down, shut up, and listen.

"You're just boys. Pathetic little boys. Scared. This isn't a game. This is war. That's not a football team out there, it's the VC. It's Charlie. You're gonna go into their village, you're gonna rape their women, you're gonna kill their babies!" These kids were scared. I had em. "You're gonna do whatever you have to do to win this war!"

I turned to one kid, looked like the kicker,"You, you little puke, do you use steroids?"

"No sir, no!" he stammered.

"Why the hell not? You wanna be a fuckin loser?" I looked over at Coach Carroll; he had wet himself.

I kept it up for the next five minutes. When I finished, I looked the team over. It's amazing how much they had grown in the past few minutes. I knew they were ready.

"Okay, guys, teamwork and sportsmanship on three."

It's impossible to describe the sense of pride I felt watching those kids perform on the field of battle. Facing an opponent so strong, the mighty Vandals from the University of Idaho, those brave young men, children really, fought and scratched toward their collective destiny. The ultimate result: USC 38 Idaho 10. Only in Hollywood.

I walked out of the stadium, my feet barely touching the ground, and nearly ran over K-Ro.

"What up, bro?" I asked.

"Forget the restaurant opening," he said, "it's not happening. Mike Vick's in jail."

"Why?"

"Police found a body on his property," he said, "it was Snoop Dogg."

"Mother of God!" I said.
 

Eli Cash

Senior Member
I really think you want to rethink that title. The last title that was applied to was a movie about Jesus, I think. That's tough competition. Plus, it opens itself up to the derision of critics and eye rolls of literary agents and publishers.
 

fisherking

Senior Member
Yeah Eli, I'm aware of the source material from which the title comes. Not trying to ruffle any feathers...or am I?
 

Lost Kosmonaut

Senior Member
It's pretty interesting, I just don't see it becoming the greatest story ever written. Even if you're using the title as an attention-getter, it just comes off as arrogant.
 

fisherking

Senior Member
It's great that the title is causing this kind of stir. If you can figure out which two vowels I left out of the last word of the preceding sentence, you might be on to something.
 
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*firefighters_girl

I'm not really sure I'm understanding what's going on here.... but then again I just skimmed it. Maybe I missed something...
 

Lost Kosmonaut

Senior Member
It's great that the title is causing this kind of stir. If you can figure out which two vowels I left out of the last word of the preceding sentence, you might be on to something.

That's not really what I meant. I actually didn't read it because the title didn't appeal me. If I saw a book titled as you did in the store, I wouldn't even consider picking it up. A "stir" is good, but you reach a point where instead of stirring people, you're just repelling them.

Some may not agree. This is just me, one of many average readers speaking.

That being said, I'll go ahead and read it when I get the time because I feel like it's useless for me to even post here unless I can constructively criticise, or tell you what I liked about the story.
 

Eli Cash

Senior Member
Yeah, second what LK just said there. I didn't actually read a word of it, but just wanted to give my dos pesos on the title. Then I felt bad about not reading it and kind of skimmed it and saw a bunch of pop-culture/celebrity references and redecided not to read it again.

But I still don't think it's a good title.
 
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HeatherLee

um, interesting. the main character is arrogant and i often find arrogant characters funny, so i will definitely keep reading this story. however, you either need to make it clear that he isnt that great but really arrogant or actually show us why he is that great. i hope that made sense haha. other than that i like your ability to tell a story.
 

fisherking

Senior Member
This isn't really the title of the story, just a phrase I used in the blog in which the original story was posted. The main character is on a quest in search of "the greatest story ever written." But I'm starting to think it might be the title I'm looking for.
 

Gabriel Gray

Senior Member
Is it supposed to be like this the whole way through? Because if it's a short story, that could be bareable for some people, even perhaps funny. But i honestly couldn't read an entire book about a character in which everyone loves him, he does no wrong and fixes everything he touches after encouraging terriosts to give up their evil ways, because he's that damn handsome.

etc.
 

Gabriel Gray

Senior Member
Depends what you class evil as, if blowing up innocent people because their beliefs are different, then i would have to say thats pretty damn evil.

Along your lines of defence, you could defend hitler.

Who's to say what evil really is? Well, common sense, thats who.
 

Shan

Senior Member
I'd have to agree with the previous posts about the story. What's the point of writing a character who can do no wrong and flawless? Pretty boring if you ask me, and being from the same town as Vic grew up in, being an owner of a restaurant just doesn't seem his style anyway, but I guess anythings possible. Definitely not novel material unless you change a few aspects of the story and make them half way believable. But that's just me. Sorry..
 
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Danoftheworld

In all honesty, I'm not sure what the purpose of this story is. If it is (as you suggest) a satire, it is a satire on what? All I can find is a set of american celebrities' names dropped in unlikely places in a short story that is..well...a little wierd.

The central character, on the other hand, does not seem to have a name at all, nor any defining attributes besides overall perfection. There seem to be no real events beyond the further dropping of unlikely names in even more unlikely places and a small locker-room pep-rally in which the central character urges a team to victory through the use of comparrison with the Vietnam war. If this piece has something to say, I'm afraid it is beyond me.

Oh, and Godwin in 17.
 
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