The light fabric felt like a mesh of mushy babies between his chubby fingers. He was nearing the completion of what was to be his magnum opus.
Three years in a row he has lost his high school’s Halloween costume competition. Billy was convinced it was politics, but he was prepared to make a lasting impression, a display of radiance and originality that not even the popular student-judges could ignore.
2011 Halloween Costume Competition
(Billy wasn't in the photo album)
He used a stone to sharpen the scissors. Not even Death’s scythe had an edge so razor-sharp. He carefully approached the cloth with extreme precision. A bead of sweat funneled into his eye, but his concentration was as frozen as a mesh of frozen mushy babies. The blade so much as glanced the delicate fabric when— KNOCK! KNOCK! “Billy?! Are you okay?” his mother inquired in the voice of a thousand screeching harpies.
“I’m FINE!” His voice shook the foundation as a few lit candles spilled to the crusty carpet.
“You’ve been up here for 14 hours. How ‘bout you come down stairs. I’ve cooked up some Spaghetti-Ohs,” his mother relentlessly continued… forever.
Billy tried to restrain himself, but the words forced their way up like a fire from the belly of a dragon-bitch. “Go AWAY from this place, you wretched serpent-lady!”
Silence followed his rapturous outburst. He let out an exasperated sigh much like an equally exasperated dog who was also sighing. Billy resumed his work.
The scissors cut through the cloth as the freed threads fell to the floor like jellybeans. The measurements were exact and he gazed upon his work with implausible delight. He cut the same exact dimensions in his next incision.
Four more hours had past and he was finally complete. He shed a tear… and then another tear. This went on for another hour before he decided to don the impeccable attire. He slowly turned toward the mirror. He was forced to squint or otherwise be taken hold by the incredible vivacity of the costume. It was perfect. There was no doubt in Billy’s mind that he’d win this year’s Halloween costume competition.
Yes, I'm getting lazy with titles.