The Killers Mr Brightside is a song about jealousy. Watching someone you love with someone else.
I’ve taken this as my inspiration and used it to help with a draft I’m in the process of editing & rewriting. So, it’s an excerpt from a novel, the characters are already well established, so there’s a lot taken for granted that the reader would already know. It’s also a lot lighter than many of other my pieces as it’s written for the commercial women’s market (aka chick-lit). It’s still pretty clunky, but it’s start on something I want to develop.
‘Bloody hell, sweetcakes, you didn’t tell me she’s no bigger than Kylie Minogue.’ Astrid peered over the top of her aviators running an expert eye over Yvette’s pixie-like figure.
‘I’ve been trying not to talk about her at all, actually.’
‘Really? I hadn’t noticed.’
I could feel Astrid rolling her eyes at me, but through my black-tinted glasses I watched Yvette holding Jake’s coffee while he padded up. I flicked a fly away, ‘So Jake’s got a new girlfriend? What do I care? I had a boyfriend until quite recently.’
‘Is four months ago still considered recently? I’m not so sure.’ She dropped her cigarette into the last mouthful of her Heineken. ‘Spinisterhood beckons, toots. You could always come over to the dark side. I’m sure I could find you a spot in the Dykes on Bikes Parade.’
I’d lost interest in Astrid’s teasing. At the edge of the cricket field Jake and Yvette were laughing together. Her hand reached up to his chest as he leant down to kiss her. It was like a bluebottle sting. A raw pain that wrapped round my soul. Her hand hovering over his heart. His lips on hers.
‘ I never saw the attraction of Kylie Minogue,’ I said, swatting the fly.
Hadge says: Take a favorite (or even random play) song and write the story behind the lyrics, not something inspired by the lyric, but the flesh on the bones of the story. It gives lots of scope for interpretative writing. Use the lyrics or theme of a song for a piece of flash fiction (50 to 200 words). To clarify, write your version of the story behind the lyrics in a song.
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