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Chapter Twenty-Five: “Out of the Desert”

Old Man Clancy didn’t watch New York, didn’t really care what they were doing, but he wanted to see me self-destruct, which is how he came to see Darryl wrestling a ring full of mud and shit as this crazy farmer with a hand-rake. So, he picks up the phone and calls Darryl to ask him what the fuck that he thinks he’s doing.

“Making a living,” says Darryl. “If you needed to make a living that badly, you couldn’t pick up the phone and call me?” says the Old Man. “After what happened when Mickey died, I thought you wouldn’t want to talk me,” replies Darryl. “After what happened when Mickey died, what with Junior being the booker and all, I thought you wouldn’t want to talk to me,” echoes the Old Man. “No, Junior did what he had to do. I just couldn’t stay and be a part of it,” says Darryl. There’s a long pause before the Old Man finally asks, “Do you have a binding contract with those New York shit-heads?” “No,” says Darryl. “Then get on a plane to St-Louis, I want to talk to you face to face.” says the Old Man before hanging up.

At least that’s how Darryl says the conversation goes.

And that’s how Darryl came out of the desert and back to St-Louis. New York taped two shows at once in those days, so Old Man Clancy freaked every one the fuck out by having Darryl come out on his show live wearing a tuxedo just after New York had had him running around in mud.

Now, the Old Man had his reasons. He wanted to give Donny one last good run with the title and Donny after that plane trip from hell to Japan, well Donny needed someone to walk him through matches. Because Donny couldn’t have a good match anymore, but with the right guy Donny could be carried to a great match. Darryl was the guy who could do the carrying and he could also walk other guys through matches to make Donny look good. The other guy that was still around at this point was the Mastodon who could also have a great match with Donny.

I remember the last Christmas I was in St-Louis, Donny was still alive and we were talking. Donny was a slow talker, but he was a guy worth listening too and I had always liked Donny so I was willing to be patient with him. Plus at this point, he’s the only member of the family who’s actually willing to talk to me, so I’m not going to blow him off right. Anyway, Donny was telling me that the two guys that he could still have great matches with were Darryl and the Mastodon, “Cage because he’s a great guy and he takes care of me... Mastodon because I’m too scared not to have a great match.”

Anyway, those three get into a feud with Donny holding the belt and trying to keep the other two from getting it and as time goes on the fans slowly come to realize how Darryl is the guy who’s always taking the big bumps. And at this point, Shooter Lou decides that he wants to start doing shoot interviews with the boys and the first shoot interview is going to be with Darryl. As I recall it was also Shooter’s last shoot interview, but not because the one with Darryl was a failure. Hell No.

Shooter Lou and Darryl tell Darryl’s whole story: the amateur wrestling and Von Hess; professional wrestling and wrestling under a mask as a kid; wrestling with Mickey as a tag team; the plane crash and why Darryl wasn’t on the plane; becoming a monster; Mickey’s recovery and return; and inevitably Montreal and what happened after. I don’t know how much Shooter intended but by the end of that interview, Darryl was a hero. He’s been starting to get cheers before, but suddenly Darryl was the most popular guy in the arena.

At which point they decide to put the title on Darryl, but in the best of wrestling traditions they screw Darryl out of the title a few times, tease giving it to him and then yank it away until by the time that they do it, with Von Hess in his corner, the crowd is red-hot for it to happen. Then once Darryl is champion, he releases that book - King of the Cage - mostly it’s a rehash of the Shooter Lou interview only expanded and explained with pictures of his life along the way. And the book becomes this huge smash, surprise best-seller, and now Darryl is even more popular.

Anyway, Darryl spends the better part of a year as champion before putting over this young black kid from Calgary and helping him get over as this arrogant son of a bitch legend killer. Darryl spends another year kicking around in the tag team division helping the kids before retiring and losing his last match putting another kid over... the way it should be.

So as far as I knew, Darryl was out of it. He had his own family to take care of, two families really, since he took on Mickey’s kids as well as his own. And he stayed out of it for a good - must have been five years or so before he shows up in the backstage of the Legion Hall where they were holding that piss-poor excuse for a show and I’m trying to reset my broken nose with my bare hands and I look like a victim from a Texas chain saw movie and Darryl is making fun of me, so I snarl at him, “What the fuck do you want Fatso?”

And Darryl looks at me and says all serious like, “Rattler, I have a student and I need you to do a program with him.”

“What kind of program,” and despite myself I’m interested because no one puts together a match or a program quite like Darryl can. Plus, I know that Darryl can get me booked in places that won’t even accept my phone calls, let alone return them.

“I want to do the Straight-Jacket Gag,” says Darryl and I don’t have to say it, he knows by the expression on my face that I am hooked.

Next: Chapter Twenty-Six: "The Straight-Jacket Gag"
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(edited by Llakor on 30.11.04 0504)

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One more day...

I've really been enjoying this. I've especially enjoyed how you've taken little pieces from wrestling (and even Canadian) history and made them a seamless part of your story. Good luck with your final day, and I look forward to the conclusion.



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    Originally posted by hansen9j
    One more day...

    I've really been enjoying this. I've especially enjoyed how you've taken little pieces from wrestling (and even Canadian) history and made them a seamless part of your story. Good luck with your final day, and I look forward to the conclusion.


Thanks for the feedback, believe me it helps.

I`m a little bit over 44,000 words, with really only one maybe two chapters to go and an aftermath, so I guess three chapters. I don't know if there is 6000 words in them though.

It did occur to me today - in a blinding flash of insight that I should have had at the start of the book that one of the ways of addressing the rather specialized vocabulary of wrestling would have been by having the interrogator constantly interrupt for explanations of terms. Which would have eaten up a whole bunch of words. Why I only thought of that last night I have no idea.

So, I don't know if I will be able to end this today by Midnight and its possible that I might get to the end of the story and still not have made it to 50, 000 words. But I will give it the old college try...

(I know what some of you are thinking. Llakor at a loss for words? UNPOSSIBLE. Believe me I am just as confused.)



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Couldn't you go back and insert some of those explanations back near the beginning? Can you re-write or have the previous chapters been submitted already?




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    Originally posted by pieman
    Couldn't you go back and insert some of those explanations back near the beginning? Can you re-write or have the previous chapters been submitted already?


Oh absolutely, in fact they usually only ask you to submit Nov. 25th at the earliest your novel. (Also honesty compels me to admit that they don't actually read the novels. Climbing the mountain is what's important, how you got there less so.)

In fact, you're not even required to write the novel in order, you could I suppose write it backwards starting with End The and continuing from there. I happen to have very solid plodding unimaginative brain and thus start at the beginning and finish at The End. Boring I know.

No the bug is that doing this editing would require time (which I simply do not have) and also I have artistic concerns about it. On one hand I would like O'Reilly to interject more on the other hand if he is constantly acting like a one man grammar police he could get quite annoying, plus he's a fan even if a lapsed fan so some of the vocabulary should be familiar to him. I figure for it to work I would have to get a Mamet or Pinter cadence of line repeat rephrase line type thing which is very doable but again it would take time (which I do not have)

If I finish the last chapter and the aftermath and I find that I am still 1000 words or so, I may go back and edit to add some of that stuff. but it's going to be a sprint to the finish.



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So if it's a sprint to the finish, what the hell are you doing typing up a couple hundred words to answer my stupid questions?




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I'm at work.

100 words is easy, but getting rolling on a thousand is tricky. I keep getting interrupted by customers. Damn them, damn them all to heck!



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