Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Justin Archer’s Red Lycanthropy Marker Lid

Justin Archer’s Red Lycanthropy Marker Lid:  Object Post 97

Source? Justin’s pencil case
Significance? It got Justin a trip to the dentist and some attention from Serendipity Creed
Fate? Probably lost before the end of the year, unless Justin stuck it in the account he wrote for Evie Janus
Author’s inspiration? Who of my generation hasn’t chewed or otherwise ill-used those blue plastic pen lids and got one stuck over a tooth?
Appeared in? One Weird Week

During Japanese I got an idea for my costume when I pulled the lid of my red marker off with my teeth.
Justin Archer was having a seriously weird week. His little brother was being haunted by an autograph, Evie Janus was cross with him, Granny was pursuing him, a girl in blue was troubling him, Jarrod Dennis was bullying him, and he hadn’t got a costume for the school social.
Fortunately, the marker lid gave him an idea.

I found out it was wedged on my upper left canine tooth. I tried to push it off with my tongue and managed to bite it (my tongue I mean) by mistake. That made my eyes water so I screwed them up and tried to suck the lid off instead.
‘Archer’s having a fit,’ said Jarrod Dennis.

Miss Leeson sent Justin to the dentist. In the waiting room, he encountered Serendipity Creed.

Justin, are you practising lycanthropy?’ said Serendipity Creed.
…’Ugh?’ I said.
‘Lycanthropy. Transmutation into a werewolf.’
I shook my head. Then suddenly I got an idea for my costume. ‘ee, ‘anks,’ I said.

The dentist got the marker top off Justin’s tooth and said she’d write him up in the record books as…

‘The one and only boy with the plastic fang…’

Now free of the plastic fang, Justin was also free to enjoy (not) the rest of his one weird week.

Justin Archer and his red lycanthropy marker lid appear in One Weird Week.


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. You can find you way into her maze of websites and blogs via the portal here.(Sally is me, by the way.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. 2017 is well behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books. As of June 2018 I STILL hadn't run out of books, but many of those still to come are MIA by which I mean I don't have copies and remember little about them. There are more new books in the pipeline, and I'm certainly showcasing those, but in between times, I'm profiling some of my characters, places and objects. Thank you so much to everyone who's come along on this journey so far!

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