Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Incredible story of Chin and her Button Outfit

This week’s Theme Thursday is BUTTON. Let’s try something different for today and make up a little story…I'll warn you; this is a bit of a departure from the over-the-top juvinile or sarcastic VE posts you're used to. I rarely write straight up fiction. Let's see if I can pull it off...

Our story begins in the small village of Twang deep in the heart of China. Now the town folk of Twang were all thin; having only meager rice and spring water to sustain them. In the village there also lived a seamstress named Chin. Chin was an exception. Chin was fat; very fat. It was commonly believed that if it were not for her stubby arms and legs protruding from her body that she could be rolled down Wi Lai hill and not stop until she reached the Jung Valley ten kilometers below the village.

Growing up was difficult for Chin. The Loo brothers were incessant pests during her primary school years. She could recall their taunting as clearly as if they were happening to her now; eight years later. “Hey double Chin, we need to roll you around over here to smooth out the soccer field,” Water Loo would shout as his brother Lu rolled on the field laughing.

Chin had turned to sewing as a refuge against the seemingly endless smirks and taunts the villagers gave her over her weight. Her mother had a large wicker basket full of buttons. Chin had never seen so many lovely and amazing buttons in her life. These buttons were beautiful. They ranged from very petite golden ones to large square buttons. There were many sizes, shapes, colors and textures to observe in her mother’s button basket. She was never allowed to wear buttons after the incident when she was three and she had bulged out so much her button on her jumper suit shot off and hit Uncle Feng right between the eyes. After that incident, none of her clothing ever contained a button again. She was, however, allowed to sew the buttons on spare fabric at her aunt’s seamstress shop. It was the same shop she ultimately took over after primary school when her aunt grew ill.

The eight years after her primary school hadn’t been any easier in the village. She’d been promoted from “double Chin” to “triple Chin” by the Loo brothers recently. It seemed that nothing would ever change for her. And in the course of those eight years she took the basket of buttons that her mother had given her at her graduation and slowly began sewing them onto a shirt and pant set that she kept at the seamstress shop.

The button outfit was the talk of the town. Crazy fat Chin was randomly sewing hundreds of buttons on some ugly outfit. Customers would snicker when they came into the shop. They would come up with cruel little jokes like “button up your lips, Hung, it’s not nice to stare,” while they giggled amongst themselves.

Over the eight years Chin had saved up enough money to leave the village in the hopes to find happiness somewhere else. But she wanted to wait until the annual Rice O Roni festival at the end of the growing season. Nobody in her family could understand the logic for this. “Chin, you’ve got the money to find happiness. Why do you stick around for a festival you’ve been tormented at by the villagers every year since you were little?” her mother would ask.

But Chin just smiled. She had a plan. The day of the festival, her bags all packed and loaded up on the carriage; she took her button outfit and put it on for the first time ever. There were seemingly hundreds of buttons on it by this time. In fact, there were so many that it was difficult for Chin to even move under its bulky weight.

Outside among the villagers at the festival, Chin was the main attraction. All the villagers had gathered around to laugh at Chin’s ridiculous button outfit and the immense girth she displayed within it. The Loo brothers were right there too, encouraging all their old classmates to come closer and see what crazy fat Chin was up to now.

Chin was different though for this festival. Rather than dropping her face down in shame and shying away from the forefront of the crowd as in years past, she was encouraging them around her, even ensuring they had a full circle and that everyone got a decent look at her button outfit. And they did! The villagers were ecstatic watching her as they laughed and got closer.

It was right then that Chin finally got her revenge. She summoned up all her energy into one giant heave of her girth and expanded her button outfit to the point that every single button on the outfit exploded from the pressure of her blubbery contortions. The buttons flew off as if they had just been launched by individual sling shots. And as she had planned, she single-handedly got even with every single villager that had gathered and laughed at her all of her life. The buttons had hit all of them like a hail of bullets and they were all lying on the ground in the village writhing in pain.

Chin smiled at the carnage around her and she stepped over their welted bodies and onto her carriage and proceeded down to the Jung valley. News of her plan traveled through China faster than her horse could take her. When she finally settled in a town not too far on the other side of the Jung valley, the town folk were already in awe of her legendary feat and nobody ever bothered her about her weight again.

58 comments:

subtorp77 said...

VE, I did see that coming but it's still a fantastical story! And the brothers-HA! "Water Loo" and "Lu Loo"-outrageously funny! Great take on the theme and glad Chin got her revenge 8^D

Megan said...

Damn you, Todd. I was being first at Rhonda's while you were beating me to it over here.

"Blubbery contortions" indeed! Nice job, my brother.

subtorp77 said...

@Megan, I just had to re-boot...again. WTF is going on with the googlesphere?

Mrsupole said...

Hi Subby and Megan,

First, second and third. Hats off to you two, wait I mean buttons off to you two.

This story was pretty funny and the revenge thing could be seen coming, but it was still funny.

So VE, this is how I started, just one story and now there are 15, so we should see if next week you can give us another Chin story. Will she be four chins or five by then. Come on you can do it. It is kinda fun you know to try to figure out how to tie it in to a story.

This is some of your best work.

God bless.

subtorp77 said...

@Mrsupole, I can't access your bloggo, luv!

freetheunicorns said...

Ha! You are twisted. And extremely funny. I'll never look at the button on my pants the same way again–now I consider it a weapon.

Baino said...

Fantastical nonsense indeed. I found this one really tough to be honest and nearly did a piece on the pearly kings and queens but, you pulled it off. I am now going to sew zillions of buttons on my old cardy, waltz back into my former place of employment and pink a particular partner between the eyes with a nice little mother of pearl number. Let it never be said that I don't have class!

willow said...

I'm still laughing at the comment you left over at my place!

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Are you sure this isn't a true story;-)

ReformingGeek said...

Fun story, VE!

I never thought of buttons as weapons.....nice!

;-)

Wings said...

Very good indeed.

Seems we have like minds that took different paths. Very cool. :)

VE said...

subtorp77 - Thanks. This was the first of some fiction writing I thought I'd try. A departure for me. Right after this I started a real fiction piece that looks like it will actually end up in novel length. I've managed about 6,000 words on it already.

VE said...

megan - Thanks...my first dip into the fiction pool...

VE said...

mrsupole - Well I enjoy your continued Opal Nation story a lot. In fact...I need to get my butt over and read the new entry. But we'll have to see about extending this. No promises. I like to have full flexibility on the blog here. Sure; I do some themes, some serial posts and such but I do them on my own time and can skip when I feel like it. Perhaps a different story line would change my mind. I feel like the Chin one wrapped up rather nicely and a sequel might extend it more than it should be...sort of like they do in Hollywood when you're thinking the should have left it at one movie...

VE said...

freetheunicorns - That's right; a secret weapon only my readers know about. Imagine the fun you could have a certain public gatherings!

baino - Glad I could fuel your inner revenge pranster!

VE said...

willow - I'm mischevious that way! I did a post on those ribbons awhile back. It wasn't specifically on them; it was part of the progression of auto communications we use; everything from the bumper sticker to the baby on board signs. You had a good point though...

perpetual - Yes, brother Water Loo went on to build most excellent water parks...

reforminggeek - I'm always happy to fill your mind with ridiculous suggestions for weapons. Feel safe (and heavy) running with your button laiden running gear next time!

wings - I'll have to check out your post. I've only had time to catch a few late last night...

subtorp77 said...

VE, it's a right nice departure. Kinda get into different roles; not necessarily comedic. You work it well, here. If only I could finish 1/2 my stories...

The Incredible Woody said...

I love their names, especially Water Loo and Lu Loo!

Brian Miller said...

ha. love it. explosive ending...and maybe a lesson not to mess with the double chin...moral....keep you chin up, because when she gets down it becomes painful?

Betsy said...

I wish I could write fiction...you obviously enjoy it! happy tt!

Kurt said...

That was fiction?

VE said...

subtorp77 - Well, we'll see about actuall finishing. That's my fear with long stories...

incredible woody - Yeah...I just had to have some fun with all the names...

brian - Nice moral to the story. I like it!

betsy - It's my first attempt in over 25 years...

kurt - I'm afraid that the Rice O Roni festival isn't in China...it's a San Francisco treat! Thus...fiction.

Auntie, aka Coco's Mom said...

Ha.
You are soooooo weird.
Love the story!
*applause*

Poetikat said...

Absolutely brilliant! Imaginative, creative, unique and funny too. You should consider getting this animated - sort of like "Kung Fu Panda" with buttons. I loved it!

Kat

Quirkyloon said...

I liked it VE. I really really liked it!

And the moral of the story is being obese is MORE than it is "cracked up" to be!

Ha!

VE said...

auntie - I'll take that as a compliment!

poetikat - Thanks. It was fun to write because it was a departure from my norm...

quirkyloon - Ha! That's a good moral too! Funny how fable like stories always make us think of the morals...

Gladys said...

Wow how Brothers Grimm. I think you should write children's books. Fat Childrens books.

The Silver Fox said...

I was trying to come up with some clever comment about how Chin moved to a colder climate, and make some crack about "Chin Chiller," but... I got nothin'.

lifeshighway said...

Was I the only one who cracked up at the rice-a-roni festival? ding ding.

Ronda Laveen said...

Double Chin? Ha! Ha Ha! Loved it VE. Used her to roll out the field...cruel but funny. I have never thought about buttos as weapons until now.

lime said...

i see mr creosote as a chinese woman now...

Nessa said...

I'm glad that Chin got her revenge.

did you know that button is a synonym for chin?

VE said...

gladys - That's a good idea...I could package this and others about her in a fat suit book cover!

silver fox - I see where you were going...its enough to get it!

lifeshighway - Man, I'm glad you pointed that out; it was one of those silly little inserts into the story that make me chuckle. I used names and events to inject my juvinile humor on this one...

ronda - It wasn't half bad...my first forey into fiction.

lime - See how I am forever tainting your view of the world?!!

nessa - Really? Are you pulling my leg? I've got to go look into that now...

leelee said...

FANTASTICAL! I love that story better than the 5 Chinese brothers...and I didn't think ANYTHING could top that!

Hats off VE!!

HUGS!

VE said...

leelee - Glad you liked it. Did you notice how I stole off your name with the brother Lu Loo? I'm sneaky that way...

leelee said...

lu loo...yes...so much like lee lee

and I'm not even Chinese (not that there's anything wrong with it)

HUGS!

VE said...

leelee - There is only one Lu Loo just as there is only one leelee! Not that there's anything wrong with that...

Roy Scribner said...

What is the average velocity of a Chin-fired button?

leelee said...

one and only!

:-)

HUGS!

Dot-Com said...

Fantastical *giggles*. That made my day!

Hit 40 said...

I was waiting for the Karrie Horror Movie moment. I was hoping for a little blood??

otin said...

I was laughing at the "Double Chin" HAHA!

VE said...

roy - Fast enough to writhe in pain...

dot-com - Excellent. My work is done then...wait...did I say work?

hit40 - Sorry to dissapoint you on the blood thing...I get too many requests for "puppies and rainbows" when I pull that kind of stunt...

otin - Twice the pleasure...

Jaime said...

you can definitely pull off the fiction just as well as the over the top sarcasm :)

Starrlight said...

Chin is my kinda wench. I am looking forward to tomorrow :P

Hope ya had AC this last week!

Maureen said...

Awesome that you are spreading your wings VE! Loved it.

I have to admit, shamefully, that I have written some fiction before I ever started to blog. Of course, it's Star Wars fan fiction I did in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Over 50,000 words total. It was my very first attempt at writing anything at all. Gad I should re-read that stuff and clean it up...

Can't wait to read more of your work!

Jill said...

Hmmmm, revenge can be sweet huh?

I was thinking the Rice A Roni festival was in San Fran!! ;)

Janna said...

Loved the happy ending. :)
Bullies deserve to have high-velocity buttons embedded in their brains. Especially ones with slightly rusty metal backings which can promote lockjaw or something.

BTW, now that I live in the US, I changed my name from "Chin" to "Janna".

VE said...

jaime - Thanks. I took a shot at it.

starrlight - No kidding about the AC. Haven't had it on until the last 3-4 days. I'm ready for some low 80s days.

maureen - We'll see what I can conjure up. I'm writing a novel right now. I don't why. It's sort of controlling me; I just started writing and now I'm in to it about 7,000 words already.

jill - You're right about the Rice O Roni...but I couldn't resist...

janna - Yes...bullies suck. Boy, if Chin lives in the US then that IS a bit down the road from Jung valley...

Kris said...

Based on a true story?

subtorp77 said...

@lime's comment; good reference!LMAO!

VE said...

kris - Not one that I know of anyway...

subtorp77 - she's a sneaky one

Jeff said...

Huh... this is the exact same storyline I came up with about buttons. But that doesn't surprise me considering how obvious this plot is. Maybe you should try a little harder next time to be more imaginative.

lettuce said...

hahaha, excellent. Buttons as revenge

Dreamhaven said...

Two stories about the weapon power of buttons. Got a big belly laugh out of it,lol. All hail to those who make their "mark" I really hate bullies.

VE said...

jeff - I work so hard to strive to achieve your level of brilliance too. Damn I hate when I fail! ;)

lettuce - Sure, why not. I can turn many things into revenge...

dreamhaven - I hate bullies too!

Elizabeth said...

I love it! I can see it as a children's book with bright pictures and everything. Was it meant to be a kids story?

VE said...

elizabeth - Yeah...I kind of tried to write it as a children's fable...