SOC Chapter 5: "Shop Talk"

The seagull is the sort of character I obviously enjoy using, who comes into the story in one context, usually in a secondary or background role, and ultimately - after they've been part of the landscape long enough to be pigeon-holed and taken for granted - turns out to be something else. Or perhaps sometimes a seagull is just a seagull.

The stage business with the snacks in the first part of the chapter is, if you can believe, a nod toward Roger Zelazny. Specifically, the wonderful bit at the end of the first short chapter of Lord of Light, when the first characters on stage have been discussing their grand, world-shaking plot, and then one of them, who is currently incarnated as an ape, leads into the scene-change blackout by requesting a banana.

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