Canterbury Tales Throughout history all different parts of the world have been devastated by natural disasters. Whenever something created by nature destroys a certain area of the world, people tend to group together and overcome such a tragedy. Our tale will begin in one of the busiest and diverse places in the world, New York City. The month was September and the day started off a bit chilly for an early fall day and the wind was blowing hard. Warnings had been posted for possible hurricane conditions, and the city had become a frenzy of activity. Some were busy preparing for a possible devastating hurricane and gathering supplies while others were going about their daily routine unaffected by the chaos surrounding them.
As they day progressed the sky became darker and the wind picked up strength. The possibility of a storm occurring increased by the minutes and soon became a citywide warning. By this time most people were able to understand that a violent and unpredictable storm was about to overtake the city, but there were still some who didnt believe the reports from the weather channel. Soon the rain started coming down in sheets and the wind increased to hurricane style conditions topping over 100 mph. Power was lost quickly and buildings and homes were being ripped apart from the wind and debris flying about.
Parts of the city were damaged severely from the beginning effects of the hurricane and there were people in need of help. The city officials prepared ahead of time and set up shelters for those who needed protection and assistance. I for one decided to take the opportunity and reside in a shelter for the vast majority of the passing storm. As the storm progressed outside, the shelters quickly filled up with terrified city-dwellers unable to predict what was occurring outside of shelter walls. Natural disasters can bring about a caring and sensitive side in people, and those seeking comfort and relieve are able to turn to those around them to receive this ease. The shelter I was residing in happened to gather an interesting and diverse group of people. Myself and 24 others turned to relied on each other and gathered together in a cluster and began to converse.
Maybe they just wanted take their minds off of the hurricane outside, or maybe they were just bored out of their minds, but whatever our reasons may have been does not matter. Because this gathering occurred allows me to tell you this tale It was hard to make small talk among such a large group so I came up with a different idea. I remember reading a book back when I was in high school where a group of people told stories to pass their time on a long journey they were all taking together. I figured that since none of us were going to be leaving anytime soon that we might give it a try. I suggested it to everyone and surprisingly they all agreed.
I explained to them the basic storyline of the book that I was mimicking and they all felt that it would be interesting to see who could come up with the most interesting and realistic story that provided all the basics of humor and romance rolled into one. It was decided that after everyone completed his or her tale that we would take a vote to see which tale the majority enjoyed most. The winner would then receive a prize that would be determined later. Before I begin the stories, let me give you an introduction to each one of the people that I was gathered with. I will present you with each character in the order that they introduced themselves. Ill begin with the low-budget porn star.
He is an out of work actor who had to turn to making cheesy porn flicks so he could survive and pay his bills. He was just waiting for his big break to come along so he could make it into real show business and become more well known outside of his typical porn circle. He was born and raised as a New Yorker and he has the New York accent to go with it. You can sense his intelligence from his choice of vocabulary and The Prostitute came next. Now I dont mean to stereotype her at all, because she seems like a very nice girl.
Her childhood was a rough one, starting from when she was just a little girl. She grew up taking care of herself since her mother and father decided that their social life came before her well being. Not only did her parents neglect her, her father also abused her. Unable to deal with living through all the pain that was being inflicted on her, she decided to leave. She was a runaway at the age of 13 and escaped to the streets of New York City to try and make a living.
Even though she had to learn to be an adult on her own at such a young age, she was still unable to make it successfully in the city. Her need for money and lack of skills left very few options for her to pursue. While trying to figure out what to do she met up with an older girl of 18 who had been through the same ordeals and was willing to take her under her wing. This girl happened to have succumbed to a life of prostitution, so this seemed to be the best option she had that would provide her with money. The Hillbilly was next to introduce himself.
He was raised on a small farm in Nebraska with his parents, six brothers, three sisters along with four grandparents, two aunts and two uncles and seven cousins. Being that he lived with such an extended family, he was never able to receive much privacy and we will just say that his family was very close and tight-knit. When he reached the ripe old age of 15, he like many of his friends turned to their cousins to marry and start a family. He wed his neighborhood sweetheart, Betty-Sue and the two settled down into her familys attic. After failing at his life-long dream of being a NASCAR pit crew worker after a freak accident involving a tractor trailer where he severely mangled his hand, he has succumb to a life of farming and raising 8 children.
The hacker came next. By day he is a hard working bank teller, but by night he hacks into the worlds most prestigious computer programs. Along with hacking he has a side hobby of creating and designing deadly computer viruses in hopes to one day ruin the entire world computer system. He is a very secretive and anti-social type of man. He has never had real friends, just random acquaintances from work or school.
His type of work requires total secrecy so he does not get caught therefore he trusts no one. The Millionaire was a unique individual, and spoke next. He had the privilege of being born into money and he carried on the tradition and took over daddys corporate office and continued to make his own millions. At home in one of his several mansions he has a wife and two children whom he hardly knows. Because of his lack of contribution towards his family life his children dont know him and he and his wife have a non-existent marriage.
The Welfare Queen was next to speak. Her family consists of 6 children (all have different fathers) with one on the way. She was never taught how to take care of herself and is unable to understand the concept of hard work. The only way she knows how to survive is by constantly bearing children so she can receive a larger welfare check each month. Currently she rents a 2-bedroom shack and shares it with her out-of-work boyfriend. She currently has 11 children and just keeps popping them out in order to get her check every month.
Next is the Conceited Athletic Hero. Hes the type of guy who is too good to sign autographs for small children who marvel at him and would rather pretend that they didnt exist. His father instilled in him that sports and winning were everything and that if you didnt bring him a trophy you would be ostracized from the family. He doesnt love or even enjoy the sport he is playing; rather he just does it to get the paycheck each week. He has the garage full of expensive cars, the beautiful wife (whom he cheats on) and a plethora of gorgeous houses.
Since his life was empty and he had very little to life for, he chose to turn to drugs and alcohol to drain his sorrows. The Beauty Queen came next. She was like many other self-centered beauty queens, whose life consisted of being obsessed with winning beauty contests. The first contest she entered when she was two was the Beautiful Baby Contest, and she won. From then on her stage-mother continued training her since a baby.
She instilled upon her the values and standards that winning is everything and that losing was just not acceptable. She has never been able to stand up to her mom and always dreamt of the day when she can escape from her grasps. Her dream was to run away to Hollywood and become a famous actress and marry an actor. The day finally came but instead of going out to Hollywood she came to New York City. She defiantly did not give off the impression of being intelligent, more the dumb blonde type. Today was her first day in New York and her she was in a shelter. The Hard-Working Father seemed like a very sweet guy.
He has a wife and three children whom he loves unconditional and will do anything for. He enjoys his job as a high school principal and makes a substantial living. And no average American family complete without the family dog, Rocky. The Over-Driven Career Woman came next. She has scrambled to the top in the era where Title IX was just becoming popular, and has now made herself one of the corporate presidents at a prestigious law firm.
She has never been married nor has any real friends and hasnt been on a vacation in 13 years. Instead she fills her life with work and more work, never stopping to enjoy life. The Drug Dealer was the next to speak. He was born and raised on the streets, never knowing whom his real father was. His mother abandoned him when he was 5, and after living with foster families till the age of 15, he decided to go off on his own.
Unable to make a real living he turned to drugs. Eventually he was able to gather enough money to rent a rat-infested apartment in a ghetto neighborhood. His popularity was known around town as the man who could get anything. This guy wasnt a good Sumerian and was always having run-ins with the police. Not only did he receive his earnings from dealing drugs he also was a thief and frequently robbed apartment buildings and small stores.
He seemed to be the type to enjoy his life of crime, saying that it brought him excitement. The Politician came next. He is the sleaziest of them all, getting everything he needs by cheating, stealing and lying. Never in his life has he done something the honest way. On the outside he looks like an honest hardworking man who is willing to devote his life to politics, but inside he is cold-hearted just waiting for his chance to take over and destroy the world. The College Student was a very cocky girl.
She feels that she knows everything in the world and is superior to everyone around her. Her life consists of studying, partying, and drinking and not much else. While her studies are important she would rather experience the other side of school first, being that she already knows everything there is to know. She looks down upon people in general and takes every chance she gets to put people down. The Hard Working Mother is next. She is very strong and extremely determined to make something of her life.
Her life had been hard from the beginning but she just takes things as they come. She married young, had two children and then quickly got divorced. He ex-husband was a deadbeat and was unwilling to pay child support or alimony payments. All she got out of the divorce was the house, but she had no skills and no education to help her secure a job. She is stuck working two dead-end jobs to trying to keep up with her mortgage payments while putting food on the table and clothes on her kids backs. The Feminist was next.
She spends her life fighting for all womens rights issues and equal opportunity, on top of which she is also a man hater. Sh …