Minor Roles and Extras
The story is set down as the night unfolds, written rather hastily and with little plan but to try to have a good time. Down to Her Majesty's on Queen Street for a drink, meeting up with others a bit later, but happy for the time just enjoying the solitude, the anonymity amongst the crowd, the background extras to the story.
It wasn't long until a familiar face came wandering in, another character to the plot. Superficial chatter, disclosure of problems burdened, miscellaneous introductions, a few more drinks and the night's tale continued. Friends met later, who once played rather large roles in school days past, now make only rare and nostalgic appearances, while previous nobodys and stand-ins rise to significance to fill the empty spaces.
Scattered just outside the familiar circle of friends there seems always to be an assortment of minor roles and extras: the people you sit next to at the bus stop, but rarely speak to; the girl who rips your tickets at the movies with a smile; the old man you frequently pass on the street who's always talking to himself.
What part might these people play in the days ahead? What part do you play in the stories these characters set down?
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