Festival of Colour (version 1)- a Flash Dialogue

 

photo used w/ permission from ShahMai Network http://www.shahmai.org/

Thanks to Ozlem Yikici for this creativity exercise!

“A small quiet village approx 200 miles from the nearest city adorned with thatched cottages and surrounded by vast empty fields. Not much happens here, except for their festival – the festival of colour, this happens once a year; tourists and families from afar visit, no one misses this event. This is the highlight of the year for the villagers; they prepare for this the whole year.”

-Ozlem Yikici

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“Festival of Colour” Characters (created by CMStewart)

Name: Mikael

Home: rural
village of Mantojärvi, Finland

Gender: male

Age: 23

Education:
rudimentary education, church-schooled until age 13

Occupation:
farmer and church deacon

Religion: devout
Finnish Neopagan

Relationships:
newlywed, no children

Notable
abilities / disabilities: none

Status:
respected by fellow villagers, in charge of yearly “Festival of Colour”

Personality:
devout, hard-working, obedient, traditional, superstitious

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Name: Niko

Home: rural
village of Mantojärvi, Finland

Gender: male

Age: 20

Education:
parochial-schooled until age 18

Occupation:
jack-of-all-trades

Religion: Finnish
Neopagan

Relationships:
single, no children

Notable
abilities / disabilities: none

Status:
well-liked by fellow villagers

Personality:
enthusiastic, inquisitive, cheerful, gossipy, a helper

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Name: “boy

Home: orphanage in Utsjoki, Finland (runaway to Mantojärvi)

Gender: male

Age: 7

Education: minimal home-schooling

Occupation: to find his family

Religion: none

Relationships: orphaned, father
dead, mother relocated

Notable
abilities / disabilities: excellent survival instincts / illiterate

Status:
orphan, runaway

Personality: suspicious, fearful,
loyal, distant, secretive

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Character mentioned in dialogue, but
not present in scene-

Name: Sisko

Home: Mantojärvi, Finland (formerly from Utsjoki)

Gender: female

Age: 20

Education: minimal home-schooling

Occupation: housewife

Religion: none

Relationships: newlywed, 5 now-orphaned
children from previous relationship

Notable
abilities / disabilities: mentally disabled, illiterate, mute

Status:
foreigner from another village, chosen by god

Personality: complacent,
hard-working, agreeable, distant, silent

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“Festival of Colour” Dialogue Prompts

“No children live in the village. A child hides in a barn and stays after the festivities. Your character(s) interacts with the child. The child has a secret. Add a surprise of your own -in keeping with your character(s) profile.”

-Ozlem Yikici

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Festival of Colour- Handfasting

by CMStewart

“Blessings Mikael, you’ve surely pleased Ukko- a fine hand-fasting at the grandest Festival of Colour yet! I hope our village has a turn of luck next year- Ukko be willing.”

“Thanks, Niko. ‘Twas me duty. Ordered by Mantojärvi’s church elders.”

“You think this’ll break the curse?”

“Yea. Curse has no chance ’gainst Ukko. An’ Sisko’s a fine lady ta boot. Birthed five babies by age o’ sixteen ‘fore her husband died. They all lived in a hill cave. No neighbors. An’ now that her young-uns are in Utsjoki’s orphanage, ‘tis Ukko’s will Sisko start anew in Mantojärvi. Elders’ tea leaves an’ rabbit offal said so.”

“Aye. You say her young-uns are in Utsjoki?”

“Yea. She’s a touch feeble-minded. Mute ta boot. Couldn’t care for ‘em alone. An’ I heard a rumor her pa laid with her, then shot hisself. So men folk in Utsjoki weren’t lined up for her hand when she widowed. But she’s got no kin folk, so I say a touch feeble-minded don’ make much diff’rence ta me. She’s a helluva cook. I’ll make her heavy with child by year’s turn. By next festival, our village will have its first baby in a dozen years.

“She cooked the hand-fasting feast, did she?

“Ev’ry last bit.”

“Aye, mighty fine woman, Mikael. And I thank you for helping me put my barn right. The crowd nearly filled it to the loft this year. Ah- what’s this? Look, a boy in the loft! Must’ve been left behind. Hey boy! What’s your name? Boy? I’m speaking to you, boy!”

“Ah shush, Niko, he’s just a young-un. An’ ya know, he looks just like Sisko! Could be he’s one-a Sisko’s young ‘uns. Could be mute like her, ta boot. Can ya speak boy?”

“Sisko.”

“Aye! Yer Sisko’s boy?”

“Veli.”

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3 Comments

  1. Cynthia this is very interesting -I am curious to find out how Billie Jo has worked your characters profile 🙂

    Reply
  2. What an interesting challenge!
    And quite a well-executed dialogue. 🙂 Their society really comes to life.

    Reply
  3. @yikici I think your theory has some truth to it. 🙂

    @Howalt Thanks, the research was fun. 🙂

    Reply

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