Creative Writing: The Myth of Sisyphus

This is Charlotte Bailey’s piece, in full. The zine only includes the first 500 words or so.

Summary: script for a Talking Heads-style monologue set in the 80s based loosely on The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter and Daddy by Sylvia Plath

THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS

VICTORIA, MID-THIRTIES, IS SAT AT THE BREAKFAST BAR IN A SMALL BUT EXPENSIVE-LOOKING KITCHEN.

One of my favourite things to do, to pass the time, is to imagine Ralph as a statue. Ghastly and grey but still beautiful- and so he will remain; “a thing of beauty is a joy forever”- Keats. He’s a favourite of mine. You might not think it, looking at me but I’m terribly well-read. It’s a shame I can’t say the same about Ralph, I suppose. My sister was lucky: she married down. Fat and balding, he worships her. They’ve just had their third child. Isabella. She’s an ugly little thing but all babies are, aren’t they? She’ll grow up and get a little bit cuter just like the other two did. I don’t think they like coming round and I can’t really say I like them being here but then, I didn’t choose all cream everything with babies in mind. But Stella is happy so that’s all that matters, isn’t it? She keeps asking “Victoria, when are you having one of your own to keep mine company?” but I’m not interested. I always see the girl who works in the corner shop flirting with the customers- she’s only fifteen. I’ve also heard the way she talks to her mother. Babies are all well and good but they grow up. I want to shake her and tell her not to bother with the good-looking ones she’s flicking her hair at. My advice to every woman would be marry an ugly man. He’ll treat you well. I married a mortal so beautiful even the goddesses would swoon and I will always regret it. I am Selene, wishing my Endymion would sleep forever but I have no Zeus to turn to for help.

She sighs. A terrier yaps a few times from behind her and then curls up near her feet.

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issue 1

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