The Emperor

The director’s chair was where he wanted to be. Sadly, it did not want him there. No one wanted him there. But if there’s one thing he’s good at, it’s being persistent. He’d chop, he’d swang, he’d twang, he’d bang any one, guy or girl, it doesn’t matter, one way or two ways, whether they’d want to or yes, he’d be in that chair. Eventually, they had to let him take the reigns – it didn’t matter anyhow, he was practically calling the shots from backstage, might as well put him in a place where everyone could see where they’d put their target.

Opening night and he threw away his chair. He sat at the very back, together with all the poor people who sadly could not afford the luxuries of front row. He heard a whiny person talk, he made his way and with all the bitchiness he could muster, threw the person out with a word. The show played, his show, his text, his direction. No one really understood it, that included the performers. They were just there because they were afraid. No one had the guts to actually kill him.

Reviews came out. The bad reviews were burned, the good reviews were framed. He kept them in his bedroom where every morning, he’d jack off looking at them. They weren’t many of course, and all of them he paid for. But it still feels nice to be acknowledged, even if it’s fake. He got fired later on, the producers, one of them had balls (it was a woman.). When he left, he asked to take home the director’s chair. No one argued with him at that point. To date, when watching tv, before passing out after all the alcohol consumed, he’d sit at that chair, now burnt by cigarette butts. He’d yell directions and blockings at the tv characters and sometimes they followed him. Most of the time, though, they just ignored him.




THIS IS THE TAROT CHALLENGE, a 78-day writing challenge where everyday I pick out a random card from my tarot deck and write something about, against, inspired by, based on the card by the day’s end. The works can range from poetry to fiction to drama. When the card is from the major arcana, the title of the work should be the card name. When the card is from the minor arcana, the title can be different but the card drawn should be revealed at the end.