“Cereal Stalker” Revisited

A couple of years ago I tried an experiment on this blog. I posted a serial short story at a rate of one part per week for five weeks. It was light-hearted piece that made Desirée Lee – now my wife, then my girlfriend – simply give me an astonished look, and mutter, “You’re insane.” Granted, “Cereal Stalker” was a bit of a bizarre concept. Maybe it was too much so. The reaction to it was very underwhelming. Still, I thought that, given the time that has since passed, I’d link back to it. Anyone who enjoyed it can reread it without having to go looking for the original five posts. And, those of you who missed it, or have joined me since those posts went up, can read them now.

Why do I say that “Cereal Stalker” had a bizarre concept? Simple. It did. The protagonist in the story is a man named Chance Bainbridge. He has an unusual super power. Chance temporarily acquires various abilities from consuming children’s breakfast cereals, tapping into the collected imaginations of children stirred up by those cereals’ mascots and marketing efforts. In short, the more excited children are about a given cereal, the more powerful Chance becomes upon eating it. Hey, I keep saying it’s bizarre. To make it easy for you, here are the five parts of “Cereal Stalker”:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Looking back, I’m not sure what spurred this idea. I’m guessing I was eating cereal at the time. I honestly don’t remember, though. It just popped into my mind, and I ran with it, coupling it with the serial format – see what I did there? – as an experiment. So, read it, or reread it, and find out just why Desirée thought I was insane for this idea.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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