Reading the Washington Post’s Short Stack blog is almost exactly like playing in BeckyLand. No, really.
They asked some prominent writers — which is why I found out about it long after the fact — “If you could spend one unbridled night with any fictional character in the world, who would it be?”
My favorite answer came from Lisa Scottoline: “I would spend the night with the Three Musketeers from Dumas’s classic novel. My motto is ‘One for all, all for me.'”
Gotta love that.
Janet Evanovich voted for Uncle Scrooge, from Carl Barks’s Disney comics. “He’s always going on adventures, he pushes his money around with a bulldozer, and he wears a top hat but no pants. Does it get any better than that?”
No. No, it does not.
However, my choice would be Ranger from Janet Evanovich’s books.
He’s an ex-Navy SEAL with a 200-watt smile, body that could stop a clock, and a pony tail. He wears tight black T-shirts and black cargo pants, almost exclusively. Except when he’s naked. He’s rich and calls me, er Stephanie Plum, “babe” in a dark, smoky baritone and says things like, “Last time you called me late at night you were naked and chained to your shower curtain rod. I hope this isn’t going to be disappointing.”
So, yeah. Ranger gets my vote for that unbridled night. I’ll be unplugging the clock and hanging black-out curtains. Or I’ll whisk him off to the North Pole where one night lasts nine months. I hope he doesn’t figure it out.
How ‘bout you? If you could spend one unbridled night with any fictional character, who would it be?