Artwork by Pawat Kongkoonchat

You think you know me, but you really don’t.

My name is Ed Yin. I was born right here, in Oklahoma City. I was raised by strict parents who expected a lot from me. I was one of the only Asian kids in my class, and I got ridiculed for the way I looked all through grade school. It was a tough way to grow up, but it made me a better person, a stronger person. And before you ask: no, I don’t speak Chinese. I’m an American. I speak English.

The reason I’m here, in front of this abortion clinic—this house of death—is to tell all of you that I will fight with every fiber of my being any law that allows women to murder their unborn children. I see those folks on the other side of the street waving their “pro-choice” signs, and I say to you: this is not a question of choice. If I choose to do so, I could kill any one of you. I’m a trained EMT. I have plenty of empty syringes in my truck. But I don’t do it, because it would be morally wrong, and nobody, not even those testosterone-riddled she-male freaks over there, would argue with me.

Do you hear them now? They are chanting about rape and incest. Well, I’ll tell you what: there are lots of things that we all have to do, things we have to hide about ourselves, just so that we can peacefully coexist in this society. If a girl was raped by her father, that is certainly a tragedy, no question. But it’s not the fault of that poor baby. That girl can get through it. I think we coddle our citizens too much these days. All of a sudden, everyone has neuroses, and more often than not, these “conditions” are just hypochondriac fantasies created by psychologists to keep themselves in business. We never had problems like this 60 years ago. Back then, if a tragedy like that happened to a girl, she would get through it. She would get stronger. And she would bear that child to term and give it to a loving family if she didn’t want to raise it herself.

You want to talk about ridiculous neuroses that these people are trying to legitimize? Look at homosexuality. I mean, sure, every guy fantasizes about having sex with other men. You just bury that urge, though, way down deep, because it’s not natural. Sex is for procreation, and if you are going to do it, you should do it with someone of the opposite sex, in order to create life. Not to MURDER BABIES LIKE THAT BITCH WALKING TO THE CLINIC RIGHT NOW!

Sorry, where was I?

Ah. I see you guys are ready for me to step down and let someone else speak. Okay. Before I go, I just want to say one more thing.

You may look at me and see a Chinese-American guy in a suit and assume I’m some sort of banker or accountant. I’m not. Here I am at this pro-life rally, so you might assume I came here with my church group. I don’t even have a church. I just know there is a higher power, and that He put me on this earth to save lives. I do that every day at my job, and I’m trying to do the same with those babies right here, right now.

And you may look at those women across the road and think they don’t care about babies at all, and all they care about is their “rights” as women. But maybe they aren’t what they seem, either. Maybe some of them have come to be educated about the abominable acts that this clinic commits. I came here to reach those people. I came here to save lives.

You may think you know me, but you really don’t.

This week’s Indie Ink Writing Challenge came from Peter, who wrote:

Write something that your exact opposite would write.

I had so much fun with this challenge, because I had to figure out what the exact opposite of me was! I mean, I have so many traits that don’t have exact opposites (what, exactly is the opposite of an opera singer?). I ended up putting together a grid (see below) that would help me figure out what kind of character my exact opposite would be.

Once I had in mind this guy’s likes and dislikes, and the things that made him tick, I had to let it simmer in the back of my mind overnight. And, boy, did I have some crazy dreams last night! But once my mind had really developed Ed’s character (and his name! I did actually dream his name), I was able to write the piece itself pretty quickly.

Gender Female Male
Ethnicity 3/4 Caucasian; 1/4 Asian 3/4 Asian; 1/4 Caucasian
Marital Status Married Divorced
Sexual Orientation Heterosexual Homosexual
Religion Agnostic (with a side of Wiccan) Gnostic (with a side of Mormon)
Politics Liberal Democrat Conservative Republican
Sports Zzzz… Gets scores of every game automatically via text message
Entertainment Geeky/nerdy stuff like Star Wars, Princess Bride, Dr. Who, and anything related to Joss Whedon Bill O’Reilly, anything on Fox News, anything written by John Grisham
Myers-Briggs Personality Type INFJ ESTP
Profession freelance opera singer full-time EMT

My challenge went out to Catherine, who will answer it by the end of the week here.

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  • Oh I like what you did with this — and really appreciate how much thought you put into your opposite.

  • Wow. Just…. wow. (But a good wow.)

  • This is awesome, Maren. Wow. I love the detail you put into preparing the piece, specifically the chart you made and the fact that you included a MBTI type to identify your opposite. Very, very cool.

  • I don’t think if I could have done this. Great job.

  • Wow! You did a super job. Thank you so much for stopping by and your heartfelt comment and the link posting, People are still reeling.

  • This was frightfully good! (no I don’t have the English accent you just played out in your head). I loved the preparation you put into this, I’m going to use it when I’m building fictional characters in future. nnnThanks for an excellent respose and a learning experience! n;-)n

  • Wendryn

    Very impressive! You did manage to get into this person’s head, didn’t you? I liked reading it and found myself very glad that he was your opposite. 🙂

  • super super super job. love that you picked this to write about. i’ll admit, i got a little uncomfortable at certain points and wanted to start shouting back rebuttals to Ed, but i’ll control myself. nnand also – love that you’re an INFJ. i’m an ENFJ :)n

  • I really enjoyed this Maren! Like @google-eb82b0145760c3eadd5db12cfcb6a652:disqus Alyssa, I was a bit uncomfortable, too, but I still really enjoyed it. I love that you made Ed gay, and I thought his (your) words were poetic, in a structured, non-poet-y kind of way. I especially liked this sentence: “All of a sudden, everyone has neuroses, and more often than not, these u201cconditionsu201d are just hypochondriac fantasies created by psychologists to keep themselves in business.”. Really great. Thanks 🙂

  • u00a0This was great Maren! I loved the chart you put together, what a fantastic way to tackle the premise. You also did a great job developing this character, a challenging task indeed… and I loved the title, very clever. 🙂

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  • Sir

    Outstanding job, Maren.u00a0 I think you captured the narrowness of the mind perfectly.u00a0 nnI’m also an INFJ.u00a0 Great minds, etc.u00a0 :)u00a0

  • Kerri

    I LOVE your prompt for Lilu onu00a0next week’s II challenge!u00a0 Just had to share.u00a0

  • Marian

    wowee, Maren. holy smokin’ way to get outside yourself!u00a0 n(& guess who gets to prompt you this week, heh heh heh)n

  • Kat

    u00a0Your piece definitely got my emotions stirring. If it went on much longer I would have started to yell at you ‘opposite’ counterpart! I also love that you shared your grid. Bill O’Reilly is in my opposite column too!u00a0

  • u00a0this was amazing, absolutely amazing!!