Monday, February 11, 2008

Meet Travis the Singing Cowboy

As long as we're talking about "Speedtrapped"...

Travis is your basic nice guy. He's handsome, clean cut, charismatic, cheerful, friendly, flirtatious, and funny. He tells amusing tales, plays classic country music on guitar, hitchhikes around, and doesn't curse or act mean. He claims he's going to a music audition.

What good would he be in fanfic? Well, it's possible that he:
  1. Discovers he's someone's long-lost son and goes in search of his parent(s) (Jake Morgendorffer? Vincent Lane? Amy Barksdale? Angela Li? Mrs. Johanssen?).
  2. Meets and starts dating a twenty- or thirty-something character from the series. (He could be gay and date Wind or Trent Lane and move into the Lane home. He could be straight and date Summer or Amy or Rita. He could be bi and date all of the above.)
  3. Writes a song about Quinn that becomes a hit and causes Quinn such embarassment that she runs away from home.
  4. Survives a world-spanning atomic war and meets Daria and Jane on the road in West Virginia, where they kill and eat him, not necessarily in that order.
  5. Turns out to be a werewolf/ time-traveler/ wizard/ alien/ doppleganger/ robot/ clone/ DELPHI operative/ ex-boyfriend of Helen Morgendorffer/ ex-boyfriend of Kyle Armalin/ reincarnation of Travis the dead canary from "It Happened One Nut."
  6. Tries to sue Daria for attempted murder and gets her convicted on Quinn's testimony, putting Daria in prison for 3-5 years, where she plots the ultimate revenge.
  7. Is pleasantly delusional, with grandiose ideas that he is a famous country-music star, and wanders into Lawndale where he makes a major nuisance of himself.
  8. Is actually a psychopathic murderer who puts up a nice facade when he needs to disguise himself and flee the police, but he's now looking for Daria. And maybe Quinn, too.
  9. (REVISED TO BE MORE INTERESTING) Is a super-wealthy singer from Nashville with car-wreck-induced amnesia, who travels the country at random while his family searches for him, and Daria and/or Quinn recognize his picture and go looking for him.
  10. Your turn. Go for it.


Lorenzo said...

Heh, now I want to use him in 'Darkly Daria', one can't have enough psychopathic murderers that put a nice facade when they need to disguise themselves, especially if they have want to kill Our Heroine and have a thing for Quinn.

As a side-note, I'd say the best one is the one where Daria and Jane eat him (hopefully, not alive, poor guy).

The Angst Guy said...

Lorenzo, I revised a few things based on your comments. Thanks!

Scissors MacGillicutty said...

Travis was a guileless sort, and he accepted Quinn's offer of the $100 thinking he was just fortunate enough to receive the kindness of strangers. Daria's attempt to run him down scarred him psychologically, however, and on arriving in Lawndale decided to answer nature's call behind the Good Times Chinese Restaurant. When he opened his eyes, he found himself in New York City—twenty years ago. Having seen Midnight Cowboy, he was under no illusions about the possibilities for a hayseed in the big city. He also realized no one would believe his actual life history, so he adapted cut and colored his hair, tried his best to cultivate a native accent, and tired to fit in as best he could while keeping his name. He couldn't sleep, so he took a job where he could work long hours. The psychological damage inflicted by Daria's little stunt took its toll (as you can see), but last we heard of him, he had his fifteen minutes of fame as a hero.

Anonymous said...

A mix of #5 and #9 could be interesting.

James said...

Travis is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. He is believed to be dead...and he must let the world think that he is dead...until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him!!

The Angst Guy said...

Do you think the gay time-traveling cowboy clone from the future meme is too overdone these days?

Scissors MacGillicutty said...

o you think the gay time-traveling cowboy clone from the future meme is too overdone these days?

Travis himself said, "I do not believe a man should devote himself to morbid self-attention. A man should become a man like other men."

Are you talking to him? You talking to him?

The Angst Guy said...

After messing with this @#%!$@%^!! blog for several hours and losing sleep I desperately need for tomorrow, I have no idea who I am talking to or what I am saying. If anyone has any good ideas, let me know.

magickal_realism said...

Helen's Boy Toy.