OK, this week’s challenge: you’ve had a tough week/month/year. You want a night out on the town, going absolutely wild, possibly involving jail at some point. Which three fictional woman would you want to make it a night of unforgettable fun?
Charlotte Beaumont from All Saints. Early-season Charlotte, that was (circa season 6) – before they made her a frazzled single mum. Many of Charlotte’s stories tend to begin with ‘when I was in Turkey/Thailand/Melbourne’ and end with ‘and that’s how I wound up married/in jail/Sydney’… and she makes it sound like such fun.
Mother from Matthew Reilly’s books. Because she quite literally has a hollow leg – a prosthetic following hand-to-hand combat with a killer whale (Mother: 1; whale: 0) can get out of almost any sticky situation (eh, what’s the West Australian Police Department/a gang of drunk teenagers going to do against a woman who’s bested most of the world’s terrorist organisations and, oh yeah, a killer whale?) and though it doesn’t really get illustrated in the books, I got the impression she has a ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude and seriously knows how to party in her downtime. I reckon she could drink her own volume in straight spirits while telling the most amusing stories. And getting us out of sticky situations. In fact, come to think of it, it wouldn’t surprise me if Mother and Charlotte hooked up at some point in our drunken shenanegins. Mother seems very fluid about these things, and since this is Charlotte when she was still cool and fun, it’s also Charlotte when she was still a lesbian.
Starbuck from the new Battlestar Galactica series. I know, I know, Starbuck has a destructive streak about the same size as the Galactica, but she can also party until dawn and then only stop because she’s quite literally drunk her cohorts under the table. And given those cohorts would include Mother and Charlotte, dawn, what’s dawn?
(Of course, your night out doesn’t have to involve alcohol… just that mine does. And lots of it. And since this is fictional, bring on the expensive Belgium beer by the crate, please…)