The boy with Nicolas Cage eyes

Nicolas Cage Eyes

Photo: By nicolas genin from Paris, France [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons; Design: Carma Spence

Sometimes people I see around really strike me and interesting and potentially inspirational for characters. Back in July 1999, I saw this boy at Paramount’s Great America who really struck me as an interesting character. This is what I wrote about him in my Random Thoughts journal.

He was standing in the line for the air trans ahead of us. He was tall, lanky and hunched over a bit like so many tall teenagers do. Its as if being tall was something you want to avoid.

He had big, round, blue-green Nicolas Cage eyes. they were quite striking. He wore his hair shaved all around the side, leaving the top monk’s circle long, which he had tied as a pony tail in back. The tail was multiply tied so as not to flair, forming a blond rope down the back of his head.

He was with two others, a boy equally tall and hunched with shoulder length, surfer dude blond hair, and a girl who didn’t fit with the two of them. She was short — about 5 feet tall — and earthy. She wore her neck-length, auburn hair down, held back from her face by two close-to-the-scalp pig tails. She wore yellow-lensed sunglasses and several macrame and bead chokers around her neck.

You couldn’t quite tell which guy she was with, but by the looks of things, it seemed to me that she was with the nondescript surfer dude but wanted to be with the boy with Nicolas Cage eyes.