Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Balls of Others: Preparations

This is a one-off story featuring none of the original characters. It's been inspired by all of those whacky TV shows that have been popping up lately, "Silent Library", "The Pain Game" etc. and I hope you'll enjoy it.

This is my first writing effort for two and a half years so I may be a little rusty… I hope you enjoy it anyway. This is just a teaser for a longer story that I will publish on New Year's Day.

Thanks to BBmal and Reginald, hoppie1, thatlansingguy, Zac and many more. Their fantastic stories - very diverse in style and subject - have made me want to grab the pen and contribute at least one more story. Maybe there will be more. I don’t know. We'll see…

Anyway: I wish all of you a very happy new year!

I was sitting at my desk in the control room of the small television station. I had been working in Europe for quite some time, now. Most of the time my work was pretty boring, but today was an exception. I had been working on this show for a few weeks and now we were on the verge of making history: the most daring show on television. I liked that.

The TV station wasn’t on the air, yet. And they wanted to start with a bang. They were going live on the January 1st – and they had hired me to supervise their headline show. They knew what they were getting when they hired me. I had earned quite a reputation in the last few years, and I was proud of that.

In the past few days there had been ads and bills all over Europe, various spots on Youtube and other clip sites. I had done interviews with all major European magazines, newspapers and online media. And it had happened just like the studio bigwigs had anticipated.

It had created a major controversy: Naked testicles on television? Outrageous! Three young lads willing to bare their balls and risk their manhood to win 10.000 Euro? Inacceptable! Hurting balls for entertainment? Incredible! We were the talk of the town, in fact of all European towns, just like the TV station had planned.