- extract of Irregularities, a short story by Courtney Jones, published in 2003
The shortstory Irregularities is told by the maincharacter, who is a secretairy and have had an affair with her boss. She is carrieng his baby indside her and haven’t told him, mainly because he is married and intent to stay married. The maincharecter pictures herself getting married to her boss and is thrilled to go on to a medical conference with him. A trip he originially was going on with his wife, but she cancelled and he therefore asked his assisent to come along. The storyline is not very long. It’s mostly just thoughts mixed with a smaller bit of the story. The plot is mainly flash-backs.
We don’t know the name of the maincharecter, but what we do know, is, that she is James Soleanders assistent. She is pregnant with his baby and hasn’t told him. She expects him to know that she is pregnant, but he dosn’t, and that dissapoints her. The maincharecter has a read about what she calls ”New Things” which is her way of get out of her trivialife. It’s like an New-years resolution, and in the openingline the maincharecter tells that the baby inside of her doesn’t tolerate onions, which is bad, because onions is her ”new thing” Her new thing becomes an old thing and she has to quit eating onions. That doesn’t stop her Turkey Gobbler from putting them into her lunch and she has to throw them out. She gets the inevitable smell on her fingers and spents all days trying to get it off. James also catches the smell and tells that onions is his favorite vegatable. When he is gone from the office, the main charecter likes to sit in her boss’ office, just so she can smell his shirt. Sometimes she also wears it over her shoulders. In other words; she is obssesed with him. The maincharecter likes to read very many womans magazines, from where she gets a lot of advice and knowledge. She spents a lot of time reading about how she should get the man she loves.