When the Glove Dies
HAND IN GLOVE, BODY AND SOUL… ALLEGRA LIVED LARGE.
ANIMATED SHORT FILM | MULTIMEDIA, LIVE FOOTAGE, CGI 3D ANIMATION, PUPPETRY | 8 MIN | MATURE AUDIENCES
GLOVES ARE BODIES AND HANDS ARE SOULS IN THIS ALLEGORY OF THE BODY-SOUL RELATIONSHIP, WHERE EVERYTHING CHANGES AFTER ALLEGRA’S SOUL LEAVES HER BODY.
A passionate vegan, Allegra loved all living things. Even rats in the ceiling didn’t cause her to call in the exterminators until all her prayers to the Deva of Rodents had proved to be completely fruitless.
Allegra married Horatio at Woodstock. Her sister and mother adored him but the marriage had happened much too quickly and for several wrong reasons. But it was a free-wheeling time, and that was reason enough.
A glamorous couple, they went to exhibitions, music festivals and motorbike rallies. Haunted-looking and skinny as a rail, Allegra had a deceptively delicate build and demeanour. She’d never quite managed to give up smoking.
While they were married, Allegra enjoyed Horatio’s prosperity, though her play-mate from the Summer of Love soon became rather scarce.
So she’d often go on a course or a workshop to raise her consciousness, locate her inner child and find her true path. And unerringly, when the cause of her divorce came calling, she found the best path to the sweetest revenge.
Everyone’s good friends by the time Allegra takes her leave of us and the world and she does so as joyfully as she did everything in her life.
ALL will be well. All will be MOST well.
And all MANNER of things… will be most well.
Frances often wonders how her two daughters could possibly have turned out so differently.
Other thoughts that occupy her are whether Allegra influenced Dottie’s daughter to leave her responsibilities and hive off with a junkie to join his band.
She has resigned herself to never finding the answers to most of life’s questions. Vague and confused, she moves about in a sad little fog.
Dorothy, Allegra’s 55-year-old sister, had been secretly in love with Horatio during the Seventies, and still resents her sister for snapping him up first. Dottie married a plumber called Shane, but was widowed about a year after their teenage daughter ran away with her boyfriend, leaving Frances to adopt her twin babies.
Dottie was left not too badly off, and once her mother moved in with her, she had someone to look after the twins and a chance to get some sort of social life going, albeit with disappointing results. So far.
Pudding & Pumpkin
The twins adored Allegra, and enjoyed spending time with her, though they thought her odd.
She made up for that by blinding them with her glamour, and encouraging them to draw pictures and make sculptures out of found objects.
Dottie did not always approve of the objects they found.
Horatio is Allegra’s ex-husband and the wealthy owner of several IT/gaming companies. He’s recently branched into launching some up-and-coming gospel stars and looking at launching his own YouTube channel.
Horatio spends an extraordinary amount of time going on breakfast runs with his buddies on their Harleys. He also enjoys deep conversations and tall stories around the campfire in game parks over frosty Erdinger beers. Other people work very hard in his companies to keep making all that happen smoothly, because Mr Arbuckle’s vein jumping out of his forehead is a sight not easily forgotten.
Once, his troubled young cousin whom he had given a job for the Christmas holidays, had fallen into the deep freeze at the only party all year and wasn’t found till the next Christmas. Horatio privately refers to him as his frosty relation.
After Horatio and Allegra’s divorce, Tendai decided he preferred Allegra to Horatio, and some pleasant weeks were spent by Allegra and Tendai which soothed Allegra’s bruised ego.
She described it to her friends as ‘revenge served nice and hot.’ They attended Tantric and Lucid Dreaming workshops and other uplifting events, before Horatio threatened suicide and Tendai returned to him.
Dr Posthumous Mbira
Dr Mbira is particularly sorry to see such an interesting patient die. They had many talks and life will now be somewhat dull.
How exciting it had been to realise they’d grown up in the same town near Gweru. She’d enjoyed practising her rusty Swahili, with her even rustier voice, during light-heartedly gossips about the other medical staff, until her coughing would end the interlude.