Challenge #02035-E211: The Magic Grandma
[Title: Invisible actors] You never see them normally, they often look drab and ordinary - till they open their vocal cords. (She was a little old lady, well dressed, out of place at a science fiction convention. "Close your eyes!") -- Anon Guest
[AN: Does nobody read the pinned notifications on message boards any more? ::weeps:: ]
"I've been onstage for one minute, and I can already see a host of disappointed kiddies in the groundling zone," said the charming old lady. "You were all expecting a cartoon to come on here, weren't you?"
A dubious drone of 'yes'es from the bolder ones. Crying from the younger ones.
"It's going to be all right, now dearie," she cooed. "Just listen." She cleared her throat. Held herself just so, and the voice of Peppe Panda issued forth. "Hullo thar me liddles. Don'cha cry, now. It's all gonna be apples an' cheese."
Four of the smaller ones completely lost their minds. There was shrieking and giggling and applause from the older fans.
She held herself another way and she spoke as Antonio Aardvark. "Take a look behind da curt'n. See, dis li'l ole lady's been woikin' on da voice farm fer fiddy years. Dat's five times ten fer youse loinin' yer math."
Through assorted character voices, she explained that voice work was one occupation that didn't care how old you were, what gender you were, or even how you dressed. She told funny stories of co-workers who came to work to read three lines and had never bothered changing out of their PJ's and bunny slippers. And she explained to some that cartoons were people like her being voices, and teams of people either drawing or using computers to make the characters come to life.
And she entertained questions from her youngest fans, who were still a little confused about the facts. She would even answer in character for some, and the amusement of all. Fans, children of fans, and grand-fans all came to talk and get a signature afterwards. She even met a few great-grandfans who were just learning to spot her name in the after-show credits.
And for those who were still upset that their favourite cartoon was not quite real, she had a ready supply of Strawberry Candies, individually wrapped Caramels, and little whizz whistles for the ones who weren't allowed sugar.
And some of the grown-up kids took one too.
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