Twin Peaks dialogue templates, because I love dialogue
Subordinate clause addressing whatever asinine thing was just said by the other character, followed by a long, stylish rapid-fire stream designed to prep the other character for their inevitable annihilation: Three word insult. A rule-of-threes list of things he does not like, do, or care about, preferably alliterative, and always decimating. Dismissal.
THE SECRET TO GORDON COLE IS SHORT SENTENCES! I MEAN REALLY SHORT! NOW THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THIS IS WHEN YOU'RE ENDING A PARAGRAPH, AND THEN YOU CAN USE TWO CLAUSES!
A quaintly ironic, perhaps even polite black humor observation about the other character's (likely unfortunate) situation, followed by some charming purple prose that would truly be the essence of good manners if he wasn't--shall we say--homicidal. Oh, but Windom loves to ask baiting questions, doesn't he? My, he loves to monologue--preferably about all of the terrible things he's going to do to the other character, but never seems to get around to actually doing! Well, no matter. If he gets too carried away, you can always cut him off with an initially innocent sentence that SUDDENLY BREAKS INTO A HOMICIDAL OUTBURST!!!!
Character name, followed by an excited, bright-eyed announcement of a new discovery or idea. [Brief pause to consume food object.] An immediate transition into a precise, almost Spock-like dump of obscure information that is unnecessarily detailed and almost totally incomprehensible to the other character. This description can go on for several sentences. In fact, the longer and more technical it is, the better, as the intended effect is for the other character to be in a totally obfuscated daze by the time Cooper is finished. In short: Concise summary. [More consumption of food.] A resolute, serious suggestion for action gleaned from his findings. But first: a non-sequitur framed as an observational question?
I’m just thinking about how the whole pittsburgh timeline changed in tshotp, and that Gordon sent cooper to twin peaks like a year after windom shot him, instead of 10+ years later in mlmt
Like that dialogue “the sheriff didn’t mean anything” “he hit me” “well I’m sure he meant to do that” is so… bad with that in mind, excusing his new best friend’s violent, of line behavior and then retaliating on the trusted person who’s trying to report it. Just. Still in total denial about what happened to him a year ago (or even 10 years ago if you want to stick with mlmt?) Like he knows windom shot him, but just still can’t process that, still can’t handle it, and it bleeds into the rest of his relationships.
And ofc gordon doesn’t see any alarms or things to be concerned about with this… sigh…
there is also a legend of a place called the black lodge. the shadow self of the white lodge. the legend says, that every spirit must past through there on a way to perfection. there, you will meet your own shadow self. but it is said, if you confront the black lodge with imperfect courage, it will utterly annihilate your soul.