Crazy Mary—nobody knows her real name, and she can’t remember—has occupied the same table in a dimly lit corner of Inn Situ for as long as anyone can remember. She is prone to boisterous outbursts that may, or may not have any bearing on the events and conversations transpiring around her. Some of the longtime clients are convinced she has psychic abilities. It is not uncommon to see short, animated conversatiions taking place at Mary’s table. The cost to visit her “office” is a draft beer, although, most of her “patients” leave a cash donation behind when they leave.
Crazy Mary makes her first appearance in the Inn Situ world in a story I wrote titled Crazy Mary: The World Ends. The story is told first-person from an unnamed individual who is not Mary, but has interaction with her through a good portion of the story. This unnamed character is a reflection of a character I’ve created for another story—the outlook, the snide asides, the self-deprecation should be dead give-aways to anyone who has read the other work—and it was my intention to make his perspective the focal point of the story. (Yeah, that’s a bad, intentional pun – perspective…focal point.) That attempt was accomplished. However, as we have often stated in these pages, the intention of the author is never the prime consideration when these Inn Situ stories well up from the depths of chaos. Nor is the desire of the author the prime consideration of many of the characters that inhabit those stories. Mary is one such character. She insists that we see the world through her eyes whether directly or indirectly.
Mary makes other appearances, cameos mainly, in various other stories in the Inn Situ universe, and then, in a story for Volume II that Scott wrote, titled Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Mary truly comes to life and gets to tell her entire story.