Fictional Character
"Father of the Groom"
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: Early 1990s
Occupation: Student
Parents: Unnamed mother
Spouse: Archimedes Kidder

Kate was a MBA major at UCLA where she met Archie Kidder. When he proposed, she accepted - no doubt helped by the two-carat engagement ring he offered. What Archie didn't mention was that his father had synthesized the stone from two carrots.[1]

Since Kate's father was a real estate whiz and her mother an investment banker, they began planning Kate's wedding with the precision and effort of the German General Staff planning Hitler's invasion of the Low Countries and France. This irritated some of her bridesmaids and one referred to her as a "Bridezilla". Overhearing this, Kidder decided that the metaphor was worthy of reification.[2]

During a shopping trip at the Bed Bath & Beyond in the Northridge Mall, Kate began reificating into just that, thanks to Tesla Kidder's long-range genetic recodifier. She turned avocado green with scales, grew a muzzle with sharp teeth, and a long tail. When she opened her mouth to speak, a bubbling shriek came out instead along with a blast of fire. The bridesmaids and the staff saw this and began to run. Kate, not yet realizing what had happened followed with more shrieks and flame. This carried on until her fiancé and future mother-in-law pressed Tesla Kidder to undo the transformation. He did, and Kate had only a vague idea of what happened.[3]

The wedding was a success. After the vows, Archie said "Kiss me, Kate!". She did, but didn't quite understand the reference. Kate's family suspected that Tesla Kidder had something to do with Kate's transformation. Kate's mom approached Kidder about it after the ceremony, but he assured her that he was too far away in his laboratory. She accepted that answer.[4]


  1. See, e.g., We Install and Other Stories, loc. 16-26, ebook.
  2. Ibid., loc. 49-82.
  3. Ibid. loc. 140-185.
  4. Ibid., loc. 185-196.