A little while ago, I was taking part in the Deviant Art Flash Fiction Challenge: 31 days, 31 stories between 55 and 1000 words.
One of the writing challenges was imagining a story with a superhero and an apathetic sidekick – along with an unusual mode of transportation.
I was woefully uninspired and trying to handle four kids aged 18 months to 7 and a half years old. I was chatting with friends and while I answered one of their questions, I lost sight of my 18 month old for about half a minute. During that time, he just disappeared and ran to the other end of the house. I commented that he was like the Incredibles’ son, whose name I couldn’t (still can’t) remember. Fast…
There came the inspiration for a piece I called A Regular Saturday Morning. A non-superhero mother (and father but she’s the apathetic sidekick narrator) of 3 super powered kids still trying to raise them as best as she can… as any parent does on a regular day. I had a lot of fun writing it and struggled to bring it under 1000 words 😂🤷♀️.
Now to put it from a Tale Weaver perspective, think of this: one of your (or your character’s) siblings, kids, your (their) best friend if that works best for you turns out to be magical.
They could be a magical creature – a fae, a creature from the mythology… – or a wizard/witch, or a priestess of an old religion with access to nature’s power… throwing examples out there but I know your imagination can reach further…
A few weeks back I was inviting you to write from the villain’s perspective, this time I’m wondering what your tale as the sidekick would be like? Not necessarily the sidekick’s origin story (as in, how do they react when they find out?) but rather the daily life/struggles/victories of the hero’s sidekick if it makes sense.
One often forgets that each person is the hero of their own story, of their own tale. So what would the sidekick’s tale read like, in your imagination?
What could be Robin’s version of a Batman and Robin story? What would Harry Potter read like if it were written from Hermione’s or Ron’s POV for example? Or Disney’s Tangled narrated from Pascal’s perspective? Again just giving examples…
So yes, do have fun with this one; I hope it inspires you.
- Go where the prompt takes you and have fun!
- Prose, poetry, fable… please share your stories in whatever style works for you.
- Keep your stories/quests/tales below 1000 words
- Post it on your blog and tag it MLMM, Tale Weaver, Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie
- Be sure to leave a pingback or a link so we (I) can read your contribution