Six Sentence Sunday, 13 November 2011 (Annie Brown and the Superhero Blues)

There were a lot of things that Annie did not like about being a superhero. Her teachers at the Superhero Academy had nagged her to wear contact lenses, because even if her glasses were the standard Clark Kents, she needed them. She hated the iridescent electric-blue, indigo and violet spandex, though she did like the colors. She didn’t have the figure to carry off form-fitting outfits, having inherited more of her father’s stocky build than her mother’s statuesque long-legged beauty.

It was really easy to get body image issues if you didn’t look like the superheroines in the comic books.

Annie put her head down on her books and tugged on her braids, as if preparing for the ritual tearing-of-hair-and-rending-of-garments, but really to let her scalp relax, because she knew she’d been grinding her teeth and if she kept doing that she was going to have a headache.

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9 Responses to Six Sentence Sunday, 13 November 2011 (Annie Brown and the Superhero Blues)

  1. What an original premise! A superhero with image issues – the fantasy becomes realistic, tangible. Loved it!

  2. Zee Monodee says:

    Fell in love with your heroine here! Lovely premise, and so fresh too. Your voice also shines in this 🙂

  3. Vivien Dean says:

    I love this set-up! So excited for more!

  4. Sue says:

    superhero academy – wonderful! if I can have a vampire school – why not – ya know it makes perfect sense – love it – as always

  5. I really like the thought behind this! An imperfect super hero!!

  6. Fantastic set up. I love her already. And beautifully written as always!

  7. Awesome six, EP, and I LOVE your heroine already! Can’t wait to see what you give us next week! Happy Sunday!

  8. The world NEEDS her! Enjoyed the set up very much, great concept. Excellent excerpt!

  9. Silverbirch says:

    I liked that one a lot. The best superheroes (Batman, Spiderman, Hulk), indeed the best any kind of hero, are flawed characters. You’ve created another who is going to be so much more interesting because of it.

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