Superhero Stuff

shadow silhouette in a dark hallwayThe challenge? Write a story in 6 sentences, no more & no less, and if you’d like, share your creation or just visit and comment on others’ ideas, with GirlieOnTheEdge, Denise. The prompt is “Marvel”, and here’s where you join the party: Six Sentence Stories

Superhero Stuff

Most superheroes start out simply.

A being of humble origin but fatally flawed,

is robbed of a birthright,

ejected from a home planet,

or altered by science gone wrong. 

Required to redeem themselves

for the rest of their unnatural lives,

they struggle with their shadow side,

as we breathe deep and lay our money down.

Viewers of movies and readers of graphic novels,

we are drawn in for hour after hour

by their same-not-same

their us-not-us.

Enthralled by the struggle,

we are distracted by the shadow dance

of villains and heroes flickering light and dark on a screen

our eyes grown large and shoes crackling on a sticky theater floor.

Leaving us quite free to ignore our own shadow selves,

we escape personal accountability.

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2021)

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.

Use the current week’s prompt word.
Return here, link your post Wednesday night through Saturday late…
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 


19 thoughts on “Superhero Stuff

  1. Leaving us quite free to ignore our own shadow selves,
    we escape personal accountability.

    From the looks of the comments above, I’m not the only one fascinated by the final lines of your Six. Mirror or telescope?

    Good Six

    Liked by 1 person

    • A bir of both, I guess.
      In the words of The Monkees
      “It’s a little bit me
      And a little bit you…too.”
      Try it on and if it fits…then there we are. 🙃🙂😉


  2. The great escape into the dark theater to “escape personal accountability” and “ignoring our shadow selves” by watching the invents in the lives of super heroes is an interesting way to think about it. Great SSS.

    Liked by 1 person


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