Lyric Fiction: Superhero

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“It’s a gift.”

“It’s a gift I don’t want,” Lyric told her mother with a scowl. She crossed her arms over her chest and hunched her shoulders, as if that could ward off her mother.

“Honey,” Melody cooed, “it’s a blessing. You’re a Maker girl, and this is how we all are. We’re superheroes, after all.”

Lyric squeezed her bottom lip between her thumb and forefinger. “I don’t know, Mom… It doesn’t feel right. You always said it would feel right and I’d know and it would be natural and all that. But it doesn’t. Don’t make me do this.”

“Now, honey,” Melody said, pressing her knees together and pursing her lips slightly, “you’re just scared. That’s natural.”

“According to you, everything is natural!”

Melody nodded, her eyes crinkling slightly. “And that, my dear, is the secret. The one and only secret you’ll ever need if you want to make it in this life.”

“Maybe it is for you, Mom. You’re the one who’s the star. Not me. I’m just your kid. Things are different for me.”

“Stop thinking that way, honey! You are so much more than you realize. You deserve this. You’ve got your own talents, Lyric. All you need to do is show them off. People will sit up and take notice. I promise!”

Lyric played with her lower lip again. She didn’t see it. Didn’t see how she could ever be anything but Melody’s daughter.

On the other hand, Lyric couldn’t remember Melody ever being wrong. If Melody said she could be more than a porn star’s daughter, she could be.

Lyric smiled. Melody mirrored it, magnified it. “You are a superhero, baby. You are. It’s your gift.”

“I don’t know…” Lyric said, but she did know. It wasn’t what she would have picked for herself, but there it was. She may as well grab onto it and go along for the ride.

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A bit of Sunday Scribblings and Writer’s Islands prompts rolled into one. They worked so well together, it was hard not to. I’m not convinced this is finished yet, but that’s okay. This place was meant to be for rough fiction, and the books for the polished stuff. Speaking of books… Stay tuned.

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10 Comments

  1. Robin of My Two Blessings

    June 14, 2010 12:17 pm

    Just finished reading Shapeshifters 1 and 2. You have a new groupie! Looking forward to reading more. Will review it soon, I promise.
    .-= Robin of My Two Blessings´s last blog ..What I’m working on for the rest of the week! =-.

  2. Elizabeth

    June 14, 2010 5:01 pm

    This was a fun read, thanks for sharing your gift.

    Elizabeth
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Gifts =-.

  3. Ann (bunnygirl)

    June 14, 2010 6:42 pm

    Ah, Lyric. It’s good to know she comes to accept who she is (and who she isn’t) with time.
    .-= Ann (bunnygirl)´s last blog ..Back From Vacation! =-.

  4. Just Someone

    June 14, 2010 6:56 pm

    That was a nice amalgam of Lyric and Melody!
    .-= Just Someone´s last blog ..Little, not at all =-.

  5. Dee

    June 14, 2010 11:02 pm

    made me want a little more – before and after. I liked the dynamic between mother and daughter though – I think you had just the right touch with it.
    .-= Dee´s last blog ..Another Reason To Love Wikipedia =-.

  6. Thomma Lyn

    June 15, 2010 2:18 am

    I like Lyric very much. And you do a good job, showing the dynamic she shares with her mom and her sister.
    .-= Thomma Lyn´s last blog ..Event =-.

  7. Julia Smith

    June 15, 2010 11:42 am

    Why does it feel so refreshing to encounter such a nurturing relationship between a porn star and her daughter? I really like their vibe together.
    .-= Julia Smith´s last blog ..Poetry Train Monday – 156 – Blank Sonnet =-.

  8. carol

    June 15, 2010 1:02 pm

    I really like Lyric. And I like how she and Melody interact in this piece.

  9. Alice Audrey

    June 17, 2010 11:34 pm

    A superhero? We straying into Science Fiction now?
    .-= Alice Audrey´s last blog ..333/365 Birds =-.

  10. Janet

    June 19, 2010 6:39 pm

    Really liked this, Susan – the relationship, the dynamics, the tentativeness of Lyric as she contemplates her ‘natural’ abilities. And you captured that young woman’s worry that she will not measure up, she will not be good enough. Well done 🙂
    .-= Janet´s last blog ..Going Offline… =-.

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