Drabble: Little Acts of Kindness
My response to the July prompt ‘scar’. I started the story with a scar… and it mutated towards a completely different direction. You have been warned.
Genre: superpowers, fantasy
~Little Acts of Kindness~
“I can take away your scar,” she said to a man with a gruesome scar across his nose.
“What’s the catch?”
“Just pay it forward. Do something good for someone else.”
She had always liked doing little acts of kindness. Two months ago, she discovered she had the ability to heal others. Since then, she still did the same thing, just that her little acts of kindness could now be a lot better.
One month later, three months after she discovered her new ability, it became apparent that she wasn’t the only one to develop new powers. After a series of disasters by people misusing their newfound powers, tension ran high. People demanded new laws to clamp down on these new types of troublemakers.
Even then, she continued, though with more discretion. It was good that her ability was undeniably positive. Despite the initial caution, everyone she met did appreciate the unexpected healing.
Another month later, the beginnings of what would later become the superhero, supervillain, and neutral factions were settling into place. People with ‘superpowers’ took inspiration from the fiction and crafted nicknames and costumes to protect their real identity.
She didn’t bother. Too many people knew her face by now. But in the spirit of the emerging superpower culture, she adopted a nickname for herself.
You can also read about her brother in Bitter Medic.