Drabble: Bands of Power

My response to the prompt recharge.

Genre: fantasy, superpowers


~Bands of Power~

She studied the three bands that had circled her left wrist in the past two years like stripes on a bee. Usually, the marks were purply-red, sometimes it darkened to deep maroon, but this was her first time finding it completely black. Just last week, she wondered what the colours meant.

Now she knew.

Yesterday, for the first time, she and her team got pulled into an intense fight that lasted the whole day. She did pretty well for most of the battle, only to collapse near the end when she tried to drag her airborne opponent down to the ground.

When they found her, the bands were completely black. Someone connected the dots, and the theory now was that the bands indicated how much power she had left. Purply-red meant she was all systems go and black meant she was running on empty.

It was the morning after the battle. Captain took one look at the solid black rings and banned her from using her powers until her powers recharged and the bands returned to their usual purple-red.

“What if we get attacked?”

“Then you evacuate like a normal person and leave the fighting to us.”

Well then. She would take the chance to be the lazy bum she usually didn’t get to be. So.

She curled on her side.

Back to sleep.



Read more about this character in On the Same Side.


Posted on September 11, 2016, in Potpourri, Short Stories and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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