Xe sang a sirens song, but not near so graceful. Never meant to enchant or lure, xe belted out agony meant to inspire the worst in people. People turned on people with a chord, and against the world with another.

That’s where you came in- newbie hero, amateur but learning quickly. Profoundly deaf.


bonus prompts



-”Hey. You back with us?”


“Hi! You’ve been looking off into the distance for like, half an hour. Are you tired?”

“Shit, have I been daydreaming again? I’m so sorry my guy I didn’t mean to check out on you. Again.”

-”You look like you’ve been punched in the gut.

“That- Dude. You stabbed me. I’m literally bleeding onto your shoes.”

-”Now now, don’t think you’ll be getting out of this one, dear hero. I’ve watched your previous escapes very carefully- I don’t want to lose you again. I’d hate to have to mar your perfect skin with some kind of permanent tracking device- but I will, if you leave me again.”

-”You look so beautiful, bound like that. Do you have any idea what it’s like, to take such power and master it. You are so beautiful, and so mine.”

-”I’m not going to hurt you. I get it, you’re young and people always look down on you, and you’re sick of it. I get it. But I won’t fight you.”


“Hush. When i was younger than you- a lot younger, I was taken to be a soldier, same as you. There are few weapons more useful than a scared toddler that can crack open the earth. I know you’re capable, and strong, and deserve recognition, i get it, I’ve been there. But I refuse to be like the people that created me.”

-”I’m so glad you’re willing to put up with my annoying niche interests.”

“You’re never annoying and I’m not putting up with you. I love you. And your niche interests.”

-”If I could kill xir all over again, I would. I’d do it slow and look xir in the eye and tell xir it was for you. God, I’m so sorry I couldn’t save you. I’m sorry. But xe’ll never hurt anyone again, okay?”

-”I can’t focus, I can’t work, I can’t- engage. It’s like I barely exist anymore. Like I’m trapped wherever my brain wants me to go. I just want to be real, but everything hurts too much.”

-”Anyway, that sucks but I’m gay and thus immune.”

“That’s not how it works.”

“Anyway. I’m gay. And thus immune.”

-”Who wants some- oh shit I misread the room entirely.”

“Is that pizza? We always want pizza.”

“Is that a body?”


“I didn’t know you were enhanced. Since when have you had powers?” asks the hero softly, looking to xir friend.

“Since forever. They came in young- I can’t remember a time I didn’t have them.” The vigilante snorts softly “I kill, I hurt, I maim. I fight. When I was a kid, I did all that too, but I had to use my abilities for it. That’s all they were for, was hurting, like I was some kind of weapon. I didn’t get to choose. I still use them.” ze says suddenly, looking at zir friend for the first time, eyes luminous with magick xe didn’t know ze had “They’re mine, they’re a part of me. They can be beautiful. And I can choose not to hurt with them.”

“I’m not going to kill you.” says the villain to the hero’s sidekick “Hurting kids is- not something I do, really, though I won’t allow you to interfere with my business. Move aside, and everyone goes home fine.”

The sidekick inhales, breathes, reaches for the power churning restlessly in xir gut, and smiles.