The story: a crazy invention from my beloved niece, about family. Not our family, but a family. Each person has their weaknesses and strengths, or “struggles” and “abilities”. As debilitating as their struggles are, their strengths are little superhero powers. It’s a wild ride so far, with a mean dastardly bunch of evildoers that are ambiguously known as The Dutch. There seems to be a mole in the family hideout, plotting to give the whole family over to the bad guys.
As usual, as I am writing I find I can’t trust my characters. They get up to things I never intended and mess up any plan I might have made for how this story was going to evolve. Unfortunately I can’t tell you the latest twist because I don’t want to ruin the fun if you ever read it.
Below is a chart of the struggles and abilities so far. Love to hear any and all suggestions anyone might have! Send in your weird ideas and I’ll incorporate them somehow. Yay! Weirdness!
|Vonda||High anxiety.||Incredible sensitivity: her senses capture deeper levels than the ordinary.|
|Dek||Lack of confidence; sure his best years are behind him||Strong and agile; a sure-shot|
|Levi||A little OCD and a lot resentful||Penetrates glass without breaking it|
|Millie||Constantly annoyed with everyone and everything. Lonely.||Knows and remembers everything, and can put it together helpfully.|
|Jinn||Mercurial and ineffective||Able to shoot electricity|
|Neal||Can’t think big-picture||Manipulates sound|
|Bart||Developmentally disabled and in a wheelchair||Gifted with all things fibrous – ropes, knots, lassos…|
|Triplets||Too young to be much help against the Dutch; more of a liability||Triplets with a special language among themselves|
|Pottie||Indecisive and overly theoretical||Able to speak in binary code|
|Lance||Can be self-involved; might be a double agent||Blows air like a hurricane|
|Oziel||Surly teenager; lost his mom at a young age||Evades capture|
|Burnsy||Mean and selfish.||Emits brilliant light and read patterns in light.|
|Grover||Deceased.||Bewitcher, on the city zoning committee.|
|Dr. Manta||Turns things into other things; a doctor for people with weird skills.|