T is for “The Traveler”

Mommy told me not  to talk to strangers, but this stranger says he’s me, just bigger, so, I think I can talk to him. He says to meet him every day at the playground and I do. We sit on the swings and he tells me things I don’t understand.

He says one day I will be all grown up and I will eat ice cream for dinner and have a puppy named Bella. She will follow me everywhere and we will have lots of fun together. He says I will go lots of places and try to fix all the bad things that happen to everyone. He tells me I will be a superhero and that if I want to I can wear a cape. He says when I am older I won’t want to, though.

He says Mommy and Daddy will be happy but one day they will have to leave and I will think I can’t live without them, but I can. I am a superhero.

I ask him why they have to go and if I can use my super powers to keep them with me. He says there are some things even superheroes can’t do.

He says in the future there are some sad things and that he came all the way here to ask me if I’d like to be a superhero now instead of later. I like this idea. I want to be strong, I want to save people, and I want to save mommy and daddy, I want to go places making everything right.

He tells me in the future there is a bad man who will make everyone sad. He says the bad man is a traveler like him and that he had to come all the way back her to stop him before he learns to be a bad guy. He tells me he needs my help to stop the bad man. He asks if I will please help, like a sidekick.

I ask if I can wear a cape now, and a mask too. He says that is fine.

He tells me that sometimes heroes have to do bad things to do the right thing. He says he is going to ask me to do a good-bad thing so that mommy and daddy can be happy in the future. I will do the good-bad thing for mommy and daddy so that maybe they will stay with me and never leave.

He tells me the bad man is a kid now, like me, right now he is isn’t so bad but that’s not important, he will be bad in the future. The future where ice cream is for dinner and we miss mommy and daddy. The bad man has to be stopped before he is the bad man. He has to be stopped while he is the kid like me.

The kid who sits’s next to me at school. We have to be heroes and get him now, and then ice cream for dinner, puppies, capes, and maybe mommy and daddy can stay.

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Author’s note: The plan for this challenge was to post small pieces of fiction that read more like excerpts rather than stories with a true beginning, middle, and end. I think instead, these have turned into something in between, some more, some less. Please bear with me, these are my first attempts at writing fiction. You can find them all under my AtoZ2016 tag.

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Lisa

Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

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