[Short Story] Catchphrase

"Alright, alright, how about 'Shazam'?" I write down the phrase on the paper, below a few other dozen crossed words.

Nick shakes his head. "You can't. It's copyrighted. Captain Marvel, by DC."

"Ah, no wonder it felt familiar," I stare at all the words we have crossed out on the paper. I had imagined discovering a superpower would be more exciting than sitting in my room all day, brainstorming. "Wait, shouldn't Captain Marvel be Marvel's copyright, not DC?"

Nick gives an exasperated sigh. "Look, Amy, we've been here all day, are you going to do this, or what?"

"Alright, alright, I'm sorry," I say, as I cross off the word Shazam as well. Nick was right. The sun is already setting outside the window. We have been sitting in the room all day.

I write down another phrase on the paper. Nick laughs almost immediately. "Are you serious? Meow? That's what you're going for?"

My cheeks turn red as I quickly cross off that phrase as well. "I thought it was... cute."

Nick notices that I am angry, and quickly quiets down. His arm slowly slides behind my back, and pulls me closer to him. Despite feeling frustrated, I still love it when he does that. "Come one Amy, why can't you just shout anything that comes to your mind? I am sure what you shout is nothing to compared to your powers."

I lean my head on his soft shoulder. Nick is everything that I have in the world, and his shoulders have been my support for far too many problems that I have faced in life. When I first found out that I had teleportation powers, Nick is the first and only person I told. "I don't know Nick, a superhero has got to take care of her image, you know? What would all the other villains think of me if I scream something like 'cheesecake' or 'pooping' during a fight?"

"I think that is absolutely charming," he says, with that smile of his. "Speaking of cheesecake, don't you think it's time for a little break?"

I nod. All the thinking has made me quite hungry. I crumple the paper on the table and fling it to the wastepaper basket. "Seriously, what good is this power if I can't find an awesome catchphrase?"


Prompt: You just found out that you have the power of teleportation, but it only works while you are screaming. You quickly learn the drawbacks to your new found superpowers.


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