Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

Avatar Author: Aurelia Aurelia is battling a quarter-life crisis with the help of Ficly and a lot of coffee. She is launching into the abyss of a new career as a (sexy) academic librarian, and working it all out in just 1024 characters. Read Bio

The prophecy must be wrong. Simon Smith trudged dejectedly along the steep hiking trail, thinking. “This child shall be a Hero, more Super than any other.” Easier said than done.

Ever since he was old enough, he had been searching for his power, but nothing worked. He’d been bitten by spiders a few times, but it never turned into anything except an allergic reaction. He wasn’t a millionaire. Never found a magic ring. Unexposed to radiation. Definitely not an Amazon or an alien. It was getting depressing, and at 32, Simon was pretty sure he was getting too old for it anyway.

He paused to catch his breath near a clutch of trees. I think I’m done, he realized. If God wants me to keep searching, He can send me a sign.

As he turned to head into the forest, a figure caught his eye. Shirtless, clad in jeans and a campaign hat, bearing a shovel, his outstretched arm pointed directly at Simon, a challenge. “Only YOU can prevent forest fires.”

It hit Simon like a thunderbolt. I am The Firefighter.

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  1. Avatar DoItForScience

    hahahahah seriously? Interesting entry in the sign challenge.

  2. Avatar Aurelia

    LOL, thanks. Not sure if it counts as a road sign, but it hit me this morning when I was getting ready for work and I had to put it out there. :-)

  3. Avatar Coccinella

    I like the way this story unfolds from the character rather than from a play on words or pun – I think that was the hard part of this challenge.

  4. Avatar Eloquent Mess {(LoA)}

    I love it!

  5. Avatar j. smthng

    I like it, though the title spoils the ending (yeah, I know it’s part of the challenge requirement).

    Suggestion:
    “It hit Simon like a thunderbolt.”

    It would be awesome if you could use fire imagery instead of “thunderbolt”, like, “It hit Simon in a blaze” or something. (Not necessarily that, though; I bet you could come up with something more clever.)

  6. Avatar QuackDamnYou

    Thunderbolts start a lot of forest fires.

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