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Max had waited for this moment since the day he’d been first activated. So what if the Council had subsequently determined that his model was too unstable for actual combat and repurposed them as crossing guards. Max had been created to be a hero, and no amount of reprogramming was going to stand in his way.

          Granted, his first two attempts hadn’t gone exactly as planned. There was no one to actually save in the first fire he set. He made sure there were at least five in the second, but some dumb X9 model had beaten him to it and got all the credit. Not this time, though. This time had been perfect. Plenty of heartstring-tugging potential victims, the nearest X9 units experiencing temporary technical difficulties, and a news crew with a perfectly timed tip.

          And it’d worked. Exactly as planned. In the end, he’d only gotten out four of the twenty, but that was more than any human could do. If he’d had a face, he would have been beaming from ear-to-ear.

          ‘Do you have any words for our viewers after your amazing rescue?’ the reporter asked while the building still blazed behind them.

          ‘Just doing my duty, ma’am.’ 

EDIT Thanks to `Kneeling-Glory and ^neurotype for the DD. :glomp:

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Challenge #8

Write a story that incorporates elements of Mecha and features an Accidental Hero. One is to be inverted, and one is to be played straight. We'll let you decide which, though.

A Mecha is a robot or machine, usually humanoid shaped, that is primarily used for fighting. Though they could also be used for civilian purposes, such as heavy construction work, policing functions or firefighting. More information can be found here.

An Accidental Hero is a character who is celebrated for their heroism, even though they didn't do anything heroic. They may have accidentally saved the day, or incorrectly been identified as the hero.

A trope that is played straight is used as is, without changing any defining elements of the trope.

An inverted trope is one that has been turned on its head. For example, a trope that typically applies to heroes is applied to a villain, or a trope that typically applies to males is applied to a female character.

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18.07.12 is a complete, compelling narrative in 201 words from =angeljunkie. ( Suggested by LiliWrites and Featured by neurotype )
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ForTheLoveOfSound Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This might actually be one of the most chilling things I've ever read. I loved it :)
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow. I really love the twist in this. Though it's also horrifying.
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Ann-Russell Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013   Writer
A very belated congratz to the well deserved DD!

This is a solid piece. Great concept and solid writing. A quick story with one heck of a punch!
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watsisface Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's nuts. I could see someone doing that, too.
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013   Writer
Oh, hey! Congratulations. :glomp:

To add to today's derp-fest, I saw you post this on Facebook and about how one of your friends saw it and thought of you--I didn't realize you'd gotten a DD until I got on dA and saw your author tag in my footer. :XD:
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angeljunkie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013   Photographer
I sorta bypassed the DD part in the FB post cos Liv's comment cracked me up so much. ;)
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013   Writer
Hehe. :giggle:
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ArynChris Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Ooooo, nice.
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pinballwitch Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
:D Congrats on DD!

Niiiiice.

kk tiny detail just bothering me, and it could be just me, but I feel like the first sentence's syntax could be tweaked just a tiny bit to be a little more conventional/sound better: "Max had waited for this moment since the day he’d BEEN FIRST activated" ›› "Max had waited for this moment since the day he'd FIRST BEEN activated"
^ but really it's nbd I swear (just thought I'd let you know since I noticed), personal preference all that...

:heart: your avatar btw
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ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Congratulations on the well deserved DD! :heart:
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Karinta Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha! It's really quite a sweet story.
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PaperbackRevelations Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Chilling..
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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ellesea Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
YO DUDE WHAT

I READ THIS AND WAS LIKE HEY THIS IS AWESOME I SHOULD TELL SASHCK ABOUT THIS AWESOME STORY

AND THEN READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION

AND THEN SAW THE USERNAME

man i gotta start following you on both my accounts

congratulations you silly ol' bear
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neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahahaha that's totally messed up. And awesome.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:clap:! Just fantastic!
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distortified Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You did a bang-up job with this one. I considered running that route with the inverted Accidental Hero, but you pulled it off way better than I could've. :highfive: Excellent work.
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The-Inkling Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012   Writer
I like this one. Succinct, well written, and it's a nice inversion.

The looming threat of midnight is good for inspiring stories, it seems. I sympathize. Of all the submissions this month, I've only managed to write 3 or 4 at normal hours of the day. The sleep deprivation is becoming a problem. :lmao:
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angeljunkie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   Photographer
Thank you :)
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DamagedHomewrecker Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
loveee this. very clever
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angeljunkie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012   Photographer
Thank you :)
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ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That is some great way to invert the accidental hero - I never would have thought of that. This just goes to show, you shouldn't make machines deviate from their purpose, or you get problems. A robot with hero syndrome (or whatever the correct term is). Nice. ;)
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angeljunkie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012   Photographer
I actually almost quit FFM yesterday. Well, I did. And then at 11:52 PM I got stubborn (I'm not a good quitter) and dragged my very tired self to type something up. It honestly just seemed like the easiest way to hit all the buttons as quickly as possible. But thanks :)
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distortified Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I know exactly what you mean. I did that exact thing with a story the other day, and ended up dragging myself back. This year's been hard for everyone.
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well played, Max, well played. I like this a lot!
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angeljunkie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012   Photographer
Thank you :)
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TwilightPoetess Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, my.

Great minds think alike, I think?

Angels of Mercy. And here I thought I was being so original. :P
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angeljunkie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012   Photographer
Must be.

I haven't read yours yet. I am soooooo behind on reading FFM things. I'm guessing that's what I'll be doing through most of August. I sort of stalled out on the 8th or 9th, and then we moved/are moving (it's so much more difficult moving actual houses than flats - I know that sentence read literally creates an entirely different picture but you know what I mean :P).
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TwilightPoetess Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I need to put more time into reading other people's FFMs--I read the ones that pop up in my watch list, but other than that, I don't usually go to the prompt pages and click all the links. That, and my computer has gone seriously haywire lately and only opens something like 2 out of 5 pages properly. I don't know what's going on, and it's beginning to annoy me. >.<'

But no worries! I understand how it is--life gets busy sometimes. :shrug: You'll catch up when you have time. ^.^
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Clever, clever :XD:
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angeljunkie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012   Photographer
Thanks :)
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