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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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