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Sometimes I hate my best friend. No, that's not right. Sometimes I'm so insanely jealous of my best friend that I want to punch her in the face. Then I remember that she's my oldest and dearest friend and that's an awful thing to be thinking and my fists uncurl and I smile and try to be a good friend.

It's hard, though, because Martha is the freaking Chosen One. Chosen by whom, you ask? Freaking everyone, that's who.

When she was eight years old she was abducted by aliens. Right there in broad daylight, one minute we're playing in her back yard and then the next minute there's this huge spaceship hovering over us and then she's floating into the air in this beam of light. Did the aliens want me? Of course not. I'm left there sitting in the grass just watching, and then I'm the one screaming and running, and then I'm the one being worried and miserable for three days until they finally bring her back. She went on this amazing adventure and met all of these aliens and stopped some sort of interstellar war or something, and then they brought her back none the worse for wear and having learned important lessons about herself. All very sci-fi kid's movie.

And sure, I was jealous. Martha didn't even like science fiction. But it's not like it was her fault, so I got over it. I admit that at least some of that forgiveness came from her letting me try out her anti-gravity boots. Those things were awesome.

When she was ten she stumbled into Fairyland. We're walking through the woods and she stepped behind a tree and just vanished. At least that time she came back before I'd even finished running around frantically screaming her name. Of course for her it was like a month or something, and she came back wearing this fancy tiara and missing her shadow - which, I might add, no one else ever seems to notice is missing. She let me try on the tiara, but I didn't like how wearing it made everything look all bright and wiggly.

When she was eleven her uncle died and left her this creepy locket. Then it was a week of her acting funny leading up to the next full moon, and then I gather there was a lot of spooky stuff and ultimately she managed to banish the ghost that haunted it or whatever. I would have liked to have met the ghost, at least.

The year after that was the time travelers and the secret civilization of tiny people living under the house. No, wait, the first time travelers were the year after that. That year it was talking squirrel. It's all started to blur together, to be honest.

These days it feels like there's a new crazy thing every week, and yet somehow I never manage to actually be a part of things. Sometimes I get to enjoy the last dregs of her adventures, which is more than most people get, I suppose. I've gotten to pet a unicorn and a sea monster and a couple different kinds of dinosaur (brontosaurus and triceratops). And yes, I did get to go for a ride on the pegasus. I mean, wow. Most kids would kill for any of those, right?

But Martha's been to the moon, to the bottom of the ocean, to various different time periods, to five or six alternate universes (including two where I'm evil, apparently), and a bunch of different alien planets. She's fought monsters and ninjas and aliens and robots and alien robots and secret government agencies. She's been turned into a horse, turned into a dragon, shrunk down to the size of a mouse, and shrunk down to the size of an ant (which was way cooler, I'm told). She's had super powers, swung magical swords, shot laser guns, shot old-timey flintlock guns, piloted spaceships, and driven a giant robot. She's DRIVEN A GIANT ROBOT. How can you not hold that against someone?

Well, I can see that it all takes a toll on her. There's the missing shadow, of course, but she's also got this futuristic mechanical arm that I guess she has to keep secret...though I've often thought that's also kind of something to be jealous of. I gather she has a lot of weird dreams, some of which are probably also adventures. I guess she's been in love with various princes or cute aliens or whatever who either die tragically or who she has to leave behind tragically. So it's not all fun and games.

And it can be lonely, sometimes. She's told me how much she wishes she could tell people about all of this stuff, but no one else would ever believe her. I'm the only one she can talk to about any of it. She knows I'll believe her. So I do get to feel at least a little special. I shouldn't complain or hold it against her.

Heck, if we hadn’t met when she was six I’d probably still be trapped in that magic mirror.

Date: 2016-12-04 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilmissmagic71.livejournal.com
This. Is. Fantastic.


Date: 2016-12-05 06:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com

Date: 2016-12-04 11:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dmousey.livejournal.com
I wonder what your childhood was like! I bet you were called out for daydreaming a lot! This is wonderfully whimsical and plain fun. Thank you for sharing! Hugs and peace~~~D

Date: 2016-12-05 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com
Thanks, glad it was fun. As for my childhood...as I'm sure you can imagine, I was the weird kid.

Date: 2016-12-05 10:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluegerl.livejournal.com
Lucky you being the Wierd Kid.... that does explain a LOT!!! I'm so JEALOUS of my ghostly friend who had all those adventures, and left me to pull myself along behind her. I'm more than a little concerned as she seems to have slipped behind the mirror between the silvered bit and the cardboard backing, and she's got LOST!!!!!

But of course... you have to have that last line........................ (lots of kowtowing to you !!! you always come up with a cracker!!)

Date: 2016-12-06 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com
Yep, I was the weird kid. Or a weird kid, at least.

Glad you enjoyed it!

Date: 2016-12-05 06:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
I was looking forward to your next entry and you have not disappointed! I love the tone and isn't this just the lifestory of every sidekick to a Chosen One/Hero? Another vote from me :D

Date: 2016-12-06 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com
Glad to hear I did not disappoint! Thanks for the read, comment, and vote!

Date: 2016-12-05 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halfshellvenus.livejournal.com
Oh, I loved this. The idea of taking "The Chosen One" literally, and the resentment on the part of the person leading the ordinary life.

Did the aliens want me? Of course not.
SO insulting.

The ending just made this all the better, since the resenter is already living a better life than he/she would have otherwise.

Date: 2016-12-06 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com
Those aliens are always so darned picky! Maybe someone else would like a turn saving the universe!

Glad you liked it. = )

Date: 2016-12-06 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alphaloria.livejournal.com
So well written and amusing! :)

Date: 2016-12-06 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com

Date: 2016-12-06 03:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fiveforsilver
This is wonderful, I love it.

Date: 2016-12-06 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com
Thanks, glad you liked it. = )

Date: 2016-12-06 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unmowngrass.livejournal.com
nice twist on the end

Date: 2016-12-06 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com
Thanks - I enjoy a twisty ending now and then.

Date: 2016-12-06 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karmasoup.livejournal.com
You really know how to tickle the funnybone! Now there's a POV one doesn't get very often... the other side of the adventure! I absolutely adore this voice. Really fabulous job. :)

Date: 2016-12-08 06:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Date: 2016-12-07 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marlawentmad.livejournal.com
This is delightful! I love taking the perspective of the one "left behind." There is so many stories here, well done!

Date: 2016-12-08 06:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com
Thanks! I guess we can't all be the Chosen One, but maybe give someone else a turn once in a while, right? = )

Date: 2016-12-07 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mamas-minion.livejournal.com
I loved it especially the part at the end with the magic mirror. I love your take on the topic, this was fantastic.

Date: 2016-12-08 06:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com
Thanks! I had a couple of different ideas for a kind of twist ending, and I'm glad I went with the mirror.

Date: 2016-12-08 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] murielle.livejournal.com
This is so cool! So my kind of fairytale. But you know, I get why she's jealous of Martha. I really do.

Great entry! Love it!

Date: 2016-12-08 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com
Thanks! Maybe one of these days some weird adventure will come along and want someone else for a change. = )
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Date: 2016-12-08 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com
Thanks for the mention - glad you liked it.

Date: 2016-12-08 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sinnamongirl.livejournal.com
This is cute and leaves a lot of room open for some more stories with these same kids :)

Date: 2016-12-08 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com
True, I suppose we could hear more about one of them in detail. Or have the narrator finally get to participate for a change.

Date: 2016-12-08 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bewize.livejournal.com
I love this.

Date: 2016-12-08 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com
Glad you enjoyed it!

Date: 2016-12-08 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovebecomesher.livejournal.com
I really like your take on this prompt!

Date: 2016-12-09 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hwango.livejournal.com

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