The Making of a Superhero


Photo courtesy Ted Strutz

“Doctor, our son, Bruce, loves bicycles.”

“Lots of people love them, that’s no reason to come to a child psychologist.”

“Well, we are forced to buy him a new bicycle every year.”

“He outgrows it that soon?”

“No no, he tries to ride it every year on his birthday but…”

“Go on, I’m listening….”

“Well, he just cannot maintain his balance and falls down, so he turns into a raging monster and smashes the cycle to bits.”

“Don’t worry Mrs. Banner, a lot of kids his age have anger issues, I’m sure he’ll outgrow this phase very soon.”


98 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by the awesome Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The objective is to write a short story of 100 words or less based on the photo prompt given above.

To read the other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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46 Responses to The Making of a Superhero

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Haha, little did they know! 🙂

  2. Moon says:

    Great story, Anurag. Really liked the dialogue too.

  3. Laurie Bell says:

    Bahahaha hilariously told. I’m green with envy 😉

  4. Dear Anurag

    Don’t make Mr. Banner’s son angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. 😉 I had to read it a couple of times to get it and that’s okay. Good job!



  5. Great dialogue. I enjoyed this story.

  6. granonine says:

    Oh, good one! Did the kid turn green, too?

    • Ha ha ha ha ha. I have a feeling that he did. There is an old saying in Hindi- Poot ke paanv paalne mein. Literally translated, it means the feet of a child are visible in the cradle itself. What it actually means is that the signs of your future talent, behavior, success, or failure, are visible from your childhood itself.

  7. The title snagged me, and the dialogue carried me through your story. I liked the, ‘I’m listening,’ dismissive I am not listening comment from the therapist.

  8. Ha.. I guess that if you go green too easily maybe anger management comes first.

  9. Susan says:

    That was delightful. I enjoyed the simplicity of the story.

  10. Talk about living in La-la land! I suspect if the psychologist himself had a run-in with an angry Bruce, he would have different advice for Mom and Dad. Good dialogue.

  11. plaridel says:

    i think he has anger issues. hopefully, he’ll outgrow it as soon as he starts noticing girls. 🙂

  12. draliman says:

    Oh dear, I don’t think he will grow out of it. Hulk smash 🙂

  13. This made me smile, great take. I can imagine with his size he’s never going to manage to balance on a bike.

  14. Jan Vanek says:

    Uh oh. Anger issue, yes, but at least he puts it to creative use. Who knows where his anger will lead him? Great take on the prompt! Happy New Year!

  15. Dan Bohn says:

    I think the parents need professional help. Just saying.

  16. magarisa says:

    With his temper, Bruce probably smashes a lot of other things as well! I suppose his parents are too afraid of him to stop buying new bicycles. Fun take on the prompt.

  17. rgayer55 says:

    I turned green with envy.

  18. Sandra says:

    I don’t suppose they dare not to replace the bikes he trashes. Reinforcing behaviour, I think. Good one.

  19. pennygadd51 says:

    Not having read any superhero comics for over fifty years, I was rather lost with this. Your therapist was wonderfully ineffectual.

  20. I have a feeling the good doctor has no idea what’s happening there. Or maybe he has a bad feeling about it and doesn’t want to get involved. Good and humorous writing, Anurag. 😀 — Suzanne

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