This was written for the Two for Tuesday Challenge #11. Prompt: White Noise (under 200 words).
‘I choose being the strongest person in the world as my real-life superpower,’ the youngest sibling said.
‘I’ll go for clairvoyance—’
‘And since when is that a real thing?’, the young interrupted the slightly-older, smiling a broad, mocking smile.
‘Quite a few people agree with me. Anyway, if it’s worded carefully, it’ll work. What about you?’ he asked the eldest.
‘Synaesthesia,’ she replied simply.
‘I don’t even know what to say to that,’ the youngest child eventually spoke, as he and the middle sibling raised their eyebrows questioningly.
‘Just imagine it,’ she said dreamily. ‘Every book will contain a rainbow made of letters that no one else can see. Orchestras would come with their own explosion of colours. I would choose my favourite number because of its great personality, or see numbers as points in space.’
The other two were silent.
‘You do remember these are characters for a role-playing game, right?’
This time it was the older one who raised her eyebrow.
‘It’ll be good for leaving or decoding secret messages, or spotting things you two won’t notice.’
‘Alright,’ the middle one conceded, ‘let’s start playing then.’
Word Count: 189
June 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm
That was awesome. Not many people know what Synaesthesia is. Our son who is a music major told us about it. He read a whole book on the phenomenon. A lovely little piece. A couple of pretty sharp kids. That was thoroughly enjoyable.
June 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm
Thanks! I did a bit of reading about it when I was writing my short story Over-Exposure, since I was looking for something which would let a character ‘see’ things that others might not.
July 2, 2013 at 7:25 am
Oh, very good. And I’ve learnt a new word although not sure how to pronounce it.
July 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm
Thank you! I go by this pronunciation: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/synesthesia . Not a word you use in everyday conversation, but good to know nevertheless.