Prompt 14-Born to Shine

Were you born to shine in one special way? What makes you really stand out?

My name is Alessia. I am six years old. I am already famous. My mommy is an actress. She acts in all sorts of big films. Sometimes, I get to act too. It’s fun, but I don’t like it as much as my big sister does. Riley wants to be a great actress like momma some day. She already has her own TV show on Disney!

Daddy is a professional tennis player. I like watching the ball bounce back and forth across the court. I get to play with him sometimes. I can’t make it go as fast as he can, but I can almost always hit it back over the net to him. It’s more fun to watch than to play though. Sometimes the ball goes so fast I can’t keep track of it!

We travel a lot. When mommy isn’t on set, we fly to wherever daddy is training. His friends are funny. And they all teach me their languages! I know words in Spanish, French, Russian, and even Serbian! Mommy got mad when I told her one of the French words I learned and told me it wasn’t something said in polite company. I don’t know what impolite company looks like, but I’m sure I don’t want to find out. I won’t say that word anymore though.

Because we’re always travelling, I don’t get to go to school. I have my own tutor though. She’s very nice. We read and practice arithmetic and learn history. My favorite is science though. I love animals. One time mommy was in a movie with farm animals and I got to learn how to feed the chickens! I like when there are animals on set. They’re all so cute. I want to know how to take care of all of them.

Being born famous is tough. People always want pictures and autographs of mommy and daddy, Riley too. It’s exhausting. Sometimes a kid just wants to go out for ice cream without having her picture taken! They ask me if I want to be an actress like my momma or a tennis star like my dad, but I’m only six! I don’t know what I want to be yet! I just like seeing new places and learning about animals.

Momma says I can be whatever I want to be, and that it’s ok to change my mind a hundred times if it makes me happy. Daddy would like me to be more athletic, but I get plenty of exercise chasing them around the world. It’s ok though. I know I don’t have to make any decisions yet. I know one day I will find out what I was born to do. For now, I’m going to enjoy being a famous kid!

Notes: I knew when I decided this was going to be from a kid’s POV that it wouldn’t be very long. I had several different ideas for this one and couldn’t make up my mind, so I texted my mom a multiple choice list with coded options and no context and told her to pick one. Honestly kind of relieved she picked this one, even though she had no idea what she was choosing. Bless that woman. If I was a supervillain that same coded list might have been a hit list and she just picked the bullet to load into the gun. Good thing I’m not a supervillain, haha. *nervous laugh*

Anyhoo, I thought a child of celebrity parents might have a bit of a complex that they were born to shine, so I imagined such a child and the pros and cons of growing up famous. Alessia was born. I think she’s the cutest thing. And of course her father is a tennis player. You love tennis and can’t wait for the French Open, not me. Shut up.

It seems the eternal conflict of protagonists though, doesn’t it? Something in their stars forces them to shine, whether they want it or not. I personally think we’re all here for something, even if it’s something trivial. I believe I’m here to make people smile. I don’t think of myself as very funny or entertaining, but I am content if my writing makes even one person smile.

What makes you shine? How about your characters? Why are they important to your story? Get your writing tools and get to writing!

Friday’s prompt: What stupid question have you heard someone ask (or asked yourself)?

As a firm believer in the “no stupid questions” clause, I’m gonna have to really get the brain juices working on that one. Guess I’ll go watch some more Olympic figure skating. You know, for… inspiration. Good night! See you tomorrow!

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