Everyone Deserves a Superhero #microcosms

This is in response to the latest Microcosms prompt 

When I was 8 Granny said her best superpower was blowing smoke rings. She blew one at the policewoman, WPC Ridsburn.
‘You know you can’t smoke here.’
‘Fascist.’ When granny used words like ‘fascist’ or ‘health nazi’ about anyone stopping her smoking indoors they called her rude or arrogant.
The WPC knew granny. We often ended up in the police station back then. She wore the look like mum got when she said a migraine was coming on. ‘Audrey, why break into the petting farm? With your granddaughter?’
‘We needed to hide. They were after us.’
Granny gave me a nudge. Granny said it was where our new secret lair was and we needed to check it out. Finding secret lairs was another of granny’s superpowers. The last one, behind the rubbish bins at Sainsburys, had been boxed in after we were caught making a bonfire to cook the sausages. Granny’s cooking was not one of her superpowers.
‘Megan is 8. You know the social services will take an interest.’
‘Phooey. Intellectual Neanderthals.’ Back then granny said knowing long words was a superpower but I think she enjoyed making others feel inferior.
We waited in reception for mum to collect us. I fingered the rip in my Pikachu bag, failing to stop the tears. Granny said, ‘We’ll tell your mum you did that getting into the farm’ which would be another fib since it was the girls at school who did it, when they hit me. I didn’t understand why they hated me back then. They called us a ‘weird’ family.
She rubbed the tears away. ‘So how will you remember today?’
I managed a smile. ‘Breaking and entering.’
‘Good girl.’
That was granny’s best superpower back then: changing those bad memories into good ones.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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22 Responses to Everyone Deserves a Superhero #microcosms

  1. Ritu says:

    And what a great super power to have 😊

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  2. Joy Pixley says:

    Everyone could use a grandma with that super power, especially on those days when the other kids are being mean. Someday she’ll realize that being weird is a compliment, coming from the right people.

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  3. I like this grandmother !

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  4. Erika Kind says:

    Oh my, what a wonderful superpower and granny!

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  5. I quite like being a subversive Gramps

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  6. Nice! Another one for the expansion file perhaps?

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  7. Aw… I absolutely love this, Geoff. You softie. What a fab granny.

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  8. I would so like to be as brave as this granny!

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  9. I can’t tell you how much I loved this story. It has heart and it touched mine.

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