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So, on the 10th of February there was a really interesting Microcosms Fiction competition.

With the UK release of The LEGO® Batman™ Movie today, I thought we’d strap on our capes and go full superhero with a list of characters and settings you’ll find in most superhero comics / films / TV shows or any other place you’d encounter someone fighting crime in an odd costume.

[ Remember: fan fiction is NOT one of our options. So no tales of the Caped Crusader; save those for your pitch meetings with Warner Brothers. ]

Our contest this week begins with THREE things: character, setting and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Sarcastic Butler, setting: Skyscraper, and genre: Memoir.

Who doesn’t like superheroes? Don’t answer that. I’ve watched enough TV shows and movies over the years to know exactly what to expect from a superhero.

I spun again, the original prompt not doing much to inspire me, and got: Arrogant Superhero/ Mansion/ Comedy

Here’s my response to the prompt.

The Benefit

By Ronel Janse van Vuuren


Maddie watched the guests in their finery for any sign of impatience. Eric was late. Again. She knew that he liked to make an entrance, but being late to a benefit he was hosting…

‘There you are,’ she said with relief when he joined her, looking dashing in his black tuxedo. ‘You’ve got blood on your face,’ she hissed.

‘It’s not mine,’ he answered with a shrug, taking a flute of champagne from a passing waiter.

‘Seriously?’ She wiped at the blood with a tissue, hoping that no-one had heard or seen.

‘What’s the big deal? The streets are safer, these lot are happy to have a look around my mansion, I’ve exceeded my exercise goals for the third week in a row… And did I mention how lovely you look this evening?’

Maddie was fuming, trying not to make a scene. She knew she looked good – he’d paid for the dress, telling her that she had to attend the benefit.

‘Enough!’ she hissed. ‘Being VP of your company has been great. But this,’ she motioned to the concealed weapons beneath his very expensive suit, ‘I can’t take it. Not anymore. It was nice when you saved me from the hooded criminals trying to take over the city. But you’ve gone too far.’


‘Running around in leather every night and tying people up…’ She shook her head. ‘You need therapy. Perhaps a stay in a mental facility. I don’t know and I don’t care. I’m done.’

‘Marry me!’ he exclaimed, grabbing her hand as she turned to leave.

Everyone stared.

Maddie counted to ten, exasperated.

Right on cue, masked men rushed into the room, waving around automatic weapons. Eric left to put on his superhero costume, leaving Maddie to deal with everything. As per usual.

I had a lot of fun writing this during my break from my usual work at 11am. I know that there are people who think I write and post my stories too quickly, but after I’ve been up since before 4am and had already been rewriting/editing for hours… Yeah, check the time zones people before you jump to conclusions.

Ah, that feels better.

The judge’s favourite line: The streets are safer, these lot are happy to have a look around my mansion, I’ve exceeded my exercise goals for the third week in a row…

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What do you think? Did I get the comedy part right? (I’m not always sure if I’m funny or not…) Do you have the same bias towards superheroes not being where they should be? Do you write flash fiction? Have you seen the new Lego Batman movie yet?