Disaster Child

Submitted into Contest #51 in response to: Write about someone who has a superpower.... view prompt

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Fantasy Kids

New School for the Disaster Children has Officially Opened


For 5 years now, scientists have been studying a strange phenomenon known as the "Disaster Hour". This takes place once a month where every baby born from 8 a.m to 9 a.m will be born with an incredibly dangerous power. The doctors take extra repercussions to keep the parents and the child safe.

A few weeks ago, a school was opened for the "Disaster Children" where they would be properly taken care of and trained so they could live their lives as normal citizens by the time they turned 18. Most children in the school are about 12. The school has reported that everything is going fine and the children are adjusting to their new home. The situation was intriguing to me, so I called in for an interview.

Here's what a child at the school had to say.


I: Hi I'm Kira and I'm going to be asking you a few questions today.

DC: Am I in trouble?

I: No, the people just want to know how you're holding up in this place

DC: The people? So you don't think us DC's are people?

I: No I just mean the public.

DC: *rolls eyes* Ok then, how can I help you?

I: Well tell me about yourself first

DC: My name is Jaylin. I'm 12 years old, and my "power" is that there's something wrong with my eyes. If I look at someone without these little goggles *she pointed to these metal looking goggles she was wearing* that person will perish.

I: Oh wow, how has that worked out for you before you came here?

DC: Well, the doctor's took me away super quickly. Fortunately, babies don't open their eyes until they're a bit older. My dad didn't want to risk my mom dying if there was something wrong with me, so he let the doctor's keep me there until I opened my eyes and they found out my power.

I: You talk about eyes a lot. Can you by any chance identify a power based on a DC's eyes?

DC: Well...yea kind of. Most of us have exaggerated eye colors or weird pupils

I: Interesting. Well, how has your life been in the school?

DC: *sighs* Not half bad, my mom comes to visit almost every day despite countless warnings from the staff. Any kid that comes up to her she greets with a smile and no fear can be spotted on her face.

I: Do the staff seemed scared of you?

DC: The dean tells the staff "Don't look or be afraid. The kids will only fear themselves even more", but they're teachers and policemen, not actors *she laughed, so I laughed too* . There are some teachers that seem to be more open to us. Like Ms. Jasmine, she's our therapist and her class is very relaxing. Oh and Mrs. Harris, she's the English teacher and is obsessed with Marvel. So she has us write about ourselves a lot and what we would do if we were superheroes.

I: What would you do if you were a superhero?

DC: I would stop robberies. One look and they're all gone.

I: Well then...do you have any friends here?

DC: Oh yeah I made a few. There's this one girl, Riley, who can make anything she touches light on fire. It's only when she scared though.

I: I would assume that therapy class does good for her?

DC: *nods* She says the fresh cookie scented candles help her a lot. So Ms. Jasmine actually gave her about 10 scented candles to help her relax.

I: That's nice of her

DC: Yeah, she's really nice

I: Any other friends besides Riley?

DC: Oh yeah. Raina, she's terrifying. As long as you're super sad or angry, she can channel those emotions into literal monsters! It's super cool, and she has it down like an art. That's why nobody trusts her except me and Riley. And she never uses her power on us!

I: That is terrifying

DC: Nah, you get used to it after a while. She's only ever used it on Shane Cohen when he called her a "wanna-be pennywise" or some dumb ish like that.

I: *laughs*

DC: I know! So anyway, she claps back by saying something about his dad, which really sets him off. And she keeps pushing his buttons until he bursts. So then with him being all upset this weird figure starts emerging out of the floor. It's a weird clown thing with the face of his dad. That ish scared him so much he never bothered us again!

I: Didn't you feel bad about it?

DC: Kind of, but he was being mean to a bunch of kids there, someone had to put him in his place.

I: Sounds brutal, I wonder what lunch is like here.

DC: Oh it's like the hunger games but if there were chaperones. Everyone is on their own team depending on the unofficial "ranks" here.

I: What are these "ranks"?

DC: "The most dangerous", "the potential thugs", "killed their mom/dad at birth", "expelled from school", and "emotional wrecks".

I: Wow, do people take pride in their ranks?

DC: If you're considered to be in the most dangerous, people like to mess with you to try and push your buttons, but one glare can silence them. The "potential thugs" and the "expelled from school" are usually boys without any regard for other people, but you'll find a few tomboys and "not like other girls" in the mix as well. The "killed their parents at birth" are usually also labeled "the most dangerous". Like Raina, for example. She killed her mom because her mom was so scared about what might happen. All that fear summoned quite a beast.

I: Oh wow, that's awful.

DC: It really is, but every school has a hierarchy.

I: Is there anything else that makes school hard?

DC: Well, you miss your parents sometimes, and the teachers can be super strict.

I: But you get through it right?

DC: Yea, even if we all tease each other sometimes, we're all DC's, and DC's stick together (as cliche as it sounds).

I: Doesn't sound cliche at all, sounds practical

A guard walks in, "One minute left", he tells us

DC: Well I guess we should wrap this up

I: I suppose we should.

DC: Hey um...Can you make sure this news article thing you write stays true, the truth is I do want the public to know that we're all ok. And that mostly all of us think by the end of our time here we'll be ready to take on the world

I: I'll be sure of it

So then we shook hands, I packed up my notes, and walked out of the building.


As I was walking home I wondered how I would've reacted if I was a Disaster Child. I would've been scared, angry, and upset. But Jaylin over here seemed so positive and...normal. Nothing like I or anyone else would expect. This interview was truly eye opening for me, and I sincerely hope this school does these kids justice.

-Kira Blanchard


July 20, 2020 13:52

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Woahhhhhbb that was sooooooooooooooo awesome !!!!!!!! Waiting for part 2

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11:27 Sep 11, 2020

Fricked up fire and Meting Jaylin are the next parts.

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22:33 Nov 25, 2020

It's so weird coming back and seeing this story and all the love it got!

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20:38 Oct 08, 2020

Do you ever just go back to the first story you read and read it? And look at the comments and start upvoting? And you think "Dang I've come far."

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14:27 Jul 27, 2020

Thanks for the likes everyone!

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Sarah Freeman
23:12 Sep 09, 2020

You said there was some inconsistency here, but I’m scouring it and I see nothing! A few grammar errors here and there but nothing really INCONSISTENT. Tell me what it is pleeeeeeease? I want an otter!!!

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23:59 Sep 09, 2020

Lmao if I tell you the entire comments would see. How about a turtle instead? 🐒

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Sarah Freeman
11:33 Sep 10, 2020

Ok I’ll settle for a turtle...;)

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03:27 Aug 29, 2020

P.S. Sarah, would you mind going through my stories? Thanks!!!!😁😁😁

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03:26 Aug 29, 2020

WOW! WOW! WOW! I L.O.V.E.D this Sarah, you are SO CREATIVE!!!!!!!!!!!😁😁😁😁😭 This is amazing! Somewhere in the middle of the story I looked at the DC again and then it flashed: Oh! DC!!!!!! Like, the superhero the, Justice league!! This was so awesome Sarah! I just read your bio and I think you're a really cool person, the younger youngsters rule reedsy thenπŸ˜‚πŸ˜­ I'm only fourteen, bahhh, I wish I was younger nowπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I loved this,(once again), Sarah!!!!!!!!!!!

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04:50 Aug 29, 2020

Thank youuuu!

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21:26 Aug 29, 2020

Welcome! :D

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04:19 Mar 25, 2022

...I'm really young too :o

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Kevin Schenk
13:11 Jul 31, 2020

That disaster hour sounds very interesting. Would parents want their children to be born in that hour? How big is the strain on hospitals? Do people plan their conception around the disaster hour? Would there be a bigger split in society if more people had DC's? Interesting concept!

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13:15 Jul 31, 2020

Wow, thanks for this. You're giving me lots of food for thought. I do know that most parents try to control when they give birth, others leave their kids up for adoption, a few hospitals have some programs for the kids until they're ready to head to the school. I guess I'll have more answers in my novel. Thanks for reading!

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02:54 Jul 29, 2020

Super creative and well written. Disaster children is a new concept and loved it. Looking forward for more of yours. Would you mind reading my story "The secret of power?"

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13:43 Jul 29, 2020

Sure!

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Sarah Freeman
19:19 Jul 27, 2020

I LOVED IT. Jaylin is funny but honest and heartfelt, Kira seems realistic and honestly concerned, and the whole idea of Disaster Children sounds like the topic of a novel. If you did make it a novel, I’d read it three times over because you’re clearly an awesome author. Nice job!!!!!!!! It reminded me of a couple books I’ve read: The School for Good and Evil, a six-book series, and the prequel to the Land of Stories (I forgot the name), most notably the latter. Schools for the unique. It’sa great topic and yours is pretty darn good! Please ...

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21:50 Jul 27, 2020

Awwww. Thank you so much! You're so sweet. I never thought about making Disaster Child a novel, but the idea seems more appealing. I think I might write a few more stories with the characters to get a feel for them. I'll be sure to check your stories as well. Thanks again for the kind words!

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This was amazing, Sarah! You are super creative and I look forward to your next story.

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21:51 Jul 27, 2020

Awww, thank you!

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