Day 15 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Pick a popular villain and write an untold backstory.
Shannon: Gaston age 10:
“What silly game are you girls playing now,” Gaston questioned the twins, peaking in from their shed’s window.
“Ugh,” they pouted in unison. “None of your business, leave us alone Gaston,” Laura shooed him away and shut the curtain.
He quickly hurried to the door before they could lock it. “Hey, I’m not asking to make fun of you. I was just out hunting with my dad, and we came back early. Maybe I could play too?”
“This game is only for girls,” Paula argued, sitting at the table pretending to drink from her teacup.
“You wouldn’t like it,” Claudia added, cradling her doll. “We are playing house, and doing girl things.”
He pondered how he could stay for only a moment before coming up with an idea, “Well, I could be the husband. I could come in after a long day of trading. You must need one of those.” He longed to stay. The twins were the most beautiful girls in the town, and he couldn’t understand why, but he wanted their attention more than he’d ever wanted anything in his life. He’d do anything to impress them.
“We don’t need a husband,” Laura laughed. “We want the prince,” Laura turned the chair to reveal a painting of the young prince that they belted to the backrest.
The sight of the young royalty made his fists clench, he teeth lock, and his nose flair. “Now what’s so great about him?”
“He has a castle,” Laura smiled.
“And servants,” Claudia chimed in.
“And we’d be princesses,” Paula cheered, “which means he would invite us to the ball.”
“Plus he is so gorgeous,” Laura swooned folding her hands together. The other two nodded.
“I’m better looking then him,” Gaston grumbled. “Anyway, the prince doesn’t even know you exist. I’m the best you’ve got.”
The twins broke out into a fit of laughter. “You don’t even compare to the Prince silly boy. You’re ugly, you’re weak, and you’re poor,” Laura listed. “Who could ever love you?”
“You’re wrong,” he shook his head backing away, feeling heartbreak for the first time, finally learning how they truly felt about him. His foot caught on the doorway and he fell to the grown.
“And clumsy,” Paula pointed at him, using her other hand to cover her laughter as the other girls joined her.
“Goodbye Gaston,” Laura waved before shutting the door.
Erin: “Sheldon, when do you think this need to be the best started,” my therapist asked from her upright position in her chair.
“When did your need to be sitting taller than your clients start,” I scoffed scrambling out of the indent I was slowly slipping into within the lounge chair. She wrote some notes that I would surely be able to find a way to see after our appointment. She was in for a long ride.
“This is the office I have been given. Would you prefer we switch chairs?”
“Yes,” I ordered, knowing that answer would make her life harder.
“Lovely,” she tried to smile like she didn’t care. When she tried to offer me a lift I swatted at her gesture.
“I can get up just fine,” I scoffed. After wrapping my arms around the chair and making a steady climb the tuna took her own seat.
“Is this more comfortable for you,” she asked making more notes in her book.
“If I didn’t have to be here that would be better,” I offered.
“This is a requirement of your probation,” she reminded. “Let’s do a word exercise. I will say a word and you say the first one that comes to your mind.”
“When was the first time you saw yourself as small,” she asked. Her pen was racing after that exercise.
“When I first went to school, that was the first time that I realized my family was different,” I remembered back to my first friend. I remembered the first time his clumsiness brought me to the hospital.
“How did being smaller than everyone else make you feel,” she continued to push.
“Vulnerable, looked down upon, underestimated,” I started listing.
“Was weakness something that you believed connected with size on your first day of school,” she asked looking at me with a soft smile. People thought I was insane.
“Being small is connected with weakness. When you look like me you have to take care of yourself. The world doesn’t owe me any favors and is not giving me any. If I want something I have to take it.” I grinned making plans then and her eyes finally showed some fear behind them.
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