If we’ve learned anything by now, it’s that super-powered heroes come in all ages, shapes, and sizes. Just take the young hero of Race to the Sun, Nizhoni Begay, for example. If it can happen to her, it can happen to you. So don’t be surprised if you get called up to the big leagues any day now.
But if you have any lingering doubts about your qualifications, here are some traits that most, if not all monsterslayers share.
It Runs in the Family
Has Grandma or Grandpa ever told ancient tales of hero twins who look suspiciously like you and your brother? Maybe with the preface “Now, listen very carefully . . .”? Well, we hope you two were paying attention!
You Can See Monsters
And we’re not talking about the latest Grudge movie, or that recurring dream about the violent sports mascots that you haven’t told anyone about. Are you able to see through human disguises to the horrifying monstrosity underneath? Congratulations! You’re either a monsterslayer or a skilled psychologist.
You Can Control the Elements
When you sing in the shower, does the water ever sing along with you? Are you the only one around the campfire who can achieve a perfectly roasted marshmallow? Can you order boulders to move aside when you’re in a hurry? Good news! You’re the vessel of an ancient power that has permeated Mother Earth for untold millennia. Just please try not to lord it over your friends.
You Wield a Mystical Weapon
Sometimes an enchanted weapon can be an amulet, a book, a lightning bow and arrow, or even (if you’ve received a particularly sappy destiny) the power of friendship. Whatever it is, make sure you use it responsibly and in the service of others. And not to, let’s say, skip to the front of the line or get free refills at the movie theater.
On second thought, never mind. Use it however you’d like. (Just please don’t hurt us!)
Your Loved Ones Are in Danger
Actually, when was the last time you checked in on your parents? Look in the fruit drawer to see if there are any secret messages for you. There’s a very distinct possibility that one or both of them have been kidnapped by an agent of evil.
Not joking. What are you doing still reading this? Go! Go now!