I've only now noticed how much I've tortured them.
WARNING: There are spoilers from my books. But I doubt any of you will be able to remember what happens to whom by the time you actually read my books.
Prompt: “Take any character from one of your books and put them in a therapy session. Write a (short!) scene about what happens. (You can include multiple characters and make it a group therapy session.)”
(I'm the therapist).
Me: Okay, is everyone here?
Cassandra: Nope. Emmett's late again.
Me: I should've known he wouldn't get here on time. We might as well get started. He'll show up later. Why are you all here?
James: Because you've tortured us.
Me: I think torture is a bit harsh . . .
Clelia: Not really. I've watched my friend almost get beaten up by her co-workers, I've almost starved to death, I've fought giant spiders with only a dagger, I've watched a girl get killed by another girl, and I've almost been killed by a crazy fog.
Me: All right, maybe I was a little over the top . . .
(Anya suddenly snorts).
Anya: That's all you've had to deal with? Man, you got off easy.
Clelia: Easy? Easy?
Anya: Yeah. I've been chased by goblins dozens of times, I've gotten beat up quite a few times by a boy with a huge sword that I can't manage to get rid of, I've watched the emerald I've stolen get taken back by goblins, I've watched my best friend die--
Ronald: But I came back.
Anya: Right. And I actually have died and come back to life. Oh, right after falling off of a clock tower. And then I almost died in a fire I set to a Healing House.
Me: Come on, guys. This isn't a contest.
Ronald: Hey, I've died before.
Anya: But I brought you back.
Ronald: It was still extremely terrifying.
James: I watched my little sister get killed. Doesn't that count for something?
Emmett: I accidentally killed my wife with a potion I brewed.
Clara: When did you get here?
Emmett: I'm a bandit. I sneaked in. What did you expect?
Clara: I watched my best friend get killed who didn't come back, and I died myself.
Cricket: But then you came back. I actually just died and stayed dead.
Stephanie: I've been chased by evil wizards all the way from Pennsylvania to New York.
Ivy: I was with her and I almost got killed by intergalactic space pirates.
Stephanie: By a sweater of doom.
Ivy: It hurt!
Me: I think we're all getting a little out of hand. We're supposed to be helping each other heal, not--
Nutty: I've been dumped in Antarctica!
Chippy: So have I! How is a chipmunk supposed to handle that?
Nutty: And a squirrel. I'm sitting right here.
Chippy: I've been chased by a dog . . . twice.
Katherine: Hey, I've watched six knights die when nobody else believed they were dead--
Kristin: So have I.
Katherine: --And I got chased by two knights who didn't believe us and thought we were crazy--
Kristin: So have I.
Katherine: --And I had to hide in a forest that had dangerous magical creatures in it--
Kristin: I did, too.
Katherine: --AND I fought in a battle against dangerous magical creatures that were trying to kill the queen. Kristin? Anything else you'd like to add?
Kristin: You forgot that your house was set on fire.
Katherine: Oh, right.
Me: Okay, let's stop all of this and get started with--
Cornelia: I was chased by trolls and a giant all over the United States! Then when I finally got back to Fantasya I had to fight in a battle that killed several friends. And then I had to go to the castle Gargamouth was in and stand by while Cassandra tried to defeat him! Oh yeah, and my daughter died. I knew letting her go to try and defeat the trolls was a bad idea.
Cricket: It wasn't my fault, it was Clara's! If she had warned me in time about that troll . . .
Clara: Hey! I was heartbroken!
Cricket: I'm just kidding.
Cassandra: I did all that, plus become an orphan at age two, not know if my sister was alive until eight years later, get taken in right after my parents died by a kind unicorn named Caroline who died just a few years later, and then--just when I thought things were going well--my husband gets killed.
(Everyone stares at Cassandra in stunned silence).
Me: You win.
How traumatized are your characters? As you can see, mine all have severe cases of PTSD. Leave a comment! :D
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