I drafted this story up a few years ago because black characters always seem to be two-dimensional side characters present for comic relief and/or a dramatic death. In light of these recent developments, I feel the need to finally start releasing chapters.
Here’s the premise. Please give feedback on what you think!
In Syrot, Stories mean everything. At the age of 8, every child is Cast into their role and trained for their Adventure. The Inciting Incident begins a series of events that has been carefully planned by the Writers and always ends with the defeat of a Villain, the loss of a Sidekick, and a Happily Ever After of for the Hero.
Afra grew up knowing that she was unjustly Cast as a Sidekick. She knew that the system was rigged and that because of the color of her skin—the same as her father’s—she would never be anything more than a Sidekick. Then, after ten years of miserable training, Afra gets the notice that she is about to be a part of the next Epic—a grand Adventure that occurs only once every decade. Her friends and family are ecstatic for her, but Afra struggles to find the honor in her “destiny” when she’s Cast as Comedic Relief Sidekick for Nazarius: the greatest (and her least favorite) of all the Heroes. When she realizes that she’s supposed to die saving Nazarius, Afra knows she can’t do it.
Then, Serena, the Damsel, goes missing along with one of the Writing Quills, and Afra must step up. With the help of her horse called Thing, a Hero, the Villian’s Sidekick, two Old Hermits, and a map that may or may not be heading them in the right direction, Afra will Write herself as Hero of the story. Or end up dead along the way. Either way, she done being the Sidekick.
Target Audience: 17-21 (there is some mild cursing)
Working Title: The Bad Sidekick
Opinions? Thoughts? Comments? Anything in particular that I should address or avoid during this tumultuous time in our lives?