The most popular wrestling show in five galaxies is in danger of being shut down, unless the wrestlers jump into action to save it.
This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.
This week, I’m not revisiting a particular story but a concept from Year 7 that was never developed. I went back to notes on story ideas I ended up not writing about last year. I found a writing prompt that asked what my wrestler name and special move would be. One option I came up with was the name “Molecular” and the special move “PCR,” which in molecular biology stands for “polymerase chain reaction”, but in the ring would stand for the even more exciting “Power Crush Reaction.” (I chose this name and move because I have an educational and work background in the biological sciences.) The title and concept of this story is an homage to GLOW, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, which I watched when I was a kid (and, yes, I thought it was all real). As an adult, I’ve also enjoyed watching the Netflix series. Though this story is not revisiting any particular story, I have written before about fighters in an arena (link below).
[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 43 seconds. Musical track “Motivation” by Andy Ray. Collage Effect of main story image. Four columns, each color-shifted slightly, show the central figure of the image. The words “Short Story” and “Genre: Science Fiction” are displayed in front of the image. The title card fades and the main image appears. Digital drawing. Five figures arrayed in flanking formation. At center is a human woman facing forward. She holds her hands before her, facing each other. A glowing ball of light is suspended between her fingers. Along the forearm part of her left armband, a lightning bolt glows. She wears color-blocked exercise clothes. A humanoid lizard sits to her right and behind, raising her right arm as if in greeting. She wears a scarf around her neck, and a breastplate displaying circuitry. To the lizard’s right and behind is a giant seagull, wings outspread, head raised, and beak open, blasting out a ray of swirling circles. To the human woman’s left, a toad springs up and out, to the toad’s left and behind, a unicorn with a rainbow mane rears up, her horn blasting forth a ribbon of light. Animations: The human’s glowing ball sparks and glows with rays of light. To her left, her name and stats appear. “Molecular. Human from Earth. Moves: Double Helix, Electrophoresis, PCR.” Effects fade. Rainbow sparkles appears in the unicorn’s horn. Her info appear behind her. “Unicornia. Equinid from Godiva. Moves: Rainbow Dance, Ribbon Routine.” Next rings of sonic force are emitted from the seagull’s beak. Her info appears behind her. “Gullible. Seagullian from Pure-Evil. Moves: Sea Chanty, Sonic Whisper.” Next the name “Beth” appears beside the lizard, and “Madame Minion” beside the toad. Story’s tag line appears and fades at top. The acronym “G.R.O.W.L.” appears at the top. The story’s title appears over it as it fades. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom right throughout.]