Posted by: victanguera | April 13, 2010

Writing Prompt #167

Mister Disaster. That sounds like the kind of name you’d give your boyfriend/husband. You know the guy, he books a flight on a plane, the engine fails. Drops the car keys into the storm drain.

So for today’s prompt, think about who Mister Disaster could be. Is he an evil villain, cooking up super-plots while the rest of us sleep? An average joe that everything goes wrong for? A super-hero with an unfortunate choice in names? Your pet name for your boyfriend (and I don’t want to know why–okay, maybe I do).



  1. Mister Disaster doesn’t know he has that name. In folders that are classified 36 levels of security above the President (and this is the real one, not the show one that gets elected), there is a very thick file with his real name on it, and this one as well.

    The file contains every trip he has taken in his life. And at each one, precisely two days and six hours after he leaves, a major natural disaster happens. No one knows why, but he had been awarded ‘free’ vacations in the mail and sent places the secret government wishes to damage. Sometimes he goes, othertimes Mister Disaster does not.

    Despite the danger he could be to both king and country (and there is always a king, as long as there is a country), no one has ordered Mister Disaster suicided, because there are levels of government more secret even than that, where nothing is written down and only steel-trap memory records their comings and goings; and there, they worry Mister Disaster is something far more than a mere man, and merely have him watched.

    And, naturally, they never vacation where Mister Disaster goes.

    • Very funny. I almost mentioned the tsunami, too. Amusing that Mister Disaster doesn’t know his own name. Another dumb klutz destroying the world he lives in. Reminds me of the movie Pure Luck with Martin Short.

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