Why I Love/Hate Eucatastrophe?

Hero–  I’m rather torn on this subject.

Villain–  I flat out hate the thing.  Almost as much as not having a name for this skit.

Hero–  We can agree on that second problem.

Villain–  Hear me out on eucatastrophe.  It sucks.  I spend all this time before the story begins and while it’s going on to prepare for this schmuck-

Hero–  Hey!

Villain–  I don’t like you, so shut up while I’m talking.  Anyway, I spend an ungodly amount of time and money on my plans.  I do what I can to stop this . . . gentleman from getting in my way.  Then, he shows up, I’m on the verge of victory, and some ridiculous event hands him the win.  Imagine training for a race, you’re almost at the finish line, and then someone goes by on a rocket bike which became legal while you running the last quarter mile.

Hero–  That was a clumsy analogy.

Villain–  So’s your face.

Hero–  Rude . . . I kind of enjoy eucatastrophe in that I can win and avoid death.  All heroes like that option.  We can live happily ever after.  Well, maybe not that.  Many of us develop PTSD thanks to our ordeals, but that’s not on the page.  The eucatastrophe doesn’t have anything to do with that.

Villain–  Why have a I not stabbed your rambling face?

Hero–  Because the guy writing this didn’t give you weapons.

Villain–  Bastard.

Hero–  The real downside is that I don’t really feel like the victory was mine.  I’m happy to live and the world is safe, but a part of me wonders what all of the work was for.  It helps if it’s shown that I did something to help the eucatastrophe to occur. That isn’t always the case, which is sad.

Villain–  Sounds similar to what I said.  These things can really make the idea of training and growing stronger become moot.  Not really for me because one can assume I grew too powerful for the original plan to work.  That is a decent reason for a eucatastrophe to occur, but really only once.

Hero–  That doesn’t make me look good.

Villain–  It is realistic in that you won’t know exactly what I’m capable of or what I’m doing until we meet.  So, there’s no way to perfectly prepare.  An outside force may be what’s needed to at least weaken me.

Hero–  So, a eucatastrophe can also open the door for me to create the win by my own hand.

Villain–  I don’t see why it can’t since it’s all part of the same event.  You’ve been brought from the brink of destruction, but that doesn’t mean the threat is entirely gone.  Only that you’re in a better position to act.

Hero–  I changed my mind.  I like eucatastrophes.

Villain–  I still hate it.

Author–  I hate typing the word.  Glad this topic is over.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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6 Responses to Why I Love/Hate Eucatastrophe?

  1. I loved this exchange.


  2. C.E.Robinson says:

    Good one, Charles! Great dialogue. I like the Villain as much as the Hero! 🤣 Christine


  3. This was great, Charles. I liked the fourth wall break in the middle and the author comment at the end


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