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Contracts by day, crime-fighting by night

I’m going to be a superhero.

I learned quickly that many adults didn’t consider this a valid answer to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

That didn’t mean I stopped dreaming about it, or planning the glory days to come with my just-younger sister. It only meant I stopped telling adults about it, and learned to throw them off the scent with an ever-changing sequence of what I thought might be good day jobs.

I would be Dark Moon to my sister’s Silver Star.

Villains, we knew, would someday tremble before us as we flew through the air and used our magic lightning bolts to stop their land-flight!

Yet with few exceptions, we intended to show them mercy, if they seemed genuinely apologetic.

Two decades later, neither Dark Moon nor Silver Star have yet been on a single crime-fighting mission, but there’s another way that they live on while their superpowers continue gestating.

Every so often, Silver Star finds a necklace that would be the perfect fit for Dark Moon’s crime-fighting costume.

And when she does, she sends the necklace to Dark Moon, who wears it with her day job outfits in the meantime, and smiles to think of how in so doing “the dreams of two little girls thus live on in the women they’ve become. ♥”

This Christmas, Silver Star struck again!

© 2011 Deborah Bryan. All rights reserved.
Duplication in whole or substantial portion is explicitly forbidden.

  1. December 29, 2011 at 5:57 am

    That’s a cool story and cute matching necklace!

    You two were creative by making up your own superheroes. My brother and I just pretended to be superheroes from the X-Men.

    • December 30, 2011 at 4:37 am

      Thanks for being part of what prompted it, Thoughtsy! I was typing a comment to Shoe and realized I was about to talk about the necklace again, so I figured it belonged in its own post. 🙂

  2. December 29, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I’d cower in fear if I knew Silver Star & Dark Moon were on my tail…

    • December 30, 2011 at 4:39 am

      With a smile like that, you know Dark Moon has got to be a force to be reckoned with!

      You wouldn’t have to cower unless you’re a bad guy, though. Please tell me you’re not a bad guy in disguise!

  3. December 29, 2011 at 6:38 am

    A real superhero? I think I love you….

    • December 30, 2011 at 4:44 am


      Really real, if you count the U.S.’s 51st state, Imagination! Which, why wouldn’t you?!

  4. December 29, 2011 at 6:39 am

    I love this, Deb! I’ve never had superhero ambitions myself, but think it must have been fun to share that dream with your sister.

    • December 30, 2011 at 4:45 am

      It was a blast! Thinking about it yesterday, I realized the origins of the dream were very sad: too much badness we’d already learned our country’s “justice system” would never redress. And yet, we took the sadness and turned it into intention, and hope, which is a sweet thing indeed to remember. ♥

  5. December 29, 2011 at 7:13 am

    We are sooooo similar, it’s kind of scary!!! great post

  6. Miranda Gargasz
    December 29, 2011 at 7:36 am

    How nice to be so close to your sister! Aside from pretending my head bands were like Wonder Woman’s circlet, my super hero days were short lived. What aspirations you two had! You reached for the moon and she reached for the stars. What mom doesn’t want that for her kids?

    • December 30, 2011 at 4:49 am

      Ooh! Ooh! That’s another thing: We had a little Wonder Woman costume that we split into two costumes. By doing that, we were able to split her powers between us.

      I sprained my elbow deep in the middle of that daydream one time! 🙂

      You reached for the moon and she reached for the stars. What mom doesn’t want that for her kids?
      So, so beautifully put that this mom (who wants the same for her own) needs some tissue now. Thank you for that. Truly.

  7. December 29, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I noticed the necklace before I even read the post! So special. You should read Jessica Buttram’s post about her sister. Something tells me you’ll be weeping. @jbuttwhatwhat. Love this.

    • December 30, 2011 at 7:04 am

      Oh, that Twitter handle is too much, especially in light of my bedtime status last night! On another note, I’ll hunt that post down.

      Look at that! I didn’t actually click “Post Comment” after I typed the above and before I went to find the post, which evokes so many memories of my own. Thanks for the recommend, lady.

  8. December 29, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Is that your Secret Circle of Stupendous Strength? The Metal Moon of Might? Can you walk through walls when you’re wearing it? Not that it isn’t great as a sweet, sentimental piece of jewelry, but I think Dark Moon would want to attach a few super powers to it as well.

    • December 30, 2011 at 7:06 am

      Oh, no, no, no! Powered artifacts are only for those schmucks who aren’t omnipotent!

      (And am I typing this comment with a couple of Batman- and Green Lantern-lovin’ friends in mind? You betcha! Let’s see who’s reading now! MWAHAHA!)

  9. December 29, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Happy Face and happy meaningful present!

    • December 30, 2011 at 7:08 am

      I’m wearing its predecessor now, but I’ll be switching back to it later today. Very likely with that same smile. ♥

  10. December 29, 2011 at 11:33 am

    What a cute story! I have an older sister and we are super close. There is nothing like sisterhood.

    Happy New Years!


    • December 30, 2011 at 7:14 am

      Distance has made it harder to maintain the relationship we had, but that just makes for a different kind of sweet. Happy new year to you, too!

  11. December 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Beautiful sisterly love.

    • December 30, 2011 at 7:26 am

      I once asked her if she’d let me share a song I wrote for her back in law school. Perhaps I should revisit the question now. 🙂

  12. December 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I just love this so much!!! Just as awesome as my magical keychain garage door opener but looks better hung around a neck. 🙂 You are very lucky to be so close to your sister.

    • December 30, 2011 at 7:29 am

      When we took martial arts together (along with my brother, and for a brief time, my youngest sister), people would say, “It’s amazing how close you all are! It’s such a treat to see.” I used to find that baffling: “Isn’t that how all siblings are?” After enough times, I realized it probably really wasn’t. I feel incredibly lucky!

  13. December 29, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Beautiful! I suspect you have many on many crime fighting trips but are sworn to secrecy by the government 😉

    • December 30, 2011 at 7:30 am

      I can neither confirm nor deny the accuracy of this statement. Please don’t let my wink be thought to say otherwise! 😉

  14. December 29, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Isn’t it wonderful to live in our dreams and in our present? It’s a gift, so we must enjoy it, and it’s so obvious that you do.

    • December 30, 2011 at 7:31 am

      It is! I love enjoying what I have now, which is so, so much, but also savoring dreams that haven’t disappeared just because my body has aged. ♥

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  16. December 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Have you seen Kick-Ass?


    • December 30, 2011 at 7:34 am

      I haven’t, but I watched Hugo last weekend and was reminded (by the star common to the movies) that I’d like to!

  17. December 30, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I love this: the yin and the yang of sisterhood. What a gift.

  18. December 30, 2011 at 7:41 am

    awesome names and super heroes you are! look at what you’ve survived! and a mom to boot!

  19. December 30, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I truly believed, growing up, that the reason that people failed to have super-powers when they grew up was because they gave up on believing in it. So I resolved to keep a clear vision of the powers I wanted to have, and to maintain focused faith.

    Any day now… any day now.

  20. December 30, 2011 at 8:43 am

    OMG! That’s the sweetest story ever. Love it! I think writers do it best – remembering that childhood imagination instead of letting it go!

  21. December 31, 2011 at 11:17 am

    You are a superhero to me, Deb! It’s almost a treat to have gotten behind on reading blogs, because I’m so enjoying catching up on yours! 🙂

  22. January 3, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Love the necklace… It looks great on you. Sweet story too. Happy New year to you and yours Deb! 🙂

  23. January 4, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Fantastic. Happy New Year.

  24. January 11, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Sweet story. Adorable picture. Glad I’m not the only one who thought of Kick-Ass after reading this. Your secret identity is safe with me!

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