Author: Goonlalagoon PM
Set in a storybook world of heroes, villans and various assorted supporting characters. Icarus Merryson works as a retriever of lost equipment, a job he greatly enjoys. Then he went into the abandoned cottage in the woods, and suddenly had a poblem...Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Chapters: 6 - Words: 6,457 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 05-03-12 - Published: 05-02-12 - Status: Complete - id: 3018827
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Chapter 1: Icarus Merryson
Icarus Merryson was, according to his family, not a normal child. He got good enough grades, tended to be fairly obedient, and was generally a good son. But he never wanted to be a hero. In a Merryson, this was unusual.
By the time he was eight Ajax, Icarus' elder brother, had challenged the local troll-bridge troll to fight him bare fisted and now quite happily crossed the bridge without paying.
By the time his elder sister, Helen, was eleven, she had been rescued from no less than three locked towers.
Icarus just wasn't interested. His parents couldn't understand it.
"Icarus!" Ajax smirked, and punched his brother on the arm as he passed. It was meant to be light, but Ajax forgot his own strength. Icarus sighed, rubbed his arm, closed his book and stood up. Report cards had come. He hated report day. Taking a deep breath, he knocked, then entered the study.
Achilles Merryson was a big name in hero circles. He had saved the Seven Shining Stars from their fearsome kidnappers. He had fought a dam troll hand-to-hand, not once, but twice. He'd rescued many a beautiful princess from her enchanted castle, and married one of them. Now he looked at his young son's report and sighed.
"Icarus, I don't understand it. I send you to the best hero academy there is. You have fine equipment. And you don't seem to be a hero yet." Marian laid a hand on her husband's arm.
"There is time, dear. It is only his second year." She sounded doubtful. Icarus was beckoned forwards to see his grades.
When he was done, Icarus swallowed and looked up nervously at his father.
"Look, I just don't want to be a hero, dad." There was a shocked silence, broken by Marian.
"Icarus, go and – do something. We'll talk about this later."
It took a few years, but Achilles Merryson came around eventually. Ajax, to no one's surprise, became a jobbing hero. Helen, after much training, became a fairy tale princess, occasionally dabbling as an enchantress.
Icarus went on, at the recommendation of Cheiron and his history teacher, to study 'History and Magical Geography' at the Olympian, widely held to be the best university for heroic-based courses. At the age of twenty-three, he graduated, and began the career he'd dreamed of since his first week at Cheiron's academy.
Name: Icarus Merryson Age: Twelve Species: Human
Agility 1A Most satisfied with Icarus' work
Strategy 2A Icarus' grasp of the basics is strong, but he needs to include more dynamic action in his tactics
Armed 3C Icarus, while technically capable of much of this term's work, shows no enthusiasm
Unarmed 4C No enthusiasm, or apparent effort
Fitn/strng 2B Icarus needs to train harder. He must put in time to build the muscle required for heroics
T.o.M.C 1B Icarus' knowledge of magical creatures has expanded greatly. Fuller answers on paper should secure him a high grade in his exams
Lit/Num 1B A dedicated and keen student, needs to focus on expanding his answers
His/Geo 1A* Quite possibly the best student I have ever had for this subject
From the reports that I have had, Icarus lacks only enthusiasm for heroics, performing excellently in theory.