I'm going a bit nuts trying to figure this out. It's one of those things where it's not really important, but I can't find something I sort of thought I knew and it's nagging at me.

Basically it's a short story I read relatively recently (Though it might have been in a really old anthology, since I pick those up now and then, or it could have been relatively new). If I recall correctly it was a modern fantasy story, about a little boy (Could have been a girl though) who has some kind of magical talent or power, but lives with a person (I think a woman, but could be a man) who he thinks is his parent, or aunt/uncle or... something? Anyway, this person forbids him from using his powers, and maybe is keeping his powers suppressed somehow as well. And it seems like they're pretty cruel to him.

It seems to me that it took place mostly in the house he lived in, it's possible he was kind of kept prisoner inside.

I know that's absurdly vague, but that's why it's driving me nuts.

The only marginally specific thing I remember is the ending, with him somehow breaking away from this parent figure and fleeing out the door into the yard... and then he's caught, I think, but I think it turns out that the person he's been living with isn't really his guardian, but someone who kidnapped him or something, and was planning to steal his power or... something.

I remember some external force shows up to save the day at the end, telling him that, and that they've been looking for him but he was hidden while he was in the house, or something.

I'm probably getting everything wrong or mixed up, but... can anyone help me out here?

  • 1
    Welcome to SFF Stack Exchange! You may find it interesting to read our guidance on asking story-ID questions. I hope someone here can help you find what you're looking for :-) – Rand al'Thor Apr 4 '16 at 23:50

It sounds a little bit like Bradbury's "Jack-in-the-Box", but with a different ending: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack-in-the-Box_(short_story)

  • Hmm, similar, but not quite the story I'm looking for I think. Thanks for trying though, as you can see, this question hasn't gotten much help! ;) – GammaPaladin Aug 9 '16 at 20:52
  • @GammaPaladin - I noticed that you've not followed Rand's advice to work your way through the checklists here to see if you can improve the question. – Valorum Sep 7 '16 at 20:59
  • I looked at the checklists and all the details they suggest including are included in my original question except where I don't know for sure myself. – GammaPaladin Sep 12 '16 at 19:17

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.