The Hero in Disguise

mv5bnji3nzi2mjy2mf5bml5banbnxkftztywmdm5odu5__v1_Like Zorro, the hero in An American Elf lives a double-life, hiding his true identity, his true species.  This is an Alternate Timeline story in which elves are virtually extinct and Brandr (the hero) has hidden among humans for hundreds of years.  Now, he’s encountered his time traveling wife again, but she doesn’t know him.

The fun part is I get to figure out how to disguise this guy.

I’ve always loved ‘hero in disguise’ stories.  Not superheroes.  More like The Princess Bride and The Scarlet Pimpernel and, yes, Zorro.

Antonio Banderas is a total studmuffin and swords are cool.  Seriously cool.2e1dfeba3a5810da13406aec29e3301a

The history of the Zorro stories-

Here’s a clip from the film version of The Scarlet Pimpernel.  Three pointes if you recognize the actor playing the bad guy.  The dialogue in this story is riveting.  I want to write like that when I grow up.

Edited to Add Later:   I think I’ll rewatch The Scarlet Pimpernel.  The hero in that one is basically invisible.  With Zorro, you see the black mask and cape and you know.  No one takes Sir Percy seriously because they think he’s a fop.  He’s effectively invisible.  That’s what my guy needs to be.  By the way, I’ve read The Scarlet Pimpernel many times and only the film version with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour will do.  😉  The novel is public domain now and sometimes I think of putting my own spin on it one day.