This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.
Published: September, 2016 at Daily Science Fiction (it’s still available to read for free at that link)
Genre: super hero fantasy
Setting: totally generic
Summary: Short version: Read the title
Long version: A father talks to his son about the five rules of being a hero. The son is impatient to go off and save the girl, but the father wants to pass on the wisdom he’s learned about being a hero.
Final thoughts: A fine enough story, if nothing exciting. I do find it interesting how much you can learn about the son even though he never speaks just from the comments of the father. Even the fact that it’s a father speaking and not a mother is casually slipped into the story. A fine example of how to incorporate details without an infodump.
Title comes from: It is descriptive of the story plot