There was suddenly a knock at the door.
“Coming!” Suzanne shouted from the kitchen tossing her hand towel on the counter.
Suzanne opened the door and was met with a familiar face.
“Hey mom,” David said with a half smirk.
Suzanne could tell something was wrong immediately. She had seen that look in her son’s eyes before and knew what that meant.
“Oh my Gosh, David!” Suzanne exclaimed wrapping her arms around him, “Come in.”
The two entered the house.
“I was just cooking,” Suzanne said moving back to the kitchen for a moment, “Have you eaten? Are you hungry? I can make you something to hold you over until it’s ready.”
“I’m fine,” David said with a chuckle, “Thanks, Mom.”
“So what brings you all the way out here?” Suzanne asked walking back into the living room with a small tray of snacks, “Are you still okay with money?”
“Everything is okay, mom I still have most of what grandma left me,” David said sitting on the couch and grabbing a cheese cube, “I just wanted to see you guys. Where is Dad?”
“He picked up an extra shift at work,” Suzanne said sitting next to David, “You know your father.”
“Yeah,” David said eating more cheese cubes.
“So are you going to tell me what’s wrong?” Suzanne questioned.
David had a very puzzled look on his face.
“I’m your mom,” Suzanne explained, “I can tell when something is wrong.”
David let out a long sigh.
“I met a girl,” David began.
“Do I get to meet said girl?” Suzanne asked with a big smile on her face.
“She’s gone,” David continued.
“Oh,” Suzanne uttered, her smile fading, “Well, there are plenty of girls out there. You’ll find another one.”
“I don’t want another one,” David muttered, “She was special. She’s gone because of me.”
“David,” Suzanne said pulling David into an embrace, “Whatever happened you can’t blame yourself.”
“Mom I have to tell you something,” David said pulling from her arms and standing in the middle of the room, “Well showing you would be easier.”
David’s eyes began to glow and his body began to radiate electricity. The lights began to flicker and the television turned on. Suzanne just sat in shock.
“How did this happen,” Suzanne mumbled almost inaudibly.
“I’m the guy the news has been calling a hero,” David explained sitting back down, “We were fighting that guy terrorizing the city and I had to watch her die in my arms. I couldn’t protect her, I have these powers but I’m no hero. I’m useless.”
David sat with his eyes closed trying to hold back the tears. He could feel as arms wrapped around him and held him tightly.
“You are never worthless David,” Suzanne stated in a soothing motherly tone, “I have always been proud of you, and to know my son is the savior of the city, I’ve never been more proud.”
David looked to his mom.
“When things aren’t going your way,” Suzanne continued, “you don’t give up and let the bad guy win. You keep fighting for what’s right David. Giving everything you have even though you can’t save everyone, makes you a real hero.”
“Thanks, Mom,” David said mustering a smile.
The pair noticed that the television was tuned into the news. The story was the death of the mayor’s son.
“Looks like they need you,” Suzanne said a bit jokingly.
“I think you’re right,” David said standing up.
“Be safe,” Suzanne said with a smile.
“Thanks again mom,” David said before vanishing in a bolt of electricity.
Suzanne sat in shock but then relaxed.
“My son, the superhero,” Suzanne murmured to herself, “Walter is never going to believe this.”
The smoke detector began to chime.
“Oh no, my chicken!” Suzanne exclaimed running back to the kitchen.
Night had washed over the city but the skyline was still bright with the city lights. Detective Marcus Mendez snuck onto the roof and lit up a cigarette.
“Spare a light?”
“Who’s there?” Detective Mendez said peering into the dark, moving his hand to his gun.
David walked out of the shadows.
“It’s you,” Detective Mendez exclaimed, “The one the news is calling a hero.”
“I’m no hero,” David explained, “I’m just trying to help. I heard someone murdered the mayor’s son.”
“Yeah,” Detective Mendez stated, “The mayor is breathing down our necks. But I can’t discuss ongoing cases with you.”
“I understand,” David said, “I’ll admit I’m still trying to figure this all out. I’m just here to help if you guys need it.”
“I’ve been on this beat a while,” Detective Mendez explained, “and I’ve never seen anything like you. We have an entire task force dedicated to you. I don’t know if I can trust you but I’d like to even if I should be arresting you right now. You’ve given this city some hope.”
“Thank you,” David stated.
“I’ll tell you one thing,” Detective Mendez started tossing his cigarette and walking back to the door, “We may just need you soon. If the note the guy left saying One Down means anything, this guy is just getting started.”
The detective walked back into the building.
“One down?” David muttered, “I better find this guy.”
“I think you mean we better find him,” Dark David said from behind David.
“No,” David said turning to Dark David.
“Did you miss me?” Dark David questioned with a grin.