Superhero Sunday

Neither of their parents went to church anymore, but still they sent them off for services every Sunday.

Most of the time they would meet somewhere and pocket the coins they were given to throw in the basket, with which they’d go over to the used comic book store. Conveniently, Cheap Charlie, as the kids called him, always had his shop open on Sunday.

They’d get a few issues each and head over to the park to read, swapping as they finished them.

It was mid October and starting to get cold so today they found a warm hallway to hang out in. They had two issues of Superman, a favorite of both, one Aquaman, one featuring Polar Boy, and one Sun Boy.

They sat discussing the short biographies that were provided on the inside covers of the two they hadn’t read about before. So Polar Boy, poor kid, doesn’t cut the grade for the Legion of Super-Heroes and has to start the Legion of Substitute Heroes?! Bad name for an outfit, they agreed. Anomalous Super-heroes would’ve been better.

Yeah, and Sun Boy was also rejected when he only demonstrated his ability to generate light. Later he shows the Legion his heat-generation ability, gets accepted, and gets his Legion flight ring. What? was he auditioning only his winter side the first time?

Do these superheroes have to model their costumes also?
Laughter echoes in the hallway.

Walking home later they concurred — Superman and the trickster Mister Mxyzptlk had saved the day.


© AleXander Hirka 2019. All Rights Reserved.

Heliocentric Redux 2019
Heliocentric. October 2018 writing project — one short sketch a day, under 250 words each, circling like a planet around The Sun.


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