Linda Danvers: Girl of Steel

5

"Linda's Thanks"

Written by Mark Moore

Author's note: This miniseries is the sequel to my 12-issue "Linda Danvers" maxiseries. Reading "Linda Danvers" is not necessary to understanding this miniseries but is recommended.

I wrote this story from Wednesday, November 19, 2003, 6:20 PM to Tuesday, December 16, 2003, 11:48 PM. I'm so sorry that this is late. Feel free to send/leave me reviews, whether you love, like, dislike, or hate the story. Enjoy!


Friday, October 31, 2003, 6:21 PM

Linda and Lara were floating in the air.
"What the hell just happened?" Lara asked Linda.
"I dunno," Linda replied, "but it looks like you can fly,...Power Girl."
Lara grinned. "Cool!"
"I think that we oughta get you checked out." Linda told her. "Tomorrow, I'll call my doctor and find out if she can examine you."

Linda sat on her bed, and Lara sat to her left.
Linda took off her headband and wig. She tossed them onto the floor. She took off her boots and socks and dropped them on the floor.
"Lara, I don't want to freak you out or anything, but...are you adopted?" Linda asked.
"Not that I know of." Lara replied.
"Both of your parents have dark hair." Linda said.
"Yeah, well, some people are born with blonde hair that never darkens." Lara said.
"That's true." Linda agreed. "It's a good way to explain Riot on 'Jem'. Do you want to ask your parents?"
Lara was silent for a moment. "Not yet."

Saturday, November 1, 2003, 9:24 AM

Linda picked up the receiver in the kitchen and dialed her doctor's office number.
The phone rang once.
"Hello?" a woman asked.
"This is Linda Danvers. May I please speak to Dr. Davidson?"
"Sure. One moment."
Linda was put on hold for ten seconds.
"Hello, Linda." Dr. Davidson greeted. "This is the first time that you've ever called me. What can I do for you?"
"Not me." Linda told her. "My roommate. We have a little mystery."
"Okay, come over at two." Dr. Davidson said.
"Okay, thanks." Linda said.
"No problem." Dr. Davidson said. "Bye."
"Bye." Linda hung up the receiver.

Linda and Lara were sitting in the reception area of Dr. Davidson's office.
A door opened, and a man walked out of the room. He signed out at the counter and went outside.
Dr. Davidson came and stood in the doorway. "Lara?"
Lara stood up. "Yes."
Dr. Davidson smiled. "Come in."
Linda stood up and followed Lara into the other room.
Dr. Davidson closed the door and turned to face the girls. "So, you're Linda."
"Yeah." Linda said.
"What's the mystery, Lara?" Dr. Davidson asked.
"Well, last night, at a party, I started floating." Lara told her.
"Floating?" Dr. Davidson was silent for a moment. "Were you on anything?"
"Yeah, air." Lara replied in an angry tone.
"I wouldn't have asked for this appointment over a misperception." Linda added angrily.
"Okay, I'm sorry." Dr. Davidson said. "Have a seat."
Lara sat on the examination table.
"Has this ever happened before?" Dr. Davidson asked.
"No." Lara replied.
"Has it happened again since last night?" Dr. Davidson asked.
"No." Lara replied.
"Are you adopted?" Dr. Davidson asked.
"Not to my knowledge." Lara replied.
"Have either of your parents shown signs of having any kind of powers?" Dr. Davidson asked.
"Not to my knowledge." Lara replied.
"What about your strength and speed?" Dr. Davidson asked.
"Well, I don't run a lot, so I'm not sure about my speed." Lara shrugged. "I guess I've always been stronger than average."
Dr. Davidson was silent for a moment. "I'd like to take a blood sample to analyze."
"Okay." Lara said.
Dr. Davidson went and put on latex gloves. She got a new needle out of a box. She walked back over to Lara.
"Roll up your sleeve." Dr. Davidson said.
Lara rolled up her sweater's left sleeve and then pulled up her shirt's left sleeve.
Dr. Davidson inserted the needle into Lara's left arm and drew blood out of Lara's body. She then removed the needle from Lara's arm.
"Hurt?" Dr. Davidson asked her.
"No." Lara replied.
"It was kinda hard to insert the needle." Dr. Davidson told her.
"Meaning what?" Lara asked her.
"Nothing...yet." Dr. Davidson replied. "I'll let you know in a week."
"Okay, thanks." Lara said.

Monday, November 3, 2003, 8:04 PM

Linda and Lara were sitting on the couch in the living room, Linda to Lara's right.
Lara picked up the remote control, pressed the mute button, and put the remote control back on the coffee table.
"What the hell was that?" Lara asked. "Do the writers really expect us to believe that so many people hate the French?"
"I dunno, but it's worse than that." Linda told her. "Let's look at the basic plot. Everybody that's invited to the Neighborhood Watch just happens to hate the French. All of these same people are simultaneously relieved to learn that the Duprees aren't French. All of these same people just happen to hate Muslims as well. Finally, all of these same people just happen to show up at the Camdens' front door at the end of the episode. I detect improbability."

Wednesday, November 5, 2003, 7:24 PM

Linda and Lara were sitting at their computers.
"Trinity died." Linda told Lara.
"Well, that's bullshit." Lara said. "I'm not gonna go see it."
"Me neither." Linda said. "I've grown attached to her over the previous two movies. I'm not gonna spend good money to watch her die."

Saturday, November 8, 2003, 9:24 AM

Linda and Lara walked out of their bedroom.
"Do you need the car today?" Linda asked.
"No." Lara replied.
"Okay." Linda said.
The phone rang.
Lara walked into the kitchen and picked up the receiver.
"Hello?" Lara asked. She was silent for a moment. "This is her." She was silent for a moment. "Yeah?" She was silent for a moment. "Okay, thanks." She was silent for a moment. "Bye."
Lara hung up the receiver. She walked back into the living room.
"You're a mutant." Linda said.
Lara laughed. "I can't get used to you doing that."
Linda smiled. "You will. Okay, we'll go out and get some pics of Supergirl doing her heroics, and then I'll bring you home and go to work. When I get off, I'll pick you up, and we'll go to the gym."
"The gym?" Lara asked. "Why?"
"I want to test your strength." Linda replied.

Linda and Lara walked into a health club.
They walked over to the counter.
"Hello." the woman behind the counter greeted.
"Hi." Lara said. "I'd like to lift some weights."
"We're offering a free trial for one week." the woman told her.
"Cool." Lara said.
"You interested, too?" the woman asked Linda.
"No, I'm her personal trainer." Linda replied.
"All right." the woman said.
Lara and Linda walked over to the automatic door, waited until it slid open, and walked into the gym.
"Let's try bench presses." Linda said.
They walked over.
Lara sat down and held the handles. "Set it for 10 pounds."
Linda set it. "Okay."
Lara pulled and lifted the weight. "No problem."
She lowered the weight.
"Set it for 50." Lara said.
Linda set it. "Okay."
Lara pulled and lifted the weight. "Okay."
She lowered the weight.
"Set it for 100." Lara said.
Linda set it. "Okay."
Lara pulled and lifted the weight. "I've never lifted that much before."
She lowered the weight.
"Set it for 150." Lara said.
Linda set it. "Okay."
Lara pulled and lifted the weights. She lowered the weights.
"More." Lara said.
Linda set it. "Okay."
Lara pulled and lifted the weights. She lowered the weights.
"More." Lara said.
Linda set it. "Okay."
Lara pulled and lifted the weights. She lowered the weights.
"More." Lara said.
"Are you sure?" Linda asked.
"Yeah." Lara replied.
Linda set it. "Okay."
Lara pulled and lifted the weights. "How much is that?"
"500 pounds." Linda replied.
Lara was silent for a moment. "That's good for now."
She lowered the weights, let go of the handles, and stood up.
"Let's test your speed now." Linda told her. "Get on the treadmill."
Lara and Linda walked over to a treadmill. Lara got on it.
"Start slow and then slowly increase the speed." Linda told her.
Lara set the speed for 1 mph.
The treadmill started, and Lara started walking.
Lara increased the speed to 2 mph and walked faster. She increased the speed to 5 mph and started running. She increased the speed to 10mph, then 20 mph, then 30 mph, then 40 mph, then 50mph, then 100 mph.
"Stop." Linda told her.
Lara stopped the treadmill and stopped running. She was sweating.
"You don't seem to be as strong or as fast as me...yet." Linda told her. "Keep working out, though. We'll discover your true potential."
"Okay." Lara got off of the treadmill. "Is there anything else that we can test here?"
"Not really." Linda replied. "Let's go home."

Linda opened the screen door and then unlocked and opened the front door.
She and Lara walked into their living room.
Lara closed and locked the screen door behind her. Then she closed and locked the front door.
Linda and Lara walked into the kitchen.
"I'm gonna call my parents now." Lara said.
"Okay." Linda said.
Lara picked up the receiver and dialed her parents' home phone number.
She was silent for a moment.
"Hi, mom." Lara said. She was silent for a moment. "I've got something to tell you. On October 31, I suddenly started floating." She was silent for a moment. "Yeah. Linda took me to her doctor the next day. The doctor took my blood, and I got the test results today. I'm a mutant." She was silent for a moment. "Linda took me to the gym today. We just got back. I can lift 500 pounds and run 100 miles per hour." She was silent for a moment. "Have you or dad ever experienced anything like this?" She was silent for a moment. "Okay. Well, I wanted to let ya know." She was silent for a moment. "Okay, bye."
Lara hung up the receiver.

Sunday, November 9, 2003, 9:24 AM

Linda, dressed in her Supergirl costume, walked out the front door of her house.
Lara, dressed in sneakers, sweatpants, and a sweatshirt, walked out after her.
Linda put her house key into her left hotpants pocket and closed the front door, locking it.
The two girls walked into the driveway. Linda was wearing a micro-tape recorder on the left side of her pants.
"Okay, let's run to the 7-11." Linda told Lara.
"Okay." Lara said.
Linda pressed Play on the recorder.
"The Touch" by Stan Bush started playing.
Linda started running, and Lara ran after her.
They soon arrived at the 7-11. They stopped running.
Linda pressed Stop on the recorder.
"Good." Linda told her. "You're sweating, though."
"Oh, shut up." Lara said.
Linda laughed and opened the front door.
Lara walked into the 7-11, and Linda followed.
They walked over to the cooler.
Lara opened a door and took out a Rockstar Energy Drink.
Linda took out two of them.
Lara stared at her. "You're not gonna drink those; are you? Just one of those has twice the caffeine of a regular energy drink."
"I know." Linda replied.
Lara closed the door.
She and Linda walked over to the counter and placed the cans on it.
"She'll pay for these." Lara said.
The cashier totaled the price.
Linda got her wallet out of her left pocket. Her key fell out. She bent over and picked it up. She put the key back into her pocket. She opened her wallet, took out four $1 bills and change, put the money on the counter, closed her wallet, and put it back into her pocket.
The cashier counted up the money and put it into the register. "Thank you. Would you like a bag for those?"
"No, thanks. We're gonna drink 'em now." Linda replied.
"Okay." the cashier said. "Supergirl, I was wondering if you could sign an autograph for my daughter. She's a really big fan of yours."
"Sure." Linda agreed.
The woman got a sheet of paper and a pen and placed them on the counter.
Linda picked up the pen with her right hand. "What's her name?"
"Tina." the woman replied.
Linda wrote: Dear Tina, Thanks for being such a great fan! Love, Kara Zor-El - Supergirl
She clicked the pen closed and put it on the counter.
The cashier took the paper and pen. "Thank you."
Linda smiled. "No problem. Have a good day."
The cashier smiled. "Thanks. You, too."
Lara picked up her can. Linda picked up her cans.
The two girls walked over to the door.
Lara opened the door. Linda walked outside, and Lara followed.
Linda opened one of her cans. Lara opened her own can. They started drinking.
When Linda was finished with her drink, she squeezed the can and threw it and the tab into the trash can. She opened her second can and started drinking her drink.
Lara finished her own drink, squeezed her can, and threw it and the tab into the trash can.
Linda finished her second drink, squeezed the can, and threw it and the tab into the trash can.
Lara stared at her. "Just what this city needs: a Supergirl on an insane amount of caffeine."
"Oh, caffeine doesn't affect me." Linda told her. "Hey, c'mon, I'll race ya home."
Linda ran off, leaving Lara far behind.

Monday, November 10, 2003, 8:04 PM

Linda and Lara were sitting on the couch in the living room, Linda to Lara's right.
Lara picked up the remote control, pressed the mute button, and put the remote control back on the coffee table.
"What the hell was Martin's problem?" Lara asked. "Why was he so adamant about Cecilia telling the Camdens that she's dating him?"
"I dunno." Linda replied. "It made no sense. Cecilia and Simon had broken up already. If I was Cecilia, I would have broken up with Martin. He's a dickhead. Personally, I think that it's none of my parents' business who I date, so it's certainly none of my ex-boyfriend's parents' business - that is if I had an ex-boyfriend. Lucy was stupid tonight, too. She got mad at Kevin for not telling her about the softball game, even though she sucks at it, then she got mad at him for telling her that she sucks. What's her problem?"

Friday, November 14, 2003, 7:24 PM

Linda, dressed in her Supergirl costume, was flying above Chicago on patrol.
Suddenly, Linda heard a woman's voice: "Help!!! There's a burglar in my house!!!"
Then, Linda heard a girl yelling "No! I don't want to! Stop it! Get your fucking hands off me!"
Linda decided to go to the girl.
She arrived there in a minute.
A teenaged girl was trying to get out of the passenger seat of a parked car in a park. A teenaged boy in the driver seat was trying to hold her in place. The girl was struggling.
Linda pulled off the driver side door and threw it on the ground. She pulled the boy out of the car.
"Hey! Hands off, bitch!" the boy yelled.
"You shouldn't talk!" Linda yelled at him.
Linda quickly brought her left knee up, hitting the boy's crotch.
The boy started screaming in pain.
The girl opened the passenger door and got out of the car. "Thank you, Supergirl!"
"Get out of here and call the police!" Linda told her. "I gotta go! I've got another emergency!"
Linda flew into the air and went in the direction of where the woman's voice had come from.
She arrived there in two minutes.
Linda saw a man running away from a house. He was holding a gun in his right hand. He fired five shots at Linda, hitting her. The bullets bounced off of Linda's chest and head.
The man kept pulling the trigger. The gun was out of bullets.
Linda raised her right leg and kicked the man's crotch. He screamed and fell over in pain.
Then Linda ran over to the front porch and up the stairs. She opened the screen door and ran into the house. She found the woman lying on the floor in the living room. The woman had been shot in the chest. Linda crouched down and checked for a pulse. There wasn't any.
Sadly, Linda stood up straight, walked over to the phone, and picked up the receiver. She dialed 911.
"911. What's your emergency?" the operator asked.
"I'm at 2533 North New England Street." Linda told him. "A woman has just been shot by a burglar. He's lying on the ground outside, and he's not going anywhere. I didn't arrive in time to save the woman, though. She's dead."
"Okay, ma'am, we'll send someone right out. Please wait for the police." the operator instructed.
"Okay." Linda said.
"What's your name?" the operator asked her.
"Kara Zor-El." Linda replied.
The operator was silent for a moment. "Okay. Thank you."
Linda hung up the receiver.
She walked outside.
Lara was just pulling up in their car.
Linda walked down the steps and over to the car.
The driver door opened, and Lara got out of the car. She closed the door and walked over to Linda.
"What happened?" Lara asked her.
"I got the bad guy - but not before he killed someone." Linda replied. "I have to wait for the police."
"I guess no pictures from this adventure." Lara said.
"Take a picture of the burglar. Then take a picture of me." Linda told her.
"You sure?" Lara asked her.
"Yeah." Linda replied. "People should learn that Supergirl can't save everyone."
Lara walked over to the burglar and took a picture of him. Then she turned and took a picture of Linda from behind.
"Now, go home." Linda told her. "I'll leave as soon as I talk to the cops."

Linda walked into the living room.
She closed and locked the screen door and front door behind her.
Linda walked into the kitchen.
"Take off your shirt." Lara told her.
Linda took off her shirt and put it on the table.
"Sit down. I'll be right back." Lara told her.
Linda sat in her chair.
Lara walked into the living room and into their bedroom.
She came back with a bottle.
Lara opened the bottle and squirted the liquid onto Linda's back. She set the bottle on the table and started rubbing the liquid on Linda's back and shoulders.
"How are you feeling?" Lara asked.
"I don't know." Linda replied. "I went to save someone that I believed was probably going to be raped before trying to save someone that I believed was probably going to die. If I had gone to the woman first, she might still be alive."
"And the girl might have been raped - even killed." Lara told her. "Linda, like you said, you can't save everyone. You have to make choices, sacrificing some lives to save other lives. It sucks, but you have to deal with it."
"And you still want to be a super-hero?" Linda asked.
"Yeah." Lara replied.
She picked up the bottle and squirted the liquid onto Linda's breasts. She set the bottle back on the table.
Linda started rubbing the liquid on her breasts, arms, and waist. Then she wiped her hands on her legs.
"Feeling any better?" Lara asked.
"Yeah." Linda replied. "Thank you so much."
"No problem." Lara closed the bottle. She picked up Linda's costume and examined it. "Yikes. I'll sew that up for you later tonight. You need something to eat first."
Lara walked over to the counter and put the costume on it. Then she went over to the stove and picked up two plates, two forks, and two tissues. She came back over to the table and set them down on the table. Then she went back to the stove and picked up a pot. She walked back over to the table, picked up her fork, and put half of the macaroni and ground beef onto each of their plates. She then walked over to the counter, put the pot on it, walked back over to the table, and sat down to Linda's right.
The two of them started eating their dinner.
"I don't know what I'd do without you, Lara." Linda told her. "You do so much for me: take pictures, cook my meals, sew my clothes, listen to my problems, give me advice."
"Hey, you do a lot, too." Lara told her. "You save people's lives, get beat up, shot at, work, pay the bills."
"Yeah, but you listen to my complaints about whatever shit's bothering me at the time." Linda told her. "You're my confidant. I can tell you stuff that I would never dare tell my parents. Do you know how often I've wanted to yell at my mom? To hurt her? To...kill her? She talked down to me and treated me like a child. She complained that I didn't know how to cook, but she had plenty of opportunities to teach me. It's not like she was at Wal-Mart every day or even during the same hours. She could have taught me how to cook. She didn't, because she wanted to get the cooking over with and do something else. Then she yelled at me for it. She made me attend church and follow oh-so-wrong Catholic dogma and outdated European traditions. She told me to become interested in things in which I had no interest in order to make new friends. In my opinion, she wasn't a good mother to me. I couldn't speak against her, though. It wasn't out of fear of getting hit. My mom would never try that, though she did pull me by the ear once. It was because my mom constantly threatened to 'surprise' me one day by throwing out my stuff, such as video tapes, comic books, whatever. So, I did as she told me and kept my mouth shut. For years, I didn't have anyone to talk to. My dad would mostly support my mom. Do you know how hard it was to keep my frustrations contained within me? Then I met you, and you've been so helpful to me, mostly by just listening and giving me a place to vent my frustrations. My mom said going to Chicago would be good for me, and she was right, but not for the reason that she intended. I needed to get out of that house - away from her. I wasn't physically, mentally, or sexually abused. I was verbally abused. If I hadn't met you, I'd probably have exploded, and you saved me from that."
Lara started crying. "I had no idea how much you relied on me. I feel bad now, because I was often annoyed whenever you instant-messaged me about something and interrupted whatever I was doing."
"It's okay." Linda told her. "You still listened."

Saturday, November 15, 2003, 9:24 AM

Linda walked into the kitchen.
Lara was standing there, staring at a slice of bread in her left hand.
Linda smiled and walked over to her. "No luck?"
Lara looked at her. "No."
Linda took the bread from her and stared at it. She toasted it. She handed the bread back to Lara.
Lara smiled. "Thanks, firestarter."
"Y'know, you probably don't have all of the powers that I do." Linda told her.
"I know, but I wanna try." Lara told her. "Ya never know."
"Yeah." Linda said.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003, 6:18 PM

Linda and Lara walked into fye.
They went over to a display. Each of them picked up a copy of "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" on DVD.
"I like this one better that the original." Lara said. "Lara is a lot more violent."
"Yeah." Linda agreed. "I still don't know what the official title of the movie is, though."
They went over to the counter and paid for the DVDs. They received their change and bags. They placed their change into their bags.
Linda and Lara walked out of fye.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003, 5:04 PM

Linda and Lara walked into 7th Inning Stretch. They were each carrying 500 copies of Supergirl #4 in large plastic bags.
They walked over to the counter and placed the bags on it.
"Hey, Jimmy." Linda greeted.
"Hey, Jimmy." Lara greeted.
"Hey, girls." Jimmy replied.
Linda placed a sheet of paper on the counter. Jimmy picked up the list and read it.
He went, got the comic books and other items, and returned to the counter. He placed the items on the counter, got a calculator, and calculated the total price.
"Linda, $98.41. Lara, $15.32." he told them.
Linda and Lara got out their cash and paid him.
He opened the cash register, put the money in, and put their items into brown paper bags.
"Okay, 'Supergirl'." Jimmy took out money and closed the register. He counted as he placed the money on the counter, separating it into two piles. "$100, $200, $300, $400, $500, $600, $700, $800, $900, $1,000, $1,100, $1,200, $1,300, $1,400, $1,450, $1,500."
Linda picked up her $750. Lara picked up her $750. They each put their own money into their front right jeans pockets.
"Thanks." Linda and Lara said.
"No problem." Jimmy started taking the copies of Supergirl #4 out of the bags.
Linda picked up her bags. "Have a good day."
"You, too." Jimmy said.
Lara picked up her bags, and she and Linda turned and walked back over to the door.
Linda opened the door, and she and Lara left the shop.

Thursday, November 20, 2003, 2:05 PM

Linda walked down the hallway and came to a classroom.
She slowly opened the door and walked into the classroom. She slowly closed the door behind her.
"And be sure to turn in the final pages in one week." the teacher said. "That's it. Have a good night."
The students stood up.
Lara picked up her sketchbook and floppy disk and walked over to Linda. "Hey."
"Hey." Linda said.

Sunday, November 23, 2003, 9:24 AM

Linda woke up.
She sat up, tossed the bed sheets off of herself, stood up, and got out of bed.
Linda took off her pajamas and dropped them on the floor.
She turned around and put the bed sheets back in place.
Linda walked over to the dresser and opened a drawer. She took out a pair of panties and put them on. She closed the drawer. She opened another drawer. She took out a sleeveless shirt and put it on. She closed the drawer. She opened another drawer. She took out a pair of socks and put them on. She closed the drawer. She walked over to her computer chair, picked up her sweatpants, and put them on. She picked up her sweatshirt and put it on. She stepped into her houseshoes.
She walked into the bathroom and turned on the light. She combed her hair and used the toilet. She then washed her hands and dried them. She turned off the light and walked out of the bathroom.
Linda walked out of the bedroom, walked through the living room, and entered the kitchen.
Lara was sitting at the kitchen table. Breakfast was already on the table.
"Hi." Lara said, smiling. "Happy Birthday."
Linda smiled. "Thank you."
"I didn't know what to get you, so I'm taking you out to dinner tonight." Lara told her.
Linda sat in her chair. "Cool! Thanks!"
"Where do you want to go?" Lara asked.
"I dunno." Linda replied. "Surprise me."

Linda and Lara walked into the Hard Rock Cafe.
A woman walked over to them. "Hello."
"Hello." Linda and Lara said.
"Just two?" the woman asked.
"Yeah." Lara replied.
"Okay, follow me." the woman said.
The woman picked up two menus, turned, and walked to an empty booth. Linda and Lara followed them.
Linda and Lara sat across from each other in the booth.
The woman placed the menus on the table and walked away.
Linda and Lara picked up their menus and read them.
"I'll have steak and Pepsi." Linda said.
"Me, too." Lara said.
The woman came by with a pad and pen. "Are you ready to order?"
"Yeah, we'll each have a steak and Pepsi." Lara ordered.
The woman wrote it down. "Okay."
She walked away.
"So, how does it feel to be 19?" Lara asked Linda.
"It feels weird." Linda replied. "I had my 17th birthday just last year. It's like I aged two years in just one."
"Nah, you had your 18th birthday last year. You just didn't know that you were 18." Lara told her.
"Yeah." Linda said.
"Imagine if you really did age two years in one." Lara said. "Or eight years in one."
"That would suck." Linda said. "And how would I explain it to my parents? They'd be certain to notice it right away."
"Yeah." Lara said. "Well, at least we don't have to worry about weird shit like that happening."
"True." Linda said.
The woman came back, holding a tray. She took the two plates off of the tray and placed them on the table. She also took the utensils and napkins off of the tray and placed them next to the plates. Then she took the two glasses, filled with Pepsi, off of the tray and placed next to the plates. Finally, she took the bottle of barbecue sauce off of the tray and placed it on the table.
"Thanks." Linda and Lara said.
"Enjoy." the woman said, smiling.
She walked away.
Linda picked up the bottle of barbecue sauce and opened it. She poured the sauce all over her steak. She handed the bottle to Lara, who poured sauce all over her own steak. Lara set the bottle on the table. Linda closed it. Linda and Lara picked up their utensils and started eating their steaks.
"So, how do you think I'm doing?" Lara asked Linda. "With my training, I mean."
"Okay." Linda replied. "Your powers seem to be strength, speed, and flight. You're doing well with the first two. Flying's the problem."
"Well, I'm sure I'll be able to eventually." Lara smiled. "I have a great teacher."
Linda smiled.
"I wanna be a super-hero." Lara told her.
Linda stopped smiling. "Lara, just because you have super-powers, it doesn't mean that you have to become a super-hero."
"I know." Lara told her. "I'd just feel guilty if I didn't become one. Teach me?"
"Okay." Linda agreed.
When Linda and Lara finished their steaks, they drank their Pepsis.
Lara took her wallet out of her front left pants pocket, took out a $5 bill and a $1 bill, placed them under her plate, closed her wallet, and put it back into her pocket.
They stood up and walked over to the counter.
"Thank you for dinner." Linda told Lara.
"You're welcome." Lara replied. "For a very brief moment, I considered taking you to the Bagel as a joke, but then I figured you'd get mad at me for taking you to a Jewish restaurant."
Linda laughed. "I'd kick your ass, and you're strong, so I wouldn't feel bad about it."
Lara took out her wallet, opened it, and took out money. She paid the bill, closed her wallet, and put it away. She reached to grab some mints from a bowl.
"Don't take those." Linda told her.
"Why not?" Lara asked her.
"A lot of people don't wash their hands after they go to the bathroom." Linda told her. "Then they put their hands in the bowl to grab some mints. Then innocent people, such as yourself, come by and eat some mints from the bowl, blissfully unaware of what are on those mints."
Lara looked like she was going to be sick. "I've always taken those mints, when I go to restaurants! Are you telling me that I've been eating urine mints?!"
"Yup." Linda replied. "Shit mints, too."
"If I hurl, I'm demanding a refund." Lara said.
Linda laughed. "Y'know, I saw a special on TV once, where a restaurant employee used his dick to stir a drink."
"Oh, shut up! Shut up!" Lara yelled.
Linda chuckled.

Linda opened the screen door and then unlocked and opened the front door.
She and Lara walked into their living room.
Lara closed and locked the screen door behind her. Then she closed and locked the front door.
"I got you some birthday presents." Lara told Linda.
"I thought that you said that you couldn't think of what to get me." Linda told her.
"Well, I lied." Lara replied.
Lara crouched down and pulled a box out from under the couch. She stood up straight and handed the box to Linda.
Linda unwrapped the box and opened it. She took out a blue leather jacket and looked at it. There wasn't any zipper. There was a leather red-and-yellow "S" emblem on the front.
"Wow." Linda said.
"It's a winter outfit." Lara told her. "I see how cold it is for you."
"Thank you." Linda said.
"You're welcome." Lara said. "There are velcro straps on the inside of the collar to fasten your cape to."
Linda briefly looked at them, then she set the jacket on the arm of couch. She took a pair of red leather pants out of the box.
"Very nice." Linda put the pants on top of the jacket.
Linda took a pair of red leather boots out of the box.
She looked at them for a moment then set them on the floor.
Linda hugged Lara. "Thank you so much."

Monday, November 24, 2003, 6:12 PM

Linda and Lara were sitting at the kitchen table, eating pasta for dinner.
"Gee, Linda, I hope that all of these high-carb foods don't bother you." Lara said with a smile.
Linda picked up a piece of bread and ate part of it. "Nah."
Lara laughed.

Linda and Lara were sitting on the couch in the living room, Linda to Lara's right.
Lara picked up the remote control, pressed the mute button, and put the remote control back on the coffee table.
"That was the best episode I've seen in a long time." Lara said. "The whole cell phone thing was stupid, though. It was too off-the-wall."
"Yeah." Linda agreed. "It was just a stupid way to get the rest of the cast into the episode. It made no sense. It showed how annoying the Camdens are - especially Ruthie and Lucy. Kevin's bad, too. Even the main plot had problems. Most hospitals don't even allow cell phones, because they can interfere with medical equipment, and any person with only a little bit of intelligence would pull the battery out, if he can't shut it off. Why would the phone keep ringing, anyway? What cell phone doesn't have voice mail these days? The writers are just lazy and sloppy. '7th Heaven' should be given the axe."
"If that happens, what will we have left to watch on the WB?" Lara asked.
"Well, now that 'Tarzan''s been axed, we'd have 'Everwood', which is pretty good; 'Gilmore Girls', which is good once I start watching it but difficult for me to actually want to sit down to watch it; and 'Angel', which is okay but not exactly awesome." Linda replied.

Linda was sitting at her computer.
She clicked on the link to Lara's personal information.
The page loaded up.
Linda read it:

I'm a loser,
What a joker.
I'm playing my jokes upon you
While there's nothing better to do.

Name: Lara

Age: 18

Aliases: Loki, Puck/Robin Goodfellow, druidgnome, etc.

Contact Info: If you seek me online, you needn't look far! I have no life so I am always on.
On AOL Instant Messenger, I can be found as LaraLove. I am LaraLove on MyYahoo!, the associated clubs and Yahoo! Instant Messenger.
My ICQ UIN is 13134728

Height: 6'4" (or "I have NO idea" as I once told an officer of law...private story :) )

Weight: 185

Eye Colour: Hazel

Hair Colour: Blonde

Religious Beliefs: Why, a devil-worshipper of course! We salute you, our half-inflated Dark Lord!

Astrological Sign: Sagittarius (while I do not believe in astrology, much of this really sounds like me.. spooky, huh?)

Descent: British

Eddication: 'sho dun need no eddication, pa.

Song I'm actually listening to right now: "Let's All Get Drunk Tonight" - Afroman

Personality Type(s): INFP, The Idealist

Marital Status: Single

Hi kids! I'm am a dull and simple girl.

Oh yes. You'll notice I have a really weird obsession with Spinal Tap. But it's nothing, really.

Please consider this quote:

"When we die, do we haunt the sky? Do we lurk in the murk of the seas? What then? Are we born again just to sit asking questions like these? I know, for I told me so, and I'm sure each of you quite agrees:
The more it stays the same, the less it changes!"

Really puts a perspective on things, doesn't it? Too much! Too much fucking perspective!

Linda clicked Back and clicked on the link to Lara's CD list.
The page loaded up.
Linda read it:

So, you're actually interested in my CD list? Wow, you must really be bored. Click on the letter to the right for a list of all bands I have under that letter. Note that bands like Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Coven, etc.. appear under the first letter in their name (i.e. Aerosmith = A, The Rolling Stones = R, etc..) whereas individual artists like Frank Zappa are sorted by their last name (so Zappa would be under Z, not F)

Linda clicked on the link to Lara's Want It/Need It/Curious In It List.
The page loaded up.
Linda read it and smiled.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003, 6:19 PM

Linda and Lara walked into fye.
They went over to a display. Each of them picked up a copy of "X2: X-Men United" on DVD.
"I think that X2 is better than the original." Lara said. "Halle Berry isn't using that really fake Swahili accent."
"X3 will be even better." Linda told her. "Halle Berry won't be in it."
They went over to the counter and paid for the DVDs. They received their change and bags. They placed their change into their bags.
Linda and Lara walked out of fye.

Linda was sitting at her computer.
She updated the lists of her favorite TV series and anime on her website:

My favorite anime:

AD Police
Agent Aika
Ah! My Goddess
Akira
Blood: The Last Vampire
Bubblegum Crisis
Bubblegum Crash!
Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040
Card Captor Sakura
Cool Devices
Fatal Fury
Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals
Fushigi Yuugi
Gatchaman / Battle of the Planets / G-Force / Eagle Riders
King of Fighters
La Blue Girl
Megaman: NT Warrior
Perfect Blue
Pokémon / Pokémon: The Johto Journeys / Pokémon: Johto League Champions / Pokémon: Master Quest / Pokémon: Advanced / movies
Princess Mononoke
Project A-Ko
Pure Love
Rei Rei: Missionary Of Love
Robot Carnival
Sailor Moon
Sakura Diaries
Slight Fever Syndrome
Speed Racer
Strange Love
Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
Street Fighter II V
Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie
Summer Heat / Autumn Heat / End of Summer
Transformers: Armada
Twin Dolls / Twin Angels
Twisted Tales of Tokyo
Vampire Hunter D (1985)
Vampire Hunter D (2001)
Vampire Princess Miyu
Video Girl Ai
Virtua Fighter
The Vision of Escaflowne
Escaflowne: A Girl In Gaia
Yu-Gi-Oh!

My favorite cartoon / CGI series:

Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Archie's Weird Mysteries
Beast Wars: Transformers
Beast Machines: Transformers
Beavis and Butt-Head
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures
BraveStarr
Captain N: The Game Master
Challenge of the Go Bots
Cubix: Robots For Everyone
Cybersix
Duck Tales
Dungeons & Dragons
(Filmation's) Ghostbusters
G.I. Joe
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (both series)
The Incredible Hulk (1990s)
Invasion America
Jem
Kidd Video
The Little Wizards
The Littles
Maxie's World
Mega Man
Mortal Kombat
My Pet Monster
NASCAR Racers
The Power Team
Punky Brewster
The Real Ghostbusters
She-Ra: Princess of Power
Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters
The Smurfs
The Snorks
Spawn
Spider-Man (1990s)
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Street Fighter
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show (The Legend of Zelda segments mainly)
Tale Spin
ThunderCats
The Transformers
X-Men (1989 pilot and 1992 series)
X-Men: Evolution

My favorite current live-action TV series:

Angel
CSI: Miami
The District
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
Everwood
Family Feud
Gilmore Girls
Hollywood Squares
Jeopardy!
The Jerry Springer Show
Mutant X
The Practice
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
7th Heaven
Star Trek: Enterprise
Wheel of Fortune
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

My favorite canceled live-action TV series:

All in the Family
The Andy Griffith Show
Beastmaster
Bewitched
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
California Dreams (Season 1 mainly)
Coach
The Cosby Show
Danger Man (both series)
Dark Angel
Deadly Games
Do Over
Doogie Howser, M.D.
Dragnet (1950s, 1967-1970, and 2001-2003 series)
Family Ties
Father Dowling Mysteries
Firefly
Freaks and Geeks
Get Smart (both series)
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Growing Pains
Hawaii Five-O
Head of the Class
Hey Dude
Highlander: The Series
Highlander: The Raven
Home Improvement
I Dream of Jeannie
The Job
The Love Boat
The Love Boat: The Next Wave
Mayberry R.F.D.
Miami Vice
Millennium
Mr. Belvedere
The Monkees
Mortal Kombat: Conquest
Nash Bridges
Newhart
Now and Again
Nowhere Man
The Partridge Family
Party Girl
Perfect Strangers
Popstars
Popstars 2
The Prisoner
Quantum Leap
Queen of Swords
Relic Hunter
Roar
Saved By The Bell
Saved By The Bell: The College Years
Saved By The Bell: The New Class
7 Days
Sheena
Sledge Hammer!
Sliders
Snoops
Sons of Thunder
Spenser: For Hire
Star Trek (The Original Series)
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager
Starman
Tarzan
Three
Time Trax
Two of a Kind
Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place (Season 1 only)
Video Power
Walker, Texas Ranger
Who's the Boss?
Witchblade
The Wonder Years
The X-Files
Xena: Warrior Princess

Wednesday, November 26, 2003, 7:05 AM

Linda and Lara were in Jewel. Linda was holding a basket in her left hand.
They walked by the frozen turkeys.
"Let's get a turkey." Linda said, stopping by them.
Lara stopped walking, too. "You want to celebrate Thanksgiving? I thought you were agnostic."
"I am," Linda said, "but we don't have to give thanks to God. We can give thanks to each other."
"Okay." Lara picked up a large turkey. "We'll have to make stuffing."
"Of course." Linda agreed.
They walked over to the meats.
Linda picked up a package of Polish sausage and put it in the basket.
They continued walking.
Suddenly, Linda stopped walking. Lara stopped walking, too.
"Hey, do you want a rotisserie chicken tonight?" Linda asked.
"Sure." Lara replied.
Linda picked up a package of cooked rotisserie chicken and put it in her basket.

Thursday, November 27, 2003, 9:05 AM

Linda walked into the kitchen.
Lara was standing there, mixing ingredients in a bowl.
Linda smiled. "Hi."
Lara smiled. "Hi. Hey, can you help me make the stuffing?"
"Sure." Linda walked over to her.
Lara placed a cutting board, a knife, and two pieces of sausage in front of Linda. "Cut these up into little pieces."
Linda picked up the knife and rapidly cut the sausages. Then she put down the knife, picked up the cutting board, and poured the pieces of sausage into the bowl.
Lara continued mixing. "Thanks."
"No problem." Linda said.
"Wanna help me stuff the turkey?" Lara asked her.
"Sure." Linda replied.
When Lara was done mixing, she picked up the bowl, and she and Linda walked over to the turkey. They stuffed some of the stuffing into the turkey.
Lara put the rest of the stuffing into a pan, put the bowl and spoon in the sink, picked up a needle and thread, and sewed up the turkey.
"We should be able to eat in a few hours." Lara said.

Lara set the plate with the turkey on it on the kitchen table.
Then she got two plates out of a cabinet and two forks out of a drawer. She placed the plates on the table and the forks on the plates.
Lara walked over to the stove and picked up the pan. She brought it over to the table and poured some of the stuffing onto the plates.
Linda walked over to the phone and picked up the receiver. "Let's call our parents before we begin."
"Right." Lara said.
Linda dialed her parents' telephone number. The phone rang twice.
"Hello?" Edna asked.
Linda smiled. "Hi, mommy. Happy Thanksgiving."
"Hi, Linda." Edna replied. "Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving."
"Thanks." Linda said.
"Is everything okay?" Edna asked her.
"Yeah." Linda replied. "Is daddy there?"
"Ya." Edna said.
Linda waited for two seconds.
"Hi, Linda." Fred said. "Happy Thanksgiving."
"Hi, daddy." Linda said. "Happy Thanksgiving."
"How are you?" he asked.
"Good." Linda replied. "You?"
"Good." he replied. "How's Lara?"
"Good." Linda replied.
"You don't call often." Fred told her.
"I know." Linda said. "I don't have much to say."
"Okay." Fred was silent for a moment. "How's your job?"
"Good." Linda replied.
"How's your comic book doing?" he asked.
"Good." Linda replied.
"How's your super-hero thing going?" he asked.
"Good." Linda replied.
"Okay, well, have a good day." Fred said.
"You, too." Linda said.
"Bye." Fred said.
"Bye." Linda said.
Linda hung up the receiver.
Lara walked over to the phone and picked up the receiver.
She dialed her parents' telephone number. The phone rang three times.
"Hello?" Jean asked.
Lara smiled. "Hi, mom. Happy Thanksgiving."
"Hi, Lara." Jean replied. "Happy Thanksgiving."
"What's up?" Lara asked.
"Not much." Jean replied. "We're just gettin' ready to have dinner. How are you?"
"Good." Lara replied.
"Are your powers growin'?" Jean asked.
"Yeah." Lara replied. "I'm getting stronger and faster. Now, we're working on flying."
"Good." Jean said. "Wanna say hi to your father?"
"Sure; what the hell?" Lara agreed.
Lara waited five seconds.
"Hey, Lara." Peter said.
"Hey, dad." Lara replied. "Happy Thanksgiving."
"You, too." Peter said. "Anything going on?"
"Nah." Lara replied.
"Okay." Peter said. "Bye."
"Bye." Lara said.
Lara hung up the receiver.
"Who's gonna carve the turkey?" Linda asked her.
"I dunno." Lara replied. "Do you want to?"
Linda shrugged. "If you don't."
"Go for it." Lara offered.
Linda walked over to the drawer and opened it.
She got out a large knife.
Linda closed the drawer, turned, and walked over to the table.
Lara walked over to the table as well and sat in her chair.
Linda picked up her fork with her left hand. She stuck the fork into the turkey and cut off two legs with the knife. She placed one leg on Lara's plate and one leg on her own plate.
"Thanks." Lara said.
"No problem." Linda said.
Linda put the knife down and sat in her chair.
The two girls started eating.
"So, what are you thankful for?" Linda asked Lara.
"I'm thankful to you for letting me live with you." Lara told her. "I'm thankful to my parents for letting me come here, too. I'm thankful to your parents for buying our house. I'm thankful to the fans for buying our comic books. What about you?"
"I'm thankful to my birth parents for saving me." Linda told her. "I'm thankful to your parents for letting you live with me. I'm thankful to my parents for buying our house. I'm thankful to Mr. Wycliff for hiring me. I'm thankful to the fans for buying our comic books. I'm thankful to you for supporting me, whether it's by sewing my costumes back together, having a hot meal ready for me when I get home from work, taking pictures of me as Supergirl, or just listening to me when I need to vent my frustrations. Thank you, Lara."

The End


Copyright 2003 by Mark Moore