Linda Danvers: Pretty Virgin Guardian

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"Linda's Recovery"

Written by Mark Moore


Author's note: This miniseries is the sequel to my 12-issue "Linda Danvers" maxiseries and my 6-issue "Linda Danvers: Girl of Steel" miniseries. Linda Danvers and her friend, Lara Love, graduated high school and left their home of Leesburg, Virginia, to live in Chicago, Illinois. Linda discovered that she's an alien adopted by humans and decided to become a super-hero called Supergirl. Linda got a job at the Chicago Tribune as a reporter on Supergirl. Linda and Lara created a monthly "Supergirl" comic book series based on Linda's real adventures. It became a hit. Linda met Clark Kent, Superman. He's her first cousin, and he informed her that she's a Kryptonian. During her adventures, Linda met and became friends with Bruce Wayne, Batman; Selina Kyle, Catwoman; Diana Prince, Wonder Woman; and Lois Lane. Recently, Linda and Lara started a romance, upsetting Linda's parents. Reading "Linda Danvers" and "Linda Danvers: Girl of Steel" is not necessary to understanding this miniseries but is recommended.

I wrote this story from Thursday, January 1, 2004, 11:20 AM to Wednesday, March 3, 2004, 12:43 AM. I'm sorry that it's late. Feel free to send/leave me reviews, whether you love, like, dislike, or hate the story. Enjoy!


Thursday, January 1, 2004, 8:00 AM

Linda Danvers woke up and turned to look at Lara Love, who was sleeping to her left in bed.
She smiled as she thought about her relationship with Lara.
Linda leaned over and kissed Lara's lips.
Lara woke up.
Linda stopped kissing Lara. "Good morning."
Lara smiled. "Good morning."
"So, what do you wanna do today?" Linda asked. "We've got the whole day to ourselves."
"Yeah, I guess that's true." Lara said. "You're off work today, and I'm done with my college course. Wanna fuck?"
"No." Linda replied. "I'm not ready to have sex yet. I want to be with you for a while, so I can be fairly confident that we'll stay together, before I offer my cunt to you."
"Please." Lara begged.
"No." Linda said. "We can stay in bed for a few more minutes and make out, but that's as far as we're going."
"Okay." Lara agreed.
"Then we'll watch our shows and go on patrol." Linda said.
Linda and Lara hugged and kissed each other.

Linda picked up the receiver in the kitchen and dialed her parents' home phone number.
The phone rang twice.
"Hello?" Fred answered.
"Hi, daddy." Linda said. "Happy New Year."
"Happy New Year to you, too." Fred said.
"How ya doin'?" Linda asked.
"Okay." Fred replied. "You?"
"Okay." Linda replied. "Is mommy there?"
"Yeah, hold on." Fred said. "Edna!"
"What?!" Edna asked.
"Linda's on the phone!" Fred replied. "She wants to talk with you!"
"I don't wanned talk with her!" Edna yelled.
"Sorry, Linda, she can't come to the phone right now." Fred told Linda.
"Daddy, need I remind you of my super-hearing?" Linda asked. "Covering the phone with your hand won't help."
"Sorry." Fred said.
"It's okay. If she doesn't wanna talk to me, then I don't care." Linda said. "What about us?"
"I didn't hang up on you; did I?"
"No, you didn't." Linda replied. "Thanks. So, uh, what do you think?"
"I've been thinking about it." Fred said. "I don't know. I still don't understand it."
"You don't have to understand it." Linda said. "Just let me know whether you're cool with it or not. If you're not, then that's fine."
"Really?" Fred asked. He sounded surprised to Linda.
"Yeah." Linda replied. "If I wasn't willing to lose you, then I wouldn't have told you, or I wouldn't have kept the romance going. I won't give my romance with Lara up for you."
Fred was silent for a moment. "It wouldn't be fine. It took a lot of courage for you to tell us this. I suppose that it would be like a child revealing to her parents that she's a mutant."
"Lara's parents took it fine." Linda said.
Fred was silent for a moment. "We're fine."
Linda smiled. "Great. I love you."
"I love you, too." Fred said. "Bye."
"Bye." Linda hung up the receiver.

Linda and Lara walked into Jewel.
Linda got a shopping cart, and she and Lara started walking throughout the store.
"Y'know, I'm in the mood for Japanese food." Linda said.
"Okay." Lara said.
They went to the foreign foods aisle.

Tuesday, January 6, 2004, 6:24 PM

Linda and Lara walked into Suncoast.
They went over to a display. Each of them picked up a copy of the widescreen version of "Underworld" on DVD.
"This is an awesome film." Lara said.
"Yeah." Linda agreed. "I love Kate Beckinsale."
They went over to another display.
Linda picked up five bottles of Sangaria Strawberry Soda. Lara picked up five bottles of Sangaria Melon Soda.
They went over to the counter and paid for the DVDs and drinks. They received their change and bags. They placed their change into their bags.
Linda and Lara walked out of Suncoast.

Friday, January 9, 2004, 5:01 PM

On her way home from work, Linda saw a store called John's Books in a plaza and decided to check it out.
Linda walked over to the store's door, opened it, and entered John's Books.
She heard two people talking. She walked over to the counter.
Linda was surprised to see John and Chuck walk over to her.
John looked surprised. "Linda?! What are you doing here?!"
"I've been living here since last July." Linda replied. "What are you two doing here?"
"Well, Warren was trying to get a new store built. The county blocked it. He got mad, sold me his inventory, and moved to Tennessee. Chuck and I have family up here, so we decided to move here, and I opened up this store." John replied.
"Cool!" Linda exclaimed. "Are you gonna be selling comics?"
John nodded. "Yeah. It'll just be a limited thing, though. We're not gonna order a lot of comics like last time. We lost of lot of money on that. A lot of money. It'll just be for me, Chuck, you, Lara, and whoever else specifically wants them."
"Cool." Linda said.
John walked behind the counter. Chuck sat in the rolling chair in front of the counter.
"So, why'd you move up here?" John asked Linda.
"My mom made me. She wanted me to live with her relatives and go to the University of Illinois." Linda replied. "I decided to create a comic book series, and Lara decided to move up here with me and be my illustrator. I discovered a new super-hero called Supergirl, took pictures of her, and got a job at the Chicago Tribune as their official Supergirl reporter. Lara and I founded Supergirl Enterprise, Unlimited; started supergirl dot org; and started a 'Supergirl' comic book series."
"Cool." John said. "Bring it in sometime. I'd love to see it."
"Okay." Linda said.
"You got a nice house?" John asked.
Linda shrugged. "I guess. My parents paid for it, but they didn't pay much. It's okay, though."
John nodded. "Good."
"I gotta get home. Lara probably has dinner ready." Linda said.
"Okay." John said. "We'll be ordering as soon as the new 'Previews' comes in. Stop by sometime."
"Okay." Linda waved and walked back over to the door. "Have a good day."
John waved. "Take care, buddy."
Chuck waved. "Bye, Linda."
Linda opened the door and walked outside.

Linda walked into the living room.
She closed and locked the screen door, then she closed and locked the front door.
Linda walked into the kitchen.
Lara was standing at the stove, putting food onto a plate. She looked at Linda. "Hey."
"Hey." Linda kissed Lara's lips.
"How was work?" Lara asked.
"Good." Linda replied. "You'll never guess who I saw in a bookstore that I checked out on my way home."
"Who?" Lara asked.
"John and Chuck." Linda replied.
"You're fuckin' kiddin' me." Lara said.
"Nope!" Linda exclaimed. "Warren was trying to get a new store built. The county blocked it. He got mad, sold his inventory to John, and moved to Tennessee. John and Chuck have family up here, so they decided to move here, and John opened up a new store."
"Awesome!" Lara exclaimed. "Are they gonna be sellin' comics?"
"Yeah, as soon as they get the new 'Previews' in." Linda replied. "It'll be a limited thing, though, just for them, you, me, and whoever else specifically wants 'em."
"Awesome!" Lara exclaimed. "Well, go get changed. We've got beef teriyaki for dinner."
"Cool." Linda walked into the bedroom.

Monday, January 12, 2004, 6:27 PM

Linda and Lara walked into Suncoast.
They went over to a shelf. Each of them picked up a copy of the January, 2003, issue of "Newtype".
"'Happy Lesson'." Linda read. "Interesting."
"I wonder what they mean by that." Lara said.
They went over to another display.
Linda picked up five bottles of Sangaria Strawberry Soda. Lara picked up five bottles of Sangaria Melon Soda.
They went over to the counter and paid for the magazines and drinks. They received their change and bags. They placed their change into their bags.
Linda and Lara walked out of Suncoast.

That night, Linda and Lara got into bed, Linda to Lara's right.
They lay down and kissed each other's lips.
"Good night." Linda said.
"Good night." Lara said.
Linda closed her eyes and waited to go to sleep.
Soon, she heard Lara moaning.
Linda smiled. She knew that Lara was masturbating. Linda slipped her left hand into her pajama pants and gently masturbated herself.
Lara had her orgasm first. Linda could hear a cry of pleasure escape Lara's mouth. Hearing it made Linda masturbate faster.
Linda had her own orgasm a minute later. She let out a passionate cry. Linda brought her left hand to her lips and sucked her fingers clean.
Soon, Linda drifted off to sleep, happy that she no longer felt ashamed about pleasuring herself with Lara present.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 6:20 PM

Linda and Lara walked into Suncoast.
They went over to a display. Each of them picked up a copy of Volume 4 of "Super Gals!" on DVD.
"This is such a fun series." Linda said.
"Yeah." Lara agreed.
They went over to another display.
Linda picked up five bottles of Sangaria Strawberry Soda. Lara picked up five bottles of Sangaria Melon Soda.
They went over to the counter and paid for the DVDs and drinks. They received their change and bags. They placed their change into their bags.
Linda and Lara walked out of Suncoast.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004, 12:05 PM

Linda and Lara walked into 7th Inning Stretch. Linda was carrying 20 copies of Supergirl #6 in a plastic bag.
They walked over to the counter and placed the bags on it.
"Hey, Jimmy." Linda greeted.
"Hey, Jimmy." Lara greeted.
"Hey, girls." Jimmy replied. "You got 20?"
"Yeah." Linda replied.
"Okay." Jimmy said.
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, $18.13. Lara, $5.24." he said.
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." 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, $150, $300."
Linda picked up her $150. Lara picked up her $150. They each put their own money into their front right jeans pockets.
"Thanks." Linda and Lara said.
Jimmy took the copies of Supergirl #6 out of the bag.
Linda picked up her bag. "Have a good day."
"You, too." Jimmy said.
Lara picked up her bag, and she and Linda turned and walked back over to the door.
Linda opened the door, and she and Lara left the shop.

Linda and Lara entered John's Books. Linda was holding a copy of Supergirl #6 in her right hand.
They walked over to the counter.
"Hey, Linda. Hey, Lara." John said.
"Hey." Linda said.
"Hey." Lara said.
Linda placed the comic book on the counter.
"Oh, neat." John picked up the comic book and flipped through it. "This is neat. I like this. A little trivial, though."
"Hey, 'Supergirl' is laced with metaphor," Linda said, "subtext layered upon subtext."
"The superbly-crafted dialogue is almost Brechtian in its multiple layers of nuanced significance." Lara added.
John laughed. Linda and Lara joined in.
"How much?" John asked.
"$2.00." Linda replied.
John put the comic book on the counter and took a wad of bills out of his shirt pocket. He took two $1 bills and handed them to Linda. Linda took the bills and gave one of them to Lara. The girls put the bills into their front right pants pockets. John put the wad of bills back into his shirt pocket.
"Thanks." Linda said.
"Not a problem." John said.
Chuck walked over to the counter. "Hey, girls."
"Hey, Chuck." Linda and Lara said.
John picked up the comic book and showed it to Chuck. "Check out what Linda and Lara are doin'."
Chuck took the comic book and looked at it. "Sweet."
"We should get home." Lara said. "I gotta make dinner."
"Okay." John said. "Take care, girls."
"See ya." Chuck said.
Linda and Lara waved and walked back over to the door. Linda opened the door. Lara walked outside, and Linda followed her.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004, 6:31 PM

Linda and Lara walked into Suncoast.
They went over to a display. Each of them picked up a copy of the "G.I. Joe", Season 1, Part 1 DVD boxed set.
"I can't wait to see Cobra's diabolical plots." Lara said.
"Let's be brave and try to watch all 26 episodes in a row." Linda dared.
They went over to another display.
Linda picked up five bottles of Sangaria Strawberry Soda. Lara picked up five bottles of Sangaria Melon Soda.
They went over to the counter and paid for the DVDs and drinks. They received their change and bags. They placed their change into their bags.
Linda and Lara walked out of Suncoast.

Friday, January 30, 2004, 11:14 AM

Linda, wearing her winter Supergirl costume, and Lara, wearing her Power Girl outfit, were flying above Chicago.
"I don't have super-hearing, so you're gonna have to tell me when someone's in trouble." Lara said.
"Okay." Linda said.
Soon, Linda heard a girl screaming "Help!!! Get off me, fucker!!! Help!!!"
"This way." Linda turned left.
Lara, flying to Linda's right, followed her.
Soon, they arrived at a house.
They landed on the street.
Linda and Lara ran over to the front porch and up the steps. Linda opened the screen door, and Lara ran into the living room. Linda followed her. They ran up a staircase and down a hallway. Linda opened a door and ran into a bedroom. Lara followed her and stood to her left.
A girl, who looked to be in her early teens, was laying on the bed. A boy, who looked to be in his early twenties, was laying on top of her. He was holding her wrists to the bed. His pants and underwear were down around his ankles.
"Hold it!" Linda demanded.
The boy and girl looked at Linda and Lara.
Linda pointed her left index finger accusingly at the boy. "How dare you try to rape a girl?! You should jerk off instead of taking the jail bait!"
"Fuck!" the boy exclaimed.
"Not if we can help it!" Linda did some motions with her hands. "I'm the pretty virgin guardian of love and justice, Supergirl!"
Lara did some motions with her own hands. "And I'm also a pretty virgin guardian, Power Girl!"
Linda pointed her left index finger at the boy. "We will protect girls' vaginas from unwanted intrusions, and that means you!"
Lara pointed her left index finger at the boy. "In the name of virginity, -"
"- we will punish you!" Linda and Lara declared.
The boy got off of the girl and stood up. "You bitches will pay!"
"Sorry, I like totally left my wallet in my other outfit." Linda said.
"Please...help me." the girl begged.
The boy ran at Linda.
Linda kicked his penis.
The boy started screaming in pain and grabbed his penis.
"Lara, shut him up; will ya?" Linda asked.
Lara cut a piece of tape off of a roll in a dispenser on the girl's desk and taped the boy's mouth closed.
"Thanks." Linda said.
"Thank you so much!" the girl exclaimed, standing up.
Lara grinned. "Think nothing of it, good citizen!"
The girl stared at her.
"What happened?" Linda asked the girl.
"This guy's my boyfriend." the girl said. "I met him online last month. Yesterday, he asked if we could get together. I agreed to meet him today, when my mom's out, and I gave him my address. He came over, and we started kissing. That led to frenching and making out. He wanted to have intercourse, but I didn't want to. I didn't wanna get pregnant. I jerked him off, then I gave him a blowjob. That didn't satisfy him, so I offered to let him fuck me up the ass. That's when he tried to rape me."
"This is wrong on so many levels." Linda said. "First, you shouldn't be having sex at your age. Second, you shouldn't meet an online friend in a private place. Third, since he's over 18, and you're under 18, it's statutory rape; that isn't bad for you, but it's bad for him. Fourth, handjobs and blowjobs are still sex, and you can still get STDs from doing those things. Fifth, you can still get pregnant and/or infected by having anal sex."
"Yeah, I guess it was pretty stupid." the girl said. "Are you gonna tell my mom?"
"Well, here's what we're gonna do." Linda said. "We're taking this asshole to the police station, where you're gonna press charges. Then your mom will be called to the station. You're gonna tell her everything that you told us. Then he's gonna get tested for STDs. If he tests positive, you're gonna get tested, too. Got it?"
"Yeah." the girl replied.
Linda looked at the boy. "After the STD tests, you're gonna get a different exam. That thing might need to be amputated."
The boy started screaming through the tape.
Linda pulled the tape off of his mouth with her right hand. "Sorry; what was that?"
"Fuck you, bitch!" the boy yelled.
"Oh." Linda slapped him with her left hand.

Linda unlocked and opened the front door to the house.
She and Lara walked into the living room.
Lara closed the door and locked it.
They went into the kitchen.
"So, how'd I do?" Lara asked.
Linda took off her headband and wig and set them on the counter. "Good."
Lara smiled.
Linda opened the refrigerator. "Melon or Strawberry?"
"Strawberry." Lara replied.
Linda took out a bottle of Sangaria Strawberry Soda and a bottle of Sangaria Melon Soda. "Just one question, though."
"Yeah?" Lara asked.
Linda closed the refrigerator and handed the bottle of Sangaria Strawberry Soda to Lara. "'Think nothing of it, good citizen'?"
Lara opened her bottle and took a swig of the Sangaria Strawberry Soda. "Too corny?"
"Oh, yeah." Linda opened her own bottle and took a swig of the Sangaria Melon Soda.

Tuesday, February 3, 2004, 6:17 PM

Linda and Lara walked into Suncoast.
They went over to a display. Each of them picked up a copy of Volume 1 of "Happy Lesson" on DVD.
"I like the first episode." Linda said. "I'm gonna collect the entire series."
"Yeah, me, too." Lara said. "It's pretty funny."
They went over to another display.
Linda picked up five bottles of Sangaria Strawberry Soda. Lara picked up five bottles of Sangaria Melon Soda.
They went over to the counter and paid for the DVDs and drinks. They received their change and bags. They placed their change into their bags.
Linda and Lara walked out of Suncoast.

Saturday, February 7, 2004, 6:13 PM

Linda and Lara were sitting at the kitchen table, eating dinner.
"What do you think about France banning religious apparel in public schools?" Lara asked.
"I completely agree with it." Linda replied. "I can understand France wanting to protect its secularism. Religion should have no place in public schools, because not everyone is the same religion. A lot of Muslims are bitching about the head scarf being banned. They think that it's France's war against Islam. It doesn't matter. There are French Muslims that support the government's ban on religious apparel, because they view the head scarf as a type of oppression. They refuse to wear their head scarves, and they want to be able to walk outside without being looked at as prostitutes."
"Good point." Lara said.

Linda and Lara walked into Suncoast.
They went over to a shelf. Each of them picked up a copy of the January, 2003, issue of "Newtype".
"'Kino's Journey'." Linda read. "Sounds like a guy."
"It probably is, but it might still be good." Lara said.
They went over to another display.
Linda picked up five bottles of Sangaria Strawberry Soda. Lara picked up five bottles of Sangaria Melon Soda.
They went over to the counter and paid for the magazines and drinks. They received their change and bags. They placed their change into their bags.
Linda and Lara walked out of Suncoast.

Thursday, February 12, 2004, 6:20 PM

Linda and Lara were sitting at the kitchen table, eating dinner.
"What do you think about stem cell research?" Lara asked.
"I don't know." Linda replied. "I can understand people's objections to creating embryos to harvest stem cells, but I don't understand people's objections to using data that's already been gathered through stem cell research to help cure diseases. They say that they're 'ill-gotten gains'. Fuck that. If you can use the data to save lives, you should use it, no matter how it was gathered."
"Yeah, that's true." Lara agreed. "Hey, we need to get tickets to see 'The Passion of the Christ' before they sell out."
"Yeah, good idea. I'll get 'em." Linda said.

Friday, February 13, 2004, 6:25 PM

Linda and Lara were sitting at the kitchen table, eating dinner.
"So, what do you think about same-sex marriage?" Lara asked.
"Well, I think that marriage is an archaic ritual, and I don't like it. However, I won't vote for a Constitutional Amendment to ban same-sex marriage. It's discrimination. If same-sex couples want to get married, then they should be allowed to get married. Churches don't have to do it, if they don't want to. Marriage wasn't even a sacrament of the Church until the 12th century. No one who opposes the weddings would have to attend." Linda replied. "I really don't understand why this is bothering so many people. This is a perfect example of why I hate Christian Fundamentalists - stress on the 'mental'. They don't understand the phrase, 'Live and let live', and they ignore the widely-held belief that God gave us freedom of choice."
"Do you want to go to San Francisco and get married?" Lara asked.
"No." Linda replied. "I told you, I don't like marriage. Besides, it wouldn't be legal outside of San Francisco, anyway."
"What about Massachusetts in May?" Lara asked.
"Same problem." Linda replied. "It's not that I don't love you; it's just that I want to avoid the restrictions and other problems that come with marriage."
Lara smiled. "But think of our honeymoon."
"I'll let you know if or when I'm ready to have sex." Linda said.
Lara sighed. "Okay."
"This nation possibly is on the verge of significant social change." Linda said. "I hope that closed-minded assholes don't succeed in preventing it."
"You should consider running for President someday." Lara suggested. "You'd really straighten this country out."
Linda laughed.
"Really." Lara said. "Please consider it."
Linda was silent as she considered the possibility.

Saturday, February 14, 2004, 8:05 AM

Linda woke up.
She looked to her left.
Lara wasn't in bed.
Linda saw a heart-shaped box on Lara's pillow. There was a pink envelope on top of the box. The name "Linda" was written in longhand on the front of the envelope.
Linda smiled and picked up the envelope. She tore it open and took out a card. She opened the card and silently read it:

Dear Linda,

Happy Valentine's Day.

If you're reading this, it means that I've had to go out on an emergency. I'm sorry that we won't be able to start our day off with a kiss.

Enjoy the chocolates, but don't spoil your appetite. Breakfast is on the table.

Love,

Lara

Linda closed the card and put it back in the envelope. She picked up the box with her left hand and got out of bed.
She walked into the living room and then walked into the kitchen.
There was a bowl of miso shiru on the table. There was a spoon next to the bowl. There was also a single rose in a water-filled vase on the table.
Linda bent over and smelled the rose, then she placed the box and envelope on the table, sat down, picked up her spoon with her left hand, and started eating her miso shiru.
When Linda was finished with breakfast, she set down her spoon, opened the box, picked up a piece of chocolate, and ate it.
It tasted good to her, so she ate the rest of them.

Linda sat on the couch and picked up the remote control.
The front door open, and Lara, wearing her Power Girl outfit, walked into the living room.
Linda smiled. "Hey."
Lara smiled. "Hey."
"What was the emergency?" Linda asked.
"I saw a man get scooped up by a runaway forklift." Lara explained.
Linda stared at her in silence for a moment. "I'm glad I don't have dippy adventures like that."
Lara closed and locked the screen door, then she closed and locked the front door.
Linda set the remote control on the coffee table. "C'm'ere!"
Lara smiled, walked over to her, and sat on Linda's lap.
Linda kissed Lara's lips and hugged her.
Lara hugged Linda.
Linda stopped kissing Lara and smiled. "Happy Valentine's Day."
Lara smiled. "Happy Valentine's Day."
"Thank you for the chocolates, rose, and breakfast." Linda said.
"You're welcome." Lara said. "Did you like them?"
"Yup." Linda replied. "I ate all of the chocolates after breakfast."
"Good girl." Lara said. "Do you want to have sex with me?"
"No." Linda replied. "Lara, I value my virginity. If or when I give it away, I want to make sure that it's to the right person. Besides, sex would change our relationship. We'd be sharing something very intimate with each other. If we break up sometime after having sex, I'd be very hurt. I want us to take time to see if our relationship will survive. I'd like to end my teenage years as a virgin. Please give me at least until next year."
"Okay." Lara agreed.

Monday, February 16, 2004, 5:03 PM

Linda walked into the living room.
She closed and locked the screen door, then she closed and locked the front door.
Linda walked into the kitchen.
Lara was standing at the stove, putting soup into a bowl. She looked at Linda. "Hey."
"Hey." Linda kissed Lara's lips.
"How was work?" Lara asked.
"Good." Linda replied. She held up her left hand, showing two tickets to Lara. "I went to the theater and got our two advance tickets for 'The Passion of the Christ'."
"Cool." Lara said. "Well, go get changed. We've got dengaku miso for dinner."
"Cool." Linda walked into the bedroom.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004, 12:03 PM

Linda and Lara walked into 7th Inning Stretch. Linda was carrying 20 copies of Supergirl #7 in a plastic bag.
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, $18.13. Lara, $5.24." he said.
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." 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, $150, $300."
Linda picked up her $150. Lara picked up her $150. They each put their own money into their front right jeans pockets.
"Thanks." Linda and Lara said.
Jimmy took the copies of Supergirl #7 out of the bag.
Linda picked up her bag. "Have a good day."
"You, too." Jimmy said.
Lara picked up her bag, and she and Linda turned and walked back over to the door.
Linda opened the door, and she and Lara left the shop.

Linda and Lara entered John's Books. Linda was holding a copy of Supergirl #7 in her right hand.
They walked over to the counter.
"Hey, Linda. Hey, Lara." John said.
"Hey." Linda said.
"Hey." Lara said.
Linda placed the comic book on the counter.
"Oh, neat." John picked up the comic book and flipped through it. "$2.00?"
"Yeah." Linda replied.
John put the comic book on the counter and took a wad of bills out of his shirt pocket. He took two $1 bills and handed them to Linda. Linda took the bills and gave one of them to Lara. The girls put the bills into their front right pants pockets. John put the wad of bills back into his shirt pocket.
"Thanks." Linda said.
"Not a problem." John said.
Chuck walked over to the counter. "Hey, girls."
"Hey, Chuck." Linda and Lara said.
John picked up the comic book and showed it to Chuck. "Check it out."
Chuck took the comic book and looked at it. "Sweet."
"We should get home." Lara said. "I gotta make dinner."
"Okay." John said. "Take care, girls."
"See ya." Chuck said.
Linda and Lara waved and walked back over to the door. Linda opened the door. Lara walked outside, and Linda followed her.

Linda and Lara were sitting on the couch in the living room.
Lara was doing some calculations on a calculator. "This is bad. If comic book sales don't pick up soon, we won't have enough money to keep the server up."
"Well, I keep saving people every day." Linda said.
"That isn't enough." Lara said. "We need to raise some extra money."
"What do you suggest?" Linda asked.
"I'll take more pictures." Lara suggested. "You can make more money at the Tribune."
"No, I won't." Linda said. "Wycliff hasn't put Supergirl on page 1 since his pictures in December."
"Then maybe some products." Lara suggested. "Shirts, sneakers, underwear."
"Underwear?" Linda asked.
Lara grinned. "Can you imagine the commercial?"
"What about costume replicas?" Linda suggested.
"Well, your old costume used a lot of already-made items: the headband, the hot pants, the boots. Only the shirt was new. To truly replicate your old costume, we'd have to set up arrangements with all of those manufacturers, so that's out." Lara said. "Next, there's your winter outfit. It was quite expensive to make. I don't think it would be very profitable for us to replicate and sell it. Finally, there's your new costume, which you haven't debuted yet. Let's not give away the new look until then."
"Okay, I suppose that we can do the shirts, sneakers, and underwear for now." Linda said. "Some shirts would have just the 'S' shield, and some would have Supergirl artwork, which we can take directly from your files."
"Cool." Lara said. "I'll call up some manufacturers and see if they'd be interested in producing this stuff."
"Cool." Linda said.

Linda and Lara were sitting at their computers. Linda was listening to "Candy Girl" by Hitomi with the speakers.
"'Angel' got the axe." Lara said.
Linda looked at her and shrugged. "No loss."
Lara looked at her. "I like 'Angel'."
"Well, I do, too, kinda." Linda said. "Tonight's episode was hilarious. Puppet!Angel was great."
"Then why aren't you sad?" Lara asked.
"There are some basic problems with the series, and those problems are rooted in the Buffyverse that was unleashed upon the masses seven years ago." Linda started. "Let's start with the vampire physics. The vampires turn to dust when staked through the heart - both old vampires and young vampires. While Dracula did turn to dust in the book, he was old, so it's understandable: he'd be dust by that time, anyway. On Buffy and 'Angel', though, newly-made vampires turn to dust, too. Why? I realize that it was created to avoid blood and gore, but it makes no logical sense. Even the vampires' clothes turn to dust, when the vampires are staked. That makes no sense at all. The clothes should remain. Vampires in the Buffyverse don't cast reflections in mirrors, but they can be video-taped, and they cast shadows. The reflection thing is a big problem. The belief that vampires don't cast reflections stems from the belief that a mirror reflects a person's soul, something that a vampire was believed to not have. I guess that people never wondered why tables, chairs, and other objects were reflected in mirrors. In 'Dracula', Jonathan Harker saw that Dracula cast no reflection, but Van Helsing said that vampirism trapped the soul in the body after death, so it couldn't move on unless the vampire was killed, so that's a contradiction. In the Buffyverse, the person's soul leaves the body, and a demon enters the body, when a vampire 'turns' someone. All that a vampire is in the Buffyverse is a demon inhabiting a human body. Of course, this bit of the Buffyverse vampire mythology has been dicked with in recent 'Angel' episodes. Harmony talks about being popular in high school but not being able to make friends since she got vamped. We could attribute that to the demon, having access to the memories stored in Harmony's brain cells, becoming a bit of a ditz due to having to use Harmony's weak brain and becoming confused. Vampire Harmony is still smart enough to realize that she doesn't have a soul, though. In another episode, though, Angel turned that one guy in 1943, and the vampire had to ask him if he had a soul like Angel. Even as far back as Buffy's 'Tabula Rosa', Spike, having amnesia, felt restrained from doing evil by the chip in his head and came to the conclusion that he had a soul, but I digress. The idea that vampires have no reflections would fit well into the Buffyverse vampire mythology, except Angel has a soul but no reflection. The only time that Angel had a reflection was when he was turned into a human. This doesn't make sense. The whole 'no reflection' thing is stupid, and I'm glad that 'Underworld' dropped it. Another problem with the series is the made-up mythology. While Joss does use some real mythology in the series, he makes up a lot of mythology, too. Personally, I have no interest in that. Another problem with the series is that, with all of the deaths in Sunnydale and a law firm in L.A. that airs TV commercials with demons in them, why is the general populace unaware of the existence of vampires and demons? Why doesn't the F.B.I. come in to investigate the large number of deaths? How could Sunnydale, which, according to Cordy in the pilot, was 'short on town', have a museum, a bus station, a train station, a large college campus of the University of California, 12 cemeteries, and 43 churches?"
"Why are you looking for realism in a series with vampires?" Lara asked.
"Because I can accept the vampires as the premise of the series, but I can't accept plotholes due to lazy writing." Linda replied.
Lara shrugged. "Maybe the town grew."
"Have you ever heard of a small town growing that fast?" Linda asked.
"Metropolis." Lara replied. "It grew from a small town into a, well, metropolis. The local paper used to be a weekly. Now, it's a daily and one of the major newspapers in the world."
"True, but that was due to tourism brought in by interest in Superman." Linda said. "People pumped a lot of money into the local economy on weekend trips."
"Yeah, I didn't think about that." Lara said.

Thursday, February 19, 2004, 4:21 PM

Linda entered John's Books.
She walked over to the counter.
"Hey, Linda." John said. "Whatcha up to?"
"I just stopped here, because I've got some kind of bad news." Linda said. "I read online that 'Angel' was canceled."
John nodded. "Yeah, I know. I read it, too. It's a shame. Last night's episode was funny."
"Yeah." Linda agreed.
"The show's gotten better recently." John said.
"Well, it's better than last season." Linda said.
John shrugged. "Last season, they tried something different, and they executed it poorly."
"I hated Connor and Jasmine." Linda said.
"Connor was interesting, but they handled his character badly." John said.
Linda shrugged. "Maybe."
"'Enterprise' won't last seven seasons, like the other series have." John said.
Chuck shook his head. "No, probably one more year."
John nodded. "To meet the syndication requirements."
"I heard it might be getting the axe at the end of this season." Linda said. "We won't know until April, when UPN reviews its schedule. They might try moving it to Friday nights."
"I'd be sad to see it go." John said.
"I heard Berman's job is on the line this month during sweeps." Linda said.
"They won't do it." John said. "They've lost their nerve."
"'Enterprise' started good, but it lost its focus." Linda said. "It's supposed to be about humans' first ventures into deep space. Instead, it turned into a rather obvious 9/11 / War on Terror imitation."
John nodded. "True."
"I gotta get home." Linda said.
"Okay." John said. "Take care, buddy."
Linda waved and walked back over to the door. She opened the door and walked outside.

Friday, February 20, 2004, 9:04 AM

Linda entered John's Books.
She walked over to the counter.
"Hey, Linda." John said. "You came early today."
"Yeah, I'm on my way to work." Linda said.
John checked the shelves behind the counter. "Let's see. Where'd I put it? Here we go." John picked up an envelope; opened it; took out some magazines, one at a time; and placed them on the counter, one at a time. "'Previews', anime, 'Marvel Previews'."
Linda picked them up. "Cool. Lara and I'll look through 'em tonight."
John nodded. "Okay. Pick what you want, and we'll order it."
"Cool." Linda said. "I gotta get to work."
"Okay." John said. "Take care, buddy."
Linda waved and walked back over to the door. She opened the door and walked outside.

Linda walked into the living room.
She closed and locked the screen door, then she closed and locked the front door.
Linda walked into the kitchen.
Lara was standing at the stove, putting food onto a plate. She looked at Linda. "Hey."
"Hey." Linda kissed Lara's lips.
"How was work?" Lara asked.
"Good." Linda replied. "John let us borrow some magazines to order stuff out of."
"Cool." Lara said. "Well, go get changed. We've got beef teriyaki for dinner."
"Cool." Linda walked into the bedroom.

Saturday, February 21, 2004, 12:32 PM

Linda entered John's Books.
She walked over to the counter.
"Hey, Linda." John said.
"Hey." Linda placed the magazines and the four sheets of paper on the counter. "Lara and I have our lists ready."
"Oh. Good." John picked up the papers and read the lists.
"CrossGen may fold." John said. "They're not doing too good. They canceled half their titles."
"I couldn't find 'Solus' in 'Previews'." Linda said.
"Whatever's in there is what they have." John said.
"A few months ago, CrossGen was supposed to pick up 'Masters of the Universe'." Linda said.
John nodded. "They did. Then they sold the rights. They couldn't afford to keep it."
"Oh." Linda said.
John put the lists down and nodded. "Okay. Not a problem."
"Cool." Linda said. "Lara's waiting in the car. We gotta go shopping."
"Okay." John said. "Take care, buddy."
Linda waved and walked back over to the door. She opened the door and walked outside.

Linda and Lara walked into Suncoast.
They went over to a shelf. Each of them picked up a copy of the January, 2003, issue of "Newtype".
"'Nuku Nuku TV'." Linda read. "Cool."
"I wonder if it'll be as good as the OAVs." Lara said.
They went over to another display.
Linda picked up five bottles of Sangaria Strawberry Soda. Lara picked up five bottles of Sangaria Melon Soda.
They went over to the counter and paid for the magazines and drinks. They received their change and bags. They placed their change into their bags.
Linda and Lara walked out of Suncoast.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004, 6:05 PM

Linda and Lara were sitting at the kitchen table, eating dinner.
"What do you think will happen?" Lara asked.
"I don't know." Linda replied. "Supporting a Constitutional ban on same-sex marriages is going way too far. Discrimination shouldn't be written into the Constitution. Dubya knows that the Amendment probably won't be passed into law. He's saying it solely to please the religious nuts that support him. If you're going to be a leader, then you can't let your religious views influence your decisions. Religious groups have a lot of political power. Actually, only the Christian groups do. The President is a fuckin' born-again Christian, and he starts a lot of faith-based initiatives. He's crossing the line of separation between church and state. If people don't oppose this, then we're in trouble, because there are people that would like nothing better than to see this nation run by a Christian Taliban. This is not a theocracy, and I hope it never becomes one."
Lara was silent for a moment. "Danvers in 2020."
Linda laughed. "Danvers and Love in 2020."
Lara laughed. "I'll be the Vice-President and the First Lady."
"Oh, shut up." Linda said.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004, 6:50 PM

Linda and Lara were sitting on their bed, Linda to Lara's right.
They were putting on their shoes.
"C'mon, we gotta get to the theater." Linda said.
"I know; I know." Lara said. "How fast can you drive?"
"I have no idea, and I ain't gonna find out." Linda replied.
"Fine. I'll drive." Lara said.
Linda strapped her Velcros. "Uh, no, you won't."
"Aw, c'mon." Lara begged.
Linda stood up. "You had to read IMDb user comments about the movie a half-hour before the movie started."
"Fine." Lara stood up.
Lara picked Linda up.
"Hey!" Linda yelled.
Lara walked over to the light switch, shut off the light, walked into the living room, unlocked the front door, opened it, and unlocked the screen door.
"Did you program 'Angel'?" Linda asked.
"Yep." Lara replied.
"Good. Fred's supposed to die." Linda said.
Lara moved some of Linda's bangs away from her forehead with the fingers of her left hand and gently kissed Linda's lips.
"C'mon, don't waste time." Linda said. "We can make out, when we get back home."
Lara unlocked and opened the screen door. She walked outside, locked the front door, and closed it.
"Ready?" Lara asked.
"Yeah." Linda replied.
Lara flew into the air, carrying Linda.
"I can't help noticing that you have a firm grip on my ass." Linda said.
"Do you mind?" Lara asked.
Linda smiled. "Not at all."
Lara landed in front of the theater and set Linda down.
Linda smiled. "Thanks."
Lara smiled. "Thank you for flying Love Airlines."
Linda and Lara walked into the theater.

Linda unlocked and opened the front door to the house.
She and Lara walked into the living room.
Lara closed the door and locked it.
They went into the kitchen.
"That was awesome!" Linda exclaimed.
"Yeah!" Lara agreed. "I was disappointed that they didn't show absolutely everything from the Gospels, though, such as Pilate defending what he had written."
Linda opened the refrigerator. "Yeah, and they put the nails through Jesus' hands. Wrong. Strawberry or Melon?"
"Melon." Lara replied.
Linda took out a bottle of Sangaria Strawberry Soda and a bottle of Sangaria Melon Soda. "Great scourging scene, though."
"Yeah." Lara agreed.
Linda closed the refrigerator and handed the bottle of Sangaria Melon Soda to Lara. "Thanks to this movie, I now know that Jesus invented the modern table."
Lara opened her bottle and took a swig of the Sangaria Melon Soda.
Linda opened her own bottle and took a swig of the Sangaria Strawberry Soda.

The End


Copyright 2004 by Mark Moore