Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mind the Revolving Doors: The Misfortunes of a Semi-Super Hero

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It all started when I got my cape stuck in the revolving doors at the Spandex Shopping Center in Randomville. At that point, I was already running late. All the super suits in my size had been sold out, and I’d needed to wait behind a line of indecisive shoppers just to place an order with a very grumpy saleslady. Then I’d needed to get my coffee fix, but the Java Junction was swarmed with rabid, flying termites when I got there. Obviously I’d had to save the day. Despite my best efforts, however, the termites had still ruined all the caffeinated drinks, so I was grumpy when the revolving doors decided to clash with me.

There I was, a semi-super hero with a penchant for rescuing confused baristas and lost poodles, struggling as my flowing blue cape (the one with the little sailboats on it—my other one was at the drycleaners) became trapped in the iron jaws of that infernal swinging contraption. I’m certain those things are specifically designed to murder people, since they spend all day swallowing customers whole and then spitting them out with lighter wallets and heavier bills. Clearly, I did not have the patience for this death machine.

I reached for my purse, ready to pull out my hand-dandy destroyo-matic, designed to demolish public menaces like obnoxiously ugly fountains, disgusting health-food drinks, and yes, revolving doors. (It said so on the label.) But then I realized I’d used it the other day on an extremely irritated yak. So, there I was, facing imminent destruction, staring into the cold maw of doom, moments away from being sucked into and pulverized by the inner workings of the door.

Like a puppy with a chew toy, it dragged me in circles, round and round, while all the semi-super villains I’d ever defeated gathered to press their grubby, money-laundering hands to the windows. After all, they were there to witness my downfall. Seizing the opportunity, hot dog carts and ice cream stands began to pop up out of nowhere, and it became rather a festive occasion as the villains stuffed their faces and toasted my demise with fizzy drinks. Off in the distance, a Yorkshire terrier whimpered at the dreadful spectacle, and a few pigeons hid their heads in shame. But there was no one, in that whole wide world, willing to come to my rescue.

Any moment now, and I would be just a memory, only a grease stain on the pavement—nothing more than a tragic legend and a painful warning. Mind the revolving doors.

As my elbows skidded across the ground, the events of my life zipped through my mind faster than really fast lightning, each more heart-wrenching than the last. It’s funny how the mind slows down when death speeds up. I saw it all like it was happening for the first time—the day I’d mistaken my hamster for my hairbrush and ended up with sawdust in my luxurious mane. The day I’d strangled an anaconda with my bare hands (don’t listen to the reporters when they claim I was wearing gloves). The time I’d spilled radioactive Kool-Aid on my favorite pair of stretchy super-pants—while I was wearing them. The time I’d saved Randomville from the threat of tourists by relocating all its historical sites to the middle of the nearest ocean.

Oh, I’d done so many things, had so many adventures. And yet I’d lived so little, and it seemed so wrong that there would be no more shenanigans, no more escapades to record in my soon-to-be-famous biography. No longer would I troll the streets, rescuing poor innocent civilians from terrors they’d never even known existed.

As I made my final rounds through the revolving doors—and likewise through my memory—becoming more and more entangled in my cape and in my sorrow, I pondered my existence and the meaning of my short stay on this planet.

Had I saved enough babies from over-affectionate relatives? Had I stolen enough ice cream cones from the rich to give to the poor? Had I donated enough used bubble gum to the needy? Had I told enough corny jokes, made enough of a fool of myself? Would it matter, in the end, if I could fit fifty-seven marshmallows in my mouth at one time? By doing so, I had proved myself irredeemably dangerous. But how much would that matter when it was all over?

With me gone, who would feed Killer (my pet sheep) or Cuddles (my pet wolverine) or Fido (my black mamba)? Who would see to it that the sign announcing my secret hideout would remain well-painted and unobscured by shrubbery? Who would continue my life’s work?

Who would care?

I was almost running out of questions by that time, so it was rather convenient when the store manager finally got around to switching off the revolving door. Fortunately, the only confirmed casualties that day were my cape and my pride (and possibly an ant or two), as well as my reputation. But there are worse battles to fight, and when they come, I will be ready.


  1. Congratulations, you've succeeded in making me laugh. xD This was the first post I saw when I checked Blogger this morning and therefore the first one I read, and I have to say I enjoyed it greatly. I do love your writing!

    1. *bows deeply* It is my pleasure. I'm glad you enjoyed it--and I hope you took my warning about revolving doors to heart. And thank you!

  2. XD This made me smile! I liked that it showed a semi-normal scenario for a superhero, and getting caught up in the questions of what it means to be super. If that were my job, it would stress me out, certainly! Great writing, Liz. :)

    1. I'm glad. :) I would get stressed out too, if I were a superhero, or a semi-super hero. Thanks! :)

      But wait, you mean you don't think this actually happened?? I'm TOTALLY a semi-super hero. How could you not believe me?

  3. Girl, why are you not a published author? Your prose is amazing and has a humor that I like reading very much ;) Very funny, made me laugh! Those contraptions really are scary-looking if you picture them as a mouth that sucks people in and then spitting them out XD

    Faye at The Social Potato

    1. :) Why thank you. I do aim to get published someday, and I'm glad you like my writing. Oh my goodness, yes, revolving doors are terrifying. I generally avoid them when I can.