When I first met him, I thought as you did. He flew out of the sky, dropping to the rooftop with an impressive thump. That thump told you a lot. It wasn’t a thunderclap or a destructive boom like the cartoons would depict. But it was still there, telling you something important had arrived but that it wasn’t going to show off about it. And then he straightened up and gave me an easy smile. An open smile. This was a man who was enjoying himself.
I think of that smile and my heart aches.
Pinnacle is strong, he’s fast and he can fly. He wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and dedicate himself to saving others. He’s a real-life superhero.
But he gives too much. He can’t draw a line between his heroics and his own life. So when he meets a girl, she tells him to be selfish and look after himself. But how can he do that when everyone needs saving?
I’ve read comics for many years and I’ve always wondered: how does a superhero have a life of his own if he can always hear cries for help? How does he have a job, a social life, even a family? How can he make time for herself? This short story is the result of those wonderings.
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Here’s what people have to say about The Homeless Hero:
★★★★★ An extremely well written short story that really is thought provoking. – Amazon Review
★★★ A story about how truly toxic altruism can be.” – Goodreads Review
★★★★ “A well told short story, written from the female perspective which I wasn’t expecting” – Goodreads Review
★★★★★ “Short, sweet, and powerfully moving” – Amazon Review