Superman #3 “Half Human”
Jon sets glumly on his bed with his new laptop in his lap.
Clark knocks on the door and then opens it.
Clark: Hey buddy, how are you doing?
Jon: Where were you?
Clark: Didn’t Mom tell you that I was rescuing people from an earthquake in Cairo.
Jon: But WHERE were you?
Jon: You weren’t there when I needed you.
Clark: For what?
Jon: To let me go to the future.
Clark: Look son, you are not ready yet.
Jon: I’ve been a superhero by myself for the last 7 years in a lawless planet of evil.
Clark: Son what are you?
Clark: What are you?
Jon: A kryptonian boy?
Clark: No. Your half kryptonian.
Jon: But I’m not really human I’m-
Clark: You are half human. And whole boy.
Jon: But Dad-
Clark: There is no but son, you are a human. You’ve had lots of Alien experiences. You’ve matured as an alien, but you aren’t very human yet.
Jon: What’s good about being a human? Humans are weak and powerless and-
Clark: Not all humans are weak and powerless, son. Would you call Bruce and Damian powerless.
Clark: You need to take time to figure out who you are before you go off to the future. Your Kryptonian half may be ready, but you still need time to develop your human half. Imagine if you could be like Batman and me combined. You have that potential, but you need to work to get there. You aren’t embracing both sides of you yet, so you aren’t ready.
Jon: I-I guess your right.
Clark: Now, I wanted to give you this.
Clark pulls out a card from his jacket.
Jon: Wait is this?
Clark: Your driver’s license
Jon: Wait but I haven’t learned to drive here.
Clark: Me, your mom, and Bruce worked together to get you I.D. Information changed.
Jon: Wait, did you change my birth certificate too?
Clark: Yes we did. And you learned to drive on Earth-3 right?
Jon: Well yeah, but Earth 3 is WAY easier than this earth.
Clark: I mean if you want us to take it back I-
Jon: No thanks Dad.
Clark: I have one last thing I need to talk with you about, have you looked at your school options?
Jon: Well, yeah, but you aren’t going to like them.
Clark: What do you mean?
Jon: Well, public magnet school applications closed in April, which of course we didn’t apply for because I was 10 and I would suggest going back in time, but we don’t have that identification at the time and in order to apply in April, I would have to change the ID of my still 10 year old self who hadn’t even left the planet with Rex Luthor.
Clark: Wait Rex luthor?
Jon: It’s a long story. The was Joker jr., Ice princess, and–literally everything I’ve said for the past minute makes no sense does it?
Clark: Remind me to ask for the details about Rex Luthor tomorrow.
Jon: Will do. Anyway, I have 4 different options. 1. Our Local school, 2. Any of the Public Magnet Schools, 3. An all boys private school, and 4. A mixed private school. Metropolis doesn’t have Charter schools of course.
Clark: And you were saying the public magnet school was out of the question?
Jon: Because of ID’s, missed deadlines, and time travel.
Clark: Well school started two days ago so why don’t we check your three choices out tomorrow and go from there.
Jon: Your willing to pay for private school.
Clark: You forget I can literally turn a piece of coal into diamond.
Jon: oh yeah…
South Metropolis High School:
The inside hallways look out of maintenance and rundown. Jon walks into a restroom and sees markings all over the wall almost akin to arkham asylum. Almost every bad word Jon knew was on the walls The Toilet was stained in yellow and the stall doors were broken. Jon looked around and decided it could wait.
Clark: You decide not to go?
Jon: Yeah, you should see the inside of it.
Clark: I did.
Jon: Wait, how- GROSS.
Clark: I just did it right before you walk in. I wasn’t spying on-
Lois: Will you to stop making this awkward.
Tour guide: Anyway, why don’t we look in a classroom. This is our algebra 2 class.
Jon: Don’t you have Placement Advanced Calc AB
Guide: Why would we, we don’t get the funding nor have the students from those advanced classes. Everyone just takes the same classes here.
A balcony in the sky:
Man: I told you for the last god*** time, I decide when we do it and when we don’t.
Girl: Look I’m sorry I won’t refuse again.
The girl has bruises all along her face and body.
Man: You just don’t want to have a f***ing child do you.
He lifts a book.
The girl looks at the balcony.
The man slaps the girl.
He lifts his hand again.
The girl gets up and runs toward the balcony.
Guide: Everyone takes the same classes here.
Clark hears SUPERMAN!!!
Clark: I need to go, I’ll be right back. (AHH!)
Guide: Mr. Clark, did we do something to offend you.
Clark: No, I just got to go. (SUPERMAN!!!)
Guide: The bathroom is that way.
Clark: I’ll be right back. (While running at the fastest human-like speed possible)
Gets clear of the guide. A student is looking at him
Clark hears a SPLAT!!!
The student just stares at him thinking he’s crazy.
Clark walks back. Lois and Jon are inside the classroom now.