Superman #5: “The Reporter and The Boys”
Warning: MATURE THEMES are used included in the series: Underage Drinking, Suicide, Gun Violence, Racism, and Sexism.
The Daily Planet reads on the front page.“Suicide Bombers paint a grim picture of Metropolis.” A third article reads “High School Water Polo Season gets underway across the City.” On the politics page the headline is “Presidential Impeachment Inquiry paints a dangerous picture of America’s future” and another article reads “Housing Prices continue to rise. Is Rent Control an option?”
The Apartment Offices
Lois sits in an Office
Rent Lord: Look, Mrs. Lane. I get your worries, but there is nothing I can do. If I owned the building, I would help Isabella out. I love her a lot, but I’m in a rock in a hard place. I like my job and I like helping all of you out, but using my job to help a friend is no longer in my capacity.
Lois: There’s nothing you can do.
Rent Lord: Look if there was, I would do something. There’s not though.
Lois: Look, I know your rent prices have to go up because of your new owner, but who is it.
Rent Lord: Look, I honestly have no idea. I got contacted anonymously and got offered an enormous sum of money for the lease. Of course I took it.
Lois: Even though it is screwing over your friend.
Rent Lord: How do I say no to-Mrs. Lane. I’ve told you enough. I hear your concerns and I’m genuinely sorry to Isabella and plan to apologize to her myself.
Lois: Does it hurt? Pushing your friend away?
Rent Lord: Have a wonderful day Mrs. Lane.
Opulentus Academy Locker Room. The Changing Period.
Jon walks in with his Friday White and Teal suit. He is more than pleased to be able to change, but uncomfortable being in the locker room. Daimon is already there. Changed.
Daimon: Hey Jon, how are you?
Jon: Tired. I just feel void of energy a lot right now. (Jon starts changing into the more relaxed second half of the day uniform for Sports and Engineering)
Daimon: Not use to getting up this early?
Jon: Absolutely not. It’s ridiculous how early we have to get up.
Daimon: With water polo, it will be even earlier.
Daimon: If we get varsity, we have to be here by 5:00
Daimon: Just get sleep earlier and eat breakfast. That’s what I’ve been doing.
Jon: I don’t think getting more sleep is possible with homework and everything.
Daimon: Welcome to the athlete’s life.
Jon: Do you think I’ll make the team?
Daimon: The varsity team? Probably not, but you did surprisingly well at the tryouts.
Jon: You think you’ll make it right?
Daimon: Honestly, I could care less. I would be lying if I thought I would fit in with the varsity kids.
Jon: I would think you would fit in great. You are so kind and hardworking.
Daimon: I like that you think the varsity team cares about people who are kind. You’ve met James right?
Jon: The water polo captain?
Daimon: Yeah. If you are anything less than perfect, he will shame you to no end. Did you know he’s had 7 girlfriends in the last 2 years?
Jon: How do you even go through girls that fast?
Daimon: Cheating on them.
Daimon: Look, most of them are not the nicest people. There’s this sophomore named Olly, he’s the only lowerclassmen to make the varsity team in 6 years. He’s been playing every day since he was 6. He’s made the junior olympics three times, which sounds great, but he’s always trying to remind you that he’s better than you.
Jon: I take it you don’t want to join the varsity team then?
Daimon: Well, I think it’d be nice, but I don’t really care.
Daimon leaves the room. Jon takes a quick glance and when he thinks no one is looking, he places his hand on the Gold Kryptonite. He feels dizzy. When he feels better, he leaves.
Lois walks in.
Lois: I heard you are moving out.
Isabella: Yeah, the art life sucks sometimes doesn’t it.
Lois: It shouldn’t have to be this way.
Isabella: and yet, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
Lois: Look, is there anything I can do to help?
Isabella: Well, I bought a new appartment out in Suicide Slum. You know what’s crazy, Suicide Slum already has appartment’s going on. When I first moved here, only downtown had apartment buildings, but now, even the suburb land prices are skyrocketing. Anyway, I need to pack up and start moving in. The sooner I move in, the sooner I can move on with my life.
Lois: Let me know what I can help you pack.
Lois and Isabella start packing up.
The Water Polo Hall ← Yes the school has their own water polo hall.
Jon and Daimon are walking down the hallway to see the tryout postings.
Jon seems tired and a little slouched. The Gold Kryptonite is clearly taking a toll already.
Daimon: Seems stressed and worried. His chest is tight and he seems uneasy.
Jon: Hey Daimon, are you okay?
Daimon: Yeah, just nervous.
Jon: About what?
Daimon: Apparently about if I made it. I thought I didn’t care, but clearly I do.
Jon: The heart can do that sometimes.
The two become quiet as the tryout posting comes into view. There are some people looking at the posting, but most people haven’t arrived yet.
Jon looks at the sheet.
Captain: James Klein
Assistant Captain: Olly Shafer
Varsity Goalie: Luke White
Daimon jumping up and down: OH MY GOD I MADE IT I MADE IT I MADE IT!!!
He runs down the hallway and back up.
Jon looks at him and smiles then looks back at the list and smiles even harder.
Daimon looks at the list again
Daimon: Of course the coach’s son made it. Hey! Jon you made it!
Daimon: You don’t sound all that enthused. YOU MADE IT!
Jon: Yeah, I guess I did.
Daimon: Did I scare you a little bit earlier today with my negative comments about the team?
Jon: Maybe a little.
Daimon: Well, you’ll have me!
James Klein, the Captain walks by.
James: Hey Jon and Daimon! Congrats on making it. I’m organizing a dinner tonight at big belly burger for everyone who made it. I’ll text you the details!
Daimon: Thanks James!
James walks off.
Jon: Wait he doesn’t have my number.
Daimon: I’ll text them to you. Wait… I don’t have your number.
Jon: Oh, haha. My number is…