Post by sunofdarkchild on Nov 10, 2015 14:39:24 GMT -5
It is nighttime. A car has gone off of the highway and crashed into a tree. The driver, a woman in her thirties, is bleeding from her head and barely conscious.
Suddenly, the driver's door is ripped from its hinges and thrown to the side. Supergirl now stands where the door was.
“Are yo all right?” she asks.
“Been better.” the driver says meekly.
Supergirl carefully reaches into the car, unbuckles the woman's seat belt, and lifts her out of the vehicle. “Let's get you to the hospital.”
Supergirl flies off carrying the injured woman, and the scene fades into the opening credits.
In the morning, Linda is fast asleep, sprawled on her bed in the Supergirl costume.
There is a knock on her bedroom door.
“Linda!” Sylvia's voice calls out. “Are you up, sweetie?”
Linda groans tiredly.
“What was that?” Sylvia asks.
Linda realizes what she is wearing and covers herself in her blanket in a panic.
“I'm fine, Mom.” she calls out. “Just getting dressed.”
“Well hurry up.” Sylvia tells her through the door. “You don't want to be late for your first day back at school.”
As Sylvia leaves, Linda sits up and takes a big sigh that is both from relief and nervousness.
“Daaaad.” Linda moans.
“My decision is final.” Fred says firmly. “You are not walking to school on your own.”
“But to go in a police car?” Linda complains. “That's so embarrassing.”
“You can always take my car.” Sylvia offers.
“So I take your car to the precinct and you take my squad car to the church?” Fred asks. “I don't think so.”
“Can mom drive me to school instead?” Linda asks hopefully.
“If you want to be late.” Fred answers.
“I think I can get away with that for one day.” Linda says.
There is a series of loud honks from a car outside. Linda opens the door and sees Mattie sitting in a car in front of he house, waving at her.
“Come on!” Mattie yells.
“Oh, thank god.” Linda says. She frantically gets her stuff together and heads out the door.
“Don't forget your lunch!”
Linda comes back to her mother and takes the brown paper bag. She kisses Sylvia and runs out the door, hopping into Mattie's car.
“How''d you get your brother to give you his car?” Linda asks.
Mattie grins and starts to pull away. “It was actually his idea.”
A male teacher with large glasses and thinning black hair walks into a classroom. The students are talking loudly among themselves.
“All right. Settle down.” the teacher says. The students don't seem to hear him. “Settle down.” he says again.
To the teacher's surprise, the class does slowly become quiet. The students stare at the door. Mattie comes in first. Linda is right behind her, looking nervous.
“Ah, Miss Danvers.” the teacher says. “Good to have you back.” Linda nods and slowly makes her way to her seat. All eyes remain on her as she takes out her notebook.
“Now,” the teacher begins, taking advantage of the silence, “I hope you all read the chapter on mitochondria.”
Fred is sitting at his desk in the police station, filling out paperwork. PJ enters and comes over to his desk.
“Do you want to report a crime, Doctor?” Fred asks. “Was your car stolen?”
“Walking is good exercise.” PJ responds. “We could all use a little more of that.”
Fred puts his paperwork down. “Are you saying I'm gaining weight?”
PJ smiles. “Actually, I thought we could go to one of those fast-food places and have a few more calories in our lunch.”
Fred rubs his chin. “An unhealthy lunch? Count me in.”
A crowd has gathered around Linda in the cafeteria.
“Were you scared?” one kid asks.
“Well, yeah.” Linda answers. She can't eat her lunch because of the barrage of questions. “I thought I was gonna die.”
“What was she like?”
“Who?” Linda asks.
“Oh.” Linda scratches her head uncomfortably. “I didn't really see her. I was out when she rescued me.”
A number of students are visibly disappointed.
“She didn't stick around at all?”
“I-I think she's got more important things to do than wait around the hospital all day.” Linda grows more uncomfortable.
“How busy can she be? It's not such a big town.”
“Actually,” a nerdy-looking student chimes in, “according to Dick's app Supergirl hasn't only confined herself to Leesburg.”
“App?” Linda asked.
“Yeah. Dick's been working on an app that alerts us every time Supergirl makes the news.”
Linda opens her mouth to say something, but closes it again instead. She gets up, picks up her lunch, says “excuse me,” and walks through the crowd and out of the cafeteria.
Once in the hall, Linda leans against the wall. She takes out her lunch and gobbles it down at super-speed. Some sauce remains on the right side of her mouth.
Linda disappears as she uses her super-speed.
Fred and PJ put their burger trays down on the table and sit down across from each other.
“You really trust Mattie with your car?” Fred asks.
“As long as she's only taking it to school and back.” PJ answers. “I thought that Linda would prefer a ride to school.”
“What are you, psychic?” Fred asks.
“No. It just wasn't so long ago that I was also a teenager.”
Fred shakes his head. “First you insult my weight, now you insult my age. We 'old people' don't just forget what it's like to be a teenager, you know.”
The two men chuckle, then PJ turns serious.
“Fred, I wanted to talk to you about Linda. How's she doing?”
“Surprisingly well, all things considered.” Fred answers with equal seriousness. “She seems less affected by the whole ordeal than Sylvia and myself.”
“Or maybe she's just better at hiding it.”
Fred scowls. “I see where this is going.”
“I'm not telling you to bring her back to the hospital.” PJ insists. “I completely understand why you're angry with how we handled things. But I still think you should have her see a psychiatrist.”
“We're thinking about it very seriously.” Fred says. “And we're looking for any sign that she might need one. But for now we want to make things as normal as possible for her. Get her back into a regular routine?”
“Does that routine include being stuck in the house all day?”
Fred doesn't respond, so PJ continues. “You're feeling overprotective, which is normal. But you also said that you remember what it was like to be a teenager. Teenagers need a certain degree of freedom. If you insist on keeping her in the house all the time and watching her every second she's not in the house things can't go back to normal.”
Fred looks down as PJ goes on. “And when you restrict her like that, not only are you telling her that she should be afraid, you're also telling her that you don't trust her.”
Fred sighs. “So what are you recommending I do?”
“What I'm saying is, if she wants to do something, try to take into account what you would have said before she was kidnapped.”
Fred is still looking down. “I don't know if I can.”
In a rural town, a small boy is playing with a squirrel. The squirrel runs into the street, and the boy excitedly chases after it.
As the boy and the squirrel stop in the middle of the street, a truck makes a turn onto the street and is bearing down on them from behind.
The driver's eyes widen and he bangs on the horn, but the boy doesn't react at all. Panicking, the driver steps on the breaks and scrunches his eyes closed.
The truck is slowing down, but it is still about to hit the boy, who is still not reacting. The squirrel runs away just as the truck is about to hit the boy.
There is a strong gust of wind just as the truck hits. Supergirl is seen on the sidewalk holding the boy close.
Supergirl puts the boy down, drops to one knee so she is at the same height as him and places her hands on his shoulders. “Are you all right?” she asks.
We see Supergirl's face from the boy's point of view for a few seconds. There is no sound for that time.
The camera resumes the third person perspective as the truck driver comes up to them. “Thank god you were here, Supergirl. This crazy kid just parked himself in the middle of the road.”
The camera again shifts to the boy's perspective. Again, there is no sound as Supergirl and the driver talk and gesture at the boy.
The camera switches to third person again and a woman's voice is heard calling out “Bradley!”
A woman in her late thirties is running toward them. “You saved him! Thank you!” she tells Supergirl.
“Are you this boy's mother?” Supergirl asks.
“I'm his teacher, Helen Krelnick.” she explains. “Bradley goes to a school for the deaf.”
“Oh.” Supergirl says, looking at the driver. “That's why he didn't notice the truck.”
The driver rubs the back of his head uncomfortably. “Guess I owe him an apology.”
Bradley pulls on Helen's arm and starts talking to her in sign language.
“What's he saying?” Supergirl asks.
“He says you have something on your face.” Helen answers. “Right here.” she points at the right of her mouth.
Embarrassed, Supergirl starts to wipe the sauce off of her face furiously.
“Why was Bradley on his own?” Supergirl asks when she is done cleaning her face.
Now Helen looks embarrassed. “I'm afraid we're understaffed. We've had to let people go recently.” She turns to the driver. “I'm sorry for the trouble this has caused you.”
“No problem.” the driver says. “Just keep a better eye on him in the future.”
As the driver leaves, Helen addresses Supergirl again. “I can't thank you enough. I thought you were strictly in Leesburg, but if hadn't been here...”
“I fly out of town when I need to clear my head.” Supergirl replies. “Why are you so understaffed?”
Helen starts to lead Bradley and Supergirl to the school. They pass a rustic sign saying 'NEW HOPE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF.'
“We've been involved in a lawsuit.” she says as they come to the building which is run down.
“Someone sued you?” Supergirl asks.
“No.” Helen points at the top of a nearby hill, where a large factory sits. “S&N. Ever since they set up shop here a large number of children have been born with birth defects, mostly deafness, but also blindness and...well..some are born special. This school and another were set up to help the children. We think S&N accidentally poisoned the water well.”
“That's terrible.” Supergirl says.
“Along with many of the parents, we mounted a David-And-Goliath lawsuit against S&N and we actually won.”
“If you won, then what's the problem?” Supergirl asks. “There should be plenty of money coming in.”
“S&N is tying the case up in appeals.” Helen explains. “It could take as much as fifteen years before it gets resolved. And in the meantime S&N is papering us out of existence.”
“They are constantly filing briefs against against us. And there are the threatening phone calls they insist don't come from them. Soon the legal fees will force us to close.”
They enter the building and Supergirl asks “So what are you going to do?”
“There's nothing more we can do.” Helen answers. “The law is on our side, but they have the money to outlast us.”
Supergirl runs her hand through her hair. “And I can't just hit them tillthey give you the money they owe.”
“Please don't!” Helen says seriously. “That would only make things worse!”
“I know.” Supergirl says. “But...” she stops as she catches sight of a clock. “Is that the time?”
“Yes.” Helen says. “That clock is accurate.”
“Oh crap.” Supergirl says. “Sorry, but I've got to run.” She disappears in a blur.
The teacher from the first episode is writing the name Richelieu on the board when Linda opens the door.
“Class began five minutes ago, Miss Danvers.” the teacher says in an annoyed tone.
“Sorry.” Linda says as she sits down. “Had a bad burrito in my lunch.”
Mattie drops Linda off at her house. Linda opens the door to find her mother already home.
“Hi!” Sylvia says. “How was school?”
“Kind of suffocating.” Linda admits. “Everyone's badgering me, and all they talk about is Supergirl this, Supergirl that.”
“I'm sorry.” Sylvia says. “I'm sure they didn't mean anything by it.”
“I guess.” Linda says as she puts down her backpack. “I just wish they'd have given me a chance to breathe.”
“Listen, mom,” Linda asks tentatively, “if I finish my homework quickly can I take my skateboard out? I need some fresh air.”
“Oh,” Sylvia says, taken aback. “I'll have to call your father and talk with him. Otherwise he'll be worried if you aren't here when he comes home.”
Cutter starts to pack up his things as he prepares to leave for work for the day when Supergirl knocks on his office window. He opens the window to let her in.
“I'm surprised to see you. I was sure you're never talk to me again after what happened last time.”
“That thought did cross my mind.” Supergirl admits. “But right now I need a favor.”
“Sure.” Cutter says.
Fred comes home and asks Sylvia “Linda still out?”
“Yes.” Sylvia says. “She was really upset about how the other kids treated her.”
Fred shrugs. “Unfortunately that's what school is like. The first day is probably the worst.”
“Probably.” Sylvia agrees. As Fred sits down in front of the television she says “I was surprised you agreed to let Linda go skateboarding.”
Fred sighed. “What could I do? Keep her locked in her room for the rest of her life?”
Sylvia kisses him on the cheek. “She'll be fine.”
Cutter stretches in front of his computer. “You were right. The court ruled that S&N was responsible for the increase in kids born deaf and ordered them to pay a hefty sum. And now they're delaying having to pay through appeals.”
Supergirl rubs her chin. “Good to know that I'm not being duped into taking the wrong side.”
“Side?” Cutter asks. “You're not going to force S&N to pay, are you? That would make you a criminal.”
Supergirl smiles. “Can I use your phone?”
“Ok.” Cutter is unsure as he hands her his phone. She dials and hols the phone up to her ear.
“Hi, Elizabeth? Yeah, it's me...Sorry I haven't called in a while...Could you do me a favor? Can you set up a protest rally for me, with the right permits?”
The next morning, the Danvers are all sitting around the kitchen table eating breakfast. Fred is reading the newspaper while eating a grilled cheese sandwich, Sylvia is eating an omelet, and Linda is eating a sugary cereal very quickly, though not at super-speed.
“Slow down there.” Fred tells her. “Your food isn't going anywhere.”
Linda looks up at Fred with her mouth full. “Whhass?” she attempts to ask.
“Your father said to chew your food.” Sylvia lightly chides her.
Linda nods and takes her time chewing her current mouth-full. She catches sight of the headline on the front page of Fred's newspaper, 'Supergirl to Hold Rally for Deaf Children.' She wipes her mouth and asks “Can I see that?”
Fred looks surprised, then says “Sure.” He hands Linda the front section and picks up the sports pages instead.
“Is it ok if I take this to school?” Linda asks.
“Sure.” Fred says, not looking at her because he is more enraptured with the scores than he had been with the front section.
“Thanks. Well, I gotta get going.”
“Aren't you going to finish your...” Sylvia sees that Linda's bowl is now empty “...breakfast?”
Linda takes the paper and a brown paper bag containing her lunch from the counter and heads into the living room to pick up her back pack and skateboard.
There is a honking noise as Mattie pulls up in front of the house again.
Linda yells “Bye!” and leaves.
Once in the car, Linda shows Mattie the newspaper. “You seen this?” she asks.
“Of course.” Mattie answers. “It's cool that S-Girl is taking an activist stand.”
Linda grins mischievously. “You wanna go to it?” Mattie grins mischievously back.
The school principal adjusts his glasses as he looks at the newspaper. “You want me to cancel classes for a day so you can attend an impromptu rally?”
“It's a good cause!” Mattie says. We'll get to see a bit of the real world, interact with disabled kids, and show them support all at the same time!”
“That is true.” the principal says thoughtfully.
“Even those people who don't care about that will want to come.” Linda adds. “Half the school would kill for a chance to see Supergirl in person.”
“Does that statistic also apply to the people sitting across from me?” the principal asks sarcastically. “All right. I'll speak to the staff, but I don't think anyone will have any objections if we just take the juniors and seniors.”
Linda and Mattie leave the principal's office looking serious. After they close the door they grab each others arms and yell out “Yes!”
The camera zooms over a realm covered in fire and flowing lava. There is no dry ground. The camera gets very close to the lava, which parts. A foot then touches down on the revealed ground. The camera pans up to reveal that it is Buzz standing in this hellish realm.
Buzz steps forward. With each step more lava in front of him parts. He comes across a throne of stone that is adorned with bones. The camera only shows the hand of the one who sits on the throne holding a wooden trident. His fingers are abnormally long, his nails clawlike in their length and sharpness, and his hand is a purplelesh/reddish color.
Buzz bows. “Lord Satanus.”
“It has been a long time, Buzz.” Satanus answers in a deep voice like Keith David's. “What brings you before me?”
Buzz stands up. “Things have gotten exciting in Leesburg lately. I thought you might want in on some of the fun.”
“Yes.” Satanus says. “Word has spread about the earth-born you inadvertently created. If you want help in cleaning up your mistake then you have come to the wrong place.”
Buzz laughs. “Mistake? I prefer to think of it as an opportunity.”
Satanus leans forward in his throne, and we finally see him. A dark red/purple demon with a long white cape and a head concealed by a silver helmet with two large horns. “An opportunity, you say”
“Yes. And I don't require any direct involvement from you. All I require”-the cameras zooms in on Buzz's face-“is some of your product.”
Satanus sits up again and says “Your request is denied.”
Buzz is taken aback. “What?”
“Now leave.” Satanus commands.
“Hold on a minute.” Buzz says. “You don't even want to negotiate?”
“There is nothing to negotiate.” Satanus replies angrily. “This is the second time I have told you to leave. I shall not do so a third time.”
Buzz scowls, but says “Of course. I'm sorry to have disturbed you.” He bows again, and then turns to leave. The camera closes in on his eyes, which are reflecting the fire of Satanus' realm.
A fancy, expensive car pulls up to the New Hope School. A woman in her thirties gets out of the back seat and walks to the front door, where she is greeted by Helen.
“Welcome, Ms. Perske.”
“Please, call me Elizabeth.”
“Elizabeth.” Helen repeats. “I can't thank you enough.”
“Don't oversell it.” Elizabeth says. “I wouldn't have even heard of your case if Supergirl hadn't contacted me about it.”
“All the same, we've never been able to afford to publicize our problems. I don't think we could even afford the bus.”
Elizabeth turns and looks at a tour bus that has pulled up behind her car. Another teacher appears from the front door, at the head of a group of several dozen small children. They head towards the bus.
Linda, Mattie, and many other high schoolers are getting out of a number of buses parked on the side of the road leading to the factory. Several other schools have also brought their students, and many locals, mostly parents, have also turned out. The crowd totals about 200 people.
Several news crews are also on site Most are filming the rally on video cameras. Cutter Sharpe is one of those reporters taking pictures on a still camera.
The children from the New Hope School are going around handing out refreshments to the protesters. Bradley gives two lemonades to Linda and Mattie, who is holding a sign that says 'Chemicals and Kids Don't Mix!'
Cutter makes his way to the front of the rally, where Elizabeth and Helen are. He holds out his hand to Elizabeth. “Hello. My name is Cutter Sharpe. It was my phone Supergirl called you on.”
“Ah, yes.” Elizabeth says as she takes his hand. “The reporter who keeps on getting those Supergirl stories.”
“But she doesn't have my phone number.” Cutter observes. “Care to explain how a travel journalist is on Supergirl's speed dial?”
“Not today.” Elizabeth says. “Today is about the children.”
“Some other time, then?” Cutter asks.
“I'll think about it.” Elizabeth answers.
Mattie has worked her way to the front. She has really gotten into the rally and is leading chants of “Pay your debts!'
“Come on, Linda!” Mattie yells after the round of chanting ends. “I don't hear you!”
Mattie turns to her friend, but Linda isn't there. “Linda?” Mattie asks, turning 360 degrees.
“So where is she?” Cutter asks Elizabeth. Elizabeth just smiles and looks up.
One of the students yells “Look! Up in the sky!” Slowly, the protesters all look up.
There is a loud cheer as Supergirl slowly floats down from the sky, holding her cape in front of her so as to prevent any up-skirt shots. She lands next to Cutter, Elizabeth, and Helen, who hands Supergirl a megaphone. Supergirl whispers something to Helen, who relays the information to another teacher.
All of the cameras are turned on Supergirl. “Is this thing on?” she asks into megaphone, which amplifies her voice. “Ok. Good.
Supergirl gestures at Elizabeth. “First I want to thank my friend, Elizabeth Perske, for arranging this rally and taking care of the permits and the financing.”
She then gestures towards Helen, who is standng next to her and translating her words into sign language for the deaf children. “I also want to applaud the staff of the New Hope School for their bravery in fighting this battle alone for so long. They are the proof that you don't need superpowers to be a hero.”
“But mostly, I want to thank you all for coming. Because this is one problem I can't solve on my own.
“Usually when I encounter a problem,” Supergirl continues, “I solve it by punching. But there are a lot of problems that strength alone cannot help. Some problems require a loud voice, and in that category I'm no more powerful than anyone else.
“I can't turn anyone at S&N over to the police. I can't smash their factory. All I can do is point out their culpability. But to do that I need your help.”
Supergirl pauses, and the teacher Helen talked to brings Bradley over. Supergirl picks him up and holds him in one hand.
“Bradley and the other children at the New Hope School were born without hearing. Despite S&N's access to the best lawyers, the courts ruled that they caused this condition by polluting the water supply. All of the investigations and all of the scientists say the same ting. S&N is responsible.
“Now, legally S&N can't be forced to pay until the appeals process is finished. But Bradley and his classmates can't wait that long. So I call on S&N to man up and do what's right. Pay what the courts say you owe, be more careful with your chemicals in the future, and then you can put this matter behind you.
“And to everyone here, I thank you all again for coming out today. You're not just my sidekicks. You are all heroes, doing what you can to help those in need. If we succeed today, you will not only have saved schools for disabled children, but helped those children to afford the treatment they need. So again, thank you.”
Supergirl puts Bradley down and hands the megaphone back to Helen. The crowd applauds and cheers wildly.
As the cheers turn back into chants, a man in a suit comes out of the factory and heads through the parking lot and fence to the road where the rally is taking place. The crowd boos him, and someone throws a glass soda bottle at him when he gets close. Supergirl catches the bottle at super-speed and glares at the location the bottle was thrown from. She floats between the crowd and the man, shielding him.
The man says something to Helen and then quickly heads back into the factory. Helen picks up the megaphone and announces “That was a representative of S&N. They have decided to drop their appeal!”
The crowd starts cheering even more wildly than before. Supergirl's smile returns. She shakes Helen's and Elizabeth's hands and flies into the air again.
Mattie is again one of the most enthusiastic of the protesters. She starts screaming “Yes! Yes!” and hugs the nearest person, who turns out to be Linda.
When Mattie sees who it is she lets go. “Where've you been, girl?”
Linda rubs her arm. “Sheesh, are you taking steroids?” she complains.
Mattie shakes her head. “You gotta work out more.” She and Linda put their arms a=on each other's shoulders and rejoin the revelers.
That night, Buzz is drinking beer in a bar and examining a small container of pills when he sees Supergirl's speech reported on the news. He puts the pills in his pocket and leers.
“Not bad, kid. Not bad.”