David Emami had chores to do, but when Superman, starring the great Christopher Reeves, began playing on television, he stopped what he was doing and watched it with the wide eyes of a child. During the commercial breaks, he dusted and folded laundry, but whenever it started back up, he was quick to come back.
When the movie was over, David felt strangely patriotic and felt that he should do more good in his community. Though he wanted to wear a red cape, he knew that he could be a superhero without wearing a costume at all. He put on his clothes and went outside, certain he would find some injustice that he could correct through his own strength and intellect.
David began walking around Portland, looking for some wrong to right, but nothing seemed amiss. No one was being mugged. No one was injured. Everything seemed just fine. Still, David knew that there was someone out there that needed help, and he wasn’t going to go back to his apartment until he had found that person and helped them.
Suddenly, after walking around aimlessly for over 4 hours, David heard a woman yell. He looked at the end of the road near an intersection and noticed a lady frantically grabbing tiny papers that had fallen out of her purse. David jumped into action and ran as fast as he could. He snatched up the papers before they were completely overtaken by the wind and proudly brought them back to her.
“Here you go, ma’am,” said David.
“Oh, it wasn’t that big of a deal. Just some coupons, but thanks anyways.” She grabbed them and stuffed them back into her purse. “I just didn’t want to litter everywhere.”
“That’s why I’m here, ma’am. I keep these streets clean from garbage and thugs,” said David in a deeper-than-usual voice.
“Well, that’s cool I guess,” she replied as she walked away.
David returned to his apartment with a sense of pride and purpose. It was as if he had been reborn. No longer would he be a passive observer: he would be Super David.
David Emami is Alone in Portland is a collection of stories that peer into the life of a middle-aged curmudgeon with a fondness for cats and antiques.
Playfully illustrated with Bitmoji characters, his story comes to life as each day brings a new adventure.
He was obsessive compulsive and mad about antiques. The apartment was covered, top to bottom, in decor that would be more aligned with that of an old woman that peaked in the 1960s. david-emami-takes-on-portland.html
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