Prompt: Write an essay, story, screen play or poem that takes us out of this world.
A Dream Assignment
by Heather L Campbell
February 25, 2014
Stevie was eating a peanut butter and banana sandwich. He washed the last bite of it down with the rest of his cold milk. He put his plate and glass in the sink and headed out the kitchen door.
“Don’t slam the door Steven,” his Mama called out after him… at the same time the screen door made noise.
Stevie got on his bike and headed down to the comic book store. The long awaited issue of Superman was due in and he wanted to make sure he got a copy before they all sold out.
He was thrilled when he left the store with his treasure in hand. He headed over to the creek so he could enjoy the first read by himself with no interruption.
He dreamed often of being Superman. To leap tall buildings with a single bound…to be able to fly in the air and zoom around the planet.. how great it would be to have those great powers. How different his life would be if he could be like Superman. He was so much like Clark Kent in his life. No one really noticed him very much.
He rode his bike back home and made it home in time for dinner. Mama was in a pretty good mood he thought. It was just him and Mama since his father disappeared and Frankie went off to college.
If I was like Superman, Stevie thought, I could find Papa and go check up on Frankie. He could know for sure Frankie was okay. Maybe, I could be a hero if I could find Papa.
“Steven, Steven I’m talking to you, son” Mama said with an unhappy look on her face.
“When you are done eating, I want you to go down to the basement and swap the loads and bring up the load that is in the dryer for me…”
“Sure Mama” said Stevie. He went immediately.
Stevie went down to the basement and swapped the loads but before he brought the dry load up he decided to go over to his Papas work bench. His Papa so loved wood working.
He went over by the door his Papa had rescued. Papa took home a door out of someones garbage and planned to refinish it. Then he would make it into a large coffee table. He put his hand on the door knob.. and Whoosh..
Suddenly he was outside up in the air spinning upwards. It was as if he was in some kind of spinning tunnel… He was scared but at the same time thrilled. He finally got a glimpse of what Superman felt like when he was flying.
The whirl wind tunnel took him to another planet. He felt lighter than air and realized the gravity was different. He took a few leaps and wound up at least 15 feet up in the air.
How could touching the door knob on the door have caused this? Then he realized, was this might be how Papa might have disappeared.
He started wandering around hoping he could find his Papa or maybe some clues to if he had been whisked to this planet as well. It was not long and he did find his Papa who was so happy to see him.
What a wonderful paradise this planet was. His Papa showed him all the wonders of the planet. There were all kinds of vegetation to eat and beautiful flowers. Wonderful forests with hidden waterfalls existed as well.
His Papa told him how he so longed to go home. Maybe the two of them could figure out a way. Stevie was torn. He was enjoying this time together with his Papa. They swam and had a lot of fun exploring this peaceful place. Things were so different between them now. They had time together like they never had before.
Papa spoke a lot about Mama and the life they had had together. He said how he was concerned about Mama and how worried she must be, now they they were both missing. He so longed to be back home.
Papa, it turned out, had arrived on this planet at the same spot. Stevie suggested they go back to that spot and see if they find any clues that would help them.
Stevie was correct. When they got there they found a doorway… and they both stepped through it.
Whoosh and before they knew it, they were back in the basement.
When Stevie and Papa brought the finished load back up to Mama, she ran to Papa and with tears in her eyes hugged him. Then she hugged Stevie, then she hugged her Papa again.
Now Stevie did not ever become Superman, and he never became a Hero to the world, but to his parents he was their Hero the rest of their lives.
And the door? Papa and Stevie put it up in the attic, careful not to touch the door knob.