Hurt & Comfort

Book 8: Seeking Comfort

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"What is it Andrew?" Scott asked in worry at Andrew's reaction to the name 'Clark Kent'.

"If he's the same Clark Kent that I'm thinking of... he's a fictional character in my world." Andrew said in thought.

"Mine too." Alan said in disbelief.

"Superman?" Dawn asked with a furrow of worry in her brow.

"What do you mean?" Scott asked, beginning to feel anxiety at their reaction.

"Yeah. If it's him, he's going to need all the support and guidance we can give him." Andrew said seriously.

"But how can he be real? I mean, it's just a comic book story." Xander said in confusion.

"What if the writers of the comic books had an ability to see other dimensions on a subconscious level. What they thought were fantasy stories were actually the stories of a real person's life in an alternate dimension." Andrew said speculatively.

"Spose Dat be possible." Remy said as he tried to remember all that he had ever read about Superman.

"Can you tell us what's going on?" Alex asked in frustration.

"It's probably better if we don't. If the stories we heard were thought to be fantasy, then what we know about him might be overblown and dramatized to make a more interesting story." Andrew said seriously.

"So what should we do?" Dawn asked with concern.

"Dawn, would you go and tell Matt what's going on? I think everyone else who is not from this dimension is here. Let's just agree to never mention Superman around Clark. We'll watch and see what happens." Andrew said in thought.

"Yeah. He's fifteen. He don't need to try and live up to all that." Spike said seriously.

"Right Spike. So we keep quiet about this, and if it is him, we try and help him the best we can." Andrew said firmly.

"Right." Alan said.

"Is there anything I need to know about him?" Scott asked, not understanding what they were talking about.

"Just that in our worlds, he's one of the greatest fictional heroes ever." Andrew said with a glance at Scott.

"Yeah, that's no pressure for a bloke to live up to." Spike said to the group.

To Be Continued...