The line for the movie stretched around the block but Annette was giddy with excitement. She had been waiting for years for this film and was in full fangirl mode. Better yet, Matt had agreed to come with her, even though he wasn’t a fan of the comic. As the clock struck 11 with just an hour to go before the special midnight showing she took a long pull on her energy drink and did a quick butt wiggle / fist pump / dance of joy.
He looked at her and laughed, shaking his head. “Should I be worried you’re going to run away with Captain Blammo?”
His tone was joking, not actually at all worried about her eloping with a fictional character. She loved his confidence. Matt was no bodybuilder, but he was one of those rare nerdy guys who realized there’s no reason a person can’t be smart and still have muscles. He could pick her up with one arm and hardly even notice the weight. That’s not why she’d fallen in love with him of course, but it sure didn’t hurt.
“Hell no!” Her reply was play-petulant. “I wouldn’t want to be with a superhero anyway. Everyone knows the hero’s lover is bait for every bad guy out there who wants some easy leverage. And I’m just not cut out to be a damsel in distress.”
“So what you’re saying is that if I ever get super powers you’re leaving me then…. good to know!”
He laughed at her quick “Yup” and tickled her as she squeaked with delight.
“Alright, note to self: I’ll be avoiding gamma rays, radioactive spiders, mutagenic ooze, and bionic implants from here on out then.”
“So you’d choose me over the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound?”
“When I’m with you I already feel like I can.”
He always knew the right thing to say, THAT was why she’d fallen in love with him.