“Oh my gosh, Betty, I haven’t seen you in like forever. Not since we went wine tasting. What was that a month after my wedding?”
He looked at the first square to pop up on his Zoom meeting.
“That was it. Six cases of wine and now thanks to the pandemic we’re down to one. Jimmy, you look great. How are you?”
“Good all things considering. Robin is doing better than I expected. He’s changing careers.” A few more boxes popped up.
Mera, Betty, Mary Jane, Vicki, Iris. It was a good showing. They all greeted each other. Only Vicki and Lois were wearing makeup. Everyone looked pretty casual. Betty and Mera were wearing glasses instead of their usual colored contacts.
Jimmy: Vicki, it’s been forever since we’ve seen you? So you’re staying with Bruce I hear.”
Vicki: He asked me. HE asked me if I’d ride out the pandemic with him at his place. I thought it would be fun. That was in March. Four months later I’m ready to head home.”
Betty: Oh honey, I’m surprised he never asked you to marry him. That man needs a wife.”
Vicki: I might as well be his wife. I have to take care of everything for him. And don’t even get me started on Albert. He should have retired years ago. The poor old guy can hardly get his pants on by himself. I’m up all hours of the night. I keep a baby monitor by the bed in case he falls.
Jimmy: Oh man, I’m sorry to hear that. Robin didn’t say anything to me about it.
Vicki: Bruce is driving me crazy. He always has that fucking light on, you know the one with the wings. I tell him to turn it off, so he turns it off, then as soon as I as I go to do something else he has it on again. He isn’t the one who pays the electricity bill. Those big lights cost a fortune to light up the night sky with. Then everyone down below is wondering what the hell is going on. I tell him that but he won’t listen. He just sits up there on the roof all by himself muttering under his breath like some crazy guy hearing voices or something. And don’t even get me started on the mask thing. I keep telling him that it needs to completely cover his nose AND mouth. But does he do it?
All of the women nodded and muttered in agreement.
Lois: I know what you mean. When he’s just Clark and going down to Lowe’s for something or to the grocery story he wears a mask. When he has to go out flying he refuses. That asshole told me that he won’t catch Covid-19. I told him fine, but he could sure as hell carry it and give it to someone else.
Iris: Tell me about it. My man might be faster than anything known to man but when it comes to getting ideas through his thick skull he is slow as three toed sloth.
Mary Jane: My heart goes out to you ladies. Peter never had problems with masks. He love them. He decorated a bunch with spider web designs.
Lois: Peter is so adorable. You’re lucky to have such a sweetie.
Vicki: She is. Oh my God I am so fed up with the brooding. If the sex wasn’t so great…
Jimmy: Let’s keep it clean ladies. TMI.
Vicki: Sorry. I didn’t mean to vent.
Mera: You’re in a safe space Vicki. We’re here for you.
Vicki: Enough about me. How are you doing?
Mera: OK I guess. I miss everyone. We’re staying in the old light house. Here I’ll show you the view. It is spectacular.
Mera picked up her computer and turned the screen towards the ocean. The others could see dolphins dancing and gray whaled leaping into the air.
Lois: Wow Mera, I want to come stay with you.
Mera: Are you working from home?
Lois: Sure am but Clark thinks I’m some old fashioned house wife. The other day he told me all of his tights had holes in them. He expected me to fix them, or else order him some new ones. I told him the only place I could get tights these days in his size was the cross dresser drag queen sites. He got all pissed off at me. I told him to stop being a homophobic turd. I mean, he isn’t homophobic, you know that Jimmy, but sometimes he is so old fashioned it just drives me nuts.
Jimmy: So did you get him some tights?
Lois: Hell no. I told him to REI and get something practical to wear. He can still fly and be Superman without the silly costume. He can wear some climbing gear or bike shorts.
Betty: I think staying at home away from everything has been good for my Bruce. I don’t have the issue with tights, but he sure goes through pants fast when he Hulks up. He hasn’t lost his tempter or stressed out once in the past three months. I can’t even put into words how wonderful that is.
Jimmy: Well, I have news. Robin is changing careers.
All of the women perked up and asked in unison what was going on.
Jimmy: He got into a graduate program at University of California Davis. He’ll be studying ornithology, you know the study of birds. He’ll be Dr. Robin Grayson when he is done.
The ladies all sent their congratulations. For the next hour they talked in their tiny boxes about staying at home with their unique men. Occasionally a dog, a cat, or a child, an elderly relative would wander in and say hello.
When it was all done Jimmy Olson turned off his laptop and when into the kitchen where his husband Robin was fixing dinner.
Jimmy: Did I tell you how much I love you.
Robin: Every day. I love you to. It’s good to feel appreciated.
- Stay home
- Wear you mask over your nose and mouth
- Don’t think you can’t get this thing
- Wash your hands
- Appreciate those you’re stuck at home with. We’re all doing the best we can.
- Most of all don’t forget the real Superheroes during this pandemic.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman