She's been lying to them for months now. At first, when she was dying, it was because they would demand she come home and they'd waste all sorts of money trying to keep her alive. She didn't feel like telling them she dropped out either and was working on her own cure. Since she started the whole superhero thing though it was mostly it's because she has no idea what to say. Sure, the Pope could pose with Superman and there were angels up here, but the Church wasn't clear on the whole superhero thing. Her folks were in the "no cape," camp, not the subject came up often or that they'd call for blood or whatever. They just believed that capes were dangerous unless reigned in by morality or governments or some type of big brother system. Don't get mom started on the Amazons either. She'd actually donated to groups trying to establish missions to their nation. It was a shared joke with her brother and sister. Well...it had been a joke.
She kept staring at the phone while the mental dialogue ran through her head.
Hi mom. Hi Dad. How's Cape May? Fine? Guess what? I just help save the world up here. Yeah, all in a days work. Me? Noooo...not at Star U, Mom. I got something rare that was eating my nerves and muscles up - something terminal. No...Mom...Mom...MOM...I'm fine, really. I injected myself with a ton and a half of chemicals and I'm fine. No, I'm not on drugs but I can stop bullets with my abs. Interesting side effect of it all. No. Cyndi's right. I'm not with her. I've been staying with a lady who wears fishnets to work, a Buddhist, an AIDS patient, and a LIBERAL! Cool huh? Mom, you're NOT dying of a heart attack yet? Wait'll meet my boyfriend. No. He's not a med student. He's 17 and living at a bar with a redneck Green Lantern...but he has no fear, ma, trust me. No, I haven't been to confession yet, but there's an angel up here on the satellite that says I don't need to...Did I mention the kung fu guy I'm going to be getting my med degree from who calls himself Mid-Night?
She calls anyway, planning to lying again. She needs to know they made it through okay.