Unmasked

By Emilia Fae


Hello there, buddy. Are you ok?

I’m not going to hurt you, I promise. Just at least tell me why you’re crying. Are you hurt?

No.

Ok… Where are your parents?

Hey, what about we look for them. Ok?

Ok.

Where did you last see them?

Over there.

By that bench?

Yeah.

Ok, they couldn’t have gotten to far and they’re probably looking for you too. How long have they been gone?

I don’t know… Mama said I should always call the police when I can’t find her. She says there are bad people out there who will take me.

Well, your mom’s a smart lady.

Are you a bad guy.

No, I’m not. In fact, I’m best friends with the good guys.

Who are the good guys?

The good guys are people like the police.

But you’re not the police. How do I know you’re not a bad guy?

Because the good guys help people who need them.

Like Spiderman?

Yep, just like Spiderman.

But, you’re not wearing a suit. The good guys wear suits.

Not always, Spiderman doesn’t always wear a suit. Sometimes he’s just Peter Parker.

Yeah… And the bad guys wear suits too.

Yeah. I guess you’re right. But that’s so the good guys will have a hard time finding them when they take off their suits.

Then how do you know if the bad guy is a bad guy?

They always get caught, don’t they?

Yeah, they do.

Come on, let’s go find your folks.

What’s wrong?

Do… Do the bad guys always lie?

…Yeah. Always.