Dave patted the earth around his new date palm and arched his back. With his super powers, he didn’t really hurt, but a normal person would be sore after a day of planting eight exotic trees in his front yard.
The school bus screeched to a halt. James rumbled off it. Dave called, “So, what do you think of the trees?”
James looked up. “Oh, nice.” He walked inside the house.
Derrick came up next. “Hey, Dad! Let’s go play superheroes.”
“Um, can we play something else?”
Derrick gasped. “But you always want to play superheroes.”
“I’m tired of superheroes. Let’s play baseball.”
An hour later, Naomi pulled into the drive where Dave and Derrick were throwing the ball around. She gaped. “Dave, what have you done to the yard?”
He beamed. “You like it?”
“Yeah, where did you get these trees?”
“Um, a friend gave them to me.”
“Some of these only grow natively in the south pacific.”
“He’s a good friend.”
“Who is he?”
“Um, Powerhouse. That was for helping him with the car thieves.”
“Oh, well, you should tell Powerhouse that a palm tree won’t survive a Washington state winter.”
“I’ll mention it.” Dave turned to Derrick. “Let’s pack it in, Son.”
Inside, Dave presented Naomi with the banquet of native Hawaiian flowers.
She burst into tears.
Oops. Was she allergic? “You’ll have to eat without me, but I brought home pineapple that we can share.”
Naomi got the pineapple out, cut it up, and joined Dave at the breakfast nook.
She took a bite and gasped. “Oh, Dave, this is delicious. I haven’t had a pineapple this good since we had a fresh one when we went to Hawaii. Where’d you get it?”
“I gotta get to work.” Dave escaped to the garage.
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