Jude took a deep breath and sighed. He glanced through the window and saw Mr. Smith with his feet propped up on his desk, talking on the phone. Jude couldn’t hear through the glass, but Mr. Smith looked annoyed.
Jude took a deep breath and sighed. He slowly raised his arm and knocked on the door. Mr. Smith waved him in. The office was lightly furnished with nothing but a desk, a bookcase, a filing cabinet, and a few chairs. On the desk was a top of the line laptop, sitting on a platform next to neatly stacked in and out boxes. All of the edges of the papers were as perfectly lined up as they could be.
“Alright, I’m gonna have to call you back… Yes, yes I know… I’m aware… Goodbye!” He turned his attention to Jude. His face turned to a smile. “Nice to see you, Dayspring. I think I know why you’re here.”
“Probably.” Jude sat down in the chair across from Mr. Smith’s desk, and he was already beginning to sweat. “Okay, I know you probably don’t want Vanessa to keep doing this, but I really belie-”
“What, you expect me to let my daughter go back out there?” He scoffed and shook his head. “After what happened? She’s in the hospital, with permanent scars.”
“I never said there weren’t risks, you both knew that.” Jude kept as neutral of an expression as he could manage.
“There is no way I’m letting her keep doing this. I’m shutting the ‘super hero’ venture down.” He said calmly.
Jude took a deep breath and sighed. “You can’t keep controlling everything your daughter does.”
“You have no idea what you’re talking about. You’re not a father. Not to mention you’re lecturing me about control, something you clearly lack after what you let happen!”
“You think I just let this happen? Is this what you think I wanted? I care more about her than you!” Jude raised his voice. His hands were tightly gripping the arms of his chair.
“Oh sure you do, you two buck zippo! You’re the most pathetic excuse for a hero I’ve ever seen!”
“Wow!” Jude jumped to his feet, pushing his chair back against the wall. The temperature in the office began to rise, and Jude began to glow. “We’re one and the same then! Because you’re clearly the most pathetic excuse for a father to walk this planet!”
“How dare you!” Mr. Smith stood to his feet and slammed his fist on his desk, sending pens and papers flying.
“Yeah, that’s right! You couldn’t ever spare a single second for her, but now that she wants to be an adult you want to make every decision for her! All of a sudden now that she’s interesting you give a shit! Is that what you think love is?!” Jude was screaming almost as loud as he could. The room was like a sauna now and Jude was lighting up the office.
“You think I’ll be intimidated by you! Hah! I’ve seen girlscouts scarier than you! What are you going to do? Illuminate my office?!” Mr. Smith shouted, even louder than Jude.
“Enough!” Jude shouted. The room was filled with blinding light and sweltering heat. Jude balled his fist, and his eyes began to glow an almost sickly yellow. “I. Said. Enough.” He looked Mr. Smith dead in the eye, as his body began to glow almost white hot.
Jude took a deep breath and sighed. The light faded and the room returned to its normal temperature. Mr. Smith was covered in sweat and backed up against the wall, panting. He had a wild look in his eyes. “If you forbid this, it will be the single greatest mistake of your life. Not from me. I’m done. But if you actually love your daughter you won’t do this.”
Jude gently opened the door and closed it behind him. He passed Jean on his way down the hallway. Jude paused. He simply shook his head and walked down the hall. He walked to his room and washed off his face. Well that could’ve gone better. I guess that was probably the nail in that coffin. He laid down in his bed. I’m sorry Vanessa, I tried.
Jude took a deep breath and sighed.
Thank you for reading, let me know if you have any thoughts or questions. I’m ironing out my editing process, so hopefully quality will be increasing.