The Subject-Interview

CR Interview 8:00 AM MST

DATE: October, 28th, 20XX


FEINBERG: Morning. I’m Debra Feinberg but the thing everyone is talking, texting, tweeting, and posting about was the footage we just watched. One of the two people featured in that clip, Mr. Charles Ramirez, is here with me now. Thank you for joining us, Mister Ramirez.

RAMIREZ: Please call me Charlie, Mr. Ramirez makes me feel like I’m in trouble in school.

FEINBERG: Okay Charlie, you can call me Debra.


FEINBERG: So Charlie, people are calling you a superhero, how do you respond to that?

RAMIREZ: Well, I’m not wearing a cape.

FEINBERG: Ha! Cape or no cape, you do have some extraordinary abilities.

RAMIREZ: That’s true.

FEINBERG: Can you tell us what you can do?

RAMIREZ: Okay, I’m stronger than most people.

FEINBERG: That’s a bit of an understatement. There is only one other person who’s in your bracket, strength-wise and you fought her to a standstill all over Arizona.

RAMIREZ: You don’t pull punches. When they last tested me, I dead-lifted about ten tons.


RAMIREZ: The problem is that holding up that much weight from two points, like my hands, whatever I’m lifting can buckle and break.

FEINBERG: That makes sense. When you said they tested me, you meant Sanderson Industries, correct?

RAMIREZ: Yeah, they’re the ones who were running the show.

FEINBERG: In what other ways were you enhanced?

RAMIREZ: Excuse me? Oh… Well, my skin is kinda like armor now.

FEINBERG: I personally saw you ignore small arms fire like it was nothing.

RAMIREZ: Handguns and rifle rounds do just bounce off me.

FEINBERG: Does it hurt?

RAMIREZ: No, it’s like a light tap. But getting used to being shot at was not easy.

FEINBERG: I can only imagine. Did they test anything larger?

RAMIREZ: Oh yeah, the last one they tested on me was a tank round.

FEINBERG: Did that hurt?

RAMIREZ: It did, but only for a moment.

FEINBERG: That’s… amazing.

RAMIREZ: I know.

FEINBERG: You have other abilities, can you share them with us.

RAMIREZ: I feel like I’m bragging.

FEINBERG: If it helps, you’re the most humble super-powered person I’ve ever met.

RAMIREZ: Have you met a lot of super-powered people?

FEINBERG: So far, just you.

RAMIREZ: I’m happy to give a good first impression.

FEINBERG: Your other abilities?

RAMIREZ: Right. I can run about a hundred and twenty miles an hour, leap about a quarter-mile. My muscles and skeleton are, I guess you’d say reinforced to allow me to do all that stuff. My sight and hearing are enhanced. I can read a book about a mile away. I have very keen hearing, based on heartbeats, I’d say there are seventeen people, not including me in this studio.

(FEINBERG listens to an earpiece.)

FEINBERG: Seventeen exactly.

RAMIREZ: You’re wearing a self-winding watch.

FEINBERG: I am. It was my grandfather’s.

RAMIREZ: That’s cool, not many people wear watches anymore. They just look at their phones.

FEINBERG: Thank you.

(Three-second pause.)

FEINBERG: All those sounds must be overwhelming.

RAMIREZ: It was at first. But I learned to focus on one sound at a time, which was not easy. But eventually, I was able to filter each one.

FEINBERG: Do you have heat-vision? Can you see through things?

RAMIREZ: God no! Both of those sound horrible. The Sanderson folk explained it to me this way. “You can do what everybody else can, just better.”

FEINBERG: That’s underselling it.

RAMIREZ: I guess so.

FEINBERG: I’d like to ask you about the woman who attacked you. Was she part of the same program as you?

RAMIREZ: No. No, I don’t think so.

FEINBERG: She seems to have the same enhancements as you.

RAMIREZ: She does, doesn’t she.

FEINBERG: So you have no idea where she got those abilities?

RAMIREZ: I don’t. When I was at Sanderson, there were no others going through the program.

FEINBERG: The program?

RAMIREZ: That’s what they called it.

FEINBERG: You were the only one.

RAMIREZ: As far as I know.

FEINBERG: Doesn’t that seem odd?

RAMIREZ: No more than the rest of this.

FEINBERG: Did she say anything to you?


FEINBERG: The woman who attacked you.

RAMIREZ: It’s funny.

FEINBERG: She said something funny?

RAMIREZ: No, more funny weird. She didn’t say anything.

FEINBERG: Did you say anything to her?

RAMIREZ: I tried to talk to her, but she started to destroy things. Like buildings and cars.

FEINBERG: A lot of people owe you their lives.

RAMIREZ: I just wish that their lives weren’t in danger.

FEINBERG: Do you think she was testing you?

RAMIREZ: What do you mean?

FEINBERG: Was she trying to gauge how powerful you were? Or maybe what you’d do in an extreme situation.

RAMIREZ: That’s horrible!

FEINBERG: It is, but horrible things happen every day.

RAMIREZ: That’s… Yeah, I guess they do.

FEINBERG: Do you have any idea about her motivation?

RAMIREZ: No. It doesn’t make any sense to me.

(Seven seconds of silence.)

FEINBERG: Do you need a moment?

RAMIREZ: No, I’m… I’m Fine.

FEINBERG: Did you want to be a superhero when you were a child?

RAMIREZ: Sure, what kid doesn’t?

FEINBERG: Is that why you entered the Sanderson program?

RAMIREZ: Oh no. I had no idea this would happen.

FEINBERG: Then why volunteer?

RAMIREZ: Well, they came to me in the hospital and told me they had an experimental treatment. I figured, what do I have to lose?

FEINBERG: You might’ve lost your life. Experimental treatments can be very risky.

RAMIREZ: You’re right, but I was already dying. Cancer.


To: Grandmother

From: DK

Date: October, 28th, 20XX, 09:15:33 WST

Subject: Family News

It seems Margaret and Sam are fighting. Not unexpected, given their temperaments. These sorts of quarrels makes things complicated for everyone.

Having family squabbles in public is upsetting to me as I’m sure it is to you. But these things have a way of working themselves out.

I was hoping that we might have our family get-together locally but I think the weather is against it. I’ll be in touch soon so we can reschedule.

Perhaps the mountain house?



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