Gail Simone proves herself to be a real superhero.
It’s always inspiring when we read about a geek who did something to help someone else out. It’s even better when that person turns out to be Batgirl writer Gail Simone. She actually put herself in danger to save a stranger, something most of us would never even consider doing.
Simone told her story on her blog:
I was by myself in the car, no one else around except a couple talking to each other, I thought playfully, on the lawn in front of my parking spot. They looked like they’d been drinking a little.
I was gathering up my phone and stuff, about to send a message home to my hubby that I would be home in about an hour and fifteen minutes. I wasn’t looking forward to the drive, I’ve been working a lot at night and was pretty fatigued.
The girl and the guy started making some noise, but I didn’t immediately think anything was wrong, because I had thought they were play arguing.
It turns out they weren’t.
When I looked up, they had moved, and I couldn’t spot them immediately. There was no one else around, and as I say, it was very dark.
Pretty soon I heard the girl start screaming. She was yelling, get your hands off me, get off me. I rolled down my window, and it was clearly serious, something very bad was happening.
So I grabbed my keys and my phone to go see what I could do. By this time, she’s full on screaming and the guy is cursing and yelling, and at the very least, I can hear that he’s hitting her. I run towards the sound, and she comes running out of the dark area between two of the apartment buildings…she’s thrown her shoes off to be able to run.
And she’s screaming HELP ME.
And the guy comes out after her.
Now, it’s dark, and there’s nobody around. And when I worked at a crisis center, they used to warn us not to go into dark, enclosed areas like this when there’s a dangerous situation.
So the guy is chasing her, and I make it to her, and put myself between him and the girl. I have my keyring clenched in my fist with the keys sticking out, which does a lot of damage very quickly, if necessary. I am weirdly, completely calm, but it is also very clear that this guy is not going to be allowed to put his hands on the girl. What I don’t know is that my son, in his room on the third floor, has heard the shouting and is looking for the number for the complex’s security.
Obviously, we need more people like Simone in the world.