Removing a Roth, Part 4: Birth of a New Superhero

Me
I got away into the street. It was still raining. I ran along the dark streets, and soon I was at the bank. Closed! But there was a dark doorway at an adjacent building.
Stranger
Why not just go home until they opened the next day.
Me
I couldn’t. I hid in the darkness and waited all through the night, until they opened the doors of the bank. I went in, I walked toward the wall.
Stranger
How could you know the exact spot?
Me
I wanted to run to the spot, but I walked, and when I was near it, I said, Mr. Roth! Are you in there? It’s Miss Koss, Eva! Please, if you’re in there, answer me. They’ll see me standing here by the wall talking. And they won’t let me talk long, Mr. Roth, please! Answer me!
Roth
Uuuung hmm!
Me
I hear you! You are Mr. Roth? You did walk into the wall and stay there?
Roth
Ung huh!
Stranger
It is madness, but what if you’re right!
Me
I am. Please help me get him out! Mr. Roth is in there, I must get help!
Stranger
But why do you need my help?
Me
They put me back in the hospital; they didn’t believe me! I was very sick after standing in the rain so long, I don’t know how many days I was in the hospital. Then I was all right. They let me out.
Stranger
If you ask me, you are still sick.
Me
No, really! And the bank manager said “This is your last warning, you are to stay away from the bank. Behave yourself as the good, intelligent citizen you normally are. Your last warning!
Stranger
Wouldn’t it be a strange epilogue if Mr. Roth were to be seen emerging from that wall in a selfie video, with me leading the rescue party?
Me
You would be a celebrity!
Stranger
I would be a BIG celebrity! I could start a Go Fund Me page and gather a fortune to develop Roth’s powers. That is, if Roth really is waiting for someone to help him.
Me
You would be a true hero. Mr. Roth’s powers are formidable.
Stranger
He would become the next Batman, at the very least, if he lived.
Me
I told Mr. Roth to keep alive, that I was working to help him. I had to figure out a way! There’s a store across the street selling paint! That is the answer of course.

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Paint Salesman
Ma’am, now how much do you think you need?
Stranger
Oh I suggest a half pint.
Paint Salesman
Hey, we have it here in bulk.
Me
Open it, let me see it.
Paint Salesman
Sure, sure. Hey, see it’s standard cleaning fluid, okay lady?
Me
Good. I’ll take it. Here’s a ten. Please bring this can outside, Mister.
Stranger
Sure, I’ll bring it. Here I come.
Me
We need a distraction. Set the can on that pile of newspaper by the curb.
Stranger
That match! Look out! Didn’t you know it was flammable!
Me
Now, run to the bank! Everyone is going to be so busy that we will be free to go into the bank. I will show you the wall. Put your ear against it, right over there.
Stranger
Can you hear me, Roth?
Roth
Mmmm, hmm.
Stranger
He is alive!
Me
All these days Victor’s been in that wall, holding himself alive only by his will.
Stranger
Miss Koss and I will help you, Roth. I am tapping on the wall at the spot where you entered, and your best chance must be to come back the way you came. You’ve proved you can pass through it about here. I am tapping.
Roth
Yeah!
Stranger
Come toward the sound. Miss Koss is concentrating now on helping you emerge. I have turned on my cell phone video camera, it has a bright light shining on the spot.
Roth
I hear.
Me
Come toward the light, and toward my voice. Concentrate.
Roth
I see it!
Stranger
There you are, Roth! Keep walking this way. Grab his other hand, Miss Koss, and let’s pull!
Roth
I’m free! Thanks, stranger!
Stranger
Welcome back to Earth, Batman, er, Wallman! Don’t thank me; it’s Miss Koss. She really cares!
Roth
Oh, Eva, I love you!
Me
Forget pure reason; I love you, too, Victor, that is, Wallman!