Removing a Roth, 1: Birth of a Superhero

Me
Come to the Fourth National Bank.
Stranger
Huh?
Me
Would you come to the bank with me, please? I’ve asked a lot of people, but they won’t listen. No, don’t turn your head!
Stranger
I have important work…
Me
Please don’t go away! Listen, it’s my friend, he’s locked up in there, and I can’t get in.
Stranger
Help, police!
Me
Oh no, not to rob them! I didn’t say he was locked up in the vault. I don’t care about money! All I care about is him! But I didn’t mean to tell you. All right, I did!
Stranger
Tell me what?
Me
It’s Mr. Roth: he’s in the bank, and he can’t get out! What are you laughing about? This is not funny! He can’t get out! You can go in there, but I can’t. Now stop laughing! Please listen to me!
Stranger
At least you are funny, girl!
Me
I’ll tell you all about it from the start. I’m a school teacher at the high school. I teach physics: it’s a rational science, cause and effect, cause and effect. Mr. Roth teaches in the same school: psychology, the way of the human mind. But that’s not an exact science, is it?
Stranger
Not at all.
Me
And that’s exactly what started it. Mr. Roth said to me: “Miss Koss, I don’t think very much of your exact sciences. It is my conviction that the potentialities of the human mind and body have never been realized by any human creature.”
Me
But there have been great men – Plato, Lincoln – many scientists, too!
Roth
Yes, but only fractional greatness! All using perhaps one tenth of the power latent within themselves. It’s all a matter of concentration! Thomas Edison used perhaps one iota more concentration than the average man and became one of the great inventors of all time. If men would concentrate their minds to the limit the universe would be theirs.
Stranger
Interesting, but…
Me
I thought nothing of it. Mr. Roth was such an intense young man. I liked his intensity, just think what could happen if a man could bring his mind to the proper point of concentration! He could move objects with his mind! Yes! Why not think that a table should move as people move? Mr. Roth did think that if he wanted to be a certain place and he would be there.
Stranger
Sounds like a weird-y!
Me
Men conceived of civilization just by a thought and here it is. I liked to watch Mr. Roth’s eyes while he talked! They were so bright and burning, and his mouth, the way it twisted. I couldn’t help liking Mr. Roth, could I? We had dinner together once.
Stranger
Oh, so you liked him a lot?
Me
I remember I said, it’s very nice of you to have dinner with me, Mister Roth.
Roth
On the contrary, I, I’m grateful to you! You’re a very good listener. I’ve done a great deal of work in the week since we last talked.
Me
Have you? Please tell me.
Roth
Well it isn’t exactly work. It’s, it’s more of a decision!
Me
Yes?
Roth
I’ve come to the decision to stop theorizing. I’ve decided to put what I believe into practice.
Me
Tell me what you mean by that.
Roth
Yeah, It’s quite simple, the powers of concentration, I’ve decided to put my theory into full practice. The fruit juice is for the lady. I don’t want to anticipate, but I expect wonderful results, Miss Koss. I might even say unbelievable results!
Me
Tell me more, I said.
Stranger
You did, eh? What then?
Me
Please come with me to the bank.
Stranger
All right. all right.
Me
I’ll tell you the rest, then. Mr. Roth is trapped in a wall in the bank!

Look for Part 2