Pumpkin walked into Klassic Komix, his favorite comic shop. His home away from home. "Josh! Did the new issue of Andromeda come in yet?"
"Delivered just 30 seconds ago!" Josh replied. "Let's take a look at the cover and see if this one's worth your hard-earned $2.95!" He started reading.
"Will the fabric-eating microbots of Harriet Curse devour Andromeda's belly-exposing supersuit? Or can Andromeda stop them before they devour hers...and others?"
"I think I speak for every red-blooded American when I say 'ring it up!' " was Pumpkin's answer.
As Pumpkin started reading, Josh interrupted him. "Have you checked out the new Madam Bomb?"
"Sorry, Josh. No interest. I have room in my heart for one superheroine: Andromeda! She buries all the other characters! She just has a certain...certain...what's the word?...about her?"
"Cleavageness?" Josh guessed.
"Page 17, panel 4. Rowrrr!"
. . .
Pumpkin continued reading on the sofa at home.
"Andromeda? What's that?"
Pumpkin looked up. It was Dad. "Uh...just a comic book."
His dad snatched it to take a look. "Good gravy! This is pretty violent, don't you think? This hardly seems appropriate!"
"Uh...Dad? I'm not done with that," said Pumpkin. "Can I have it back?"
"Oh, my...! This artwork is quite mature! It's very suggestive!"
"I'm...uh...I'm not done with that."
"You are now." Dad walked away with the comic book.
"No! NOOOOO!!!" Pumpkin screamed.
"I'm sorry to have to take away your comic book," said Dad, "but Andromeda is too suggestive for a boy your age! But I'm not saying you can't read comics! I used to love comic books as a kid, too! So I dug out a box of my own comics. You can read these to your heart's content! They're classics!"
Pumpkin took one out. " 'Little Lotta?' " he moaned.
"Love her freckles!" Dad said.
As Dad walked away, Pumpkin called Josh. "Josh! Bad news! My Dad took my Andromeda before I could finish it! You've got to tell me what happens! I was up to the part when she gets transported to an artificial field...what comes next? Really? Awesome! Then what?...I knew it!...I knew it! And what's she wearing during all this?...Uh-huh...uh-huh....short gym shirt or alternative supersuit?"
Dad was listening the whole time.
Pumpkin was on his way back to the comic shop.
Mr. Carrot was shoveling his driveway when Pumpkin walked by. "Pumpkin? Why so glum?"
"I've got girl trouble, Mr. Carrot.
"My Dad doesn't approve of her, but what does he know? She's perfect for me!"
"What's she like?"
"6 foot 2, slim, immortal, vengeful."
Mr. Carrot was confused. "Okay..."
"Oh, and she's part-vampire."
As Pumpkin got closer to his destination, he saw Dad talking to his friend, a peer.
"...so I really had no choice! I didn't want to take away his favorite book, but I just didn't want him looking at something so suggestive!"
"I would have done the same thing," she answered.
Pumpkin snorted. "And to think this was said by a man with an Anna Kournikova screen saver."
"REALly?" asked Dad's peer, surprised.
"Well, I'm a--a tennis fan," said Dad, blushing.
Finally Pumpkin arrived. "Hey, Josh."
"Hi, Pumpkin. Still bummed out about Andromeda?"
"Of course I am! Wouldn't you be, if your dad had forbidden you to read the world's greatest series? He says it's too suggestive! How would he know? He's never even read the stuff! How will I survive if my Dad won't let me read Andromeda? She's the best heroine that ever was! She's strong, she's smart, she's quick, she's babealicious!"
Finally Josh cut him off. "Speaking of 'babealicious,' how's your sister?"
Pumpkin frowned. "That, by far, was the worst transition I've ever witnessed. Why are you asking how's my sister? I thought the two of you broke up!"
"But we're still friends!" Josh smiled.
"Well if you're friends, why don't you ask her how she is?"
"Well, I...I...it's not...it's just...does she ever talk about me? Will you tell her I said hi?"