"Just...just stop." I repeated, forcing myself to stop shaking. "I am here because that occurred to me. I don't know everything about you, but I do know enough to say that you would never just abandon us like that. So tell me...what happened?" I honestly didn't know if he was going to answer; he was so angry and frustrated with us as a whole that I wouldn't have entirely blamed him for not answering. I would have blamed him even less if he'd told me to leave. I felt I was making things worse. "There was a little girl." His voice was so soft...I could hear almost nothing of his anger in his tone now. He was just defeated. Broken. "She must have been walking on the bridge when it collapsed. I heard her crying for help under the rubble...and I didn't even stop to think. I just...ran." I felt a strange sense of relief seep down into my limbs, soothing away all the tension with all the effort it takes to release a breath. I had been right about him. I knew he wouldn't have left us without good reason, and I'd been right. "Did you get there in time?" it seemed like a silly question, really. He'd never failed to save someone once he put his mind to it. It was what set him apart from the rest of us, and not in the demeaning way they so often dismissed him. Really, even if they didn't see it...he was better than all of us. "Yeah," he nodded, and I thought I heard a tiny sense of pride this time, "she was lucky...she only had a broken arm. It hurt, and she was crying, but I got her out of there and back to her parents. She's going to be alright." He paused for a moment, then added, "But it took me a while to dig through the rubble—go figure, right?" I had to give him a tiny smile for his weak attempt at a joke, but it didn't last long. Now didn't seem the place for smiles and jokes. "Even going as fast as I could...it was hard. Speed doesn't mean I can lift a half-ton piece of concrete like the big man can. I had to find other ways to get down to her. Took me longer than I thought...and when I finally got back..." "But why didn't you...?"