Heiko H. Caimi – Like Superman

It was 2 pm of a Sunday afternoon in Summer. The kid on the sixth floor wanted an ice-cream. He left his toys and walked out of his room. In the living room mum was sleeping on the sofa and dad on the couch. It was always like this on Sundays, after lunch. And he’d better not wake them up: they would get very angry. But he definitely wanted an ice-cream.

He approached the entrance. The door was locked, and the keys were too high for him to reach. But there was the balcony.
The kid went out in the balcony and looked down. ‘I am like Superman’, he said. And he down he went to get his ice-cream.

Translation by Stefano Bragato (edited by Irene Tossi)

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Heiko H. Caimi
Heiko H. Caimi, born in 1968, is a writer, screenwriter, poet and teacher of fiction writing. He has collaborated as an author with publishers Mondadori, Tranchida, Abrigliasciolta and others. He has taught at the Egea bookshop of Bocconi University in Milan and several other schools, libraries and associations in Italy and Switzerland. Since 2013 he has been editorial director of the literature magazine Inkroci. He is one of the founders and organizers of the traveling literary festival Libri in Movimento. He collaborates with the news magazine "InPrimis" keeping the column "Pages in a minute" and with the blog of the writer Barbara Garlaschelli "Sdiario". He published the novel "I predestinati" (The Predestined, Prospero, 2019) and edited the anthology of short stories "Oltre il confine. Storie di migrazione" (Over the border. Migration stories, Prospero, 2019).