Friday, Nov. 15 began like any other day in San Francisco, I mean Gotham City. People ensnarled by the mundane hustle and bustle of commuting to work could hardly anticipate what was about to occur.
But Gotham's normal routine would soon be interrupted by a series of crimes that was beyond the abilities of Gotham's finest.
Not long after the horrific crime spree began, the Gotham City Police Department had no other choice than to send the Bat-Signal; and police Chief Greg Suhr put out an urgent call to Batman.
"Gotham City needs you, Batman," a panic-stricken Suhr said. "Please, caped crusader, we need you, and bring the Batkid."
Emphasizing the need to bring the Batkid illustrated the gravity of the crisis that Gotham faced.
Shortly after Suhr's appeal, led by a police escort, a black Lamborghini sped through the streets of Gotham carrying Batman, with Batkid riding shotgun.
The first thing the dynamic duo encountered was a woman tied to cable car tracks with a mysterious package attached to her back. Who would do such a thing? Fortunately, the Batkid sprung into action freeing the woman from peril.
But the danger was far from over. Clues strongly indicated the woman being tied to the tracks was merely a misdirection ploy by none other than the Riddler.
Soon, a call came in that there was an attempted bank robbery in the city's financial district. Our two heroes were off again, but now with a growing legion of followers aided by the power of social media offering support for their dangerous mission.
Just as Batkid suspected, it was, indeed, the Riddler. With no regard for his personal safety, Batkid marched into the bank and foiled the Riddler's plans.
As the Riddler was carted off to jail, Batman and Batkid stop for a well-deserved lunch. But attempts to enjoy a burger in Union Square were soon disrupted as the Penguin brazenly kidnapped the famed mascot Lou Seal right from under Batkid's nose.
In hot pursuit, Batkid chased the Penguin to AT&T Park, where he freed Lou Seal and apprehended his longtime nemesis. Gotham City was once again safe.
Batkid received video congratulations from President Barack Obama, and the Justice Department issued a news release that the Penguin and Riddler would be indicted.
The headline in the Gotham City newspaper read: "Batkid Saves City." Gotham City Mayor Ed Lee gave Batkid the key to the city in front of thousands of cheering onlookers.
This was indeed a feel-good story that momentarily captured the world's attention. Five-year-old Miles Scott, who has battled leukemia since he was 18 months old, saw his wish come true.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation teamed with volunteers and local officials to transform San Francisco into Gotham City.
For more than three years, leukemia robbed Miles of his childhood, but not his indomitable spirit. he inspired thousands of onlookers, many of whom fought back tears, as Miles fought crime in the streets of Gotham.
It's hard to imagine that even the hardest of hearts would not be moved by Miles' courage and determination. We were privy to witness the fruition of a dream that Miles had clung to as he went through debilitating chemotherapy.
The cynicism, pessimism and negativity that too often dominate our public discourse were forced to take a back seat to something more important, if only for a moment. Thanksgiving came early this year.
But having his wish of portraying his favorite superhero, fighting crime in Gotham City as thousands cheered him on come true was only Miles' second greatest achievement this year.
In June, he arrested a more formidable adversary than either the Penguin or Riddler. After his last chemotherapy treatment five months ago, his leukemia is in remission. That truly makes him a superhero.
Contact Byron Williams at 510-208-6417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.