The human imagination couldn't come up with a story this adorable. Thankfully, it happened in real life!
Picture this -- two guys, Jeff Buckland and Troy Marcum, are dressed up as Batman and Captain America, respectively. They're at an American Legion in West Virginia, and the reason they're in costumes is that they're running a program called Heroes 4 Higher that is designed to provide motivational messages for children and adults in need.
During the event, some vets see a fire and think someone must have lit up some garbage. But Buckland, a former firefighter, recognizes that the smoke is not the kind that garbage would make.
So both Buckland and Marcum spring into action, running toward the smoke to discover that there's a house on fire.
After Buckland instructed Marcum to throw a rock at the window in order to let out the smoke, he ran into the burning building looking for anyone in need of assistance. And he did find someone.
I don't care what it is. I don't care if it's a Chia pet. It's coming out. So I grab it, run out the door with it, put it in the yard. And I'll be if it wasn't a cat.
After providing mouth-to-mouth on the cat, Buckland says the animal revived just enough to freak out! Thankfully, however, the cat was ultimately fine and the human members of the family had been away on holiday, so no one was injured.
But the best part of the story is the way it inspired kids who witnessed the heroics. Buckland had to remove his mask at one point to get some oxygen after being inside a burning building. As the children gathered around to witness the moment, Buckland told them they'd have to keep his true identity a secret.
And in that way, both Batman and Captain America became real for the people of West Virginia, even if but for a brief moment.
So well done, Jeff and Troy -- you know how to make people believe in heroes.