Sky of Fire:
by: David McFarland
"Mr. Sky Burn, what do you have to say about the
"My client does not wish to speak at this moment."
The lawyer responded quickly.
Another reported pushed his way through the crowd of
his colleagues. "Mr. Sky Burn, are you guilty?"
His only answer was "No comment" from the lawyer.
"Sir, are you a murderer?" Sky Burn stopped in his
tracks. He normally wouldn't have, but at this he did.
"Sky Burn, we need to get to the courthouse." His
lawyer grabbed Sky Burn's shoulder.
Sky Burn glared at the reporter who had called him a
"Sir, are you a murderer?"
"You're stepping on my cape." The hero said.
"Oh. Sorry." The foot was removed from the
camouflaged article, and the lawyer and client edged
through the crowd.
"Defendant, you are charged with the deaths of three
Council Members from the raid on one of their bases on
February tenth, 2005, at approximately nine-thirty
- m. How do you plead?"
The hero rose from his seat a little to lean into the
microphone in front of him. "Not guilty."
The crowd murmured a little, only to be sharply
interrupted by the judge's gavel. "Settle down,
After some proceeding swearing in, et cetera, the
hearing went on.
"The prosecutor will give his argument."
"I call Mr. James Kilk to the stand." The
prosecutor's lawyer stood and walked to the stand.
Sky Burn's lawyer countered. "May I remind the Jury
that Mr. Kilk is a known Council Member and will have
a bias against heroes?"
The Judge looked at both prosecutor and the witness.
James stood at the witness stand and was out under
The lawyer went up to him calmly. "Sir, is it true
that you were at the raid on your base on February
"Did you see the Defendant there?"
"Did he have another hero there?"
"Yes. One called 'Chillbain' I believe."
"Did the other hero use an assault rifle?"
"No, only the defendant. The other used ice."
"Did the defendant shoot at the three dead men?"
"Yes. I remember seeing them hit by one of the
volleys of bullets and then falling down dead, all at
the same time."
"That is all."
The Judge"s booming voice sprawled over the courtroom
with placidity and steadiness and to the defending
lawyer, "Does the defendant have any questions for the
"Yes, your honor," Sky Burn's defender rose and went
over to the witness' stand. "Mr. Kilk, is it not true
that a hero's Full Auto bullets are unique in that
they are rounded and more blunt than all other hero
"I believe so."
"The forensics team found a total of thirty-eight
Full Auto bullets in the deceased persons. Along with
two slugs in one, and one sniper slug in another.
Only ten of the Full Auto bullets pierced major
organs, none of which included the heart, lungs, or
stomach. But, in each of the subjects, at least three
to seven bullets, sharp-tipped, not hero-issue. They
were matched with these eight weapons. All
Council-made, found on the scene." The lawyer,
Koffhardt, produced several photos of the
Council-rifles. "At least two of these bullets in
each of the deceased pierced a vital organ.
Pronounced cause of death. My client's bullets
unfortunately sped up the death. Virtual recreations
have proved that had the extra Council bullets not be
already through the body masses, they would have lived
to see the Ziggurat. No further questions your
"The witness may step down from the stand." He
motioned for several guards to take away the convicted
"Does the defendant wish to call any witnesses?"
"I call Chillbain to the stand." The said hero
appeared and was sworn in.
"Is it true you were at the said raid with Sky Burn,
"Yes, I have been on every mission with him for the
past seven months, included the one of February
"Has he ever exhibited violent tendencies?"
"No sir. The only violence has used was in self
defense or public safety."
"What do you mean by public safety?" Koffhardt asked
"Well sir, the arresting of villains. These three
deceased are the only three that have ever been lost
in the occurrence of our Super-group, the Xtreme
Warriors." Chillbain decided to dodge further
questions. "I have watched him shoot before. The
last time he missed his mark on a target, it was by a
couple of centimeters, and it was at,,, oh,,, five hundred
yards? Probably more. That was four months ago. When
he ever does miss otherwise, he completely misses.
"Did you see him fire all of his shots?"
"Most of them. I remember these three that died. It
was in the middle of a crossfire. I assume that's
where the Council bullets came from, the crossfire.
They are generally horrible shots, especially when we
heroes try to dodge their fire. No one wants to get
shot by a lethal bullet. I saw him gun these three,
but they kept on fighting. A few minutes later they
started dropping dead."
"Your honor, if I may make a statement in reference
and explaining this phenomenon, if you will."
Koffhardt turned to face the Jury as he spoke. "A
augmented Council-member, which these three were, has
been known to live for up to two and a half days with
multiple half-dollar sized holes in their abdomens.
Mind you, it hurts a lot for them. But with the
addition of adrenaline, they are nearly invincible
until it wears off. I'm surprised heroes can make all
of the Council troops unconscious as it is instead of
them having to die to stop them. When these troops
were shot by their fellows weapons by accident, that
is what killed them."
It was barely and hour before the Jury and the
"The Jury has found the defendant Sky Burn not guilty
of murder. The act has been ruled as self-defense and
public duty and accidental, and was obviously
committed by someone who now serves their time in
The Judge looked around briefly. "Court adjourned."
The prosecutor and his lawyer hung their heads. The
lawyer himself looked especially worried and rubbed
his temples. As Sky Burn exited the courtroom, he
thought he even saw a single tear drop from his eye.
That made him wonder quite a bit and confused even
more. Surely he had enough money from all of the
clients he had worked with; he was a lawyer renowned
through the city.
But why was he crying?