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By: Soboscribe (Rsobo67@verizon.net)
A young couple stroll through Prometheus Park located in
the Atlas Park are of Paragon City. The two are enjoying the warm sunny
spring day. Kevin Caucher has dark curly hair and is of average height
with a lean muscular frame. He is a recent collage graduate who has
landed himself at one of the most prestigious engineering firms in the
city. Lisa Halloway, a curvy blonde with an angelic face, high cheek
bones and all, is in her final year of her Elementary Education degree
from Rhode Island State. Both are long time residents of the City of
Heroes. The two are holding hands walking along the shore line towards
“Would you look at that air traffic at city
hall today Lisa, there must be about fifty heroes flying around the
hall.” Kevin notices a few scantly clad superheroines fly by.
“Lived here all my life and I’m still in
awe of the supers.” “Ever wondered what it would be like to
be a superhero?” asks Lisa as the couple prepare to cross the
street. “Hasn’t every kid in this country dream of that. I
wouldn’t mind seeing you in a costume like that.” Comments
Kevin as another heroine flies by with a barely there costume.
“You’re a pig.” Jokes Lisa as she gives Kevin a slap on his shoulder.
The two lovers cross over and enter one of the
grassy parkways that surround city hall. They find a nice secluded
bench and take advantage of the time and area for a little make out
session. Time quickly passes before Lisa and Kevin realize that the sun
“We should be heading home now Kevin, I have
to study for my exam tomorrow.” “Hey now there’s a
rare sight. No heroes at city hall, hope nothing big is going down that
would need all the heroes.”
“Oh I think you need to worry about what is
going on right here lover boy,” comes a rough sounding voice from
behind the couple. Kevin turns and quickly places himself protectively
in front of Lisa as a gang of Skulls crash through the bushes, all of
which are Gravediggers, two are Slicers, two are Sluggers, a Brawler
and a Chopper. The couple is quickly surrounded by the half dozen
members of the local street gang.
“We don’t want any trouble. If its money you want, all I have is twenty bucks.”
“Oh I just want to show my boys here a good
time is all,” replies the Skull leader, the Chopper.
“It’s not often that we get to play without being
interrupted by the capes. Grab em!” orders the Chopper menacingly.
Lisa is grabbed by the Brawler and a Slicer while
the leader pushes Kevin back into the bench. Out of reflex Kevin
catches himself and without realizing what he’s doing hit the
Gravedigger Chopper with a mean right cross staggering the gang leader.
“Oh you’re going to pay for that,”
hisses the Chopper, rubbing his jaw. Kevin is grabbed by the two
Sluggers, locking his arms behind his back. The Chopper punches Kevin
in the stomach several times.
“Look, not a hero is sight. To bad so sad for
you,” taunts the gang leader as he picks up Kevin’s head by
his hair. Kevin who is doubled over in pain summons up all the defiant
energy he can muster and spits in the face of the Chopper.
“That’s it you’re going to die.
But not before I make you watch me have my way with your girl.”
The chopper laughs as he smashes the handle of his axe into the back of Kevin’s head.
Kevin is pinned to the ground by one of the
Sluggers’ bat pressed against the back of his neck. Lisa
struggles and stifles a scream, fearing it will make things worse as
the Chopper saunters over to her.
“Oh feisty are you. And big and bouncy, the
way I like em. Show me the goods,” snaps the Chopper. With a
smooth almost graceful move one of the Slicers flicks out his blade and
in one quick upward swipe slits Lisa’s top right down the center
exposing her soft flesh and bra.
“Very nice indeed. We’re going to have a
great time with you,” says the gang leader in a lusty voice.
“Don’t you touch me you bastard!”
screams Lisa as she tries to smash her shoe down and catches the toes
of the Slicer holding her. A surprised look of pain crosses the
Slicer’s face and he releases Lisa. The young woman is shocked by
the moment of freedom.
“Run Lisa, run!” yells Kevin. Lisa looks
around and turns to run only to find the business end of the other
Slicer’s knife jammed into her abdomen.
A primal roar of rage escapes Kevin as a surge of
adrenalin empowers him with the strength to push off the ground and
free himself from the distracted Slugger. Lisa collapses to the ground
in a state of shock.
“No!” cries Kevin as he gains his feet
with a face contorted with rage and hurt. The young man lets out
another roar as her focuses on the Gravedigger Chopper.
“Get ready to join you girlfriend,”
taunts the Skull leader as he prepares for an axe swing that will take
off Kevin’s head. Kevin charges straight for the Chopper. The
Skull swings his axe with a smug look waiting for the death blow to
land. Right before the axe can make contact, severing the young
man’s head, a brilliant flash of light explodes out of nowhere.
Kevin is engulfed in a ball of energy as the Chopper is knocked back
when his axe makes contact with the impenetrable wall of energy.
The gang members quickly regain their senses from
the bright flash of light only to look on with amazement at the sight
of their would-be victim. Standing in front of the Skull leader is a
figure that is dressed in a costume.
Kevin’s eyes focus and he realizes that all
his senses are twice as clear then he can remember. He looks down at
his hands and is surprised to see that they are covered with stars.
“What the hell!” stammers one of the
Slicers as he stares at the transformed young man. Instead of a bloody
and beaten collage grad, now stands a figure with a dark purple face
plate like that of a theatre mask with only glowing yellow eyes. From
the shoulders angled down to his chest is shaded in the same purple as
the mask which runs down his neck to seamlessly blend into the form
fitting costume. The rest of the muscular form looks as though he was
cut from the midnight sky, all black and covered in stars.
“Oh man he’s a cape, we beat up on a cape!” cries out one of the Brawlers.
“Don’t know how this could be, I
don’t have any powers,” says the confused Kevin as he
scratches his exposed head of hair.
“We can still take him,” commands the
Skull leader. A Slugger takes a swing at the now super powered Kevin,
trying to blindside him. Kevin snaps up his arm defensively as is
amazed as the bat shatters against his arm without any injury. Before
the Slugger can figure out what just happened he is sent flying across
the courtyard by a punch from Kevin. The Brawler whips out his gun and
unloads it into the costumed hero with no effect. Kevin backhands the
Brawler who bounces off the rout iron fence and joins the one Slugger
in the realm of unconsciousness. The Slicer who still has his blade
makes a desperate play to cut the new hero. Kevin grabs the Slicer and
snaps his wrist like a twig. The hero then throws the gang member into
his partner knocking them to the ground like bowling pins.
“Man this is to much, I’m out of
here,” cries out the Chopper as he bolts fro the gate. Kevin
feels energy building up in himself and releases a blast of energy into
the escaping villain. The Gravedigger is blown out of the park and
skids down the street, knocked out cold.
Kevin rounds up the Skull Gravediggers and bends a
fence section around the gang securely caging them. “When the
police come to pick you up, tell them that you are a present from the
Omni-guard,” taunts Kevin as he hears a weak groan.
Omni-guard turns and sees Lisa laying on her side
curled in the fetal position and cradling the knife sticking out of her.
“Oh God! Hang on baby I’ll get you to
the hospital.” “So cold, I ca… can’t feel my
arms or legs,” whispers Lisa. Kevin is shocked and a little
nauseated by the huge amount of blood puddled under Lisa.
“Remove the knife, we can heal her.” “Who said that?” Kevin looks around. “Time for explanations later, if you wish to save the woman remove the blade,”
says the disembodied voice. Not sure of his grip on reality the young
man obeys the voice. He pulls out the knife and unconsciously places
his hand over the wound. With his eyes closed Kevin slips into prayer
as a warm sensation passes through him and seeps into Lisa.
When he opens his eyes Lisa is starting to sit up.
“Kevin what happ… is that you?” Lisa crawls back as
she stares at the masked hero standing over her.
“Yeah, it’s me but don’t ask how I ended up like this.”
“Explanations are in order now that the danger has passed.”
Kevin hears. Lisa protects her eyes with her arm as a bright flash of
light surrounds the hero. Kevin is returned to normal, runs over to
Lisa and cradles his love in his arms.
“It’s over now, you’re
safe,” Kevin soothingly says while hugging Lisa to him. Lisa is
in a state of shock and only points to where Kevin was standing. The
young man turns and the couple stare at a ball of pulsating yellow
energy about the size of a large beach ball that has two intersecting
rings of orange energy circling it.
“Wha… what is that,” stammers Lisa as she finds her voice.
“I am known as the Omnisource. I have come to
be to protect those that are in need,” comes the disembodied
voice from the energy globe.
what turned me into a superhero?” “Yes Kevin Caucher. I
merged my energy with your being to grant you the power to right the
injustice at hand. Unfortunately it was only temporary for I would burn
up your physical form if we were to remain bonded. My work here is
complete. There are others in need of my assistance, farewell Kevin
Caucher.” With that the energy sphere fades from sight.
“Can you believe it? You were a
superhero.” “All I care about is that you’re
safe,” says Kevin hugging Lisa tightly. After a few minutes the
two get up and start walking towards their apartment. The couple try to
make some sense of what happened.
“It was very strange, there were times that it
seemed that I knew exactly what to do. It was like the energy source
…” “It called itself the Omnisource”
“Okay babe, the Omnisource was in control of me. The name of
Omni-guard came to me naturally, like that is what I needed to be
called. Tomorrow I’m going to see what I can find out about this
Omnisource thing. It acted as though its been around a long time.”
“Give it a rest okay honey. No matter what,
you’ll always be my hero,” says Lisa staring deeply into
Kevin’s eyes. The two have a long kiss before climbing the stairs
to their building.
“Yeah, think of the stories we can tell the
kids,” says Kevin as he gives his girl a tender pat on her
behind. “Oh, you are such a man!” jokes Lisa as she chases
her hero into the bedroom
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