Summary: A guy who has superpowers, has a battle at the place he gets his initial power with a villain who is related to his loved one.
“God, it’s 1 am. I need more coffee.”
“There’s no coffee left in the pantry,” Tracy said with a pout.
“Oh, damn, I’ll go outside then, hope I’ll find one coffee shop still open in this hour.”
“Okay, good luck.” said Tracy.
The coffee shop across the street was already closed. I walked around, and I found a coffee shop named Blue Coffee Shop. At first I thought the name was funny, why was it named Blue Coffee shop? Did they also sell blue coffee? I went there anyway because I really needed caffeine to keep me awake.
The place seemed odd, really. From the outside, the shop looked quiet. But, in the inside, it’s quite crowded. Another weird thing was that before I said my order, they already served me with a cup of coffee.
“Thanks.” I said.
“Enjoy you coffee.” the waiter said with a friendly smile.
The coffee was delicious. I liked it. I looked around the shop until unexpectedly the coffee shop was blown.
I thought that it was the incident that made me have this mind reading power because I remembered waking up in a hospital and feeling so shocked to hear so many voices in head. But, I wondered how I got this power, was it because my head was hit by something in that incident? And how the hell those warning blue colored note came out of my pocket? I still didn’t understand.
“Hey, Richard, are you still on earth?”
“Uh, what?” I was startled.
“You’re spacing out. Again. You’re here, alone, drinking coffee, why don’t you have some company? Mind if I sit here?”
“No, sure, you can sit there.” I said nervously because it was Erin.
“Spacing out is really one of your traits, isn’t it? I always catch you spacing out.”
“Well, maybe.” I grinned lightly.
“Anyway, I wanted to say thanks for saving me.”
“Saving you? from what?” I was puzzled.
“The earthquake, a week ago. I’m sorry I haven’t got a chance to say thanks. I went out of town right away; dad asked me to help him in his office.”
“Oh, Mr. O’Shaughnessy? How is he? I heard he’s coming here?”
“Yes, he is. It’s a bit weird, though, cause he’s been very busy in his office. By the way, I only left this town for a week, but there seemed to be a lot of things going on in this city. I just saw on TV there was a new hero or something saving people from danger, in real flesh, not just some warning notes.”
“Oh yes, it’s been a while actually. People are calling him “Spex”.”
“Spex? Why do people call him that? What a weird name,” she chuckled.
It was, indeed. Couldn’t they come up with a better name?
“It’s a fore-clipped word from Haruspex, a diviner in ancient Rome basing his predictions on inspection of the entrails of sacrificial animals.” I said explaining.
“What? Does he do that?!” she exclaimed.
“No, of course, not. It’s just that people think he has some psychic ability and he can predict forthcoming crimes.”
“Oh. I think, we should call him “antenna-man” because you know he has an antenna on his attire,” she said with a laugh.
I know it looked ridiculous, but the antenna helped me to read people’s mind whose head covered by hats, caps, and things like that.
“I think, we should go back to the office.” I said while standing up.
“Yeah, Okay, let’s go.”
When Erin and I were on our way back to the office building, I saw a man who looked like Mr. O’Shaughnessy, but he wore a hat, and looked like in a hurry.
“Erin, isn’t that Mr. O’Shaughnessy?” I said pointing him out to her.
“Is he? He hasn’t told me he’s already here and he surely doesn’t wear hats.”
“Look again.” I asked her, and this time, the man was looking back and we could see his face.
“Daddy? Why didn’t he tell me? Where is he going?”
“Dad!!” Erin shouted and ran after him.
“Erin, where are you going?” I followed her.
We followed him. And frankly enough, he went to the Blue Coffee Shop.
This was like the first time I stepped my foot near this place since that incident. The coffee shop was still wrecked and looked like it’s been abandoned completely.
As I moved closer to the coffee shop, a voice came to my head which sounded like that weird language from that alien I killed. I felt a weird energy, and I wish I could change to my costume, but Erin was there.
Mr. O’Shaughnessy was near the cashier and looked like he’s talking to someone. Erin saw him too and shouted. Mr. O’Shaughnessy was surprised and looked like he’s hiding something.
“Erin, what are you doing here?” said Mr. O’Shaughnessy looking surprised.
“No, what are you doing, Dad? And who are you talking to?” Erin said to her dad looking a little scared.
“Nothing, honey, I’m just checking out this place,” he tried to calm her and reached her. Then he saw me.
All of a sudden the man who was talking to him came out and turned out he wasn’t a man, he is another alien.
“YOU!” that alien screamed at me with anger.
Erin was so shocked to see that creature; she screamed and fainted.
“Calm down, you, idiot. You scared the hell out of my daughter.” Mr. O’Shaughnessy said to that alien.
“He’s the one who took your formula and drank them.” said the alien with his monster voice.
“Was he?” he then pulled a device out of his pocket and pushed the button.
At a sudden a sound came out of that device and hurt my head so bad that I could lost my sight.
“Oh, so it’s you. You know what? I was going to take over this world with that formula! But you drank it! Well, now, since the formula which was in your coffee that you drank in this place, is now in your blood, shall we shrink you and take all of your blood. Get him now, Oron,” ordered Mr. O’Shaughnessy to that ugly alien.
“Humans are morons. I swear I’m gonna kill you all,” added Mr. O’Shaughnessy.
I ran. I couldn’t fight him without my costume on. He finally caught me, smashed me to the wall, and tied me up. Mr. O’Shaughnessy cut my hands right in the artery. Blood streamed down from my hand and I was just hopeless, couldn’t do anything but wait to die.
As I laid there, I heard a voice “Son, drink that dropping water.”
My body was numb that I didn’t feel there’s dropping water near my body. It was red, similar to my blood.
I drank three drops of it. Suddenly, the wound was healing and I gained my strength again. I’m already in my blue dominant costume with a neutron sign in my chest and complete with an antenna in my head.
Oron was so shocked by my transformation that he couldn’t do anything because he knew if he fought with his power, his power would become mine.
A laser coming from my antenna was enough to tear him down and kill him.
Mr. O’Shaughnessy was stunned. He begged me not to kill him. He said he’s just human. Well, what kind of human dealing with monsters just to kill his own race.
A laser came out and he was motionless.
I was relieved it ended until I turned around and saw Erin was there looking extremely shocked.
Thank you to Intan Frizkiani, Elmi Nurfazri, Irfan Reza Hardiansyah, and Aliffia Nur R. for proofreading this short prose, and also to my internet friend, Yudho Murphy Harahap (@yudhomurphy) for helping me find ideas for this story and drawing the graphic dramatization for this short prose.
– Superman, Spiderman, and other superhero stories.
– Heroes (TV Series)
– Crownies (An Australian TV Series)
Word count: (1000)
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