Unfinished Stories

A Battle for the City

Vengeance moved to make the final adjustments to the vaporisation laser, cloak flowing behind him. He was rushing, he was already behind schedule. Vengeance had a date tonight.

Blaze’s phone beeped, an alert from a few streets over, small time burglary. She checked the time, if she was quick and didn’t wait for the police…. She would have time, she thought, she didn’t want to be late for her date.

Penny climbed up through the back window as always, and started the arduous process of removing a skintight superhero suit. This she mused to herself, was definitely the biggest downfall to being a superhero. There was cuts and bruises, they were easy enough to hide, broken limbs were always more awkward to deal with, but she healed damn fast anyway. So yes, removing some sweaty tight leggings and an even tighter top of a night was by far one of the worst parts. Especially when she was late.

Luke hang up his cloak carefully in the hole behind the cupboard door and went about picking a shirt for the night. His outfit was quick and easy to pick out, so he started sketching out some new blueprints, one eye carefully watching the clock. Not too long later he picked up his files, hiding them carefully in another hidden compartment. Luke sighed, hiding was difficult, people never really understood and he doubted they ever would. He fixed his hair, grabbed his jacket and headed for the door.

An expensive looking yet cheap restaurant, eight p.m. Luke was sat at a table dressed in an expensive looking yet cheap suit, watching couples through the window. It was nice at times, he thought, having two separate lives. If Vengeance had been here people would be running, screaming, but here he was….. Invisible. He thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ten minutes past eight and Penny arrived, her Dad having given her a lift, which she hated. Cars were rather pointless to her, but it was not like she could run everywhere, she would ruin her dress for a start. She could see Luke sitting inside so she gave him a quick wave through the window. He looked up from his phone and delivered her a quick smile in return. She felt guilty for being late, Luke was always on time. She patted down her dress and headed inside.

Luke put down his phone and watched Penny walk in, she looked wonderful dressed up in her sparkly black dress, like she’d just stepped off of the red carpet. She also always managed to look like she had just gone for a jog. Both were for some reason unbelievably attractive qualities. Luke stood up to pull out a chair for her and she gave him a quick hug to say hello. She always smelt of flowers, it was a very pleasant smell.

Penny smiled as she sat down. Luke was always so gentlemanly and kind, he was also quiet, but not in an awkward way. He was just generally a real nice guy, a lot better than most guys in her life. To be fair most of the guys in her life consisted of Jocks from sports meets, petty criminals, and that damned Vengeance guy. That guy, was the worst, with his countless plans and schemes, constantly threatening and attacking the city. Also he was the only bad guy she could never seem to catch.

Luke watched Penny reading the menu while absently picking at the bread. She ate a lot for such a thin girl. He lifted up his menu, nursing his wrist as he did so. It had been sprained in a fight with that ridiculous woman Blaze, and despite his healing band, still ached. Blaze, he thought to himself, what a symbol of pure naivety, parading around the city protecting the ‘innocent’ people who loved her so. Luke was all too aware of how ‘innocent’ most people were, and how you didn’t have to wear a mask and cape to be evil. There was a lot of people that Blaze had saved who were far worse than him.

The waitress walked over to take the pairs order. Luke ordered a Caesar salad, Penny a large steak with extra onion rings. Strange pair she thought, cute couple though.

“Penny, I was wondering, after dinner….” Luke trailed off. Girls, especially pretty ones, were not his speciality. Penny grinned at him through a mouthful of food, this he decided, helped.

“Shall we head back to yours?” She finished for him, he had been dying to ask all night. Girls, she decided, were not Luke’s area of expertise. This flustered him.

“Errmm yeah, like, we could watch a film or something…” Penny laughed. Luke found this adorable and decided then to make a point of it happening more often.

“You’re adorable Luke”

“Uh… Thank you?”

“Don’t worry, it’s a good thing”

“Then.. Um.. Thank you” He replied with more enthusiasm. That made Penny laugh again. Good, thought Luke.

After finishing their meals and drinks and paying their bill, they grabbed their jackets and decided to take the walk back to Luke’s place. It was a cold night but the pair barely noticed as they walked down the street, Penny’s hand carefully placed in one of Luke’s.

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