Why are there so few superhero novels?
Super: Part 1
There was a knock on the door.
“We’ve got a problem Captain, best if you came and take a look.”
“For god’s sake, go away! I’ve got company tonight.”
“Can’t do that, Metro bank just got hit. Both the mayor and the chief wants you on the scene right away.”
“Get Peter, I’m off-duty!”
“We can’t find him, that’s why I’m here… Captain?”
Eric did not reply, hoping that Williams will get the hint and leave. Even superheroes needed their time off once in a while.
Williams knocked again, harder this time. “Captain, I know it’s a bad time, but the city needs you. Besides, we think it might be who you’re looking for this time.”
That caught Eric’s attention. He interrupted the girl laying atop of him. “What makes you so sure?”
“Well, for starters, he’s shooting arrows instead of bullets.”
“Ah Christ, alright I’m comin’!” Eric replied as he tried to get up. “Sorry sugar, but duty calls.”
“Damnit, what about me!” Marie hissed, staring daggers at the man she was making love to a few seconds ago.
“If you want, I can get that nice man standing outside to come in and keep you warm,” he grinned, flashing his megawatt smile that had only recently graced the cover of People magazine.
Marie slapped him hard on the chest, “You’re not getting rid of me that easily soldier.” she said, pinning the Captain down with her legs.
“No time for that love.” In a sudden motion, Eric twisted his body and rolled hard to the side, sending Marie tumbling down to the bed. Before she hit the sheets, Eric had his arms around her and gently laid her down on the bed. In the blink of an end, Marie found herself pinned under the body of the Captain, who was busy smothering her with kisses.
“You’re mean, you know that,” Marie answered, unable to keep herself from giggling at the Captain’s crazy antics.
“Yea I know, that’s why you love me,” Eric grinned as he got up from from bed. “Now where’s my costume?”
“Here!” Marie snapped, throwing the pair of glittery tight-fitting spandex at him. Hiding herself under the sheets, she pouted at the Captain as she watched him slide into the skin-tight fabric of his suit.
“Just teasin’ baby, don’t get mad,” he said, smiling as he crawled into the space beside her and planted a long wet kiss on her lips. “Help yourself to the booze before you leave.”
Instantly, Marie’s frown disappeared. For all of Eric’s manly stubbornness and insufferable ego, he was also a man who appreciated his alcohol. And thankfully, a grateful mayor’s office kept him well-stocked in this regard. Better for him to do his drinking at home then to be photographed in a seedy pub on the wrong side of town. He had an image to maintain.
“Don’t forget sweet cheeks,” she said, getting up to browse his selection in the wine cabinet. “We’re having dinner tomorrow with my parents, so try not to get messed up now, alright?”
Eric sighed, he had forgotten about that dinner. “Don’t worry hon’, fighting is the easy part. It’s the report I’ll have to write in the morning that’ll kill me,” he answered, lacing up his boots. It was a blatant lie of course, he was going after the Hawk, another super-something just like him. But Marie did not need to know that.
“And do me a favor will ya, if that reporter comes snooping around your house again, just call the agency and they’ll deal with it. No need to talk to that scum.”
“You mean Kylie? She’s a friend Eric, trust me. She’s one of the better eggs out there.” Marie said, smirking as she poured herself a bourbon. “Besides, that article she wrote did wonders for my acting career.”
“You little devil,” Eric grinned, giving her a playful squeeze as he got up to leave. “But seriously now, don’t go around feeding the press. If my enemies find out who you are…” he left the obvious unsaid.
Marie made a face. “Don’t worry tough guy, I know where to cut a man to make him bleed,” she said, jabbing a finger into Eric’s groin. “Besides, I’m sleeping with the most powerful man in the world, he’ll protect me right?”
Eric kissed her again. “Just promise me alright. I’ll really hate to lose you now.” He said, hesitating for a moment. “I think I’m really starting to like you.”
“Yea, yea, whatever.” Marie replied, ignoring him as she downed her whiskey. “If you really love me, then go out there and say it. I feel like a whore sneaking around the whole time.”
Outside, a very anxious Williams pounded the door again. “Captain, you ready? We really should be going now,”
Eric shouted back, “I said I’m coming! Jesus, it’s a robbery, not the end of world.” He gave Marie a quick peck on the cheek, “We’ll discuss this another day honey, I promise.”
“You said that the last time tough guy,” Marie said, pouring herself another bourbon.
Ignoring her comment Eric slid on his custom-made mask and walked out of his bedroom. Putting on his magical gauntlets, he opened his front door and saw Lieutenant Williams waiting impatiently outside.
“Took you long enough Capt’n. Look, we need to get moving, our boys got the hawk trapped inside the bank, but he’s heavily armed. They can’t push in without you and…” Suddenly Williams forgot what he wanted to say. He was staring at the beautiful redhead who just walked into view behind Eric.
“Hey boys,” Marie teased, winking playfully at Williams and giving him a little toast before slipping back inside the room. She was wearing nothing except for a blanket wrapped around her waist and a shot glass in her hand.
Eric followed Williams eyes, “Oh god,” He groaned before turning back to face the lieutenant.
“One word about this to anyone, and you’ll be back to filing paperwork Williams, I mean it.” Eric snapped.
“Whatever you say loverboy.” Williams replied with a broad smile on his face. The rest of the guys are going to flip once they found out who the Captain was sleeping with.
Slamming his front door, Eric tried to turn the conversation back towards official business. “The Hawk, what about him?
“Boys can’t get in without being shot at, they need you there now,” William’s answered, back to his usual no-nonsense self.
“Where’s Peter? Isn’t he on duty today?” Eric asked as they made their way to the waiting vehicle.
Williams shrugged. “He’s not responding.”
“Probably hiding somewhere getting high again,” Eric sighed, “Someone needs to wake up that damn kid up.”
“Come on Eric, you know his situation.”
“Yea, save it. I heard that story before. Would be nice to have him here though. Easier to deal with Hawk when you give him two targets to shoot at.” Eric answered, remember the last time he had to face off agains the sharpshooter.
“We can’t wait for him. Chief wants this cleared pronto, He’s afraid it’s going to turn into another media circus,” William’s said, getting into the squad car. “Jump in, Capt’n.”
“No thanks, I’ll fly.” With a mighty leap, the Captain launched himself into the air, and was gone before Williams could even start the car.
END PART 1