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Complete Not Your Average Superhero...Or One At All

Discussion in 'Ark City' started by Carter J. Burke, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. Carter J. Burke

    The Company Man

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    Male
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    Elusion Clerk
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    Centria
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    Human
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    30
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    October 18th, Year 109
    Planet Krypton
    Participants: @Hat Kid

    With its bright colored signs and staff dressed primarily in spandex, Planet Krypton was a kind of place that was easy to catch sight of. Its superhero theme would be sure to nab the attention of both children and adults from the get-go and the menu had a broad appeal, making it a perfect candidate for becoming one of Pandora’s new crazes. In addition to the heroic gimmick was a special treat that worked in favor of the real champions of the patchwork dimension. Any man, woman or child with proof that they were really one of the heroes which the restaurant celebrated were treated to free meals for life.

    Of course, this exclusive deal did come with a slight drawback. Occasionally, it brought forth unsavory con men and tricksters who tried to lie their way into getting freebies. As it turned out, Carter Burke was one of these men. An article in the newspaper had drawn the young businessman’s attention with its mention of free meals to all heroes in big bold lettering. While Burke knew deep down that he wasn’t widely recognized for acts of heroism in Pandora - or anywhere else, really - he had a feeling he could pull off a simple ploy to earn himself free food and special treatment every time he walked through Planet Krypton’s doors.

    Burke casually entered the restaurant, glancing to and fro at his garish surroundings before heading up to the front counter. Several posters of heroes covered the walls, one of them featuring a man in red spandex, labeled Spider-Man. Burke gave the poster a second glance and was struck with an idea. The person in the costume was close enough to his height and weight and he had a feeling he could pass for him if he was sly enough.

    “I’ll take a Clubbering Time sandwich,” Burke said to the burly caped man behind the counter. With a nod, he moved into the kitchen to prepare the sandwich, then returned with the finished product. “Twelve-fifty,” the man requested - but instead of reaching into his pockets for cash, Burke merely put his hands on his hips and shook his head. “Ho, ho. Hold on a second. You wouldn’t bill Spider-Man would ya? Not the uh, the guy behind the spider-mask himself, huh?”

    Burke hoped this man was as dimwitted as he sounded, but unfortunately his assumptions were wrong. “Proof or pay.” With his monotone voice, he really sounded like he meant business. “Well that would defeat the purpose of a secret identity, wouldn’t it?” Burke answered with a chuckle and a half-smirk. With an unimpressed look in his eyes, the caped server reached out and gestured for Burke to pay up. Suddenly, a loud crash sounded off from the kitchen behind him, causing him to turn away and look for the source - and leaving the sandwich out for Burke or anybody else nearby to grab.

     
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  2. Hat Kid

    Hat Kid Guest

    To say that Kid's ship was known for its unusual landings would be an understatement of the century. Her first appearance in this land though was precedented by her simply witnessing what seemed to be humans running around in rather odd clothes, doing their daily jobs and errands. She decided this massive city would be the stat of her adventure, and she knew she would start it near an odd building that seemed to be decorated with some very odd mascots.

    As her body appeared however, Hat Kid quickly realized something was wrong. The first hint was the fact that she was indoors. The second hint was the fact she was rather quickly descending for what seemed to be a fryer of some sort. This was, in itself already a problem for the girl. She braced herself quickly, landing one of her two feet on the hot metal before springing into the air, sailing forward wherever it took her.

    As she flew though, another problem came to mind, as she saw a human in an odd costume standing right in front of her, speaking to another human on the other side of the table. Once more, relying on her quick reactions, the girl did something that was easy for her, but unimaginable for most humans. She simply jumped a second time, without touching her feet to any solid ground, and sailed her feet above the cashier and safely out of danger of hitting anyone.

    The young child, now sufficiently satisfied with their avoidance of danger, decided that a bit of celebration would be in hand. She raised her two hands out on either of her sides, calling out as she landed on the counter.
    "Ta-daaaa!"
    She said in a loud but not quite shouting voice, feeling her foot touch a solid object once more. The only problem being that said object was a sandwich, not a table.

    Hat Kid's single foot flew out from under her, sending her hat off of her head and her face careening toward the counter. The meal flew backwards, smacking the cashier in the face with a smack, while Hat Kid's expression turned to fear as her nose slammed into the table with a somewhat loud thud. As the girl sat there however, her hat slowly sailed down, landing itself directly onto the head of one Mr. Burke.
     
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  3. Carter J. Burke

    The Company Man

    Posts:
    217
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Elusion Clerk
    Location:
    Centria
    Race:
    Human
    Age:
    30
    Alignment:
    Lawful Evil
    Directory:
    link

    After taking a moment to think about what he should do, the caped cashier lumbered off to the kitchen and began to inspect every inch of the room for the source of the noise. While he was gone, Burke eyed the sandwich hungrily, wondering to himself if now was a good time to grab it off the plate and run for the hills. Surely, whatever had brought forth the crashing sound would distract the staff from realizing the meal had disappeared. Not giving it more thought, Burke reached out to nab it off the dish, but right before his fingertips were able to touch the surface of the bread crust he took notice of something, or someone, who seemed very out of place.

    She was petite and magician-like, and she’d done just what most magicians would claim they could do - the impossible. The girl’s feet had landed on what could only be a boiling hot fryer, but instead of them showing any signs of discomfort, they effortlessly sprung her upwards and airborne. By the time she’d begun to sail downwards, the burly caped man had returned, not noticing what his trickster of a customer was staring at until she fell smack dab in the middle of the club sandwich.

    Burke watched on dumbfoundedly as the dish flew into Staffman’s face, knocking him off his feet and onto the floor with a thump. His free meal was gone, just like that, and to make matters worse, the scene had drawn the other customers’ attention to him and Mystery Girl, sans her hat. Where had it landed? Burke felt the top of his head as he noticed something lightweight drop over it, only to find that it was exactly where the magician’s hat had ended up.

    A small child behind him started pointing and giggling, and his sister joined in. “He’s not Spider-Man!” she chimed through fits of laughter, as if she somehow knew that he’d been lying the whole time. This would have been Burke’s cue to depart from the scene, but he still had business to settle with the little girl. Removing the hat from his head, he placed it back on Magician Child’s and gave her a funny look. “Hey, hope you’ve got some cash on hand ‘cause uh, you owe me a sandwich, kiddo.”

     
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  4. Hat Kid

    Hat Kid Guest

    Hat Kid slowly lifted her head off the counter with her short arms, her face not without red, both from the force that it collided with into the counter and the slight bit of shame from her untimely tumble. As she raised her face upwards though, she noticed an older man looking at her with a not entirely gentle look, and two children chuckling behind him. She watched as the man gently replaced her purple top hat upon her head, and wasn't quite certain how much trouble she was in.

    She supposed the answer was in when she hopped back onto her feet, and the man requested repayment for his meal. Now Hat Kid was by no means entirely broke, but she enjoyed the Pons she kept in her pocket to stay there, and was rather reluctant to give them away for something as stupid as a ruined sandwich, that she learned when she turned around, was currently smack dab in the face of one of the innocent employees of this establishment. With an awkward smile on her face, she slowly turned to face the man in front of her and spoke.
    "Oh"
    She said simply, letting the air in the room grow a touch more tense before she slowly pulled her purple hat off her own head and placed it into her coat.

    The next few actions were in quick succession, starting with Hat Kid's awkward smile shifting into a defiant smirk, and a new word coming out of her mouth.
    "Nope!"
    She then quickly placed a new hat, this one being black with green ribbons, onto her brown hair, and looked up to the main for a final time.

    To those who were watching her, it seemed one moment Hat Kid was on the counter, then in the blink of an Eye she sprinted off of it, and onto the floor behind the line. From her perspective she had merely slowed down time, landing behind the crowd to give a final quip.
    "Bye-Bye!"
    She chanted, before quickly turning and briskly walking towards the door, not quite in a full run.
     
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  5. Carter J. Burke

    The Company Man

    Posts:
    217
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Elusion Clerk
    Location:
    Centria
    Race:
    Human
    Age:
    30
    Alignment:
    Lawful Evil
    Directory:
    link

    Burke crossed his arms and fixed a judgmental stare onto the little girl, waiting for the response he wanted to hear. She might have simply been a child, but she’d already proved herself to be extraordinary, what with her agility and odd choice of attire. A weird kid like her had to have at least half the amount of cash he needed to buy another sandwich. She struck him as a street magician of some type, and she'd likely received plenty of tips from impressed onlookers.

    Of course, whether she had cash or not was merely one of the issues, the other being if she was willing to spare it. The awkward smile she wore on her face came off as guilt and it got Burke’s hopes up. If she felt bad enough, she’d be inclined to pay for the meal and all would be forgiven. Even if she had no money on her person, she could probably be convinced to run an errand or do a favor to make up for the mishap. To Burke, the payment of twelve dollars and fifty cents was preferable, but sometimes only certain options were available.

    Burke gave the kid a funny look as she took off the hat and stuck it in her coat. At first, he wondered how it fit, but he guessed a magician’s magic was the answer. Why she’d suddenly taken it off was beyond his imagination, but he wasn’t about to think over that as he had a bigger concern - Hat Kid had declined to give him anything in a single word. “What do you mean, no?” Burke practically whined. “Is that a refusal, or do you not have any cash on ya?”

    He watched dumbfounded as the girl pulled yet another hat out of her apparently magic coat and stuck it on her head. Then, after blinking just once, she’d seemed to disappear. Only the turning of the rest of the customers’ heads brought to Burke’s attention the fact that she had jumped from the counter and was heading out the door with inhuman speed.

    Burke, too, turned in her direction. He was barely able to make out the blur of a small girl departing the scene. “Hey! Come back here!” he called out to no avail. It was no use - trying to catch somebody who traveled at the speed of sound would be impossible. Letting out a lengthy sigh, Burke approached the exit at a regular pace and left the restaurant. He supposed he’d have to eat elsewhere - and this time he’d be sure to pay with his own money.