5th Column Comics: Wind Duster #19

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Indigo City

The lorry zooms down the street crashing past the cars that were already parked in its way. Dozens of the people walking in the streets scream in terror and attempt to move out of the way of the high powered death machine heading directly towards them.

"Did we lose him?!" The lorry's driver asks, his voice shaking from a mixture of both terror and adrenaline.

"I think we lost him." His colleague pants before pausing for a second just to see if his words are going to strike back at him. "We totally lost him!" He yells.

I land upon the van's bonnet with a loud thunk. The two thugs stare at me in horror as I slowly stand up allowing my clothes to ripple in the wind I'm generating.

"No." I say, barely able to hold back my smile. "I don't think you have." The driver's friend curses loudly before pulling an automatic pistol from his jean's pocket.

BLAM BLAM BLAM!!!

Three shots get fired, three bullets tear through the glass window in front of me. I summon a gust of wind that shoots me up into the air before any of them can connect with my flesh. I land on the lorry's roof, however before I can even stop to think another bullet tears through the metal next to me. I leap forward and land on the trailer, hopefully out of the shooter's reach.

"Mark." The voice of Director Pfeifer tears through my ear. "Command want's the trailer undamaged."

BLAM BLAM!!

I teleport out of the way as two more bullets shoot towards me from the lorry's window and reappear right in the middle of the trailer.

"Why?"

"It's full of Stardust."

Drug Dealers. Nice.

"Better luck next time!" I yell at the shooter, I'm trying to sound as confident as possible however I'm honestly clinging to this thing for dear life. As long as the driver doesn't think to swerve the lorry too violently I should be fi-"

"I'll shake him!" The driver yells. Almost immediately the vehicle beneath my feet stars to swerve almost uncontrollably causing me to lose my balance and stumble around.

"Crap!" My foot slips slightly and the lorry starts to somehow pick up an even faster speed. "Crap!" A bus suddenly pulls up right in front of the lorry and the driver slams down on the brakes.

Naturally I'm sent flying off the lorry's back and shoot straight in front of the lorry's front, directly in between the lorry filled with drug dealers and the bus filled with loyal American taxpayers.

Quickly I summon a gust of wind to slow my speed down to the point where I'm practically standing in the air and flip around so I'm facing the still speeding lorry.

"Oh sh!t!" The driver groans as I summon a huge blast of wind into my hands.

"Don't inhale." I mutter before shooting the blast straight forward. It hits the vehicle directly in the front, the thing stops completely unwillingly, the glass shatters and the two idiots that thought it would be a good idea to sell drugs in the middle of the day are sent flying through the car windows. All this before I can even land on the ground.

So much for seat belts.

POP! POP!

I teleport the two into the nearby fountain in order to prevent them from becoming new stains on the pavement. Their sudden appearance disturbs a flock of pigeons that were busy cleaning themselves in the filthy water and they fly off in surprise leaving feathers and dirt everywhere.

"You're welcome!" I yell to the crowds surrounding me. A loud cheer erupts from the people and this time I let myself smile. They can't see it... however this is probably the smoothest moment I've had since I became a superhero. "You can take it from here, pal." I tell one of the Cops that followed the mass carnage the crooks left in their wake.

"My heroic voice needs some more work." I mutter before teleporting away.

POP!

I reappear in my apartment, it's pretty quiet right now, however it stinks of alcohol. That's what happens when Snipes decides to move in for a week or so. Daisy's at school, Snipes is probably off harassing people for money while avoiding the dozens of social workers that are getting sent after him. Freaking weirdos. I grab the bottle of whiskey that Snipes always leaves on the side and teleport away with it.

When I open my eyes I'm stood on a nice grassy hill just on the outskirts of Indigo. The air's cleaner. The sound of cars driving by isn't as loud and it's the perfect place to stop and think. It's also the perfect place for a grave yard.

The Quoll was quite the Internet Celebrity when he was alive, apparently the term, "Quoll'ed it" had become a pretty famous Internet Meme. No idea what it means though. When the hairy hero was shot and killed last month a small shrine was built in his honor by his fans and the people he saved over his brief tenure as a masked vigilante.

It's not much, just a wooden post in the middle of the Fairgrow Cemetery with pictures and news clippings of the Quoll and the people he saved. As well as some words of farewell from all types of people. Some guys even left a bunch of flowers for him, bit weird really... but this is the usual thing that happens when a Celebrity dies.

Even one as controversial as the Quoll. For a second I wonder if this is what's going to happen to me when I die. Am I going to have makeshift shrines made for me? A sudden silence echoes around me... and I shiver slightly before remembering the reason I'm here.

"Hey, Quoll..." I mutter awkwardly. "It's been awhile... sorry I didn't come here sooner, it's just that I didn't hear about this until yesterday." I sigh. "Thanks." I tell him. "Thanks a bunch for helping me with that Lex Hard guy. You didn't have to help me out in that case... but you did. Even if you did make me have to explain what 'gay porn' is to Daisy." I smile slightly. Slowly I unscrew the lid to the bottle. "Enjoy, you lucky ba$tard." The alcohol pours down on the bottom of the post for a couple of seconds. After the thing feels half full I take a swig of it myself before sitting down.

"Australia..." I sigh. "There's no way in hell I'm ever going to that place."

The sun sets down over the horizon, I toss the bottle over my shoulder and stretch my arms. It's been too long since I had a good moment to just rest.

Today's been a good day.

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@cbishop: Thanks! It's nice to see Mark being adept at taking his enemies down for once without any dire consequences.

Just having fun being a Superhero.

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@tommythehitman: Number 19? Holy cow pies boy! I got the library book marked, so I'll get to this... eventually.

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@wildvine: Take your time. I promise to not post the next issue until....

Tomorrow.

That's your time limit.

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@tommythehitman: Touching little remembrance at the end. Wind Duster is shaping up as a fine title, you should be proud

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@tommythehitman: Wow, a great action scene and a great send off. Awesome chapter man