The 430th Ghost Lord
Metro City, August 4, 2046
The Red Blitz was no average supe, not even close. His star was by far one of the brightest on the Heroes United roster. He was one of their top tier supes that whole cities would rage lucrative bidding wars over. The man who could soar like an eagle. The man who could strike the air with such forceful precision it would ignite the oxygen like a match. And not least among his attributes was a face that would fit right in at the louvre. He was excluxive. He was powerful. And he was disgustingly rich. This was the kind of Supe who would make the career of any reporter who could score an interview with him, and here I was, floating down from the clouds and clinging to him for dear life. Super strength might have been one of his powers, but I wasn't about to fall out of the sky and get pancaked in the middle of nowhere just before I got the promotion I'd been working toward for so long.
My feet touched ground and I let out a quiet sigh of relief. As soon as I was out of his arms he was flashing me that signature, thousand megawatt grin of his.
'What's the matter Miss Hanes, don't trust me?' It sounded innocent enough. But I knew it was anything but.
'I trust you plenty Red,' I shot back my own patented smile. The one that said I was a ditzy airhead who didn't already know his game. The same game he'd played with a hundred girls before me. I'd done my research on the Red Blitz before I scored this interview. I knew how he worked. The womanizing supe who brought starstruck girls and 'desperate reporters' like me to his secret spot for routine seduction. But I wasn't here to write a puff peice on a hard to catch supe. I was here to flesh out the editorial that would put a huge dent in his career and propel mine toward an office on the top floor.
Everyone wants to get close to a supe one way or another.
I took a look around and noticed he'd brought me to a cliff overlooking downtown. There were trees and bushes to the back of us. The foliage was thick enough that I knew the only comfortable way back would be flying with him again. There would be no hasty escapes tonight.
'Take a look, Miss Hanes,' He said. 'This is the only place in this city that isn't made out of metal. And the one place where you find the best view of HQ you'll ever get.'
I stepped closer to the edge and confirmed his statement. The city lights looked stunning from up here. Metro City was nothing short of a modern day marvel and it's crowning jewel was the building that towered above all the rest. As sleek and important looking as a skyscraper could get. Even from here I could see the logo clearly. Heroes United HQ.
I was fairly certain Red Blitz was about to launch into his usual speech about how wealthy he was, how great it was to stroll the halls of Heroes United. How lucky I was to be here with him. But he didn't get the chance before there was a sudden, ear shattering boom from above. I looked up to see the smaterring of cumulus clouds in the moonlit sky being wiped away by what I could only describe as a pillar of fire. I couldn't see where it was coming from, but it was coming fast.
'What the fu-,' was all the Red Blitz managed to get out before the beam hammered down on the Heroes United building. The explosion spread out into the city like a flood. It was consuming everything. Coming right for us. When the blistering shockwave wave finally hit us like a truck and knocked me off my feet I knew we were in trouble. We weren't out of range and the fires wouldn't stop. But Red Blitz could save us both from whatever this was, I was sure. He could turn back the flames or fly us away. He was a supe. He had to be able to do something right? But he just stood there, just as frozen by shock as I was on the floor. He stood there staring out at the destruction right up until the fires consumed him too.
The realization was all too real. Red Blitz was dead. I was dead. This was the last thing I would ever see before the flames ate into me. The last thing I would ever know before fire tore me apart. We'd been saved from impossible situations so many times that it was hard to confront the truth even in the face of death. But a hard to swallow reality was still reality.
Just like the rest of us, Gods Fall Down.
...reports are coming in that there has indeed been a terrorist attack on Metro City-
...multiple casualties have already been reported with the numbers expected to rise-
...NASA has confirmed the unidentified craft has docked just outside earth's atmosphere-
...we've finally made first contact. And may god have mercy on us all.