Souper Squad

 


Sara helping out at the soup kitchen... giving out free meals to the down and outs... always a heart-wrenching sight at Xmas... especially when some of the city's homeless were once heroes of the city... the Green Cross keeping his eyes down as he accepts a bowl of soup... while Mister Muscle looks equally forlorn...

Serendipity ladles extra stew onto Mister Muscle's plate... thinking she really needs to look into what happened to these fellows... but having read through enough old clippings to know they were once respected heroes... smiling and telling Mister Muscle... "You still look powerful enough to push over Circee Towers..."

Mister Muscle sighing... "I can't even unblock a drain anymore..." Holding up the magic bleach bottle that was once the source of his power to shift anything... "Just a couple of drops left... I'm saving them for a special occasion that never comes..." Green Cross shaking his head in sympathy as Alarmo enters... his indestructible shield looking tarnished now...

Serendipity titters... "Oh you guys are so silly... I've read about you... the Super Squad was once as well-known as the Danger Dolls are now... the city should be more thankful..." smiling as she dishes another plate of stew... "If I sit down and eat with you do you think you could tell me some stories?"

The Green Cross sighs... "Well, I've probably prevented millions of dangerous accidents... unfortunately being able to teleport to anywhere someone's about to cross the street isn't good for much else... and these days kids just call me a perv and throw things..." Alarmo sighing into his soup... "My super-secure shield can't stop identity theft or computer fraud... I'm washed up..."

Serendipity titters as she wrinkles up her nose... "You are not washed up... in fact a good wash-up might not be a bad idea..." winking at Alarmo... "I guess you're right... times change... and you have to change with them... have you guys ever thought about doing anything else?"

The three heroes blinking... Mister Muscle shakes his head... "Superheroing is all we know how to do... and nobody wants our superpowers anymore... the streets are where we belong..." interrupted by the jangling of an alarm... "That's not me!" cries Alarmo... "It's coming from the bank across the street! What do we do?"

Serendipity can't help but wish there was some way she could help these fellows regain some of their dignity... and the sound of the alarm gives her an idea... "Oh my... there must be a robbery in progress at the branch bank across the street... we need to stop it..." looking out the window... pointing a green-sleeved arm... "Green Cross... that must be the getaway car... don't let anyone get to it..."

Green Cross blinks... then gets the idea as the three bank robbers stream out onto the street... about to cross the road... teleporting out there in a flash of green... the muscular finger pushing his palm into the face of the nearest thug... "That's far enough, you dumbo... when you get to the kerb, stop!"

Serendipity is already on her feet and moving toward the door as Green Cross teleports... "Come on, guys... he may need help... now might be a good time to use those last few drops, Mister Muscle... maybe you can relieve those crooks of those bags of money..." Sara giving orders naturally as she runs outside...

The crooks dropping their bags and going for their guns... Green Cross looking worried... and teleporting into your way as you get ready to cross the road yourself... dodging a bullet... but leaving you bumping into him while Mister Muscle goes into battle... dropping the last drops of his bleach onto a squeezy sponge... and slamming it against the big sacks of cash... sending them flying back into the bank...

Serendipity gasps as she sees the guns being drawn... and again as she runs into the arms of Green Cross... and the guns swing toward Mister Muscle... "Alarmo! Quick! Your shield... deflect those bullets..." pointing at the melee in the street... as she looks both ways and races forward to help...

Alarmo unable to get there in time... so throwing his shield... which whips into the path of the bullets... and then boomerangs back around... "Wow... I never knew I could do that..." Mister Muscle brandishing his sponge... "This human grime is difficult to shift... but Mister Muscle's on the job now..." Swinging the sponge and sending one of the thugs flying...

Serendipity comes out of her dress as it hangs up on the bumper of the getaway car... leaving her in corset and panty ensemble... her waist quite tightly cinched... giving orders a bit like the original Silencer she now resembles... "Mr Muscle... just shift their guns... and let Alarmo knock 'em out with his shield... Green Cross... don't let that guy get away..." nearly coming out of the corset as she points...

Green Cross teleporting back across the street... swinging a fist this time instead of an open palm... connecting with the thug's jaw... as Mr Muscle sends the guns flying... the magic bleach doing the job... Alarmo finishing up with a thwack of his shield...

Serendipity gives the guys a thumbs-up... as the media and cops arrive... "I think you guys just made the front page... again..." posing with them for the cameras as they are interviewed... winking to the guy in red and yellow... "Is there a Mrs. Alarmo?" tittering and deciding to hire them as heroes in residence... at the soup kitchen... smiling as she tells the young reporter... "Just call them the Souper Squad!"

(Dec 2009)