The wind was cold and biting as Tank and Shifter patroled the streets of Slumville. Ever since the Knights of Neumond had saved the world from the Second Storm, they hadn’t paid much attention to the town of their namesake. So, it was left to heroes like Tank and Shifter to keep the citizens safe from would be crooks and killers.
Which was exactly what the city needed as the duo heard an explosion not two blocks away.
“Well, what do you think? Should we take a look?” asked the grey, skinned Tank.
“Might was well. Might be we find something interesting.” Shifter was really in the business only for the excitement of fighting and showing off his powers.
As per their usual modus operandi, Shifter began to shrink till he was about six inches tall. However, he no longer looked human. Instead, he looked like a mouse. Tank carefully picked his partner up off the floor and looked in the direction of the blaring alarms.
“Sounds like Neumond 1st Bank.” Squatting his powerful legs, Tank lept into the air and sailed in the direction of the bank known for giving loans to the poor and less able to pay back.
It was especially needed this time of year, towards the end of December as winter drew in so close. If people were willing to rob a bank during the brutal cold months, then there was no hope left.
As Tank sailed through the air, he began to see the bank ahead. Walking out of the bank were a handful of would be thugs wearing masks and toting guns. Tank grimaced as he realized he’d have to take it easy so he didn’t kill any of them. Then, he saw a criminal he knew all too well walk out of the building. It was Cannon, a supervillain who’d tangled with All-American Man, now called “The American”, himself.
Nodding to Shifter, Tank settled his mind on their usual tactic. Something called the “Furry Missile”. Landing in front of the bank robbers with a pavement-cracking thud, Tank immediately launched Shifter at Cannon. As the small mouse flew through the air, his shape and size changed quickly to that of a grizzly bear, which hit Cannon at full speed, causing the villain to step back and drop his money.
Taking advantage of the situation, Shifter swung his massive paw at Cannon, but only managed to knock him back another step. He’d read the reports. He knew this would be a tough fight.
Regaining his senses, Cannon swung his fist in front of the bear-man’s face and fired a full blast. Shifter was glad his bear-form was technically stronger than a real bear, or this would have been a fatal shot as he took it full in the face.
The thugs with guns immediately opened fire on Tank, who yawned as he began to walk towards them.
Taking in a deep breath, the metal-man blew as hard as he could. The criminals were thrown by the gale-force breath into various buildings and cars, all falling unconscious.
Taking another swing, Shifter tried his luck again, this time managing to ring Cannon’s bell. However, the super-charged meta-human was not to be outdone and blasted away again at Shifter, only to see the scars begin to heal themselves immediately.
He was completely unprepared for Tank’s next move, which was to launch himself at the energy wielder, fist extended. No doubt it would have been a tremendous blow, but for the fact that the titan overshot, and sailed harmlessly over Cannon’s head and into the bank wall.
Cannon, realizing that he was no outnumbered, decided to use some tactics and lifted himself into the air, aiming another energy blast at the walking bear-man. Realizing that the would-be crook was out of his reach, Shifter instead picked up a nearby Pontiac, hurling the vehicle through the air at his target.
The car exploded around the villain, leaving him unprepared for Tank’s second jumping punch, this one landing and spinning the floating meta-human around. Seeing his chance, Tank lept into the air, far above the city. He’d timed it perfectly, as he started to plummet directly at Cannon’s head. Extending his arm, Tank let gravity do all the work.
P. The resounding thud was the signal that the fight was over, as the titan landed on the ground, fist lighty touching the pavement. Tank uncurled himself and looked at Cannon, double checking that he was unconscious.
Soon afterwards the police arrived with a pair of Gadget Girl Gauntlets:http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/childhood-s-end/items/gadget-girl-gauntlets for Cannon, taking the crooks away.
As an officer spoke of the lack of hope in the world, Tank and Shifter both noticed when time itself stopped. A shimmer appeared in the air, worrying the heroes as to what was coming next. The shimmer flashed and a man in green and grey clothes appeared.
Thank heavens I found you. My name is Tempus, and you have to help me set things right!
Tank and Shifter looked at each other for a few seconds, as if deciding what to do. Tank spoke first.
I know you. You’re Tempus. You’re one of the villains the Knights of Neumond fought off before they became world-wide superheroes and left the city. Why shouldn’t we just pound you and take you in?
Tempus looked confused for a moment. Oh! No. You’ve got me confused with my earlier self. Or, I guess from your point of view he’s my current self and this might be my future self. You see, a long time ago, or a while from now, I will change, or have changed, my ways. I work to preserve the balance of time. I work to keep the universe spinning. And, right now, this time line is wrong. It’s wrong to the point that I’m having trouble staying in this temporal location. The universe is literally fighting to get rid of me as an anomaly.
Shifter wasn’t impressed. Really? You really expect us to fall for that old trick? ‘I was bad but now I’m good.’ Please! We’ve seen that trick a million times before. Or, at least several.
No! You must believe me! Tempus was clearly growing discomforted. Strain was clear on his face. You have to come with me. I was barely able to establish a connection to this point, and now to you. If you don’t come with me, the world will…
With that, Tempus disappeared in with a blur and a scream. The office finished his thought and walked away. The snow continued to fall. The helicopter overhead flew away.
Well, began Tank. What do we do now?