I feel like I'm getting better at writing action, hopefully everyone agrees. Mostly I just had fun writing a story that gave me an excuse to talk about superpowers. Enjoy.
I knew I was in trouble when my fingers started smoking.
That's the problem with absorption powers.
Some bruiser with super-strength? They can just keep hitting. Sure, a speedster can run out of breath. But physical powers don’t have a limit.
I dive to catch another blast from Firecracker, letting the force of the fireball drive me back as I suck in the flames.
The block had already been shredded by our fight. I roll behind an impact crater and punch a loose slab of concrete back at my opponent.
Channeling some kinetic energy makes tossing the fifty pound block easy, I add some thermal to make it a miniature meteor. But I'm still running hot.
Firecracker dodges aside and tosses a few softball sized bursts at a car some pedestrians are using as cover. I throw myself in the way and as I take in the excess energy my arms burst into flames, all the energy pouring out of my skin.
I see a blur behind me, Lightspeed must have grabbed the civilians.
See, the problem with fireballs is that they aren’t just heat. They’re essentially explosions, combustion plus concussive, with a few extras thrown in for good measure.
When I fought Brutus last week, all I had to worry about was the kinetic energy invested in his punches. But with a blaster type like Firecracker, throwing explosions everywhere, I hit my limit that much faster.
Especially since he likes to target bystanders.
As it stands I have to ignore the sound waves and the light show his blasts give off.
Focus on the essentials. Make sure no one burns, no one gets blown apart.
Light gives me the signal, for a speedster the son-of-a-bitch took his time clearing the area.
I use the stored power to launch myself at Firecracker, closing the distance before he can dodge. The sonic boom I give off nearly knocks him over. I drill a fist into him and blow him through the wall of a parking garage.
As the rubble collapses around him I thrust my hands forward, palms out, and cut loose with all the fire he’d fed me.
The debris soften into tar and slag, entombing the homicidal bastard.
Light skids to a stop next to me. “…You didn’t kill him did you?”
“Of course not,” I say. “He’s immune to heat.”
“Is he immune to punches?” An arched eyebrow clearly visible through his windshield. “...Or concrete?”
I just gesture to the sludgy mess as Firecracker claws his way to the surface, gasping for air.
“Would you do the honors?”
Light shrugs and twirls his arms, generating a small tornado which cools the mess and traps Firecracker with only his head clear.
“Why not just absorb the heat again?”
I flex my fingers, working some of the remaining heat out as the adrenaline fades. “I’ve hit my limit for the time being, I need to have a cool down period or I’ll risk going nuclear.”
“Wouldn’t you have to absorb nuclear radiation for that?”
“Technically it’s more of a Big Bang. But nuclear gets the point across better to most people.”
Light is about to say something more but our comms buzz. Bank robbery with a getaway car chase already in progress.
Light nods, “I’ve got this one, more my speed anyways. You mind babysitting until transport gets here?”
I wave him off, active pursuit isn’t my game. I’m more of a damage control specialist.
Behind me a storefront collapses, filling the street with dust as Light blurs away.