Willow’s finger stopped on one of the Cape High books, which she slid out of the case and flipped through the pages. There was a certain scene, she thought, frowning slightly as she tried to remember exactly where, where Mastermental, the head of the super hero group in the series, was talking with his son. Her eyes skimmed the words and she stopped as she found it. Though she didn’t want all of his powers, his telekinesis would be perfect.
She placed her hand on the page, pulling out the power. For a moment her body started to glow faintly. She closed the book, just in time to hear someone tapping impatiently on the door. “WILLOW! Young woman, you open this door this instant!” a high pitched woman’s voice bellowed through the wooden door.
“Coming Mrs. Chin,” Willow said, heading for the door.
The tiny Chinese lady stood there in her work clothes, holding a box in her hand. “They keep delivering your things to my restaurant,” she complained as she shoved the box into Willow’s hands. “I do not need your strange items being delivered to my restaurant! I run a legitimate business! I will have none of your shady happenings–”
“It’s not drugs, Mrs. Chin,” Willow said, reaching for the door. The older female stuck a tiny foot forward, blocking it from closing.
“It had better not be drugs! I am an honorable business woman!” She stopped, looking at the box. “So? Aren’t you going to open it?” she demanded when Willow just looked at her.
It was a bit of a reach, but Willow hid her hand behind her back, flicking her fingers slightly. A dinging sound came from the street, loud enough for even the little Chinese lady to hear. “Sounds like you’ve got customers,” Willow said.
The woman gave her a dark look before racing off. Sometimes Willow swore she had super speed. With a sigh she slammed the door shut and ripped the box open, pulling out a small plastic piece that fit snugly hooked over her ear. “Testing, testing,” she said, tapping on it twice. “Anyone there?”
“Oh–um–I–” a male said through the earpiece. “Right, right, Willow? You’re Willow, right? Sorry, I don’t talk to um… super heroes often.”
“Do you have Doc Omniverse’s position or not?” she demanded, inwardly cursing her bosses.
“Yeah, um, well, sort of,” the boy (she could already picture his pimple covered face) said. “We think he’s in the Cape High universe at the moment. There’s a chance he’s targeting–”
“Who?” Willow demanded when he muttered something under his breath.
Willow didn’t allow herself to curse, but she sorely wanted to. “Fine. Are you sure this thing is going to work when I go in?”
“It should,” he said. “It’s my own design.”
“Then I’m going in,” she said, heading back to the series she had just been looking through and grabbing one of the books. She flipped it open, her eyes scanning the pages quickly before she stopped, put the book on the ground, and dove inside.
She landed in the middle of the campus, looking around for a second. The kids that went to school in the canyon were perfectly motionless, as if paused. It wouldn’t last long, and it wasn’t that the world had actually paused for her–in fact it was simply her own ability that made the world SEEM like it was paused while her body adapted to the new dimension.
“Whoa, I know I fall asleep a lot, but I never dreamed of purple clothed chicks popping up out of nowhere,” someone said behind her. She turned, her hands fisting at her sides as she confronted–a short, sleepy looking teenage boy with a streak of white in his bangs. “Hey lady, you lost?” Sunny asked.
“Can you hear me?” Willow asked, touching her earpiece.
“Sure I can hear you, you’re standing right in front of me,” Sunny said a bit blankly. She suddenly realized why some people found him annoying.
“I can hear you,” the tech-guy said over the earpiece. “Are you in the Cape High universe?”
“Yeah, I’m looking at Sunny right as we speak,” she said.
“Hey, how do you know my name?” Sunny asked. “Plus, how did you get on campus? Did Dad let you in?”
“No, I didn’t,” a dark voice said from behind, making Willow let out a little sigh–then a curse as she realized just how much trouble a technopath could be at the moment. She turned, watching the man in jeans and a t-shirt land in front of her. “Who are you and what are you doing in my school?”
“Is that Technico? THE Technico?” her nerd guide asked, sounding a bit too fan-girly for her tastes. “Can you get his autograph for me? Hey, is he wearing the Mega t-shirt? The one where he’s picking his nose?”
“This isn’t the time for autographs, fanboy,” Willow snapped. “I’m looking for a super villain from another dimension, he goes by the name of Doc Omniverse–”
“Yeah? I think I met him once,” Technico said, looking thoughtful. “Tall guy, black beard, curly mustache, liked to practice his sinister laugh?”
“I don’t remember the curly mustache,” Willow said, a bit thrown off guard by the description.
“Really? How could you not?” he asked before the earpiece she was wearing pulled off of her ear and floated over to him, landing in his hand.
“Willow! Willow, if he messes with this we’ll be set back several hours–and Doc Omniverse has left the Cape High universe!” her nerd guide said. Willow held out a hand, using her telekinesis to snatch the piece out of Technico’s grasp and slip it on.
“Gotta go,” she said, leaving the Cape High universe behind. She appeared once again in her room. “What happened? Did he get Superior?” she demanded as she started looking through her books again.
“I don’t know, but he must have found something worth taking, because he’s moved on to a different world. It’s going to take a few minutes for the machine–but I’m working as fast as I can.”
“Work FASTER,” she snapped, letting out a sigh. Really, she would have sworn that Superior was going to show up in that scene. Maybe she had remembered wrong–there were a LOT of Cape High books.
What sort of powers could he have picked up in there?” she asked, more of herself than her nerd guide. “What is Doc Omniverse REALLY after?”
“It could be anything,” the nerd guide said. “Freedom, money, revenge. Just what sort of relationship do you have with the guy, anyway?”
She hesitated for a long moment. “It’s… complicated,” she said finally. “Stop gossiping and get to work!”
She turned back to her books. The telekinesis wouldn’t last much longer, she needed a new power.
What Powers does Willow choose?