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Bleak. Lonely. Desolate.

Such was a world without Hyper. Experimenting one day with a new formula for coffee, our unfortunate (or, dare I say, fortunate) hero concocted a mix that altered his chemistry, infusing his DNA with caffeine. Ever since, he has been the ever-vigilant watchman we all need to feel safe: sleepless, brave, quick, and able to whip up any piping hot or seriously cool coffee in less than a minute.

He was the hero we never expected, but all love.

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The streets were quiet as he strolled; not even the local veteran thieves dared tango with Hyper on the prowl. He had kept the streets clean since he had come into his power, ensuring that the citizens of his hometown of Capulus felt safe. How fitting the name of his town was, he would never know since he hadn't paid attention in his Latin class. All the same, he had patrolled his home and kept it trouble-free for a while now.

But tonight felt... different. Slightly menacing, like a fearless chihuahua with its little teeth bared. Long gone was the serene, secure feeling of safety Hyper had created, instead replaced by a ticking sense of foreboding. He could feel it twisting inside him as his jitters started slowing down. His eyelids betrayed him, beginning to droop, something they had never done before. He finally began to sway, a strange urge settling upon him as a figure slowly sauntered forth.

"Well... well... well... Who... do we have here?" The shadow lulled, making sure to take his sweet time as he spoke, though he sounded as though he could seriously do with a good nap. As he slunk from the shadows, a silver S shone on the chest of a sleek suit. A... villain?

"Who...?" Hyper questioned, though it was difficult to finish the inquiry as he was busy fighting to keep his head from nodding off, overcome with a powerful wave of drowsiness. He kept drifting between the states of fatigue and acuity, struggling to remain alert against whatever force was attempting to weaken him. He didn't like where this was headed.

As he finally finished his journey toward Hyper, the villain let a slow, sly smile spread across his face. "Sombra." He curtly introduced himself with a short nod, though he made no movement to extend his hand. An icy sarcasm burned between the two. "Pleasure."

"Hm?" Hyper echoed, confused. He hadn't listened in Spanish either. "Sombra?"

"Ah, sleeping in Spanish class, were we?" Sombra chuckled, "Tsk, tsk, tsk, naughty, naughty."

Hyper furrowed his eyebrows, remaining silent as he waited for some sort of clarification that never came. Sombra seemed to enjoy watching him writhe to form an explanation, standing smugly by until he finally pierced the silence; However, his expression had hardened. The complacent look still shone upon his face yet was soon eclipsed by a cold stare from dead eyes.

"I've been watching you; you know. The way you parade down the streets as if they were your own, handing out caffeine and only delaying the inevitable." The words twisted in his mouth, becoming weapons as he altered the truth to his liking. 'Caffeine' was spat as if it were an obscenity, disgust evident on the villain's face.

"Why do you do it?"

Hyper frowned, mind still groggy from his new nemesis, "I... keep the streets safe from villains like you and help my citizens to stay awake through trying times. They love me."

"Is that so?" Sombra stepped closer, beginning to circle the confounded hero as a shark ensnaring its prey. Hyper felt another jolt of lethargy, no doubt from his opponent, combating it with a wave of caffeine from his emergency stock. He sneered, his arm hurling toward his target with a surprising burst of speed in retaliation. He was done with the chit-chat. This man was obviously up to no good.

Sombra just barely dodged, caught a bit off-guard by the sudden movement yet reacting quickly. He seemed to disappear, melting into the shadows he had come from, snarling with a vicious, "That all you've got?"

A slight shimmer in the air was the only tell before a foot was sweeping beneath Hyper's legs, causing him to stumble and lose his balance. He let out a surprised yelp as he clawed the air for something – anything – finding Sombra's arm by chance and dragging the other down with him. Struggling for the advantage, Hyper attempted to use his enhanced speed; but once again, Sombra had slipped from his grasp into oblivion. Hyper shot up, scanning the scene for any sign of the elusive shadow. His eyes were wide, and senses heightened from the adrenaline, eyes darting and head jerking from side to side as hands stood at the ready by his waist.

A fist materialized, locked in to connect with his head, but he had seen the slight mirage beforehand. Hyper grinned, not able to be fooled a second time. His readied hand shot up and caught the offending fist between the firm fingers, twisting the arm with fiercely raw strength until he heard a pained groan. But Hyper soon let out a cry of his own, the forgotten hand quickly materializing and finishing the job as he was distracted, striking him, and causing him to stumble back. He lost his grip, dazed from the sheer force. Sombra made use of his borrowed time, nimble fingers quickly finding Hyper's temples and sending a surge of power coursing through them, the hero's eyes frantically fighting to stay open as he did.

"Y-you... villain!" He muttered weakly, dropping to his knees as Sombra's will overpowered his own.

The burning hatred returned to Sombra's eyes, words quiet yet causing even the proudest of mountains to cower in fear.

"Me?" He whispered icily, eyes searing holes through Hyper's skull. "I'm not the one who persuaded people to trade sleep for caffeine. I'm not the one that got everyone addicted to coffee. I'm not the one who terrorized every delinquent into submission. I'm not the bad guy."

He paused, leaning in close as Hyper finally succumbed to the slumber.

"You are."

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17 comments

Olivia Giraldo
23:03 Jul 04, 2020

YO THIS IS BANGIN I LOVE IT

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Cypress Grey
23:16 Jul 04, 2020

ILY

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Hi! So you read my submission and I thought id return the favour :-) Turned out I was doing myself a favour by reading this. Fabulously written. And I can definitely relate to a superhero named Hyper who got super after infusing himself with coffee lmao I am totally dependent on it I loved the use of language, it gave a beautiful vibe to the story and even the plot line kept me hooked Looking forward to reading more written by you :-)

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Cypress Grey
17:40 Jul 04, 2020

Aww aren't you sweet :') I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Honestly I have no clue where the idea came from since I never drink coffee but hey - it was fun to write! Looking forward to reading more of your stories too :) they seem super fun!!

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Thanks! And I hope to write more comedy too, because its actually the first comedy I wrote, and it seems to have landed well. You could check out the other stories on my profile too, although they do get a bit... uncheery at times lol. I am mostly a thriller/gore writer, but I'm experimenting with genres on this platform so youll notice each story is a different genre, like there's comedy, tragedy, horror, sci-fi. Something for everyone.

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Cypress Grey
17:44 Jul 04, 2020

Hey the key to growing is trying new things and you seem to be good at that lmao

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Haha, thanks so much! Drop a comment on the other stories, see if you like em

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12:49 Jul 04, 2020

Great story! A nice mix of outside-the-box thinking and traditional superhero tropes.

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Cypress Grey
17:11 Jul 04, 2020

Thank you! I wanted it to be familiar but with a twist :)

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Laura Clark
10:18 Jul 04, 2020

I really enjoyed this! I liked the Latin and Spanish as superhero/villain names and I like the ending where it’s ambiguous who the real villain is. I have to say though, after my baby was up on the hour every hour last night, I could do with a visit from Hyper! Great writing!

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Cypress Grey
17:12 Jul 04, 2020

I'm glad you enjoyed it haha! I love anti-heroes and anti-villains so I just couldn't resist making my protag and antag antis!

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Laura Clark
17:48 Jul 04, 2020

I like antis as well - I also tried to play with the question of β€˜who is right?’ In mine. Check it out, if you have time and are interested!

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Cypress Grey
18:13 Jul 04, 2020

Will do!

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Ella Kinnett
22:32 Jul 08, 2020

I absolutely loved it! Great job!

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Cypress Grey
17:16 Jul 09, 2020

Thank you!

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Cool Dude
16:20 Jul 05, 2020

i am not going to freaking lie my friends -- and i would never lie to you -- this story is what i would describe as "cool" and/or "good". Please consider giving this a freaking gosh darn vote my friends please pardon my french i am simply too passionate to not swear. God bless during these crazy times, god bless.

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Cypress Grey
16:42 Jul 05, 2020

My dear friend Cool Dude, I appreciate the praise (I'm tearing up as we speak) and can turn a blind eye on the swearing mostly because my vision is blurring due to aforementioned tears. God bless and godspeed, my friend.

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