The beginning of the end of the world
Hello, mind-reading person! That's actually a very cool superpower, even though it's very invasive, it's nice that you're here with me, I was beginning to think I was all alone, so, let me tell you my story, but first, as you know our world is a different one, where people can be born with superpowers, I mean, that's just crazy right? Stories that we used to read with our friends on comic books are all real, superheroes are a thing and sadly super villains too, and I was one of them, well, kinda.
It all began when I was born, for some reason yet unknown I was born with a strange power, one never seen before, while other babies were flying around the room, crying and controlling their tears as they flow through the air or even shooting lasers out of their eyes, I was literally floating, it was like gravity didn't work for me and anyone that touched me were granted low gravity as long as they were touching me, it was amazing and my parents were super proud, I mean, their newborn son was a superhero, or that's what they thought.
Let's skip ahead some fifteen years okay? I know I know, that's a lot of time, but nothing really interesting happened in that time, I'll resume it for you, I was born, went to school - a superhero school, kissed a girl, almost killed some people - that's a funny story actually but let me continue, graduated and started to learn how to control my powers, the funny thing is, my power is one of a kind and honestly very hard to control, I mean, it's that situation about easy to learn hard to master, my power has a mind of his own, sometimes it works, and sometimes it works even though I didn't want it to work, anyway, let's begin at my fifteenth birthday.
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
I loathed making birthdays, my parents would invite all my "friends" to the party but believe it or not I wasn't very popular among my classmates, but as usual, there were some special cases, these special cases I liked to call friends.
The first person that was friendly to me was Ginger - the super ultra Fallen Angel! His powers consisted of having big wings and flying everywhere; that was it.
My other friend was Olga, she was from Russia, and nobody liked her, apart from me, Ginger and Simon. Her superhero name was Runaway Girl, and her power was, and you guessed it, running very fast, but it came with a bonus you might call it, whenever she ran the ground would burst into flames - terrifying stuff.
And lastly but not least important was Simon, he was a very awkward kid that used to be bullied a lot, he joined us and has been in our little group ever since, his superhero name is Slime, his power is creating slime... Yeah, I know, sounds boring, but it can be used in a lot of different ways, including but not limited to - creating slime.
Back on topic, my birthday party, so, I was the youngest of my friends, by days but still the youngest, and the fifteenth birthday of a superchild( that's what adults call us, it's a kid that has powers, I know, lame) is very special because that's when they get to choose their superhero name and I already knew mine.
"Some come on! Everyone is downstairs waiting for you!" - That's my mom screaming extremely loudly.
"I'm coming, just wait a sec" - I said in a tired tone because I didn't want to go to the party, it was too much of a hassle.
"Come on, man, we are starving down here!" - Said Ginger as if the world was in shambles. As you can see and probably hear, he is very energetic and likes to talk a lot, sometimes very loudly.
People were getting a little bit impatient, so I obviously had to head down and play the role of the birthday boy, as my dad was calling me the whole day.
"You really took your time birthday boy, everyone wants some cake" - he then came a little bit forward and whispered in my ear - "Are you okay son? You don't look well."
So I whispered back - "Yeah, I'm okay, I don't like parties, and I wish we could have just invited my friends and not the whole school."
"This is just your class, and don't worry, everything is fine, now go up there and make a wish, also, have you already chosen your superhero name?"
"Yes, I have."
"Okay, now go there and tell everyone the name of the next greatest superhero of the entire world!."
You see my dad was always a nice person, and he wasn't born with powers, so he was an ordinary member of society, not the best but possibly the most enthusiastic.
I got up to behind my cake and held my shirt - "Now, I'll tell everyone my superhero name, and I also made a cool symbol to go with it." - I pushed open my shirt and showed the whole party my symbol, as you can see on my face, I was incredibly proud of that moment.
"What's that? An arrow?"
"No, it kinda looks like a trident of some sorts."
"Oh yeah, that's definitely a trident, nice catch."
Enraged by those remarks, I screamed - "That's not an arrow nor a trident! It's an A and a T, I fused them to make my symbol!"
"What? That's super lame! What does that stand for anyway?"
"Come on, that's not lame, it's actually very cool, nice work Isaac, at least you have a symbol, don't mind these guys, they also have dumb names, Paperman and Cowcaller, those are very lame names." - Said Olga, as always protecting me from injustice!
Oh, let me introduce you to these a-holes.
Paperman, controller of papers! As his name implies, he has the power of controlling paper, I know what you're thinking, "That's not a very good superpower, seems useless", and you're not wrong, it is exceptionally useless, I mean, he never did anything worth noticing, he just exists and controls paper, that's not a very interesting power.
Also, we have Cowcaller, the caller of cows? I don't know his slogan, but that is another stupid and unnecessary power, all he can do is call cows, no, I'm not kidding, he calls cows. He calls them, and they come, and I don't know, give him some milk? I honestly never saw him in action, and I think I never will, he is not a superhero, he just knows how to call cows and command them around, it's not like cows can do anything but eat grass and produce milk, like I said, very unnecessary.
"Who are you calling dumb? You don't want to mess with me!" - Said Cowcaller, rising a fork and pointing it to Olga - Ahahaha, I'm sorry it's just that his name is so dumb and funny, I mean, it rhymes! Alright, back to the story - "I never called you dumb, I just said your names are dumb, which is true." Responded Olga holding up a fork of her own. Ginger decided to say some words too "She is not lying, your names are very lame and your powers even lamer!" now also holding up a fork, I mean, what's up with people and forks? There literally has a knife right in front of them!
"Do you want to fight redhead? I'm ready for you!" - Screamed Paperman, deciding that he was going to bring a knife to a fork fight.
"Alright, enough, kids! - said my mom, taking all the silverware from their hands as easily as taking milk from a cow - " This is a party and not a fight club, now, Isaac, why don't you tell us the name you chose?"
I confidently stuffed my chest and said - "Atmosphere!", and to no one's surprise, the party burst to laugh.
"Atmosphere? Why? I mean, it is infinitely better than Paperman and Cowcaller." hahaha, sorry.
"Isaac, you are aware that you control GRAVITY, right? Why didn't you choose, I don't know, Gravityman or Lowgravity like we talked about?" - Whispered Simon, with a somber and worried tone in his voice.
"Because I liked it, I know it doesn't make any sense with my power, but it's a cool name, and I was able to make a cool symbol to go with it! From now on I shall be known as Atmosphere!"
Let me just skip ahead a little bit, we talked a little bit, my parents were actually proud of my name, I mean, I didn't choose a dumb name, and my friends kinda liked it too, they were happy for me because I was finally one of the good guys, for now.
The party ended, and everyone went home, after a while, my mom came to my room to talk to me. - "Float, are you okay?" - Float is the nickname my parents gave me because I used to float everywhere when I was little, but what do you expect? I didn't know how to control my powers, not even a little bit.
"I'm okay, I'm just concerned about being a superhero, now that I'm fifteen I must join a club and be someone's sidekick, even though I don't know how to control my powers very much."
My mom had that look in her eyes, when I was little I used to think it was a pity look, but now I know it's just a comforting look - "You know, when you were born your father, and I was anxious, we never had a baby before and our first one was born to be a superhero, after all, we didn't know what to do since we both don't have any superpowers." - She stopped talking, walked to my door and gently closed it whilst looking crack as if to make sure my dad wasn't around - "Your dad was scared, as soon as I gave birth to you and the doctor cut the umbilical cord you started floating through the room, the look on his eyes, he didn't know if he was supposed to catch you or just watch as you were floating through the window. After a while, he tried to catch you, but by holding you he began floating as well, and at that moment his eyes just changed, the fearfulness in his eyes became joy, and he started laughing and saying "woohoo, I'm flying! Watch as I go woman!" and at that moment, I knew that the best thing in our life has happened, you were born."
You know, let me interrupt the story just a little bit, you see, this is one of my favorites moments in life, is one of my best memories, I miss my parents, I miss them so much, I tried so hard to save them but in the end I just proved to everyone what I already knew since the beginning, I was no hero, I was just someone that wanted to have a normal life and ended up becoming the exact opposite of what my parents wanted me to become. Now, back to the story.
"You can be anything you want to be, any superhero that takes you under their wing will be proud of having you because you are a lovable child and I know you'll protect the world like no one has ever protected, because you, above all else, are my hero." - She started crying and held me very tightly, my dad heard her crying and entered the room in awe - "What's happening? Why are you crying, honey?"
"It's nothing; I'm just so happy and proud of our son." - She said while wiping the tears that were streaming down her face. - "But I'm also worried that now he is going to get himself in dangerous situations."
"Don't worry hon, he is a brilliant and powerful young man, and he is going to do great and be our world's most incredibly amazing earthshattering gravity controlling superhero!" - My dad said as he threw me up and caught me in his arms.
"Come on dad, I don't need help to fly, I'm a little bit better at controlling my powers, so stop throwing me up, please" - I said with discontent in my voice, although that's one of the things I ever regret doing, I just wish I wasn't a teenager and could only have enjoyed that moment a little bit more.
"He is right, let him rest, today was a full day and tomorrow is going to school as a real superhero, he has to join a club and go fight crime on the streets! Oh, our boy is all grown up, I couldn't be more proud of him!" - My mom was always so cheerful and was still supporting me, and let me tell you a secret, she was the one that made my symbol, I mean, I'm not that creative, and she was so proud of me, she actually chuckled when I told her my name for the first time but since then she actually liked my name, because it has something that no other names had, it was chosen by me, and because of that, no name was better than a name that made me happy.
"Okay okay, goodnight champ, tomorrow will be a full day for you, I just hope you find a club that is just right for you." - He hugged me all of a sudden and whispered to me - "I know you will be the best superhero in the world, I know you don't know how to control your powers yet, but I'm sure that someday you'll be able to do anything you want with it." - After saying that he grabbed my mom's hand and left the room, but not before my mom hugged me and also wished me goodnight, and once again, I wish I had held them longer. I miss them so much, and also, today is my birthday, but every year is the same, I cry myself to sleep wishing I had made the right choices, wanting to hug my parents just one last time, but I'm here, with you, and even though I'm telling you the story of my life I never asked your name. But you know what? Never mind, I'll sleep now. I'll see you tomorrow, my friend.
Hello! Thanks for reading the first chapter! I know it's not a very long one but since this is my first time, would you cut me some slack? Anyways, if you liked my story be sure to check in at a later date for an update and please tell me your opinion, help me improve and bring an awesome superhero story to the world as we know it and together let's change it for the better! Or worse, it's your call. I'm just the writer.