“Kindly put that down and step away from the particle accelerator.”
Which wasn’t a phrase she had ever expected to hear, much less say, but she managed to do it with a straight face. Of course the particle accelerator wasn’t actually in any danger, the idiot had managed to pick up the one useless item in the whole lab. Well, useless to him anyway.
“You won’t get away with this!” Her arch-nemesis posed dramatically, but as he was sworn against using guns he was rather at a disadvantage.
“I know.” She leaned against the railing, looking down at the hero who was working himself into a blistering monologue.
“I shall– wait, what?”
“I wasn’t planning on getting away with it.” Her gun didn’t waver, but it was only a stun gun, so there really wasn’t any reason for her to be wavering. The worse that would happen is he’d get a headache. Plus, she really didn’t like him. “Did it ever occur to you that blowing up the city while I was in it wasn’t the best plan?”
“So it would stand to reason that I had no intention of actually carrying out my threat, wouldn’t it.”
“So obviously I had something else in mind. Care to take a few guesses?”
“I don’t know about him, but I’d certainly like to take a shot at it.”
There we go. “Ah Boy Wonder, how nice of you to drop by.” She stunned Mr. Magnifico with only a tiny bit of inappropriate glee, and turned to face the newest do-gooder.
“You know, there are better ways to get my attention.” The Boy Wonder rolled his eyes as he hopped down onto the catwalk. “Like a phone, sheesh Kitty–”
“–you could at least try to be a little less cheesy. I mean, seriously, if I wasn’t’ helping–”
“You mean if ‘Chip Chipson, Boy Reporter’ wasn’t helping–”
“–you wouldn’t be an Arch Nemesis, much less an actual criminal. You’ve never actually succeeded in any of these silly plots, so technically all they have you on is disturbing the peace, and maybe inappropriate use of leather garments.”
“Yes, but they get his attention, and your attention.” She grinned, “Plus, we both get nice fat paychecks from our respective papers.”
Chip grinned, “Well yeah, I do like to eat now and again.”
“So, ready for your close-up?” Catherine pulled her camera out of its holster and Chip gave her a suitably cheesy thumbs-up.
And thus did the Daily Planetoid and the Daily Trumpet get yet another set of magnificent stills of Boy Wonder and Miss’Terious doing battle against a moonlit cityscape.
And Mr. Magnifico woke up with another mysterious hangover and no idea how he’d ended up in his underwear in his kitchen. Again.