Octo-Boy # 5: Wrecked!

Octo-Boy in Wrecked!

Matt Tatum is in his local 7-11 along with his girlfriend, Jenny.
“I really need some Butterfingers,” she says. “Do you want anything?”
“Nah, Coach told me to watch what I eat,” Matt says.
“Good thing I’m not a jock or cheerleader,” Jenny says, giving Matt a playful punch.
“So, Butterfingers are brainfood, my lovely geekette?” Matt says.
Jenny sticks out her tongue. “I’m so going to kick your behind when we hit the bowling alley.”
“Yeah, about that… Isn’t bowling for middle-aged fat dudes?” Matt asks, browsing at a copy of Sports Illustrated.
“Haven’t you seen The Big Lebowski? It’s one of the coolest movies ever, right? And there’s a lot of bowling in that one.”
“That might be true, but John Goodman ain’t no Brad Pitt, you know?”
Jenny shakes her head. “Maybe you should just stick to looking pretty.”
“You are so evil sometimes!”
Jenny laughs. “I’m glad we can joke around like this again. I was really afraid for you and your mom after she got shot.”
“Well, it worked out okay. She’s at home, almost ready to get back to work and The Raiders were defeated by that Octo-Boy character.”
“I heard he’s a creepy looking one. Still, he seems to be pretty heroic. The fact The Raiders were a bunch of cops sure shook up Bay City, though. A lot of people still don’t trust cops now.”
“I guess I can’t really blame them, with… Wait. Stay behind that rack,” Matt says.
“What?” Jenny asks.
“Just do it. Stay here. I think I saw something worrying.”
“Shouldn’t I really come along with you then?”
“I’m the jock, you’re the brainiac. You watch out you don’t get hurt.”
Matt looks behind the rack. He sees a man in a metal suit, adorned with pins talking to the shopkeeper.
“You didn’t pay. You know what that means. I’m going to have to wreck your little shop,” the man in the metal suit says.
“Please don’t, I just haven’t got the money you want,” the shopkeeper pleads.
“Time to rock and roll then. And rolling is something the Human Pinball can really do!” the man in the metal suit says and suddenly the metal starts to move, forming a metal ball around him. The ball rolls and crushes the shop’s counter, the shopkeeper just barely managing to jump away.
“Run! Run outside and call the cops!” Matt tells Jenny and pushes her away from him.
“What will you be doing then?” Jenny asks.
“See if I can prevent the shopkeeper from getting hurt. Now RUN!”
As soon as Jenny runs away Matt rips open his shirt, exposing his purple spandex as his skin changes color and he becomes Octo-Boy.
“Hey! Stop wrecking the shop!” Octo-Boy tells The Human Pinball.
The villain, his face looking really weird, having been stretched because his entire body is one giant ball now, says, “Take a hike, weirdo!”
“You’re a human pinball and you’re calling me weird?” Octo-Boy says. “Kettle… Black..”
“I’m gonna crush you!” The Human Pinball says and rolls toward the hero. Octo-Boy grabs hold of a rack and swings out of the way as The Human Pinball rolls past. The villain crushes a few racks along the way. He bounces against the wall and rolls back to our hero.
Octo-Boy grabs the ball and throws it out of the window. “Oops, that might have been counter-productive.”
“Oh no, my glass insurance suck!” the shopkeeper complaints.
Octo-Boy jumps out of the destroy window, landing behind The Human Pinball. The villain rolls on the street, bumping into a car he damages.
Octo-Boy uses his tentacles to make a huge leap, landing on top of the Human Pinball. He then jumps off lifting the villain above his head and smashes it against a nearby building. The villain transforms back to human form, unconscious.
“That takes care of that. Seems you’re nowhere near as tough as you thought,” Octo-Boy tells the villain. “I must admit I am curious where you got that suit. But I guess the cops will ask you about that.”
That is when the sirens sound and two patrol cars arrive.
“That’s my cue,” Octo-Boy says and leaps towards a building, using his suction cups to scale it.
Jenny stand around helpless outside when the cops appear. “Where’s Matt?”
Then a voice behind her, “Looking for me, gorgeous little geekette?”
She turns around and sees Matt. She hugs him. “I’m so glad you’re all right. And they were right… That Octo-Boy does look creepy!”
“What a shame I missed him,” Matt says, smiling.


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