Brains

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Edward, a nerdy superhero, attempts to be a hero in a time of villains.

Submitted: January 03, 2010

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Edward Erkel IV speed-walked to his Engineering class. He always arrived fifteen minutes before class started in order to prepare for the day ahead. Edward peered through his wide brimmed glasses at the writing on the board. It read Choose your own seat. This puzzled Edward because he knew that his seat was predetermined by the laws of physics, which can predict where an object will end up in one year’s time. Edward, exposing his nervous tick, pulled his plaid pants even higher than they already were – one inch above his belly button. This was already a rough start for thirteen year old Edward’s first day of college.
After class, Edward walked back to his dorm room on the south side of the campus in Chicago, Illinois. It was a breezy Monday in Chicago on the grounds of South Augusta Tech (SAT), so the door made a suction cup noise as it shut behind Edward. The first thing Edward noticed when he entered the room was the pungent smell of sweat and onions that was protruding from his roommate, Grunt.
 Grunt, listed at six feet seven inches tall and 320 pounds, was bowing the bed he was sitting on. He stared at the television whilst stuffing his face with puffballs. Grunt, nicknamed “tiny,” was the starting defensive tackle for the Augusta Mustangs football team. Edward made a silent cheer as he realized that the intimidating Grunt had not noticed his arrival. Lying down on his bed, Edward gazed down at the piles of clutter surrounding the football player’s bed. There was so much junk that it appeared to have been torn apart by a tornado. 
Edward laughed to himself at the thought of Grunt getting into college; he knew that the only way he had been accepted to South Augusta Tech was because of a football scholarship. Edward, on the other hand had been accepted on an academic scholarship because of the 5.0 GPA he had achieved during both of his years of high school. Yes, two years of high school.
Edward’s years in high school were the worst two of his life. He was constantly made fun of and his best friends were his teachers and his calculator. Never a very social person, Edward focused on his studies and skipped out on all dances, sports events, and parties. 
Now in college, Edward wanted to study Engineering and the building of robots. He knew that his work would one day pay off and create a safe and strong society. But first, he had to persevere.  
Edward woke up to find that Grunt had zip tied his backpack shut and tied it to a chair. This was not unusual as Grunt had made a daily activity of making Edward’s life miserable. However, Edward ignored the hazing and gave Grunt a look as if he knew something that he did not. Continuing on to his morning class, Edward was happy to get away from his hulk of a roommate and into the safety of his Robotics class.
Edward was the first to class and began his morning brain exercises, which included reciting pie to the thirteenth digit, all prime numbers less than one thousand, and every formula he had ever learned in his math career. Hitching his pants up just a little higher, Edward sat down and waited for the rest of class to arrive.
Kids began filing in, and then, out of the corner of his eye, Edward caught sight of Bernice. Edward had had a crush on Bernice since he first laid eyes on her, and he always got very nervous around her. Bernice saw Edward and waved at him. 
“Oh my gosh!” Edward screamed in his head, “She saw me!”
That night, Edward went to work. His job required skill, patience, strength, and most of all, secrecy. Edward was a super hero. At night he fought crime and saved the city from evil. However, Edward was no ordinary super hero; he had no large biceps or abs of steel, but he had smarts. When fighting crime and protecting the city, super hero Edward was known as 4E², and he was nicknamed “Brains”. Edward’s super power was his ability to control light. This power made it possible for him to become invisible whenever he desired. The controlling of light was not his only weapon, Edward also used robotics and engineering skills to his advantage while fighting crime. His wide-brimmed glasses turned into night vision and infra-red goggles at the touch of a button, but his pants pocket housed his greatest weapon of all, his calculator. This calculator was Edward’s prized possession; it was a robot that could change its shape to become anything that Edward needed. This organic organism was Edward’s sidekick and was named Edward Erkel V (5E²).
As Edward sat on his perch on top of the Sears Tower, he surveyed the city for any sign of a disturbance. “Boom!” Edward saw the explosion right as it happened. Using a focused beam of light, he propelled himself down to the scene of the accident. Edward smothered the fire in darkness, and it immediately went out. As he searched the scene for injured people, he heard a voice behind him.
“Ahh, we meet again, Brains,” laughed a man in the alleyway, “and this time I will finish you!”
Edward spun on his heels toward the alley to face this evil-doer. It was Edward’s arch nemesis, Irrational Man. Irrational Man had the power to imagine anything and cause it to appear because he controlled imaginary numbers.
“You again!” exclaimed Edward in his high pitched squeak of a voice (he is thirteen and has not yet hit puberty), “I will thwart you like always.”
Edward surrounded Irrational Man with darkness and waited for his move. There was a long pause, and then a “POP”. Edward spun around just in time to see himself get knocked on his back. Irrational Man had imagined himself behind Edward and then attacked. 
“You have gotten slow and weak since our last encounter!” proclaimed Irrational Man. “Now you will die.”
Sensing the oncoming attack, Edward shot a beam of light at Irrational Man’s face temporarily blinding him. Exploiting Irrational Man’s inability to see, Edward threw 4E² at Irrational Man. Changing shape in the air, 4E² became a set of handcuffs and snapped onto Irrational Man.
“I’ve finally got you!” exclaimed Edward, “It is time to unmask you and find out your true identity.”
“HAHAHAHAHA, foolish Brains, I laugh at your lack of imagination,” said Irrational Man.
Irrational Man imagined himself elsewhere and disappeared from sight. Edward was appalled at his own stupidity. He knew that Irrational Man could imagine anything, but he was caught in the heat of the moment and thought not of Irrational Man’s powers. Irrational Man lived to create havoc another day.
Back at school the next day, Edward had trouble concentrating on his studies, which was not like him. He could not get Irrational Man off his mind. Edward also got a 98 percent on a quiz, the worst grade he had ever received. Knowing that Irrational Man was still at large haunted his dreams as he slept that night and he woke up in the middle of the night in a pool of sweat. 
Grunt noticed Edward’s nervous and almost scared face when he woke up, “Having a bad dream Erkel? Don’t wet the bed again,” laughed Grunt sarcastically.
Edward knew that he had to ignore his over-sized roommate and concentrate on the task at hand, how to stop Irrational Man. In the morning, Edward had his engineering class again. During class, he could not help but notice Bernice giggling across the room. She was passing notes with Damien, the popular and handsome starting quarterback for the Mustangs football team. Edward hated Damien because he knew he was a lowlife jerk who had no morals or ethics; he played by his own rules. 
After class, Edward had gotten up the courage to go and talk to Bernice. As he walked towards her, she waved and Edward waved back and blushed. But as he got closer, Edward realized that she wasn’t waving at him, but someone behind him. He turned around just in time to see Damien run up and hug Bernice. 
“Are they going out?” thought Edward to himself. Edward wasn’t sure that he wanted to know the answer to that. He walked home upset and confused about the past two days. Something wasn’t right.
That night, Edward, as Brains, surveyed the city for anything out of the ordinary. Seeing nothing, Edward turned to fly back to school when all of the sudden there was an ear shattering scream. Spinning around, Edward saw the terrible sight that was the origin of the cry for help; it was Bernice who was tied up and dangling over the edge of the Sears Tower. Flying to her rescue, Edward was just about to grab her when “SMACK,” he was hit square in the back. Irrational Man had hit him with imaginary numbers. Edward again covered Irrational Man with darkness, and, realizing that it was his only chance at saving Bernice, threw 5E² at him. Just as the darkness faded, Irrational Man was hit with the calculator and was captured inside it. Irrational Man’s powers were useless inside the calculator because calculators use a real number line that cannot use imaginary numbers. Irrational Man was foiled, and Bernice was saved. 
Edward went to unmask Irrational Man. As he revealed the villain’s identity, he was not surprised to find that the culprit was none other that Damien, the starting quarterback for the Mustangs. Without oxygen, Damien died within seconds inside the calculator. Bernice, realizing the kindness showed by the superhero and the evil in Damien, fell in love with Brains who she knew to be Edward because of his small stature. 
The next day, Edward gathered his courage. He couldn’t wait to ask Bernice out. She immediately accepted as she had been waiting for him to do that all day. As Edward walked with Bernice to their Engineering class, Bernice collapsed. Edward took her to the hospital where she passed away that night. Edward was devastated! He had never loved someone so much. Returning to his dorm, Edward found a note on his door. It read, “You took away the only thing on Earth that I loved, my powers. Now I took away the only thing that you ever loved, Bernice. Consider us even.” The letter was signed, “Beware: Irrational Man.” Edward was furious at himself because he had not realized that Damien was alive in Hell and could imagine things on this Earth to change. He had killed Bernice and ruined Edward’s life. 
Sitting on his bed, Edward began sobbing uncontrollably. As he was crying, a huge figure appeared over him, it was Grunt. Edward backed into the corner, afraid for his life. As Grunt approached him, Edward begged to be spared. Awaiting the blow, Edward saw Grunt’s arms swing open wide and he felt a painful squeezing sensation. Had Grunt hit him? No, Grunt was hugging him. This was the first time Grunt had ever shown any form of kindness.  A new relationship between Grunt and Edward began. Grunt became Edward’s first-ever friend, besides his calculator and Bernice of course, and Edward felt warm inside. Edward realized many lessons throughout the rest of his freshman year in college: Not to judge a person before you know them, God always has a plan for your life whether or not you see it right away, and that the true values of a good friend shine through in the toughest of times.


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