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Fanfiction – “Herald of Darkseid” chapter 9 (of 19)

Above the moon, Superman confronts Kara Zor-El.

Meanwhile, Captain Marvel struggles to save Maria Hill from plummeting to the Earth in a shuttle Kara damaged.

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Superman pulled Kara Zor-El back into the Earth’s atmosphere, but that was as far as he got. The teenaged girl broke his grip, then turned on him. She reared her hand back for a punch but stopped short.

Kara stared at the symbol of the House of El on Superman’s chest.

“How dare you wear that symbol!” Kara shouted.

Superman held up his hands, downplaying any hint of aggression. In his native Kryptonian language he said, “I wear it because I am from the House of El. Like you, Kara Zor-El.”

Kara glared at Superman. As a Kryptonian, she presumably had the same powers under the yellow sun as Superman. He hoped she wouldn’t try to use them on him now.

Though, her glare of anger hurt more than any laser from her eyes would.

“And you dare speak my language?” Kara said, refusing to match Superman’s use of the Kryptonian language and continuing in English.

“My name is Kal-El,” he said, still in Kryptonian. “I’m your cousin, Kara.”

Superman watched as Kara’s fists clenched. This encounter was not going as he’d planned, but what could he expect?

Before he could explain further, Kara launched herself at Superman.

She connected with a punch that sent Superman sailing back toward the planet. It was all Superman could do to right himself before impacting several miles below. He glanced a city beneath them, though he couldn’t immediately discern which one.

It was night time now, same as it had been in Metropolis. At least he was still in the Western hemisphere.

Kara was immediately on him again. This hit sent him to the ground. He smashed into the roof of a parking structure. Cars exploded, crushed on impact. The roof itself caved under the weight of collision but thankfully held its structure.

Superman heard people screaming. He hoped they’d make it to safety while he attempted to calm his cousin.

Shifting debris off him, Superman got to one knee. His bones ached from the impact, but he had more than enough left to keep going and fought back the pain.

A shadow passed over him. Looking up, he saw Kara floating in the air in front of him. She looked no less angry than she had up in the sky.

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Captain Marvel blinked. She was looking at the area of space where Kara Zor-El once floated. That was before a blue and red blur appeared and disappeared within that blink.

Marvel looked around her. She saw the remnants of her SHIELD-issued space suit, specifically the bubble helmet. She grabbed it and pulled out the commlink. “What the hell was that?” she asked over her commlink.

General Fury’s voice came back. “The help I requested.”

“If it wouldn’t be too much trouble, Danvers,” Deputy Director Maria Hill said from the shuttle, “we’re losing air here.”

Captain Marvel turned her attention back to the shuttle. She could see three ruptures in the shuttle’s hull, all leaking vital oxygen.

Hill and the other SHIELD agents inside had on spacesuits equipped with a sealed environment, so there was no immediate danger.

It wouldn’t fair well to leave them in a husk of a shuttle waiting for her air to run out either.

“General,” the captain began, “even if I fix the shuttle, they still can’t fly out of here.”

“There’s a SHIELD station over China,” Fury replied. “I’m prepping them for your arrival.”

Captain Marvel looked back at the Earth. In her days as a pilot for the United States Air Force, Danvers had learned to use geography as a guide should her instruments malfunction.

Through cloud cover, she could see the outlines of what looked to be the Americas. Great; all she had to do was push the shuttle literally halfway around the planet.

Best get to work, then.

The captain flew to the shuttle. It was heavier than what she normally threw around. Luckily, they were in space and unhindered by the Earth’s gravity. All Marvel needed to get the shuttle moving was a simple nudge.

The downside: the shuttle would go in a straight line, which would put it further out into space. There was also all the space crap floating around up here. Some of it was harmless chunks that’d either bounce off the shuttle’s hull or get blasted from Marvel’s rays.

Then there were the satellites. Heaven forbid someone loses their Netflix.

Captain Marvel floated around the shuttle, nudging it in different spots to keep it on course for the space station. She got as far as the Pacific before things got hairy.

Debris from a long-forgotten space station zigged when Marvel thought it would zag. It slammed against the shuttle’s hull, knocking the shuttle’s trajectory back toward deep space.

It also tore open a fourth hole in the hull.

“Mag boots! Now!” Hill said over the commlink.

That last tear must be near where Hill and the agents were holed up.

Marvel swung around and used brute force to bend the shuttle’s hull, sealing the breach. She then flew ahead of the shuttle, pressing away further debris.

“Doesn’t feel like we’re going the right way, Danvers,” Hill said.

Marvel shook her head, then returned to the shuttle. She pushed it again, getting it back on track. “There’d better be a thank you cupcake waiting for me at the station,” she said to no one in particular.

To be continued…


While writing this fanfiction, I used Green Ronin’s Mutants and Masterminds, 3rd Edition RPG, to leave some things to chance. Check it out!

Like this fanfiction? Check out Mark’s original “Shadowdance” saga books!

Author’s Note:

The characters Maria Hill, Captain Marvel/ Carol Danvers, SHIELD, Abigail Brand and Nick Fury are Copyright Marvel Comics

The characters Superman/ Clark Kent/ Kal-El, Supergirl/ Kara Zor-El, Darkseid, Maggie Sawyer, Solomon Grundy and Parademons are Copyright DC Comics

I don’t own any of the characters as this is fanfiction, done for fun and as a creative exercise

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