I’d been asleep for what seemed like an eternity though in truth it was only a matter of hours. The dreams were vivid, terrifying and with every attempt to escape from this nightmarish dreamscape I was only pulled deeper. Something wasn’t right and in all that bombast and arrogance I’d overlooked it. “To the girl from beyond the stars.” They were targeting me, they knew who I was, what I was and they were directly targeting me.
I was finally awoken from my sleep by my mobile phone ringing in the distance. Back before the whole train scenario, I’d changed it to the Superman theme and now it was blaring out from somewhere among the mess of my torn costume. I couldn’t remember how I got home that night but the telltale sign of an Ultragirl sized hole in the wall pretty much told the whole story. There was also burrito wrappers, cans of Dr. Pepper and all kinds of trash leading from the hole right up to the couch which I’d pretty much just flattened when I’d collapsed on it the night before.
Fishing through it all I finally found my phone and then attempted to lift it to my ear. There was no way that was going to work, my bicep ballooned just with the slight movement and I had to kind of toss the phone sandwiching it between the deltoid and my meaty neck.
“That wasn’t very wise.” The voice said. I recognized it as the smoking man from just a few days before. There was a slight crunch as the muscles tightened in my neck and for a moment I’d thought I’d crushed it. “You are pulling too much attention to yourself.”
“I couldn’t just sit back and let that happen,” I said, hand balling into a fist. “The fuck was that anyway?”
The smoking man was silent for a moment, I could almost hear the cogs turning in his brain working out the best approach to the situation. “Legion. They call themselves Legion and they have set their sights on you.”
“Why the hell...”
“Because of your power, because of what you are. You are the biggest threat to their plans and that whole thing on the train? Well, that was them sizing you up. Look, kid, you are going to have to be smart from here on out. I’ve sent you a package and it’s going to help you to blend in a little easier, boffins at the agency were pulling an all nighter to get this done. Take my advice, kid, go back to whoever you were before this all happened. The world doesn’t need Ultra girl.”
“No,” I said as my huge arms tensed, veins throbbing furiously over the bulging limbs. “That’s where you are wrong. If this Legion is out there and they are doing whatever the hell they are doing then the world is going to need someone like me. The world needs Ultra Girl to stand up to whatever mystic bullshit is going on!”
“You’re not in a comic book, kid!”
I snapped. “Stop calling me kid! Look I’m new to this shit, yeah I get it but I just can’t let something like this happen. Maybe it was stupid and maybe I should have been smarter or whatever the fuck but you know what? I’d rather be a dumb hero than a smart coward and let those people get hurt! Didn’t you ever watch Spider-man, with great power, comes great responsibility, you gigantic jackass!”
There was silence for a moment and then the smoking man spoke again “This isn’t some marvel movie.”
“Yeah, I know. There’s no Stan Lee cameo and we don’t have anywhere near the same budget!”
With that, I hung up the phone and slammed a fist straight through my living room wall. Deep down I didn’t want any of this, to be caught in a cliché battle against darkness, to have super powers and to not fit into my favorite pair of jeans and part of me did want to go back to how everything was before. I’d seen this before time and time again in movies, comic books, and video games, hero rejects the call.
I knew however that this was how it had to be. I was the girl from beyond the stars found in a chunk of space rock and no matter how much I ran from it, I was Ultra Girl. I couldn’t reject the call, I couldn’t go back to how everything was. The universe in all its infinite wisdom had chosen to make me this guardian of the world or whatever the hell I was meant to be and I had to accept it, no let's go one step further, I had to embrace it.
A few minutes later the doorbell rang and I quickly whipped an entire bed sheet over my body and waddled towards the door. Still getting used to the size of my massive legs, the constant rubbing of muscles together and honestly, flying beats walking one hundred percent. I opened the door just a crack and peered through, my immense form still hidden under the sheet.
“Uh, are you…?”
“Yeah that’s me,” I said taking the package from the delivery guy. I was pretty sure I looked like a bulbous Pacman ghost at that moment but I really didn’t care.
They guy left quickly after I signed though he did keep looking over at his shoulder as though trying to comprehend what he’d just seen.
When I closed the door I ripped open the package instantly. Inside was what looked like a tin for a sports watch along with a note that simply read. “Hide in plain sight.” Carefully I opened the tin and took out it’s contents, it looked like an ordinary watch though the strap was obviously custom made to fit my thick wrist.
“Huh” I looked over the thing for a moment. Nothing really out of the ordinary about it all, like the kind of sports watches you wear at the gym with all kind of displays and knobs that nobody ever really uses. As I slipped it on the strap suddenly tightened and I felt a strange wave of energy course through me. At first, it was kind of uncomfortable, like when you sit in one position for too long and get cramp but then it started to spread across me and I noticed that my body was starting to change.
My arms were shrinking back to the noodles they were before and my chest was no longer pushing against my chin like it was before. My entire body was going back to factory default and it felt so strange that I tumbled forward and accidentally hit one of the buttons on the side.
“Greetings Ultra Girl!” A voice chirped out from the back of the watch. “Welcome to your incognito device. This device has been designed to alter your physiology for a time allowing you to interact with the rest of the world without bringing attention to your ...ehm...bulk. Please be aware due to the overwhelming nature of your body the device can only function for a maximum of four hours at a time and will then need to be charged for a further twelve before being used again. Also, your powers will remain unaffected for this time though uses of your extreme strength may cause the device to malfunction and your body to revert back to its normal state. Simply press the first button to activate the device and the second button to deactivate. A normal USB charger has been supplied for charging purposes.”
I blinked and then curiosity hit me and I reached out and hit the deactivation button with my finger. The transformation was pretty much instant, it was like an eruption of muscle all across my body as I suddenly exploded outward into the mountain of meat I was before. Moments later I start hitting the buttons over and over again, smirking as my muscles shrink down and then bulged outwards again.
“Please do not mess about with the buttons.” The voice chirped again. “You might damage the device or cause a malfunction which may lead to unexpected results. You will also cause the device to prematurely lose charge.”
“Party pooper,” I said and then hit activate, slinking back down to my previous sleek form. “Well, I guess I better go to work and explain where I’ve been all this time. Yeah, that’s going to be fun.”
“Might I advise you take public transport instead of walking?” The watch chimed.
“Yeah, good idea talking watch! Oh and tell me where the nearest burrito joint is on the way!”
“Of course. Scanning for burrito joints.”
“I fucking love you, talking watch.”