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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Beach (07/04/05)

TITLE: Kryptonite Proof
By Benjamin Stephens
07/07/05


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The plan was diabolical. Only the most devious of deviants would have been bold enough to move forward with such a reprehensible stratagem. First things first of course, the mastermind of this new world order would need a hideout, something suitable for a man who possessed such eclectic tastes.

Below the city, much further below than rats dare tread, somewhere between the sewer pipes and molten lava, the hideout was constructed - perhaps it had always been. A fully functioning swimming pool and a very elaborate library were just the start of this early Victorian pad for Lex Luthor and his miscreant crew.

Metropolis was blessed with the likes of crack reporter Lois Lane while she put up with the bumblings of the Daily Planet's latest reporter Clark Kent. Clark was an affable oaf who seemed one step away from putting his eye out with scissors. Yet, behind closed doors and once the protective eyewear came off he was something altogether different. The people of Metropolis had come to learn to love Clark's alter ego - Superman - and although he wore a cape, he was very good at what he did.

It must have been a slow news day because Lois Lane was looking into a recent land grab that defied explanation; someone was buying desert land that had no seeming desirable purpose. Why would someone purchase desert land in Arizona and Nevada? Did the buyer think to build a new ark and wait for rain? Lois headed to the desert to find out.

Meanwhile, Lex and his bumbling brigade set out to alter the course of a couple of missiles scheduled for testing. The coordinates were ultimately changed and the greatest real estate scheme in the history of mankind was accelerated into action.

Superman discovered the plot and spun like the rinse cycle on my Whirlpool through the earth until he breaks down the door to Lex's hideout. Lex has been waiting and it isn't long before the man of steel is reduced to silly putty as Lex tricks Superman into opening a case with Kryptonite in it. Now as every faithful comic book junkie knows, this should mean death to the 'man of steel' - not to mention the hefty dry cleaning bill for his red and blue suit if he should make it out alive.

Superman wearing a Kryptonite necklace, Lois Lane rushing headlong into danger in a very stylish Chevy Impala (circa 1970), and Lex Luther planning to blow up the entire west coast creating a 'new west coast' were all converging on one point in time.

Oh, but of course our hero is separated from his necklace of death by one who had been loyal to Superman's nemesis and through an unbelievable set of circumstances the plan is unraveled, time is reversed and everyone is oblivious to the harm they would have encountered. Lex and his gang are escorted to prison and the 'man of steel' heads home to write a news story about the adverse affects of fireworks on the average citizenry of Metropolis.

Lois is left to wonder why her co-worker never seems to be around when all these fantastic stories develop. Clark is at a loss to explain his absence, however Lois looks at Clark and for just a moment she wonders about a truth we all know - is this man before her Superman? She shrugs it off and the stage is set for a few modestly interesting sequels.

Our world is rocked with hurricanes, tidal waves, typhoons, tsunamis, and tropical storms. The moon creates tidal changes and the water either rises or recedes without mankind interfering at all.

Unlike the elaborate plot of some super villain, God already has things under control. He told Job and He tells us too, "Who defined the boundaries of the sea as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and thick darkness? For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores. I said, 'thus far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!'" (Job 38:11 - NLT)

The greatest superhero can't do that. After all, we serve a God who is Kryptonite proof while we live in a world that serves us Kryptonite every chance it gets.

[Jesus said] "Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world" (John 16:32b - NLT).

Good news - we win!


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dub W07/11/05
"devious of deviants" ?
Hmmm.
The last line of the essay says it all. The essay can be made into one of those semi sci fi types.
Shari Armstrong 07/11/05
A fun read (but not sure how the copyright people would feel about it :) A very nice to tie in a real hero.
Amy Michelle Wiley 07/11/05
haha! Cute story! Watch your tense changes, but a fun read.
Lynda Lee Schab 07/12/05
"Clark was an affable oaf who seemed one step away from putting his eye out with scissors." he he - that was a great line!
Very creative and entertaining piece but I had trouble seeing where "beach" fit in, other than a couple references like, "new west coast" and "boundaries of the sea." Maybe I missed the connection. But it was a great read nonetheless.
Blessings, Lynda
Val Clark07/13/05
Yeah I like that description as well, Lynda.
Pity about the 750 word limit because I really wanted to know things like how did Lex trick Superman into opening a case with Kryptonite in it? Love the way you worked with a character we already know to give us a new insight. Steel is reduced to silly putty, very visual. The connection with God and Kryptonite worked for me.
Kyle Chezum07/13/05
Clever!
darlene hight07/14/05
Oh, but of course our hero is separated from his necklace of death by one who had been loyal to Superman's nemesis and through an unbelievable set of circumstances the plan is unraveled, time is reversed and everyone is oblivious to the harm they would have encountered. Lex and his gang are escorted to prison and the 'man of steel' heads home to write a news story about the adverse affects of fireworks on the average citizenry of Metropolis.

I loved this paragraph! It was how can I say it? Unbelievable :)
Nina Phillips07/14/05
I certainly was wondering what the outcome of this essay would be, interesting outline, Great ending the super hero saves the day. No, problemo!
God bless ya,
littlelight
Suzanne R07/14/05
Ditto - lots of brilliant one-liners. My favourite was "Superman ... spun like the rinse cycle on my Whirlpool through the earth....". Full marks for imagination! And the way you give it a spiritual spin - very appropriately - is impressive too.
Beth Muehlhausen07/14/05
Lex Luthor?! Great shock value! I hardly expected to meet him HERE, of all places! "Now as every faithful comic book junkie knows...." Great line. :-)
Maxx .07/15/05
Gave me a smile! Thanks!
Debbie OConnor07/18/05
Love it! I remember that movie well...great description. Lots of great fun with a wonderful spiritual conclusion.
Deborah Porter 07/18/05
Ben, I knew this was yours before I even saw your name! Anyway, I wanted to pop in quickly and let you know that Kryptonite Proof was one of just 21 entries that made it into the semi-finals for the "beach" challenge - so congratulations! You did very well. With love, Deb