The Glorious Grey Matter - Night of the Wolfman (English Assignment)
POSTED: 25 Sep 2019 04:21
CATEGORY: Short Story
FEATURED: Yes ( HullBreach )
This story was a writing assignment for my college English class. We had to write a narrative, so I chose to wrote a short story, and bring back an older character. As of this, it has not been graded yet. Enjoy.
It was 10:46 PM, on a cold September evening in Brooklyn. A young teen wearing a grey hoodie, accompanied with grey sweatpants, a beanie that was too big with cut-out eyeholes, and black swimming goggles to match. In the center of his costume, a white gem was suspended in the chest. The boy was sitting on the roof of a large building, using his elastic arms to anchor himself to the building.
“I don’t see anything.” He said while peering his head around the city. “You sure that report was legit?”
“It came directly from the police scanner.” A voice came from an earpiece. “Claw marks and fur around the south side of town.”
“Was Mr. Thompson in school today?” Asked the grey hero.
“I don’t think so.”
“Yeah, it’s the Wolfman. He’s back.” He sighed. “No rest for Grey Matter… I beat him once; I can do it again. Don’t worry one bit, Aiden.”
“I wouldn’t say that.” Aiden warned. “I don’t remember him being capable of that much damage in the pictures I saw. He nearly destroyed an entire bodega down the street.”
“I’m sure he’s gonna be nothing.” Grey Matter super-stretched his arms and lowered himself down the building. “I’ve had these powers for, what, six months now? And no one’s been able to stop me yet.”
“What about Hydra?” Asked Aiden.
“We don’t talk about her.” Grey Matter said quickly.
“What,” Aiden teased. “You don’t want to talk about how badly you got your ass kicked?”
“Change the subject, please.” Grey Matter said, annoyed.
“You got a plan?” Aiden asked between laughs.
“Yeah, same as last time.” Grey Matter said as he finally reached the ground. “Hunt him down, beat him up, pour the serum down his gullet, and it’s over.”
“You seem awfully confident…” Aiden said. “You sure you’re up for this?”
“Dude, it’s me.” Grey Matter said as he found a large canine footprint. “I can handle anything.”
Grey Matter followed the trail of large footprints into what looked to be a large park area. Huge tufts of fur surrounded the area, and claw marks plagued the trees.
“Someone needs to brush their dog.” Grey Matter remarked. “Maybe a leash would come in handy, too.”
Grey Matter continued along the trail, adjusting his goggles in the process. He yawned and came to a stop.
“Chris, you hear that?” Aiden asked.
“Clear as day.” Grey Matter heard a sharp howl.
Grey Matter advanced through the park, following the Wolfman’s deep growls. The noise increased in volume as he progressed. When Grey Matter finally reached the canine enemy, he took cover behind a tree.
“Woah.” Grey Matter whispered. “That’s a big dog.”
The Wolfman snarled as he stood up, showing off his mutated body and ripped clothing. His ears perked upward, he heard something.
“So much for that.” Grey Matter super-stretched his arm to a lamp post and flung himself to the other side of the Wolfman. The Wolfman turned around, and attempted to claw at Grey Matter with his massive claw-hand, but was hit on the head by a branch from a tree that Grey Matter broke off seconds before.
“So, if I cure you again, do I get an A on my next assignment?” Grey Matter asked jokingly. The Wolfman rubbed his head, and snarled angrily as he charged at the hero at an unmatched speed.
“Uh-oh.” Grey Matter took a massive hit to the chest, launching him backward and causing him to hit a tree. “Alright, time to end this…” Grey Matter reached into his pocket and pulled out a small vial filled with a green liquid.
“Chris?!” Aiden had worry in his voice. “Are you alright?”
“Ah, this is nothing...” Grey Matter stood up slowly.
“That attitude is gonna get you killed, dude.” Aiden said. “Slow down and think about your strategy.”
Grey Matter ignored the warning and continued to fight.
“Here, boy!” Grey Matter yelled. As the Wolfman charged towards the grey hero, Grey Matter leapt upward, over the canine and landed on his back. Grey Matter opened the vial of green liquid and lowered the opening to the Wolfman’s mouth… only to get shaken off. Grey Matter hit the ground hard, the vial shattering next to him.
“…Oh, that’s not good.” Grey Matter muttered to himself.
Grey Matter was kicked several feet away, hollering in pain as he skidded against the ground. The weakened hero struggled to get up.
“Impossible…” Grey Matter said while in pain. “I… I can beat him...!”
“Chris, watch out!” Aiden’s microphone peaked as he yelled the warning to his friend. In an instinctual move, Grey Matter stretched his arm, grabbed a tree, and proceeded to pull himself away from an incoming punch from the Wolfman, bruising his back in the process.
“Ouch…” Grey Matter struggled to get up. He took a deep breath. “Yeah… I’m getting too full of myself. I need a plan.”
The Wolfman charged at Grey Matter, swiping whole bushes and trees in one fell swoop with murderous intent, snarling all the way.
“Aiden,” Grey Matter started to run the other way. “Does the lab by the school have any more of that serum?”
“Yeah, I think so—” Aiden paused. “Wait, you’re not gonna lead him back there, are you?!”
“He’s after me.” Grey Matter added. “I can’t explain it, but he’s slipping. I don’t think he’d try to attack anyone else, they’re probably going to run away anyway. Collateral damage will be minimal at best… I think.”
“I don’t think this is a good idea!” Aiden said.
“We don’t have any other choice!” Grey Matter replied. Grey Matter stopped and curled himself into a ball.
“Hey, Clifford! Fetch!” Grey Matter stretched his arm to a tree and launched himself away from the park and back into town. The Wolfman closely followed. Car horns and human screams went off as the Wolfman dashed through the streets of Brooklyn, following Grey Matter as he continued to swing throughout the city.
“There it is!” Grey Matter said to himself as the laboratory came into view. He looked behind him to make sure he was still being followed. Sure enough, the Wolfman was not far behind. Grey Matter crashed through a large window on the ceiling, while the Wolfman busted the front doors down with ease. The city folk fled the area in terror.
“I hope Mr. Thompson has insurance for this place…” Grey Matter said as he brushed glass off his body. “Now, where’s that serum...?”
The Wolfman growled and scanned the area. He threw some tables out of his way as he looked for his enemy.
“C’mon, c’mon, c’mon…” Grey Matter quietly searched the area, filing though cabinents for the green serum. “Bingo!”
With another flip of a table, the Wolfman found his prey. He grasped Grey Matter in his massive clutches and growled at him.
“Whew…” Grey Matter stretched his arm to his face and wafted his hand and turned his head away from the shout. “Breath mint, dude.”
Grey Matter went for a swift kick. It connected to the Wolfman’s lower abdomen. Startled, the Wolfman loosened his grip on the grey hero. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Grey Matter stretched his arm to a beam on the ceiling, allowing him to hover over the canine psycho. After one kick to the jaw, Grey Matter poured the serum into his mouth. Grey Matter dropped himself to the ground in exhaustion. The Wolfman’s body quickly begin to change. The fur retracted, the snout reduced back to a human head, and he shrunk in size.
“Oh, man…” Mr. Thompson frantically looked around. “The lab...? What happened?”
“A bit of a… wolf related issue.” Grey Matter said. “You know what they say, it’s a dog eat dog world.”
“Grey Matter?” The confused teacher rubbed his head. “Oh no… it happened again.”
“Oh yeah, sorry about the lab.” Grey Matter stretched his arm out the window. “You have insurance, right?”
Before Mr. Thompson could respond, Grey Matter was already out the window.
“So, you learned your lesson, right?” Aiden asked.
“Yeah, I guess I did.” Grey Matter said while swinging through Brooklyn. “No more cockiness. I will now think things through.”
“Okay Mr. Sarcastic. Let’s bring it back home.” Aiden joked.