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Is Electromancer a High-Voltage Superhero?

By D.S. AUFFENORDE
Exclusive to the Kensington City Examiner

Yesterday, I had a highly charged, exclusive interview with Electromancer, the woman some here in Kensington City are calling a superhero and others are calling a menace. She met with me just before dusk in the dark shadows of the Sugar Express Train Depot, that once thriving, now broken-down train station where honeymooners once embarked on their adventures but where sinister characters, vagrants, and do-gooders now lurk. At precisely five o’clock as measured by the stately city landmark Big Benny, a there was a blinding flash of light. Moments later, I was in the presence of a stunningly beautiful woman with a body more perfect and muscular than any trainer at the Kensington City Spa & Workout Club. Like most superheroes, Electromancer wears a costume. Hers is unusual, made of a material that is as light and soft as silk but seems as durable as titanium. When I asked her if the platinum body suit, boots, and gloves bore a designer label, she said in a crystalline voice, “Couture.” Her waist-length hair shimmered like polished silver. Here’s what she had to say before zooming off to her next superhero exploit:

DA: Do you consider yourself a superhero?

E: I’m just an ordinary woman determined to right wrongs anyway I can.

DA: But you do have some unique powers uncharacteristic of ordinary humans?

E: Do you mean flying? We all fly.

DA: Not without a plane, we don’t.

E: Let’s say that flying is a gift.

DA: Your parents could fly? It’s genetic?

E: No comment.

DA: Speaking of flying, I take it that the blinding flash I witnessed moments ago was your arrival?

E: That’s one of the downside of traveling at the speed of life—you just can’t remain inconspicuous.

DA: What other powers do you have?

E: You mean gifts, don’t you? [And here, I believe Electromancer became a bit impatient with my question, because what looked like electrical current sparked from her fingers. Though, it could’ve been the dry weather creating static cling.]

DA: Yes, excuse me. Gifts.

E: Well, I suppose harnessing electricity counts.

DA: I’ll say. So you’re saying you can touch stick your finger in an electric socket without being harmed?

E: That’s exactly right. I’m one with the energy. Speaking of which, I don’t have long. I have supervillains to vanquish. One in particular, this crime boss Momo, who wants to take over the world’s energy sources.

DA: Just a few more questions. Do you have any weaknesses? Like Kryptonite is to Superman?

E: I’m not a fan of swimming.

DA: I’ve heard that Electromancer is just an alias.

E: No comment.

DA: Others have reported that you’re an alien?

E: Rest assured that I am from this world, but you might say that my gifts come from the universe.

DA: Can you be more specific?

E: Let’s just say that I have a special relationship with Electromite.

DA: What kind of relationship? I mean, Electromite is a mineral, so I would think—”

E: No comment. And I resent your implication.

DA: Were you responsible for the widespread power outages in Kensington City, and for that matter, around the world?

E: No. That evil villain Momo was.

DA: Alexa Manchester, the heiress of Manchester fortune and The Mick power plant, is in possession of the Electromite. Are you friends with her?

E: Our relationship goes far deeper than that.

DA: Were the power outages around the planet some sort of pricing scheme put into play by Alexa Manchester?

E: While I’m not personal friends with Ms. Manchester, I admire what she’s done. I told you it was Momo.

DA: I’ve heard that there’s another superhero around. Goes by the name of Blue Arrow. Is there a special relationship between the two of you?

E: [Here, Electromancer didn’t answer but flushed a deep red and emitted sparks from parts of her body that will remain unmentioned given the family nature of this publication.]

DA: So, tell me more about Blue Arrow. I understand that he’s half-man, half-cloud.

E: In a sense. But let me say this: Blue Arrow is all man. Do you hear that?

DA: Sorry, I don’t hear anything.

E: Of course not. The sound is miles away. A kitten mewing. I’m sorry I have to go. My help is needed.

Then, the mysterious Electromancer took flight, either saving the world or avoiding this interviewer’s probing questions. But never fear—there’s more about this superhero, about Blue Arrow, in my thrilling, romantic, daring exposé titled Electromancer, hot off the press! Meanwhile, on to my next interview with the beautiful heiress Alexa Manchester. My hunch is that Ms. Manchester knows more than what she’s saying about Electromancer and Momo. My question is—whose side is Alexa Manchester on?

Follow my investigatory column to learn more exciting facts as the mysteries surrounding Electromancer unfolds. You can also learn more about Electromancer and others like Blue Arrow in the romantic, thrilling, superhero novel, Electromancer.
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