100 Words A Day by Hydrargentium

Well, at least 100 words — best served random….

Tag: Marathon

“Just so you don’t start raggin’ on the fat man, I’m just sayin’.”

Marathon’s train of thought was smashed off the track, and went tumbling down the embankment into a nearby small town, wrecking the feed store, and killing two stray dogs and the village idiot — no loss on that last one.

“Wha… what made you think I’d ‘rag’ on you?”

Radiant just shrugged, the bulk of his shoulders rippling like pudding under his spandex.

“Aren’t we all superheroes here? Setting a good example and all that?”

“Mmm. Yeah, we are. Which is why I figured you might want to start ‘setting a good example’ for all the kiddies by encouraging fitness with me as the ‘before’ example…”

“…and me as the ‘after’. Right,” Marathon said firmly, nodding his head. “Look, I’m not that kind of guy. I’m all about personal responsibility, and personal choices. If you choose to, um, eat less healthy foods and lead a more sedentary lifestyle, that’s up to you.”

The chuckle came from deep in Radiant’s chest, setting his jowls to quivering as it worked its way out.

“Sedentary lifestyle? I’m a superhero. I chase bad guys across town. I’m one of the most active people on the planet. You’ve seen me. Who took down those alien robots last week? It wasn’t anyone else rounding them up and melting them down. It was me. And they were all over town. All. Over. Town.”

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“Y’know, they say that fat men have better odds of surviving car crashes,” Radiant mumbled around the remains of a jumbo chili dog. A small blob of cheese sauce had dripped onto his chin.

“You’ve, uh, you’ve got something on your face.” Marathon gestured with a nod of his head. “Down there.”

Radiant gave a comical look, jowly jaw stuck out trying to see the offending morsel. After a second, he closed his eyes, and then his lower jaw began to glow. The area quickly grew bright enough that Marathon could no longer make out Radiant’s flabby jawline. Just as quickly, the light faded, and all that was left of the cheese was a smudge of ash. Radiant flicked at it absently as he reached for his Super Big Gulp of Mountain Dew.