" Debut my behind. I've been on patrol for 3 hours! 3 long, hard, cold, hours and I haven't fought anything!" She complained.
" That's good. It's a good thing we don't have to fight." Static said.
" Aw hush! This is more boring than the conferences my parents drag me to. What I wouldn't give to be normal. I'm so sick of being rich." She said.
" You must be high. I'd love to switch places with you. Servents catering to my every need. Whatever I want in my hands in seconds. Money everywhere." He said.
" Money sure, servents yeah, parents? What parents?" She muttered.
" Did you say something?" He asked.
" Nothing." She said sitting down on her sign.
" Hold on, you might get your wish Voltage. Look." He said pointing.
She looked. Hotstreak was going on a rampage in the mall. They hovered above the skylight. He was firing on people and the mall security.
" What a hot head. Let me handle this one Static? Please?" She begged.
" No way. He's dangerous." He said folding up his disc and stepping on the roof.
" You've gotta be kidding! My first mission after training and you're going to make me stand and watch?! Maximum B.S.! Totally unfair!" She protested.
" Tell it to Static Shock! Oh wait, that's me!" He said.
She cried out in exhasperation.
" Unbelievable." She said.
" Fine, you want to be useful here's something you can do." He said.
She squealed and did a little victory dance. He mocked her.
" Don't get all excited, I didn't even tell you what it is yet. You get the people away from Hotstreak and I'll take care of the rest." He said.
" What?! Baby-sitting?! Bogus!" She cried.
" Take it or leave it." He said.
" I'll take it. I'll take it. Who goes first?" She asked.
" Hey pyro-boy! Somebody oughtta dowse your flame!" High Voltage said.
Static looked down.
" Oh no. Mary." He said sighing.
It was up to him to save the people.
" And just who are you genderbend?" Hotstreak asked chunking flames at High Voltage.
" It's High Voltage." She said glowering.
" Whatever." He answered.
" I'll show you whatever!" She cried.
She made all the metal benches come around him. He burned them all up.
" Uh oh." She said.
" My turn." He said.
He chunked lots of fireballs at her. She evaded most of them, but was smaked by a firepunch. She flew into the fountain.
" Oh no." Static said.
He was about to go over to see if she was okay, when Hotstreak stood in the way.
" Going somewhere?" He asked.
" Could'of been Kangorr, could'of been Hyde, Aquamaria, Ferret, even Boom, but oh no! I had to get you!" He said avoiding his attacks.
High Voltage was getting up from her attack. She rubbed her head. Then she saw Hotstreak and her eyes went red. She raised herself up from the water and went over to them causing a lightning storm in the mall. She got both their attention.
" Mary?" Static said.
She didn't pay him any attention. She pointed an accusing finger at Hotstreak.
" Babbi to yatsukechau zo!" She yelled.
" What'd she say?" He asked.
" I don't know." Static said shrugging.
" Kakatte koi!" She yelled lunging at him.
Static watched as High Voltage went off on Hotstreak. She was pulling moves you'd only see professional martial artists do. Kicking and punching and doing combos. She then grabbed him by his throat with both hands.
" I call this one,"
She shot electricity through him through her hands.
" Elect-Trigger!" She cried.
Static finally snapped out of his shock when he realized Hotstreak was the one in danger now. He could hear him crying out in pain as the powerful voltage shot through his body.
" I better do something or Hotstreak's gonna live up to his name. Hey! That's enough! You're gonna hurt him." He said.
He put his hand on her shoulder. High Voltage flared and threw him back. He flew into the wall in the Macy's. She turned back to Hotstreak, who in turn, head butted her. She dropped him and stumbled. He ran off. She shook it off and looked for him. She knew he was hiding from her.
" Hotstreak wa doko desu ka?" She taunted.
He was behind a counter in a Sam Goodie's he burned out earlier nursing his raw throat.
" Ah!" He cried.
She was on top of the counter above him. He scrambled to his feet and ran off. Her laughter echoed through the mall. Static was coming too about now.
" Ohh man. What a shock to MY system." He said rubbing his head.
" Outta my way!" Hotstreak yelled shoving him out of the way.
Static was pushed into a display while he got outta dodge. A flash of electrical power caught Hotstreak and dragged him back. High Voltage was bringing him back. She held him over the fountain.
" No don't!" Static said.
He was trying to pull Hotstreak away from her grasp. She got mad and shot at him.
" Whoa!" He cried.
While she was fighting him, a piece of the ceiling they came through fell on her.
" Ah!" She cried.
Static pulled Hotstreak outta the way. Then went to check on her. She moved the debris herself.
" Ohh. My head." She said rubbing her head.
" H.V., what was that back there? You went Jackie Van-Damm on him and beat him like he stole something." He said.
" I did?" She asked.
Her eyes were back to normal.
" Yeah. You remember don't you? Look at him. You almost killed him." He said.
H.V. looked at Hotstreak. He was staggering out of the mall. He was holding his arm. His eye was black and swollen closed. He had bruises all over. He was limping to get away from them.
" I did that?" She asked.
" You really don't remember do you?" He asked.
" No." She said.
" Hotstreak! Are you alright?" Static asked.
" Hey, I'm sorry, I hurt your so bad." H.V. said.
He took one look at her and bolted.
" Oh man. I blew it huh?" She said.
" Yeah." He said crossing his arms.
" Will 4 hours training cover it?" She asked.
" Better make it 5." He said.
She whined. Static led the way back.
The next day at school, High Voltage was all over the news. F-Stop wasn't exactly having the best day of his life either. Richie was shocked when he saw him.
" Whoa. She did that to him?" He asked walking down the hall.
" Yeah. She started talking in some gibberish and then beat him down Bruce Lee style." He said.
F-Stop staggered down the hallway. Virgil knew he shouldn't, but he just couldn't help himself.
" Hey, Francis, what happened to you?" He asked.
" Shut up!" He yelled shoving him into the wall.
" Ouch." Richie said coming up.
" Yeah. That definitely goes on the list of ' Stupid Things to Do.'" He said rubbing his shoulder.
" What's he doing here? Shouldn't he be at home?" He asked.
" Pride probably wouldn't let him. I'm going to see Mary after school. Wanna roll?" He asked.
" That's cool. Hospitals give me the willies." He said.
So Virgil went to see Mary after school. She rewired the surveillance camera and went off to the old gas station.
" Listen Virgil, I'm sorry about yesterday, but I don't remember doing any of that." She said.
" You nearly beat the guy unconscious and you don't remember? You've got that backwards don't you?" He asked.
" I'm sorry! I don't even remember how to fight like that anymore." She said getting off her sign.
" Shooting range. Go." He said pointing.
" Nice going rich girl. Your first chance and you blew it." She muttered going off.
Static monitored her while talking to Richie.
" Something doesn't make sense. She says she doesn't remember how to fight, she beats down Hotstreak and she doesn't remember that either." He said.
" What happened last night? Tell me everything." Richie said.
So he did. Richie stopped him once got to the part after she hit her head the second time.
" What?" Virgil asked.
" Think martial arts movie. She can't remember, but she hits her head on something and gets mad and suddenly she's Jackette Chan. She hits her head again and she's normal. The hits to the head and her anger, if you'll excuse the pun, put a shock to her system. Tell me exactly what she said." He asked.
" I don't remember? Babbi to ya-something or other. Hotstreak wa dess- something." He said.
" Japanese. Sweet this is straight outta the movies! She's got a whacked out defense mechanism. If she hits her head or gets mad, she'll go Bruce Lee. Hit her again or calm down, she'll be normal but won't remember a thing." He said.
" So she really was telling the truth. What a way to run a business. What should I do? She's got what it takes to be a super hero, she's just dangerous." He said.
" Well, as long as she doesn't get mad or get hurt, she'll be fine." Richie said.
" Alright, I'll give her another chance." He said.
" She means well. She's just, confused." Richie said.
" Heads Up!"
A ball of electricity came flying past them and hit the pile of parts next to the gas station. Mary stuck her head in laughing nervously.
" Eheh, sorry, it got away from me. I-"
They both glared.
" More practice?" She offered.
" A lot more practice." Both said.
She nodded reluctantly and went back to shooting practice.
" Your idea." Virgil said.
" Your partner." Richie said.