Hi! My friend and I just watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog for the second time, and we agreed that the ending was too sad. I started this story with the intention of writing a multi-chapter story, and after a good ten minutes of wailing about how unfair it was that DHSAB ends the way it does, I knew it was time to continue this story. I warn you it may be a slow process, so bear with me and don't despair if I take a while to update.
"In a few moments, we'll unveil the statue of the man himself," the mayor announced. The crowd burst into applause. "Thank you, thank you," said the mayor, nodding and smiling, "Justice has a name, and the name that it has, besides justice, is Captain Hammer. Ladies and gentlemen: your hero!"
Underneath the red curtain, Billy was trying his best to stay perfectly still. Drops of sweat rolled down the sides of his face; he gripped the freeze ray tighter to keep his hands from shaking. Just a few more minutes, he told himself, wait.
Captain Hammer stepped up to the podium––through the fabric it was impossible to see more than a silhouette, but Billy could picture the idiotic grin on his arch nemesis' face. His mouth twitched into a slight grin of his own. That's right, you jerk, just keep on smiling.
"Thank you, Mayor, for those kind words," said Captain Hammer. "I hate the homeless…" he began, then, looking down at the notecard he held in his hand, he added, "––ness problem that plagues our city." He put down the cards, and launched into some ridiculous spiel about everyone being a hero––he was not gifted at speaking on the fly.
Billy bit his lip. Did he seriously just call Penny a nerd? How dare he! Penny's gorgeous; that jerk doesn't deserve her! His white-gloved finger touched the trigger on the freeze ray. It's time.
With a swoosh, the red fabric slid to the floor. A blast of blue-green electric energy rippled through the air, enveloping Captain Hammer, who was immediately frozen. Billy let loose his best evil laugh that he had been working on for so long. All eyes slowly turned and fixed on him. The audience shrank back in their seats as the mysterious white-clad figure leapt from the platform and made his way slowly down the aisle toward the stage. "Look at these people," he scoffed, "Amazing how sheep'll show up for the slaughter. No one condemning you––lined up like lemmings you led to the water. Why can't they see what I see? Why can't they hear the lies? Maybe the fee's too pricey for them to realize…" He jumped onto the stage and leaned over to Hammer's frozen form. "Your disguise is slipping," he whispered, sneering, "I think you're slipping." He hopped down, addressing the audience. "Now that your 'savior' is still as the grave, you're beginning to fear me," he said, a maniacal grin slowly spreading over his face. He leaned over a pig-tailed girl sporting Captain Hammer's image on her shirt, and hissed in her face, "I bring you pain, the kind you can't suffer quietly…"
People in the crowd were beginning to shift nervously in their seats. With a dramatic twirl, Billy pulled the death ray out from behind his back and fired a few threatening red blasts into the air. The crowd scattered, ducking for cover and trying to get out of the room any way they could. Billy stepped back up onto the stage, bringing the death ray level with Captain Hammer's face. Out of the corner of his eye, he scanned the room for the one person he hoped he would not find. No sign of Penny…good. He swallowed hard as he took aim. This is it. Here goes.
A squeaking sound made him look over his shoulder. The freeze ray was slowly winding down. "That's not a good sound…" he remarked aloud. He turned back to face his arch-nemesis, and was met with a hard blow to his jaw that sent him flying across the room. The death ray slipped from his hand and clattered to the floor; Hammer picked it up, grinning. Catching his breath, Billy tried to sit up, but found Hammer's foot planted on his chest, forcing back onto the floor. "A death ray!" he exclaimed sarcastically, "Looks like Dr. Horrible's moving up! Let's see if this one works any better than your other ones." He pointed the weapon at Billy's face. "Don't––" Billy gasped, but Hammer cut him off. "I don't have time for your warnings. You give my regards to St. Peter––or whoever has his job, but in hell!"
His finger closed around the trigger. There was a deafening explosion and a flash of red-orange light. The impact sent Billy skidding into the wall; he felt a sharp pain slash through his body, and then everything faded to darkness…
Penny poked her head out from beneath the chair she had been hiding under. "Billy!" she screamed, as she saw the blond-haired man crash into the wall and slump on the floor. She got to her feet and raced across the room. "Oh my gosh, Billy, are you okay?" She dropped to her knees beside him, gingerly reaching out to touch his blood-spattered white coat. "Somebody call an ambulance!" she yelled.
Captain Hammer was lying on his back, writhing on the floor, crying like a small child. "Oh, I'm in pain!" he moaned, "I think this is what pain feels like! Oh, Momma! Someone maternal! Penny!" he whined.
"Just hang on," the young woman replied, "I'll be with you in a second." Hammer jumped to his feet, pushing several people out of the way. He grabbed Penny's arm. "Penny, what are you doing? I need your help!" Penny quickly glanced up at him. "You're not even bleeding!" she said. "Just give me a second; Billy needs help."
"Are you serious?" Hammer scoffed, "Why do you even care about him? He's the bad guy; he doesn't matter."
Penny looked down at the unconscious form beside her. A scarlet stain spread from a jagged piece of metal that had ripped through both fabric and skin. She placed a hand on Billy's chest, wishing she knew how to help him. "He's still breathing," she said softly. She pulled her cell phone out of her purse and dialed 9-1-1. A pair of black-gloved hands seized her, pulling her up off the floor. "Didn't your hear me?" Captain Hammer growled, "Ignore him; he doesn't matter!"
"He's my friend!" Penny protested, "And bad guy or not he's been a whole lot nicer to me than you ever were!" Hammer tightened his grip on her. "You're mine," he hissed into her ear. "And as long as you belong to me, you're gonna do things my way." He leaned in to kiss her; she slapped him across the face. "No!" she yelled. "I don't want you. You're not at all what I thought you were. I don't know why I ever let you talk me into this relationship, but I'm ending it now. It's over." Hammer stood for a moment staring at her in shock. "I never want to see your face again," said Penny, "Get out."
At that moment, blaring sirens echoed through the room. The door burst open, and a crowd of policemen, paramedics, and firefighters burst in. "What's going on? What's the emergency? Who called 9-1-1? Where's the fire?"
"Where's Dr. Horrible?" one of the policemen demanded.
"Officer," said Penny, pointing an accusing finger at Captain Hammer, "This is the man who threatened the mayor in his office last week. He's also the one who caused a major explosion just now, endangering the lives of innocent civilians." The police officer stepped toward Hammer with a pair of handcuffs. "You're under arrest," he said gruffly. "B-but-but," Hammer protested, "Penny!"
"Come on, come on; let's go," said the policeman, hustling him out the door.
Penny called over two of the paramedics to help her wounded friend. "Hold on, Billy, buddy," she whispered, "You're gonna be okay."
So…apparently I didn't manage to update this before I posted the second chapter, and I'm realizing this now for the first time. That would explain why the second chapter seems really redundant and makes no sense. My apologies. I'm going to be re-posting the second chapter soon as well, with some changes. Hope you like it :) T.G.