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You'd think that being stronger and tougher than everyone else at Centurion High would go down in the plus column. And it had, as far as the athletic crowd was concerned. Enough that the jocks forgave Penny for her preference to hang out with a small clique notorious for being hardcore board-gamers and role-playing eggheads. But it seemed like a small consolation.
Maybe it's because Penny just wants to be appreciated for her brains rather than her brawn. Or maybe she hangs out with the nerds because of Michael. Michael—her childhood best friend and the boy-next-door—certainly appreciates Penny for her smarts—and maybe, sometimes, she wants him to appreciate her for more than that. Penny's been spending a lot of time with Michael recently, helping him to take up his dead father's superhero identity. Besides, despite Michael being a straight up genius, he's "common sense" challenged.If that wasn't enough, Penny's superhero mother has ramped up her passive-aggressive campaign to convince Penny to take up the mask and start crime fighting; her two younger sibs—almost as strong and tough as Penny—are superhero crazy; a series of mysterious attacks seems to be targeting Penny directly; and her other best friend is dating Michael.
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Friday, December 7th, 1984
I’m sure you’ve heard the story of how the Greek hero Achilles was dipped in the River Styx by his nymph-mother silver-footed Thetis. Sometimes I think I know how Achilles must have felt. My mother Diana (coincidentally, the superhero Silver Archer) didn’t ask me if I wanted to be “invulnerable,” or if I wanted to be a hero. But the Fates pulled on their threads and I followed.
“I’ll pick you up at six thirty,” Dave said. “That way we’ll have plenty of time at Chez Pierre’s and we can be fashionably late for the dance.”
- Chapter 2 - Secret of the Mudroom
- Chapter 3 - The Lab
- Chapter 4 - Six Months of Preparation
- Chapter 5 - Michael Suits Up
- Chapter 6 - A Few Things Before I Let You Go
- Chapter 7 - Powers Containment and Control
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