The Superhero From Cork: By Liam A

It was another cruel and dangerous day. Another one of Cork’s building down again. “This isn’t right,” said Colin, as he stroked the back of his trusted friend Spot, the dog. There has to be something done to stop this mayhem. Colin went to school where the windows were blackened and the yard was burning slowly every day. It was nightmarish for Colin.

But Colin has a secret. When school is over Colin isn’t Colin. He is “Nightgazer”. He is cape is indestructible and his armour protects him from Falcon’s pulsar lasers. Every day he and his archenemy, Falcon, the cause of this destruction, would fight gruesome battles. Colin only wants everyone to be happy but Falcon wants the whole of Cork in his evil grip.

Once, Colin nearly trapped Falcon but he evaded capture with his teleportation machine.  Falcon increased his powers and returned. This time this fight was going to be the last but was this to be a win for Nightgazer or for Falcon? Falcon had fashioned a deadly new weapon, The Golden Arrow, the only weapon that could penetrate Colin’s armour.

They entered the Shandon steeple where this final showdown was going to take place. Each step Colin ascended, echoed through the building. He reached the top.  He looked down at the empty streets and the burning buildings. He was saddened and angered by what Falcon had done to his beloved city on the banks of the Lee. He ran up the steps and kicked the door down and saw Falcon waiting,  his two golden wings coming out of his back and his red laser eye. Colin approached.  He hesitated as he spotted a gold flash of the razor-sharp edge of this deadly device he had never encountered before, The Golden Arrow.

For the first time in his life Colin felt unsure but he knew he was the only hope that Cork had left. He had to conquer his fear. The hurling heroes of the past flashed into his mind. Colin ran towards Falcon but quickly Falcon put his hand out and lifted Colin straight off the ground and threw him against the Shandon bells. Falcon was stronger than ever and lifted the Golden Arrow to annihilate Nightgazer.

Suddenly Spot appeared out of nowhere, grabbed Falcon’s arm, the arrow missed, Colin took his chance, he got up. He had a surprise of his own. From under his cape he produced a silver pistol that shot a silver bullet, the only metal that Falcon was defenseless against. There was however only one bullet. He couldn’t afford to miss. He got up, took aim, his hand was shaking, he took the shot. The bullet lodged in  Falcon’s armour. The armour turned to ashes and Falcon’s superpowers drained away.

The silver had worked. Falcon was no more. Colin looked down, a crowd had gathered below. They clapped and cheered. Cork city life could return to normal. Colin rang out the “Bells of Shandon” and Corkonians could do “Panna” again.


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