Authors: Dan Danko,Tom Mason
Text copyright © 2005 by MainBrain Productions Illustrations copyright © 2005 by Barry Gott
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To Amy Hsu—
thanks for laughing with us and not at us!
The Chapter That Begins This Book!
The explosion shook the walls and rattled the windows of the League of Big Justice. The vibration faded, and Pumpkin Pete scratched his large, orange chin.
“Hmmm. I guess it’s not
button,” he said, and hovered his finger over a different button.
“Uh, Pete,” I said, “maybe we should wait until King Justice gets back before we push any more buttons?”
“Nonsense!” Pete blurted. “Buttons are made for pushing! If they weren’t meant to be pushed, they’d be switches.”
I know that made perfect sense to Pete. But then, filling his head with whipped cream and running around yelling “I’m pumpkin pie! I’m pumpkin pie!” also makes sense to Pete. He claims it’s a trap to see who really wants to eat him.
“I know one of these days, one of those creepy kids in Spandex is going to come after me with a fork and a tub of Cool Whip,” Pete once said to me as he squirted the whipped cream up his hollow nose.
“ ‘Creepy kids in Spandex?’ ” I asked. “You mean the
what they are? Well, when Stabby the Fork Boy comes after me with his Super Fork, I’ll be ready for his forky ways!” Pete shook his fist in defiance, then mumbled, “Curse you, Stabby...”
“Who’s Stabby the Fork Boy?” I asked, realizing that the answer would probably leave me even more confused.
“He’s the kid in purple Spandex that runs around with that fork yelling ‘It’s stabbin’ time!’ ” Pete replied as whipped cream started to ooze out his ears.
See, I’m a superhero sidekick. My code name is Speedy (real name: Guy Martin). I can run over 100 miles per hour. Pumpkin Pete is my superhero sponsor, and I’m at the Sidekick Super Clubhouse every day. I’ve never seen any kid in purple Spandex running around with a fork, yelling “It’s stabbin’ time!” Although, there was that
time Boom Boy ran around the Clubhouse with a cardboard box over his head and a trombone in his hand, shouting, “Everybody make way for Boxy the Trombone Boy! Toot! Toot!”
I’m still trying to figure out what
was all about.
But right now, I had to figure out who had sent the large, crazy-looking machine to the League of Big Justice, and how I could stop Pete from pushing more of its buttons.
realize that these buttons are blowing things up every time you push one?” I pointed out.
“And don’t you think switches blow things up? You’ve got a lot to learn if you don’t think switches are every bit as evil as buttons!” Pete’s long, viney finger poked another button. An explosion echoed in the distance. “And now my keen pumpkin senses have detected a second button not to push!”
“I really, really, really think it’s a very, very, very bad idea to keep pushing buttons.”
Pete spun away from the machine and glared at me. “Let me tell you something about super-heroes, Spuddy...”
“Speedy,” I corrected.
“Whatever. Now the thing about superheroes is, we’re super! And because we are super, we do super things. And super things are...uh... they’re...uh...”
“Super?” I offered.
“You bet your pumpkin pie they’re super! That’s why we’re
heroes! And I assure you, as a superhero, all the things I do are
!” Pete snarled. “Super! Super! SUPER!”
“Uh... what’s your point?” I asked.
“I have no idea!” Pete shouted back. “Now get out of my way so I can push more buttons!”
Pete slapped his palm on a large button near the top of the machine. There was a moment of silence, and then the Sidekick Super Clubhouse exploded.
“Pete! You blew up our clubhouse!” I said accusingly.
“Eh, that thing was blocking my view of Crosscreek Park anyway,” Pete defended as Sidekick Super Clubhouse debris rained down on the League of Big Justice Parking Lot of Big Justice.
“Super,” I said, and dropped my head into my hands.
The Chapter That Continues the Story!
Pete nudged a glazed doughnut that lay next to his foot. He looked at the smoldering ruins where the Sidekick Super Clubhouse once stood and sighed. He tilted his head slightly so he could better see the smoldering ruins of Crosscreek Park. The twelfth button Pete pushed blew up the park, to which Pete had responded, “Eh, that park was blocking my view of Donutz Village.”
The thirteenth button Pete pushed had blown up Donutz Village and sent a rain of Cinnabuns and jelly-filled, powdered, and sprinkle-covered doughnuts across the League of Big Justice Parking Lot of Big Justice.
Pete picked up a burnt sugar doughnut. “Hungry?” he said, and offered me the blackened breakfast treat. I shook my head no.
“What’re we going to do, Pete?” I asked. We were lucky no one got hurt from all the button pushing and explosions.
Pete took a bite of the charred doughnut. “Well... did I mention I was super?”
“Yes.” I sighed.
Pete’s face contorted and his nose wrinkled. He spit out a black wad of sugar doughnut. “And that doughnut is anything
super!” He held the doughnut out to me again. “Are you sure you don’t want it?”
” I repeated.
Pete shrugged and stuffed the rest of the doughnut into his mouth and chewed with a painful expression of displeasure.
“If it’s so bad, why are you eating it?” I asked. Pete pulled another scorched doughnut from under some burnt leaves. “Free food,” he mumbled, and stuffed the second doughnut into his mouth.
“Ahoy, fearsome fighters of the good fight!” It was King Justice, the coolest superhero ever to squeeze into Spandex and the leader of the League of Big Justice. He drove his Super Minivan of Kid Transport and Soccer Equipment around a large piece of burning rubble and pulled up next to Pete and me. On the bumper of his car was a sticker that read #1 SOCCER DAD. King Justice climbed from the car and surveyed the destruction.
“I didn’t do it!” Pete immediately said. “You’re probably wondering what happened,” I stated.
“Wondering what happened,” King Justice began, “or wondering what evil forces could be responsible for the destruction of so many yummy doughnuts?!”
Pete stuffed two more burnt doughnuts into his mouth. “Miff ma fwa bwaah hwo ga maff,” he explained, doughnuts packed into his cheeks.
King Justice looked at me, as if I’d know what the heck Pete was saying. I shrugged. “I guess it all began when this machine showed up at the League of Big Justice Hall of Big Justice.”
King Justice scanned the area. “And speaking of the League of Big Justice Hall of Big Justice ... where is it exactly?”
I looked to the place where the Hall of Big Justice used to be. There was a high pile of rubble and several small fires.
“Let me tell you about the fourteenth button Pete pushed...”
“Buttons?” King Justice gasped. “Does evil have no shame?! Does it know our
weakness?! Buttons are made! To! Be! Pushed! Who can resist the call of a BIG! RED! JUICY! BUTTON?!” King Justice grabbed his head as if the very thought of a big red button was driving him insane. “The very thought of a big red button is driving! Me! Insane!”
Pumpkin Pete leaned over to me. “I told you,” he said.
“The only thing that could have made this plan more evil is a plan with switches! You should see the things switches blow up!” King Justice gasped.
“Told you again,” Pete said to me. He jumped up from the curb and ran over to a cream puff that had a little flame still flickering on top. “Look! It’s like a little birthday cake! A little birthday cake that blew up and landed in my parking lot!”
King Justice moved a chunk of burning leather that used to be his La-Z-Boy chair and sat on the curb next to me. “Well, on the bright side, we don’t have to give any more tours. Oh! The questions I had to answer! My head! Pounding!”
Unless he was strapped to a rocket and being blasted into the heart of the sun or something, King Justice always took a few hours every weekend to give tours of the League of Big Justice Hall of Big Justice. After the tour, he always had a question-and-answer session. You’d think that if people had the chance to ask a question, any question, to the superhero responsible for saving the Earth about a hundred times, they’d ask better questions than “Can you create a rock that you can’t crush?”
After the guy had asked that question, King Justice considered his answer carefully. “I...I can’t create rocks,” he finally replied.
“You can’t? Oh.” The man also took a moment to think. “But I’m just saying, like, if you
create a rock, could you create one that you can’t crush?”
Another boy raised his hand. “King Justice! King Justice! In episode 42 of
why did Sydney allow Sark to escape when she knew he was working with the Covenant?”