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I stared at the band on my left wrist. To the normies, it looked like one of those souped-up watches that could tell the time in fifty different zones and do tricks under water.
It did tell the time if I had it on the right setting. Unfortunately, that wasn’t all it did.
Right now, it was glowing a soft red. I didn’t like red. Red meant there was trouble.
Trouble meant I had to find somewhere to transform into my secret identity and go off to save the day.
I never should have gone along with the Super Group when they’d invited me to join them. Despite the Saturday morning cartoon-style name, the Group was made up of legitimate superheroes. Men and women who had mutated into something powerful, or who’d developed technology that gave them the illusion of having powers.
They’d gathered together to fight evil and protect the normies, the humans who mostly didn’t even know—or believe—super powers existed.
Farsight, the group’s resident psychic, had tracked me down after my morph power went off on its own and turned me into a bear. Not even a scary grizzly that might have scared away the guy who was trying to steal my backpack as I walked home from school.
No, of course my power hadn’t done anything that useful. It had turned me into a teddy bear.
Fortunately Power Guy and Polarity had found me before the mugger stopped laughing long enough to grab my backpack. They’d taken me back to HQ and told me all about the Super Group and how they could help me learn to manage my powers and use them to benefit others.
I was all about the benefiting others part. The managing, not so much.
They kept me around, though. I wasn’t sure whether they believed they would be able to help me learn to control the morphing eventually or if I just provided them too much comic relief for them to get rid of me. Whichever it was, they kept me around, and when danger threatened the residents of our city, sometimes they called me in.