I want to write a story about superhero detectives who fight with food. I don't really have time for it, but I have some time to think about it, so I wrote a summary of the start of it.
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A red stream of thick liquid flows from the bottom of a pile of rubble in a collapsing tunnel, while a thick white substance squeezes up through the cracks in the rocks. They reconstitute into a man and a woman who set off rescuing people who are stuck in the tunnel in crushed cars, then transforming back with them and handing them off to EMTs on the outside. One of the cars has an eight-year old in it and parents who are alive but unconscious, and the eight-year old recognizes them as Marinara Man and Dough Woman. Eight years later, they are licensed detectives, and today's a slow day. The girl from the flashback and her father walk into their office and asks them to track down her mom, who has suffered long-term brain damage from the concussion and has a Silver Alert out for her. They get into Marinara Man's vehicle and drive over to a craft store where the missing woman might be. The girl asks why Marinara Man became a detective.
He was thirteen, and there was a grease fire in his Section 8 apartment on one of the upper floors. Although the blaze seemed to be contained to only one or two apartments on the fourth floor, even after two hours, the crowd was not being allowed back into their apartments, because there could be a chance they missed something in the smoldering ruins that restarts the fire. Amidst the grumbling, the firefighters and police lecture them that they should have made arrangements by reserving room at a hotel, but no one there can afford that. The Red Cross arrives and hands out gift cards for a nearby hotel, but Marinara Man is worried about leaving the family dog, who never made it out after all that time. His family checks into the hotel anyway. They go down to fill up complementary bucket with hotel ice, and after a while the bucket is mostly water. Marinara Man suggests dumping the ice into a colander and putting it over the bucket, and his dad calls it his first invention. When they get back from the hotel, the family dog is missing, and returning back to the empty apartment, home doesn't feel like home anymore. They put up fliers, and Marinara Man resolves that no one should have to go through what he went through. The craft store tells them that the missing woman asked for directions to a store that sells miniatures and closed down a year ago.
On the way there, Marinara Man continues to explain that when he was nineteen, he was a volunteer firefighter. One day he was caught in a huge conflagration while he was on the fourth floor of the building, so he jumped, expecting to die, but instead he had transformed into marinara and left a splat on the concrete, and after transforming back, he was fine. Not only that, but he could flexibly let his finger and then his arm into marinara and watch the liquid fall to the ground, only for it to fall back up and reconstitute into flesh. Later, on his way to college -- he was a part-time college student with an engineering major -- he saw a man balancing on the railing above a highway. He slowed down, rolled down his window, and said, "Hey, get down from there", but he continued walking as if on a balance beam, leaning this way and that. Marinara Man steps out of his car and, as the man falls off the railing over the edge, jumps after him, and grabs his arm mid-fall. They both transform into marinara, and the puddle slithers away, strategically dodging oncoming vehicles, onto the side of the road, and transforms back. He says that he regretted what he did as soon as he did, but he just lost his job, can't pay rent, and times are hard right now. Marinara Man says "I know", not having the money or resources to help him, and they go their separate ways.
In the present, Marinara Man gets a tip from the reformed villain known as Meatball Blast, who is now a trucker, that he saw a car run off the road by the side of the Interstate. On the way there, they see someone trying to break into a mattress store. Marinara Man calls the police and tells Dough Woman to get over there in his place. They find the car, and the girl's mom is conscious but still alive. After the EMTs arrive, the father and daughter thank Marinara Man and get into the front of the ambulance. Marinara Man starts driving back to his office.
Meanwhile, Dough Woman is standing at the far corner of the mattress store by its dumpster, peers around the corner, and approaches the glass door. There's a woman inside dressed in a dark green hoodie with matching cargo pants, wearing a mask and spraying all the walls, covered in a green fuzz, and the glass door is cloudy with it. As she starts to exit out the back, Dough Woman tells her to stop, flashes her detective's badge, and tells her that she's under arrest. The building starts to lose its integrity and the roof caves in. As the suspect starts to run, Dough Woman turns her arm to dough and fires off a lob of dough at her, but she misses. Mushrooms sprout up in front of her, and she dodges them by weaving between them like any other obstacle, until one sprouts up from underneath her and she jumps off the cap. She fires off another lob of dough at the suspect's legs, who trips. The suspect turns the hose on Dough Woman, who tries turning to dough again, but instead her dough arm starts to flake and falls off. The suspect scrapes the dough off her leg, gets up, and runs away. Dough Woman runs after her, but she runs out of breath and collapses.
galenanorth fucked around with this message at 20:00 on Mar 23, 2021
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