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Chapter Three: Battling The Speed Demon
Grass. All Markus can see is a wide plain of grass, and towards the horizon, there’s a beautiful sunset. He’s running towards someone in the distance, hoping to catch up before the sun sets. He can feel his breath running out, and when he raises his head up, he sees the person head towards him. Tired, he kneels on the ground, surrounded by grass, and then he feels the person’s hand on his shoulder, and then when he looks up, he sees his father, smiling down upon him: “It’s all right son, I’m here.”
“Dad?” Markus says weakly, and before he can say anything else, he opens his eyes and wakes up. He sits up on the bed silently, and notices that it’s 10:30am. “It was just a dream…” he thought to himself. But he didn’t decide to ponder on his dream, and instead he headed straight down to eat breakfast and then towards the basement to get into training for tonight’s big match. As he practices, thoughts of his dream flow into his head again, but he ignores the thoughts and continues on practicing his techniques, when all of a sudden, Keera comes in.
The minute he sees her, he stops practicing and looks at her and gives her a brief smile, and she smiles back and she leans her back on the wall and looks at him, as if she was examining something. “So, you ready for tonight’s match?” Markus nods in approval and he walks to her and leans on the wall by her side and he looks up at the ceiling. “As ready as I’ll ever be. I’m telling you Keera, with every match I fight, the championship gets closer and closer into my hands. It’s a heck of a battle, but I’m willing to fight it.”
Keera smiles and lays her shoulders around Markus’ neck and she kisses him tenderly and she touches his face and hugs him. “You know, this is like when we were kids. You would always brag that you would be the best in the world, and so many years later, and look at you now. Your realizing your dream.” Markus smiles and looks into her eyes and he says: “Yeah. But it hasn’t been easy. But thanks to Craig, I always manage to be on top. And thanks to your love, I’m always able to stay focused.” She smiles and then sits down a nearby stool, and Markus starts punching the punching bag a few times to impress her, and she smiles and eagerly watches, and they stay there, in that simple moment, for hours and hours.
A few hours later, Keera prepares dinner for Markus and he eats it with pure delight, and they watch TV for a while, and then Mr. Craig comes through the door and he says hello to Keera and then he twirls his keys on his fingers. “Well boy, it’s time to go. The match starts in forty minutes, so get your ass on the truck and let’s get this show on the road.” Markus smiles and pats Mr. Craig’s shoulder and says: “Always on the move old man. That’s the way it is.” Keera follows Markus and they all make their way to Mr. Craig’s truck, and they head towards the Sports Center Coliseum in town. Markus feels excited, and while Keera worries for him, she can’t help but admire the energy and determination that Markus puts into this sport. That’s one of the things she’s always loved about him: his determination. But her only wish is that he could sometimes focus on other things besides boxing. He’s a good man, she knows this, but boxing is too much of an obsession, one she fears that may be out of his control sooner or later. But all she can do now is show him her love and support.
After a few minutes, they arrive to the Coliseum and the crowds waiting to greet Markus roar with excitement, and Markus waves at the crowd eagerly and signs autographs and takes photos with some of the fans. The bodyguards soon loom in so that they can keep the more wilder fans at bay, and the press waits for him at the door, and news reporter Brenda Sterling asks a quick question: “Mr. Dominic, right now your going into battle with what many sports professionals call “The Speed Demon” Simon Brookfield. What are your thoughts of your opponent tonight?” Markus smiles and takes the mic: “Well Brenda, like all my opponents, he’ll get knocked out in no time flat. Every demon meets his angel.” And with that, he storms into the Coliseum and goes to his locker room and puts on his fighting gear.
Mr. Craig goes towards the ring to fix up everything while Keera stands near one of the lockers and looks at him. “Hey honey. Please be careful.” Markus smiles and grabs her by the waist and pulls her into a deep and passionate kiss and he says: “Always babe.” With that, he heads out towards the ring, and Brenda goes towards a nearby chair where the fans are so she can watch the match. The crowd roars with excitement as Markus rolls in, and Nick and George prepare themselves to excite the crowd even more.
“Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to another exciting live boxing event, with George Smith, and yours truly, Nick Brandon, here to witness this exhilarating match!” Nick says in excitement, and George follows suit and says: “An exhilarating match indeed Nick, because we have “The Speed Demon” Simon Brookfield up against our underdog hero, Markus Dominic! I have to tell you Nick, after Markus’ match with Lance, let’s see how he can top this off by fighting Simon Brookfield!”
(Start Song Here.)
Markus smirks and Simon Brookfield enters the ring, and the referee goes through the rules again, and after the bell rings, Markus begins his assault in earnest, but he finds himself surprised as Simon blocks every single one of his attacks. “Whoa, incredible! Did you see that George!? Simon blocked every single strike that Markus made at him!” George shouts out and says: “Wow Nick, I have to say that this might be a close quarter match, let’s see how Markus handles the situation!” Markus then thinks to himself of how he can break through Simon’s defenses, and then he finds himself blocking for his life as Simon throws jabs and fast punches at blazing fast speed. Markus tries to counterattack, but Simon quickly puts up his defense and doesn’t allow for any attack to reach him. Markus then smirks and says to himself: “Huh, what do you know? An opponent that can actually last a bit more than the others…how cute.”
George smiles and points over to Markus and he says: “Oh ho ho, I can tell you now Nick, Markus has something in the works, just look at the way he’s smirking!” Nick looks closely at Markus and then he says: “Your right George, it looks like Markus might have a few more tricks up his sleeve. Let’s see what he has in store for us!” Markus then manages to dodge one of Simon’s attacks and he finds an opening, but just as he’s about to strike, Simon blocks and hits him right in the jaw. The crowd gasps as they see Markus almost fall to the mat, but Markus quickly regains his footing and he keeps on his defensive tactics, patiently waiting. Like a predator patiently examining his prey. His smirk grows wider and he keeps on defending.
Simon notices Markus’ constant smirks and he asks: “What are you smiling about, pretty boy?” Markus laughs and says: “Oh, you’ll see you overgrown Sasquatch!” Simon then growls and says: “You take that back you asshole!” And with that, Simon’s attacks grow ever more faster, and Markus then thinks to himself: “Bingo.” Nick and George look excitedly over the match, and George says: “Oh, I get it now! He’s letting Simon go all out on him so that he can tucker him out!” Nick then nods in agreement and says: “Ah I see. Considering he is the Speed Demon, Markus is taking that to his advantage and making Simon use up all his speed so he can deliver the finishing blow! Pure genius!” The crowd starts roaring Markus’ name over and over, and only 3 more minutes remain for the first round to end, and Mr. Craig and Keera look anxious and excited for the outcome of this battle.
“How do you like that pretty boy!? How do you like my blazing speed!?” Simon says mockingly, but Markus simply maintains calm and continues to block his attacks, and he moves around the ring, forcing Simon to move a little more while delivering his fast strikes. Another minute passes, and Markus can hear Simon’s heavy breathing and his strikes start to lose momentum and speed, and that’s when Markus finds his opening, and he quickly strikes an uppercut right into Simon’s jaw, causing him to reel upwards and crash into the mat.
Everyone roars with excitement and the referee starts the count, and the fans count along. Markus simply folds his arms and lays himself near the ropes, relaxing and basking in the cheers and roars of the audience. “Take a look at that Nick, he did it! He knocked down Simon with just one strike!” says George, and Nick follows up with bewildering excitement: “It’s incredible George, Markus is on fire! He never ever enters a second round, he’s so skilled, that all his matches end in the first round! Just incredible!” The referee finishes the count and declares Markus the winner and raises his arm in victory, and then Nick and George nod and they smile and applause with much delight. “Well George, Markus’ streak has now reached 19-0, and one thing’s for sure. The Heavyweight Champion will have a run for his money when he fights against Markus. Now that will be something to watch!” George smiles and says: “Agreed Nick. Markus is unstoppable! He’ll take out the champion in no time!”
(End Song Here.)
Markus smiles and Keera heads over to the ring to hug and kiss him, and he kisses and hugs her back, and Mr. Craig pats Markus’ back and nods in approval. Markus smiles and looks towards the ceiling and he says to himself: “I’ve won again. Nothing will stand in my way of getting the championship!”
An unstoppable force that gains momentum with every match, two people that give him his so support, and legions of fans that admire him, all give him the strength he needs. As he draws closer to obtaining the Heavyweight Championship, what will happen in the meantime? What awaits the underdog of boxing? Prepare yourselves for Chapter Four: “Dangerously Close.”
Edited by Sesshomaru, 22 July 2013 - 05:01 PM.