Check out this excerpt from Shirin Dubbin's upcoming new book "To The Fifth Power"! I don't need Spidy Senses to tell you to check it out!
Fort didn’t argue. Starting with her boots he took her makeshift costume out of his bag. He had most of it in hand when a pair of cream heels rocketed past his ears.
Zola started stripping. Good god. He crossed himself—or did something roughly resembling crossing himself, as a heathen he’d probably fucked the whole gesture up. He dropped the costume. His jaw dropped too. Why wasn't there a jukebox here? The Steve Miller Band's The Joker would take this whole situation from fortuitous to blessed.
Praise Jesus, her skirt came off. More praises, this time for Buddha, because her jacket had already hit the floor. Blessed be her peach-colored bra and panty set and the glory of lace.
Ahh, sweet peaches. He wanted to shake her tree.
Fort gulped in stereo. What? People didn't gulp in stereo. One of the culinary students had walked in on them and her peaches had hypnotized him too.
“Don’t move.” Zola told the kid who looked punk (five piercings and a blue-black pompadour) from the neck up but preppy (plaid jacket and khakis) from the neck down.
Fort didn’t think the kid planned on moving. He knew he didn’t.
She shimmied--mercy--into her body armor, a sort of pearlized, charcoal gray wetsuit. That in place, she looked around.
“Where are my socks?”
He shrugged. What did he know about socks? Bras. Bras he knew well.
“You didn’t bring them?” Her tone shifted to incredulous.
“You’re wearing your bra,” he said.
“My socks, Fort. Why wouldn’t you bring my socks?”
“What am I, your wife? I didn’t know you needed socks.”
She hit him with her blank look. “You’re a sad sidekick,” she said, exasperated.
A harsh shock of emotions bombarded him at the word sidekick. Zola quelled them as fast as they’d come. Her boots went on, followed by an opened faced balaclava—both matched to her body armor—then goggles. Her charity box hoodie went on last.
A weird noise, somewhere between a grunt and Scooby-Doo broke Fort's concentration. The kid. They’d forgotten about him. “Zola Noite is the Purple Porcine! Crazy.”
Zola walked over, took the kid’s face in both hands and asked, “You’ll keep my secret, won’t you? You enjoy breathing, yes?” The kid nodded, held up his mobile phone and said, “Can you strip again? I gotta post it on Facebook.”
Disgusted by her inability to strike fear in the hearts of teenagers, Zola turned on her heel and skulked away. Fort whapped the kid on the back of the head and they grinned at each other like idiots.
“Fucking ridiculously hot,” The kid said. “And scary.”
Fort nodded as he followed Zola out. He wouldn’t argue with that. ★
The Amazing Spiderman see clip
First love’s first blush is so amazingly adorkable in this movie. There’s no doubt Spidey is one of the greatest to ever rock a mask, but the romance here starts off awkward then blooms. That love story and its growth center the movie. Plus, there’s spinning and skipping in this clip. D’aww.
TO THE FIFTH POWER is the first in the Powers Trilogy. In the series a team of superheroes break into duos to fight very personal battles, and to unwittingly fall in love. I chose The Avengers because it is the linchpin to the love stories in Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and various versions of The Hulk (incredible or otherwise). And because it hints at a romance I’m anxiously hoping to see: Hawkeye and Black Widow.
Blink* - Doctor Who episode see clip
Whether you’re a Doctor Who fan or not, there’s no denying the genius of everybody’s favorite episode, Blink. It’s frightening, heartbreaking, and utterly magnificent. It also features the most perfect love story ever told in 10 minutes or less. Remember this line: “I have until the rain stops…”
Uh huh, this is a movie about a FUBAR superhero. It’s also a story of epic love and sacrifice. The three main characters forfeit the most important things in their lives for each other. That’s amazing on its on. Also, sexual tension, thy name is Will Smith and Charlize Theron. Pure sizzle.
Never did the words “I love you just the way you are” “stay” take on more meaning than in the romance of Liz Sherman and Hellboy. She’s surly as hell and he’s from there. Yet somehow we adore them both. Not only does this team up get the job done, they get each other.
There’s a line in TO THE FIFTH POWER, “So what? Even villains fall in love.” In Megamind, a super villain with a huge blue cranium and an ace reporter take us on a classic rock infused joy ride, showing us just how fun the fall can be.
If you’ve seen Man of Steel and enjoyed it you’ve got to watch Superman 2, starring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder. Actually, you’ve got to see Superman 2 whether you’ve ever seen another Superman movie or not. Reeve and Kidder have become the prototype for this iconic power couple. Their snappy banter reminds you of a 1930’s film and their chemistry will blow up your lab. Bonus: Terrance Stamp as the villain. Oh my Zod!
This Little Piggy* – Justice League Unlimited Episode
The Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series told some of the finest DC Comics stories to ever hit screens. I recommend watching both from beginning to end. But, if you’re only interested in the romance, Batman and Wonder Woman have a serious love thang going. It’s clutch your pearls worthy. In this episode Batman does things we never thought he would to save Wonder Woman from a bad case of being hogtied.
POWER UP SNACKS
I can’t set you loose on a marathon of such epic proportions without offering a few snacks. If you win, you’ll also power up with these:
Moose Munch or Popcorn Mix – Misfits TV Series
I’m sad I wasn’t able to include the love story of Alisha and Simon from the British television series Misfits. This snack is in honor of them and an ongoing joke about pick n’ mix (it’s an UK thing).
Tortuga Rum Cake – Hancock
I’ll let the movie’s hero speak for himself.
Rail Crossing Crowd #2, “I can smell alcohol on your breath!”
Hancock, “That's cause I've been drinking, b--!”
Chocolate and banana chips - Doctor Who
The Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, is featured in the Blink episode above. In his honor we have Endangered Species chocolate (he’s the last of the Time Lords, after all) and banana chips—his favorites.
There you have it. Have fun. But use your power wisely.
* TV episodes to be delivered digitally through winner’s choice of Amazon or iTunes. Physical items open to US Shipping