Phantom Kid in the World of American Comics - Chapter 4
“Under that night sky, he appeared quietly and immediately in front of us, his eyes seemed able to detect and pierce everything, showing a bold smile.”
“With a cloak and a top hat, and without any unnecessary movements, his face was covered with a monocle shedding its backlight. Although he cannot be seen clearly, one could notice how surprisingly young he is, maybe in his 30s, 20s, or even younger!”
It has been many years since Jim Gordon first met Kid. To his shock, he recalled…
“Is that Phantom Kid?”
“It should be! But why is he wearing white clothes?”
“I don’t know, I only know that the clothes are obviously very old-fashioned, yet, they have an indescribable charm worn by him!”
“He is even more elegant than a British gentleman!”
“Yes, he looks so cool!”
White is the most eye-catching color in the dark, and, at this time, many people have taken out their mobile phones to turn on their flashlight shined on Kid. He was the spotlight of the audience. In these circumstances, Kid was hard to be missed out of the sight of the masses.
“The elegance of this thief is simply humiliating the police!”, said Gordon, with an extremely ugly expression.
At the same time, he seemed insecure and unalarmed. To Gordon’s thoughts, this thief Kid is no more than an amateur.
“Everyone, please be quiet.”
Mathison smiled politely, his voice seemed to have a magical power, and the crowd instantly stopped talking.
“I believe everyone has guessed who I am. That’s right, I am Kid, guilty as charged. Today, I am here to take away Adam’s star.”
“Stop the foolery!” A roar interrupted Mathison’s speech.
“Your mockery is over! Phantom Kid, you are under arrest!”
Gordon took out his pistol and aimed at Mathison and coldly said: “This place is surrounded by the police, there is not a single chance to escape!”
“Although you have not yet stolen any gems, spreading misinformation and sabotaging the power supply system through explosions are a crime. I hope you can reflect on the pranks you caused today in jail!”
Both, the police on the scene and the ones hidden in the dark, moved at the same time while pointing their guns at Mathison.
Facing such a dangerous situation, Phantom Kid didn’t even flinch, as if all these pistols aimed at him did not exist. He was more interested in Gordon’s words.
“No, no, no, I don’t have the habit of making pranks nor telling jokes. More importantly, who said that I didn’t steal Adam’s star?”
“You are making fun of the police. Are you even aware of the consequences?!”
Aaron Kash’s forehead burst with blue veins, and he couldn’t at all wait to shoot the guy who dared to despise the police in front of everyone.
“Don’t be impulsive, Aaron.” Gordon patted Aaron on the shoulder, staring at Mathison calmly.
“Well, I believe you came for Adam’s star, but it’s a pity that it is now lying peacefully in the bulletproof glass behind me. There isn’t a chance you could lay your hand on it.”
“Really, are you sure?” Mathison asked rhetorically, with a mocking curve at the corner of his lips.
Hearing these words, Gordon’s pupils shrank, and immediately, as he looked back at the glass cover, his face changed drastically.
Adam’s star, which was there a second ago, is gone!
“Chief Gordon, are you looking for this?”
Mathison raised his right hand and snapped his fingers. There was a huge sapphire in his hand, almost as big as his palm.
It was obvious that it was Adam’s star, from the starlight sapphire’s unique six-star line pattern!
“He really stole the Adam star, when?!”
“It’s amazing, it’s like magic… No, it’s PURELY magic!”
”How did he do it? Since the lights went out until his appearance, only ten seconds at most have passed… The bulletproof glass cover is also intact. How is this possible! “Gordon looked at Adam’s star in Mathison’s hand in disbelief.
“Could it be… that he has some sort of superpowers?”
During this period, the New York war had not yet started, and there was no news of Superman. The existence of superhumans was still out of the public’s sight. Batman and many criminals, whom Gordon knew well, had no supernatural abilities, so he was naturally shocked by such a suspicious act: the act of stealing gems through objects.
“I should have left after I got the gem, but this is my first performance. I can’t bear to step down too quickly… It’s a pity that the police officers don’t seem to want this stage to continue.”
At this time, Mathison is like a magician who is unwilling to leave the stage, yet has to step down as soon as possible. He has no choice but to say goodbye to the audience.
“However, before I leave, I want to give you a small gift. Due to my time restrictions, I have not prepared enough. I hope none of you will dislike it.”
“Now, everyone here, please, close your eyes…”
The young ladies closed their eyes obediently, in addition to most of the young people who were impressed by the thief’s charm. Only the police kept staring at him intently, and a small part of the audience, who wanted to see what tricks Phantom Kid would do..
Mathison slowly raised his left hand and snapped his fingers again. At the same time, his right hand moved down a little, gradually, and a small sphere slipped down.
Everyone who had their eyes open yelled out almost at the same time, because a strong light pierced their eyes.
“Damn it, it’s a flashbang! There are too many civilians here, don’t shoot relentlessly! There is no need to panic!” Gordon shouted, quickly covering his eyes with his arms. He moved slightly faster than the others, but was still blinded.
Suddenly, there was a sound of broken glass. Although Gordon himself ordered the police officers to cease fire, he followed his instinct and fired a shot in the direction of the sound.
Due to his experience, Gordon could swear that he heard the sound of a bullet penetrating flesh, but he was not sure which part of the body the bullet had exactly damaged.
“Agh! Sir, I was shot, can you cover me?”
Wait, why is this Aaron’s voice?
Flashbangs in reality are not like the ones in games that can only blind for a few seconds. Powerful ones can even cause permanent blindness, even if you immediately cover your eyes. As a result, one’s eyes will take tens of seconds to recover.
The power of the flashbang made by Mathison was not so powerful, its effect disappeared in about twenty seconds. At this time, Gordon happened to look at the French window where Phantom Kid was standing before. It was broken, and a blast of wind was blowing in from the outside. Aaron fell by the window with one bloody right thigh.
“Aaron! How could it be you? How could you be there?”
Gordon never expected that he would hit his subordinates, a feeling of guilt penetrated his heart.
“I heard the sound of the window being broken, and, impulsive, ran towards it. I didn’t expect to be shot by the thief,” Aaron smiled bitterly, “Sir, I’m so useless.”
For an instant, a confused expression wore Gordon’s face.
“Aaron, it was actually me…”
When Gordon was about to tell Aaron the truth, Aaron suddenly struggled.
“This is not the time to stay here, Chief, go after the thief Kidd!”
This reply immediately released Gordon from his guilt. He immediately walked to the window and looked down, but he saw nothing, not even any traces of ropes or cranes.
“Look up, sir!”
Gordon looked up, and he saw a white figure in the sky far away. Who else could be except Phantom Kod? As for how he flew, how could Gordon be unfamiliar with that device?
Hang gliding! The end is even equipped with a propeller to stabilize the flight.
More importantly, just like Phantom Kid’s costume, the hang gliding wing is also white, as if it is to enable the police to see him more clearly. This is obvious mockery!!
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