Superhero flash fiction
Detective Rawlins flashed his badge to the harrowed looking beat cops and entered the cordon. Beady rodent eyes glinted in the piles of trash on the ground. Further ahead another piece of police tape was strung across the alley at shoulder height.
“Careful near that tape!” coroner Josephson said as he approached. The coroner pointed out a nearly invisible wire that ran along under the tape between both walls. “It’s wicked sharp. Don’t even touch it.”
On the ground under it was the body of Accelero, the world’s fastest superhero. A little further away was also his detached head, a look of utter, open-mouthed surprise on its face. Slumped against the dead end’s wall was a woman’s body. The bait?
“A trap. They must have installed that wire in secret and then lured him here. He was fast, but if he didn’t notice the wire until it hit, even he couldn’t have stopped in time,” said Rawlins. The coroner pointed at a wall.
“Look at this. Think the killer left a calling card.” Rawlins looked at graffiti sprayed on the wall, some writing and a strange symbol underneath. He grimaced as he read it aloud.