A/N: This story is a cross-over of two of my favorite awesome shows from the late eighties and early nineties – The Adventures of Superboy and the sitcom Out of this world. Don't ask me how this idea came to me, but if you remember the shows or are just curious to see what the blazes is going on, please read along!
The Adventures of Superboy: The liberation of Antareus
Clark Kent's loud, buzzing alarm clock woke him from a pleasurable deep sleep. It was the kind of slumber that came sporadically, in between investigating bizarre activity and mundane filing errands at work, and soaring around the planet day and night protecting the innocent as Superboy. He raised his hand, and was ready to slam down on the 'Off' button when he remembered it was the fourth clock he'd bought in two months because of that maneuver. His super-strength flattened them to pancake proportions.
"I could open a clock factory with the ones I've broken through the years." He spoke aloud.
Clark sighed and gently pressed the button. He rolled out of bed and began his morning routine of a shower, heat laser shave, and methodical dressing. He hated feeling rushed in the mornings and preferred not to use super speed. As he combed a side part in his thick black hair, an unusual feeling enveloped him. It was too quiet – much too quiet for the busy city street he lived on in Capitol City. He buttoned up his white shirt to the collar to hide his Superboy outfit and adjusted his navy suspenders. Before going down stairs to make coffee he peeked out his window. The scene startled him.
"What in the world is going on here?"
A pigeon was frozen in mid-flight – just about to land on the ledge for the seeds he left out. Clark flung open the window and touched the bird carefully; it did not move or flutter. He zoomed his vision on the sidewalks and streets. Everyone and everything were frozen in place – looking at their watches, eating on the run, driving, waving down public transportation, talking, hugging, running to school…they were all motionless in time.
"Not them again! Please no!" Clark groaned, remembering the aliens who'd slowed down time to nanoseconds to test Superboy's abilities and eventually overtake the world. They'd mistakenly thought all humans had his powers. This event didn't feel the same.
He banged the windowsill annoyed. The disturbance could've came from anywhere. Clark put on the TV. The newscasters stared unmoving at the teleprompter. He flicked through more channels; commercials and morning cartoons were inanimate. It was if the entire world were on a standstill. His clock was stuck at 7:30am.
"So much for breakfast and enjoying the new Turkish coffee." He grumbled.
Clark spun fast, and transformed to Superboy. At this point in the morning, he hadn't the faintest idea where to look. He hurried out of the apartment building and saw his landlord with a broom in mid-sweep. He wondered if the people could see him in their frozen state. He passed the corner newsstand owner and waved his hand across his face and got no response. He assumed their vision was blocked.
"This is gonna be loads of fun." He muttered and flew high. He needed to look for anyone showing possible signs of movement, and demand some answers.
Thirteen-year-old Evie Garland clutched the crystallized cube in both arms and roamed the streets of the unfamiliar city. Florida was a far cry from her luxurious seaside neighborhood in Marlow, California. Capitol City had an urban setting, like when she and her mother Donna visited New York, though not as large or dirty. Evie's father Troy had transported her here on a very important mission. She had to find Superboy.
Troy was counting on Evie, because communication from his planet was severely limited through the cube. In many ways she was practically on her own. Evie felt bad that her father froze the people in her hometown too. He did it so her mother wouldn't worry and go crazy looking for her. Donna was very overprotective in ways, but she'd be rightly furious to know that young Evie was alone in another state. Evie put the cube in her purple knapsack in case it dropped. That was the last thing she needed.
"Superboy! Superboy, where are you? I need you!" She shouted toward the sky. "Please come!"
Thinking of him sent pleasant shivers up her spine and she blushed hard. Almost everyone on the planet knew loved Superboy and all he stood for; she was guilty of having more than one of his posters hanging above her bed to drool over before she fell asleep. She and her friends fawned over his shiny black hair, tight muscles under the colorful uniform and his blue, sensitive eyes. He had a handsome, friendly face, and a very serene nature. Evie hoped he wouldn't be too angry that she froze everyone in his city. He always helped people in need, and right now she was one of them.
A beam of kinetic energy shot forth and a rectangular portal opened in an alleyway. Three mercenaries from the planet Xavariax marched out brandishing weapons. The Xavarians were a fierce breed of alien, their skin tones ranging from orange to purple, with hair in hues of every color. They had a mouthful of tiny razor-sharp teeth and black talons. These particular Xavarian mercenaries dressed in form-fitting leather and tensile chains that added supple movement to their hulking frames. They were on a vital mission too. The tallest orange creature in the middle stared across the motionless city.
"The girl is in the vicinity! I sense it. Only an Antarean would freeze time! We must find her before she gets to him!" He rasped.
He pushed a few buttons on a silver gadget that hung off his belt loop. It was a holographic apparatus that could trace all life forms. He zeroed in on Evie and laughed cruelly. She was only three street blocks away.
"Now we will show that fool Troy who is boss! I will never forgive him for killing my father in battle." The alien Tammox, seethed. He clamped the apparatus back to his belt. "We will find her and kill her now!"
The other aliens kept silent before their commander and nodded. They were twins, sharing violet skin and emerald green hair and eyes.
"Power up your phasers to maximum. I suspect she will be an easy kill. She is but a half-human girl with limited Antarean abilities."
A young girl's terrified screams broke the death-like tranquility of the frozen city and Superboy flew fast toward the commotion. It was the same light, sweet voice he'd heard pleading for him.
When he gazed down he was shocked to find three alien creatures menacing the girl. Superboy plunged down and barreled himself into the ringleader just as he was about to slash the girl's throat with his talon. The alien slammed against the building, sending sprays of bricks flying over the sidewalk. Superboy landed and the girl clamored to her feet. She ran beside him and Superboy kept his arms protectively in front of her.
"Who are you? What are you? What have you done to this city?" He demanded.
"You have asked the wrong alien, Boy of steel! Give us the girl! You have no stake in our mission!" The orange creature hissed. His words garbled with saliva. He flicked his reptilian tongue at Evie and licked his puffy lips. Evie cringed and hid behind Superboy's cape. Who knew what vile plans the alien was hatching for her?
Superboy narrowed his eyes and stood his ground. "Not on your life, you scum!"
"Yeah! Don't touch me, you're so gross!" She called out bravely.
The alien reached for his phaser and shot at them. Superboy threw out his hand to block the yellow beam and bounced it back against the alien. He stumbled and fell hard onto the floor, smashing the sidewalk to chunks.
"Midox! Doxim! Quit fooling you twins! We underestimated this one! Seize them both!" Tammox shouted, pulling himself out of the brick hole his body created on the building.
Doxim rushed to Superboy and lifted him above his head. He tossed him across the the street. Superboy crashed through a storefront window, but grabbed two frozen shoppers and pushed them away from the shattering glass. Evie screamed and ran to help him.
Tammox pointed his finger, raising Superboy with telepathy. With a magnetic force he swung his arm and Superboy was flung to the top of a building. He slammed into a giant billboard and bent it out of shape. The alien's magnetism stunned him and kept him locked into place. Midox clutched Evie from behind.
"Let me go, you ugly creep!" She tried to bite his scaly arm to no effect. "Green is not your color!"
Tammox used more force and Superboy let out a pained shout. "Leave. Her. Alone!" He demanded through gritted teeth. The magnetism rippled through every muscle in his body.
"Stop it! You're hurting him!" Evie cried. She closed her eyes and lowered her head up and down swiftly. In a flash of colors, she transported herself directly to Superboy. Evie miscalculated her landing and she tottered on the edge of the building.
"Ahhh! Superboy! Help me!"
Superboy despaired as he watched the girl fall backward. A deep strength came to the fore and he peeled himself off the billboard and dove after her. He caught her before the aliens could.
"I got you!" He landed gently, feeling her shudder in his arms. "You'll be okay."
The aliens laughed and encircled them. Evie blinked her eyes again. A giant wall of flypaper appeared in a haze of translucent white, purple, and hot pink sparks of energy. The aliens were at once stuck and fumbled in the gooey substance.
"Darn it! It was supposed to be a wall of steel!" She huffed. "But it works! That's gonna be a killer on the hair, guys!" She called out.
Superboy backed away from them, looking very perplexed.
"How did you do all that?"
"It's called a gleep."
"A gleep, I'll explain later, I'm kinda new at all this. I've only had my powers for three months." She clutched Superboy's arm. "They're breaking loose!"
Superboy lowered her down. Tammox freed his arm and raised his weapon. Superboy leaped in front of Evie to take the blow. Before the beam could hit, Superboy counteracted with his heat vision and the beam reversed into the weapon. It exploded in Tammox's hand.
"My talons, you broke them!" He grasped his right hand in pain.
"That's gonna be a heck of manicure!" Evie shouted, covering over her fears with humor.
Superboy sucked in air, and blasted the trio with streams of cold wind. The aliens, along with the flypaper whacking against their faces, skidded down the block. Superboy did not let up. They kept rolling like tumbleweeds and tried to claw at the street to keep from going any further.
"Midox! Doxim! Retreat! We must re-think our strategy! This is not over, Boy of Steel! We will capture that girl and we will destroy you too!"
"As long as I'm around, you will never hurt her!" Superboy shouted to them. "And you'll never get me either!"
Evie felt a swell of courage. Superboy would be on her side. She peeked at the aliens for the last time; they were almost too hideous to look at, despite having arms, legs and features like humans. She "gleeped" again and the aliens were clothed in big red and white polka dot dresses and hot pink lipstick on their slimy mouths.
"That looks much better!" She giggled.
The aliens roared with displeasure and when their portal appeared, they stumbled through it, still battling the flypaper. Superboy was stunned into laughter and he faced Evie. Her powers reminded him of the imp Mxyzptlk. Perhaps she came from the fifth dimension too. He looked at her carefully. She was a pretty blonde-haired girl with catty, dark-blue eyes and a wide, playful grin. She cocked her head and kept her hands behind her back, then looked down ashamed.
"I didn't know they coming for me. I'm sorry."
Superboy forced her gaze. "It's not your fault. What's your name? Are you the one responsible for stopping time? Or did you just freeze the people?"
"Yes! It was me. My name is Evie Ethel Garland. You can call me Evie; mom only calls me that when I'm in trouble. Time's not moving, Superboy. When I unfreeze everyone it will still be 7:30 am. My father was going to take me directly to you, but then I lost contact with him, so I had to think fast. I know you have super hearing, and I thought it'd be easy if I froze everybody. Then you'd hear only my voice. I'm really, really sorry. I can make them move again, I promise. Please don't be mad at me." She chattered in one long, anxious breath.
Superboy cracked a smile and held her shoulder. "Hey, I'm not mad, just really, really baffled. I'm glad I heard you and came just in time. Tell you what, why don't we have a nice, long talk about this. Maybe you can explain why those punk aliens were after you."
"Sure I will! But I don't know them; I've never seen them before. What if they come back?"
"I'm hoping they don't, we'll stick around here in case. I don't want them hurting anyone else. Everyone is extremely vulnerable."
"You're right, but it's safer to keep them from getting hurt and running around."
"All right, we'll leave them for now." Superboy surveyed the damaged city block and frowned.
Evie saw he was concerned over the damages. Before he could attempt to fix it, she gleeped three times, restoring each battleground to its original condition. It was as if nothing had ever occurred. Superboy marveled at her.
"That's so amazing, Evie."
"It's really cool. There's a coffee shop on the corner, let's go there." Evie pointed. "I'm starving."
"I hate to say this, but unless you unfreeze the cook, you'll have to do it yourself."
Evie grinned. "Oh, that's easy. I can gleep up a good breakfast for both of us."