The Punisher vs. Shadowman
"Love at First Fight"
written by Michael Zandberg
The heavy roar of a supercharged Dodge Charger fills the humid night air as it comes to a screeching halt beside the FALCONE ATLANTICA tanker that ran ashore near willow point. The dark metal hull that has been ripped to pieces by the reefs, takes heavy strain as the waves come crashing against it constantly.
The Punisher wipes the windshield with the bottom of his fist, his forty-five custom still tightly clenched. Suddenly a sea of bullets shave past his head, ripping through his cheek and shattering the back window. With a smooth motion he flings the door open, guns pointing in the direction of the flashes, and squeezes the triggers. He successfully reaches a stack of barrels after depleting a couple of magazines in the direction of the tanker.
Shadowman fires towards the barrels sending them exploding into the air with a powerful force. Debris covered the entire area. Shadowman silently swings down from the crane he was perched on. Surveying the area quietly he comes across a body burned beyond recognition, half stuck inside a barrel. Not taking any chances he fires three bullets into the already crispy corpse depleting his last magazine. He bends down to turn the corpse over, a scorching hot barrel touches the back of his cranium.
"Tsk, Tsk, Tsk. All hightech and no brains". The punisher grabs Shadowman from behind and squeezes his throat, gun still forced to the back of his skull.
"Definately no brains," the punisher says as he taps the barrel of the gun on Shadowman's head. "Rumor has it that you are out for revenge on a common enemy of mine. That's great, however, it seems that you are about to bite off more than you can chew, partner".
Shadowman relaxes his muscles and drops his guns to the ground and replies, "I'm no expert on hightech but tell me, how long does it take for a shitty, proximity mine with a laser trigger to explode?" the Punisher punches the back of Shadowman's head with full force sending him flying foward over some burning barrels, and dives to the side covering his head as the whole perimiter lights up with an blinding white light followed by a series of boneshattering explosions, sending shrapnel, debris and bodyparts all flying in different directions.
When the smoke finally clears, the punisher crawls out from under a pile of rubble, barely alive but alive none the less. Shadowman is gone, the only sign that he was even there are the flames towering
The punisher lies still for a while waiting for his hearing to return and for the disorientation to stop. He gets up, holding his side, a big gash visible through his shirt.
"Sonofabitch!" he moans. Walking towards his car Frank sees a red dot flashing around on the ground in front of his feet, he looks up only to see the laser from Shadowman's laser sight dissapear.
"Tuche" Frank whispers as get gets into the car and speeds off into the darkness.
Shadowman follows the car with his eyes until its headlights dissapear completely into the night, "You too Castle," shadowman replies, "...you too."