Everybody dreams to be a superhero. It
can be a superhero from a movie or a comic character. Some people want to be
those who can fly and some who can read minds. However, the superhero I wanted
to be was different. I wanted to be ‘The Fastest Man Alive’.

To be the fastest man was the type of
superhero I wanted to be. Why? Because I wanted others to acknowledge me!
Everybody I knew would tease me as I couldn’t run fast. They would call me lazy
and mock me by different names. It never felt good. I used to cry every time. I
always wished to be fast, faster than everybody, so that I could also be
acknowledged. I knew it was not possible, yet thinking that way made me feel
better, motivated to be specific. But, the same story would repeat everybody.

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I would be teased at school by my
classmates, in my housing society by all the children who would come to play in
the garden and at home by my siblings. And I would cry every day. It became a
routine. I knew it was of no use to cry so I made myself strong and started
boycotting everybody until, I was bullied. I still never cried the rest of my
school life.

I grew up being teased. It was difficult
but I finally graduated and got myself busy in a job. I worked as a scientist
in Central Labs. It was the biggest and most famous science lab in California. I
had to conduct different experiments and introduce new theories about different
elements and chemicals. But an event at the same lab changed my life!

It was Friday night. A terrible storm
raged in the city that night; the night everything changed. I was working
overnight. I couldn’t leave the lab because of the storm. So I decided to
complete my experiment. I was about to complete the last step of my last
experiment which was mixing two chemicals but the pH of the chemicals got
unbalanced and there was an explosion!

I was lying there unconscious the whole
night. The storm had cleared by the morning and I was found. I was taken to the
hospital. My closest friend Alina was there with me in the hospital. The
doctors said that an operation had to be done. After 5 hours of operation, the
doctors came out and said, “He is very lucky. Nobody survives an explosion
caused by mixing Phthalates and Atrazine. However, he has to rest.”  Alina was relaxed after hearing this. After
two days of  being kept in the hospital, I
was finally dismissed.

I came back home. I was surprised when I
met my boss, Zeref Fernandez, one of the ‘Top Five’ billionaires in California.
I came to meet me and allowed my sick leave for a month. Alina went back to
work after putting I to sleep. I slept the whole night and woke up early in the
morning. I felt different. I felt changes in myself. When I saw myself in my
mirror, I was shocked.

I was taller and fitter than before.
When I was opening my bedroom door, my hand was so strong that the handle
broke. When I tripped, I hit a table that had an expensive vase on it but I
caught it in mid-air. My reflexes got better. I knew I changed. I then went to
get breakfast. As I was walking down the alley to go to the grocery, two three
goons were chasing me. I got scared and I also started running. When I ran, I
ran so fast that I escaped the goons in a fraction of seconds. I was surprised.
I then ran back to my home.

I called Alina and told her to come to my
house and that it was urgent. When Alina came home, I told her everything.
Alina didn’t believe me, so I switched on the T.V. and started a news channel.
The news channel showed the police chasing a thief in a car. I thought this was
my chance to prove that I can run fast, so I too rushed to the scene.

Alina witnessed everything on T.V. that
how a blur had stopped a car and placed the thief in the police car and
escaped. Alina was shocked. I came back home. I was happy that he finally had
the powers I wanted as a kid, to be the fastest man alive. After a while, the
news channel showed a reporter saying that whoever was the person in that blur
is a Superhero!

After all these events, I protected the
city from the shadows like a superhero does. I had a new identity. The fastest
man alive was known by the city as Thunderbolt!