Au Cheval was widely regarded as one of the best burger joints in Chicago. It was always busy, and better yet it was only a few blocks from the pier, and some of the best shopping and attractions in the city. A few tourists had complained that the portions were actually too big for them to finish alone. Alex didn't know if this was really the case. He didn't actually go into the restaurant. That would cost money. He was crouched next to the dumpster outside looking for scraps, of which there were mercifully many.
Too much food? Blasphemy. These people clearly didn't know how to eat. Two weeks on caribou and a can of beans would teach them. He was still disappointed that he couldn't keep the antlers.
The sound of an explosion from a few blocks away pulled his attention from the quarter of a buffalo burger he had in hand. He vaulted over the edge of the dumpster, dusted down his dirty clothes, and peaked around the corner of the alley. in the direction it had come from. A deep orange glow like the sunset filled the streets for a few seconds, and his ears picked up someone yelling over the din. They weren't happy. Alex pulled the hood on his jacket up over his scruffy black hair and started off towards the sound at a run. He passed a few people along the way, but most of them were either frozen to the spot or running in the other direction and didn't notice the man with inhuman speed.
It didn't take long for the source of the blast to come into view; twelve humanoid animal men in intricate armour, all armed with some kind of weapon stood in front of a group of terrified people at the metro station. The one who was speaking was blindfolded and held a set of scales in one hand and a hammer in the other. A lizard-like tale hung down from her robes to the pavement. "People of this corrupt Metropolis! We are the Lords of the Zodiac, and we have come to cleanse the vermin and filth that plague this world! I am Libra the Drake, and I dispense judgment to the wicked!" The war hammer in her hand began to glow orange as she raised it up over her head. Uh oh. Alex sprinted towards the crowd screaming.
"Everyone run! Now! Move!" He bulled his way through them as Libra was about to bring her hammer down. He began transforming into his beast form; his muscles bulged and twisted and his clothes ripped as he threw his arm up to catch the hammer. The wooden haft hit him just below the glowing steel head and a wave of energy shot out in all directions. The force of the blow shattered his forearm and brought him to his knees. He screamed.
Through the tears in his eyes he could see that the people were running. Good. There were sirens nearby. Or were his ears just ringing? And the Lords of the Zodiac were closing in on him. Less good.