"Good job, big man," said defender Tyrone Marshall. And forward Steve Zakuani mutely bowed his thanks.
SEATTLE Thursday was shaping up to be just another school day for 13 year old Erik Martin, but then something extraordinary happened: Spider Man called.
Electron Boy seemed a little dazed by his powers. Out on Qwest Field, the Sounders gave Erik a hero's congratulations, posed for pictures and gave him a jersey and autographed ball.
"Thank you, Electron Boy," said defender Taylor Graham.
Erik wordlessly leapt at Dr. Dark with his lightning rod, freezing the villain. Then he unlocked the elevator and freed the people trapped upstairs.
And Spider Man needed Erik's help.
"You saved us!" exclaimed forward Nate Jaqua.
Bellevue police Officer Curtis McIvor snapped handcuffs on Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy, who couldn't resist some last words: "How can we thank you for saving our souls?"
Pulling off a wish like this one required a big story, and a lot of heart. And so, with a note of panic in his voice, Spider Man explained the dilemma: "Dr. Dark" and "Blackout Boy" had imprisoned the Seattle Sounders in a locker room at Qwest Field. Only Electron Boy could free them.
"Electron Boy, I am Dr. Dark and this is Blackout Boy," sneered an evil voice, as the villain Edgar Hansen, and his sidekick Jake Anderson, both of Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" taunted the young superhero. "We are here to take over Seattle and make it dark!"
In this photo taken Thursday, April 29, 2010, Electron Boy, played by 13 year old Erik Martin, listens to a video message from arch villains Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy which appear on the Qwest Field screen in Seattle. The regional chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation made Martin's dream of becoming a superhero come true, organizing hundreds of volunteers in Bellevue and Seattle into a simulated comic book caper. In this chapter, Electron Boy rescues the Seattle Sounders MLS team from being trapped inside of their locker room. Martin has liver cancer. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Dean Rutz) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
"It's Electron Boy," Erik's older sister, Charlotte Foote, shouted out the window of the limousine.
year old liver cancer patient Erik Martin, listens to a video message from arch villains Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy on the Qwest Field screen in Bellevue, Wash. With Electron Boy is sidekick "Lightning Lad", played by Seattle actor Rob Burgess. The regional chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation made Martin's dream of becoming a superhero come true, organizing hundreds of volunteers in Bellevue and Seattle into a simulated comic book caper. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Dean Rutz) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
"They shut down 405 they shut down I 90," marveled Moonshine Maid, aka Misty Peterson. "I thought it would just be me, in the car."
As Electron Boy's motorcade the DeLorean, the 25 motorcycle officers and a white limo rolled through downtown Bellevue, pedestrians stopped in their tracks and pulled out their cameras to take pictures. Clearly, somebody famous was in town. But who could it be?
The local chapter, which serves four states, grants more than 300 wishes every year to children with life threatening medical conditions, but only a few of them involve so many participants.
Dark and Blackout Boy were still at large. Electron Boy got a tip that the evil duo were at the Space Needle, where they had disabled the elevator and trapped people on the observation deck. Racing back to Seattle, Electron Boy stepped out of the DeLorean to a cheering crowd of dozens of admirers, and confronted his nemesis.
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Seattle City Councilwoman Sally Bagshaw stepped forward with a key to the city and a proclamation that Thursday was Electron Boy Day. Afterward, Erik posed for the TV cameras, flexed his muscles and spent some time astride a Bellevue police motorcycle.
In this photo taken Thursday, April 29, 2010, Electron Boy, played by 13 year old Erik Martin, lances Blackout Boy before turning on Dr. Dark in the final battle between good and evil at the Space Needle in Seattle. At left is Lightning Lad, played by actor Rob Burgess. Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy are played by Deadliest catch crew Edgar Hansen and Jake Anderson. The regional chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation made Martin's dream of becoming a superhero come true, organizing hundreds of volunteers in Bellevue and Seattle into a simulated comic book caper. Martin has liver cancer. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Dean Rutz) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
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"How did you find us, Electron Boy?" Dr. Dark demanded.
Erik got into his red and blue superhero costume and called on the powers of Moonshine Maid, who owns a DeLorean sports car. For good measure, more than 20 motorcycle officers from the Bellevue Omega Seamaster Watches For Sale Police Department and King County and Snohomish sheriff's offices escorted Electron Boy to Seattle.
Erik, who is living with liver cancer, has always wanted to be a superhero. On Thursday, the regional chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation granted him that wish with an elaborate event that involved hundreds of volunteers in Bellevue, Wash., and Seattle.
Spider Man happens to be one of the few people who knows that Erik, too, has a secret identity he's Electron Boy, a superhero who fights the powers of evil with light.
At Qwest Field, Electron Boy was directed by frantic fans to the Sounders locker room, where the entire team was shouting for help behind jammed doors. With a little help from "Lightning Lad," the alter ego of local actor Rob Burgess, Erik opened the door with his lightning rod. The Sounders cheered.
Everyone was startled when, overhead, the Jumbotron crackled to life.
More than 250 PSE employees gathered outside the company's headquarters and cheered as Electron Boy freed the trapped worker. "It was so loud, people in office buildings were looking out the window," said Make A Wish communications director Jeannette Tarcha.
A tiny smile played around Electron Boy's mouth. Just for good measure, he held his lightning sword to Blackout Boy's throat again. The crowd went wild. "Hip hip, hooray!"
In this photo taken Thursday, April 29, 2010, "Electron Boy", played by 13 Omega Seamaster James Bond Price
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