[Scene Challenge]After a short delay, the next Scene Challenge is ready to go.

This time, the goal is to write an action scene/sequence suitable for a summer blockbuster — or to subvert this intention so ingeniously that we can’t help but be impressed.

The only required element is the villain: BRICKHOUSE. He’s big and he’s strong. It’s up to you to decide whether that means he can throw cars or entire skyscrapers.

As the scene opens, Brickhouse has just grabbed an ancient staff from The City Museum of Ubiquities. You can decide whether the staff is merely valuable or has some other attribute. It’s also your choice whether the action takes place in the museum, outside, or some other locale.

Your hero can be superpowered, gadget-enhanced or merely quick-witted. Your choice.

Standard rules:

  1. Post your entry in the comments thread of this article. If you’re uncertain about how scrippets work, try it out first on the test blog.

  2. Proofread. There’s no editing once you’ve submitted.

  3. All entries must be submitted by 8 a.m. PST on Thursday, July 23rd, 2008. Remember that comments are sometimes held in moderation. Don’t submit twice. It will show up. Promise.

  4. I’ll pick a winner later that day.

  5. Winner receives hearty congratulations and a brief moment in the spotlight.

And…begin.