“Doppelganger” – pt 10 of 18
SHIELD agents Hawkeye, Grifter, Black Widow and Mockingbird continue their unauthorized investigation into Stane International.
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A moment later, a nerd in an ill-fitting suit entered the room. Two security guards in riot gear flanked him. The nerd studied a tablet.
“Server 203 was accessed,” the nerd said.
“That was fast,” Mockingbird muttered.
The nerd started toward the server access cabinet where Mockingbird had hidden her tablet, but one of the guards stopped him. He motioned to the other.
The second guard drew his sidearm and stalked toward the unlocked cabinet. The first guard politely moved the nerd behind him as he too drew his sidearm.
It didn’t take all-star talent for Grifter to sneak up on the guard and the nerd. He pressed one of his guns to the back of the guard’s head; the other pointed at the nerd’s stomach.
Hawkeye appeared a distance in front of the advancing guard. His arrow pointed at the guard’s crotch. Black Widow flanked Hawkeye, her twin handguns at the ready.
The guard raised his sidearm but had to know the agents had him hopelessly outgunned.
“I’ll take that,” Mockingbird said as she stepped from her hiding spot and smacked the guard’s wrist with one of her escrima sticks.
The man yelped as his fingers flew open from the pain. His gun dropped to the floor. Mockingbird stood in front of him.
“Me and my friends are gonna finish what we were doing; then we’ll be back out of your hair,” she said. “Now you can stay awake and watch how the big girls do things, or…”
That came from the nerd. He turned and ran for the door, dropping his tablet along the way.
The move gained him a pulse laser in his back from Grifter. Hawkeye dropped to his knee and fired his arrow between the legs of the two guards.
The arrow struck the nerd’s leg; its head sent out a taser-like shock to the man’s system. He flopped on the ground, seizing.
Black Widow dove to the side and fired twin shots at the guard who still had his gun in hand. One volley crashed against the guard’s chest plate armor. The other pierced his helmet, taking him down.
Mockingbird quickly smashed her escrima stick into the disarmed guard’s helmet. It knocked him back to the ground. She followed up with another strike to the head, knocking the man unconscious.
Mockingbird then took a quick survey of the scene.
“So much for not killing civilians,” she deadpanned.
“Don’t get sentimental now, Mockingbird,” Grifter said.
“Maybe if you’d gotten laid more you’d have let the guy live,” Hawkeye quipped.
Grifter motioned to Widow. “She’s laid half the damned planet and she bullseyed her guy,” he said. He then pointed at the nerd. “My guy’s gonna live!”
Widow slid her weapons into their holsters on her hips. “Nothing wrong with a girl getting what she wants.”
“Never mind,” Grifter said, sliding his guns away as well. “Let’s just get what we came for and get out of here before it turns into a real bloodbath.”
To be continued…next year! See you on Thursday, January 4th. Happy New Year! We survived another one!
DC Adventures, Copyright 2011, Green Ronin Publishing; Author Steve Kenson. Now it’s Mutants and Masterminds, 3rd Edition
Advanced Player’s Manual, Copyright 2005, Green Ronin Publishing: Author Skip Williams.
Proteus Plot, Copyright 2006, Green Ronin Publishing, Author Steve Kenson.
The characters Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Mockingbird, the Black Widow, Arnim Zola, the Red Skull, HYDRA, SHIELD and Captain America are Copyright Marvel Comics
The character Grifter is Copyright DC Comics
None of the characters (or the plot, for that matter) belong to me as this is fan fiction, done for fun and as a creative exercise.