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“Doppelganger” – pt 4 of 18

Bobbi Morse and Clint Barton switch to their agent of SHIELD identities of Mockingbird and Hawkeye and team with fellow agents the Black Widow and Grifter to take down terrorists at Stane International.

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It didn’t make sense for Clint and Bobbi to change into their official SHIELD uniforms as Hawkeye and Mockingbird, but it sure helped to have their gear.

Natasha Romanova, SHIELD codename Black Widow, slipped into position with Clint and Bobbi. She carried with her a long case, two in-ear communicators, two escrima sticks and a pair of white boots for a female.

“The general thought you could use these.”

While sliding into her boots, Bobbi listened to how the Widow’s Russian accent played through even a whisper. Bobbi had to admit it was alluring. And Natasha did rock a black bodysuit with all the right curves.

Bobbi had seen the trail of broken hearts the Widow left behind and often worried that Clint would be one of them.

Bobbi grabbed the sticks and then slid one of the earpieces in place. Clint replaced one of his hearing aids with the other earpiece and then opened the case. Inside was his trademark longbow.

A dozen arrows were also inside, with a variety of arrowheads to match. He selected one and attached it to an arrow shaft.

“Grifter is in position,” the Widow said. “Give me fifteen seconds.”

“Did Clint ever tell you that?” Bobbi asked.

“Only after round three,” the Widow replied with a wink.

“I am so glad I’m smart enough not to shit where I eat,” Grifter’s husky voice came back over the coms.

“I’ve heard stories,” Clint replied.

“And they’re just that. Stories. Now if the Tango Trio is done swapping stories.”

“Is that what the SHIELD staff calls us?” Bobbi asked.

The Widow moved away from Bobbi and Clint.

Bobbi leaned into Clint and covered the mic stem of her comm.

“Three rounds? Were you holding back?”

“I’m not even going to justify that,” Clint replied.

Bobbi gave a sly smile. She turned and readied herself to move on the remaining intruders.

“That’s fifteen,” Clint said.

He stood up from cover and let his arrow fly. As it smashed into one of the two human intruders, the arrowhead burst open. A set of bolas wrapped around the man’s arms at the elbows, forcing him to drop his rifle.

Grifter leaped from behind his cover, firing exotic twin pistols. Bursts of light from the guns shot through one of the robots. The thing sparked, flamed and fell to the floor.

Grifter’s other shots went wide but didn’t hit anything explosive.

Thankfully, the Widow’s aim was true; shooting from a triangulated vantage point so she wouldn’t hit Grifter, her dual handguns’ bullets perforated the remaining human intruder.

Bobbi took that as the cue to make her move. She leaped over a table, sliding feet first across its six feet in length. A variety of tools, parts and glass vials fell from the table, smashing and clattering upon the floor.

When she came to the end of the table, Bobbi slid down to the floor behind another table between her and the intruders. As she went behind cover, she threw one of her escrima sticks at one of the robots.

The stick smashed into what passed as the robot’s face, shattering the visor that served as its visual sensors.

Clint let another arrow fly, this one without a special head. It smashed into the back of Bobbi’s escrima stick, forcing it all the way through the robot’s head. It jerked backward and fell to the floor.

Leaping from cover, Bobbi cautiously approached the intruders. The robots were down. One green-suited human was bleeding out, but medics could easily save him for later interrogation.

The bolas wrapped the other guy like a Christmas present filled with information.

Black Widow joined Bobbi at the scene. She trained her guns on the fallen man just in case. Clint and Grifter surveyed the scene in case they missed anything.

As the downed intruder squirmed against Clint’s bolas, Bobbi put a foot on his chest. He looked up at her.

Looking down the end of her remaining escrima stick, Bobbi said, “You probably know the drill here. Speak or lose the ability to speak.”

To Bobbi’s surprise, the intruder smiled.

“Bobbi! Move!” the Widow yelled

Almost too late Bobbi saw the remote detonator in the intruder’s hand.

The next thing she knew, Bobbi felt Black Widow slamming into her. Both women flipped over a nearby table.

The robot with the arrow in its forehead exploded.

Debris shot into the air. Bobbi and the Widow were well behind the table and out of harm’s way. Instead of flame and shrapnel, a gray cloudburst from the robot’s shell, spreading fast about the room.

The agents of SHIELD found themselves coughing, waving their hands to dissipate the cloud from around them. This cloud lasted for several minutes, during which the agents continued their coughing fits.

Five minutes in, there were four flashes of light within the cloud.

Then the cloud evaporated, leaving four bewildered agents behind.

To be continued…

Copyright Info

DC Adventures, Copyright 2011, Green Ronin Publishing; Author Steve Kenson. It’s now 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.

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