“Doppelganger” – pt 6 of 18
Agents of SHIELD Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Grifter and the Black Widow follow up a lead in the Bronx on the terrorists they faced at Stane International.
Gordon Construction was a quick SHIELD flying sedan ride from Stane in Manhattan to the Bronx. Grifter did the driving, with Black Widow next to him. Clint and Bobbi, now dressed in their official uniforms as Hawkeye and Mockingbird respectively, rode in the back.
Grifter converted the car back to ground mode a few blocks away from the brownstone housing the company’s main office. He drove the car into a parallel parking spot across from the building. The agents took in the scene.
“Police update confirmed,” Mockingbird said. “Place is shut down, has been for over a week. No one in or out.”
The Widow looked up from her tablet. “I cross-referenced city construction contracts with Gordon Construction,” she said. “The only contract they have is the apartments three blocks away from Stane International headquarters.”
“Convenient access to a secluded lot,” Hawkeye began.
“All the better to start burrowing without someone noticing that’s all you’re doing,” Grifter finished.
Mockingbird secured her escrima sticks in the hip holsters of her black and white jumpsuit. She then secured her goggles in place. “Okay then. Hawkeye, get up top across the street, watch our backs. Grifter, have the car ready. Widow goes inside with me.”
“You ladies have all the fun,” Grifter said.
“I’ll let you use the siren on the way back,” Mockingbird said. She then slid out of the car. Hawkeye and Black Widow followed.
The lock on the front door was no problem for the Black Widow. The place didn’t have any further security, electronic or otherwise. The lack of security didn’t surprise Mockingbird as it fell in line with the idea that Gordon Construction was little more than a front to get a drilling machine.
The office itself wasn’t anything special. One big space, several desks, and office accouterments. Mockingbird noticed a definite lack of anything personal that would allude to anyone ever having worked here.
Widow found a file cabinet and set to work digging through the company records. A few minutes later, she said, “Pretty thin here.”
Mockingbird joined her at the cabinet, digging into a lower drawer. “All we need is something that tells us who owns Gordon.” After a few moments, she added, “You ever see anything like those guys back at Stane? I know green and yellow are complementary colors and all, but wow.”
“I have,” Widow said. “Back in the late sixties.”
Mockingbird paused. Natasha looked like she was barely out of her twenties. That made it hard to remember she was born in the early fifties. She’d received longevity thanks to a Russian Cold War variation of the Super Soldier serum, the same serum that had made Captain America back in World War Two.
It was all part of her super-secret and oh-so-creepy backstory as a femme fatale assassin for Mother Russia.
The Widow withdrew some papers from the file cabinet. “Think I found what we need.”
“Good thing, ladies,” Hawkeye said over the team’s com units. “We’ve got company in the form of a so-non-descript-its-obvious van.”
“I’ve got it,” Grifter confirmed. “It’s slowing…”
Inside, Widow and Mockingbird started gathering files and heading for the door.
“What are they doing —” Mockingbird began, but Hawkeye cut her off.
“Ladies! Find some cover!” he yelled.
To be continued… but after Christmas! Happy holidays, and see you again with Part 7 on December 28th!
DC Adventures, Copyright 2011, Green Ronin Publishing; Author Steve Kenson.
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.