Fanfiction – “Herald of Darkseid” chapter 2 (of 19)
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In today’s installment, SHIELD agents Maria Hill and Captain Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, head out on a mission to identify a possible alien presence waiting for them on the moon.
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Hill and her SHIELD team glided into orbit around the moon. Their shuttle was based on the old American space shuttles but improved upon with Skrull technology and Stark Industries parts.
The interior had undergone a redesign, making it more compartmentalized and better suited for potential combat situations.
The shuttle was also fitted with combat weaponry, should the need arise.
“Moving to the object’s coordinates now,” Hill said for both her crew and General Fury back at SHIELD command in the Triskelion. “General Fury; we’ll send you a live visual as soon as we get one.”
Hill was up in the cockpit now, Captain Carol Danvers at her side. Hill’s entire team was suited in spacesuits. Should something go down, Hill wanted the crew as prepared as possible. Danvers liked that about the woman.
Minutes later, the pilot locked the ship right on top of the coordinates Fury had given them. Hill looked at a monitor to the side of the flight controls. Using a joystick and a few buttons, she punched up an image of the area.
At first, she was surprised. Danvers looked over her shoulder.
“What is… is that really?” she asked.
Hill zoomed in. The image confirmed what both women thought they saw. Neither could believe it.
Fury’s voice broke over the cockpit speaker.
“Waiting on that image, Hill,” he said.
Hill pressed more buttons. “Transmitting now, general. It’s… well, you just have to see it.”
Danvers imagined Fury’s surprise as his gigantic main viewing screen filled with the image of a blonde-haired, teenaged girl standing on the moon. She wore a dark blue jumpsuit with a severe cut, very militaristic.
It also had a flowing black cape, totally not helping dissuade the military implications.
A silver “S” was emblazoned on the upper left breast.
“That ‘S’ looks familiar, general,” Hill said.
Fury replied, “I’m making a call about that now.”
“Maybe we should play Taylor Swift through the externals, get her on our side,” Danvers quipped.
“We’ll take that under advisement, captain,” Fury said in a tone declaring he would not. “In the meantime, establish communication, Director Hill.”
Following protocol, Hill transmitted standard welcoming messages through the shuttle’s radio transmitters. Had the girl on the moon a device to translate the radio waves to sound, hopefully, she would respond.
Danvers watched the girl onscreen. “It looks like her lips are moving.”
Hill looked closely. “Yes, but due to the vacuum of space, unless she’s got something to convert that speech to radio we’re not going to hear her.”
“Standby,” Fury said. “Get me Agent Begley!” he said to the people in the command center.
“Who’s that?” Danvers asked.
“He reads lips,” Hill replied.
Danvers looked back to the monitor. The girl on the moon looked frustrated.
Suddenly, she knelt, then pushed away from the moon’s surface.
She was flying straight for the shuttle.
“Maria!” Danvers said.
Hill saw it too. She manipulated the camera’s joystick to track the girl’s approach. There was no questioning her intent to get to the shuttle. Her expression didn’t look like one of someone looking to talk.
“General Fury! The target appears to be hostile and is approaching our shuttle!” Hill reported.
“Do what you need to protect yourselves!” Fury replied.
“Agent Schroeder!” Hill said to the pilot. “Evasive maneuvers! Agent Dee! Prepare weaponry!”
“And me?” Danvers asked.
Hill looked over Danvers. “Sit tight but be ready to hit the airlock if this all goes south.”
It turned out the moon girl didn’t attack the shuttle. Instead, she flew around it, looking in the portals. Hill tried following her with other external cameras.
Eventually, the girl hovered in front of the main viewport. Hill got the camera on her.
“Is Agent Begley with you?” Hill asked Fury over the com.
“I’m here,” Agent Begley replied.
“I’m going to try a live audio signal,” Hill said.
“What will that do?” Danvers asked.
“It’ll let us know if she can really hear us.”
Danvers waited several anxious minutes. Hill asked the girl outside if she could hear them. Thanks to Agent Begley, SHIELD learned the girl could hear them.
“So what else is she saying?” Fury asked over the comm.
There was a brief silence as Begley presumably read the girl’s lips for whatever reply she had.
“Umm,” Begley began, “She says that her name is Kara Zor-El. She’s come here on behalf of her ruler Darkseid to prepare this world for conquest.”
“Whatever happened to ‘I come in peace?’” Danvers wondered aloud.
“Stow that, captain,” Fury told her. “Director Hill; tell her to follow you back to Earth so we can negotiate the terms of our surrender.”
To be continued…
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The characters Maria Hill, Captain Marvel/ Carol Danvers, SHIELD and Nick Fury are Copyright Marvel Comics
The characters Superman/ Clark Kent/ Kal-El, Supergirl/ Kara Zor-El, Darkseid, Maggie Sawyer, Solomon Grundy
and Parademons are Copyright DC Comics
I don’t own any of the characters as this is fanfiction, done for fun and as a creative exercise