Chapter 11 - Sabotage!
Author's note: Okay so the shapes for the codes I've used so far are a sphere, a pyramid and a cube, in this chapter it will be shaped as a cone. Just so you know.
The SHIELD vault was flooded with agents decoding the last two coordinates for the remaining Machina Codes. After the third one was lost to the villains Ant-Man worked harder to decode them before the villains could, it wasn't exactly Dr. Doom he was worried about, it was Ultron. The robot was known for his cunning plans and overwhelming power so why would he ally himself with those who reside in Villainville? It doesn't matter for now, the fourth set of coordinates were nearly decoded.
The mini screen under the containment unit holding the two Machina Codes they acquired started beeping indicating that the next Machina Code had been located. The coordinates showed up on the map to be of a river in a canyon somewhere near Nevada. Ant-Man then turned to some of the SHIELD officers "Gather the squad let them know that we've found the next Machina Code."
Ms. Marvel typed on the computers keyboard and searched for any information she could find on this Warbird person. However this was proving to be more annoying than she thought as the results just came up as either her or non-existent.
As she sighed in irritation she couldn't help but wonder if it had just been Mystique just trying to get her riled up. It seemed highly unlikely though seeing as Mystique would have looked just like her due to her shape shifting abilities whereas the Warbird woman had differences, so it was more likely someone new.
Though they had knowledge from Ant-Man that Ultron was working in Villainville so he may have something to do with it but only Jackel has ever had success in creating clones unless Ultron looked up his history during his time under Doom's command.
The SHIELD leader quickly typed on the keyboard and brought up Jackel bio including his time under Doom's command which did show evidence of possible cloning experiments in Villainville. As she read through on piece of information caught her eye.
"...after Jackel's cloning experiments became too hazardous due to the chemicals used and havoc caused Dr. Doom had him banished from Villainville before his untimely demise at the hands of his of a Spider-Man clone with shape shifting abilities named Spidercide. The remainder of Jackel's cloning equipment has been locked away in Villainville where it has been left to rust."
Ms. Marvel suddenly started to get an idea for where the clone may have appeared "Dr. Doom didn't have the cloning equipment destroyed?"
While she was questioning Ultron's possible cloning process she failed to notice that an open window letting a cool breeze into the Helicarrier was being blocked by who looked like Spider-Man crawling through and across the ceiling to avoid detection. Getting here was the easy part with people mistaking Scarlet Spider for Spider-Man due to the similar costumes, sneaking through the Helicarrier to find the real Spider-Man....that's considerably harder.
As he crept along the ceiling he heard voices coming down from the hall next to the living room "So the infinity fractal you had before was a fractal fossil?" That voice sounded like Scarlet's so it must be Spider-Man's! He crept down the hallway and turned to see a right-side up Spider-Man talking with Reptil.
"Yeah, that's why the infinity fractals didn't affect me. Iron Man says that I still have my powers due to being exposed to the fossil fractal for a long time."
"Radiation I assume knowing those fractals, but seeing as how you aren't showing any side effects it's not that big of a deal. Not that you're such a big deal seeing how small you are."
"Hey it's not how tall I am, it's what I can do that matters."
"Good, glad to see you've got what it takes to be part of the squad."
"And right now I'm going to challenge Falcon to a game of volleyball and kick his butt!" Spider-Man chuckled at Reptil's determination "I wish you the best of luck."
Once Reptil ran off to find Falcon, Spider-Man then turned to the opposite end of the corridor and walked down not noticing Scarlet Spider sneaking across the ceiling after him in hurry in case someone else walked near them and noticed him.
As Spider-Man opened the door to his room Scarlet Spider quickly crawled on the ceiling and thanked God that the web-head didn't close the door completely so he could push it open without making noise. Once he crawled through he stayed on the ceiling and waited for Spidey to turn around which he did to see his door open, much to his confusion.
"I thought I closed that." He went over and shut it completely with a click in the handle to confirm it. Then out of nowhere he heard a voice....
"Excuse me; can I have your autograph?"
Spider-Man turned around to have the colour drain from his face (and costume for that matter) when he saw a look-alike in a slightly different costume standing behind him. Before he could say or do anything, Scarlet Spider web yanked him into his fist knocking Spider-Man out cold then slammed him against a wall before using his webs to keep him there.
"On second thought, don't bother." With Spider-Man out cold Scarlet Spider made his way out into the hallway and made sure the door was closed. Just then he heard what he had been waiting for.
"Attention all SHIELD agents, report to docking bay. The next Machina Code has been found, repeat, the next Machina Code has been found; meet me in the docking bay for preparations."
Scarlet rose a hand to the side of his mask "Ultron, the heroes have located the next Code"
"Good, proceed to follow and keep squad busy, Warbird will arrive shortly to locate the rest of them."
Scarlet then nodded "Understood, initiating the mission now." He headed down to the docking bay where he found the Super Hero Squad getting on board one of the dropships.
"Hey guy's I heard we found another Code, mind if I join?"
The team turned around to see Scarlet Spider approaching and assumed that he was Spider-Man, Falcon got a bit curious "Why the different costume webs, finally decided to try make it less ugly?" His chuckle was short lived when Scarlet Witch elbowed him.
"Haha very funny Hawkeye at least it's more fashionable than yours" Falcon got confused at this he looked around but didn't see Hawkeye anywhere "Were you talking to me Spidey?"
"Of course, you need to improve your wisecracks Hawkeye."
"I'm not Hawkeye, I'm Falcon, you know that." Scarlet Spider knew that this was a poor start since he got Falcon's name wrong.
"Er I meant Falcon sorry. Anyway shall we get going?" Iron Man and the rest of the squad were confused at this but Iron Man decided to pass it off, everyone gets names mixed up "Alright we could use a helping hand" he then turned to the rest of the heroes "Alright squaddies, time to HERO UP!"
As Ms. Marvel watched the squad and the SHIELD dropship fly off to the next Code she couldn't help but notice that Spider-Man was wearing a different costume. It looked pretty cool though he didn't need a new costume to make himself better, she couldn't recall a time she wasn't feeling cheerful ever since she started hanging out with him.
She hadn't enjoyed this much company from someone since...oh yeah, Captain Mar-Vell, if only he...NO, that was the past; she should be focusing on the present. Spider-Man is probably the best thing she had recently and she couldn't help but laugh at the idea at them being a couple "If this keeps up, I might actually be proud to admit we're a thing."
"You don't say..."
Ms. Marvel jumped in shock and turned to see Warbird "YOU!" before she could strike however Warbird placed a cloth over her mouth causing her to struggle but Warbird kept her body close from behind and Ms. Marvel couldn't break free as she started to fall asleep letting the smelly liquid in the cloth slip her into a unmoving state.
As the leader of SHIELD snored silently on the floor, Warbird picked her up and went to find Spider-Man. After finding him webbed to his own bedroom wall she got them both and left them in a rendezvous point for when the rest of the villains join her.
She then flew over the city, high enough that those who saw her battle the real Ms. Marvel recently didn't recognise her, towards the vault where the heroes were hiding their fractals. She soon approached the entrance and saw Captain America at a control panel eating pretzels and watching some old Tom and Jerry cartoons from the 40's laughing his head off as if it was his first time watching it.
"Excuse me Captain?"
Captain America gasped and quickly switched the TV off and hid the pretzels under the panel before saluting Warbird "Greetings Ms. Marvel, nice new costume, what can I do for you?"
"I need to speak with Ant-Man; it's about the Machina Codes."
"Very well then, follow me." He led her down the hallway as a grin formed on her lips while she pressed a button on the tracking device on her glove, the party should be here any minute now...
"Alright everyone we're nearing the river bank get the dropship into position in case we have to spring a surprise attack on any villains that may try to get it from us." Iron Man, Falcon, Scarlet Witch and Thor flew alongside the dropship as it hovered near the bottom of a waterfall, allowing Wolverine, Hulk and Scarlet Spider/Spider-Man to climb out and onto a rock ledge near the side of the rocky hillside.
The three then climbed up and joined the rest of the squad in the bushes as Iron Man held a device up in front of him with a signal emitting on it. "Alright, the fourth Code is somewhere in this river though the current heading towards the waterfall might jolt out of where it's lodged so we need to get it out before..."
Wolverine just drew his claws out "Yeah, yeah be careful and all that now c'mon before the villains show up!" He dived into the river and used his claws to climb across the surface under the water without getting swept away. He then got to where the Code was being held, this one was in the shape of a cone, Scarlet Witch then hovered above him "Wolverine try prying it out with your claws and I'll catch it in case the current sweeps it away."
Wolverine did so while the others stood guard and managed to get the Code out without damaging it, as it floated up to the top of the water Scarlet Witch used her magic prowess to manipulate the water into rising with the Code and Wolverine on top like a platform. Wolverine shook off the water and picked up the code then jumped back onto the forest trail.
The squad seemed surprised at this, there was barley any noise. So little in fact that they could hear the dropship down the side of the hill "This seems to easy."
"Agreed, the villains usually thrive to steal thy Machina Code from our grasp; we should make haste and leave before a counterattack is in order." Iron Man nodded at Thor's suggestion.
"Alright guys, lets head back to the vault." As the dropship flew up to collect them they suddenly got a radio transmission "Super Hero Squad we have an emergency! A large group of villains are raiding the vaults and are after the codes! We need assist-aaaaah!"
Iron Man flew up into the air "No wonder they aren't here, they're trying to steal our Codes while we grab this one! Alright everyone lets hurry back!" As they all flew back in the dropship Scarlet Spider smirked under his mask, it wouldn't be long now.
"Everyone we have the Machina Codes retreat now, mission accomplished!" Warbird, Juggernaut and Pyro led the villains out of the vault destroying everything in their path; hopefully Scarlet Spider has been successful without blowing his cover.
Once they were outside they were confronted by Captain America, Moon Knight, Reptil and Daredevil. The Captain edged towards them "Alright soldier, turn your hide around and return those Codes at once!"
Warbird chuckled "This is the 2010's old man, we're not soldiers."
"Ms. Marvel we have no intention to hurt you, explain yourself at once!"
She hovered upward and charged her hands up with photon energy "Does this answer your question?" Her hands fired the energy in beams at the Captain's shield forcing him to trudge forward to keep his balance. Juggernaut charged at the others which prompted Moon Knight to start using his assortment of weapons to make him lose balance while Pyro tried to fry Daredevil to a crisp.
"Raptor claws!" Reptil's hands shifted in the claws of a raptor and started to assist Moon Knight in attacking Juggernaut. However more villains including Abomination and M.O.D.O.K. entered the battle as they led the fight outside just as the Super Hero Squad was returning.
Warbird noticed the dropship and turned to Kingpin, Hobgoblin and Bullseye (who they broke out during this time) "If you three want to stay at Villainville than take Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel back to castle Doom for interrogation!" The three obliged and snuck off to find them.
She retunred her focus to the Super Hero Squad who had landed on the ground to stop the villains with Daredevil noticing Scarlet Spider trying to sneak off, so he leapt over to him. "Going somewhere?"
Scarlet lashed round in surprise "Uh...h-hey I was just going to put this somewhere safe." Daredevil noticed his heartbeat was beating too quickly thanks to his superhuman hearing. "You're lying."
Daredevil engaged Scarlet Spider in close combat as Scarlet taunted "C'mon double D you wouldn't hurt your pal would ya?"
"Don't try and fool me! Spider-Man's my friend, and from what I can tell your not Spider-Man!"
"You say that like it's a bad thing." Scarlet Spider then struck his knee into Daredevil's stomach before he could react and threw him into Moon Knight before leaping over the rest of the heroes who were fighting him and Warbird and tying them up in web fluid.
Warbird then swept the bag containing the Machina Codes from where M.O.D.O.K. dropped it and handed a grenade to Scarlet who then removed the pin.
"So long suckers!" Scarlet Spider then threw the grenade down causing a bright light and a high pitched ringing plagued the heroes. Once their sight and hearing returned Warbird and Scarlet Spider and all the other villains were gone...and so were the Machina Codes.
All that was left were a destroyed vault, some cuts and bruises and the real Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel were missing.