He started waking up slowly as he opened his eyes and blinked at the sun light and looked around and as he sat up he felt his head hurt and held it “oh man……. Ugh that hurts, what…. What happened?” He looked around as he was in the sick bay and noticed as the door opened and a girl came in with glasses and wearing her beenie as usual “K-katie?”
The girl smiled as she saw him awake “good to see you awake armando, you had us all worried. Tell me how do you feel right now?”
“I feel like my head is cracked and I’m gonna die how's that for you?”
“So you're fine, that's good” she walked over to a panel on the wall and looked over “is the temperature all good, need anything adjusted at all?”
“Hmm could use a bit more air conditioning here if that ok.”
“Yeah of course” she started syncing into the rooms controls as she turned on the AC “oh also I should mention we have guests here, and no it’s not because Gema sent out a message saying you were dead for fun. Actually Dr. Pyromaniac is here along with agent Simmons as well, it’s about last night. We heard what happened from Sam and it sounded awful, I even tried looking through the security cameras but I couldn’t see a damn thing.”
Armando remembered last night about going to hang out with Sam and then seeing agent Quake and then being knocked out but that's all he remembered “what did happen last night after I was knocked out, did agent Quake make it out?” He watched as she shook her head slowly and he looked down “damn it, she shouldn’t have faced whatever it was alone, is she hurt?”
“We don’t know actually, Sam watched her get taken away and don’t bother trying to go search cause by our readings she is nowhere to be found here, on this planet. She’s vanished along with the stranger, I’d tell you more but I think it’d be better if the others told you, I’ll send them down here for you” she walked and left the room.
He took a deep breath and laid back down “what the heck happened and what was that, who was it to be in fact” as he laid there listening to the music he thought to himself thinking of what happened again. For awhile he laid there with his eyes closed e as he sang along with the song until he heard footsteps and he opened his eyes and looked over to see a man in a suit and a lady in a lab coat, he recognized them and sat up “good morning Dr. Pyromaniac, Ms. Simmons it’s good to see you two again.” He also noticed Sam in the back as she stood there with hazle watching and he waved over to them and tey waved back, then he put his attention back on the agents
“It’s good to see you two agent armanhammer, glad to see you're ok after last night. Also don’t worry what happened to agent Quake was not your fault, you're friend saw as she knocked you out and did it to protect you. Now we have lots to talk to you about what was said last night and things you didn’t hear also, so as agent Quake told you there have been missing cases along with a few of our agents and including Thor and Captain America.” Pyromaniac turned to a large screen that came down and it turned around showing profiles of the people that have gone missing “so a lot of our agents have gone missing have not been seen but also it's not just them but enemies are disappearing as well."
Armando nodded “yeah she told me about that, and now she’s one of them. So what does that have to do with me?”
Agent Simmons cleared her throat “well with our agents going missing and with the information your friend was able to obtain we believe that you might be in danger and even agent Pyromaniac here as well. With you being one of the greatest and powerful warriors to exist it’ll make you a target for the Grandmaster as that’s what he’s looking for. Other targets are being confirmed with their power and skill so we have a few of them selected and according to our search we believe that even your wife might be in danger, with her level of skill and also her strength she actually reaches the requirements of the kind of people he would be looking for and in fact your whole team might be in danger.”
He looked back at hazle and back at agent Simmons “who is the grandmaster for starters? Tell me everything that was said last night and what's going on.” After some time and explaining on what was said last night and what happened he took a deep breath “so the way I see it this old and powerful being is collecting people like us for entertainment? What kind of psycho does that, and he can’t take hazle she’s in no condition right now with whats going on. She has to take it slow, she wouldn’t be able to fight as efficient as before, I can’t let her be taken.”
Pyromaniac held up his hands to stop him “we get it, we know both of you're situations and that's we were telling you as a heads up. We need to be able to prevent this from happening and also find a way to bring back everyone that's been taken, Doctor Strange is on the case right now as well helping as much as he can, for right now all we can do is ensure that you and your family are safe which is why were escorting all the possible targets to a secure location until further notice and I’m going as well. We’re planning to move out by this afternoon so I’d suggest you get ready, your team has also been notified so they’re getting ready as well.”
Armando nodded “ok then, we’ll start getting ready and we’ll see you in the afternoon then.” He started standing up and shook their hands and watched as they left and he faced hazle “I knew things would be a difficult when you became pregnant but this is ridiculous.”
She laughed a bit “you're telling me” she walked over to him and hugged him “c’mon let's go get ready, wait actually what about Sam? They didn’t mention her, should we take her with us just in case. We can’t just leave her here or not she could be in danger.”
Sam walked over”oh I don’t think you guys need to worry, it’s not like I have that much skill to be wanted for something like this. I mean sure I’m tough and I can snipe and fight for myself but would it be enough?”
“Well you are just as skilled as hazle and since she’s a possible target that would mean that you could as well so it’s probably be safer if you came along. You're not safe here all by yourself so you should get ready as well.”
Sam thought about it and then shrugged “alright then just let me borrow some stuff from your armory won't ya. My place is too far away and it’s not like I have enough equipment for things like this so I’ll just help myself, don’t worry I’ll return everything back to you.” She turned around and started making her way towards the door to get to the armory.
“I haven't even said that you could do that.”
She laughed and looked back “who said I needed your permission, you're the one who said that I was welcome to your things as well since I could be part of the team. Well here we are now if you excuse me I got an armory to go to” she smiled and kept walking.
Hazle laughed as she saw armando with a frown “oh just let her, besides she is part of the family too so we should just let her. I know she gets on your nerves sometimes and it’s funny to watch but you should just loosen up a bit and don’t be so stubborn as always. It’s a habit of yours, I mean it adds to your charm but it’s also a problem ok?” She kissed his cheek and let go of him and held his hand “c’mon and let's go get ready.”
He nodded and walked with her as they made their way out the door and up stairs, he thought to himself and kept glancing at his wife as she smiled and looked happy as always and it calmed him down a bit knowing that she could be in danger but as long as he was with her he wouldn’t let anything happen to her.
Sam looked through the armory as she looked through the weapons as she selected different kinds of ammunition for her sniper rifle and made sure to stock up well and she thought about the being known as the grandmaster “selecting the greatest and powerful warriors ever seen, and I’m one of them? Wow Sam you really got yourself into something big this time and this time it’s not because of my dad or sister, it’s by some ancient being whose treating us like toys. If I ever see that guy again I’m not gonna hesitate again, this time I’m gonna pump him full of lead and I won’t stop until he surrenders or he dies, whichever comes first I guess.” She searched through the amor looking for anything that looked durable “not many options, well I could always improve my shoulder pads and amor for my legs but what about front armor? Hmmmm” she kept looking through and then decided to give not being able to find anything so she went for head gear “lets see, oh whats this? It looks like half of a pair of glasses, hmmmm must have some purpose right?” she tried it on and nothing really happened, as she was about to take them off she pressed a button on it accidentally and it activated “whoah……. Ok so maybe they do something after all, oh I see it helps with aiming and actually all kinds of vision I need including inferred that’s helpful, now all I need it a better scope cause mines all scratched up.”
“What are you up to?”
Sam turned around as she saw Katie standing there cleaning her glasses with a cloth “oh just looking through your armory that's all, I was allowed by your boss so it’s all good.”
“He’s not my boss or well he sorta is but he doesn’t treat me like that, we’re still friends as always. Or what would you know? All you do it tease him and make fun of him and you're really unprofessional with things like this, I’m just surprised that you're one of the selected targets as well.”
“Now that's just cold, hey don’t be being unprofessional is sorta my thing since you know that I’m very good at what I do. You know that from personal experience anyway how's your side?”
Katie angrily at her and held her side “feels just fine, ok look we’re both on the same side so why don’t we just put our differences aside and be friends. We both don’t like each other and I’m fine with that but at least let's stop the hating cause it’s not helping and it just makes us more divided and neither of us want that.”
“Alright then, hey what can you tell me about other people from outside this world. So that I can have an idea of what I could be up against.”
“Well it’s not like I know exactly but just know there are so much more out there than just here and people you’ve met, for example there are people or things as strong or even stronger than Armando so running into things like that is probably not a good idea. But by the chance that you are taken you're gonna be revealed to a whole new kind of battle, there will probably be some merciful killers and you need to be careful cause it’d be terrible if something happened to you.”
“Oh please as if I mattered to anyone, especially to you. If i am a goner no one will really miss me, not even my dad if he was still alive, to him I was just a soldier and to my sister I was just inferior and only a slave.”
“Cut that out, we all care and especially armando, if he didn’t care you wouldn’t even be here and he definitely wouldn’t have saved you from your father or sister. And we probably would’ve already acted against you but we didn’t and that because you're part of this family just as much as the next member. Don't think that we wouldn’t help you especially armando, he’d even risk his life to save you, now yeah he has a wife but that doesn't make us inferior or less important. He cares about all of us in his own special ways, havn’t you ever seen that?”
Sam thought to herself and remembered the time when she and him would hang out before his team split and even after it. She also remembered her date with him on valentines and remembered how much fun she had with him as she thought of him more than just a friend. She nodded slowly “yeah guess you're right, thanks for that guess I just needed some remembering. Maybe you and I will get along just fine” she held out her hand to shake hers.
Katie nodded “anytime, what's friends are for and yeah we’ll get along just fine I know it.” Katie shook her hand and she left the room.
Sam stood there as she watched her leave and turned around again as she kept searching for a scope and she stopped and kept thinking about what Katie said and thinking about them caring about her “they actually care about me and armando would still sacrifice himself for me? Heh….. wow what a sweetheart.” She hummed to herself with the thought in her head as she kept looking through the scopes.
Jackal ran through the streets as he breathed heavily and stopped for a breather and looked back quickly and saw something heading right at him, he jumped to the side and the spot where he was standing exploded “oh jeez, quien es este?” He pulled out his machine gun once more and opened fire in the direction that the shot came from “buien a pelar me like a man cobarde!”
The grandmaster floated to a stop holding his staff “now, now there's no need for that is there. Now be a good man and surrender before you get hurt” he held his staff again and took the shot at him.
Jackal charged and slashed at it with his sword and it exploded and he kept running through the smoke and jumped up as he struck down on top of him, he saw it was blocked but he kept pushing forward “deja me en pas.” He felt himself get shoved back saw as he swung his staff and it hit his legs sweeping them from under him and he fell onto his back, he rolled back getting back onto his feet “ok you asked for this, a ver como te gusta esto” he pulled of his glove showing the mark on his hand and it started glowing as his sword transformed into a staff and his eyes turned red, he charged up the dark power and threw his staff at the Grandmaster.
He watched and smirked as he put his staff and blocked it “ahhhh good really good, even though you're not the greater one but you still have plenty of power. I’m pleased to see that this planet has many fighters with enough power and skill and now I have one more to add to my collection.”
“Ey todavia no termino, a ver how you like this” he started making the area dark around him and the grandmaster and he disappeared in it, he started conducting the dark energy and shot the energy at the grandmaster and it exploded, as the smoke cleared he was shocked to see him still standing “p-pero como? That c-cant be possible, I used as much dark energy as I could wield.” He watched as he held out his staff and it started glowing, he was about to move but he felt something hit his feet and he looked down to see spider web “what the heck?”
“Where do you think you're going?” Spider-man landed next to the grandmaster and crossed his arms “he’s not going anywhere now.”“Well done Spider-man” he smirked at Jackal “you see, even some of the greatest heroes will do as I say especially after I place the ISO spell on them, and you're next.” He charged up the staff at full power and took the shot which exploded on contact, he went over to him and looked down at him “you’ll be an interesting to watch that’s for sure, now rest easy for only a few more are needed and then the games can begin.” He put him in the crystal and picked it up as he went to the roof and looked at Spider-man who stood there “it’s time for you to go back to sleep as well, you served me well today now rest and recover your strength.” He put him in the crystal too, he looked out into the distance and smirked and took the crystals and placed them with the other 10 crystals there and he looked at them “ah what a wonderful prize, just you all wait for you’ll be fighting for glory, riches, honor, and this time….. your life. Bring in the ship and load them up, I’m about to go on another hunt.”