The jet flew across the sky making it’s way towards egypt, right now they flew high above Libya as they were half way across it and about an hour away from reaching their destination, as they flew the three of them sat inside while Pyromaniac flew the jet in the pilot seat while having Hazel helping him the co- pilot seat. While they flew the plan Armando was in the back as he looked outside the window and looked outside while listening to the news through some headphones he was wearing.
He pulled them out and sighed as he coughed “it’s all bad news, the invasion is happening and no matter how hard they’re trying they can’t get rid of them, they just keep coming…. and now there's a bounty for me since they’re deciding to put the blame on me and wanna turn me in. How can things ever get worse than this?” he put the headphones away as he let his head rest back and closed his eyes as he thought about everything earlier and even back about the hunting down of the people from the other world. He thought about what the page said from the book and looked at his own hands “can I really make the right decision, can I actually save this world?”
Meanwhile up in the cockpit Hazel looked outside and then back at the radar “so how are we going to do it anyway? We have no idea where the page is hidden and there are no clues to where and egypt is 390,100 mi², we can’t possibly search the entire continent, we don’t have the time. And neither does he… we only have four more days to help him and if we don’t he’ll”
“I know agent Morrre, I know but don't worry we’ll find a way to save him and the rest of the world before time runs out, we just have to keep having faith and continue moving forward to find the answer. We have to or else all is lost, we have so much to fight for and we can’t afford to lose” Pyromaniac looked at the little screen that showed the back as he could see the agent sitting there resting “he seems lonely, want to go back and keep him company?”
“I have to stay here and keep co-pilot, we’re gonna be heading into a storm soon” she pointed at the radar which was displaying a storm coming and they were going to head into it “it shouldn’t be too bad, nothing threatening at least so should be fine going through it but be careful anyway. We don’t want to crash” she kept looking at the radar.
“Got it” as he steered the jet he looked over at her “have you ever seen anything like this, like what's happening?”
She shook her head “it’s awful and if you see the news it’s really awful, people are really scared and not only that but everyone's pointing fingers now and guess who they’re pointing at.”
“SHIELD I suppose then?” he saw her shake her head a bit “then who?”
She sighed and looked at him “they’re blaming the people from the people from the other world, but they’re blaming them because they think it’s some kind of revolution or uprising. Those forces that are being sent all around are being mistaken for them because of their abilities which they don’t even possess but they don’t see anyone else to blame. They’re even locking them up though, some really awful stuff” she sighed and looked down “he won’t like the matter at all and he’s already in a lot of stress.”
“I’ll make sure to have SHIELD take care of it and fix the matter and have all the people released but first let's focus on the matter at hand alright?” He looked at her as she nodded and he nodded back “people will do strange and a lot of unfair things out of fear. That is why we’re here to make sure they don’t hurt themselves or hurt others in the process, and we could still use and your husbands help at SHIELD if you're willing to rejoin.” He watched as he noticed the storm and started flying into it making sure to be careful.
She sighed and thought about it for a moment “I’ll talk about it with him, I appreciate the offer doctor pyromaniac it’s just first we both have to agree and see if it’s the right choice for everyone.”
He nodded “very well, just take into consideration” as he steered he heard something as he saw a little light going off as he looked at it as it was a message from SHIELD “they were able to get the networks backup.” He pressed it as he heard a bit static as it was trying to replay till he heard agent Coulson's voice.
“Good to see you all made it out, our tracker shows your almost to Egypt and that's great, listen up, we’ve been able to get our servers finally and we’ve been in contact with all our facilities, they’re all in bad shape right now and gathering their forces. The rest of the avengers are out right now taking care of a huge squadron of enemies attacking Chicago which is really proving to be more difficult than expected and they’re having a hard time. Also you won’t believe how long I had to argue to stop from tac nukes being sent all over to try and end this madness and from killing millions of people. We might have less time than we thought, hurry you three and find a way to put all this chaos to an end.” With that the transmission was finished as silence filled the cockpit as the two of them stayed silent after listening to that.
After 3 more hours of flying they made it to center of egypt and they started going in for a landing and coming into contact with the ground as they all got out of the jet into the blazing sun of the desert. As they walked out they looked around at their surroundings as they saw some ruins to their right with the collapsed buildings and pillars, they made their way for the shade as they sat down.
Armando coughed as he shook a bit “it’s so hot, not even the shade is helping, can’t control my powers to create anything to keep me cool at all and now I’ dying out here. More than I already was heh, I didn’t think that was possible, anyone else here hot?”
They both raised their hands a bit and fanned themselves a bit, Hazel looked at them both “so how are we going to do this anyway? How do we find the page in this desert, there are so many places you could hide a simple little page here it would take forever, and also are we sure the page still exists? How old could it be and what if it’s gone?”
Pyromaniac shook his head “it has to be somewhere here, it’s our only hope and if we don’t find it then everything is already lost. Let's head into a town and see if there could be answers there possibly, it can’t all be hidden to us, c’mon let's get moving while the sun's up, we’re going to sweat and if we stay till night we’re going to freeze but I can help with that anyway. But lets just get there just to be safe besides we don’t have time to waste.” He got up and helped the others up as he looked out “agent Morre where is the closest town we can get to?”
She brought out a device and started putting in coordinates “closest one is the temple of Horus at edfu and it’ll take about 2 hours to get there by foot unless we take the jet then we should get there in 30 minutes really. But the idea is to stay under the radar so I’m assuming there we’ll be going by foot huh?”
He nodded as he looked at agent armanhammer “what do you think? Will you be alright for the walk in this heat or would you rather wait till night?” He watched him have looking out into the distance not paying attention “are you alright?” he waved his hand infront of his face a bit “what are you looking at?”
Armando shook his head a bit as he looked at them and nodded “yeah I’m alright, I just spaced out a bit that’s all don’t worry. You said temple of horus right? Yeah I can make it I’m sure, let's get going then” as he turned and started walking out he looked out into the distance at the hills and all he saw was sand. As he walked out the sun beat down on him as he looked back at the other two who were following him, as he looked back forward his vision went blurry from time to time from the heat as he walked. Considering his current condition and then with what was happening right now he definitely didn’t feel good at all but he kept on walking pushing forward.
After About an hour the three of them continued to walk while they were all very hot and covered in sweat, Pyromaniac led the way as he checked the device 3 to see their progress from time to time and would keep walking. Hazel walked behind him as she fanned herself a bit trying to keep cool and not to overheat and wipe some sweat from her forehead, and lastly armando trailed behind them all slowly almost limping as he breathed heavily and his voice sounding raspy. As they continued to walk they went over hills and through a some ruins from time to time taking a few breaks in the shade so none of them overheated in the sun's blaze.
As they started going up a hill they looked into the distance only to see more sand , hazel looked at pyromaniac as she continued to fan herself a bit “how much farther till we arrive? One we’re running low on water and two I’m not sure how much longer armando will last, he’s gone completely pale and varley able to catch up. He needs to rest or not his condition will get even worse” she looked back at her husband who was making his way up the hill with them.
Pyromaniac looked at the agent and then at the device “we’re getting close, about 45 minutes away, we should make it before dark and we’ll find some food and more water for your husband. But we have to keep moving or not it will only delay our arrival and endanger his condition.”
As armando made it to the top he looked out into the distance breathing heavily as his vision was way out of focus and all he saw was a super bright light as he swayed a bit “he could hear his wife and pyromaniac talking to him and yet it all sounded as if he was underwater. As he swayed a bit he fell over as he saw them trying to grab him but missed, he tumbled down the hill as he stopped and laid there as he looked back at the two of them running after him. His vision kept going out of focus until his eyes closed and he lost conscience, as he lost conscience he immediately woke up back in the desert as it was night, he looked around seeing he was all alone “hazel, doctor pyromaniac?”
There was no response as the sand rolled across the ground and the moon shined in the sky lighting up all around shimmering on the sand and the cold air breeze went by making the sand move a bit. As it shined down the cold air made every breath taken into a mist as the warm air made contact with the cold, there was no noise in the night while he walked towards nowhere.
As armando walked he shivered from the cold he saw a fire up ahead and he made his way towards it quickly as he stumbled and fell on the ground coughing as he looked up and started crawling towards it slowly and as he made it he noticed someone standing in front of him and looking down at him as his eyes were dead white.
The man wore dark clothes as he had hood over his head and he wore also gold plating armor and his arms were covered in black marks. He had curly blonde hair and he held a curved sword at the person lying down and as he looked down and started speaking in the ancient tongue bt in arabic “ 'ant wahid minna, 'ant akhar min naweina “
Armando coughed as he looked at him clueless “w-what did you say?” H e watched the man point his sword as it glowed and aimed towards the distance into what appeared to be three large pyramids lined up after one another.
“ 'adhhab 'iilaa hunak “ with that he raised the sword and brought it down on the person below him.
He woke up startled as he coughed and gasped for air and looked around “w-where am I?” as he looked around he saw he was in a little room and felt a little towel on his forehead which was wet and he sat up. As he looked around he saw things that were usually found in a nurses office along with a few monitors that were checking his pulse. He sat up as he he looked at the wires that were attached to him as he took them off and stood up slowly while placing a hand on the wall.
The door started to open as a short woman walked in wearing a nurse's outfit and looked at the person standing and almost jumped “oh you're awake” she had the arabic accent as she did her best to speak english “thats good, your friends are out in the lobby waiting for you and were wondering when you would wake up. You’ve been out for about 4 hours now since you were severely dehydrated and also your vital signs are very weak,should we get you to a professional hospital to get that fixed?”
He shook his head “what I have can’t be cured by any kind of help professional or not but thanks for the offer” he looked around and saw his shirt and went over to put it on as he looks back at the nurse “I’m ready to leave right now if that's alright.”
“W-well actually we were going to run tests but if you said that it can’t be cured then I suppose that we can’t do anything for you anymore then, so I suppose once we get the doctor's ok then yes you can leave.” She walked out of the room and closed the door.
He sighed as he went to sit down onto the bed once more as he looked to the side and saw himself in the mirror and saw how terrible he looked with the dark circles under his eyes were getting even worse and his skin seemed to be getting even more pale. He looked at his right eye seeing that it was still blood red and sighed as he looked at the scars on his cheek and neck that still looked pretty fresh. As he sighed he looked down at his hands as his nails were also getting even sharper and looking like claws rather than hands, his suit was gone but he knew that hazle and pyromaniac must've taken it off before they got here to hide his identity. As he sat there he heard stomps and they the door quickly opened as four men stormed in which took him by surprise until he was immediately grabbed and pulled from the bed, he started to resist and break free but was hit by hard kick across the face.
As he was dragged out the back entrance the men dragged him as they hit him if he started to resist, they brought him over to an old building and threw him into the ground while one of the men stepped forward speaking clear english “chain this freak up along with the others and and prepare them for their punishment! These damn freaks have lived among us long enough and it’s time to remind them their place in the world and that's below us, below dirt itself, remind them that they are nothing!”
The other men cheered as they got a rope and yelling inside the building as more people walked out from elderly, adults, teens, and even children and they started tying them up making a chain among them. All connecting them to each other. One of the men reached for the new one that was on the ground but was met by a hard kick in the face breaking his jaw as he yelled in pain and fell back holding his jaw.
Armando started standing up slowly as he heard the yells and the sound of the other rushing “what's the meaning of this! Taking these people and tying them up together, what are you planning on doing?” He looked around as the others started surround him and rushed him as they grabbed his arms again and spread him out, he was kicked down onto his knees.
“Your kind isn’t welcome here at all freak, you all caused this to happen with our world being taken over and we’ve seen what you're all capable of and we won't stand it and let you take over our world, this isn’t yours and never was to begin with. I don’t know why they ever let you ll live amongst us knowing the dangers, you're all just monsters and now you're going to pay.” He brought out a gun as he aimed it at his head “you hurt my friend now it's only fair that I do the same to you.”
He grit his teeth and muttered under his breath “these people put the blame on them? That's the only thing they can do seriously? What is wrong with them” he looked up at them snarling a bit “let them go or else.”
The man looked at him “is that a threat, lookie here boys this freak thinks he’s tough and trying to threaten us, you're all the same but we know what to expect and we knew we couldn't trust you. This is all his fault for arriving in the first place, if the monster hadn’t shown up we wouldn’t be here and neither would any of you. “
Another guy came up from behind and kicked his back making him go fast first into the dirt “why do people even support that monster, he’s nothing but a freak and he’s caused the death of too many people with his so called acts and wars to save us. The blame is all on armanhammer, he’s the one to blame, he’s the reason we’re in this mess and the reason the rest of these freaks are living amongst us, now it’s time to get them out once and for all. This world is for us and our kind only, our children will be in danger by merely standing next to one of these little monsters.”
The people that were already tied up watched and looked at the men as they went on referring to them, some of the parents tried to comfort their children as they cried, they all stood together not wanting to agitate and be attacked but they wanted to do something to help the on the floor. One of the men tried to step forward but heard the click and turned to see a gun pointing at him, he quickly stepped back terrified of being shot, they were all scared of the people around them praying that they would come out alive.
Armando groaned as he got onto this hands and knees panting while looking up at the men ;laughing and taunting him, he curled his hands into fist as his anger kept growing and hatred for everything they’ve said and done to the people on his right. He couldn’t believe that the people would come down to actually terrorizing the people from the other world just because they weren't human, and most of all they put the blame on him for even showing up even after all he’s done and how much he’s risked his life to protect the people and the world. He started getting up as he felt himself kicked in the chest and knocked back into the ground, as he coughed visibly shaking he could hear over the people's laughter and taunts as he heard his name being called out over and over, in the distance between the men's legs he could see in two people running around yelling his name and knew that could only be pyromaniac and his wife. He grit his teeth as he quickly jumped up and tackling one of the men down taking him by complete surprise.
The other men were surprised as well and they all started shouting and started reaching trying to pry him off their friend, as they did behind them the people all stepped back afraid of trying to get in and try to help so they stood in place as they watched the fight happen as they all ganged up on the guy but he seemed to fighting them off easily.
One of the men brought out a gun as he got up from the floor and aimed as he made sure to be aiming at their target and yelled out at him to get his attention and grinned as he saw him turn to look at him as he pulled the trigger.
The gunshot was loud and attracted a lot of people's attention as they all looked around to see where it came from and see if they were in danger, while Pyromaniac was looking around her heard it followed by a few screams and yells. He looked around as he saw a group of people rushing to see what's happened and he made his way calling out for agent Morre to follow him. As they rushed he could hear yelling from multiple people as they were clearly arguing, as he made it there he pushed through the crowd as he noticed the people around a group of men all pointing gun at someone who was being grabbed.
Hazle came up next to him and saw as her husband was holding man as if he were going to snap his neck while he yelled at the others who yelled back at him “armando what are you doing!”
He grit his teeth seeing they arrived and squeezed the guys head tighter “put the guns down and let them go or else he takes his last breath!”
“Let him go or we’ll shoot you dead like the monster you are you freak!”
“He’ll be long gone before any of you can pull the triggers” he moved the head a bit as he felt the guy trying to pry free but couldn’t. It hurt his side where he was shot a lot but he tried to ignore the pain as best as he could.
Pyromaniac saw the situation as he was ready in case things went south but he knew he couldn’t give away who agent armanhammer really was “sir let go go of the man and get down on your knees, you're coming with me now do as I saw and things will go smoothly.”
The men looked back at the inhuman avenger recognizing him as they looked back at their friend aiming their guns wanting to shoot but didn’t want to kill their friend.
The man that was being held hostage grunted as he kept trying to break free as he grinned a bit “gi ahead kill me, show us just how much of a monster your kind really is and show the entire world that they were wrong about you. Show us who you really are underneath, nothing but a bunch of killing machines” he stopped as he felt his head being twisted a bit more as he yelled in pain.
Hazel looked at them and at her husband “armando let go of him, this is clearly what they want, don’t kill him, it won’t make matters better for anyone especially for those people tied up. Now please calm down, you’re not what they say you are please listen.”
He looked at his wife and then looked down as he watched the guy struggling and he let him go, he watched as the guy scrambled away and joined his friends. He held his side tightly from the pain as he holds out his hand while it was covered in blood. As he looked back up he started walking forward as he stumbled but tried to keep going as he fell forward into his wife’s arms.
The men started to argue while they watched and the inhuman avenger stood in front of them as they kept urging for the woman to let go of him.
Hazle stroked the back of his head gently as she heard him sob a little “there there, you don’t have to cry honey everything will be alright I promise. Just please be careful next time please, now let's get your wound healed and get that bullet out.”
Pyromaniac looked around at the men as he had them free the people that were tied up and he looked back at the two he sighed while looking back as the people were free “this definitely not right, agent Morre I suggest we move on and patch up your husband up.” He started walking while looking back at them both seeing agent armanhammer limp a bit while holding his side “agent armanhammer is everything going to be ok? What happened back there, why did you leave the hospital?”
Armando looked down as he breathed heavily and looked up at him “I’ll tell you, also I might know where we have to go now by the way” he watched them nod and kept walking while his wife held him up not wanting to tell them what he was thinking. His thoughts were being changed as he kept thinking of everything they said and looked down whispering to himself “are they really worth it?”