Bait and Witch

April 05, 2015:

HYDRA tries to nab Wanda. Nighteyes, Aspect and Nyx object.

Upper West Side, New York

Upper West Side is full of nice neighborhoods and decent shopping but even it is dangerous when you cross the wrong people.

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NPCs: HYDRA Snatch Team

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Mood Music: None.


Fade In…

It's a few hours after unspeakable things happened at a house in the Upper West Side. Wanda had, as often she does, asked how Nyx was doing.

She wasn't the only one wondering. Jericho had happened upon a rather disturbing bit of knowledge the last time he saw Nyx and the demon tainted hacker has been following up since it may well be related to the whole 'HYDRA messing with magical things' bit that's been going around like the cold. And not going away like the cold, too. He's finally found something that he thinks makes some sense at one of the office buildings up there, data ripped off a HYDRA drive and the information isn't good.

You see, HYDRA has figured out that Nyx appears to be friends with a vagrant woman. And what better way to get another 'up close and personal' with her, than to get some leverage. Jericho has no idea who this woman might be, the file was corrupted and the picture unrecoverable, but he does know that a 'Priority Recovery' team was dispatched to this rather posh neighborhood an fifteen minutes ago.

He lands on an empty street and starts scanning for unusual radio traffic, hoping he's not too late.

***

Right well Nyx is up on top of a skyscrapper in Manhattan, getting some quiet time to herself as she watches over the city. She idly watches Jericho flying way down below. It not entirely registering to her how good her eyesight is right now. Anyhow she keeps to her perch watching and not feeling inclined to move yet. Why move when you can watch over from the heavens.

***

After using her newly purchased cell phone to take several pictures of the house and its gruesome contents, Nighteyes had set a small, contained fire to rid the room of any evidence of what happened here. Whatever the hell that is she still isn't sure. At least she has something to show the God-Wolf. Now she's quietly following behind Wanda, keeping to the shadows so as not to be seen. Her clothes are a bit of a mess and she rather doubts the woman would enjoy knowing she's being followed but this mortal woman alone on the streets is vulnerable to all sorts of things and Nighteyes has nowhere else to be.

***

Though Wanda enjoyed her meal with Bobby a few hours back, she is still enjoying it. Mainly because her pockets are filled with whatever leftovers she could purloin. And that includes chips in gravy…in her pocket. She plucks a few chips from her pocket, whirls them around in the gravy and then slips them into her mouth with a happy murmur. At the moment she is heading for her favourite dumpster at 5th and Broadway. Wanda knows she is being followed…she's not as 'mortal' as most people assume - and she always has the voices telling her about the world anyway. She sets out across a busy road without a care in the world. Somehow she always times a gap in the traffic perfectly…even if they honk their horns and curse her as she does so.

***

Target confirmed. Converge on 5th. Jericho can hear it over the radio. From her vantage point Nyx can see him break into a run and sprout wings once more, hopping up to a rooftop to take a shortcut two blocks over.

On both sides of the street men are approaching. Four teams of two on the streets and a fifth approaching from an alley on the left hand side. They're not visibly armed. That's because the all have rather advanced concealed sonic stunners based on the same tech the SRD uses but considerably more powerful and compact. Oh and drugs. Drugs usually mello people out real quick.

***

Nyx pops her wings when Jericho seems to get all antsy and jumpy down there at street level (or approximately). She leaps off the building and soars easily that direction. She stays well above building level though watching to see what is happening. It isn't like she can't descend like a angry comet if need be.

***

Nighteyes has noticed the approaching men and is suddenly in place beside Wanda. Whoever they are, they clearly aren't friendly. Maybe the sudden appearance of an unknown companion will change their minds althought the vampire rather doubts it. It's night and not day but this is still fairly open and populated area and here they are. "Hello, Ms Wanda." She hopes the woman remembers her. If not this will be more difficult. Too bad the Iceman is no longer with her. He seemed to be somewhat of a steadying influence.

***

Wanda offers a warm smile to the vampire…and then a gravy covered French fry from her pocket. "Hello. Hungry?" Hopefully the fry is sufficient since the witch knows what Nighteyes is. She leans in to whisper. "Are you here about the men?" Wanda makes a sharp turn and is now walking down the center of the road, a lane on each side of the pair. "I don't know them" she adds, "But they might be the people who stole me before. I don't like them." The fingers of her free hand making those strange markings in the air again.

***

The additional presence of the vampire does not check the oncoming men. It becomes clear quite quickly that Wanda and Nighteyes are surrounded and the capture team produces it's sonic stunners.

Wanda and Nighteyes both - depending on how they do - may feel demon taint approaching before they see Jericho. But in an instant something leaps off a nearby roof on the pair of men behind Wanda. Something with glowing amber eyes and large amber batwings made of light. And a sword, some kind of blade unfolds in his hand as he descends. Snickersnack, two of them fall, unable to mount a defense…

And then all hell breaks loose.

***

Interesting thinks Nyx somewhat detached up there in the sky. Wanda. Jericho. Unknown threat by Wanda being offered a gravy chip. A bunch of mooks, perhaps the people who captured Wanda before. Anyhow.

Nyx tilts her wings, the pure white energy constructs of containted energy which more.. exist solely to help generate the propulsion field then actually flap and she dives hard. There is a bit of a sonic boom above two of the guys, but really when something is going that fast tilting your head up is more like seeing the train right before it hits you…. which said Nyx hits them… bloody ridiculously hard too. They may have lost their gun arms to her wings as she slammed down. May.. but hey it is totally cauterized right. Also the sideawalk may need fixed. Oh hey right… Nyx is buzzing with magic .. demon… and otherwise as well to those attuned to such.

***

"I am not hungry, but thank you." The vampire seems charmed by her offer. "I will not let them harm you." Her eyes flash and move towards Jericho. Demon taint yes, but his attack is focused on the men and she isn't one to judge a person by such things. She's a vampire after all. The HYDRA men, or at least one of them is finding that out to his obvious dismay. She kicks him clear across the street and into a parked car. He falls to the ground leaving a man sized dent in the parked vehicle and is unlikely to be getting up again. Ever. She does move infront of Wanda in a protective manner and eyes Nyx warriely. She'd been aiming for the snakemen as well though so.. Nighteyes grins and her fangs gleam. Whatever they'd expected she doubts it was this.

***

Everything is happening so fast. Wanda can feel demons all around her. Demons and monsters. And half-familiar men who want to hurt her. She hisses, head down, breathing heavy. "Not again" she whispers to anyone that will listen. Energy sparks and swells around her hands, burning with an intensity far above its previous displays. "Not again" she says a little louder as people leap around all over the place. They seem to be on her side but everyone lies. "NOT AGAIN!!!" she screams at the world before the energy is released from her in a blaze of scarlet. It rips up the road as it shoots towards two men who were unfortunate enough to catch her eye. The energy tears a car in two, hurling both halves into the air before it picks up the men and slams them through the brick wall of the building behind them. A building that now starts to teeter and crumble.

***

Well, that'd be why they wanted her. Jericho has to hand it to HYDRA for dedication. The three remaining men all turn their stunners on Wanda and let loose. Basso pulses of sound distort the air as they lance toward Wanda. One of them will hit Nighteyes if she doens't move. There's enough force behind them to knock an elephant on it's ass.

One of the men turns his stunner on Jericho after shooting at Wanda. The swordsman pulls a wing in front of him to shield himself, though it sends him sliding back a good ten feet. Then his blade folds into something resembling a small rifle and he returns fire. No sonic blasts, those, the man goes down in a heap. The other produces… what can only be described as some kind of talisman and hurls it at Nyx.

***

Nyx is still trying to decide if the superhuman is a bad thing by Wanda, though no she throws a bad guy through a car. Then Wanda is cutting loose and… woah… that building is totally going to go down… Nyx wonders if Wanda knows her own strength.

When the Talisman is tossed out at her she whips around though and squints, a lance of particle beam energy pops lazes from her eyes, almost kryptonian style but man.. that was not heat vision…. The funny thing is the talisman disnigrates but a blood red aura of magic poofs out of it and Nyx absorbs it raw… which makes her eye beaming snap off "For hells sake!?"

***

Nighteyes has enough sense to dodge Wanda's terrified outburst and gives the building a quick glance. No time, anyone in there is on their own. She sees the man taking aim and snarls. She's well aware Wanda might mistake her for the enemy in this state but she doesn't really have a lot of time here. "Wanda!" She calls out in warning before using her speed and mistform to appear back at Wanda's side. If she manages to do so without getting blasted then she'll scoop the frightened woman up and dodge the shot. Or get in front of her and take it herself. The blast won't do her any permanent damage.

***

Wanda is still breathing heavy and wondering what the hell she just did when the sonic waves hit the vampire beside her. Nighteyes takes most of the blow but Wanda is still buffetted, losing her feet and falling straight into the path of an oncoming car. Is the driver blind? He didn't notice the war zone? The witch is suddenly like a rag doll and that looseness of body, and sheer 'luck', has her bouncing over the car in slowing hits rather than drastic collision. With a thud she hits the road on the other side of the car, shaking off the pain as she rises to her feet. Her eyes are now milky white orbs as the scarlet energy crackles around her hands. She jerks her neck to one side and a loud crack is heard before she loosens up her shoulders and looks for another target. Something that deserves her anger. Those blank eyes do look at Nighteyes for a moment. Another tilt of her head. But the next beam is not for her. A ball of energy erupts from her hand, whizzes past the vampire's head - she can feel the heat and mystical energy - and then it slams into one of the HYDRA soldiers. It carries him through the air and then through the glass door of a store. Alarms start ringing even as the soldier starts to dissolve within the scarlet energy.

***

That's the last of them. As abruptly as it started the fighting is over. Ordinarily Jericho's rather… nondescript but not in this case. There's a man with glowing amber batwings and glowing eyes… and a large sword approaching Wanda and Nighteyes and glancing over at Charlie. He seems to be… somewhat wary of Wanda and not just because of her power. Maybe he can feel something about her.

***

Nyx looks at the bubble of red magic on her hands there "Man… that is … not cool…" she points down at the guys on the ground armless and in shock "Bad!" she pauses "Bad nazi I assume.. bad…." then she snaps her wings out of existance just back to normal Nyx with her pants and sports bra look. They look new and fancy but not a costume still. She strides towards Wanda "Hey Wanda… you ok… its all okay now… no need to blow up…" she peers "Ah crud that building is going to come down isn't it…"

***

Nighteyes sits up with a wince and soft gasp. That had been…unpleasant. She looks over at Wanda. "Thank you for not hitting me. I'm sorry I was not fast enough to stop the car." Although really it was being alittle bit, shot that had been the problem. She jumps up and brushes off her clothes then sighs. They're really a lost cause at this point. The vampire's glowing red eyes turn on one of the armless men. "These worms spread death and chaos each time they slither up out of their holes."

***

The danger has stopped…but it takes a while to sink in with Wanda. Her eyes clear, even as the energy does not dissipate yet. There is a man approaching her and Wanda takes a step to face him better…a very defensive step. "Demons and monsters everywhere" she whispers to no one before there is a friendly voice calling to her. "Nyx?" She turns her head to look at her oldest friend…who is also a bit different now. "I saw Bobby tonight" she smiles as if nothing had happened. "Would you like a fry?" She reaches into her pocket to pluck one out and it is with a frown that realises that most of them are now on the street. Still she manages to find one to dip and offer to Nyx. "You've changed" she note warily as behind her the half of a building that is no longer supported sheers off and collapses into a pile of debris. Clouds of dust rising upwards. Wanda looks confused as she looks over at Nighteyes. "Why would I hit you?" Then back to Nyx. "Did you see the men? They were like before…" Energy starts to crackle around her non-French fry hand once more.

***

The blade folds as the hacker approaches but the wings linger a moment longer before the they vanish. The feel of demon about doesn't though. "Are you two okay?" He's not sure which was the original target. He's guessing Wanda though since she's the one who seems to know Nyx. "Strike that. Are you three okay?" That looked like magic Nyx took in.

***

Nyx sighs and reaches out to put her hand over Wanda's hand "Calm…. and I'm fine.. I absorbed some stupid magic metal technology and it is causing all sorts of goofy bullshit is all… it'll be fine.. not sure why Hydra was after you though Wanda…" she leeches some of Wanda's wonky magic there, no good, but not on purpose. "I don't know … not sure what it meant to do J"

***

Nighteyes watches Nyx with Wanda after giving Jericho a once over. She seems alright aside from being a bit confused and angry. "I am fine." She says to Jericho. "These men, I do not think they are the ones who took you before." Nighteyes tells Wanda. "I know of HYDRA. They are naughty little boys who would end the world if it meant giving them the chance to rule it." She kicks one of the armless man in the temple. Just hard enough to knock him out. "No cyanide for you. I have questions."

***

Nyx's touch is usually enough to calm Wanda down and sure enough the energy dissipates without knocking down another building. She even looks a bit unsteady on her feet for a moment as her some of her power is drained. And since 'J' and Nyx know each other, that at least gives the demonically tainted man the benefit of Wanda's doubt. "I am fine" she chirps at Jericho before looking over her shoulder at the ruins of someone's home. The alarms of the store still ring out into the night; which makes the Witch a bit anxious about imminent police. "HYDRA?" she asks Nighteyes, brow furrowing as she thinks on the name. "That does not sound familiar but if they were after me…" Her eyes grow wide. "Pietro! We need to warn Pietro!"

***

"Who's Peitro?" Jericho cants his head. They do need to get off the strets because the cops will be coming, as Wanda has already intuited. "Yes, HYDRA, miss…" He doesn't know Nighteyes but he's willing to let that pass for now.

"They wanted your friend, Nyx. They were going to use her as leverage on you. For what I'm not yet sure but I found out about it just after the capture team had been sent out." He glances from Nyx to Nighteyes to Wanda. "You need to get off the street and under cover. They'll try again. I promsie."

***

Jericho flares those wings again, his head canting as if in response to something only he can hear. "Cops are on the way. I'll delay them, but you three need to move. I'll catch up with you all later. If I can." Delay in this case means 'hack and re route their communciations and confuse them for a few precious minutes, but he needs some altitude for this trick. And with that he's in the air, and gone.

***

Nyx looks after Jericho there and then groans "I am so angry with Hydra… and I am so sorry Wanda that they came after you to try to get to me…" she just shakes her head and looks to her friend. "We need to jet though like he said.. get you some where safe."

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