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Discussion in 'Pandopolis City' started by Cindy Moon, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. Cindy Moon

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    It was a perfectly normal day for Cindy. She wrote up some articles, chatted with her coworkers, worked on an extended kidnapping case, and fought some crazed lunatic with a stupid outfit and even stupider gimmick.

    That was just her life now.

    Her Silk-sense had alerted her to the crime a little bit before it happened, so she was already on the right street when it happened.

    With the flair for the dramatic that Cindy wished she could say she didn't share, some goofball in spandex stood at the top of an awning for a store and started loudly monologuing about how the world would know his genius and tremble before him and blah blah blah.

    Cindy wished she could've paid attention, but there was really only so much she could care before she tuned it all out. It wasn't until he pulled out his weapon that she had to refocus.

    With a push of a button, a loud droning sound started. From the roof above the awning, a huge amount of mechanical bees started to swarm around. They were bigger than normal, so anyone would be able to see them coming, but there were a lot. Fortunately, they were just robots, so no one with bee allergies had to worry about that. They just had to worry about being stabbed by giant fake insects.

    Well, at least there was one upside. Cindy counted that as a win.

    Immediately, she jumped into action, webbing a few of the bees up and pulling them together, smashing them to pieces.

    "Sorry to drop in like that," she quipped as she left her perch on top of a different building, "but this is too dumb, and I think we can all agree that we didn't sign up to be in some Saturday morning cartoon."

     
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    Reed scuttled along the winding alley, his misshapen body hidden under a large sheet. He’d slashed a hole in the front with a wickedly curving front claw, which exposed his human eyes and slip of forehead. The sheet couldn’t disguise the boulder-like bulges and dramatic arches of his form, arguably drawing more attention to them. It nonetheless stopped people fainting or throwing up as much. He tried to stick to quieter areas, though he still wound up bumping into at least one person every now and then.

    Dreary buzzing and piercing screams rose up from the mouth of the alley, causing him to forget his compulsion to hide from his fellow man. He scuttled over to investigate the disharmonious sounds, his blue eyes widening at the sight of freaking mechanical bees attacking people on the open street. A woman in a tight fitting outfit was swinging from buildings dismantling them. Jaysus H. Christ. Had he wandered on to a movie set? He couldn’t see any fricking cameras.

    One of the bees started circling a woman that was hugging hold of a thick bundle of blankets, its sharp steel stinger gleaming savagely in the light. The image yanked him out of his astonishment and he launched himself off on his bent grasshopper-like back legs, clearing a crazy amount of concrete to land beside the woman. He’d lost his sheet during his spectacular jump, revealing eight quivering limbs, his nightmarish face with the tusk-like mandibles and oozing mouthparts, the lumpy, armored body in shades of purple-blue and cockroach brown.

    He lashed out with a hooked front claw, slicing through the bee in a shower of sparks. Fleetingly, he thought about the robot dog that he’d met at Jurassic World. So many freaking robots.

    The woman didn’t appreciate his help, stumbling and flailing back from him with a shrill, piercing scream. It disturbed the contents of the blankets, which began to wail and shriek.
     
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    While Cindy was pretty good at what she did (shut up, she was!), she was only one spider against an army of mechanical bees. There wasn't much good cover for the citizens on the ground, so she was stuck swinging from side to side of the street being attacked, just getting one person saved at a time.

    Her Silk-sense tried to alert her to the woman on the far-side of the street, but it was also directing her to the entire street, so she only barely recognized the trouble. Fortunately, that was when help finally showed up.

    As a hero, Cindy had seen a lot in her short time. Her life wasn't all sunshine and rainbows is the point. Still, even she had to give a quick double-take at the... thing that was attacking the mechanical bees going after some woman, who didn't seem to care that she was being saved when her savior was a little strange.

    If she didn't have a baby (or someone younger, at least) with her, Cindy might've just left the scary thing to look after her. However, she couldn't risk the kid possibly getting hit by a bee that got past the thing, so she quickly swung over and grabbed the woman by the waist.

    "There we go," she said, cheerfully, "just head in here and you two should be safe." There happened to be an open window in one of the nearby buildings, just some office complex. She carefully maneuvered the woman and her bundle inside, then gave a quick wave before jumping back into the fray.

    As she passed by the creepy guy, she gave a sincere, "thanks for the assist!"

     
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    “I… I swear I’m friendly. I’m here to help,” he tried to calm down the woman, holding out his front two claws in feeble protest. “Let me take you away from these things.”

    But the sound of his generally human voice seeping out of his hideous wriggling maw seemed to drive her hysterical with panic and disgust, her shrill screams and those of the baby bouncing against the brick and stone of the buildings. Before he could flounder around uselessly, the superhero type woman swung by and grabbed the shrieking lady by the waist, depositing her through an open window as though she was mailing an envelope or parcel to a friend. Unusual gift.

    His gratitude doubled when the female Tarzan thanked him, rather than freaked out over his odd, grotesque form. It was rare to come by people with such open minds.

    “Do you need a hand?” he called, scurrying after the lady. He’d been tempted to quip: I’ve got eight of them! But that wasn’t true since each leg tapered off into a mostly unhelpful talon.

    As he tagged along after the lady, he struck out with the front set, slashing and stabbing at more bees that were circling around cowering civilians. The clever robots plunged to the asphalt, spitting sparks and sizzling like they were on a BBQ, thick gray smoke pouring into the sky.
     
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    Cindy let out a lighthearted bark of laughter at the guy's question. "Well, it looks like you've got plenty of those, so yeah, that'd be much appreciated." Sure, he was a little freaky looking, but help was help, after all.

    It was much easier after that to pull people to safety. All she needed to focus on was getting them somewhere, while bug-guy fought the bees off. Apparently they weren't on good terms. Shame to see such infighting.

    Apparently, it was too easy, as the guy piloting the bees let out a shriek of rage from his spot on the roof. "How dare you!" he yelled, "you're destroying my precious creations! You monsters!"

    "Don't think of it like we're destroying them," Cindy quipped as she grabbed a teenage boy who had been frozen in fear, "think of it like we're sending them to buggy heaven. Fields of flowers made out of motor oil, or... whatever robot-bugs like."

     
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    They made a good team, with Reed striking and slashing the robot bees out of the sky, while She-Tarzan rescued the screaming civilians. Just like he’d made a good team with Mizuki and Sean. Actually… No. The three of them had been freaking awful. They’d spent their time running from monsters and getting captured and melting into puddles of goop.

    Sheesh. This guy’s even crazier than the last scientist I met!” he remarked of the lunatic shrieking and shouting on top of the building, rolling his eyes up to frown at him.

    Something slammed into Reed’s back, making him stumble and grunt. A bee was stabbing its metal stinger at him, the hard stone of his shell preventing it from piercing his flesh and organs. He responded with one swipe of a front talon, the bee spitting sparks and crashing to the ground.

    “How do we reach that guy?” he asked She-Tarzan. “We need to stop him… And soon.”

    Because the sound of more buzzing was drifting over to them. He couldn’t see the robots yet, but it sounded like there were a lot. God. How many bees had this maniac built?
     
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    "You too, huh?" Cindy asked as she flew over Roachman's head. Captain Roach? Maybe he didn't have a superhero name, but it was fun to try and come up with one. More fun than listening to some crazed scientist ramble at the people on the ground through a megaphone.

    At least the streets seemed free of civilians by then. Her Silk-sense wasn't telling her anyone else was in danger, but that wasn't the most trustworthy system. Just looking at least confirmed well enough that she was willing to focus on taking down Frankenstein-wannabe.

    "Well, I can get up there no problem, but you...?" she considered for a few seconds before shrugging, "I hope you don't weigh more than a few tons." With that, she shot some webs at her ally, wrapping him up in a sort of cocoon that gave him the necessary support as she started climbing up the wall, holding the cocoon in one hand as it was slung over her shoulder.

     
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    Reed spluttered feebly as she shot webs at his twisted form, crafting a sling or cocoon so that she could carry him up the wall. He tried to keep still, forcing his eyes on anything except the ground below, painfully aware of how thin and flimsy the web felt beneath him. The higher she dragged him, the more paranoid he got that he’d tear through it and plummet out of the air like a misshapen rock.

    He remembered once taking his new convertible out to the countryside to break it in on the quieter roads, pushing the speedometer to its limit. A great big ugly stink bug had flown up and struck the windshield, the splatter it’d made across the glass had resembled a pile of thick, yellow-green vomit. He imagined himself making a nasty mess like that when he hit the asphalt.

    They must’ve made a bizarre sight. A spider themed superhero scaling a building, hefting along in her gossamer net, a hideous creature that was a nightmarish mix of different bugs. He’d thought he was pretty repugnant, but she could shoot webs. Blech. He was glad to have found her because that made him feel slightly less alone as an insectoid freak.

    “I’m Max Reed,” he called out to her over the whistling wind and approaching buzz of bugs, hoping she might introduce herself in return. “CIA. Well… Formerly CIA.”

    With a flash of resentment, he wondered what poor schmuck Col. Castle had got to replace him.
     
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    Cindy couldn't stifle the laugh that her ally's surprised noise brought up. He might've looked weird, but he had the all-too-human reactions when it came to her doing her Silk-thing. It was amusing, and a little endearing, she had to admit.

    It wasn't a cakewalk to carry him up, but it also wasn't the hardest thing she'd ever done, so she kept her voice light and cheery as she replied. "Silk," she introduced right back, "when I'm in costume, anyway. I know this place isn't as concerned with secret identities and everything, but it never hurts to have some distance, you know?"

    The villain was still up on the roof, yelling at anyone and everyone. She tried to tune his ramblings out, since she doubted he'd say anything important. As long as he didn't sound like he had noticed them climbing up while distracted by his own ego, she was fine as she was.

     
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    Silk!?

    “Aww! C’mon!” he protested loudly, drawing out the last word. Reed hated secrets, unless he was the one keeping them. He'd joined the CIA to expose secrets, especially the ones that hurt innocent citizens.

    He was smart enough to shut his freaking mouth when they were only a few feet below the mad scientist, who was too busy ranting and raving to notice them. Jeez! The size of this guy’s ego!

    Reed shifted on to four jittery legs, stretching out a front claw to strike it across the babbling whack job’s shins. He fell backwards on his butt with a startled shriek, dropping his remote control, which pitched over the side of the roof and landed in a nest. The small brown sparrow that’d been roosting there pecked at the buttons, pausing to let out indignant squawks.

    All around them, the new wave of bees swooped in and began to go crazy, smashing themselves into windows or brick walls. Others flew upside down or nosedived into the asphalt, going up in fiery, miniature explosions. Thank God “Silk” had pretty much cleared the area of civilians.

    Reed yelled out a warning as one of the bees careened towards them, its stinger broken in two, thick black smoke guttering from its thorax. It made a wailing droning sound like a struck fighter jet.
     
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    Cindy couldn't help but bark out a laugh as Max loudly lamented the fact that she had a secret identity. With mock-primness, she replied, "a lady must always have her secrets, you know. But hey, maybe once this is over, I'll give you a hint so you can guess my real name."

    Honestly, she had no idea if she was going to give a hint or just admit it straight-out. Teasing was more fun, though, so she had the feeling in the end, it was just going to be more teasing. Maybe she'd give him an idea of where she worked and let him figure it out from there. That'd probably be funny.

    What was not funny was the sudden situation the two were in. The mad scientist didn't have the remote anymore (good) but a sparrow did (bad). No one was getting hurt (good) but her Silk-sense was telling her that something was headed right for her (bad).

    With a huff, she let go of the building with her free hand, pulling herself up until she was standing on the wall as if it were the ground. She still held on tightly to Max, but used her other hand to shoot a web at the falling bee, then swinging it around to smash it against the nearby building.

     
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    Reed gaped at Silk, amazed that she was able to stand on a vertical wall, and all while holding him and destroying the malfunctioning bee with her web. He didn’t know why things like that continued to amaze him, given what he’d seen and experienced at the Chronos lab.

    Mandibles flexing absentmindedly, he glanced around the area, trying to see if there was a way he could make himself useful. Right now, he was nothing but dead weight to this woman.

    His gaze fell on their mad scientist friend, who was leaning over the side of the roof precariously, stretching an arm out to the nest. The sparrow must’ve taken a shining to the remote control, because it’d put itself in front of it and was hissing at the man, sometimes pecking at his reaching hand and making him yelp. Reed might’ve found it amusing if the scientist’s treacherous position wasn’t making him wince in concern. He could slip at any second and plunge to his death.

    “Hey buddy!” Reed called above the buzz of the robots. “Do you think that’s a wise idea?”

    The man glanced down at him, lost his balance and pitched off the roof with a bloodcurdling scream.

    Well... Crap.
     
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    Cindy could hear Max's gasp (enhanced senses were fun sometimes) and couldn't help but smile under her mask. It was nice to know that she was impressive, even in a place like Pandora. Nice boost to morale and all that.

    With the extra bee dead, Cindy started carefully climbing back up the building to finally put Max down. As strong as she was, it was a little tiring to just keep holding the guy indefinitely. Unfortunately, Max soon brought her attention back to the scientist, who was doing a very dumb thing.

    Cindy had enough time to mutter, "can you really save someone so suicidally dumb?" before shooting another web to catch the guy.

     
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    “Right,” he agreed with Silk, widening his eyes in sarcastic amazement at the scientist’s stupidity.

    He sighed inwardly, relieved that she’d caught him. Even if he was a whack job, Reed didn’t want to see his guts splattered all over the sidewalk. Or his own. Especially not his own.

    Reed gratefully scrabbled up to the roof and crouched low against the whistling wind, glad to have a flat, solid surface underneath his eight legs. He would’ve preferred not to have moved from that spot until he could ride the elevator back down to the bottom, but the sparrow was still pecking away at that freaking remote control, making the robot bees flip and crash.

    With a grudging sense of duty, Reed crawled over to the edge of the roof and sunk down on his front, reaching into the gnarled nest with a front claw. The limb was so long that he didn’t need to lean over the side precariously. Hissing like a serpent, the bird flapped its wings and pecked at the offending leg, but he barely felt its sharp little beak thanks to his toughened skin.

    Now. How was he supposed to pick up the remote without any fricking hands?

    By accident, he stabbed a big red button with his claw. The belly of one of the nearer bees opened up and released a tiny rocket, which smashed into the side of the building with a bone rattling boom. Glass and metal rained down on the street. Well… Darn.

    Sorry!” he buzzed out to Silk, thankful that it had only been a small explosion.
     
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    As Max worked on getting the remote, Cindy dragged the madman back up to the roof. "Now class, today we've learned an important lesson about gravity," she cheerfully snarked, "can anyone tell me what we learned?"

    Sulkily, the scientist yelled, "let me go!"

    "Nope! That's the opposite lesson," Cindy replied, glancing down at the scientist who was still dangling off the roof, though much closer to actually planting his feet on a solid surface, "we learned that falling is a bad thing!"

    Once he was safely standing, she didn't waste any time shooting more webs out to ensnare him like a real spider. She made sure to cover his mouth, just so she'd be spared his ramblings.

    The next thing she knew, one of the bees suddenly hit the building, causing some collateral damage. Cindy winced and glanced over at Max. "You need a hand over there? Or... webs in this case?"

     
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    “That’s probably better than me poking at the freaking thing,” he accepted her offer of help, scowling disdainfully at the useless end of his limb. “I’m just going to wind up destroying the whole street.”

    He withdrew from the edge of the roof and crawled over to the mumbling scientist, making sure that he was still bound up in her web like a fly. Jeez. That was kind of gross and creepy. Then again, what right did Reed, mutant bugman, have to call something gross and creepy? If you looked up both words in the dictionary, you’d find his picture underneath them.

    “What’re you going to do with him?” he asked Silk. “You don’t drink people’s blood… Right?”

    Reed felt the slightest of weights press down on his back, a cool ripple of air across his bare forehead. He bent his long neck to see that the sparrow had perched on the highest point of his shell, cheerfully preening its dusty brown feathers with its beak. Great. Just great.
     
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    "Oh, I'm sure you'd run out of bees before you ran out of street to destroy," Cindy replied as she took over for Max. Of course, it wasn't hard for her to grab it herself. Just one quick web and soon it was in her hands.

    She took a second to look it over, trying to find the off switch. "Alright, so there's a big red button on the side here," she reported, "I'd give it a 50/50 chance of it either turning these things off, or making them explode. Maybe our friend here would like to give us a hint?"

    The scientist tried to glare defiantly at her, but when Max suggested she might want to drink his blood, he pretty clearly started to panic. Fortunately, Cindy just laughed at the suggestion, shaking her head.

    "Uh, no?" she said, "I'm planning to bring him over to the police so they can do the actual arresting and booking stuff. I eat regular human food, thank you very much."

     
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    “Sorry about jumping to conclusions,” he said, although she’d taken his question good-naturedly. He had to resist the urge to scratch at the back of his bald head. Something he’d done a lot as a man when he’d felt awkward about a situation, or out of his depth. No wonder his hair used to get as messy as a bird’s nest. “I’m the last person in the world who should jump to conclusions.”

    He’d intended to ask her more questions about the whackjob, but a small swarm of robot bees took that opportunity to surround them, twitching their stingers and tilting their heads at them like curious dogs. The nasally drone of their voices washed out the shrill whistle of the wind.

    “Ahem… Silk. Maybe you should try that button now?” Reed said. He had a bad feeling about the way they were gathering around them like shiny metal storm clouds. Would they recognize the scientist as their creator and defend him? Or attack him along with the rest of them?

    Little sparrow feet pricked his forehead, making Reed grunt in surprise and irritation. The bird had hopped up on his skull, hissing and flapping its dusky brown wings at the robots.
     
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    Max sounded very sheepish for a giant bug-monster. It was kind of endearing just how human he was under the weird appearance. And his appearance hadn't even been too freaky from her perspective, not after everything she'd seen.

    So, she chuckled good naturedly as he apologized. "Don't worry about it," she replied, "no harm done, right?" Not like he attacked her or anything out of fear she was going to attack and drain the guy, so no harm, no foul.

    Before she could continue with that thought, some (or maybe all, Cindy didn't know) of the bees flew over, possibly to attack. Max was right, she didn't have time to start deliberating, so she decisively brought her finger down, then glanced up to make sure they weren't about to explode.

    Good news, they didn't explode. Bad news, they immediately started plummeting to the ground, right on top of the group. Her Silk-sense immediately pushed her to try and stop them, but her web only managed to grab one and throw it into a few others to knock them off course. There were still some unaccounted for that she couldn't stop on her own.

     
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    The bees started to plummet out of the sky like broken lumps of asteroid.

    Crap!” he buzzed out a gasp.

    The smart little sparrow flapped off his head, taking cover under the gutter that framed the edges of the roof like a short skirt. That was one way to get the bird off him.

    A robot struck him on the back, provoking another grunt of surprise and irritation. His tough carapace kept it from hurting him, even denting the metal. Another slammed into his long, armored neck, making him stumble drunkenly towards the whackjob scientist.

    He was in time to see a bee land on the guy, smothering him. Kind of ironic in a way.

    “I can’t feel my legs!” the scientist wailed pathetically as the rain of robots came to an end. Thank God. The bees sprawled around them, smoking sullenly or spitting sparks.
     
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