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Higgs

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Date- 30th April, Y. 109
Tags- @Riza Hawkeye

It had taken him awhile to get the plans for the second power station but upon receiving them Higgs had learnt that Ark City's second power station was fairly similar in design and layout to its first one. He'd also noted that since the first one had been destroyed the second ones security had been bumped up, which was partially why he'd waited o long for his next strike, waiting for them to begin to feel safe, to begin to get overconfident and lax. Which was how he wound up jumping in like a wisp of smoke from his beach, straight into the buildings power supply room and upon jumping in there noted there was still security there, yet they were as expected, a little lax.

The two security guards meant to be keeping an eye on the power supply to the stations simple ammetities like lights and cameras were too busy playing what appeared to be cards on a small table. They hadn't expected a man dressed in gold and black to appear in the room with them, but when he did appear they both startled away from him with sounds of surprise. Higgs tilted his head to the left, his golden skull mask glinting in the light and then he was shooting a powerful spark into the electrical supply, all while not taking his blue gaze off the security guards. One was reaching for his radio, the other for his gun. Then next thing they knew the buildings power supply was going up in explosive sparks before their eyes and Higgs was gone. They retreated, loudly from the room, one shouting into the radio but Higgs was already in his next location, using a piece of chiralium to attach an powerful explosive device to the inside of one of the sites cooling towers and then he was jumping to the second cooling tower, mildly aware he could hear a lot of noise outside.

It was as he attached the second powerful device to the wall with another piece of chiralium, that the door burst open, he twisted pulling a handgun seemingly from nowhere and fired shots at whomever was entering while continuing to use his powers on the gold crystal, making sure the bomb would be difficult to access. He heard a cry of pain suggesting one of his bullets had hit its target and then drawing in a breath he was jumping again. Briefly he was hit by the peace of the beach before he appeared at his next location, the electrical lines where all the power left the site from and slowly he straightened, gathering himself to overload the lines, to knock Ark City out of the loop once again. ​
 
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Riza Hawkeye

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There wasn't much of a 'hunter' in Riza's nature but she was damn good at faking it when she had to, and in using the skills that were suited to it in the right way to get the job done. Being a sniper and a soldier, as well as taking part in more infiltration and investigation than people might have expected of her led to her faking it pretty well- but her greatest advantage, as always, was her patience. All she'd had to do was make a minimal number of moves, stand her ground, and wait. While she waited, she watched- not directly, but by intuition and the other tools at her disposal.

She knew her foe; he would come out, even if it was only to force her out. Patience didn't have to be endless, she just had to have more of it than he did.

When the time came she got herself ready, packed up her guns, put in her earpiece and made her way to the location, making her nest in an advantageous spot. There was no anxiety, no panic, no second thought about what she was intending to do. Ambivalence was simply unacceptable. This was no political enemy, fighting for his freedom, and even if he had been his means and motive were unforgivable and he had finally pushed too far. if she didn't take action she was counting all of those he hurt as worthless.

The stage was set. As Higgs came into the field she steadied her breathing, watching through the scope and accounting for the wind, the range, the very gravity of the ground itself to get him in sight. He moved quickly, of course, once the officers entered; they were brave people, and hopefully that shot was the only one that he would take against them. His attention would likely shift, if she didn't immediately drop him. Honestly, she found that unlikely- and yet, it wasn't the kill shot that she lined up for. They had laws here, rules of a society that should be upheld, not the impartial cruelty and brutality of a war zone.

She had her shot, and fired- center mass. There was a hesitation measured in parts of a second as she waited to see if it landed, sliding the bolt and readying her next shot.
 

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It was as he began gathering his power into himself that it happened, something struck him with enough power to get through his armour and to send him staggering to one knee. One of his hands made contact with the ground, sparking as it did so, he gasped for breath and the hand not on the ground went to his side, he could feel a warm wet liquid seeping into his clothing. There was pain which had him grimacing behind the mask when he touched the injury with his free hand, in that instant he knew what had happened, someone had got him with a gun shot.

Sniper rifle judging on the fact there was no one nearby and his gaze rose immediately, his abilities helping him hone in on the sniper. He knew as soon as he found her who it was because of course Riza Hawkeye would use her sniper talents to her advantage. He'd read that she was a good shot but this was something else, despite being impressed by her shot Higgs felt something else burn within him, anger. How dare she try to stop me! Her a mere mortal! A mere human! His silent rage seethed beneath his skin and his head tilted as he looked up at her knowing Riza could see him. Then he was vanishing, guided by the rage he barely noticed the beach as he passed through it, next thing he knew, he was up high above the power lines facing the blonde.

One hand was raised, pointing at the blonde as he hissed"You think you can stop me? No Miss Hawkeye... You're a mere irritation although I will give you some credit for being a damned good shot." Behind his mask he smirked raising his hands in a 'come at me' motion as he went on his voice now mocking"You can fill me with bullets, you can fill me with lead today but I promise you I will keep coming back, again and again until everything you hold dear is ashes beneath your feet... Is that what you want? Because I promise you, your actions with that gun won't change anything..." He laughed, pain laced him from the hole she'd put in him, but he didn't stop he would not give her the satisfaction of knowing she'd hurt him.​
 
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Riza Hawkeye

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The shot found it's target and she watched, noting the twist in his body, the scowl, the glance up toward her direction. She didn't have long to react and there was only one option. Stand still attached to the rifle, she lifted it and stepped back, shouldering the gun, to wait for him. One deep breath, steadying without being calming, was all she could spare. She kept her eyes open and away from the scope because in a space like this, she didn't need it. One shot was left in the rifle, which she didn't want to waste, and after that- well, if she was still alive and moving, she'd work that out then.

He appeared, and for all of his bluster she could hear the clipped notes of anger in his voice. There was rage there, maybe some embarrassment too. There was a scent of something like blood, though she wasn't taking the time to look at whatever was actually dripping- that was an immaterial detail, and she needed to keep her sights on him. Her mouth thinned, but there was the faintest hint of a resigned, wry curl at the corner of her mouth. "I've heard that before," she replied, squeezing the trigger again to fire the rifle at him before she dropped it and pulled her two handguns, heading for the exit of this little space.

She doubted she'd get there, but motion was better than staying still.
 
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Even in the face of him appearing before her, telling her that it didn't matter if she killed him today that he'd be back Riza Hawkeye was calm. Through his anger he could not help but be impressed, but then she had been a solider first or so her record claimed and he believed it with now having witnessed the accuracy of her shot as well as her handling of the rifle in her hands now. Behind his golden mask he smirked, for the moment he barely felt the pain from her first shot but he could see how focused her blue eyes were as she responded to his words.

She'd heard it all before had she? Well clearly they were empty threats since she didn't seem to be taking him seriously, he would show her he never made empty threats. He moved right as she pulled the trigger, he faded out and reappeared in the position she'd just vacated, a laugh bubbling out him mouth as he reappeared. He could taste the iron of blood on his tongue but he ignored it as he spoke"You're a trigger happy bitch aren't you Miss Hawkeye?"More laughter escaped him, but it was cold and his blue gaze held hate as he watched her move towards the exit, pulling her pistols out as she did so.

His head tilted and suddenly he was jumping to be ahead of her, blocking her exit as he now asked mockingly"Why run Riza? You know once I have your scent you cannot hide..." His startling blue gaze held amusement to them but it was a cold, unfriendly amusement and then he was bringing a hand up, there was a crackle of electricity. Then a spark burst from him, leaping in dramatic explosive fashion towards the blonde, hidden behind the golden mask Higgs was beaming but it was twisted, making him look like he was snarling, not that Riza Hawkeye could see that, yet in that moment he was far from the scared little boy he'd once been.​
 
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His insults were rejected by her mind as soon as he spit them out, as worthless as sand. She'd heard worse, done worse, and those were the things she'd deserved. The petty words of a spoiled man who had it in his mind to force her to submit were hot air and bullshit and she didn't have time for either of those, or to engage in banter that would take her own breath or time.

There was no way he let her get out. If she got out of the door, he'd be on the other side, or grabbing her from behind. He could move instantly so she couldn't rely on any motion to do anything except give her space and time, and maybe a hint of how he planned to move the next time. She'd fought fast things before, strikingly and eerily fast. None of them had been quite this quick though. It was risky.

It had to be done. There wasn't any time for doubt. Diligence.

There wasn't time to wonder. He was at the door in a flash, then shifted his weight, and her instincts took over. Guns in hand, she dropped to a crouch and shifted and spun on one leg, the other out for balance. It was an old move, duck and gun, familiar as looking in the mirror. Aiming took no more than a quarter of a second, her sharp brown eyes fixing on the figure as it came closer. Point blank range was a hell of a thing. Her fingers squeezed the triggers of both guns in an alternating rhythm as she braced herself, letting him pass before she stood again.
 

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Hawkeye was silent, it seemed she really was the strong silent type and that reminded him of the fool that was Sam which in turn fuelled his anger further. Sam was an interference, Sam was a fool, Sam made Amelie lose sight of the mission and it was this rage which fuelled the spark. It was larger, more powerful than he usually shot from his fingers, much more akin to what he'd shoot into the sky to make it rain. But Riza was moving, a solider through and through she was avoiding the spark, there was the sound of pistols discharging. Loud bangs which echoed in his ears and in such close proximity there was no way for him to avoid the bullets which were fired. The first one struck his shoulder with a horrible sound as it smashed into the bones there, his body twisted in pain and it was that motion that allowed the second bullet to go past his BB unit. To tear through the protective jacket he wore and plunge so deeply into his flesh that it pierced his lungs. He was hunched clutching at his shoulder, form still sparking, rage still in his veins and yet his blue eyes were wide. He could barely breath! Higgs knew instantly that it was bad as he tried to suck in air past his masks, he wanted to rip them off so he could attempt to draw breath but he knew it was pointless.

He'd died before so he knew what it felt like and if he could laugh he would of, she was a damned good shot that was for sure. Slowly he turned his blue gaze to Riza, bloodied hand falling from his shoulder and slowly raised it to his face in his hush gesture with one finger up. Higgs knew he had a choice to make now, flee and ensure he regenerated out of enemy clutches or remain so as to continue his attack which might result in him being in enemy hands. He only had the strength left for one of them, he knew which was wiser and yet he wished he could be a reckless bastard, he wished h could continue his attack. Instead he would have to leave in the knowledge that at least the timer bombs would go off, so long as they failed to find them all and were unable to deactivate them. His hand slowly fell from his face, there was blood smeared across the golden mask and then Higgs was jumping, vanishing in smokey wisps towards his beach. He knew he had little time, the air was already hard to find and the pain he'd been blocking out was washing through him like waves. But he managed to flicker out of existence before Riza's eyes, his form would be able to die, then regenerate out of enemy hands.​
 
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The shots rang out, the crunch of bone underneath the first as he spun away, hit in the shoulder. When the second took him center mast, blasting through ribs and leaving that telltale sucking sound as air was drawn in through it she knew she'd gotten him in the lung. She didn't drop her guard in the slightest. A wounded animal- or person- was more dangerous than someone who had the endurance to draw a battle out, if only via sheer desperation. Whether he was truly pinned or not, she didn't know, but she wasn't about to make any stupid mistakes.

The hush gesture drew nothing but a furrow in her brow as she kept her guard up, waiting in the silence. The blood that dripped down the mask drew no reaction at all; later it might, but now there wasn't time. As he faded away she looked around quickly, just in case he had decided to move behind her, or above, waiting for a chance to attack- but nothing.

She allowed herself one breath before turning on her heel and heading for the stairs, descending quickly as she holstered her guns. Her hand went to her earpiece, alerting the bomb squad that the enemy was gone, and the location of the explosives she'd seen. As they made their way in she stood off to the side, unable to relax. Higgs wasn't done with this, she knew it. He had a point to make and he'd decided that she was the way to make it, so he'd never stop- especially if he saw this as a warning and a defeat. That would be weakness to him.

There was nothing to do about it except what she was already doing. Walking toward the EMTs that were giving her concerned look, she assured them of her safety and asked for a cup of coffee, if there was any to be had. That was probably going to help more than anything else right now. Her nerves were shot.
 
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