Loki's hand went to his pistol grip as he heard unfamiliar voices coming from the corridor Poet and Thor had disappeared down mere moments before. A group came into view, far larger than he had been expecting and he drew the pistol from its holster.
Thor came into view leading the group and Loki holstered his pistol again, relaxing slightly. The major motioned Loki, Buck and Big Al back to our tasks. He raised his SMG, covering the wall where Buck was laying his charges. A few minutes went by, silence filled the tunnels as the Valkyries waited on Thor's order to blow the wall and move in. Loki took the time to work out what team the newcomers were part of. It was more difficult than usual, for their commanding officer was absent and he would have given Loki a much better idea of which team it was.
He settled on the Dark Knights.
Then he watched the team operatives. The Chinese twins looked like soldiers, CQB experts. The big guy was a demolitions expert, the mine launcher he cradled like a baby made that obvious. The final one was a woman, a Cyber-Tech like him, constantly tapping on a wrist computer while her other hand made minute gestures in the air, manipulating her holographic screen. Though time had seemed to stretch forever, particularly to Loki's enhanced mind, it was only three and a half minutes before an unfamiliar voice came on the comms. "Major, I am in position. Two hostiles neutralized. The room is full of people major, eight security personnel, eight to ten scientists, and two in business suits."
Thor gave the order and Buck fired the breeching charges.
"Fenris to Odin."
The words were almost inaudible, spoken at the same time as the charges went off. Loki hardly slowed, pausing only to save it to his memory to study at a later date and to allow himself to speculate on why the Russian had taken so long to make contact. The wall crumbled and Thor led the Valkyries through, catching the ACS personnel stunned and reeling from the exposion. A silenced weapon coughed twice and two Guards fell. Their deaths almost seemed to be a signal that it was okay to panic and the scientists and technicians sprinted for the exits of which there were three. Thor barked an order at Loki and the new Cyber-Tech to halt them.
They pounded after the fleeing scientists, who were all going for the south exit. He put on a burst of speed, outpacing his companion and the scientists. He skidded to a halt before the doorway and stood with arms folded as the scientists charged. His companion gave him a glare that told him to get on with it and almost leisurely he pulled the pin from a stun grenade and tossed it into the midst of the fleeing scientists. He put his hands over his ears to protect his hearing from the grenade and dimmed his lenses to protect his eyes from the flash, though he still had to turn his head to the left.
The grenade went off and Loki moved in to secure the dazed scientists and technicians.
He also took the opportunity to talk with his new companion. He shook hands with her and finally allowed himself to regard her as a woman rather than a soldier. Pretty and curvaceous but with a steely gaze that told of unseen strength. I smiled. "Ethan, codename Loki, Cyber-Tech for the Night Stalkers."
We stand upon the precipice of change. The world fears the inevitable plummet into the abyss. Watch for that moment - and when it comes, do not hesitate to leap. It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly.
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.
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