James Aka Sliver and
Location: The Hideout
"Sorry, I wasnt much help back at that house with those hydra guys. I should have stayed down stairs and helped you with winter boy..." James not knowing what more to say not really knowing much about what happened during the fight himself. As his other half was in control then rather than himself, but James felt like he should say something any way.
Ava stands up quickly, not expecting to have been caught in the state she was in. "If you say a word about this to anyone, I will not hesitate to kill you."
]James standing in the door way he gets distracted as he heard a gun shot coming from up stairs. Soon hearing another gun shot but this was much closer. Quickly following is great fiery white pain in his back and James stumbles into room. James ends up saying, "Uh, I think I just got shot..." James stumbles a bit more before falling to the floor into the living room. Behind him are shield looking agents, "Get on the ground now!" The agents yell into the room as they start to enter it.
Ava flips a table and drags James' body behind it. She reaches behind her and takes a pistol out from under her shirt. She begins firing at the intruders who also begin to fire back in retaliation. "This table won't provide us with enough protection from the bullets," Ava says to James while firing at one of the men who somehow broke into the base. "If you're able to, get behind the couch. It's not much of an improvement but it's better than this."
James lays there for a second trying to register what happened to him. He sits up slowly after Ava dragged him behind a table. He then groans with a bit of pain, "Ow...getting shot still hurts." Listening to the comment about the table James looks at it he then looks at the couch and says with a smirk, "The couch will work." James throws his arm forward towards the couch his suit turns silver and stretches over and grabs the couch. With ease the silver arm pulls the couch back and chucks it at the shield agent walking in sandwiching him in the door way.
James's suit morphs into his more slick symbiote form, the symbiote suit covering up the bullet wound then slowly pushes the bullet out. James looks at Ava then says, "Use me as a shield if you need to. I can harden the suit to block some bullet fire." James stands up out of cover and out of his hand the symbiote suit forms a round shield. He says back to Ava, "See I have tricks of my own..." James gets interrupted by a hail of bullets off of his shield he then yells at the agents coming in, "Hey! I am trying to have a conversation here!" He then looks back at Ava and says in a light tone, "Looks like we have a fight on our hands again. I guess I can now make up for back at the house now."
Ava was momentarily in shock over James' transformation but quickly regained her focus. After firing a few more shots at the intruders, Ava made her way to the back of the couch to join James. She wasn't surprised to hear him making a small joke over this situation. Not only was she not used to fighting alongside other people, but whenever she did they were never the light-hearted type. This was gonna take a while to get used to. She didn't reply to anything he said and instead continued to keep her focus on the fight at hand. Then James really caught her attention:
"Hey... why don't you use your icey powers?" He asked. Ava sharply turned her head, "What?" she replied. "Create a nice floor of ice for our guests here. I wanna see 'em dance." James said. Ava took this into consideration. She hadn't used her powers like this in a while. She was worried she wouldn't be able to do what James had asked of her. Then with a shake of her head, Ava pushed those doubts and fears out of the forefront of her mind. She had to do this.
In the blink of an eye, Ava rolled away, out from behind the protection of the couch, and slammed her hand to the ground. Within in seconds, a shining coat of ice covered the floor and their enemies began to "dance".
Watching with amazement James watches the floor turn into ice. James jumps up and clings to the ceiling he sticks to the ceiling and hangs upside down. James then says, "That will cool those guys off. Time for me to get to work!" James pulls the shield off away from his suit he then tosses it like a throwing disk it goes out and smacks a shield agent in the head then engulfs him in a silvery sticky web like substance. The agent falls and slides across the icy floor James laughs, "Oops! Looks like that one fell down."
James moves his hand it shoots out a web and attached itself on a shield agent and he then says with glee and in a light way, "Get over here!" James pulls the man towards him and then into his hand. Holding him by the vests these agents were wearing James then asks the man, "So who are you guys? More hydra thugs?" James lifts the agent up smashing the agent's head into the ceiling until he gets his answer the agent lets out barely, "We *ow* are *ow* Shield..." James stops bashing the agents head off the ceiling. These werent ordinary thugs or even hydra they were shield. James knew of them a bit to his knowledge shield are supposed to be the 'good' guys and now they were here. James then goes back to bashing the person against the ceiling now starts speaking rapidly, "Why is shield here!?! Why are you attacking us?!? Why did you guys shoot me in the back!?!?!" James inadvertently knocked the agent out. Seeing this he groans to himself an drops the agent back to the floor.
James looks at Ava while upside down to see how she is doing he then says over, "These guys are Shield! First Hydra and now shield. Any more groups going to show up and attack us? If I see the big green monster and the rest of the Avengers show up then I am done." James looks down the hall way. He then continues to talk towards Ava while looking down the hallway. While still in his light-hearted way but with a more serious tone, "So Ms Frosty, what are we going to do?"
After Ava had turned the floor to ice, James jumps to the ceiling and begins his attack on the intruders. Ava spots one of them on the ground struggling to stand and immediately runs (as best as she can) towards him. There was a large grand piano standing between Ava and the intruder. She decided to use that to her advantage. Ava ran as fast as she could toward the piano, sliding up to it when she got closer, pushing herself onto it and rolled over to the other side of the piano, where the armed man was finally able to stand up. He barely got a chance to steady his stance when Ava kicked him in the head, forcing him to fall to the ground again with a thud. Ava dropped down from the piano and knelt by the body. Across the room from her, she saw another one of the intruders beginning to aim her gun at Ava. Ave grabbed the gun that belonged to the man she had just knocked out and rolled under the table, just nearly avoiding getting shot. Ava then fired back at the woman from under the piano. She was able to hit her target in both legs a few times. That woman fell to her knees. Ava quickly rolled out from under the piano once again and fired several rounds at the intruder, ensuring her demise. Ava then turned to the man she had kicked earlier and did the same.
When Ava turned around to fire at the next opponent, she saw that the other had already been taken care of, thanks to James, who was still on the ceiling, holding one of the men. After dropping the body, he looked to Ava and said "These guys are Shield! First Hydra and now Shield. Any more groups going to show up and attack us? If I see the big green monster and the rest of the Avengers show up then I am done."
Shield? Now, this is a problem. How did they find us?
Ava had always excepted Hydra to come and find her. That wasn't a big surprise. She never thought Shield would. She had always tried her damn hardest to avoid them and stay off their radar. Unless they were here for someone else, which wouldn't be too far fetched.
Ava's thoughts were interrupted by James. "So Ms. Frosty, what are we going to do?"
"Well," Ava began "the smart thing to do would be to get the hell out of here."
"Getting out of here? Don't have to tell me twice." James leaps down onto a shield agent, James smacks the agent on the top of the head to knock the agent out he then kicks the agent down the icy hallway into anyone else coming into the room. "Stay behind me and bullets should not hit you. We need to make it to the elevator to get out of this hideout. Anyone I miss or who starts get up, try to freeze them or something. Just don't kill them, we don't need to add anymore fuel to whatever reason shield is here for."
James's arms form a near perfectly round shield. He then starts to sprint down the hall way with the shield running forward. Using it as both a shield and a ram for anyone in his way. James trying to create a path to lead the way to the elevator. He hits the door of the elevator. James forces the doors open he looks up the elevator shaft then says back going to a less light-hearted tone then normal, "Um you might want to grab onto me. If Sling's info was correct then Shield doesn't know of my abilities so, they would never expect us climbing through the elevator."
Ava could hear the sound of more Shield agents breaking into the building. As hesitant as she was to the idea of climbing down the inside of an elevator while holding on to the back of man she had only known for a few hours, she knew that was probably the best and safest way to get out of here. "Very well..." Ava said with a sigh as she walked over to James and positioned herself behind him, grabbing onto his shoulders. "You're gonna fall off way too easily if you hold onto me there. You also might choke me in the process." He said. "Well, where would you like me to hold on to?" Ava asked, beginning to sound annoyed. "The waist would probably be best."
Before Ava even had time to complain, she heard the sound of Shield agents running towards their position. It kept on getting louder and louder.
"Fine!" Ava exclaimed, now wrapping her arms around James' waist. "Not a word of this to anyone." She said before James finally leaped into the elevator and made his way down the foyer where they first entered.
There, they didn't hear the sound of gunfire or of fighting. It was oddly calm and quiet.
"I guess Shield has already found everyone else on the upper levels." Ava said, keeping her voice quiet, just in case there were more Shield agents around. Ava forced herself not to think much about the others. She had to get out of there now. She couldn't waste time trying to be a hero.
The rest of the group will be fine. They're all more than capable of handling a situation like this on their own.
The duo didn't linger in the foyer for long. "I think I remember Alistar mentioning there's a back door this way." Ava said, as she started to enter the next room.
James fought the urge to make a comment when he started to climb throughout the elevator shaft. He climbed the wall with ease with Ava holing onto him. Listening to her talk about the others and shield finding everyone else this time James commented s quietly as he climb the wall, "Yeah, shield are surely here. I don't think Slingy searching for everyone from that data base of his was the best idea. Shield must have watched their data base." Part of James was pained with a bit of guilt not going back to help everyone else get out but he wasnt alone now. James main concern now though was get Ava and himself out and away from shield.
We feel empty, we need to leave soon. No worry of others get girl out', the thoughts of the sliver symbiote to James letting him know that the symbiote is reaching its limits of what it can do. From the constant usage of suits biomass webbing abilities without replenishing any of it. James pushed the thoughts away he couldn't think about the his or the symbiotes limits at the moment he needed to get himself and Ava out of the hide out.
When reaching the exit James once again forces the doors opens and gets out. He then began to follow Ava and heard he talk about a back door James then says, "A back door would be nice, or a window. Any way we can get outside the better." James enters the room and sees three more shield agent he moves his hand out and goes to shoot his web balls, only two fired out capturing only two of the agents in the silvery webbing and instantly James says a bit freaked out, "Uh, not good...Uh Ava freeze that guy!"
"Uh, not good... uh, Ava freeze that guy!" James shouted to Ava. Ava frost-blasted the man coming toward James and her in an attempt to stun him. After Ava successfully stunned the man, she shot him in the head.
"What are you-" James began to say before Ava cut him off.
"Don't question me." She said "If Shield knows I'm here then they already know what I'm capable of. They dug their own grave, I'm just helping them get into it."
It didn't take long for James and Ava to find a window to escape from. They started to run away from the hotel. Ava was hoping that they wouldn't bump into anymore Shield agents when she suddenly realized she only heard the sound of one person running... and that person was her. She turned around, half-expecting to see James missing or dead at the feet of a Shield agent. She only saw him standing several feet away from her though, his back turned to Ava.
"Why are you just standing there?" She asked in a whisper-yell-like voice. Ava walked back to the man at a brisk pace, not wanting to stay in the hotel's vicinity any longer.
James was taken back by Ava when she shot the last agent in the head. James didn't push the subject he was just thankful she didnt kill the other two. James was still freaking out a bit about his symbiote isn't able to fight at full power like he had been. Going full strides since running into the group. Taking a helicopter after swinging around the city, fighting hydra agents and now fighting shield all taking a toll on James's symbiote.
James followed Ava out of the window, but the part of him the pained him to leave the others behind came back to James. So after having a bit of a change of heart James turned back to the hotel and he stands there to think for a second. He got Ava out of the place but the others are still inside. While thinking he hears Ava, James then says, "I am going back into the hotel to help the others get out. Jocelyn, Sling, and others are still inside. The moment Shield find the agent you shot all hell is going to break loose. The agents are most likely going to seek revenge for their fallen agent. They are going to need help." James starts walking back to the hotel he then says, "Well, I got you out at least. Time to jump back into the fire!"
Before Ava could get another word in, James was already running off back toward the hotel. "He's gonna get himself killed." Ava said to herself, exasperated with the situation at hand. She turned around and started walking away. Ava wasn't going to stay and help these people that she just met. She had no reason to. She barely had a connection with any of them. She doubted they would even risk their lives for her if the roles were reversed, so why should she go back to help? Out of everyone there, Shield probably wanted her dead or captured the most. Ava needed to leave so that wouldn't happen to her.
So, she walked away. Away from the hotel. Away from the people she had only for several hours. She ignored this odd, nagging feeling in the pit of her stomach that she felt like was telling her to turn around and go help the others.
It was dark, chilly night in Afterlife. All of the Inhumans were already asleep, or at least indoors. The sound of silence was almost deafening. Some would find it serene, others would find it unnerving. Ava thought it both. A calm yet disconcerting feeling washed over her when she stepped outside. Considering what was about to happen, it was a feeling Ava should have paid more attention to.
Ava enjoyed taking walks in Afterlife. During the day, she enjoyed watching the cool wind flow through the blades of grass, making them dance. She also enjoyed watching fellow Inhumans train. She learned well by watching others. At night, the walks Ava occasionally took were mainly for meditative purposes. She felt like she could think better at night. She also preferred to practice using her powers. This night, Ava was going to do just that, when she interrupted by movement in the distance. She saw it with the corner of her eye and when she looked over to see what it was, she was surprised to see Jiaying. The woman was with another person... an Inhuman by the name of Elizabeth or as Ava called her, Lizzie.
Lizzie was Ava's closest friend in Afterlife. They played together, trained together. They would occasionally sneak over to each other's rooms at night and just talk. Ava loved Lizzie. In more ways than one.
As Ava saw Jiaying and Lizzie walk away, she became suspicious and decided to follow them. Ava took pride in her natural talent for stealth and always used it to her advantage. She continued to follow the duo, out of the main village and into the nearby forest. They finally stopped at a bridge. Ava didn't know how long they had been walking for. It felt like several hours, though she was sure it couldn't have taken that long. They were very deep into the forest, though. Ava knew that for certain. She felt even more suspicious of the situation now.
Ava continued to watch Jiaying and Lizzie from behind a tree which was a safe distance away from the bridge. Ava, unfortunately, couldn't hear what they were saying to one another, but she was thankful she could see clearly their body movements. They didn't move much. Whatever they were talking about didn't seem to be that exciting. In fact, Ava was even starting to feel a tinge of boredom. That quickly went away though when, in the blink of an eye, Ava saw something appear in Jiaying's hand. She didn't know where it came from. Whatever it was, it seemed shiny from Ava's position. But Ava didn't have time to even begin to theorize about what the object was for, just mere seconds later, all of Ava's questions about the mystery object were soon answered.
About as quickly as the item appeared in Jiaying's hand, it went into Lizzie's heart. Jiaying even covered the girl's mouth to dampen the sound Lizzie's agony-filled cry. Ava had to do the same herself, as she watched the horrible sight unfold before her like some terrible nightmare. As she watched Jiaying let Lizzie's now limp body fall to the ground, Ava wanted to run to her friend. To hold her in her arms. Ava also wanted to run to Jiaying and just let all of the rage she was feeling take over her. She wanted Jiaying to suffer the same fate as Lizzie right then and there. But Ava didn't do anything. She just sat there, in shock. She didn't even move after Jiaying tossed the body over the bridge and into the rushing river. After Jiaying left the scene, Ava still sat in the same place.
Ava didn't how long she sat there, just staring at the spot on the bridge where she saw Lizzie body fall, but eventually, she did move. She didn't dare go to look over the bridge. She knew she'd see nothing and, on the off-chance Lizzie body hadn't been whisked away by the water yet, she felt like she couldn't handle seeing her the corpse of her friend again.
So, Ava turned away and slowly walked back to the village, feeling like she was in a daze. One that a skilled hypnotist might've put her in. Part of Ava still felt like this was all just a particularly terrible nightmare. But when she woke that next morning and didn't see her friend at all... she knew all that she saw occur last night was real.
Ava shook her head. She was breathing heavily and her heart was beating fast once again. She wasn't sure what just happened and where the bangs had come from when she heard them again and realized that they were coming from the hotel. She suddenly remembered where she was and all that had happened this night. Ava turned back around in the direction of the hotel, now feeling unsure of herself. That nagging feeling she felt earlier (or... perhaps it was only just a few seconds ago) was now stronger. The confidence and determination she once felt were gone. She was now feeling torn and confused. She didn't know whether to head back to the hotel to fight Shield along with everyone else or to just walk away-
Like I did that night... Ava thought to herself. She usually wouldn't allow thoughts like that to cross her mind however that one seemed to have slipped right past whatever mental blockade she had built.
Ava sighed and a few moments later started to walk away... from whatever was in the direction she was originally heading in and back to the hotel.
I feel like I may regret this.
James sprinted back to the hotel and jumps back through the window leaving the window open. James sprints down the hallway. The symbiote asks in James's head, What we doing? We should leave with girl not go back James then says out loud, "This isnt a discussion. Doing this because, well I don't have a really good reason. Maybe it has something to do with thinking that I am a hero, or maybe I just want to punch more shield agents in the face. Either way we are doing this!"
Running down the hallway, James sees the dining hall figuring it is a logical point where everyone would go through James decide to go there. Why would others go here?, the symbiote asks then James answers plainly, "Because it is the entrance in and out of the place." The Sliver symbiote replies, We didnt go there. James laughs, "That's because we can climb walls. Also, I don't want to go back to the elevator. Really dont want to be in that elevator shaft"
James jumps across the floor with a powerful jump and into the great dining hall. Landing a table in a crouching position. James then says without looking around in a joking manner, "So what is going on in here? Am I missing a party? Maybe a meet and greet? We are Sliver, the silvery or white and black clad super hero!" James looks up after introducing himself with in his hero persona. James was grinning under his mask cover face as he looked around to see who all he just introduced himself too.