Another victory, another celebratory gathering, Tanya thought.. It was only a few days since the second defeat of the Raldians, an human like alien species that went on a massive offensive to rule both the Familiar system(AKA: Earth's solar system) and the Nidron system. It didn't work, with Brixton acting as the universe's peacemakers, even though it lasted two long, bloody years. Now gratefully back on Earth, the massive party before her was looking to be one of their better ones. And, just like always, Tobias kept himself out of the spotlight, even though it was him who executed the rouge Raldian leader. And destroyed part of their fleet. And basically led the damn assault singlehandidly, right next to Tanya, who focused on the space assault. She was looking at relaxing, having a couple drinks. Hopefully Xavier would treat her tonight. She knew damn well Rachel would treat Tobias. To more than a nice dinner and some R and R.
But until then she was sitting on a balcony, on the HQ, with a drink she spiked a little. These victory celebrations were stupid. It was nearly nonstop, ever since the Raldians fell. She knew the rouge Raldian leader nearly turned Hitler when he was loosing the war. But Jesus Christ on a bicycle, this was a bit too much! She hanged her head over the top of her chair until her neck ached, then she brought her head up. She soaked it in, enjoying the crowd. She leaned forward for a few seconds. And suddenly, there was a sharp CRACK!
If Tanya hadn't felt the heat missing her head by a few centimeters, she would have met her death then and there. She could instantly tell. A .50 cal. A sniper bullet. She immediately ducked to the side, into the concrete side of the balcony, while simultaneously drawing her gun. Suddenly one of her bodyguard's head exploded while he went over. Some of the unfortunate crowd were covered in brains, skull, and blood. And then the crowd started to scream.
"Miranda, Get your ass d-" Tanya shouted. She was cut off by another bullet, this time taking her other bodyguard in the chest. Miranda screamed in shock more than pain, but when she landed, she tuned over and crawled inside. "It's not a fatal wound, Ta! Body armor deflected it! I'll be alright!" She shouted. Tanya shook her head as there was another bullet. This one pierced the concrete, literal centimeters next to her head. Tanya ducked lower. After a few minuets, not another bullet was fired. She poked her head out, and looked in the direction of the shooter. Instead of a flash, she saw a woman with a purple shirt running across the rooftops, at awe inspiring speed. There were... tentacles from her back. "Great..." Tanya muttered, "A Shadic."
She popped out and fired at the woman, who now was leaping incredible distances. By now many Brixton members on the ground were already taking shots at the Shadic woman. Tanya quickly did a battle analysis. If the woman made it to her position, there would be no way, bar getting a hovercraft with a sniper, up to the balcony she was on. And if her intent was to kill Tanya, it would be far too late.
The woman was two buildings away. And then she did the most incredible thing. She leaped past the first building, and straight into the balcony. Tanya was reloading. The woman tackled her, and Tanya's gun flew out over the balcony to the ground below. Almost immediately, the woman picked herself up, and used one of her tendrils to strangle Tanya, and hoist her up on the wall. "Would you happen to be Tanya Hendrixson?" She asked. Just then a man appeared on the other side of the balcony. The woman took little notice. "If you know what's good for you, fuck off!" She growled.
"I know you know Gaia!" the woman growled, "Tell me where the hell she is!" As she said this, a tendril went stiff, and the woman pointed it to Tanya's midsection. The strange thing was that so little of the tendril was poised to kill. It would be far from fatal.
"NOW!" The woman demanded.
"I wouldn't do that," the man said, taking another step, " She's my friend."
The woman looked at the man now. He had red eyes and white hair, with a long trenchcoat. "Look, you anime cosplay freak," she said. "This doesn't concern you! If you want to live, leave us ALONE!!"
She looked back at Tanya, who was struggling to breathe. "One last time. Where. Is. Gaia?!" She brought the tendril straight to Tanya's neck. Now Tanya started to worry.
The man took another step, and this time, the woman had enough. She sent a tendril at the man. To her surprise, the man grabbed it, twisted it, and crushed it. The woman dropped Tanya in pain, recoiling and facing her attacker.
"You're fucking dead!" She shouted
"Doubt it." The man said.
"Tobias!" Tanya shouted.
Tobias... But then that mea- the woman thought, before she received a devastating blow to her chest, staggering her, and cutting her off. She immediately came to her senses.
"Impossible! You're a rumor! A damn shadow! You're real?!" She shouted in awe.
"Tobias Valkrim," the man said, "In the flesh. And you're name is?"
"Mrs. Fuck-You!" The woman said, sending even more tendrils at him. Tobias dodged them with grace to spare. He retorted by kicking her in the face, sending her over the edge. She recovered in mid-air, and jumped off the building to a nearby rooftop. Tobias gave chase, leaping and even doing a flip, landing perfectly.
"I've never fought another human Shadic," Tobias said, "What fucked up monster of a man made you?"
"Who said I'm human?!" She said, and took out dual Glocks.
"Oh." Tobias said, and started to run to the side as the woman opened fire.
Storm burst through the locked door leading to the room Tanya was in. His sword already out, he ran into the room. He looked around and only saw Miranda, slumped on the floor. He ran up to her, and put his fingers on her neck. No pulse. Damn! He thought, She was one of the nice ones. He didn't see Tanya. He ran out to the balcony. And there lay Tanya, sprawled on the floor.
"Tanya!" Storm shouted, "Are you ok?"
"Yeah..." Tanya said.
Relieved, Storm looked over the edge to see the battle. "Damn! Tobias hasn't closed the gap?"
"She's a Shadic." Tanya said, picking herself off the floor.
"Noooo," Storm said. "Like I couldn't of freakin guessed!" Storm didn't like swearing, Tanya remembered.
Tobias was still dancing around the woman's bullets.
"Just. Fucking. Stay. Still!!" She shouted.
"What?" Tobias said, giving off a nonchalant chuckle, "Can't keep up?"
The woman stopped firing her guns, and ran straight towards him. Tobias slipped behind her and pinned her arms to her chest, her tendrils to her back, and her to him, aiming her guns down at the floor. He held a strong grip, and even her tentacles couldn't be used. Even if she tried, he dodged easily.
"Now," Tobias spoke. "What's your real name, sweetheart?"
The woman struggled, but gave up after a while. "S-Serena..."
"Hi Serena." Tobias said. "Now, why were you attempting to kill Tanya?"
"Fuck off!" Serena yelled, and fired, hoping to hit Tobias's foot.
"We can talk better without these." Tobias said, and grabbed Serena's guns and threw them, still pinning him to her. She nearly struggled free, till Tobias formed his infamous blades, and placed them to her neck. "Now. Nicely." Tobias said.
Serena managed to somehow raise a fist, and slam it down into Tobias's crotch. Tobias recoiled, Serena broke free, and now kicked him in the balls, before delivering a roundhouse to his face, sending him rolling. When he came to a stop, and got into an appropriate fighting position on his knees. "If that had been any more damaging, I would be very upset!" He growled.
"Ok, try this!" Serena yelled, and her arms turned into blades.
"Impressive." Tobias said, and then formed his own wickedly curved arm blades. The difference was that his blades were like an addition to his arm. However, they stopped about another hand's length from his middle finger. Her entire arm transformed into her blades, but she seemed to not have much practice. The two combatants ran towards each other. Blades collided, and Tobias immediately broke the collision, and tried to slash, Serena dodged, and tried a long, spinning slash, to which Tobias blocked, and rammed Serena with his shoulder. She attempted to catch him, but she was knocked down to the ground.
As this battle was going on, Storm and Tanya were trying to get shots. Storm had a red dot sight on his pistol, and Tanya was just that accurate. "Damn!" Storm shouted, "I can't hit her without Tobias getting in the way!"
"If only they weren't stuck so close together!" Tanya said.
"Yeah. Did anyone else get hit?" Storm said.
"Both Miranda and Taryk." Tanya said.
"Great, two fatalities!" Storm said.
Tanya dropped her aim, "Miranda survived!"
"No, she didn't!" Storm said.
"But the bullet got deflected..." Tanya said. She ran past Storm, who followed. Tanya checked Miranda. Sure enough, she was dead. But Miranda managed to stop the bleeding, that was apparent, even pulled the bullet out. Tanya picked up the bullet, and inspected it. There was a tiny hole in the tip. That could only mean...
Tobias was still in the heat of the battle. He managed to break another blade lock. He slashed once, and cut Serena's stomach nearly open. Serena roared in pain, transformed one hand into her arm again, and clenched the wound.
"Tobias!!!" Tanya screamed, "Watch out for her poison!"
"What?!" Tobias yelled. He turned around to face Tanya.
"Her weapons are poisoned!!" Tanya said.
In this time, Serena managed to get ahold of her pistol, aimed, and fired. Tobias was caught right in the chest.
Serena lowered her weapon.
"Now let's let the poison do the work." Serena said.
"You think that's going to stop me?" Tobias said once he recovered from the impact.
"Well, in a few seconds, there will be searing, massive pain. Then hallucinations. Then dementia. Then death. All under a minute." Serena said.
Time stood still. Neither Tobias nor Serena moved. Serena held her ground, even as blood pored from her wound. The sun was setting.
After a few long seconds, Serena became angry. Tobias still stood.
"How are you not dead?!" She yelled.
Tobias laughed, and pulled both her coat, and shirt down. The wound wasn't deep. But a pale yellow liquid was oozing from it.
"Shoulda tried your poison on some Shadics first." Tobias said.
"Shit!" Serena said. "Fuck!"
She was going to take a few more steps, when a burst of bullets landed around her. Tanya and Storm looked up. They didn't fire, and neither did Tobias. Another burst, but this time, Serena was actually hit with all three shots. Serena swore and retreated, jumping off the building.
Tobias made a blade, dug it into the wound, and popped out the bullet. Suddenly a voice came over Tobias's earpiece.
"You guys good down there?"
"Yeah. Thanks for the assist Xavier. Where the hell are you?" Tobias looked around.
"The roof." Xavier said. "Thought the sunset would hide me."
"Why'd you wait?" Tobias asked.
"Had to fight the crowd, AND stay unnoticed."
"Tobias, you gonna go chase her down?" Tanya asked over her earpiece.
"Nah." He replied, "She's wounded. I got a good hit in, and she's got several bullet wounds. If she doesn't die from blood loss, she'll think twice before attacking again."
He walked over to the edge where Serena had jumped off. By this point she was a black speck in the ground below.
"Let's regroup." Tobias said. He let his tendrils out, and formed them into his wings, and took off. He went a little forward, before turning around when he caught an updraft. He landed on the helipad on the roof, next to Xavier, who held a quite accurate assault rifle. They ducked into the shade of the building, as the sun was nearly gone in the sky.