Big Game Hunting. Pt 1
12 years ago....
The mall is crowded and noisy, and there were many places Priscilla Parker would rather be. But this was Anna's first Christmas with them, and Anna wanted to meet Santa Clause.
"Hello little girl." Santa burped a little. He smelled funny and his eyes were red like he was tired. In reality he was more than a little hung over. Anna was suspicious. "What's your name sweetie?"
"Santa would know my name." She retorted, folding her tiny arms across her chest.
"Right. Sure I do...Uh." He looks to the lady standing in line frantically mouthing 'Anna'. "Of course I know you Anna. Just um, testing." He added lamely. He hated smart kids. What happened to the days when kids just believed in Santa? "So what do you want for Christmas Ana?"
"I want a rhino for Christmas." She replied without hesitation.
"A what?" He couldn't help but laugh, despite his headache. "What would you do with a rhino?"
"I would ride it and yell--"
"Wheeeeeee!!" Spider-Rogue yelled, as she gripped the horn on the Rhinonaut's helmet. "This is just as fun as ah thought it would be--Whoa, no hands on a first date." She flips backward off the huge brute as he groped blindly over his head with one massive hand, and tugged at the webbing glued to his face with the other.
"When I, -snort- "Get my hands on you I'm gonna-"
"Verbally illustrate an act of violence? Cause I get a lot of those." She chuckled.
"RRRAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH." The Rhinonaut roared as he charged like an angry train at Spider-Rogue, who barely leaped over the speeding monster. He kept going and ran though a desk like it was racing tape. Then he plowed through the concrete wall and out onto the street.
'Gotta wrap this up before someone gets hurt. Like me.' Anna thought grimly to herself. And it would be so easy to end this fight. All she had to do was remove a glove. Just touch this powerhouse and borrow his strength. But no. Not like that. Not again. She would finish this her own way.
* * *
"Hey chuckles, looking for me?" Spider-Rogue dropped from the ceiling behind the Rhinonaut. "Gotta a new game for you. Its called tag, and you're... it!!" She drives her fist into the Rhinonauts face, throwing everything she has into the punch.
'Oh jeeze. I think I just broke my freaking arm. What is this guy made of?'
The Rhinonaut grabbed the front of her costume, and balled it up in one fist. "How about baseball instead?"
Rhinonaut turned and tossed her over shoulder like she was a baseball. She just had time to throw her arms out over her head as she crashed though an eighth story window across the street, then through the ceiling, barely losing momentum.
'No time to aim this.' She thought desperately.
She tried to throw out web lines but her right hand didn't work right. One web line stuck to an A/C unit, but her momentum keeps propelling her upward at an angle, so that she swung over the edge of the roof.
She just managed to get her feet under her, before she smacked into the building like a bug on a wind shield. Her left arm screamed in protest at the sudden strain.
"Okay. No more miss nice hero." Spider-Rogue muttered to herself as she let the web line go and shot a fresh one at the next building over. Forcing her broken fingers to work, the middle two at least, she quickly swung herself back towards the bank.
* * *
"I say we give tag another try." Spider-Rogue yelled as she landed on Rhinonauts back, and pulled the glove off her injured hand with her teeth. Grabbing his arm she immediately felt his power flowing into her body. Spider-Rogue leaped off his back as he slammed himself backward against a wall.
"Arrragh!!! Crush you like a bug." Rhinonaut brings a massive fist down at Spider-Rogues head, but she caught with startling ease.
"Not tonight. Tonight you're the bug. Tag." This time the punch lifted the Rhinonaut off his feet and back through the wall. "Unlimited powah." Spider-Rogue yelled, drunk on the strenght within her, as she rained punches on the Rhinonaut with a berserker fury.
"Good. This will be an interesting hunt after all." Victor Kraven grinned from the shadows, as he watched Spider-Rogue's display of brutality with approval.