A security guard walked the halls quiet, empty halls, a badge with the Apex Industries logo clipped to his lapel. He strolled the linoleum floors tiredly scanning the empty corridors, as he did every night, all the way until the morning shift. It was dull work, but he couldn't afford to be picky. He wiped dust from the corner of his eye and yawned. As he stretched out, he screamed, but his cry was stifled as a hand clamped down on his mouth. The guard's entire body trembled, the flashlight fell from his hand, and his eyes bulged from his head as a pair of arrows erupted through his chest. He looked down in terror at the arrows, blood dripping from the tips and staining his uniform. Suddenly, the arrows twisted inside him and every muscle in his body clenched, going lax as he drew his lest breath. His body was lowered gently to the floor and propped against the wall. His assassin stood in the cold dark, holding one of the arrows in each hand as she shook them clean of blood and setting them back in her quiver. She fished the key ring and access card from her victims pocket and hid his body in the nearby supply room, locking the door.
Jade had her eyepiece set to night vision,and she moved silently through the halls, arriving at the door behind which lay her reason for infiltrating the company. She quickly swiped the card on the lock, but this room was too secure to be accessed by just a simple card. She also had to punch in a code on the panel below, one which only a select group of people within the company knew. Jade, however, had an elegant solution. She ran her finger along the side of the panel, cracking it open and pulling out the wires. She took a small device from beneath the sash around her waist and unplugged a cluster of wires from the detached panel, into the device. Within forty-five seconds she had overridden the lock. She reset the code, put everything back as it was, and went inside.
The serpent looked around the room, walking deeper inside. The walls were lined with boxes and crates. The room was a cache of Apex property. She kept walking until she reached the back of the room. She looked down and nearly smiled beneath the black mask that covered her mouth.
Jade bent down on one knee before the green painted steel chest, undoing the clamps and flinging it open. The chest was filled with foam lining, pieces cut out to securely hold its highly valued contents, a pair of repulsor gauntlets. She pulled them out and admired them for a moment. Painted black, the gauntlets were but one component of a larger piece of armor, but they were suitable weapons on their own. Jade was a traditionalist, but she knew after previous failure that in order to carry out her vendetta against Longshot, she had to attain a winning edge. She had made sacrifices in order to become the best. Compared to what she had been through before, this was easy. She quickly slipped the gauntlets over her hands and powered them up, the circles centered in the palms glowing white. The serpent moved her fingers inside the armored gloves, growing comfortable with her new weapons, and left the room, running down the hallway to her escape.