Robert moaned as he slowly opened his eyes and returned to the land of the living. His vision was blurry at first but quickly sharpened as he looked at his surroundings and noticed he was in a hospital room.
Robert (tired & confused): Son of a…. How long have I been out…?
The door to his room opened and he smiled upon seeing James walk in.
James (joking & smiling): So you finally decided to wake up old man.
Robert (sarcastic): Your concern for my well being is overwhelming kid.
James (joking): Yeah I know. (Curious) how are you feeling?
Robert (tired & joking): About as well as you might think but I guess it could be worse…
James (serious): Believe me the worst is yet to come. Tony got some info about the attack from one of his contacts inside the police and if it turns out to be true shits gonna hit the fan.
Robert (curious): Has Silus heard this information.
James (serious): Not yet. The two of us were hoping to make sure it was 100% right before starting another turf war and with you up an awake we can hopefully set things straight. Just please don’t tell me you’ve got amnesia or some bullshit like that.
Robert (smiling & joking): Do I know you?
James simply gave the old driver a serious stare to which Robert sighed and laid his head back on his pillow.
Robert (curious): Alright kid… Whaddaya wanna know?
Silus sat at his desk and went through the paper work concerning the Oscorp deal which had been in the works for months at that point. With the world quickly becoming filled with super powered heroes, villains and organizations, even the mutant families were forced to change with the times or risk being wiped off the face of the super criminal underworld.
This was the reason why the deal with Oscorp was made given the corporations record for creating quality weaponry and being very discreet over who they were selling said weaponry too. The first shipment was set to arrive in only a couple more hours which Silus was thankful for since it put the focus on the shipment and off the recent assault on a key family member.
Just as he finished reading one of the last remaining documents his phone started ringing. He took it and saw it was James who was calling.
Silus (concerned): Please tell me you’ve got some good news.
James (serious): I wish I did boss. But all signs point to the Coles being behind this. Tony got the info from his inside man in the PD and Robert verified it just now after I talked to him.
Silus (thoughts): Shit… (Serious): Alright listen up. I want the two of you to keep this as quiet for as long as you possibly can until I figure out what to do. Tell Tony to stay with Robert and make sure he keeps his mouth shut. I’ve got a different job for you.
James (curious): Which is?
Silus (serious): A couple weeks back I told you about a certain weapons deal we made with Oscorp. Well the first shipment is due to arrive at one of our warehouses by the docks. I want you there to make sure nothing happens to it and that it’s relocated safely to a more secure location.
James (curious): Let me guess. The reason you’re sending me there is because you’re worried Christian might have told them about it am I right?
Silus (serious): Precisely and we cannot afford to let these weapons get destroyed or worse fall into enemy hands. This is the most important job I’ve given you yet and failure is not an option, understood?
James (serious): I'll get it done boss, you can count on me.
Silus (pleased): That’s what I like to hear kid.
Silus ended the call and pretended to continue reading the paper work as he tried to figure out how to prevent the coming storm.
James walked back into the room and saw Tony sitting next to Robert and the two laughing about something.
James (serious): Sorry to break up this little party you guys got going on but the boss has some new orders for us. Tony he wants you to stay here and make sure no one knows Robert is awake. The boss needs more time and he’s counting on you two to give it to him.
Tony (curious): Wait you’re not staying with us?
James (serious): The boss wants me to go protect the Oscorp shipment at the bay and I have a feeling were gonna need every advantage we can get at this point.
Robert (tired & concerned): Be careful out there James. If the same guy who took down Christian comes after this shipment then you’re gonna have one helluva fight on your hands.
James (confident): Don’t worry about it old man, if this sonuva bitch tries anything ill make sure he regrets it.
James drove up to one of the seemingly abandoned warehouses at the Port of Boston as the rain started to fall once again. He left his car at the entrance and walked up to the ware house with his hand in the pockets of his jack and where he showed his face to a hidden camera.
The doors to the warehouse opened ever so slightly with a guard coming out to confront James.
Guard (serious): Were going to ne-
James (annoyed): I know you need a damn blood sample! Just take it and let me in.
The guard nodded and took out a small remote device from his pocket, by pressing a button a tiny needle extended out from it; James let the needle pierce his finger as it took a blood sample and proved it was really him and not a shape shifter.
Guard (cold): You can go in.
James (annoyed): Yeah yeah.
As the two went in the guard closed the door behind him to make sure no one could see what was happening inside. About two dozen workers of the family were busy placing metal crates on to two bullet proof trucks. James walked up to one of the remaining crates and opened it. Inside there was about 50 plasma rifles and plasma grenades inside.
These weapons were known for their ease of use and sheer destructive power particularly against organic beings. They were also known to be quite expensive which made James wonder how exactly Silus was able to purchase so many of them without the family suffering any significant hit to their monetary resources.
He closed the crate as the workers arrived to take it into one of the trucks. James watched as the last of the weaponry was secured and the workers got into their cars in preparation for the move to the Vault.
James closed his eyes and using his mutant power enhanced his sight which was now great enough to allow him to view things far in the distance and see heat signatures. He looked around the perimeter of the warehouse in an attempt to spot a possible ambush but there was seemingly nothing.
Turning his attention away from the ground level, he looked at the ocean near the warehouse and tried to find any human heat signatures inside of it. The Coles being elemental users were known to place their water manipulators inside the ocean for surprise attacks but as with the ocean nothing suspicious was going on there.
James (thoughts & suspicious): Hm, everything looks fine but is it really….
He closed his eyes and enhanced his hearing instead of his sight. Now he could hear everything within a 20 mile radius as if it were happening right next to him. The sound of constant electrical surges going through nearby cables caught his attention. It was as if there was a single line of electricity constantly going through what should be disabled cables and circling the warehouse.
James (thoughts & pleased): Now I’ve got you!
James (commanding): You there! You and your men are to move out within the next two minutes. Protect this cargo with your lives am I understood?
Lieutenant (respectful): Yes sir! You can count on us.
James (pleased): Good because I won’t be in the caravan with you. I’ve got a feeling that the guy responsible for kidnapping Christian is going to make a move on it and I can’t leave anything to chance. If anything happens you’re to drive as fast as you can to the Vault and not look back got it?
The guard nodded and watched James left the warehouse to an unknown location. He signaled the drivers to begin the long drive to the Vault.
The Assailant responsible for kidnapping Christian traveled through the electrical cables near the warehouse as he waited for the caravan to begin its run. The warehouse doors opened and the caravan began exiting. It consisted of two large trucks surrounded by bulletproof vans.
Traveling through the cables he approached the caravan in preparation to attack but was interrupted when the pole connecting the cables began shaking causing them to sever. Without any where to go the Assailant was forced to leave the cable and return to his regular body.
He turned around to fire a bolt of lightning at James but the young Campbell enforcer was faster as he swung the metal pole like a baseball bat and sent him flying into a brick wall denting it upon impact. He fell out of the dent and knelt on the ground coughing up blood.
Assailant (coughing & injured): You little shit…
He ever so slowly got back on his feet with one hand on the left side of his chest where he had been hit.
James (threatening): If you think that hurt then you’re in for one helluva surprise pal.
Increasing the strength of his hands, James took the poll and threw it like a spear at the Assailant who managed to roll out of the way and began firing a barrage of lightning bolts at the young enforcer. James anticipated this and promptly increased the strength of his legs, essentially giving him a degree of super speed in response to this.
The Assailant now extended both hands and increased his barrage as James continued running and evading it. Getting tired of this cat and mouse game, James pulled out his pistol and fired two shots at the Assailant. Unable to dodge them, the bullets drove into his shoulders and caused him to yell in pain as he fell to his knees once again.
Seeing an opportunity to end this, James ran towards his kneeling enemy and just as he reached him he increased the strength of his arms and tried to knock him out with a single powerful punch. Mustering what little power he had, the Assailant unleashed an explosion of electricity from his body in all directions which sent James flying across the port and nearly landing in the ocean.
The Assailant smirked upon seeing his enemy lying on the ground, seemingly unconscious. But his satisfaction was short lived when an injured and panting James got back on his feet and prepared to attack him once again.
James (panting & confident): I’ll admit that was a good move. But I can tell just by looking at you last attack drained what little energy you had left.
Assailant (smirking & panting): Yeah I did… But on the bright side I’ve got a constant energy source thanks to this rain….
He raised one of his hands into the air and a bolt of lightning from the sky shot into him completely engulfing his body in electricity. As the bolt faded the Assailant got back on his feet, smirking and his injuries completely healed.
Assailant (smirking & confident): Now then, let’s try this again!
He extended his hand towards James and unleashed a stream of lightning which James was barely able to dodge thanks to his super speed. The young enforcer tried to fire at his enemy but the Assailant fired a small concentrated bolt from his index finger into the barrel of the pistol essentially making it useless.
James (thoughts & annoyed): Mother fucker!
Knowing the odds were not in his favor anymore, James jumped into the air and landed behind a series of containers in order to give himself some time to figure out a strategy. He sat down and leaned against one of the containers and listened as the Assailant continued blowing away containers with his electrical blasts.
James (thoughts & calculating): That bolt of lightning’s given him a serious power boost and thanks to this goddamn rain he’s going to be able to just heal any injury and keep increasing his power unless I can take him out in one hit. And to top it all off he fried my goddamn gun….
It was then he realized only the barrel of the gun had been destroyed but the bullets in the case could still be intact. He removed the case from the bottom of his pistol and the bullets were indeed in mostly good condition. He then heard the Assailant was standing right in front of the container where he was hiding and he could hear his enemy laugh behind him.
Assailant (confident & smiling): Shows over kid!
He fired another blast which could right through the container and caused a small explosion. For the briefest moment he thought he had finished James off but then he noticed the young enforcer had jumped into the air and was pointing his hand at him.
James (thoughts & angry): You asked for this asshole!
Increasing the strength of his arm, James threw one of his last remaining bullets like a high caliber sniper round into his enemy’s belly, driving it through his flesh and right into his spine. The Assailant screamed in agony as he fell on his back and clenched the bleeding wound in his stomach.
He tried to raise his hand in order to absorb the power of the lightning but James landed on it and immediately kicked him across the face with a super powered kick, knocking him out instantly.
James moved away from his unconscious foe and immediately called the caravan to check if they had made it to their destination.
James (commanding & curious): Lieutenant, tell me you made it to the facility in one piece.
Lieutenant (happy): We made it to the Vault and we’ve already notified the boss.
James (pleased & tired): Good to hear, I’ll make sure the boss gives you and your men a special bonus for pulling this one off without a hitch.
Ending the call James immediately dialed 911 fully aware that the man with all the answer wouldn’t last long with an injury like this and his visit to the hospital would only give more fuel to the brewing fire.
To be continued…..